Quotes: On Perspective & Relativity

“By seeing the world through a child’s eyes, you often find simple solutions to your issue, because the whole issue changes.”
– How To Have Kick Ass Ideas

“The way I see it, isn’t necessarily the way you see it.”

“Sometimes, you’re the bug. Some days, you’re the windshield.”
-Price Cobb

 “People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them.”
-Epictetus

 “Children always understand. They have open minds. They have built-in bullshit detectors.”
-Madonna

 “Perspective is everything. To a worm, digging in the hard ground is more relaxing than going fishing.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“Always remember, a bird’s eye view is way different from a worm’s eye view, when in fact, they’re looking at the exact same thing.”
-Paula Peralejo

 “In short, we are hard-wired not to be creative. Imagine that you have spent 10 years of your life reviewing people. You have been on courses teaching you how to do it and must have done it 500 times by now. You believe that you understand the best way to do it and are happy with your results. Not only are you lacking motivation to try something new, but with all that experience, it’s really hard to think of how it could be done. Your brain will automatically reference everything that you have done before and get caught up in your past experience. The opposite is the case with children. They have relatively little past experience and therefore find it perfectly natural to invent 20 ways to use a cardboard box. ‘It’s a spaceship, a fort, a space for spies to plan secret missions, it’s a toilet…”
– How To Have Kick Ass Ideas

 “We all have a choice. We create our own reality, so if are having a bad time, it is likely to be our fault and nobody else’s. We can’t control the world but we can control the way we perceive and react to it. This belief is core to creating freedom through opportunities. When we feel that we have become victims through circumstance, and believe that people are ganging up on us, we remain stuck. When at last I realized that everyday is just perfect and my challenge is to be able to see it as so, my whole perspective changed.”
–How To Have Kick Ass Ideas

“The future has several names. For the weak, it is the impossible. For the fainthearted, it is the unknown. For the thoughtful and valiant, it is the ideal.”
-Victor Hugo 🙂

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”
–Marcus Aurelius

“It is very true, that the way you think creates reality for yourself.”
–Oprah

“We don’t see things as they are; we see things as we are.”
–Anais Nin

“If you don’t get everything you want, think of the things you don’t get that you don’t want.”
-Oscar Wilde

“We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon.”
-Konrad Adenauer

“When you’re courting a nice girl, an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder, a second seems an hour. That’s relativity.” –Albert Einstein

World history is a court of judgment. ~ Hegel

“Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“I can choose either to be a victim of the world, or an adventurer in search of treasure. It’s all a question of how I view life.” –Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

 “Two people can look at the same exact thing and see something totally different.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

 “It’s funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit it into their version of reality.”
–Percy, Percy Jackson Series

“There are truths on this side of the Pyranees, which are falsehoods on the other.”
-Blaise Pascal

“One man’s frankness is another man’s vulgarity.”
-Kevin Smith

“There are always three sides to every story:  your side, the other side, and the truth.”
-Author Unknown

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
-Dr. Seuss

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
-Dr. Wayne Dyer

“Change your thoughts and you change the world.”
-Norman Vincent Peale

“My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants.”
-J. Brotherton

“Oh friend, it’s not what they take away from you that counts. It’s what you do with what you have left.”
-Hubert Humphrey

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that’s why we call it the present.”
-B. Olatunji

Poem: On Losing Someone

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When you lose someone dear to you…

You can shed tears that he is gone, or you can smile because he has lived on.

You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all that’s left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him, or you can be full of the love you’ve shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live on yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow, because of yesterday.

You can remember him, only when he is gone, or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back, or you can do what he’d want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

–David Harkins 🙂

Life Lesson: On Celebrating Life

from Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL
By: Karen Klosterman

When I look into the mirror, I see a survivor.
I don’t think of anything but living.
Well, that’s not true because the farther I get from cancer, the more hopes and dreams I let creep in.

When I looked into the mirror during my illness, I wasn’t that bald person staring down at me.
I didn’t recognize myself.
My body had let me down, but I didn’t want my soul to escape.

People responded to the way I looked.
I hated the pity I saw in their eyes as much as the fear.
The body is back to its original state, but the soul has taken on the wonderful layers of a survivor.

Now I celebrate

Bad-hair days

Bushy eyebrows


Stubbled legs with razor burn

I celebrate
Blended flavors of peanut butter and chocolate


Sweet lemonade through a straw


Greasy hamburgers with bacon

I celebrate
Whining children


Shouting and arguing


Pulsating music and barking dogs

I celebrate
Making plants


Dreaming
The hoping that goes with having a future

I celebrate life.

*images from http://www.google.com

Life Lesson: On Appreciation

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from email, source unknown

Focus on all the wonderful things that are present in your life now.

If you find yourself stuck in heavy traffic, don’t despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege.

Should you have a bad day at work, think of the man who has been out of work for years.

Should you despair over a relationship gone bad, think of the person who has never known what it’s like to love and be loved in return.

Should you grieve the passing of another weekend, think of the woman in dire straits,
working twelve hours a day, seven days a week to feed her children.

Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance, think of the paraplegic
who would love the opportunity to take that walk.

Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror, think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.

Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking what is my purpose? Be thankful. There are those who didn’t live long enough to get the opportunity.

Should you find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, ignorance, smallness or
insecurities, remember, things could be worse. You could be one of them!

Should you decide to send this to a friend, thank you, you may have touched their life in ways you will never know.

Life Lesson: On The Value of Time

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from email, source unknown

To realize
The value of a sister
Ask someone
Who doesn’t have one.

To realize
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly
Divorced couple.

To realize
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.

To realize
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
who has given birth to
A premature baby.

To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one-second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident.

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when
you can share it with someone special.

To realize the value of a friend or family member:
LOSE ONE.

Life Lesson: On Our Perception of Evil

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from Paulo Coelho’s book “Like A Flowing River”

THESE ARE MY FRIENDS

“The reason the king is so powerful is because he’s made a pact with the devil.”, a very devout woman in the street told the boy, and he was intrigued.

Some time later, when he was travelling to another town, the boy heard a man beside him remark: “All this land belongs to the same man. I’d say the devil had a hand in that.”

Late one summer afternoon, a beautiful woman walked past the boy.

“That woman is in the service of Satan.” cried the preacher angrily.

From then on, the boy decided to seek the devil out, and when he found him, he said:

“They say you can make people powerful, rich, and beautiful.”

“Not really,” replied the devil. “You’ve just been listening to the views of those who are trying to promote me.”

Life Lesson: On Celebrating The Good Things

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taken from Paulo Coelho’s book “Like A Flowing River”

NORMA AND THE GOOD THINGS

In Madrid lives Norma, a very special Brazilian lady. The Spanish call her ‘the rocking grandma’. She is over sixty and works in various places, organizing promotions, parties and concerts.

Once, at about four in the morning, when I was so tired I could barely stand, I asked Norma where she got her energy from.

“I have a magic calendar. If you like, I can show it to you.”

The following day, I went to her house. She picked up an old, much scribbled upon calendar.

“Right, today is the day they discovered a vaccine against polio.”, she said. “We must celebrate that, because life is beautiful.”

On each day of the year, Norma had written down something good that happened on that date. For her, life was always a reason to be happy.

Poem: Invictus

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INVICTUS

By: William Ernest Henley

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 straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

*Invictus means unconquerable or undefeated in Latin*