Late last night just as I was lying in bed and about to sleep, a friend disturbed my slumber through the phone…she had another dear friend entering surgery this morning and wanted to ask me for an inspirational poem to share with and instill strength and courage to her friend.
I will share my top three suggestions, followed my a few of my favorite sites and sources of inspiration.
1) MAN IN THE ARENA Passage
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” – Teddy Roosevelt, “Citizenship in a Republic,” Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910
2) Our Deepest Fear
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Marianne Williamsonfrom A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles
3) The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac
The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac
Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete?
Proving nature’s law is wrong it learned to walk with out having feet.
Funny it seems, but by keeping it’s dreams, it learned to breathe fresh air.
Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else ever cared.
Lessons Learned in Life
Smoothing Ragged Edges
Don’t Die for Love
Love and Inspiration
and the best:
Pem Chodron (American Buddhist teacher)