I have never liked being on the sidelines. I want to contribute, to compete, to try my hand, to test my skills, to speak my piece. I have to dig into the situation and see how I can affect its outcome….to help make things better. I like to participate in life….and not just watch it go by.
Do more than exist…….. live!
Do more than touch……. feel!
Do more than see………. observe!
Do more than hear………listen!
Do more than think……..ponder!
Do more than know……. understand!
Do more than do……….. experience!
Do more than search……pursue!
Do more than act………. solve!
Do more than talk……… say something!
Go forth into the busy world and love it.
Interest yourself in its life.
Mingle kindly with its joys and sorrows.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are people who make things happen, people who watch things happen, and people who didn't know anything happened.
Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean that politics won’t take an interest in you.
Whatever happens, never happens by itself.
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift.
That's why we call it “the present.”
Nobody cares if you can’t dance well.
Just get up and dance.
Our planet, our home, knows the secret of ritual and celebration. Each morning, the sun rises in a blaze of reds and oranges to kiss the earth with light and warmth; birds sing their first jubilant song thanking the day, and gardens open in a colorful greeting. Each evening, the sun sets, painting the sky with a dramatic good-bye, and making way for the darkness; crickets chirp their rhythmic lullaby, and the earth sleeps. Each winter, the earth humbly sheds the old so the new can grow. Each spring, it proudly celebrates its renewal with an abundance of life.
The earth does not allow its changes to go unheralded. It honors them with glorious and dramatic ritual. We must learn from the earth and honor our own cycles with sacred celebration. It is showing us the way.
If you live life in a sacred and mindful way, every moment can be a ceremony, a celebration that honors the connection with your Creator and with all living things.
Anyone bored these days is just not paying attention.
In Nazi Germany they came first for the Communists….and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews….and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists….and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics….and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me….and by that time there was no one left to speak up.
Those who expect to reap the blessing of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure….than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much….because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
When people don’t listen to other people as well as to the soft, little whispers in their own head….they deny themselves tremendous opportunities and glorious choices. They deny themselves this….and it’s their own damn fault.
I tell you and you forget.
I show you and you remember.
I involve you and you understand.
A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.
Do not wait to strike until the iron is hot,
but make it hot by striking.
William Butler Yeats
I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world
and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world.
This makes it hard to plan the day.
E. B. White
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good people do nothing.
You have enemies?
That means you’ve stood up for something,
sometime in your life.
Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is very often the only thing that does.
Let everyone sweep in front of their own door….and the whole world will be clean.
Johann Von Goethe
Since changes are going on anyway, the great thing is to learn enough about them so that we will be able to lay hold of them and turn them in the direction of our desires.
If you are not outraged by many things going on around you,
then you simply are not paying attention.
The world is run by those who show up.
People support what they help create.
The best way to predict the future….is to help create it.
One day, the people of the world will want peace so much….
that the governments are going to have to get out of their way
….and let them have it.