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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Quotes of the day... 5/30/14

When we’re willing to see the innocence 
in another person even when he or she 
has behaved without love toward us, 
we activate the Law of Divine Compensation.
     ~Marianne Williamson 

Just like a sunbeam can't 
separate itself from the sun, 
and a wave can't separate itself from the ocean,
we can't separate ourselves from one another.
We are all part of a vast sea of love, 
one indivisible divine mind.
     ~ Marianne Williamson 

Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014)

After reading about Maya Angelou's life I am convinced she was God, Goddess, and Warrior incarnate, all in one. I encourage everyone to read about her life. I am exhausted by simply reading about it, much less living it. She lived the life that would add up to an innumerable number of people's lives.

Maya's occupations and careers spanned that of a prostitute, fry cook, street car conductor, body shop paint remover, dancer, singer, composer, recording artist, play write, actress, director, producer, writer, editor, poet, lecturer, professor, university administrator, radio broadcaster, 30 honorary doctoral degrees, civil rights activist, market researcher, world traveler. Are you tired yet?? She worked to survive, to express herself, and to allow others to do the same.

This woman rose from the pits of depression 3 times in her life, the first time, a young girl, as a 5 year selective mute after the man who sexual abused her was murdered. The second time, while working with Malcom X, after he was assassinated. The last depression came after what was called "a macabre twist of fate" when Martin Luther King was assassinated while she was working with him.

Her spirit, courage, tirelessness, and tenacity is unimaginable. The Wikipedia article is a good starting point to witnessing the legacy of this indomitable woman. 

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, 
so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, 
how you can still come out of it.” 
~ Maya Angelou ~

(picture credit: Goodreads)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Are you nuts? You would be not to do this. ~ Stephen Russell, The Barefoot Doctor

The part of your mind that attempts to decide the future when the view is unclear, is limited in its scope and is not necessarily the best faculty to rely on, especially when you're stressed.  

The way of the warrior in times of crisis is to override the worrying part of the mind altogether and instead rely on your subconscious mind whence springs intuition. 

The more you let go of struggling to decide what's best as a next step, and trust your subconscious mind to navigate events for you, then you'll naturally land on your feet. 

Quotes of the day... 5/29/14

Everything we do is infused with the energy
with which we do it. 
If we're frantic,life will be frantic. 
If we're peaceful, life will be peaceful. 
And so our goal in any situation 
becomes inner peace.
     ~ Marianne Williamson

Acts that proceed from your calm center
are always more effective than acts that
proceed from fear, guilt, or anger.
     ~ Alan Cohen

Always seek less turbulent skies.
Hurt. Fly above it.
Betrayal. Fly above it.
Anger. Fly above it.
You are the one who is flying the plane.
     ~ Marianne Williamson 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

"God is definitely out of the closet. The Queen is coming to reclaim her girls." ~ Marianne Williamson

Welcome to the Century of Women  By Tom Brokaw • April 29, 2013

For the past year or so I’ve been saying that I think the 21st century will become known as the Century of Women, just as the 20th was widely declared to be the American Century and the 19th as the Industrial Age.

When I make that declaration in public gatherings, the applause seems to come almost entirely from women. Men don’t boo or walk out, but neither do they cheer the possibility. Perhaps this is because they accept the premise or—more likely—because they have not considered it.

Forecasting the future is a perilous exercise and I am fully aware of the difficult landscape yet to be traveled. Nonetheless, the advances are too little remarked upon or recognized.

Women now make up 20 percent of the U.S. Senate. A woman is the leader of the House Democrats. The number of women governors declined slightly in the last election, but more women are active in state politics at other levels. Three women sit on the U.S. Supreme Court. Women occupy all of New Hampshire’s top state and federal legislative offices.

The two most popular members of the recent presidential campaign were Michelle Obama and Ann Romney.

For the first time, a woman has been appointed as Head of the Secret Service. The new Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission (one of our most important regulatory agencies) is a woman.

More than half the medical and law students in America are women.

Half the Ivy League schools have women as presidents.

IBM—a bastion of the white male business establishment—is now led by a woman.

Martha Nelson is the new editor-in-chief of Time, Inc., and Jill Abramson is the editor of the New York Times.

I know, I know—it is not enough. The corner offices are still largely man caves. The Obama Administration remains male heavy. Wall Street and Main Street have more in the M column than in the F column.

As the challenges of the 21st century demand more from each of us, shouldn’t we be thinking as much about how to free up more women for the common good as we do about immigration, entitlement reform and debt reduction?

As the father of three accomplished daughters, I live with their struggle to balance career, marriage and family. One daughter is a physician in a health-oriented business. Another is a digital music entrepreneur and the third is a clinical therapist and author. They’re all educated with supportive partners and parents who have financial resources. Even so, their lives have very little breathing room.

Millions of other accomplished women are much more constrained by the absence of comparable emotional and financial support. How can we free them so we can all be the beneficiaries of their skills and strengths? Let’s put that question on the agenda as an objective of the 21st century.

To those who are understandably impatient with the progress on these vexing issues that bump up against the tides of tradition, I remember another time when the progress of a long suppressed part of our population seemed painfully slow.

I came of age professionally in the Sixties, working for a while in the South as well as in the segregated North and the racial enclaves of big cities. Racial issues, their politics and place in our popular culture have long been a prominent and deeply felt part of my journalistic and personal portfolio.

Yet I could not have imagined then we’d have by now an African American president who would—within a few hours of his second inauguration—walk only a few steps across the U.S. Capitol rotunda to pay tribute at a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King.

By the turn of the next century, who will make a journey across the Capitol rotunda? Surely there will be one or more women. If Germany or the macho states of Argentina, Brazil and Chile can break the “woman as president” barrier, how long before America catches up?

If this is—as I believe this will be— the Century of Women, it is a journey that should begin with a destination.

Quotes of the day... 5/28/14

If we do not like ourselves
there is no amount of compliments
and attention that could change that.

It takes courage... to endure the sharp pains
of self discovery rather than choose to take
the dull pain of unconsciousness that
would last the rest of our lives.
    ~ Marianne Williamson

And no one will listen to us
until we listen to ourselves.
     ~ Marianne Williamson

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Quotes of the day... 5/27/24

It is essential that you tune into your body
and listen to what it needs.
     ~ Vision Quest Tarot

By taking better care of yourself,
you strengthen your entire network
of connections and relations.
     ~ Vision Quest Tarot

Even though an infinite power
resides within you, it is essential for 
the human body to maintain healthy balance.
Kindly respect its natural limits, 
then you will have strength in the world
at your disposal.
     ~ adapted, Vision Quest Tarot

Monday, May 26, 2014

"They sicken of the calm that knows the storm." ~ Dorothy Parker

This quote seems to mean that those who have known adventure do not enjoy the peaceful times for very long. But when we realize that life is based on the pendulum principal, swinging from success to challenge, peaceful times don't last forever, nor do the storms. This is the method of growth and discovery.

It explains why some cannot enjoy the success of the moment because they are "waiting for the other shoe to drop". But if we embrace the pendulum principle of life we know that we will never be stuck in a challenge/adventure for long and we should appreciate the the skills we hone while in it.

Ultimately, if we are embracing each moment, we can find peace in adventure and adventure in peace.