Thursday, April 18, 2013

An open Heart

• Strength is not about heavy lifting, but lowering it down lightly
• Respect is not just towards your seniors, but how to work with your juniors
• Beauty is not to attract others towards you, but how to withhold it within you
• Ugliness is not about appearances, but it is about how one lives
• Tactfulness is not about big actions, but about doing a small gesture
• Wonder is not just about a surprise, but about feeling
• Sadness is not about a outer surface, but about something hidden within.

Giving material goods is one form of generosity, but one can extend an attitude of generosity into all one's behavior. Being kind, attentive, and honest in dealing with others, offering praise where it is due, giving comfort and advice where they are needed, and simply sharing one's time with someone — all these are forms of generosity, and they do not require any particular level of material wealth. (Dalai Lama)

It may be that when we no longer know what to do,
we have come to our real work
and when we no longer know which way to go,
we have begun our real journey.
The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings. (Wendell Berry)

Cowardice asks the question: Is it safe?
Expediency asks the question: Is it politic?
Vanity asks the question: Is it popular?
But conscience asks the question: Is it right?
And there comes a time one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular — but one must take it simply because it is right. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

There are some people who always seem angry and continuously look for conflict. Walk away; the battle they are fighting isn't with you, it is with themselves....

Be impeccable with your word.
Don't take anything personally.
Don't make assumptions.
Always do your best.
Be Skeptical but Learn to Listen.
(Don Miguel Ruiz)

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do. (Helen Keller)

A happy life is just a string of happy moments. But most people don't allow the happy moment, because they're so busy trying to get a happy life. (Esther Hicks)

To live in this world, you must be able to do three things; to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and when the time comes to let it go, to let it go. (Mary Oliver)

It doesn't matter how long we may have been stuck in a sense of our limitations. If we go into a darkened room and turn on the light, it doesn't matter if the room has been dark for a day, a week, or ten thousand years — we turn on the light and it is illuminated. Once we control our capacity for love and happiness, the light has been turned on. (Sharon Salzberg)

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Your thoughts become words, your words become actions, your actions become habits, your habits become your character, and your character becomes your destiny. Be careful of what you think. (Lao-Tze)

Some people will not like you, not because of something you have done to them, but they just won't like you.... Some people aren't going to like the way you walk; some people aren't going to like the way you talk. Some people aren't going to like you because you can do your job better than they can do theirs. Some people aren't going to like you because other people like you, and because you're popular, and because you're well-liked.... (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you — not because they are nice, but because you are.

There is a great difference between knowing and understanding: you can know a lot about something and not really understand it. (Charles F. Kettering)

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