Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Thoughts for the day

Just happened to see this quote posted today which reminded me about recovery. I don't necessarily agree with it 100%, but I think it holds a lot of truth, especially that change does not happen overnight.

"Through constant familiarity, we can definitely establish new behavior patterns, using our tendency to form habits to our advantage. If we make a steady effort, I think we can overcome any form of negative conditioning and make positive changes in our lives. But we need to remember that genuine change doesn't happen overnight." ~Dalai Lama

This also reminded me that I had wanted to post some Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross quotes. I've always found her to be an incredibly interesting, inspirational person. If you've never read her memoir, Wheel of Life, it is a thought-provoking piece. A few things she had to say on life were:

"It is not the end of the physical body that should worry us. Rather, our concern must be to live while we're alive - to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are."

“The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well”

"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of th edepths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people who not just happen."

What are some of your favorite quotes and whom do you find inspiring?


azhe'n said...

love the poem from D.H. Lawrence titled Self Pity

I never saw a wild thing
sorry for itself.
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
without ever having felt sorry for itself.

Tiptoe said...

That is a good one azhe'n. For a long time, I loved "To an athlete dying young." One of my all time favorites is "Desiderata."

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