“It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be.  There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want.  You can change or stay the same; there are no rules to this thing.  We can make the best or the worst of it.  I hope you make the best of it.  And I hope you see things that startle you.  I hope you feel things you never felt before.  I hope you meet people with a different point of view.  I hope you live a life you are proud of.  If you find that you are not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again

– Benjamin Button

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

– Max Ehrmann c.1920

“If you don’t believe in MIRACLES perhaps you’ve forgotten you are one!”

“When you are in harmony with yourself everything unfolds with grace and ease.”

“If we did ALL the things we capable of doing we would literally astonish ourselves.”

“There are things we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind.  But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life.”

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– Joseph Campbell

“Love is what we are born with.  Fear is what we have learned here.  The spiritual journey is the relinquishment-or-unlearning of fear and acceptance of love back into our hearts.”

– Marianne Williamson

“When we die and go to heaven, our Maker is not going to say, ‘why didn’t you discover the cure for such and such?’ The only thing we’re going to be asked at that precious moment is why didn’t you become you?”

– Elie Wiesel

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