Thursday, July 31, 2014

Learning and Teaching...


"By learning you will teach. 
By teaching you will learn."

Latin Proverb


Beautiful inspiration for life.

What will you teach today? What will learn today?

Much Loves,

Angela.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Room in Your Heart...


"Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable."

Mary Oliver

Break the Rules...


"By all means break the rules, 
and break them beautifully, deliberately and well."

Robert Bringhurst

Let's do it...

Beautifully, deliberately and well... And with a lot of love too.

Angela.
 
PS. I know there's a wonderful, and wild rebel in all of us!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Submit to Love...


"Submit to Love without thinking."

Rumi

Your Powerful Mind...


"You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That is the only thing you should be trying to control."

Elizabeth Gilbert

Sunday, July 27, 2014

I Want to Shout Out...


"I want to shout out...
 
 'Do what you please, follow your star. Be original if you want to be and don't if you don't want to be. Just to be natural and gay and lighthearted and pretty and simple and overflowing and general and baroque, and learn and learn and learn. Open your minds to every form of beauty.' "

Constance Sprye

The Promise...


"I promise if you keep searching for everything beautiful in this world, 
you will eventually become it."

Tyler Kent White

Search for the beautiful in everything. And the wonder of it all.

Make it your purpose today. And each and every day.

Much Loves,

Angela.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

I Still Believe...


"I still believe that generosity is it's own reward, that kindness will prevail, that might does not make right, that a soft answer turns away wrath.

I still believe that there is power in gentleness, that there is more to us than flesh and bone, that life will bring more happiness if lived for peace and not possessions.

I still believe that people of gentleness and faith can change the world one unseen and unsung and unrewarded kindness at a time

I still believe. And nothing in this world can make me stop."

Unknown

The Kiss of Peace...






This photograph touched me. Dearly.

I do not want to approach this from a political perspective.

Or as a political subject.

I want to approach this with an open heart. And with open arms.

And I want this to be about us.

You. Me. Us. Together.


The one thing that we all share, is that we are here now. Living. Together.

In this moment. In this world.

And that in itself is a common unity. And a common unity is a community.

This world and this moment is our community.


And what I can't understand, is why we still have all this suffering.

All this hurt. All this anger.

And what is it going to take for it stop? Or for us to learn?

I don't think I have an answer.


But I like to think, and I have this glorious hope,

that it is with moments like this that love becomes our weapon.

Love. And a kiss. And not letting anything stand in the way.


And maybe we can't wake up in the morning and touch the whole world.

But we can touch that what is within our reach.

We can make a difference in our own little part of the world.

And it starts with our families. With our marriages. Or our lovers.

And it starts with our friendships. And our colleagues.

And it carries on with our neighbours.

Even with the stranger passing you by in this moment.

What would happen if you just smiled, and said a little hello?


That is how one world and life embraces another world and life.

And that is what brings us together. In common unity.


We are all standing in the same room in this moment.

We have all simply entered through another door.

And each of us have entered the room with a different story,

A different experience.

However, we are all carrying something called hurt or loss.

And we are all carrying something called a dream.

We are carrying memories of our first kiss. And of our last kiss.

And the longing for the next kiss.


We are all mothers and daughters, fathers and sons.

Not just of our generations, but of our own dreams and desires.

Of our tears and laughter. And of our fears and hopes.

And that stranger that just passed you by, the same belongs to him.


And that is what this photograph is for me.

Hope. And an answer.

A plea for us to love more. To kiss more. To embrace more.

Even if just with a loving glance that says,

"I see you.

I may not know all the stories you have walked and lived.

And you may not know all the stories which I have walked and lived.

But I see you.

And I will do my best to try to understand."


Those words, spoken with only a glance, can make all the difference.

Translate so many misunderstandings. And judgments.

For all these stories we ourselves have not yet lived.


This photograph touched me. Dearly.

It gave me hope. A hope I refuse to let go of.

Love. Let it be the only weapon we have.


Angela.

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Sir Isaac Newton 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Give Yourself Permission...


"Give yourself permission."

Angela Gwinner

All around me at the moment, that's the message I'm receiving.

And as we know, the messages and signs suddenly roar like thunder when we need them most.

So yes, I am giving myself permission.

To dare more. To love more. To say "yes" more. To say "no" more.

I am giving myself permission.

To dream more. To live more. To fall when I need to fall. To stand up when I want to stand up.

I am giving myself permission.

To be a woman. To be a girl. To play. To be passionate.

To be vulnerable. To be strong. To be fragile. To be graceful.

I am giving myself permission to be courageous.

Even if I am shaking in my knees.


And I am going to give myself permission to ask you...

What are you allowing yourself?

What permission are you giving yourself?

Today? And for the rest of your life?


Dare with me. Be bold with me.

Let's give ourselves permission.

And a whole lot of Love.


Much Loves,

Angela.

PS. And you also have my permission to permit yourself.

Just in case you need a helping hand.


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Never Stop Doing Your Thing...


"Do your thing. Do it every day. And do it unapologetically. Do not be discouraged by criticism. You probably already know what they are going to say. Pay no mind to the fear of failure. It is far more valuable than success. Take ownership, take chances and have fun. And no matter what, do not ever stop doing your thing."

Asher Roth

I promise to never stop doing my thing.

And if you are in on this, as a promise to yourself...

Declare it now. Write it down. Speak it out. Let's promise. Together.

Much Loves,

Angela.

A Love Story...


A Love Story... A beautiful Love Story.

"The one person I am forever with is me. My relationship with myself is eternal, so I choose to be my own best friend. I choose to love and accept myself and talk to myself as I would to all beloved people in my life."

Louise Hay 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

To Live Life...


"Breathe. Smile. Relax. Enjoy. Laugh. Play. Create. Envision. 
Let it go. Forgive. Accept. Work. Serve. Contribute."

Lama Surya Das

And may I add... Let us do it all with Love.

Always,

Angela.

Each and Every Day...


"Each morning we are born again. 
What we do today is what matters most."

Buddha

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

That Heroic First Step...


"I have found that you have only to take that one step toward the Gods and they will then take ten steps toward you. That step, the heroic first step of the journey, is out of, or over the edge of your boundaries. and it often must be taken before you know that you will be  supported."

Joseph Campbell

Open Heart and Open Mind...


It's how we embrace the world, and see the world.

It's how we touch the world, and understand that world.

It's how we change the world.

"Open heart with open arms. Open mind with open eyes."

Much Loves,

Angela.
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Imagine...


"Imagine what you would do if it absolutely did not matter 
what people thought of you. Got it? Good. Never go back."

Martha Beck

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Splendor of Life...


"Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive. It is such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there? But am I talking too much? People are always telling me I do. Would you rather I didn't talk? If you say so I will stop. I can STOP when I make up my mind to it, although it is difficult."

Lucy Maud Montgomery
Excerpts from "Anne of Green Gables"

PS. I think Lucy was writing about me, when she wrote this.

But I'll be quiet now. Or at least I'll try my best.

Much Loves,

Angela.

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Begin...


"Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Your Day is Your Life...


"How you start your day is how you live your day. 
And how you live your day is how you live your life."

Louise L. Hay

Create rituals. Beautiful rituals. Healthy rituals.

Do your best. Give your best. To yourself. And to others.

Make clear decisions. Declare your intentions.

Your life starts with this day. Today.

Much Loves,

Angela.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Two Souls...


"When the Heart meets the Spirit, 
that is when two Souls have truly intertwined."

Angie Coey

The Heart. The Spirit. The Soul.

It's a beautiful Trinity...

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Love and Affection...


"You can explore the universe looking for somebody who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and you will not find that person anywhere."

Unknown


Be loving to yourself. Be affectionate.

Be kind. And passionate. And generous.

Be your most beautiful love affair.
 
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Friday, July 18, 2014

The Definition of a Kiss...


"Kisses are a language. A special language. Limitless. And almost every woman or man could speak this language. Even if only just a little. And one can master this language only as good, as the other chooses to understand. These kisses. This language. Kisses always hold a message. Learn to listen closely. Kisses can be clumsy, cheap, played, false, habitual and practised. But also elegant, soft, wild, raw, finely nuanced, romantic and poetic, passionate, dramatic, personal, intimate, sad, joyous and glorious, love's declaration, a quiet whisper, a loud scream. And so much more. Kisses know no word for hate. It is the only language for which there is no alphabet or grammar to learn and refine. The language that becomes more beautiful with its intensity. More passionate. More beautiful the more often you speak this language of the kiss, with those that you love..."

Bruno Schulz

I don't believe I have ever heard a more beautiful definition of a kiss...

Originally written in German, I took the liberty of translating these words after I had read them, and caught my breath again.

And Bruno, I thank you for allowing that.

"Küsse sind Sprache! Eine besondere. Grenzenlos. Fast jeder könnte sie sprechen. Ein bisschen. Man beherrscht sie immer nur gerade so gut, wie der andere sie verstehen mag. Küssen ist immer Botschaft. Man sollte gut zuhören. Küssen kann plump sein, billig, aufgesetzt, verlogen, routiniert, aber auch elegant, sanft, wild, nuanciert, romantisch, poetisch, leidenschaftlich, dramatisch, persönlich, intim, traurig, glücklichst, liebeserklärend, leise, ein Schrei und so viel mehr. Küssen kennt kein Wort für Hass. Es ist die einzige Sprache, deren Vokabeln man nicht alleine lernen, üben und verfeinern kann. Die Sprache, die immer schöner wird, desto häufiger und intensiver man sie mit dem Menschen spricht, den man wirklich liebt ..."

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That French Habit...


"I am in favour of preserving the French habit of kissing the hands of ladies. 
After all, one must start somewhere."

Sacha Guitry

I feel an intention of the day should be kisses...

Whether to bravely and spontaneously kiss a stranger.

Or to simply live as though you are kissing life. French kissing that is.

Blow kisses. Whisper kisses. Caress kisses.

It's good for your health. And so many other things.

It will change your entire day. Miracously. Into something wonderful.

And yes, that French habit...

Men, start somewhere. And surprise the women of this world.

Much Loves,

Angela.

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All those Angels...


"I believe that Angels, or something like them, 
sometimes live among us, hidden within our fellow human beings."

John Perry Barlow

Dedicated to all those hidden angels...

Those angels making a difference in the world...

Or in someone's life.

Much Loves,

Angela.


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

For all the Beautiful Women of Life...


Dedicated, to all you beautiful women...

There is an inner beauty about a woman who believes in herself, who knows she is capable of anything that she puts her mind to. There is a beauty in the strength and determination of a woman who follows her own path, who is not thrown off by obstacles along the way. There is a beauty about a woman whose confidence comes from experiences. A woman who knows she can fall, pick herself up, and carry on.

Unknown 

The Courage...


 "What would life be if we had no courage to risk anything?"

Vincent van Gogh 

My wish for you today... Courage.

Courage in living your dreams.

Courage in loving. And being loved.

Courage in letting yourself be seen. And heard.

Courage in your beautiful vulnerability.

My wish for you today... Courage.

Much Loves,

Angela.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Secret...


"The secret to having it all is knowing you already do."

Unknown

To Thrive...


"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive. 
And to do so with some passion, some compassion, 
some humor, and some style."

Maya Angelou

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Your Greatness...


"You have seeds of greatness inside of you. 
Today can be your new beginning. 
Today could be the start of something amazing."

Joel Osteen

Trust your greatness. Amaze yourself.

There's no more waiting.

Much Loves,

Angela.
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Follow Your Bliss...


"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors 
where there were only walls."

Joseph Campbell

Monday, July 14, 2014

You and Your Power...


"The most common way people give up their power 
is by thinking they do not have any power."

Alice Walker

Step into your power. 
 
Step into your greatness.

Much Loves,

Angela.
 

Work and Love...


"One can live magnificently in this world if one knows 
how to work and how to love."

Leo Tolstoy

Work today, to make a difference in the world.

Work today, to step closer to your dreams.

Love today, to make a difference in the world.

Love today, to step closre to your heart.

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Gratitude is a Prayer...


"Before you ask God for what you want, 
first thank God for what you have."

Unknown

Sunday, July 13, 2014

In Your House...


"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."

William Morris

Keep it simple. Purge. Let go.

Physically. Emotionally. Materialistically.

Create space. Make space. There is clarity in that.

A beautiful, enriching, liberating clarity.

You create room to grow. And room to receive.

Keep it simple. Purge. Let go.

There is always enough.

Much Loves,

Angela.
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

A Choir of Angels...


"Walk into the world knowing a choir of angels are behind you. 
Each step of the way."

Angela Gwinner

Walk gracefully. And gratefully. Be noble. And majestic.

Walk with confidence. And courage. Gentle. And upright.

Walk knowing a choir of angels are behind you.

Each step of the way.

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The Touch of the Tongue...


"Some men know that a light touch of the tongue, running from a woman's toes to her ears, lingering in the softest way possible in various places in between, given often enough and sincerely enough, would add immeasurably to world peace."

Marianne Williamson

Friday, July 11, 2014

You are... You are...


"I will keep telling you that you are important, deserving, loving, intelligent, worthy, compassionate, inspiring, beautiful, brave, true, strong and able. until you realize it for yourself."

Unknown

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Masterpiece of your Life...


"You want to become aware of your thoughts and choose your thoughts carefully and you want to have fun with this. Because you are the masterpiece of your own life. You are the Michelangelo. And the David you are sculpting is you."       

Joe Vitale

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Influence It...


"When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That's a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact. Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it… Once you learn that, you will never be the same again."

Steve Jobs

Walk With the Dreamers...


"Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it."

Wilferd A. Peterson 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Courage... That Gentle Courage.


Courage...

"Courage doesn't always roar. 
Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, 
'I'll try again tomorrow'."

Mary Anne Radmacher

Run to Your Fears...


"The beautiful thing about fear is, 
when you run to it, it runs away."

Robin Sharma

Monday, July 7, 2014

It is Time...


The time is now...

"It is time to move into unchartered lands. If you want to do something you have never done before, you have to do something you have never done before. If you want to go somewhere you have never gone before, you have to go somewhere you have never gone before. You cannot do something new by doing old things. If you want your life to change, you have to change your life. So go ahead. 
It is safe. And it is also... about time."

Neale Donald Walsch

Make Life Delicious...


"Every day you are stirring the pot of life, and the most important ingredient you can put into your soup is you. Your love, optimism, trust, vision, communication, authenticity, appreciation and passion make life delicious, and the relationships you create at work and at home determine the substance and quality of your soup."

Jon Gordon

Sunday, July 6, 2014

A Kiss...


"A kiss is something you need both hands for."

Mark Twain

A Love Affair...


"Dear Life, I think I'm in love with you."

Angela Gwinner

And a beautiful love affair it is...

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This is Living...


"Never touch anything with half of your heart. Be present, endlessly loving and compassionate towards others. Confront any challenging situation first with a deep breath. Wander. Remember that your own happiness and comfort comes above all things. Before reacting, try understanding. Eat breakfast every morning. Find the faces in the flowers. Remember what is important to you. Treat your body kindly. Be honest. Get to know yourself. Take things at your own pace. Do not feel embarrassed to feel, laugh, cry, sing or love. Remember that what is right for someone else may not be what is right for you (and that’s okay). Never be ashamed or afraid to ask for help. Do what you love. Remember that you always have a choice. Find joy in what life really is. That is living."

Unknown