It’s your life. You don’t know how long it’s gonna last, but you know it doesn’t end well. You’ve gotta move forward …as soon as you can figure out what that means.”

-Don Draper

There are two kinds of pain. The sort of pain that makes you strong, or useless pain. The sort of pain that’s only suffering. I have no patience for useless things.”

  • Frank Underwood, House of Cards

We can spend our lives letting the world tell us who we are. Sane or insane. Saints or sex addicts. Heroes or victims. Letting history tell us how good or bad we are. Letting our past decide our future. Or we can decide for ourselves. And maybe it’s our job to invent something better.”

—Chuck Palahniuk

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”
– C. S. Lewis

You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.”

—Ralph Marston

This body is not me; I am not caught in this body, I am life without boundaries, I have never been born and I have never died. Over there the wide ocean and the sky with many galaxies All manifests from the basis of consciousness. Since beginningless time I have always been free. Birth and death are only a door through which we go in and out. Birth and death are only a game of hide-and-seek. So smile to me and take my hand and wave good-bye. Tomorrow we shall meet again or even before. We shall always be meeting again at the true source, Always meeting again on the myriad paths of life.”

-Thich Nhat Hanh, No Death, No Fear

You can accept or reject the way you are treated by other people, but until you heal the wounds of your past, you will continue to bleed. You can bandage the bleeding with food, with alcohol, with drugs, with work, with cigarettes, with sex, but eventually, it will all ooze through and stain your life. You must find the strength to open the wounds, stick your hands inside, pull out the core of the pain that is holding you in your past, the memories, and make peace with them.”                                                                                                                                                                       —Iyanla Vanzant

Birthdays Often Inspire Reflection…

4/21/12: Black Dog.

4/21/13: Black Dog.

4/21/14: Experienced the full spectrum of emotions. Engaged in meaningful conversations. Felt the love.

Flying Elephant for my Birthday

I want a flying elephant for my birthday.

Only a flying elephant will do.

No bears in pants or nodding sycophants.

I only like flying elephants.

And flying elephants like me, too!

^_^

The worst thing to call somebody is crazy. It’s dismissive. ‘I don’t understand this person, so he’s crazy.'”

—Dave Chappelle