“There is no guarantee that tomorrow at this time we will be here. But still we are working for that purely on the basis of hope. So, we need to make the best use of our time. I believe that the proper utilization of time is this: if you can, serve other people, other sentient beings. If not, at least refrain from harming them. I think that is the whole basis of my philosophy.” ~ Dalai Lama, The Art of Happiness
The following short story was derived from Alan Watt’s Book, The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are. We have also included his prelude and postlude thoughts for context.
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“Myth is the form in which I try to answer when children ask me those fundamental metaphysical questions which come so readily to their minds: ‘Where did the world come from?’ ‘Why did God make the world?’ ‘Where was I before I was born?’ ‘Where do people go when they die?’ Again and again I have found that they seem to be satisfied with a simple and very ancient story, which goes something like this:” Continue reading
1) Nothing ventured, nothing gained
2) Challenge, uncertainty, excitement
3) Fear makes you focus
4) Passion gives you confidence
5) Fun makes for a great team
6) Make sure you have more than one thing to live for
7) Resist the flock factor
8) You are all you have
9) Great challenges result in powerful experiences
10) A view from the summit – to new horizons
“Be true to yourself.
Make each day your masterpiece.
Drink deeply from good books.
Make friendship a fine art.
Build a shelter against a rainy day.
Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.”
~ John Wooden
“We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.” ~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
“As we learn in Zen philosophy, when you learn to ‘let go’ of problems instead of resisting with all your might, your life will begin to flow.” ~ Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.” ~ Henry Ford
“Where you stand depends on where you sit.” ~ Nelson Mandela
“This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” ~ Dalai Lama