This final section includes quotes and little stories that have accompanied me during the last years. May they make you smile and be useful to you in some occasion.

Stay happy,
Alicia

Quotes

Love After Love
The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
Derek Walcott

"Dream as if you'll live forever,
live as if you'll die tomorrow."
Author Unknown

"Success nourishes them; they can because they think they can."
Virgil

"If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things."
Albert Einstein

"Minds are like parachutes - they only function when open."
Lord Thomas Robert Dewar

"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love."
Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor

"Vision without action is merely a dream;
Action without vision just passes time.
Vision with action can change the world."
W. Edwards Deming

"May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are.
Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us."
Free after Saint Therese

"Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance."
Author Unknown

RISK

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out for another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your true ideas, your dreams before a crowd, is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying. To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.
But risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
People who risk nothing, do nothing, are nothing.
They may avoid suffering and sorrow,
But they cannot learn, feel, grow, change, love, live.
Chained by their attitudes, they are slaves.
They have forfeited their freedom.
Only the person who risks is free.
Author Unknown

Look to this day

Look to this day, for it is life,
the very life of life.
In its brief course lies all the truth of existence,
the joy of growth,
the splendor of beauty,
the glory of action.
For yesterday is but a memory,
and tomorrow only a vision.
But every day well lived
makes every yesterday a memory of happiness
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Therefore, look to this day!
Kalidasa

My wish for you

I wish you not a path devoid of clouds, nor a life on a bed of roses,
Not that you might never need regret,
nor that you should never feel pain.
No, that is not my wish for you. My wish for you is:

That you might be brave in times of trial, when others lay crosses
upon your shoulders.
When mountains must be climbed and chasms are to be crossed,
When hope can scarce shine through.
That every gift God gave you might grow with you
and let you give your gift of joy to all who care for you.

That you may always have a friend who is worth that name,
whom you can trust and who helps you in times of sadness,
Who will defy the storms of daily life at your side.

One more wish I have for you:
That in every hour of joy and pain you may feel God (your strength) close to you.
This is my wish for you and for all who care for you.
This is my hope for you now and forever.
Irish blessing

"Thirty spokes are made one by holes in a hub.
Together with the vacancies between them, they compose a wheel.
The use of clay in moulding pitchers
Comes from the hollow of its absence;
Doors, windows in a house
Are used for their emptiness:
Thus we are helped by what is not
To use what is"
Taoist verse

"We must become the change we want to see."

"The fragrance always remains on the hand that gives the rose."
Mahatma Gandhi

"Nothing has changed, only I have changed.
Thus, everything has changed."
Hindu proverb

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Irish Blessing

"Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death."
William Shakespeare (Macbeth)

And since you know you cannot see yourself,
so well as by reflection, I, your glass,
will modestly discover to yourself,
that of yourself which you yet know not of.
William Shakespeare (Julius Cesar)

"Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain"
R. W. Emerson

"Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day."
Rainer Maria Rilke (Letters to a Young Poet)

"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."

"If you judge people, you have no time to love them."

"We sometimes feel that what we do is just a drop in the ocean, but the ocean would be less because of that missing drop."

"Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls."
Mother Teresa of Calcutta

"In the quantum world, relationships are not just interesting
They are all there is to reality."
Margaret Wheatley

"Success is going straight-
around the circle"
Chinese Adage

"It is only with the heart that one can see clearly.
What is essential is invisible to the eye."
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (The Little Prince)

"A smile is a curve that sets everything straight."
Phyllis Diller

"A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you're at home."
Author Unknown

May the sun
bring you new energy by day,
may the moon
softly restore you by night,
may the rain
wash away your worries,
may the breeze
blow new strength into your being.
may you walk
gently through the world and know
its beauty all the days of your life.
Apache blessing

Little Stories

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck. 

One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. 

At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. 

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water. 

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.

But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do. 

After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream. 
"I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house." 

The old woman smiled, "Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?" 

"That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them." 

"For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.

Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house."

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. 

You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

And, always remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path

 

Once they asked Buddha what surprised him most about mankind.

He replied: "Humans lose their health in order to earn money and later on they lose their money to recover their health. And by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget to live the present. Thus they end up by living neither the present nor the future. They live as if they never had to die, and die as if they had never lived."

The Story of the Tiny Frogs.

Once upon a time there were a bunch of tiny frogs that arranged a climbing competition. Their goal was to reach the top of a Very High Tower. A big crowd gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants.
The race began. Honestly, no one in the crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower. The tiny frogs heard statements such as, "Oh, WAY too difficult! They'll NEVER make it to the top." And, "There's not a chance that they'll succeed. The tower is too high."
The tiny frogs began collapsing one by one, except for those, which in a fresh wave, were climbing higher and higher. The crowd continued to yell, "It's too difficult! No one will make it!" More tiny frogs got tired and gave up. But, ONE tiny frog continued to climb higher and higher and higher. This one would not give up!
At the end, all the tiny frogs had given up climbing the tower except for this one tiny frog, which after a big effort, was the only one that reached the top! All the other frogs, naturally, wanted to know how this one tiny frog had managed to do it. A contestant asked a tiny frog how the one that had succeeded had found the strength to reach his goal. It turned out that the winner was DEAF!

So, the moral of this story is, never listen to other people's tendencies to be negative or pessimistic because they take your wonderful dreams and wishes away from you - the ones you hold in your heart.

Always think of the power that words have, because everything you hear and read will affect your actions. Therefore, be positive, and above all be DEAF when people tell you that you cannot fulfill your dreams.
Always think, "I can do this!"

Two Wolves (Cherokee wisdom)

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son,
the battle is between two 'wolves' inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf wins?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

 
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