June 20 • 05:14 PM

Affirmations amidst all the change

January 25, 2017
Once again I feel compelled to share some quotes, words from others that convey the sentiments I believe in, and convey those sentiments in a much better way than I ever could.

The first of these were sent by my aunt, 'Zizi Teresa,' my mentor and spiritual guide. Ziz sent the quotes as a wish—affirmations of sorts—to start off the new year and all of the major changes that would follow with noble intentions. I saved the message and refer to it often when I need to be reminded of what's really important in the midst of the mundane struggles, stresses and sometimes unpleasant realities of every day life—in my own world and in the world around me. Perhaps they will resonate with you, too.

"With our thoughts, we make the world."

~ Buddha

"When people show you who they are, believe them the first time."

~ Maya Angelou

"What is most important is to discover peace, and to share it with others."

~ Thich Nhat Hahn

"Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people."

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Grant to me that I may be made beautiful in my soul within, and that all external possessions be in harmony with my inner self."

~ The Prayer of Socrates

"It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere."

~ Agnes Repplier

"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"As a mountain is unshaken by the wind, so the heart of a wise person is unmoved by all the changes on this earth."

~ Buddha

"Be the mountain unshaken by the wind. Regardless of what others are doing, be your best self; live your best life; be a light...and the darkness will disappear. It will have no choice. In the Light, there is no darkness."

~ Zizi Teresa

And here are a few more that have made their way into my journal lately.

"You do not need a lot of dogma or creeds—just a kindly thought, or kindly word..."

~ White Eagle Lodge

"I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death."

~ Robert Fulghum

"You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own."

~ Michelle Obama

"Let go or be dragged"

~ Zen Proverb

"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."

~ Robert Kennedy

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."

~ Albert Einstein

And finally:

"I hope you will go out and let stories happen to you, and that you will work them, water them with your blood and tears and you laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom."

~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes

I'm looking forward to those stories, and to the beautiful, colorful bouquet.

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Catherine Minolli is Managing Editor of the Tri-City Times. She began as a freelance writer with the Times in 1994. She enjoys the country life, including raising ducks and chickens.
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