Friday, April 30, 2010

Start With Yourself

To end the misery that has afflicted the human condition for thousands of years, you have to start with yourself and take responsibility for your inner state at any given moment. That means now.
- Eckhart Tolle

Monday, April 26, 2010


Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.

– Pat Conroy

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Woods

If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.

- Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, April 22, 2010

In Honour of our Earth

Earth Day Snax
We can be thankful to a friend for a few acres, or a little money; and yet for the freedom and command of the whole earth, and for the great benefits of our being, our life, health, and reason, we look upon ourselves as under no obligation.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Sustainability means running the global environment - Earth Inc. - like a corporation: with depreciation, amortization and maintenance accounts. In other words, keeping the asset whole, rather than undermining your natural capital.

- Maurice Strong

The materials of wealth are in the earth, in the seas, and in their natural and unaided productions.

- Daniel Webster

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Living Humanely

Over the years I have developed a picture of what a human being living humanely is like. She is a person who understands, values and develops her body, finding it beautiful and useful; a person who is real and is willing to take risks, to be creative, to manifest competence, to change when the situation calls for it, and to find ways to accommodate to what is new and different, keeping that part of the old that is still useful and discarding what is not.

- Virginia Satir

Monday, April 19, 2010

Useful Lives

Our lives are to be used and thus to be lived as fully as possible, and truly it seems that we are never so alive as when we concern ourselves with other people.

- Harry Chapin

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Reaching Out

I will smile at friend and foe alike and make every effort to find, in him or her, a quality to praise, now that I realize the deepest yearning of human nature is the craving to be appreciated.

- Og Mandino

Saturday, April 17, 2010


Prayer is only another name for good, clean, direct thinking.
When you pray, think. Think well what you're saying.
Make your thoughts into things that are solid.
In that way, your prayer will have strength,
and that strength will become a part of you,
body, mind, and spirit.

- How Green Was My Valley, Richard Llewellyn

Thursday, April 15, 2010


The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.

-James Allen

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Long View

Aldo Leopold, the early 20th century's Henry David Thoreau, said that we should think like a mountain, with a sense of permanence and a long view.

At the beginning of the 21st century, we are at a peak of human power, wealth and information...

We need to look back at our wonderful natural and human heritage, and cherish and protect the abundant values to be found there.

We need to look out to the sides and see other parts of the world that need our help and can provide good ideas to go forward...

We need to look ahead to be certain that our actions of today will make the world a better and richer and more varied place for our grandchildren and their grandchildren.

- Robert Bateman

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Good Marriage

A good marriage is that in which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude.
Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue to exist,
a wonderful living side by side can grow up, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole and against a wide sky.

- Rainer Maria Rilke

Friday, April 9, 2010

Being and Becoming

Life is not in having and getting, but in being and becoming.

- Matthew Arnold