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Pearls of 2003

Pearls of the Earth
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There comes with each new year, the associated expectations of better results or rewards.  These are usually the expectation put upon us by others; by society or that by which we have been conditioned.  It is time to break the molds that bind us and be who we are or want to be.  ~ L.L. Abbott
 
A Hopi Elder said that he is dying and with him will die the old ways.  But he doesn't care because the old ways don't work anymore.  I believe that the old ways cannot die--because it is in the old ways that the truth will be found. ~L.L. Abbott
 
Cultivate peace first in the garden of your heart by removing the weeds of lust, hatred, greed, selfishness, and jealousy. Then only you can manifest it externally. Then only, those who come in contact with you, will be benefited by your vibrations of peace and harmony. ~ Sivananda

 

There's not a joy the world can give like that it takes away. ~Lord Byron

 

Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow. -- Cicero

 

Happiness depends upon ourselves. ~Aristotle

 

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~Marcel Proust

 

Words are good, but there is something better, The best is not to be explained by words. The spirit in which we act is the chief matter. Action can only be understood and represented by the spirit. No one knows what he is doing while he is acting rightly, but of what is wrong we are always conscious. ~Goethe

 

A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of the heart, the spirit is broken. ~Proverbs

 

If a man's mind becomes pure, his surroundings will also become pure. ~Buddha

 

The great man is he who does not lose his child-heart. He does not think beforehand that his words shall be sincere, nor that his acts shall be resolute; he simply abides in the right. ~Mencius

 

Be good, be kind, be humane, and charitable; love your fellows; console the afflicted; pardon those who have done you wrong. ~ Zoroaster

 

It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility. ~Rachel Carson

 

Man has responsibility, not power. ~Tuscarora Proverb

 

When kindness has left people, even for a few moments, we become afraid of them as if their reason had left them. When it has left a place where we have always found it, it is like shipwreck; we drop from security into something malevolent and bottomless. ~Willa Cather

 

We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse. ~Anne Swetchine

 

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. ~HH The Dalai Lama

 

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. ~Philo

 

Deeds of kindness are equal in weight to all the commandments. ~The Talmud

 

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again. ~Maya Angelou

 

I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
 

We are all faced

with a series of great opportunities

brilliantly disguised as insoluable problems. ~John William Gardner

 

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still. ~Chinese Proverb

 

He turns not back who is bound to a star. ~Leonardo da Vinci

 

You can’t believe one thing and do another. What you believe and what you do are the same thing. ~Leonard Peltier

 

The price of dishonesty is self-destruction. ~Rita Mae Brown

 

Knowledge, the object of knowledge and the knower are the three factors which motivate action; the senses, the work and the doer comprise the threefold basis of action. ~Bhagavad Gita

 

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose. ~ Indira Gandhi

 

In the cellars of the night, when the mind starts moving around old trunks of bad times, the pain of this and the shame of that, the memory of a small boldness is a hand to hold. ~John Leonard

 

In a minute there is time - For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse. ~T.S. Eliot.

 
Never truly ending
It is once more a time of change
When one season gives way unto another 
and the greens of Summer
turn to the many colors of Fall
When the growth from the one dying
turns to the bounty and harvest of the next
and what was
gives way to gifts of what will be
honor well
yet another beginning
and the future it so brings ~L.L. Abbott
 
Change always comes bearing gifts.  ~Price Pritchett
 
What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. ~Crowfoot
 
Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer. ~Shunryu Suzuki
 
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened  ~T.S. Eliot
The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning. 
~Ivy Baker Priest

Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn!
Look to this Day!
For it is Life, the very Life of Life.
In its brief course lie all the
Verities and Realities of your Existence.
The Bliss of Growth,
The Glory of Action,
The Splendor of Beauty;
For Yesterday is but a Dream,
And To-morrow is only a Vision;
But To-day well lived makes
Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,
And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day!
Such is the Salutation of the Dawn! ~Kalidasa

We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations. ~Anais Nin

Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life. ~Thich Nhat Hanh
 
A very great vision is needed
and the man who has it
must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky. ~Crazy Horse
 
Knowledge is power, and for each level of knowledge, you are held responsible for it. ~ Gary Zukav
 
Many of us squander precious natural resources -time, creative energy,
emotion- comparing our talents to those of others.
Today ask Spirit to call forth your authentic gifts, so that you might know them,
acknowledge them, and own them.  ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
 
Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven. ~Yiddish Proverb
 

Knowledge is the true organ of sight, not the eyes.  -Panchatantra

 

A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere. -Joyce A. Myers

 

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.  ~Kahlil Gibran

 

When you teach your son, you teach your son's son.  ~The Talmud

 

The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr.  ~Mohammed

 

If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

Children are a wonderful gift . . . They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are. ~Desmond Tutu

 

Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. ~Napoleon Hill

 

Children are likely to live up to what you believe in them. ~Lady Bird Johnson

 
"Freedom is the oxygen of the soul." -Moshe Dayan
 
"None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free." –Goethe
 
"A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving." -Lau Tsu
 
"If we do not like what a future looks like, all we have to do is change our thought patterns and start taking better care of our TOTAL self, as Life is just what we make it." -David Little Elk
 
"I do not always come as a trickster.
Sometimes it is necessary to remind others to enjoy life.
To remember to play and lick another's nose!" -Coyote Speak, Spirit Talk
 
"Usually when the distractions of daily life deplete our energy, the first thing we eliminate is the thing we need the most: quiet, reflective time. This is the definition of insanity." — Sarah Ban Breathnach
 
"Freedom is not merely the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither is it merely the opportunity to choose between set alternatives. Freedom is, first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue over them - and then, the opportunity to choose." –C. Wright Mills
 
"Create your own myth" -Rumi
 
"Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently." –Rosa Luxemberg
 
"You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world." — Sheila Graham
 
"It seems we are not to know why
one person's walk or stay here
is longer or shorter than another's
leaving the answer to be found only
where the rest of us cannot follow
What reamains is the love that grows
ever on in our hearts
 and the solace of knowing
their peace is now rendered
by those who walked
an earlier passage"
–L.L. Abbott, for Alethea and family                        
 
"Unable are the Loved to die For Love is Immortality." –Emily Dickinson
 
"Prayer is the soul's sincere desire
Uttered or unexpressed
The motion of a hidden fire
That trembles in the breast."
–James Montgomery                                               
      
"If a man loses anything and goes back and looks carefully for it he will find it." –Sitting Bull
 
"Who soweth good seed shall surely reap
The year grows rich as it groweth old
And life's latest sands are its sands of gold!"
–Julia Ripley Dorr                                   
 
"Peace is not the absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, and justice." –Spinoza

"We are living beyond our means. As a people we have developed a life-style that is draining the earth of its priceless and irreplaceable resources without regard for the future of our children and people all around the world." –Margaret Mead

"To cement a new friendship, especially between foreigners or persons of a different social world, a spark with which both were secretly charged must fly from person to person, and cut across the accidents of place and time." –Cornelia Otis Skinner

"We can work together for a better world with men and women of goodwill, those who radiate the intrinsic goodness of humankind. To do so effectively, the world needs a global ethic with values which give meaning to life experiences and, more than religious institutions and dogmas, sustain the non-material dimension of humanity. Mankind's universal values of love, compassion, solidarity, caring and tolerance should form the basis for this global ethic which should permeate culture, politics, trade, religion and philosophy. It should also permeate the extended family of the United Nations." –Wangari Maathai

"Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding." –Ralph Waldo Emerson

"In the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught." –Baba Dioum

"I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act." –G.K. Chesterton

 
"We are each other's harvest ... we are each other's magnitude and bond."  ~Gwendolyn Brooks
 
"Conformity is the enemy of thought and the jailer of freedom." --John F. Kennedy
"After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended." --Nelson Mandela
 
"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect." --Chief Seattle
 
"Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life.  Don't let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity." --R.I. Fitzhenry
 
"When you have found your own room, be kind to those who have chosen different doors and to those who are still in the hall." --C.S. Lewis
 
"Focusing our attention-daily and hourly-not on what is wrong, but on what we love and value, allows us to participate in the birth of a better future, ushered in by the coices we make each and every day." --Carol Pearson
 
"The last of the human freedoms: to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstance and to choose one's own way." --Viktor Frankl
 
"Sooner or later, people who want to see are going to open up their hearts and their eyes, and they're going to notice that a lot of incredible things can happen when people are given chances." --Julieanne Krone

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up. --Anne Lamott

When we become aware that we do not have to escape our pains, but that we can mobilize them into a common search for life, those very pains are transformed from expressions of despair into signs of hope. --Henri Nouwen

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. --Mother Teresa

"I thought if I could face the worst danger voluntarily, and triumph, I would forever have power over it." --Maya Angelou

"Man's main task is to give birth to himself." --Erich Fromm

Wisdom is a science by which we discriminate between things spiritually good and evil. It is the science of sciences, for alone, it can understand the value, the true price, the real uses, the danger, and the potentialities of the soul. --Joubert

When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the spirit laughs for what it has found. --Sufi Proverb

Helped are those who create anything at all, for they shall relive the thrill of their own conception and realize a partnership in the creation of the Universe that keeps them responsible and cheerful. --Alice Walker

Hope, like the gleaming taper's light, adorns and cheers our way; and still, as darker grows the night, emits a brighter ray. --Oliver Goldsmith

Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable. --Francis Bacon

"What is Love? Gratitude.

                 What is hidden in our chests? Laughter.
What else? Compassion." --Rumi

"We are always afraid to start something that we want to make very good, true and serious." — Brenda Ueland

"Compassion is not religious business,
it is human business,
it is not luxury,
it is essential for our own peace and mental stability,
it is essential for human survival." --Dalai Lama

"Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind." -- Leonardo da Vinci

"The firey moments of a passionate experience are moments of wholeness and totality." --Anais Nin
 
"We must become the change we want to see."-- Gandhi

"We have every opportunity in life to have things different.... If I have one remaining wish to be fulfilled it is that one day my people will stand up as one person and be counted; that they will call back their pride and say, "no more." --Fools Crow 

"Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen." - Robert Bresson

"In fear, the brain starves the heart of its bravest blood." --Kall

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." --Anais Nin

"A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent." --William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

"Ultimately, human intentionality is the most powerful evolutionary force on this planet." --George Leonard

"This new millennium will usher in an age of harmony or it will bring the end of life as we know it. Starvation, war and toxic waste have been the hallmark of the Great Myth of Progress and Development that ruled the last millennium. To us, as caretakers ... falls the responsibility of turning back the powers of destruction. We have come to a time and place of great urgency. The fate of future generations rests in our hands. We must understand the two ways we are free to follow, as we choose the positive way or the negative way the spiritual way or the material way. It's our own choice--each of ours and all of ours." -- Chief Arvol Looking Horse

"The spirit in which a thing is given determines that in which the debt is acknowledged; it's the intention, not the face-value of the gift, that's weighed." --SENECA

"The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage." --Thucydides, funeral speech for Pericles

"Perfect courage consists in doing that without witnesses, which it would be capable of doing before all the world." --LaRochefoucauld\216

"To see what is right and not to do it, is want of courage." --Confucius Analects

"One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest." --Maya Angelou

"Learn the craft of knowing how to open your heart and to turn on your creativity. There's a light inside of you." — Judith Jamison

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