a good rumination

the following passage comes from a great Facebook Page I follow: Conscious Living

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Conscious-Living/269088453055

I know that you want to be strong for the people you love.
I know that you want to take care of yourself on your own.
But I also need you to know that it’s okay not to be okay.
It’s okay to struggle.
And it’s okay to ask for help.

Reaching out isn’t a sign of weakness.
It doesn’t make you inadequate or incapable—it makes you human.
We all need help sometimes.
We all struggle and have a difficult time coping.
You are no exception to that.
Being strong doesn’t mean holding in your emotions and pretending to be okay when you’re hurting.
And it certainly doesn’t mean denying yourself help when you’re struggling.
It means allowing yourself to be vulnerable.
It means giving yourself permission to feel your feelings, even when they are painful.
It means being authentic, even when it’s scary and you’re afraid of being judged.
It means allowing your needs to get met by asking for help, even though you’re scared of burdening people and appearing weak.
And it means taking care of yourself, even when you feel you don’t deserve to be taken care of.
So stop closing yourself off and start letting people in.
Our darkness thrives in isolation and is perpetuated when we put up a front.
In order to make your way to the light, you have to reach out.
You have to be open and honest, with yourself and with others.
You have to redefine what it means to be strong.
And you have to give yourself permission to not be okay.
Because truthfully, it takes so much more strength to admit that you need help and to give yourself permission to seek it, than it does to continue to struggle on your own.
I know it’s scary and difficult, but I also know that it’s possible.
You are competent and capable and strong.
Give yourself permission to do what’s necessary to heal.
It’s time.
– Deavon Di Prima
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think deep – writing prompt 9.27.2012

I have a dear friend who is a poet and spoken word artist….

on his Facebook recently he wrote the following note which I will copy and use as my entry today.

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Write on the following, interpreting all parts as you care to:

“Write about what you’ve forgotten.”

(Feel free to share results in the comments section here — or not.)

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if any of my readers care to share and ruminate,…. please do…

here I go….

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I’ve forgotten how to write about death. This is because I also forget to stop speaking about love. In the times I fell in love ,I loved not in the time of cholera or in spite of cholera. But my love WAS the cholera. 

But I find time enough to wander about life. With each drive along the dark, cold river, I find time enough to know about sustenance, of the earth and of life, and of people. 

Water replenishes and the river renews. With each dip in the water I am reborn. 

I’ve forgotten to feel about pain. 

I spend time enough appreciating smiles and the things that can never be repaid with each act of kindness.

I’ve forgotten how to speak about fear.

But I will never forget how you make me feel. 

 

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the quote and picture below is thanks to: 
Psychic Medium Bill Philipps

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If you have a desire you want to achieve, write it out, and make your intention known to Spirit and the Universe. When we write down what is it we want to create in our lives, we are creating an energy that we can look back at and affirm on a daily basis. We have the ability to add energy to our writing with repetition and pure intention. Also, when we write, we get inspiration and encouragement from Spirit. This means that we have support of God, source, and Spirit all around us to create miracles every day. All it takes is trust, faith, and the first step, writing it down! Plant the seeds and watch them grow

Coelho’s quote on life and beauty

“It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary.” – Paulo Coelho

Blake Mycoskie quote
Chuck Palahniuk quote
Fred Rogers quote
  • “If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.”

    — Robert South (1634 – 1716)

  • “I would rather have it said, ‘He lived usefully,’ than, ‘He died rich.’”

    — Benjamin Franklin (letter to his mother, 1750)

    • “The race of mankind would perish did they cease to aid each other. We cannot exist without mutual help. All therefore that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow-men; and no one who has the power of granting can refuse it without guilt.”

      — Sir Walter Scott (1771 – 1832)

    • “I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.”

      — Etienne de Grellet (1773 – 1855)

    • “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

      — Albert Pike (1809 – 1891)

ancient maxim

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

-Buddha

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be the light

and lead the way

then light the path behind you

you do a disservice to those before and those after you

if you don’t have the courage to reach back as you push forth

a rising tide

raises all ships

and it’s not all about your ship

the storms punish us all

and the waves punch all equally strong

the quote/picture below is found here thanks to the Oprah website: 
Aaron Sorkin quote

50 SHADES OF GRATITUDE

thanks Mark!

GYA today

Fall arrives in the Northern Hemisphere tomorrow, September 22, 2012. I love fall. But, I’m not in a hurry for it to arrive, I will happily wait one more day and enjoy today. That’s because today, September 21, is one of my favorite days. Besides being the last day of summer, it is also World Gratitude Day, which was established globally in 1965 and has been slowly gaining steam.

To commemorate World Gratitude Day, I have compiled my 50 favorite quotes on gratitude and appreciation. Since I painstakingly etched them on a parchment scroll, I thought I should share them. So, I have unfurled the scroll below for all to see. Collectively, they all lead back to the same benefits, but they each have their own subtle nuance or shade. Hence the title, 50 Shades of… oh well, you know what I mean.

This collection is not all-inclusive, of course, so…

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