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We spend too much time living in the ‘what if’ and need to learn to live in the ‘what is.’
Rev. Leroy Allison

Some people drift through their entire life. They do it one day at a time, one week at a time, one month at a time. It happens so gradually they are unaware of how their lives are slipping away until it's too late.
Mary Kay Ash

[The void] It's that place in our lives where what we've been hanging onto . . . clinging to for dear life . . . is stripped away. It's that place in us where we let go of what we know, what we think we know, and what we want and surrender to the unknown. It is the place of saying and meaning, 'I don't know.' It means standing there with our hands empty for a while, sometimes watching everything we wanted disappear; our self image, our definition of who we thought we should be, the clones we've created of ourselves, the people we thought we had to have, the things we thought were so important to collect and surround ourselves with, the job we were certain was ours, the place we thought we'd live in all our lives. . . Surrender control to the supreme wisdom and authority of God and to the Divine in your soul. Step into the void with courage. Learn to say, I don't know. That's not blind faith. It's pure faith that will allow God and your spirit to lead you wherever your soul wants and needs to go.
Melody Beattie, "Finding Your Way Home"

Going home means getting comfortable being who you are and who your soul really wants to be. There is no strain with that. The strain and tension come when we're not being who our soul wants to be and we're someplace where our soul doesn't feel at home.
Melody Beattie, "Finding Your Way Home"

Quit hanging on to the handrails . . . Let go. Surrender. Go for the ride of your life. Do it every day.
Melody Beattie, "Finding Your Way Home"

Your body is free but your heart is in prison. To release your heart, you simply reverse the process which locked it up. First you begin to listen for messages from your heart—messages you may have been ignoring since childhood. Next you must take the daring, risky step of expressing your heart in the outside world. . . . As you learn to live by heart, every choice you make will become another way of telling your story. . . . It is the way you were meant to exist. If you stop to listen, you’ll realize that your heart has been telling you so all along.
Martha Beck, "Finding Your Own North Star"

A bird does not sing because it has an answer; it sings because it has a song.
Chinese proverb

There is the risk you cannot afford to take and there is the risk you cannot afford not to take.
Peter Drucker

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Albert Einstein

There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you do not do them.
Charles D. Gill

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
Wayne Gretzky

No one lives on the top of the mountain. It’s fine to go there occasionally —for inspiration, for new perspectives. But you have to come down. Life is lived in the valleys. That’s where the farms and gardens and orchards are, and where the plowing and the work is done. That’s where you apply the visions you may have glimpsed from the peaks.
Arthur Gordon

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is a hard business. If you try it, you’ll be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
Arthur Gordon

Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid. In the past, whenever I had fallen short in almost any undertaking, it was seldom because I had tried and failed. It was because I had let fear of failure stop me from trying at all.
Arthur Gordon

Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin.
Grace Hansen

It is our choices, Harry, that show what we really are, far more than our abilities.
Albus Dumbledore in one of the
Harry Potter books & movies

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
Judith Kelman

Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter, so that the world will be at least a little bit different for our having passed through it. . . . What frustrates us and robs our lives of joy is this absence of meaning. . . . Does our being alive matter?
Harold S. Kushner in
"When All You Ever Wanted Isn't Enough"

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
Joe Lewis

Don't wait for some magic gift. Share what you are, dare to be vulnerable, and you will find people who count you among their deepest friends
"Let God Love You"

The only certain means of success is to render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be. . . The surest way to doom yourself to mediocrity is to perform only the work for which you are paid.
Og Mandino in
"The Greatest Miracle in the World"

You are not the momentary whim of a careless creator experimenting in the laboratory of life. . . You were made with a purpose.
Og Mandino in
"The Greatest Miracle in the World"

All of us have been dying, hour by hour, since the moment we were born. Realizing this, let all things be placed in their proper perspective. . . . Remember, it is always later than you think.
Og Mandino in
"The Greatest Success in the World"

We're all here to do what we're all here to do.
The Matrix Reloaded 2003

I  believe everyone is born into the world to do something unique and something distinctive.
Benjamin E. Mays

One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.
Iris Murdoc

Above all, try something.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you deal with it is what makes the difference.
Virginia Satir

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.
Marilyn vos Savant

What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?
Dr. Robert H. Schuller

It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts.
Adlai Stevenson

There are some kind of men who are so busy worrying about the next life, they've never learned to live in this one.
"To Kill a Mockingbird"

We can't move ahead if we're trying to get even.
Frank Tyger

When we trust ourselves, doors open up. It's up to us to make sure that the door that opens isn't to an empty elevator shaft.
Unknown

What if the hokey-pokey is really what it's all about?
Unknown

There are times in our lives when we are on narrow roads. At those times, we are fools if we try to maintain our usual speed.
Unknown

If you do nothing unexpected, nothing unexpected happens.
Fay Weldon

That whisper you keep hearing is the universe trying to get your attention.
Oprah WInfrey

Every now and then, bite off more than you can chew.
Kobi Yamada

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There is no unimportant person
Have you ever read the label on a bottle of cream of tartar? Isn’t it fascinating to think that something as apparently worthless as pulverized grape goop could yield a product that’s responsible for the meringue topping on your coconut pie!

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