Bite-sized Wisdom: Keller

Doubt sneaking in? Remember that you have a powerful tool at hand that is ready to go into action for you at any time. Words from this wise and empowering woman:

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Doubt and mistrust are the mere panic of timid imagination, which the steadfast heart will conquer, and the large mind transcend.

– Helen Keller


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The Automatic Existence or Something Less Ordinary?

Life is only as monotonous as we want it to be. Feeling like you need a bit of a shake-up? Start with another one of the fantastic illustrated quotes from Gavin of ZenPencilsfindtheothers

Letting the Heart Have Its Say

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The mind delights in lofty pursuits –
Tête-a-têtes in bilingual prose
And dissections of unsatisfying denouements –
Just to prove it can.

But when words grow weary
And wits tire of the unending race,
May you learn to sing of your longing.

For the soul rejoices in hearing its song,
Strains of melody painting delicate truths,
All heart affirmed, all opposition abandoned
With no chance to be mistaken.

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Time To Fly

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Once upon a time

You scooped up your dreams that lay about and presented them to me one by one.

Each one lit your eyes as you passed it from your lips

To let it hang, for three long seconds, before it hit my ears.

Each thought a marvel of ingenuity,

Aloft with a joy untainted by anything other than anticipation.

“How beautiful,” I thought,

But must have forgotten to say,

For soon you gathered them up,

and tucked them in your chest.

Let me say now that hope is my favorite color on you,

Unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

So pull out the dreams, however dusty, and speak them once again.

And this time when I listen,

I will tell you how they make you shine.

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Fear Shows You a Path, Love Allows You to Walk It

Of all the four letter words,
Fear hurts the most
Not the ears, but the soul
As it freezes passageways to what might have been

“I fear what might happen”

A future paved with ice is hard to traverse

Each step unsure as the foot lightly presses

Anxiously awaiting a plunge

But oh, when letters take new form

And one word shifts its place

To allow room for another

“I love what might happen”

Of all the four letter words,
Love means the most
A flame hidden in unassuming shroud
That melts worry and reveals a path below

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On Trusting Yourself

As you seek out adventure
Make little of the manmade roadblocks –
Mortar formed from sand, frustration and doubt.

They are the ephemeral
And not half as enduring as illumination.

The essential spark is not a thing to be tamed,
Pulled down in nets like an insect deemed beautiful
Because its wings, like two all-knowing eyes,
Regard you as they grace once empty space.

Fleeting and capricious, it comes to those who know
The joy of quiet anticipation.

Lend this flicker full assurance
and watch its incandescence flame with surety
Enough to light the way ahead.

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Bite-sized Wisdom: Ruhl

Feeling a little off or disconnected? Try creating something. It can be tiny. It can be silly. No matter its size or import, it will still allow you to revisit that part of yourself that you’re missing. 

“Art is a way of freezing time, or extending time. … It’s another way to bridge the gaps between us.”

– Sarah Ruhl


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