–Robin Williams, Patch Adams
While the loss of Robin Williams is tragic, we must remember the innumerable lessons in happiness, cheer, comedy, and laughter that he taught to us, sometimes, as in Dead Poets Society, quite literally. He played some of the most iconic characters to ever have touched our hearts, like Peter Pan who taught us to never grow up, and Patch Adams, for whom laughter was the best medicine. Mrs. Doubtfire exemplified that our parents will always be there for us, but even Genie couldn’t bring people back from the dead.
“The most radical act anyone can commit is to be happy.” And I hope that you delight in stirring glee in someone else’s heart by making them smile, and laugh, and roll their eyes because, in his words, “you’re only given a little of madness. You must not lose it.”
— Lao Tzu
May you find strength in the ones who love you. These are the ones who risk heartbreak to show you they care. Love is unconditional. No matter what, they choose to love you.
May you gain courage from each person to whom you give your heart openly. You lay your heart on the line every time you care for them. To love someone is to be the most genuine version of yourself. That vulnerability is unparalleled.
You have fought for love. You have fought for your happiness. Today is a day to celebrate love in its may forms and revel in the joy love can bring.
I hope that today (and every day) you find a moment to realize how much love surrounds you and know you are more loved than you can possibly imagine.
Love and light,
Shower those you encounter with enthusiasm, kindness, compassion, empathy, and love. Submerge your projects in focus and passion. Drown the obstacles in hard work and persistence. Be the spring around which people congregate, and provide them with beauty and serenity.
One incredible attribute of the universe, which I have discovered, is the law of attraction. Your thoughts and feelings tend to materialize into the things, people, situations, and events in your life. That’s why it’s important for us to find ourselves thinking positively. Success attracts success, and misery breeds failure. You attract people like yourself. When we wake up grateful for the wonderful things in our lives, they tend to stay in our lives. When we are excited and engaged in our work, work is exciting and engaging. Love life. It will love you back.
— Michael Gellert
Let life do its thing. You’ll be okay. Love life for what it is, for all that it is, just as you would want to be loved for all that you are.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those in Boston.
Remind yourself that you can be a beacon of light for anyone at anytime.
So long as we don’t stop being optimists and fight the good fight, good will conquer evil always.
Believe in the good. BE the good.
A lot of teachers know from the time they have their first great teacher that they too will make a career of educating and influencing youth. I grew up around a lot of teachers, and all of the good ones described teaching as a passion, often discovered early on. Many chose to forgo more lucrative careers in order to do what they loved.
Pastors are another interesting crew. While some of them grew up in pastors’ homes or become youth ministers because they loved youth group or younglife, many of them are called later in life. The more clergy I meet, the more I learn stories of ex-engineers and former nurses turned to the cloth.
For some of us, finding what we love is a matter of trial and error. Many of my young adult friends hated their first jobs, second jobs, and are trying a new career or retraining and going back to school. This is admirable.
This isn’t the first time you’ve heard “do what you love,” not from us nor from any mentor or counselor, but the reminder never hurts. Maybe you don’t wake up on the right side of the bed everyday, but with your goals in mind and the big picture in sight you should be passionate about your work. We can work on your case of the Mondays (or Tuesdays, Wednesdays…Thursdays) together.
— Jewish Proverb
Happy Birthday to my mom. My Momma, My MeeMaw, Momz, etc.
She is one of the kindest, most compassionate people I have ever known (or that I will ever know).
She is salt of the earth in every sense of the world.
I’m blessed to know her and I’m blessed to have her as a constant source of optimism.
Love you, Momma.
“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
— John Lennon
I’ll keep it short.
Fear or love: which one is it going to be driving YOUR decisions, YOUR mindset, YOUR life?