Monday, March 30, 2020

Monday ~ March 30, 2020

I think it is important to try to see the present calamity human situation so that we can no longer ignore it. The war creates no absolutely new situation: it simply aggravates the permanent human situation so that we can no longer ignore it. Human life has always been lived on the edge of a precipice. Hunan culture has always had to exist under the shadow of something infinitely more important than itself... We are mistaken when we compare war with 'normal life.' Life has never been normal. Even those periods which we think most tranquil... turn out, on closer inspection, to be full of cries, alarms, difficulties, emergencies.

(C.S. Lewis, 1898 - 1963)

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Sunday ~ March 29, 2020

How to be perfect:
Get some sleep.
Eat an orange every morning.
Be friendly. It will help make you happy.
Hope for everything. Expect nothing.
Take care of things close to home first. Straighten up your room before you save the world. Then save the world.
After dinner, wash the dishes.
Calm down.
Forgive your country every once in a while. If that is not possible, go to another one.
If you feel tired, rest.
Be good.
Be honest with yourself, diplomatic with others.
Do not go crazy a lot. It's a waste of time.
Drink plenty of water. When asked want you would like to drink, say, "Water, please."
Take out the trash.
Live life.

(Ron Padgett, b. 1942)

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Saturday ~ March 28, 2020

There is no need to be afraid of death. It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we're alive - to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are. Every individual human being born on this earth has the capacity to become a unique and special person unlike any who has ever existed before or will ever exist again... When you live as if you'll live forever, it becomes too easy to postpone the things you know that you must do. You live your life in preparation for tomorrow or in remembrance of yesterday, and meanwhile, each day is lost. In contrast, when you fully understand that each day you awaken could be the last you have, you take the time that day to grow, to become more of who you really are, to reach out to other human beings.

(Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, 1926 - 2004)

Friday, March 27, 2020

Friday ~ March 27, 2020

What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain.

(Maya Angelou, 1928 - 2014)

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Thursday ~ March 26, 2020

I seek the courage to live - this day. How I slip into the mood that is desultory, that quietly informs my mind that tomorrow I can begin the new way, tomorrow I can make a fresh turning in my road. Courage to strike out on the path I have never trod before, courage to make new friends, courage to yield myself to the full power of the dream, courage to yield my life with the abiding enthusiasm to the Spirit of God and the wide reaches of creative undertakings among the children of humanity - this I seek today.

(Howard Thurman, 1899 - 1981)

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Wednesday ~ March 25, 2020

For a little attention, complain a little. For a lot of attention, stop complaining.

(Sarah Manguso, b. 1974)

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Tuesday ~ March 24,2020

Breath is life, and the intermingling of breaths is the purpose of good living. This is, in essence, the great principle on which all productive living must rest, for relationships among all the beings of the universe must be fulfilled; in this way, each individual life may be fulfilled.

(Paula Gunn Allen, 1939 - 2008)

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