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I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be. ~Douglas Adams
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Our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.
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"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, totally worn out and screaming,

"WOO HOO what a ride!"
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Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
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Expect trouble as an
inevitable part of life, and
 when it comes, hold your
head high. Look it squarely
in the eye, and say, "I will
be bigger than you. You
cannot defeat me."

-Ann Landers

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"We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery." — H.G. Wells
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"To be nobody-but-yourself," poet e.e cummings once wrote, "in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else--means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting."
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We ourselves feel that what
we are doing is just a drop
in the ocean. But the ocean
would be less because of
that missing drop.

-Mother Teresa
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"The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.
- Catherine Aird
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As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.

Carl G. Jung (1875-1
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We know nothing of tomorrow, our business is to be good and happy today.

-Sydney Smith
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Whatever you are, be a good one.
--Abraham Lincoln
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I don't want to start back to school. I want summer vacation to go on for another couple of months. Of course, weather-wise I'm about ready for fall (Summer and winter both have their charms, but spring and fall are my favorites). One of the trees in my backyard agrees. It is starting to let loose of a few of its leaves and let them 'fall'. We (the tree and I) would like it to be just a bit cooler, with a light breeze, and MUCH less humidity, but still vacation.

I've finally learned to appreciate the joy and "healthfulness" of just sitting under a tree. Not reading or writing or knitting (altho all of those things are also more pleasant done in the shade of a tree) but just sitting -- sometimes not even thinking -- just Being. I guess some would call it meditation; -- I'm not sure I'm that 'organized' about it. But is sure does help the day go better to take these little time-outs.
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Everything we experience -- joy or pain, interest or boredom -- is represented in the mind as information. If we are able to control this information, we can decide what our lives will be like.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in __Flow -- THe Psychology of Optimal Experience__


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