Forest, or the trees? “ The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green Earth.” Thich Nhat Hanh monk
Forest, or the trees? “ We’re moving from the rat race to the slug race.” - An 11 year old whose mother was moving him and his brother to Costa Rica.
We all have dreams “ It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.” -- John Andrew Holmes, author
Your Dream “ Every human being's life is a story, a unique story that nobody ever lived before and no one will ever live again. Your task is to identify that unique story.” Rabbi Harold Kushner When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Killing the dream “ A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make.” Response to Debbi Fields' idea of starting Mrs. Fields' Cookies.”
Following “ No heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.” Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist”
Support (Encouragement) FACT: 48% of women who have a dog say they rely on their dog more than their husband or children for love and affection, and, on average, spend $14,000 raising that dog.”
What’s stopping you? Two dogs won’t go outside after the hurricane blows the walls away and leaves the door standing. Dave Berry
Have fun “ I bet living in a nudist colony takes all the fun out of Halloween.” 13 year old neighbor
Stuck “ To a worm in horseradish, the whole world is horseradish.” Yiddish saying
The God-element “ When you really want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Paulo Coelho The Alchemist
When? “ There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, 'Yes, I've got dreams, of course. I've got dreams.' Then they put the box away and bring it out once in a while to look in it, and yep, they're still there. These are great dreams, but they never even get out of the box.” Erma Bombeck
Where? “ Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old. Seek what they sought.” Basho Matsuo, poet”
Courage “ It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the line, to hold them up and say, 'How good or bad am I?' That's where the courage comes in.” Erma Bombeck
The Future The best way to know the future is to invent it.
What it takes “ If you have money, you are wise and good-looking and can sing well, too.” Yiddish saying
The Present “ To be the greatest, be a servant.” The Gospel according to St. Matthew (23:11)
The Past “ Every now and then I think about my own death, and I think about my own funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long. Tell them not to mention that I have a Nobel Peace Prize. Tell them not to mention that I have three or four hundred other awards. I’d like for somebody to say that day, that Martin Luther King, Jr. tried to give his life serving others. I’d like for somebody to say that Martin Luther King, Jr. tried to love somebody... Say that I was a drum major for justice... for peace... for righteousness... I just want to leave a committed life behind.”
Failed dreams “ It is no failure to fall short of all you might dream. The failure is to fall short of dreaming all that you might realize.” Dee Hock, Founder, Visa
Who you are I must have followed my personal legend all along even while asking myself what it is. I am realizing now that it is the legend of the eternal beginner which through all the doubts and confusion I have never managed to give up. There is nothing like seeing something for the first time, where time has nothing to do with it. Daniela Bouneva Elza
Which way? "Carefully observe the way your heart draws you and then choose that way with all your strength." Hassidic saying
Thankful “ If you cannot be grateful for what you have received, then be thankful for what you have been spared.” Yiddish proverb
Security What security?
Childhood dreams “ Everyone, when they are young, knows what their destiny is -- everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their destiny. To realize one's destiny is a person's only real obligation.” Paulo Coehlo, The Alchemist