Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Words of Wisdom

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” -Alexander Graham Bell

 "Surprise is where creativity comes in."  -Ray Bradbury

"Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are 
those who encourage more than criticize."  
-Elizabeth Harrison
"Mistakes mean move in another direction. Other people's opinions don't define you. Find the courage to create the life you say you believe in. Build from strength to strength, not giving away your power, especially not doing stupid things in the name of pleasing other people." - Oprah

“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today”—Unknown
 "When you decide to live out what you believe. When you decide you want peace in your possession, then you will find out what that looks like & feels like. You begin to pray for God to give you peace. You incorporate peace in your relationships. You decide to respond differently. You speak in love. Act in tenderness. 
You imitate what you know about peace until it becomes a reality 
for your character & your life." 
- from the book, "A Beautiful Offering"

"Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being "in love" which any of us can convince ourselves we are.

Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two."

-Louis De Bernieres

Rejoice over everything.

Exult. Exhilarate.
Be glad. Be delighted, elated, and bowled over with joy!
Frolic freely, hop, hope, dance on the dare, cheer,
champion the little ones, revel in the riotous light.

Invoke God without ceasing. Pray with passion.
Whatever you do, do not quench the Spirit.
Take care not to douse or dampen the bold blaze in your depths.
Jump into life. Hold fast to it.
Give thanks for everything.
For everything, even the most misshapen and misunderstood,
is the disguise of the divine.

Susan Virginia Hull

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