the key.

What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti


gratitude = happiness.

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In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.
~ Brother David Steindl-Rast



Hope is a state of mind, not a state of the world
Either we have hope within us or we don’t.
Hope is not a prognostication—it’s an orientation of the spirit.
You can’t delegate that to anyone else.
Hope in this deep and powerful sense is not the same as joy
when things are going well,
or the willingness to invest in enterprises
that are obviously headed for early success,
but rather an ability to work for something to succeed.
Hope is definitely NOT the same as optimism.
It’s not the conviction that something will turn out well,
but the certainty that something makes sense,
regardless of how it turns out.
It is hope, above all, that gives us strength to live
and to continually try new things,
even in conditions that seem as hopeless as ours do, here and now.
In the face of this absurdity, life is too precious a thing
to permit its devaluation by living pointlessly, emptily,
without meaning, without love, and, finally, without hope.
~ Vaclav Havel



"It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt


risk to be alive.

Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive - the risk to be alive and express what we really are.
~ Don Miguel Ruiz


Happy Halloween!

"By the pricking
of my thumbs,
something wicked this
way comes."
~William Shakespeare




Giving is not
An obligation.
Giving is
~ Sri Chinmory


darkness into light.

"Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see."
~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr


time to fly.

No one ever regrets raising the bar, Erica, ever, ever, ever.

Scare yourself,
    The Universe



If you want something you’ve never had then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.



The Capacity To Be Alone

“The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. It may look paradoxical to you, but it’s not. It is an existential truth: only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core of another person–without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, without reducing the other to a thing, and without becoming addicted to the other. They allow the other absolute freedom, because they know that if the other leaves, they will be as happy as they are now. Their happiness cannot be taken by the other, because it is not given by the other.”
~ Osho