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After the weather yesterday, I thought this little poem was very apropos:

“Is it so small a thing,

to have enjoy’d the sun,

To have lived light in the spring,

To have loved, to have thought, to have done?”

Matthew Arnold


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“I shall pass through this life but once.

Any good, therefore, that I can do

Or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature,

Let me do It now.

Let me not defer or neglect it,

For I shall not pass this way again.”

~~Etienne de Grellet

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Some random thoughts on life…

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there

An optimist thinks this is the best possible world. A pessimist fears this is true.

In just two days, tomorrow will be yesterday.

Have a great week! Give  your kids a hug, or if they’re too far away to do that, call them on the phone.

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“These are the things I prize and hold of dearest worth:

light of the sapphire skies, peace of the silent hills,

shelter of the forests, comfort of the grass,

music of birds, murmur of little rills,

shadows of cloud that swiftly pass,

and, after showers, the smell of flowers

and of the good brown earth, –

and, best of all, along the way, friendship and mirth.”

Henry Van Dyke, God of the Open Air

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We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.  Anais Nin

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“He’s My Brother”

I’ve been reading Jordan B. Peterson’s book, ’12 Rules for Life, an Antidote for Chaos,’ and Rule 5 is “Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them.” As he says,

  “You might ask, ‘Limit the rules to what, exactly?” Here are some suggestions.

Do not bite, kick or hit, except in self-defense.

Do not torture and bully other children, so you don’t end up in jail.

Eat in a civilized and thankful manner, so that people are happy to have you at their house, and pleased to feed you.

Learn to share, so other kids will play with you.

Pay attention when spoken to by adults, so they don’t hate you and might therefore deign to teach you something.

Go to sleep properly, and peaceably, so that your parents can have a private life and not resent your existence.

Take care of your belongings, because you need to learn how and because you’re lucky to have them.

Be good company when something fun is happening, so that you’re invited for the fun.

Act so that other people are happy you’re around, so that people will want you around.

A child who knows these rules will be welcome everywhere.”

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“To one who walks in darkness there is no black or white or red or yellow – he see nothing.

To one who walks in light there is no black or white or red or yellow – he sees everything.”

– Brian Ogawa

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Christmas is just plain weird. What other time of year do you sit in front of a dead tree in the living room and eat candy out of your socks?                ~ Author unknown

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“The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.”
                                        ~Viktor E. Frankl

Viktor Emil Frankl (26 March 1905 – 2 September 1997) was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor. Frankl was the founder of logotherapy, which is a form of existential analysis, the “Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy”. His best-selling book, Man’s Search for Meaning,  chronicles his experiences as a concentration camp inmate, which led him to discover the importance of finding meaning in all forms of existence, even the most brutal ones, and thus, a reason to continue living. Frankl became one of the key figures in existentitherapy and a prominent source of inspiration for humanistic psychologists.

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“The sweet calm sunshine of October, now
Warms the low spot; upon its grassy mold
The purple oak-leaf falls; the birchen bough
drops its bright spoil like arrow-heads of gold.”
–   William Cullen Bryant

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