Saturday Morning Success/Joy/Perfection

(On this particular Saturday, a week ago now)

  • having had a really good sleep
  • a call from my daughter
  • listening to my guts/intuition & later seeing how well things (almost inevitably) turn out when I do
  • discovering a really cool little neighborhood coffee place
  • realizing the way things really work – & really matter – is on the human scale (well duh, eh?? )
  • savouring life’s small joys (e.g. helpful bus driver, thanking aforesaid helpful driver)
  • knowing down to my bones the truth of the saying “A clear conscience is more valuable than wealth.” (Filipino proverb)
  • realizing I finally live in an NDP riding (though truthfully I’m a Greenie) – after living for too many years in ridings with genuinely awful (I mean really awful) Conservatives   
  • knowing I will be happy wherever I live
  • realizing how easy it is to make someone’s day – as easy as being genuinely grateful to someone for something they’ve done for one (however small) – & how wonderfully circular appreciation & gratitude are
  • having lots of lovely memories & the odd little secret that cross one’s mind from time to time, providing a nice warm shot of pleasure


Simple stuff…


‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “The criteria for success: you are free, you live in the present moment, you are useful to the people around you, and you feel love for all humanity.” – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar [many other great quotations about success here]

** many many many inspiring quotations about this, that & the other thing in the ‘Quotation Central!’ section of the blog

Couple spares, ‘cos I feel like it:

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” – Mother Teresa

“Tho’ much is taken, much abides.” – Tennyson

“It’s vanity to say we are protecting nature for the sake of the planet. The planet is four billion years old. Its crust is forty miles thick. It has survived freezing and warming and volcanoes and earthquakes. Nature will survive without us. But what will we be without nature?” – Seneca Chief Oren Lyons

“Perhaps we cannot raise the wind. But each of us can put up the sail, so that when the wind comes we can catch it.” – E.F. Schumacher

“Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change.” – Ingrid Bengis

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” – Mother Teresa

“Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” – Marcus Aurelius

“We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.” – Seneca

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.” – Mark Twain

“Sharing is sometimes more demanding than giving.” – Sign on church billboard

“All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.” – Aristotle, 4th century B.C.

“People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abe Lincoln

“Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it’s the only thing.” – Albert Schweitzer