Sometimes a quote can be that perfect balm to help us tend to our wounds and nourish our spirit...
"One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, ‘My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One wolf is full of anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret and greed. The other wolf is full of joy, peace, love, hope, kindness, truth and compassion."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
Emily: "Does anyone realize life while they live it..every minute?
Stage Manger: "No. Saints and poets maybe...they do some."
- Our Town by Thorton Wilder
"You talk to yourself too much. You're not unique in that. Everyone of us does. We maintain our world with our inner dialogue. A man or woman of knowledge is aware that the world will change completely as soon as they stop talking to themself." - Carlos Castaneda, Don Juan
"Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits.
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny."
"Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein
"The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now." - Goethe
"The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time." - Mary Oliver
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful that the risk it took to blossom." - Anaïs Nin
"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting."
- E.E. Cummings
“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.” – Kahil Gibran
"We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don't really get solved. They come together and fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It's just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy." - Pema Chodron
“Emotional discomfort, when accepted, rises, crests and falls in a series of waves. Each wave washes a part of us away and deposits treasures we never imagined. Out goes naivete, in comes wisdom; out goes anger, in comes discernment; out goes despair, in comes kindness. No one would call it easy, but the rhythm of emotional pain that we learn to tolerate is natural, constructive and expansive... The pain leaves you healthier than it found you.” - Martha Beck
“Bad artists ignore the darkness of human existence. Good artists often get stuck there. Great artists embrace the full catastrophe of our condition and find beyond it an even deeper truth of peace, healing, and redemption.” - Martha Beck
"If you have a talent, use it in every which way possible. Don't hoard it. Don't dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly, like a millionaire intent on going broke." - Brenda Francis
(***We ALL have talent! It's just a matter of unearthing it and tending to it.)
"There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live." - Dalai Lama
"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others" - Martha Graham
"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the things you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt
“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.” James Joyce
“Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, times runs out.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes
"There is no statue of limitations on starting over. Re-invent yourself every day. Be the girl who walks barefoot and listens to blues. Tomorrow, wear a trench coat and speak fierce truths. Be a phoenix. Be ashes. Burn down. Resurrect. Let go of the idea that you must always be who you have always been." - Anonymous