"We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us. It is in everyone."
"I have learned that no matter what happens,
or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better
tomorrow. I have learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the
way he or she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
I have learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you will miss them when they are gone from your life.
I have learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a
"life." I have learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I
have learned that you should not go through life with a catcher's mitt
on both hands, you need to be able to throw something back.
have learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I
usually make the right decision. I have learned that even when I have
pains, I do not have to be one. I have learned that every day you should
reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly
pat on the back.
I have learned that people will forget what
you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
"Life is not about expecting, hoping and wishing. it is about doing, being and becoming. It is about the choices you have just made, and the ones you are about to make. it is about the things you choose to say. Today. And it is about what you are going to do after you finish reading this."
"Oh my God. What if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written. Or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy. Or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It is going to break your heart, my dear. Please don’t let this happen. "
"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These people have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen."
Beautiful people do not just happen. Beautiful people become.
"The Universe is always speaking to us. sending us little messages, causing coincidences and creating serendipities, reminding us to stop and to look around. Reminding us to believe in something else, to believe in something more."
"The openness to begin is all the openness we are required to have each day. We start today, and tomorrow we start again, and the day after we start again, as we will the day after that. In this way, and no other, does our journey come to us. We begin. And the rest unfolds through us."
And what if I knew i would never see this again?'"
Learning to see things in a different light. Learning to be aware, attentive, appreciative. Here. Now. This moment.
It's like this with all things in life, I believe.
Love as though you are loving for the first time. And loving for the last time. Embrace as though you are embracing for the first time. And embracing for the last time. Kiss that way too.
Laugh as though you are laughing for the first time. And laughing for the last time. Listen as though you are listening for the first time. And listening for the last time. See as though you are seeing the stars or a tree for the first time. And seeing for the last time. Touch that way too.
Stand in the middle of the world and reach your hands out high as though it were the first time. And as though it were the last time.
Each and every moment we are given, is simply once.
"I wish I had known from the beginning that I was born a strong woman. What a difference it would have made. I wish I had known that I was born a courageous woman. I have spent so much of my life cowering. How many conversations would I not only have started, but finished if I had known I possessed a warrior's heart? I wish I had known that I was born to take on the world. I wouldn't have run from it for so long, rather I would have run to it and embraced it with open arms. Now I know."