Good decisions are made in good times; bad decisions are made in bad times
Timing is the source of luck; both of the good and the bad
Luck is another word for fate; they’re opposite sides of the same coin
Every face is a mirror and reflects you your own, in a way no other can
The eyes like a familiar face since long absent
Beauty eases pain
Some rise by sin and some by virtue fall -Shakespeare
How often have the good suffered only because they were within the scope of influence of the bad…
We often dislike those we’ve hurt -Gretchen Rubin
To be good is to be happy; he who is good is happy, and he who is happy is good
How, when or why does happiness strike? A few years ago I took a trip. To Albania, of course, my beloved home. I went through Washington DC. I was nervous. It was my first trip alone overseas. Anyway, we were flying by night. We boarded, we soon flew off and there I was in the middle of the night flying over the Atlantic. Soon enough I ate dinner at 1 AM and listened to a random playlist of songs, as one does on long international flights.
I got up and out of my seat and walked over to the restrooms but they were both taken. I had to stand next to one door and across me was another young man waiting on the other bathroom. As we stood there, our eyes met in the dark, and I could see in his face that he was happy! I too felt the happiness of the moment … But why? It was 2 a.m. in the morning, we were both sleepless standing in the dark waiting for the bathrooms to open up? And that is a happy moment?
You never know when, where, or why happiness is going to strike. Why was I and this fellow passenger happy? The situation was novel, we were going to Europe, a very novel thing if you don’t go very often. We were happy because it was very late and nothing was expected of us: the day was over, now we could relax. We were happy because travel energizes just as much as it fatigues. And finally for no reason at all; happiness is transitory and inexplicable, like a bolt of lighting; you never know when or where it is going to strike. This reveals it’s chance nature, and its namesake “it just happens.” Happiness happiness… but it happens through meaningful activity. Happiness never happens just lying on the couch doing nothing. You have to earn it.
God is a poet. He puts everyone and everything in the right place and the right time
You are author of your own destiny
A resolution is not a quick fix that comes true upon declaration. It is an ongoing process that must be managed, and monitored over time.
Why is my life the way it is today?
Everyone wants to be more fortunate than what they are
His parents viewed the breaking of the will as the cornerstone of education – Herman hesse
The ability to listen is a skill
What I feel I know to believe; what I merely think I know to doubt
If you can’t enjoy the little things you can’t enjoy life
Past a certain point in life, every year is a celebration
No one is judging you
The bad need fear evil not; while the good need goodness for their protection
We need God most when we’re ill
Scheduling a treat eliminates the need for self control
Cope, manage, deal
I can’t feel happy when I am supposed to. When I am not supposed to, I feel happy!
You already are a success
Being alone teaches self-reliance
It’s not about success; it’s about the effort!
What is too good to be true is also too bad to be true!
Never mind what you missed out on in the past. Focus on the opportunities of today
Be yourself… as if one has a choice to be anyone else but who he is!
You want to be happy? Do not be a philosopher
Don’t do stupid hard things. Do worthy hard things.
Don’t expect to be happy. You have to earn it by doing good things!
Live for today
Cope, Manage, Deal
The good thing about pain is it can never kill you. The bad thing about pain is it can never kill you.
You are never too sick. You are never too old. (anonymous)
You are appreciated where you belong
You have to feel good to create good art
Life uses us for its purposes…
Make a moment with a stranger, for a better day
Do something nice for somebody
Work will keep your mind off your worries
Without pleasure work needs double the effort and yields half the profit; with pleasure, it yields double the profit from half the effort
When we are well, we forget misery; when unwell we forget wellbeing
Where there is an inspiration there is a way
What is now written on stone, was once written on paper
What joy do the old have but to take an interest in the life of the young?
The face is the canvas of the brain; it paints a vision of what the brain thinks
Creativity is everything. When the mind is at its best, it is the most creative
When Rome is burning, you can’t stay the course
Our wills and fates do so contrary run -Shakespeare
Half the job is looking the part, the other half is acting it
There is no way to go back, but there may be a way to go forward
Whether it is lived right or lived wrong, life is hard. But the life that is lived right is hard in a rewarding way, while the life that is lived wrong is hard in a regrettable way.
The first draft sometimes is the best draft
Even a Toad has four ounces of strength – Chinese proverb
“We lived our lives as if life was forever. To live one’s life without a sense of time is to squander it.” — Diana Trilling, The Beginning of the Journey
Failure is only true after a real and worthy effort; failure after the first try is a foolish lie.
For what human ill does not dawn seem to be an alleviation? –Thornton Wilder
If you count everything you been through, it proves you are stronger than you think
How can they say my life isn’t a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escape being eaten? –Logan Pearsall Smith
I don’t want to change my life. I want to like my life!
The light that burns twice as bright lasts half as long. -popular
Be master of your own destiny for to succeed at somebody else’s plans for your life, is still to fail yourself.
Justice requires work
People need more than bread and water… they need to see somebody cares for them.
When you got something to play for, you play better
Do what you can
There is no one self-existent thing but everything is becoming and in relation*
Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher*
A quote is only as good as the man who said it.
What you feared did not happen. It was an empty fear. -from Lassie
Kindness is its own reward.
We measure “smarts” by books and discoveries. Einstein was smart because he was good at science. So was Newton. The mathematical genius of these men was unrivaled. But I actually think there’s a whole another type of genius: nonverbal communication.
Certainly the brain is working harder when it is allowed to just be and see, than when it is made to compute. What’s 2 times 2? Who cares! That does not get my mind going. Perhaps this is why I am no mathematician and never really was. My point is that there is more than one aspect to the mind; more than the computational intellect.
There is the emotional mind, which is what we use to perceive reality. And it is at its best when it is just allowed to be and see. You can’t really bring the soul out by force, when you tell it to or when you want it to. One becomes a good observer by simply observing. Observe your reality. Observe those around you. And you will see that when you look at people, their skin changes. It literally contains the workings of their mind.
The face is a mirror to the workings of the mind. When you focus in on someone, they will have more focus. Their mind will come to their face. Emotions are communicable. What you feel is felt by others around you.
Newton and Einstein may have been the world’s best “calculators”, but were they the best “nonverbal communicators”? No, everyone can be a good nonverbal communicator. All one needs to do is to let his emotions show. Sometimes, we don’t, we won’t, because we’re shy or don’t trust others! But at other times, we can become “emotionally outgoing” whether with someone on the bus, at a café or walking down the street. In that case, we have made a friend, even if it is a friend we never said one word to, or even made direct eye contact with.