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“The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity.  The fears are paper tigers.  You can do anything you decide to do.  You can act to change and control your life, and the procedure, the process, is its own reward.”   ~~Amelia Earhart

“We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves.  And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living.”   ~~Thich Nhat Hanh

“Never regret something that once made you smile.”   ~~Amber Deckers

“The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds.”   ~~Thomas Merton

“We are always in transition.  If you can just relax with that, you’ll have no problem.”   ~~Chogyam Trungpa

“We wait for things to be different in order to feel okay with life.  As long as we keep attaching our happiness to the external events of our lives, which are ever changing, we’ll always be left waiting for it.”   ~~Tara Brach

“The idea of forever is kind of ridiculous, which is unfortunate because it’s kind of a nice thing to say, you know.  I think it softens the blow of mortality and having to say goodbye to everything you love and all that kind of thing.”   ~~Conor Oberst

“Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.”   ~~Mandy Hale

“Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.”  ~~Samuel Johnson

“If you step on people in this life, you’re going to come back as a cockroach.”   ~~Willie Davis

“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion.”   ~~Simon Sinek


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