GREAT SPIRIT
help me always
to speak the truth quietly,
to listen with an open mind
when others speak,
and to remember the peace
that may be found in silence.

~ Cherokee Prayer ~

Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds.
And whose breath gives life to all the world.
Hear me! I am small and weak.
I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes
Ever hold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made.
My ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand
The things you might teach me.
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden
In every leaf and rock.
I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother.
But to fight my greatest enemy, myself.
Make me always ready to come to you
With clear hands and straight eyes.
So when life fades, as the fading sunset.
My spirit may come to you without shame.

~ Chief Yellow Lark, Lakota ~

 

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It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me
what planets are squaring your moon…
I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.

It doesn’t interest me
if the story you are telling me is true.
I want to know if you can disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes!!”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know
what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know
if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.

~Oriah, the mountain dreamer~

 

 

Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly. ~R. Bach

 

 

I do not exist to impress the world. I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy. ~R. Bach.

 

 

Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. ~R. Bach.

 

 

You’re always free to change your mind
and choose a different future, or a different past. ~R. Bach

 

 

You’re never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. ~R.Bach

 

 

To bring anything into your life, imagine that it’s already there. ~R.Bach

 

 

The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.”
~Richard Bach

 

 

         I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.      

 ~Douglas Adams

 

Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws. ~D. Adams

 

 

              I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. ~D. Adams

 

 

       Don’t turn away from possible futures before you’re certain you don’t have anything to learn from them. ~ R. Bach.

 

 

          You gave your life to become the person you are right now Was it worth it?  ~R. Bach

 

 

                        Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.  ~Douglas Adams

 

 

                          To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or

                                    measured with money, and that  is   sincerity and integrity.

~ Douglas Adams

 

 No limits, Jonathan? he thought, and he smiled. His race to learn had begun. ~R.Bach

 

 

In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.

– Iroquois Maxim

Those who speak don’t know, and those who know don’t speak.

 

 

Desiderata

by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Well the cops finally busted Madame Marie

For tellin’ fortunes better than they do.

This boardwalk life for me is through

You know you ought to quit this scene too!

Oh,   Sandy the aurora is rising behind us

The pier lights our carnival life forever

Oh love me tonight and I promise I’ll love you forever

Hey Sandy Girl…

Bruce Springsteen, Sandy (4th of July)