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Wiliam Ernest Henley – Invictus

22 May

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
for my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
my head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
looms but the horror of the shade,
and yet the menace of the years
finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
how charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Hope

6 Nov

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.

~Vaclav Havel~

only YOU

30 Apr

“You suppose you are the trouble
But you are the cure
You suppose that you are the lock on the door
But you are the key that opens it
It’s too bad that you want to be someone else
You don’t see your own face, your own beauty
Yet, no face is more beautiful than yours.”

Rumi

Let it go…

9 Apr

Herman Hesse

“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.”

There is a time for everything. You just have to notice that it’s time right now. Otherwise life might go some cruel ways in order to show you…

Holding on… people hold on to so many things. Money, possessions, friends and relationships, bad habits and eating disorders. So true. What we often don’t know: holding on takes the same amount of energy as letting go. Then you reach the point where holding on becomes really exhausting… tiring… it’s eating you from the inside. But letting go just does not occur to you. Or it seems impossible. Holding on might be hard, but for the mind, letting go is a physical impossibility. And it hurts. Holding on takes all your strength, whereas letting go takes all your endurance.

There is a certain time for everything. Don’t miss it…

Universal Autobiography

20 Mar

This is a short summary of everyones life. I am amazed… this really gets to the heart of it. And I like to look at life as a journey. Roads we walk… twisting, turning, getting lost… did I ever mention that it totally lakes me sense of direction?

Autobiography in Five Chapters

1) I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I fall in.
I am lost … I am hopeless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

2) I walk down the same street.
There is a hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in the same place.
But it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

3) I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it there.
I still fall in … it’s a habit
My eyes are open
I know where I am
It is my fault.
I get out immediately

4) I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I walk around it.

5) I walk down another street.

– Excerpt from The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

by Sogyal Rinpoche