“Nothing is so bitter that a calm mind cannot find comfort in it.” ~ Seneca
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” ~ Ann Bradstreet
“Every difficulty in life presents us with an opportunity to turn inward and to invoke our own submerged inner resources. The trials we endure can and should introduce us to our strengths.” ~ Epictetus
“Nothing truly stops you. Nothing truly holds you back. For your own will is always within your control. Sickness may challenge your body. But are you merely your body? Lameness may impede your legs. But your are not merely your legs. Your will is bigger than your legs. Your will needn’t be affected by an incident unless you let it.” ~ Epictetus
“We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.” ~ Epictetus
“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” ~ Muhammad Ali
The Laughing Heart
your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
you can’t beat death
but you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
~ Charles Bukowski
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” ~ Henry Ford
“Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
“The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” ~ Mark Twain
“Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.” ~ Jonathan Kozol
“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.” ~ Jim Rohn