Completely Unencumbered

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“It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. Throw away your baggage and go forward. There are quicksands all about you. Trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. That’s why you must walk so lightly, on tiptoes and no luggage, completely unencumbered.”

Quote by Aldous Huxley

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Two Questions…

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If my life where a movie or book, what would I want see happen for the main character?

If my death was in six weeks, what would I make top priority?

Illustration by Andy J. Miller

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The Great Power

Joan Didion quote

“To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves – there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.”

“Self-respect is a question of recognizing that anything worth having has a price.”

“Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life — is the source from which self-respect springs.”

All quotes by Joan Didion

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What You Bring To It

Henry David Thoreau

“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.”

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”

“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.”

“Do what nobody else can do for you. Omit to do anything else.”

“We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.”

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.”

“There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.”

“Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.”

All quotes by Henry David Thoreau

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Violets in the Mountains

quotes by Tennessee Williams

“Why did I write? Because I found life unsatisfactory.”

“Life is an unanswered question, but let’s still believe in the dignity and importance of the question.”

“The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.”

“A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.”

“There is a time for departure even when there’s no certain place to go.”

“Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life.”

“Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person.”

“Success and failure are equally disastrous.”

“Oh, you weak, beautiful people who give up with such grace. What you need is someone to take hold of you – gently, with love, and hand your life back to you.”

All quotes by Tennessee Williams

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Do something for someone who can never repay you.

Lya Battle

Lya Battle's Dog Paradise

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Territorio de Zaguates (Territory of Strays) is a non-profit organization founded by Lya Battle and Alvaro Saumet. It’s home to more than 1,300 dogs. It’s a dog sanctuary located in the mountains of Costa Rica.

I can only imagine the amount of work they face each day, both physically and mentally. I am so grateful for all that Territorio de Zaguates has done and continues to do. I really want to help them in any way I can. If you can to help too — that would be so great! Thank you, thank you.

Their website is posted below, and I’ve included videos so you can see what they are about. It’s pretty amazing.

Territorio de Zaguates website:
https://info.territoriodezaguates.com/index/

 

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Close To Your Soul

Anne Sexton

“Live or die, but don’t poison everything.”

“Watch out for intellect,
because it knows so much it knows nothing
and leaves you hanging upside down,
mouthing knowledge as your heart
falls out of your mouth.”

“Saints have no moderation, nor do poets, just exuberance.”

“God has a brown voice, as soft and full as beer.”

“I am alone here in my own mind.
There is no map
and there is no road.
It is one of a kind
just as yours is.”

“Even without wars, life is dangerous.”

“It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.”

“Only my books anoint me,
and a few friends,
those who reach into my veins.”

“The joy that isn’t shared dies young.”

“Don’t worry if they say you’re crazy. They said that about me and yet I was saner than all of them. I knew. No matter. You know. Insane or sane, you know. It’s a good thing to know – no matter what they call it.”

“You have a thousand prayers, but God has one.”

“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.”

All quotes by Anne Sexton

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