"Are you willing to forget what you have done for other people, and to remember what other people have done for you; to ignore what the world owes you, and to think what you owe the world; to put your rights in the background, and your duties in the middle distance, and your chances to do a little more than your duty in the foreground; to see that men and women are just as real as you are, and try to look behind their faces to their hearts, hungry for joy; to own up to the fact that probably the only good reason for your existence is not what you are going to get out of life, but what you are going to give to life; to close your book of complaints against the management of the universe, and look around you for a place where you can sow a few seeds of happiness. Are you willing to do these things even for a day?"
- Henry van Dyke
Six Days of the Week
"There is no limit to what this cracked and broken and achingly beautiful world can offer, and there is equally no limit to our ability to meet it.
Each day, the sun rises and we get out of bed. Another day has begun and bravely, almost recklessly, we stagger into it not knowing what it will bring to us. How will we meet this unpredictable, untamable human life? How will we answer its many questions and challenges and delights? What will we do when we find ourselves, stumble over ourselves, encounter ourselves, once again, in the kitchen?"
- Dana Velden
Finding Yourself in the Kitchen
beyond the fields we know
"As a doctor, let me tell you what self-love does: It improves your hearing, your eyesight, lowers your blood pressure, increases pulmonary function, cardiac output, and helps wiring the musculature. So, if we had a rampant epidemic of self-love then our healthcare costs would go down dramatically. So, this isn't just some little frou-frou new age notion, oh love yourself honey. This is hardcore science."
Hungry For Change documentary
"Bless the poets, the workers for justice, the dancers of ceremony, the singers of heartache, the visionaries, all makers and carriers of fresh meaning - We will all make it through, despite politics and wars, despite failures and misunderstandings. There is only love."
- Joy Harjo
Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings
So there must also be
a family circled round
the bedside of someone
who is dying. I place
myself among them.
All of us are waiting
for the little we believe we need
to hold onto, and repeat.
But this is not my family
although it is you
who are dying, your words
I am again unable to imagine
as everything continues
sliding together in the light,
that day so easily
changed to this one,
the sky that is so blue, and the clouds
that cross my gaze with such terrible speed.
- Lawrence Raab
from This Day
"But there are other people, people who choose to be crazy in order to cope with what they regard as a crazy world. They have adopted craziness as a lifestyle. I've found that there is nothing I can do for these people because the only way you can get them to give up their craziness is to convince them that the world is actually sane. I must confess that I have found such a conviction almost impossible to support."
Reality is Always Freshly Born
But reality can never be known in advance.
Creativity is not a matter of just applying know how in order to achieve ends that have been figured out in advance.
Indeed, we may say that if you know what to do in any situation, it's the wrong thing.
Living truth has to be created in the act of living and even the means have to be created in the act of giving ourselves to the task.
If you know what to say, it's a lie.
If you know how to teach, you're a propagandist.
If you know how to compose a verse, you're not a poet.
If you know how to get along with your husband or wife, you're not really married, you're simply applying psychology.
(If you know how to heal your client, you're not a real therapist)
Reality is not gained by know how.
Reality is always freshly born.
Whenever a relationship or action is real, it is being created and re-created from moment to moment.
The real question is not what to do, but
How can I give myself more completely to the situation, to the task, to the person at hand?
As one learns how to give oneself more and more unreservedly, one is led step by step and
Discovers what to do
- Bernard Phillips
one planet thriving
"For the crust presented by the life of lies is made of strange stuff. As long as it seals off hermetically the entire society, it appears to be made of stone. But the moment someone breaks through in one place, when one person cries out, "The emperor is naked!" - when a single person breaks the rules of the game, thus exposing it as a game - everything suddenly appears in another light and the whole crust seems then to be made of a tissue on the point of tearing and disintegrating uncontrollably."
The Power of the Powerless