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Great days begin with great mornings.
Start each day with a few kind words.

Either you run the day or the day runs you.
Jim Rohn

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    It's up to each generation. There are no guarantees.
    Oren Lyons

    Take pride in knowing that your struggle will play the biggest role in your purpose.
    Mel Maynard

    Talent sets the floor, character sets the ceiling.
    Bill Belichick

    Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things.
    Kurt Vonnegut

    Sadly, there are more wild horses in holding pens than in the wild.
    Willie Nelson

    The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
    Alan Kay

    There was once a farmer whose horse ran away. That evening, all of his neighbors came around to commiserate. They said, “We are so sorry to hear your horse has run away. This is most unfortunate.” The farmer said, “Maybe.” The next day the horse came back bringing seven wild horses with it, and in the evening everybody came back and said, “Oh, isn’t that lucky. What a great turn of events. You now have eight horses!” The farmer again said, “Maybe.”

    The following day his son tried to break one of the horses, and while riding it, he was thrown and broke his leg. The neighbors then said, “Oh dear, that’s too bad,” and the farmer responded, “Maybe.” The next day the conscription officers came around to conscript people into the army, and they rejected his son because he had a broken leg. Again all the neighbors came around and said, “Isn’t that great!” Again, he said, “Maybe.”

    The whole process of nature is an integrated process of immense complexity, and it’s really impossible to tell whether anything that happens in it is good or bad — because you never know what will be the consequence of the misfortune; or, you never know what will be the consequences of good fortune.
    Chinese Proverb as told by Alan Watts

    Love is the cause of unity in all things.
    Aristotle

    Each culture is just like a tree whose essence and whole potential are already contained in the seed.
    Peter Kingsley

    Rest and be kind. You don’t have to prove anything.
    Jack Kerouac

    Strangely, life gets harder when you try to make it easy.

    Exercising might be hard, but never moving makes life harder. Uncomfortable conversations are hard, but avoiding every conflict is harder. Mastering your craft is hard, but having no skills is harder.

    Easy has a cost.
    James Clear

    Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.
    Paulo Coelho

    Happiness doesn’t come from big pieces of great success, but from small advantages hammered out day by day.
    Jim Rohn

    Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me.
    Carlos Fuentes

    Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.
    Alexander Smith

    No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses.
    Herman Melville

    The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.
    Mary Oliver

    There’s something special about collaborating with a group of people who are respectful and working towards a common purpose.
    Sarah Drasner

    The person who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
    Confucius

    A boat was docked in a tiny fishing village. A tourist wearing expensive sunglasses and a fancy watch walked by, complimented the fisherman on his catch, and asked how long it took.

    "Not very long," the fisherman replied.

    "But why don't you stay out longer to catch more fish?" the tourist asked.

    The fisherman explained that his modest catch was enough to meet his family's needs.

    "But what do you do with the rest of your time?" the tourist asked.

    "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife in the afternoon," the fisherman replied. "Then, in the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, share a few laughs, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I have a full life."

    The tourist jumped in, "I have an MBA, and I can help you. You should spend more time fishing and sell the extra fish to buy a larger boat."

    "And then what?" asked the fisherman.

    "With the extra money from your larger catch, you can eventually buy a second boat, and a third boat, and so on until you have an entire fleet," the tourist replied. "Then, instead of selling your fish to a middleman, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants before eventually opening your own. Then you can move to the city and direct your huge new enterprise."

    "How long will that take?" the fisherman asked.

    "About 20 years, 25 at the most," the tourist said.

    "And after that?" the fisherman asked.

    "Well, that's when it gets exciting!" the tourist exclaimed. "When your business gets really big, you can sell your company's stock to the public and make millions!"

    "Millions, really? Then what?" the fisherman asked again.

    "After that, you'll be able to retire, move to a tiny village along the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, enjoy a siesta with your wife, and spend your evenings laughing and playing guitar with your friends."

    Proverb

    Humankind doesn’t have all the answers. Sometimes, bees and butterflies and even rodents, have truths to teach, if we just observe and listen.
    Unknown

    We don’t think ourselves into new ways of living, we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.
    Richard Rohr

    Starting from zero can be a gift. If you don't have much to begin with, you don't have much to lose. You can be bold when you aren't trying to protect something.
    James Clear

    God made the world for us to share and take care of. Not to fight over.
    Samantha Smith

    You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it's important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.
    Michelle Obama

    Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.
    William A. Ward

    If we are ever to enjoy life, now is the time, not tomorrow or next year ... Today should always be our most wonderful day.
    Thomas Dreier

    Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
    Helen Keller

    Pathmaker, there is no path,
    You make the path by walking.
    By walking, you make the path …
    Antonio Machado

    Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.
    Jack Kerouac

    A failure is like fertilizer; it stinks to be sure, but it makes things grow faster in the future.
    Denis Waitley

    Life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments.
    Rose Kennedy

    Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.
    A.A. Milne

    Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
    May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.
    John O'Donohue

    Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.
    John Kenneth Galbraith

    One’s life begins on so many occasions, constructing itself out of accident derived from coincidence compounded by character.
    Donald Hall

    Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.
    Marie Curie

    A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.
    Unknown

    You are a light. You are the light. Never let anyone — any person or any force — dampen, dim or diminish your light.
    John Lewis

    The brilliance of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not lessen the perfume of the violet or the sweet simplicity of the daisy.
    Thérèse de Lisieux

    You gotta put one foot in front of the other. And lead with love.
    Melanie DeMore

    Don't knock the weather. If it didn't change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn't start a conversation.
    Kin Hubbard

    There are things in life that are bigger than ourselves. Life is short, live it well.
    St. Jerome

    The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
    Albert Einstein

    The saddest day has gleams of light.
    The darkest wave hath bright foam beneath it.
    There twinkles o'er the cloudiest night.
    Some solitary star to cheer it.
    Sarah Winnemucca

    Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.
    Dolly Parton

    Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
    G.K. Chesterton

    Believe in yourself.
    Share your gifts.
    Help people.
    Have fun.
    HAGD 💌

    Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
    Henry Ford

    Possibilities for adventure, beauty, and goodness are all around you.
    Virginia Miller

    Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.
    Golda Meir

    Every smile makes the world a little brighter, so be generous with yours.
    Unknown

    What we perceive as limitations have the potential to become strengths greater than what we had when we were ‘normal’ or unbroken…when something breaks, something greater often emerges from the cracks.
    Nnedi Okorafor

    In baseball, averaging 4 hits every 20 at-bats means your out of a job.

    But, going...
     ‌ 5-for-20 makes you league-average.
     ‌ 6-for-20 makes you an All-Star.
     ‌ 7-for-20 makes you the MVP.

    Getting one more hit per week doesn't feel much different day-to-day; but, over time, it can change everything.
    Crash Davis

    Greet each day with your eyes open to beauty, your mind open to change, and your heart open to love.
    Paula Finn

    Let us open up our natures, throw wide the doors of our hearts and let in the sunshine of good will and kindness.
    Orison Swett Marden

    All of us are knowers, all the time; it is only occasionally and in spite of ourselves that we understand the mystery of given reality.
    Aldous Huxley

    Every person you meet knows an amazing lot about something you know virtually nothing about. Your job is to discover what it is, and it won’t be obvious.
    Kevin Kelly

    Ignore what others may be thinking of you, because they aren’t.
    Kevin Kelly

    If the rain spoils our picnic, but saves a farmer's crop, who are we to say it shouldn't rain?
    Tom Barrett

    No amount of money or success can take the place of time spent with your family.
    Unknown

    How beautiful it is to find someone who asks for nothing but your company.
    Unknown

    Whatever you're meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.
    Doris Lessing

    Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself.
    Mohsin Hamid

    When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that last blow that did it—but all that had gone before.
    Jacob Riis

    I was taught to strive not because there were any guarantees of success but because the act of striving is in itself the only way to keep faith with life.
    Madeleine Albright

    When you love what you have, you have everything you need.
    Unknown

    I wondered about the explorers who'd sailed their ships to the end of the world. How terrified they must have been when they risked falling over the edge; how amazed to discover, instead, places they had seen only in their dreams.
    Jodi Picoult

    The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.
    Audrey Hepburn

    Too often we participate in the globalization of indifference. May we strive instead to live global solidarity.
    Pope Francis

    Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.
    Rumi

    Happy Mother's Day to every woman who has loved a child.
    For all who are struggling, may the day land gently.
    Connie Schultz

    A life without festivity is a long road without an inn.
    Democritus

    Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."
    Maryann Radmacher

    When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.
    C. S. Lewis

    A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
    John A. Shedd

    Use what talents you possess — the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
    Henry van Dyke

    Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
    Vincent Van Gogh

    Boredom is the gateway to mind-wandering, which helps our brains create those new connections that can solve anything from planning dinner to a breakthrough in combating global warming.
    Manoush Zomorodi

    If you don't live the only life you have, you won't live some other life, you won't live any life at all.
    James Baldwin

    All [people] dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.
    T. E. Lawrence

    I find more and more that attention is the elemental unit of time. Each moment we are fully paying attention is an atom of eternity.
    Maria Popova

    Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
    Mahatma Gandhi

    The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
    Eleanor Roosevelt

    Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.
    Unknown

    Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.
    Seneca

    Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.
    E.B. White

    A peacock that rests on his feathers is just another turkey.
    Saint Dolly

    I slept in today and you should too.

    Today, I'm recovering from my second COVID shot. Wear a mask, get vaccinated, save the planet.

    A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
    Chinese Proverb

    The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous.
    Carl Sagan

    Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity; the ditchdigger, dentist and artist go about their tasks in much the same way, and any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better.
    John Updike

    Nothing can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.
    Leo Tolstoy

    I've always loved the definition for contemplation: "a long, loving look." And when you take a long, loving look anywhere, you feel more bonded with whatever you've looked at.
    Naomi Shihab Nye

    Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    The single-frame picture of a caterpillar does not foretell its transformation into a butterfly.
    R. Buckminster Fuller

    I will live for love and the rest will take care of itself.
    Marina Keegan

    It's important with all of the messages that might tell you otherwise that you have that in yourself to say that 'I am beautiful. I am smart and I'm amazing.'
    Laverne Cox

    As a child, I disliked books in which children learned to be 'better' children.
    Beverly Cleary

    Italy is known for tomatoes. Thailand for chilies. Germany for sauerkraut.
    But tomatoes originated in Peru. Thailand imported chilies from Central America. Sauerkraut started in China.
    Everything is a remix—and the world is better for it.
    Share what you know. Learn from others.
    James Clear

    The muscles used to make a smile actually send a biochemical message to our nervous system that it is safe to relax the flight or freeze response.
    Tara Brach

    If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else.
    Chinese Proverb

    I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life.
    Louise Hay

    How the "world" of the Muppets works, per Jim Henson's original draft of The Muppet Movie.

    ~ Muppet History

    Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
    Laozi

    Little deeds of kindness,
    Little words of love,
    Help to make earth happy
    Like the heaven above.
    Julia A. Fletcher Carney

    It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.
    Charles H. Spurgeon

    The events of your past are fixed. The meaning of your past is not.
    James Clear

    Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all - that has been my religion.
    John Burroughs

    Studies have shown that goats, like humans, have accents!

    I should say that happiness is being where one is and not wanting to be anywhere else.
    ~ Michael Frayn

    Dream it.
    Believe in it.
    Receive it.
    ~ Anonymous

    You know that...
     ‌ project you want to start?
     ‌ person you want to connect with?
     ‌ change you want to make?
     ‌ thing you want to try?
    You should do it!

    Forget all of the self-doubt and apprehension. Throw that out with the rest of the garbage and just go for it!
    ~ everyone reading this email who believes in you

    Me no cry because cookie is finished. Me smile because cookie happened.
    ~ Cookie Monster

    Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.
    ~ Sarah Bernhardt

    Fun names for groups of animals:
     ‌ A kaleidoscope of butterflies
     ‌ A busyness of ferrets
     ‌ A bouquet of pheasants
     ‌ A wisdom of wombats
     ‌ A parliament of owls
    ~ via World Atlas

    We think a lot about those black lines, forgetting that it’s all still in our hands.
    ~ Tim Urban

    You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
    ~ Christopher Robin

    Sleep in. You Deserve it.

    As you move toward a dream, the dream moves toward you.
    ~ Julia Cameron

    I'm sure we all experience doubt, anxiety, and inadequacy at times in our lives. We can visit these feelings, but we must never live there.
    ~ Rev. CJ McGregor

    To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
    ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

    All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we're giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That's one of the things that connects us as neighbors—in our own way, each one of us is a giver and a receiver.
    ~ Fred Rogers

    Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
    ~ Warren Buffett

    A friendly reminder from Rutger Bregman:
    You'll never see a headline reading "Number of People Living in Extreme Poverty Down by 137,000 Since Yesterday," even though it could have been accurately reported every day over the last 25 years.

    Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow [or this morning] is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?
    ~ L.M. Montgomery

    The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
    ~ Eden Phillpotts

    We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.
    ~ Bill Watterson

    In Switzerland, it’s illegal to only own one guinea pig. You must own a pair, because they’re naturally social creatures.

    I hope something great comes into your life today!
    Have a great Monday!

    Bhutan prioritizes Gross National Happiness over Gross Domestic Product as a key indicator of successful governance.
    Maybe we all should focus a bit more on happiness than output.

    The road to success is always under construction.
    ~ Lily Tomlin

    You are smart.
    You are blessed.
    You can do anything!
    ~ Ayaan Diop

    Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day!
    Explore the good and make kindness the norm.
    Even the smallest act of kindness can change a life.
    ~ Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

    The largest snowflake ever recorded was 15 inches wide. Good luck catching that on your tongue…

    Wherever women gather together failure is impossible.
    ~ Susan B. Anthony

    Otters hold hands when they sleep so they don't float away from one another.

    When the poet Paul Valery once asked Albert Einstein if he kept a notebook to record his ideas, Einstein looked at him with mild but genuine surprise. "Oh, that's not necessary," he replied. "It's so seldom I have one."
    ~ Bill Bryson

    Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we're all in this together.
    ~ Brené Brown

    We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
    ~ Frederick Keonig

    If I can find something good in every day, then I can find something good in every person.
    ~ Elizabeth Buechele

    The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
    ~ Thomas Paine

    Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.
    ~ Helen Keller

    When it rains, look for rainbows.
    When it's dark, look for stars.
    ~ Oscar Wilde

    Cows have best friends and they tend to spend most of their time together.

    Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.
    ~ Dorothea Brande

    Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
    ~ William James

    Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
    ~ Marcel Proust

    If each person in this world will simply take a small piece of this huge thing, this amazing quilt, and work it regardless of the color of the yarn, we will have harmony on this planet.
    ~ Cicely Tyson

    Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.
    ~ Joseph Campbell

    You can do it!
    I don’t know what it is, but I know you are smart, strong, and capable. I, and everyone else reading this message, believe in you.
    You can do it!

    In 1972, the Norwegian Guard adopted a Scottish penguin as its mascot. Every few years, the guardsmen visit their mascot, Sir Nils Olav, a king penguin at the Edinburgh Zoo, and promote him in rank. Nils was named Colonel-in-Chief in 2005, received Knighthood in 2008, and most recently promoted to Brigadier in 2016.

    You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.
    ~ Les Brown

    Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.
    ~ Ella Fitzgerald

    Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don’t even remember leaving open.
    ~ Rose Wilder Lane

    We are striving to forge our union with purpose.
    To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man.
    And so we lift our gaze, not to what stands between us, but what stands before us.
    ~ Amanda Gorman

    The longer I live, the more I read, the more patiently I think, and the more anxiously I inquire, the less I seem to know... Do justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly. This is enough.
    ~ John Quincy Adams

    You can do something. You don’t have to be rich, you don’t have to be famous. As long as you have breath, hands, even a smile, a joke, anything can brighten someone’s day.
    ~ Ricky Smith

    Click here to learn about or support R.A.K.E
    (Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere)

    Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
    ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I will find peace.”
    Spirit says, “Once I find peace, everything will fall into place.”
    ~ Junae Brown

    I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.
    ~ Unknown

    Three things in human life are important.
    The first is to be kind.
    The second is to be kind.
    And the third is to be kind.
    ~ Henry James

    What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. A sunset, a mountain bathed in moonlight, the ocean in calm and in storm—we see these, love their beauty, hold the vision to our hearts. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.
    ~ Helen Keller

    Somewhere, right now, someone is having the best day of their life. Hopefully that someone is you!

    There is a bridge just for squirrels in Longview, WA. In 1963, Longview resident Amos Peters built The Nutty Narrows Bridge to protect squirrels from a particularly treacherous stretch of road.

    The bridge is still keeping squirrels off the road today and, during the holidays, the town decorates it with lights and a small Christmas tree!

    Just a reminder that you don’t have to make resolutions, or huge decisions, or big proclamations. You can just set some sweet intentions and take each day as it comes.
    ~ Victoria Erickson

    The connections we make in the course of a life—maybe that's what heaven is.
    ~ Fred Rogers

    Every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver. And our world could stand to be a little kinder and braver.
    ~ Brené Brown

    Yesterday was upsetting. So, today, let’s try something different.

    Imagine you're in the one place on earth that brings you the most comfort and peace. Right beside you, sharing this moment, are the people whom you love most and who have made you feel most loved.

    Let yourself be truly present in that space.

    Feel the love you all share and know that, in this space, you are always together, always safe, and loved unconditionally.

    Now, close your eyes and take three… deep… slow… breaths…

    one

    two

    three

    Whatever is happening in your neck of the woods, know that this space of peace and love is never more than a few deep breaths away.

    Be well. Stay strong.

    A single noodle of spaghetti is called a spaghetto.

    Now you can enjoy pasta night, and each spaghetto, all the more!

    The more stuff you love the happier you will be.
    ~ Ross Gay

    God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.
    ~ Voltaire

    Today, and all days, read and do what makes you happy.

    Hey, look at that, you’re off to a great start already!

    I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

    Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.

    So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

    Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
    ~ Neil Gaiman

    For last year's words belong to last year's language
    And next year's words await another voice.
    ~ T.S. Eliot

    The most wasted of days is one without laughter.
    ~ E. E. Cummings

    Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.
    ~ Jennifer Lee