See if you can catch yourself complaining in either speech or thought, about a situation you find yourself in, what other people do or say, your surroundings, your life situation, even the weather. To complain is always nonacceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge.
When you complain, you make yourself a victim.
Leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.
Do not think that love has to be extraordinary in order to be genuine.
What we need is to love without getting tired.
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
Maybe our world will grow kinder eventually.
Maybe the desire to make something beautiful is the piece of God that is inside each of us.
Mary Oliver, Franz Marc’s Blue Horses
Every place is the road of enlightenment
Everywhere is a forest of virtues
Fa-Yen Wen-I, 885 – 998 Chinese Chan teacher
That the silent presence of your death
Would call your life to attention,
Wake you up to how scarce your time is
And to the urgency to become free
And equal to the call of your destiny.
That you would gather yourself
And decide carefully
How you can live
The life you would love
To look back on
From your deathbed.
John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings