Spirits Lifted

"What is to give light must endure burning."     - Victor Frankl

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"Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid."     - Basil King

Keep a - Goin'
A poem by Henry Gibson

Well, if you strike a thorn or rose,
Keep a -goin'!
And if it hails or if it snows,
Keep a -goin'!
Ain't no use to sit and whine
'Cause the fish ain't on your line
Bait your hook and keep a-tryin'
Keep a- goin'!

When the weather kills your crop,
Keep a goin'!
Why, it takes work to reach the top,
Keep a-goin'!
If the skys look dark and gray
Tell the world you'll be OK
Keep a-goin'!

If you're up against the wall,
Keep a-goin'!
Swallow hard and just stand tall,
Keep a-goin'!
S'pose you're out of ev'ry dime,
Gittin' broke ain't any crime!
tell the world you're feelin' prime,
Keep a-goin'!

When it looks like all is up,
Keep a-goin'!
Drain the sweetness from the cup,
Keep a-goin'!
See the wild birds on the wing,
Hear the bells that sweetly ring,
When you feel like singin', sing -
Keep a goin'!

"The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, Nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when they discover that someone else believes in them and is willing to trust them."
                                                                                                                                                                                     - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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"The government in which I believe is that which is based on mere moral sanction . . . the real law lives in the kindness of our hearts. If our hearts are empty, no law or political reform can fill them."     - Leo Tolstoy   

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"Life is not made up of great sacrifices and duties but of little things in which smiles and kindness given habitually are what win and preserve the heart and secure comfort."     - Sir Humphry Davy   

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"I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends."     - Abraham Lincoln

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More damage has neen done to others by persons leading lives of quiet desperation, that is doing what they felt they 'had' to do, than ever was done by persons freely doing what they wanted to do.     - Anonymous

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"Justice, mercy, love and freedom are not the work of the gods or politicians, but the work of those who willingly risk seeing the world with open eyes - who do not turn away, but address what they see."     - Robert Fulghum

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"Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self, so therefore, trust the physician and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility."     - Kahill Gibran

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"If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results."     - Jack Dixon

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"Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense dancing."     - William James

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"The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of it."     - Rollo May

Four monks decided to meditate silently without speaking for two weeks.
By nightfall on the first day, the candle began to flicker and then went out.
The first monk said, "Oh, no! The candle is out."
The second monk said, "Aren't we not suppose to talk?"
The third monk said, "Why must you two break the silence?"
The fourth monk laughed and said, "Ha! I'm the only one who didn't speak."

"Meaning transforms all  .  .  .  Once what you are living and what you are doing has meaning for you, it is irrelevant whether you are happy or unhappy.  You're content. You're not alone in your spirit. You belong."

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