TAKE THE HIT
What is it you said to the kid? The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very rough, mean place... and no matter how tough you think you are, it'll always bring you to your knees and keep you there, permanently... if you let it. You or nobody ain't never gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit... it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward... how much you can take, and keep moving forward. If you know what you're worth, go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit.
- from the "Rocky Balboa" script, by Sylvester Stallone
LIVE YOUR WAY INTO THE ANSWER
"Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer."
THE ONE YOU FEED
One evening by the campfire an old Cherokee told his grandson
about a battle that goes on inside people.
The old man said:
"My son, the battle is between two "wolves" inside us all.
"One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
"The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather:
"Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee simply replied:
"The one you feed."
LIFE HAS ALREADY BEGUN
For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin-- real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last, it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.
CREATE YOUR FUTURE
"The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created - created first in mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them changed both the maker and the destination." - John Schaar
STOP WORRYING WHERE YOU'RE GOING, MOVE ON
"You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others." - Martha Graham
I will find a way or make one (Hannibal);
Get on board, or get out of my way ( CDJ );
Mo' Money, Mo' Problems (Notorious B.I.G);
I don't take drugs: I am drugs. (Salvador Dali);
At the center of your being you have the answer;
You know who you are and you know what you want. (Lao-tzu);
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. (Gandhi);
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character. (Ralph Waldo Emerson);
In the measurement world you set a goal and strive for it. In the Universe of possibility you set a context and let life unfold. (Zander);
I wasn't pushing you away; I was pulling me toward myself. (Stephen Colbert as Chuck Noblet, Strangers with Candy)
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. (William Arthur Ward)
Don't hold to anger, hurt or pain. They steal your energy & keep you from love. (Leo Buscaglia)
Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor. (Ben Franklin)
The real secret of magic is that the world is made of words, and that if you know the words that the world is made of, you can make of it whatever you wish. (Terence Mckenna)
A life without cause is a life without effect. (Dildano, from Barbarella)
So be it. Evoke the forms. Where you’ve nothing else construct ceremonies out of air and breathe upon them. (Cormac McCarthy, The Road)
Creating without claiming, Doing without taking credit, Guiding without interfering, This is Primal Virtue. (Lao Tzu)
Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Between two lovers there is always one who loves and the other who lets himself/herself be loved. (W. Somerset Maugham)
Look for your own. Do not do what someone could do as well as you.
Do not say, do not write what someone else could say, could write as well as you.
Care for nothing in yourself
But what you feel exists nowhere else--
And out of yourself, create, impatiently or patiently...
The most irreplacable of beings. (Andre Gide)
No creature is fully itself till it is, like the dandelion, opened in the bloom of pure relationship to the sun, the entire living cosmos. (D.H. Lawrence)
The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens. (Rilke)
When we see others beginning to live their authentic selves, it drives us crazy if we have not lived out our own. Individuals who are realized in their own lives almost never criticize others. If they speak at all, it is to offer encouragement. (Steven Pressfield)
About me:“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” - Rumi
"I'll do things to you that are beyond all known philosophies! Wait until I get my devices!" - Durand Durand (Barbarella)
"They say when opportunity knocks, you should let it in and invite it to sit at your table. F** that - when opportunity knocks, you should take it CAPTIVE. Beat that sh**t DOWN. I've got opportunity tied to a chain in my basement with a ball gag in its mouth. Opportunity ain't even thinking about leaving my house." - Tracy Morgan
"The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering." - Ben Okri
"The True Man wants 2 things: DANGER & PLAY. For that reason he wants Woman, as the Most Dangerous Plaything" - Friedrich Nietzsche
"If there is any point at all to life, surely it is to live out our dreams, to serve, to follow our bliss, to release the music within us, play it with joy and to share it with others? Surely we have a responsibility to finally listen to - and honor - the siren calls of our souls, which have been silenced by our egos throughout our lives? How else can we connect with our essence, the source of our calling?" - Lance Secretan
"I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life's greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret." - Tony Robbins
"For years I dreamed of having the sort of massive oak slab that would dominate a room.... In 1981 I got the one I wanted and placed it in the middle of a spacious, skylighted study... For six years I sat behind that desk either drunk or wrecked out of my mind.... A year or two after I sobered up, I got rid of that monstrosity... got another desk -- it's handmade, beautiful, and half the size of the T. rex desk. I put it at the far west end of the office, in a corner....I'm sitting under it now, a fifty-three-year-old man with bad eyes, a gimp leg, and no hangover....It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn't in the middle of the room. Life isn't a support-system for art. It's the other way around." - Stephen King, On Writing
Matter is energy held by relation into a particular structure of tension; all "reality" is an interlocking hierarchy of rhythmically interacting structures of energy. One of these structures has the unique property of being aware of itself and so of the other structures. Being self-conscious, its place in the order of things is disturbed. Trapped, it wants to escape from or return to the lost unity and so generates new structures to place itself in the order of experience according to purpose.
Self-consciousness is an awareness of the self, here, and the other, there, so the first coordinate of these structures is spatial. Awareness of the self and the other is awareness of relation so the other coordinate is dramatic. Schematically (not experientially) the spatial coordinate is in the custody of art, the dramatic in the custody of the myth ritual.
- John W. Dixon, Jr.
I do not consider myself less ignorant than most people,. I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teachings my blood whispers to me. * Each man's life represents a road toward himself, an attempt at such a road, the intimation of a path. No man has ever been entirely and completely himself. Yet each one strives to become that--one in an awkward, the other in a more intelligent way, each as best he can. Each man carries the vestiges of his birth--the slime and eggshells of his primeval past--with him to the end of his days. * We all share the same origin, our mothers; all of us come in at the same door. But each of us--experiments of the depths--strives toward his own destiny. We can understand one another; but each of us is able to interpret himself to himself alone.
- Herman Hesse, Demian
"The world is a wonderfully weird place, consensual reality is significantly flawed, no institution can be trusted, certainty is a mirage, security a delusion, and the tyranny of the dull mind forever threatens -- but our lives are not as limited as we think they are, all things are possible, laughter is holier than piety, freedom is sweeter than fame, and in the end it's love and love alone that really matters." - Tom Robbins