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The 12/17/13 Joy Jar

18 Dec

As moi winds down the ‘Joy Jar’ exercise, one of the great lessons of choosing gratitude is inner peace. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is inner peace.

“The best fighter is never angry.”
Lao Tzu

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
Buddha

“We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”
Dalai Lama XIV

“Nothing external to you has any power over you.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.”
Eckhart Tolle

“Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.”
Gerald G. Jampolsky, Love Is Letting Go of Fear

You were born a child of light’s wonderful secret— you return to the beauty you
“You were born a child of light’s wonderful secret— you return to the beauty you have always been.”
Aberjhani, Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black

“Peace is the number one beautiful ornament you can wear, I really believe that. They say you should always wear a smile, but I don’t believe that you should “always” wear a smile, seriously, you’re going to look stupid! But peace, you should always carry peace within you, its the most beautifying thing you could ever have or do. Peace makes your heart beautiful and it makes you look beautiful, too. You want to have perfect physical posture when you stand, sit, and walk, and peace is the perfect posture of the soul, really. Try perfect posture outside as well as inside. Peace creates grace and grace gives peace.”
C. JoyBell C.

“Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, or by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, we must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate things and find God there.”
Meister Eckhart

“Happiness can only be achieved by looking inward & learning to enjoy whatever life has and this requires transforming greed into gratitude.”
John Chrysostom

“Having inner peace means committing to letting go of self-criticism and self-doubt.”
Sanaya Roman, Living with Joy: Keys to Personal Power and Spiritual Transformation

“When people speak of great men, they think of men like Napoleon – men of violence. Rarely do they think of peaceful men. But contrast the reception they will receive when they return home from their battles. Napoleon will arrive in pomp and in power, a man who’s achieved the very summit of earthly ambition. And yet his dreams will be haunted by the oppressions of war. William Wilberforce, however, will return to his family, lay his head on his pillow and remember: the slave trade is no more.”
Charles Fox

My faith helps me understand that circumstances don’t dictate my happiness, my inner peace.
Denzel Washington

The 11/09/13 Joy Jar

10 Nov

Moi has had the great Blessing of attending some of the finest schools in the world. That is a double edged sword. For all those who are impressed, there are just as many who want to make one a target. What moi is most impressed with is the common sense she has developed over the years. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is common sense.

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Albert Einstein

Common sense is not so common.
Voltaire

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.
Thomas A. Edison

Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Common sense is the genius of humanity.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education.
Victor Hugo

It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.
Robert Green Ingersoll

The 10/26/13 Joy Jar

26 Oct

The ‘Joy Jar’ exercise will end on December 25, 2013. Christmas represents birth and a new beginning. The ‘Joy Jar’ was a response to the Mayan Calendar end of the world thing. It is an exercise in counting moi’s Blessings and Being Grateful for each day. Seattle is emerging from several days of fog and the trees are a riot of color. There are leaves everywhere. The leaves are a sign of the cycle of life. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the cycle of life represented by falling leaves.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
Albert Camus

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.
Martin Luther

Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.
Henry David Thoreau

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.
Rabindranath Tagore

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
Walt Whitman

Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.
Albert Schweitzer

October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.
Hal Borland

One of the great lessons the fall of the leaf teaches, is this: do your work well and then be ready to depart when God shall call.
Tryon Edwards

The ‘Joy Jar’ exercise will end on December 25, 2013. Christmas represents birth and a new beginning. The ‘Joy Jar’ was a response to the Mayan Calendar end of the world thing. It is an exercise in counting moi’s Blessings and Being Grateful for each day. Seattle is emerging from several days of fog and the trees are a riot of color. There are leaves everywhere. The leaves are a sign of the cycle of life. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the cycle of life represented by falling leaves.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
Albert Camus

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.
Martin Luther

Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.
Henry David Thoreau

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.
Rabindranath Tagore

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
Walt Whitman

Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.
Albert Schweitzer

October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.
Hal Borland

One of the great lessons the fall of the leaf teaches, is this: do your work well and then be ready to depart when God shall call.
Tryon Edwards

The 10/15/13 Joy Jar

16 Oct

The government shut-down has been going on for about two weeks and many like moi are hoping that there are some calmer heads who will prevail. This mess shows the importance of wisdom.
Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Reinhold Niebuhr

Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is collective wisdom.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
Confucius

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
Socrates

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward

A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation.
Moliere

A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.
John C. Maxwell

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
Albert Einstein

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
Thomas Jefferson

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
Henry David Thoreau

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.
George Bernard Shaw

A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool.
Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
Confucius

The 10/14/13 Joy Jar

14 Oct

Moi is trying to get a healthier lifestyle. She is walking more and she bought a bag of apples to snack on. There are so many varieties of apples. They really are the perfect fruit. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ are apples.

We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the number of apples in a seed.
Robert H. Schuller

The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun had been set afire merely to ripen men’s apples and head their cabbages.
Cyrano de Bergerac

“Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.”
Bernard M. Baruch

“We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples.” –
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”
Martin Luther

“Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.”
Jane Austen

“I tell you, all politics is apple sauce.”
Will Rogers

“Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits.”
Henry David Thoreau, Wild Apples

Why not upset the apple cart? If you don’t, the apples will rot anyway.
Frank A. Clark

The 10/08/13 Joy Jar

8 Oct

You either have principles and follow them or you don’t. Now, is that hard?

Abortion Vote Exposes Rift at a Catholic University
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/0…
Loyola Marymount trustees are deciding whether to remove abortion coverage from insurance plans, but the vote has become a battle over how Catholic a Catholic university should be.

Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ are principles.

I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.
Leonardo da Vinci

Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.
Abraham Lincoln

There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.
Stephen Covey

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. Thomas Paine

A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.
Margaret Thatcher

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The principles of living greatly include the capacity to face trouble with courage, disappointment with cheerfulness, and trial with humility.
Thomas S. Monson

The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles.
Plato

Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.
Victor Hugo

To abandon oneself to principles is really to die – and to die for an impossible love which is the contrary of love.
Albert Camus

Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
Ambrose Bierce

An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.
Thomas Paine

I think Bible principles are principles for life.
Joel Osteen

The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.
John Quincy Adams

Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.
Charles R. Swindoll

Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles.
Jawaharlal Nehru

The 09/26/13 Joy Jar

26 Sep

As one matures and realizes the value of life, one is grateful to be looking at this side of the dirt. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is being grateful to be alive.

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.
Robert Frost

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Buddha

Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.
Will Smith

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
George Bernard Shaw

Life is a song – sing it. Life is a game – play it. Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realize it. Life is a sacrifice – offer it. Life is love – enjoy it.
Sai Baba

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.
Erma Bombeck

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
William James

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
Mark Twain

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
Confucius

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.
Sholom Aleichem

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
John F. Kennedy

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
George Washington Carver

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
Henry David Thoreau

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.
Albert Einstein

My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.
Cary Grant

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
Lao Tzu

I have a simple philosophy: Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. Scratch where it itches.
Alice Roosevelt Longworth