Private Reflection – Living in the moment

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“Live today. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. Just today. Inhabit your moments. Don’t rent them out to tomorrow.” ― Jerry Spinelli

“Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.”― Betty Smith

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“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else.” George O’Keefe

“Every moment is the paradox of now or never.”― Simon Van Booy

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.” ― Henry David Thoreau

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“Instead of bracing yourself for the perils of the unknown, embrace the joy that is here, in your present moment.”― Michelle D. Rosado

“You must be more alive than life.
You must see darkness dance
and hear silence sing.
You must be more awake than light
for we aren’t born sleeping
and we shouldn’t live sleeping.” ― Kamand Kojouri

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“There exists only the present instant… a Now which always and without end is itself new. There is no yesterday nor any tomorrow, but only Now, as it was a thousand years ago and as it will be a thousand years hence.” — Meister Eckhart

“When you take your attention into the present moment, a certain alertness arises. You become more conscious of what’s around you, but also, strangely, a sense of presence that is both within and without.” Eckhart Tolle

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Touch Eternity

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When you communicate with the Divine

Be it: through His Word or in prayer,

Knowing by faith that He will hear.

You will find the drops of eternity,

He placed lovingly in your heart for free,

So that you can use them:

To escape from this world briefly, to be with Him-

And, to journey to the throne of God,

The eternal King and Lord.

There, for a brief moment, finally,

You can touch Eternity.

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Your patience…

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Your patience is being tested.

Harsh words come your way like daggers in the wind.

It may not seem like it-

But this will work out for your good.

Look up to the heavens for comfort.

Silence is sometimes a profound answer of strength-

Not a sign of weakness or agreement.

Keep your wits about you;

See this event for what it is.

Just a test to strengthen you.

This is not personal-

Although it may seem like it.

You are not going through all this for nothing.

This event is a divine gift of skill enrichment.

To build you up.

So, stand fast and stand firm in your faith.

Keep your cool.

Things will work out.

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Weekend Musings -The power of quoted words

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The power of quoted words sometimes has an extra spark of meaning in our imagination because of who said it. Quoted words are like rose petals beneath our feet, their fragrance whispering to the imagination, as we walk through this sometimes enchanted garden called life. Enjoy.

“If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live on after he’s dead, then maybe he was a great man.” ―  James Dean

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“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.” ―  Bruce Lee

“I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest. Not only do I knock ’em out, I pick the round.” – Muhammad Ali

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“Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward.” ―  Carol Channing

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” ―  Marilyn Monroe

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“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” ―  Mother Teresa

“There were people who incorporated melody before me, but I would deem myself the first person to successfully rap and sing.” ―  Drake

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“I was always scared to follow my dreams because if I follow my dreams and I fail, I can’t dream about it anymore. It’s easier to settle for less.” ―  Cardi B

“Art is about building a new foundation, not just laying something on top of what’s already there.” ―  Prince

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I never expected to be anybody important.”  ―   Elvis Presley

“The roughest road often leads to the top.” ―  Christina Aguilera

“Remember, people only rain on your parade because they’re jealous of your sun and tired of their shade.” ―  Kim Kardashian

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“Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.”― Lady Gaga

“If you don’t live your life, then who will?” –Rihanna

“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.” ―  Agatha Christie

“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” ―  J. K. Rowling

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“I’m just going to write because I cannot help it.” ―  Charlotte Bronte

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”― Henry David Thoreau

“Each life makes its own imitation of immortality.” ―  Stephen King

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“Here is the world of imagination, hopes, and dreams. In this timeless land of enchantment, the age of chivalry, magic and make-believe are reborn – and fairy tales come true. Fantasyland is dedicated to the young-in-heart, to those who that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.”― Walt Disney

“Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work…”― Albert Einstein

“We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”― Marie Curie

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“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”― Jane Goodall

“For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.”― Jacques-Yves Cousteau

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“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.” ― Stephen Hawking

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” ―  Leonardo da Vinci

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”― Vincent Van Gogh

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“Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man to the Divine.” ―  Ludwig van Beethoven

“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.” ―  Pablo Picasso

“Let us not take ourselves too seriously. None of us has a monopoly on wisdom.”Her Majesty, Elizabeth the Second (Queen Elizabeth II)

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“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”― John D. Rockefeller

“A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.”― Andrew Carnegie

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You have more options than you think

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“There’s always another option.
There’s always another one.
It’s never only ‘this’ or ‘that,’
The moon or else the sun.

Don’t sigh and choose the greater
Or lesser of two plights.
But look to see the stars beyond
For options vast and bright.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich

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“We must dare to think ‘unthinkable’ thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world.” ― William Fulbright

“You just can’t think of safe options always. You have to accept challenges head on.” ―  Vijay Shankar

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“If you are faced with a mountain, you have several options.
You can climb it and cross to the other side.
You can go around it.
You can dig under it.
You can fly over it…
You can ignore it and pretend it’s not there.
You can turn around and go back the way you came.
Or you can stay on the mountain and make it your home.”
 ―Vera Nazarian

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The journey- A reflection

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The journey of life or, the path you choose in it, has few straight lines as you know. Some perspectives on the matter, for your early morning consideration.

“A wise man ought always to follow the paths beaten by great men, and to imitate those who have been supreme, so that if his ability does not equal theirs, at least it will savour of it.” ― Nicolo Machiavelli, The Prince

“The road may be rough, the journey may be tough and the experience may be bitter, but they are stepping stones to our future thrones.” Bamigboye Olurotimi

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“Two footsteps do not make a path.”― Nnedi Okorafor

“The myth around the ‘easy road’ is that it’s a road.”― Craig D. Lounsbrough

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“If the road is easy, it’s probably easy because it’s not a road and you’re not on it.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“All journeys meet crossroads. Where the river ends, the ocean begins. We must have the courage to embark on these journeys, to choose our paths, and to let go of the boat once we are across the river.”― Thomas Lloyd Qualls

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“The worst place is at the fork. You can’t keep going the same direction as you came. You have to choose one or other path. Whatever the choice, at least, it is movement. Otherwise, you are just forking around getting nowhere.”― Donna Goddard

“When it comes to forks in the road, your heart always knows the answer, not your mind.” ― Marie Forleo

“This fork in the road happens over a hundred times a day, and it’s the choices that you make that will determine the shape of your life.” ― Liz Murray

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“We never know what choices will lead to defining moments in our lives. A glance to the left instead of right could define who we meet and who passes us by. Our life path can be determined by a single phone call we make, or neglect to make.”― Neal Shusterman

“…there ain’t no journey what don’t change you some.”― David Mitchell

“The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him.” ―  Psalm 37:23

“If you find your way under low light, that is good; if under utter darkness, that is excellent!”― Mehmet Murat ildan

“LIFE IS A TIME JOURNEY”― Khalid Masood

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”
― Anaïs Nin

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“Set out from any point. They are all alike. They all lead to a point of departure.”
― Antonio Porchia

“The journey of the sun and moon is predictable. But yours, is your ultimate art.”
― Suzy Kassem

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.” ―  Robert Frost

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“The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.”

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“The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.”― Eric Hoffer

The adventure

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Bundled up against the cold northwest winds of winter:

Hat, double scarf, hooded jacket, three sweaters (yes three) and

One pair of gloves.

Plotting the adventure with vivid detail, thusly:

Enter the street where I reside,

Turn off the engine,

Lock the car,

Walk a few short steps in subzero temperature

To my dwelling,

brave the snow covered slippery walkways, and

battle the wind and snow pelting my eyelids.

Suitably planned – the adventure began.

I take a deep breath and walk

one very short corner block to my abode.

I reach the entrance door of success –

Now inside snug and warm-

Mission accomplished (no music needed).

Even small adventures have their charm-

If you let them.

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Private Reflection- Look Up

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“Stars don’t beg the world for attention; their beauty forces us to look up.”― Matshona Dhliwayo

“What is it about the Heavens that draws us to look up? For generations, centuries, (millennia?) it seems we are drawn to look up for answers, comfort in times of despair, with pleas for help, when we are in need of grace, and to give thanks.” ― Bella Vespira

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“Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,
Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Do not complain beneath the stars about the lack of bright spots in your life.” ― Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

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“If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Look at the stars. See their beauty. And in that beauty, see yourself.”― Draya Mooney

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