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Month: August, 2014

remember you are half water

Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water can wear away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.

Margaret Atwood | The Penelopiad

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no

learn to say no

without explaining

or justifying

or feeling bad

or feeling guilty

as oprah once said

no is a complete answer

got it

yes

align yourself

“I align myself with people who support my growth.

If you meet someone whose soul is not aligned with yours, send them love and move along.”

Dr. Wayne Dyer

remember your strength

always remember your strength
lies in your mind

your strength is
your mind

change your mind and
change your life

spend at least as much time
preferably more

expanding your mind
growing your mind
stretching your mind
strengthening your mind
as you do your body

because your body follows
your mind
and not the other way

life is easy

believe it or not, life doesn’t have to be hard

so many people buy into this idea that life is a struggle

they fight tooth and nail to get somewhere

not so

you can choose to let life unfold

the secret is to focus on what you truly want

do your best to make it happen

and then trust the process (or as I like to say the universe)

yes, life can be difficult

but it can also be easy

the difference is how you perceive the things that happen to you

the choice, as always, is yours

be a multiplier | robin williams

Years ago I learned a very cool thing about Robin Williams, and I couldn’t watch a movie of his afterward without thinking of it. I never actually booked Robin Williams for an event, but I came close enough that his office sent over his rider.  For those outside of the entertainment industry, a rider lists out an artist’s specific personal and technical needs for hosting them for an event, anything from bottled water and their green room to sound and lighting requirements.  You can learn a lot about a person from their rider.  This is where rocks bands list their requirement for green M&Ms (which is actually a surprisingly smart thing to do). This is also where a famous environmentalist requires a large gas-guzzling private jet to fly to the event city, but then requires an electric or hybrid car to take said environmentalist to the event venue when in view of the public.

When I got Robin Williams’ rider, I was very surprised by what I found.  He actually had a requirement that for every single event or film he did, the company hiring him also had to hire a certain number of homeless people and put them to work. I never watched a Robin Williams movie the same way after that.  I’m sure that on his own time and with his own money, he was working with these people in need, but he’d also decided to use his clout as an entertainer to make sure that production companies and event planners also learned the value of giving people a chance to work their way back.  I wonder how many production companies continued the practice into their next non-Robin Williams project, as well as how many people got a chance at a job and the pride of earning an income, even temporarily, from his actions.   He was a great multiplier of his impact.  Let’s hope that impact lives on without him.   Thanks, Robin Williams- not just for laughs, but also for a cool example.

Brian Lord

things are not what they seem

life is messy

success is not a straight line

colour outside the lines

problems are often disguised as opportunities

illness can be a gift

the person who frustrates you the most also holds the biggest learning for you

living outside the comfort zone can be wildly satisfying

 

forget

forget what a normal life should look like

and just live the life you want to live

be bold

this is how I will remember robin williams

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

john keating | dead poets society

rest in peace | robin williams