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Courage is fear that has said its prayers. —Karle Wilson Baker— No one of us is always courageous. With trepidation we embark on many journeys. Fear is dispelled each time we rely on our inner strength and trust that our lives are in good hands. Self-talk is powerful and will prepare us to meet whatever […]

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Every great mistake has a half-way moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied. —Pearl S. Buck— We make mistakes because we are human, we are imperfect, we are frequently out of touch with the rhythms of the moment. When our minds are one place, either still trapped by the past […]

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The edge of the world does not look far away, To that I am running. —Papago Indian song for a young girl— All things seem possible to us when we’re young. The world’s problems look solvable; our optimism and our immense youthful energy combine to make us hopeful and impatient. Why didn’t anyone see before? […]

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…Fatherly and motherly hearts often beat warm and wise in the breasts of the bachelor uncles and maiden aunts; and it is my private opinion that these worthy creatures are a beautiful provisions of nature for the cherishing of other people’s children. —Louisa Mae Alcott— Nature has beautifully provided that all humans can love all […]

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Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression. —Dodie Smith— Preoccupation with ourselves exaggerates whatever condition presently haunts us. The temptation to dwell on our pain is so great, it takes strength and serious commitment to emotional health to move our focus to another’s needs. We are slow to learn that our […]

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I am ashamed of these tears. And yet at the extreme of my misfortune I am ashamed not to shed them. — Euripides— Shame is a little whip we carry with us. We can shame ourselves easily; the little whip stings. We often use it to punish feelings, because they evoke the helpless children we […]

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Promises that you make yourself are often like the Japanese plum tree—they bare no fruit. —Frances Marion— Promises are merely empty words if they aren’t backed up by action. And action is generally preceded first by deliberate resolve, then verbalized commitment (often to someone besides ourselves), and finally, a carefully laid out plan of steps […]

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We must build paradigms of science itself. —Steven Rose and Hilary Rose— Science itself is not to be feared. We fear what science is capable of—just as we fear what human beings are capable of, when they act on their violent feelings, without control or choice. Science is a powerful tool of the human mind, […]

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You can have your cake and eat it. But my God, it will go rotten inside you. —D.H. Lawrence— When we try to hang on to another person or to any part of life, we impede the natural flow. To be in harmony, we must let go. “You must lose your life in order to […]

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We must be true inside, true to ourselves, before we can know a truth that is outside us. —Thomas Merton— Integrity is not given in everyone’s life. It is the result of self-discipline, inner trust, and a decision to be relentlessly honest in our response to all situations in our lives. We are quick to […]