In a gentle way – Inspiring Myself
I have a hand woven flour storage basket. It has never held flour of any kind, rather I keep it on my desk and undo the hook and latch to drop quotes in that I find pleasing. When I need a bit of a push with my thinking, I open the lid and reach within and pull out slips of paper.
Yesterday, I played in the sunshine all day. After 60 days of straight rain, we had a wonderful day of sunshine. I did not write, instead I walked and greeted my many neighbors who were out and about. I weeded and puttered in the garden and I just enjoyed the stunning beauty of the sky.
Today the next storm is fast approaching and the wind is picking up; the clouds have gone from white puffy to gray and now with charcoal out over the water soon to be stuck on the mountains as a downpour. I feel cold and I want to eat and break my fast. Walking, prayers, meditations, laundry, even errands are completed and now soup is simmering on the stove. Hammer and saw work on the garden beds to prepare for the season ahead and I find I am in need of a shove to get going on these words.
I opened my basket and randomly pulled out 10 slips of paper and here is what I discovered:
7 quotes from Gandhi:
1. In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
2. First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
3. An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
4. A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.
5. You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
6. We must become the change we want to see in the world.
7. We do not need to proselytize either by our speech or by our writing. We can only do so really with our lives. Let our lives be open books for all to study.
1 Quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
1 Idea from Einstein
The important thing is to not stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing.
And 1 Exercise from Steve Pavlina, I had just placed in the basket this week:
…sit down with a piece of paper, ask yourself what your life purpose is, and keep writing down answers until you come to the one that makes you cry.
I was filled up and ready to go and my mind was in full swing and thinking. It is a rather magic basket.
One of my daughters keeps a journal of quotes that inspire her. She keeps them in a rather neat order and within categories. I kind of like my random jumble. Do you keep quotes that inspire you? Orderly or jumbled? Nature inspires me and relaxes me too; sometimes I just get too relaxed in the great outdoors!
I was even inspired by getting so many quotes from people who practice nonviolence and were concerned with justice. What do you think about this random selection, I would like to know what motivates you and inspires good thinking and encourages your actions?
A reminder: there are two book” give aways” happening on Patricia’s Wisdom right now:
April 22, 2011 will be the drawing for a copy of the book THE LONG GOODBYE – all you need to do is be from the USA or Canada and leave a comment.
April 28, 2011 The author of the book THE PROCRASTINATION EQUATION is giving away a copy to the best procrastination story or anti-procrastination technique from the comments section.
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