“A Simple, Childlike and Mysterious Secret”
“Today make a list of all the things you would do if you started to really take care of yourself.
Include the things that you already do, the things that, instinctively or habitually, you have been doing for years. Then add some things you’d like to do, that you’ve often intended to do for yourself.
Make your list, then paste it up on your bathroom mirror or hide it in your underwear drawer, and do at least one new thing on the list today. Let yourself love yourself.” (365 Days of Love, Daphne Rose Kingma, Conari Press)
“What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: 1) Choose a career you love…. 2) Give it the best there is in you…. 3) Seize your opportunities…. and, 4) be a member of the team.” (Benjamin F. Fairless)
“Through working in harmony with life’s circumstances, Taoist understanding changes what others may perceive as negative into something positive.
When you discard arrogance, complexity, and a few other things that get in the way, sooner or later you will discover that simple, childlike, and mysterious secret known to those of the Uncarved Block: Life is Fun.” (Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh) [Uncarved Block refers to a state of pure potential which is the primordial condition of the mind before the arising of experience. It is perception without prejudice; a state of mental unity which places the Taoist practitioner into alignment with the Tao.]
“Every person passing through this life will unknowingly leave something and take something away. Most of this “something” cannot be seen or heard or numbered or scientifically detected or counted. It’s what we leave in the minds of other people and what they leave in ours. Memory. The census doesn’t count it. Nothing counts without it.” (Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten)
“Nature gave men two ends — one to sit on, and one to think with. Ever since then man’s success or failure has been dependent on the one he used most.” (George R. Kirkpatrick)