Anaïs Nin: Transcend Reality

Anaïs Nin

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

“When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.”

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

“There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do.”

“Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together.”

“I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.”

“Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.”

“Living never wore one out so much as the effort not to live.”

All quotes by Anaïs Nin


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Seth Godin: Enough

Seth Godin Enough Quotes

I snagged two blog posts from Seth Godin that I want to share. They are short and to the point, and good reminders.

Full vs. enough

One of the lessons of Thanksgiving is that we eat too much. We eat until we’re full, experiencing the sensation of too much.

It’s easy to confuse our desire for that that feeling with the feeling of ‘enough’. Enough doesn’t feel like full, but that’s okay.

Too often, we’ve been persuaded by marketers and other maximizers that the only satisfying state is ‘full.’ Not just in what we’ve eaten, but in what we own, control or receive.

In fact, full doesn’t last and full isn’t desirable. No thanks, I’ve got enough. It’s better that way.

Price vs. cost

Price is a simple number. How much money do I need to hand you to get this thing?

Cost is more relevant, more real and more complicated.

Cost is what I had to give up to get this. Cost is how much to feed it, take care of it, maintain it and troubleshoot it. Cost is my lack of focus and my cost of storage. Cost is the externalities, the effluent, the side effects.

Just about every time, cost matters more than price, and shopping for price is a trap.

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Friedrich Nietzsche: Dancing Star

nietzsche potrait quote

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”

“You must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame; how could you rise anew if you have not first become ashes?”

“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.”

“To those human beings who are of any concern to me I wish suffering, desolation, sickness, ill-treatment, indignities—I wish that they should not remain unfamiliar with profound self-contempt, the torture of self-mistrust, the wretchedness of the vanquished: I have no pity for them, because I wish them the only thing that can prove today whether one is worth anything or not—that one endures.”

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”

“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”

All quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche


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Thich Nhat Hanh: True Happiness

art of Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh

“Our notions about happiness entrap us. We forget that they are just ideas. Our idea of happiness can prevent us from actually being happy. We fail to see the opportunity for joy that is right in front of us when we are caught in a belief that happiness should take a particular form.”

“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”

“Many people think excitement is happiness…. But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.”

“At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.”

All quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh

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Marie Unplugged: Vlogs, Zombies & Words of Wisdom from Grandma

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My Haiku Poems

haiku poems

This year I made it a goal to email a friend daily haiku poems, that I write spontaneously each morning. I’m really enjoying it! I never have to think. The poems usually write themselves. I’ll share a few with you in this blog post. (Scroll down, they are black & white images.)

Please note: I’m writing the haiku poems in my own way, but following the traditional Japanese three-line rule, of seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Within those rules, I pretty much say whatever comes to mind.


good haiku

child haiku

spirit haiku

time haiku

grace haiku


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I Am Okay

i am okay

As many of you know, more than 200,000 acres of land has burned in Northern California. While standing on my porch (in the Napa Valley), I could see blazing fires in the hills. I actually didn’t know there was a fire happening until I was woken up by a knock at the door.

At 12am midnight I packed a bag and grabbed my furry sidekick. Most of the bag was her stuff; dog food, water, sweater, carry-bag (she’s little and old), leash, harness, etc.. The only things I could think to take for myself were my wallet, jacket, laptop and cell phone — which did not work in my area.

I slept in a van that first night, and then spent the next 7 days in the east bay, checking on my home periodically.

Thank goodness I am totally fine, my sidekick is fine too. And I’m pretty certain that our home will not be part of the fires. I think we’ll only have to deal with smoke issues. We plan on returning home on Monday.

I’m so thankful for all the text messages, calls and emails I received. Thank you. It really made me feel loved. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Before I sign off with much love & gratitude, I’ll just say this, when emergencies happen, it really becomes clear what is important to you.

If you got a knock at the door at midnight, and had to flee your home, what would you bring? Who would you call first? What do you care about most? What is key to your well-being and survival?

When I went to bed that night, I never thought that I would have to answer those questions. And now that those questions have been answered, I have more/different questions.

This week I plan on doing a lot of reflection. I think this disaster, along with all of the other disasters globally, is just the beginning. Our world is changing swiftly. The weather is different, how we communicate is different, the way we work and transport/travel is different.

Things are evolving at a rapid pace, whether we like it our not. And if we don’t adapt and rethink how we live, as well as what we want, it’s going to be an up hill battle.

I want to redesign my life in a way that suits these global changes.

For the time being, I’m just keeping my mind and heart open, staying aware of all possibilities — while I begin to make necessary changes little by little.

I don’t have any answers for myself at the moment, I only have questions.

Quotes like the ones below make me feel less alone and more on track. Thank goodness for like minds and their writings. It’s always been a source of comfort for me.

“Your preparation for the real world is not in the answers you’ve learned, but in the questions you’ve learned how to ask yourself.” ― B. Watterson

“So much of life isn’t about having the right answer; it’s about knowing the right question.” ― D. Hewitt

“Perhaps we shouldn’t try to answer the questions now – let’s just note them down. …the power in a question is not in the answer, it’s in the way the imagination gets busy when the question is at work.” ― J. Winspear


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