Hot Tips to Self

<on Jan 11/19.>

  • Show up

  • Clean up (this can have a few different meanings…)

  • Speak up

  • Be brave

  • Get your ego out of the game

  • Slow the heck down, Woman!

  • Remember the 4 Agreements

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  • Stay firm (when you need to)

  • Be flexible (when you need to)

  • Hold to your principles / Be true to yourself

***** Reminder: Life is not a popularity contest!

  • Don’t be ashamed of being right (with thanks to JB Handley)

  • Own who you are.

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A Few Quotations (only a few!); just because I can…

“In the long run there is no more liberating, no more exhilarating experience than to determine one’s position, state it bravely, and then act boldly. Action brings with it its own courage, its own energy, a growth of self-confidence that can be acquired in no other way.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“We are blind to the future. We can barely hold on to our strange versions of the past. We see only a little of what is directly before us. We know almost nothing. The only way we can stand it is not to care. I care and I can’t stand it. I should just breathe in and out and be brave. But not knowing what is going to happen next and living with the hope that whatever it is it won’t be too difficult to understand is like driving at top speed with the windshield completely painted over with a picture of where you used to live.” – character David in the Scott Spencer novel Endless Love

“Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality of those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy, in a speech in Capetown, South Africa, June 6, 1966.

“Withholding love distorts reality. It makes the people who do the withholding ugly and small-hearted. It makes the people from whom things are withheld crazy and desperate and incapable of knowing what they actually feel. Don’t be strategic or coy. Strategic and coy are for jackasses. Be brave. Be authentic. Practice saying the word love to the people you love, so when it matters the most to say it, you will.” – Cheryl Strayed, quoted in the collection Brave Enough

“I didn’t mean to be brave, it just happened when I panicked.” – allegedly said by Piglet (a character in the A.A. Milne Winnie-the-Pooh stories)

“Stop acting so small. You are the Universe in ecstatic motion.” – sign spotted at Kingston Road United Church (June 2016)

“Damn what anybody thinks of you – do what’s right. It’s really fun.” – Lucy Lawless, N. Z. actor & activist arrested with 6 Greenpeace activists on Save the Arctic campaign (from Sierra magazine Jan/Feb. 2013)

“If you take care of your character, your reputation will take care of itself.” – sign at church

“Grace happens when we act with others on behalf of our world.” – Joanna Macy & Molly Young Brown in Coming Back to Life – Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World (New Society Publishers, 1998).

“The trouble is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it, and once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet and saying nothing becomes as political an act as speaking out.  There’s no innocence.  Either way you are accountable.” – Arundhati Roy

“The great end of life is not knowledge but action.” – Thomas Henry Huxley

Talk – Action = Zero ……… ad in Jan/Feb. 2009 ‘Watershed Sentinel’ magazine

“Say what you know, do what you must, come what may.” – Sofia Kovalevskaya, 19th century Russian mathematician (spotted on a sign in a subway station, as I recall)

** many quotations about courage here