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Happiness is…

August 7, 2011

…Having two hilarious, quirky interns who cheer your arrival home from school and decorate a watermelon in your honor.

…being pumped about the new school year and getting to work with great colleagues.

…having a cute, sweet, hard-working farmer husband.

…finishing Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project and knowing other people who have read it that you can discuss it with.

…finding an old journal from a previous era in your life with quotes to remind you what you are capable of.

…big ideas:

“Thus to speak a true word is to transform the world.” –Paulo Freire

“The mark of an immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.” –Wilhelm Stekel

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.” –Helen Keller

“With dreams begin responsibilities, so deserve your dreams and realize only dreamers can change the dream.” –John Heard

“Be patient with all that is unresolved in your heart and dreams, try to love the questions themselves.” –Rainer Maria Rilke

“The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands. Learn to lengthen your prayers and dreams into life with these.” –Robert M. Pirsig

“Ah but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?” –Robert Browning

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” –Romans 12:21

“The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” —Galatians 5:6b

“Every challenge could have paradise behind it.” –Blues Traveler

“Our doubts are traitors and make us loose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.” –William Shakespeare.

“To burn always with this hard, gem-like flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life.” –Walter Pater

“As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration…Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” –Amy Poehler

“There are no mistakes. Only opportunities.” –Tina Fey

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Cody permalink
    August 7, 2011 10:29 AM

    Throw this one on the pile:
    “Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to,
    when all they need is one reason why they can”
    — Martha Graham

    • August 7, 2011 10:47 AM

      That is a great quote! I should dig out a Twyla Tharp quote to go with it. Well done.

  2. Cody permalink
    August 7, 2011 3:19 PM

    I don’t think politicians should be allowed into power who are not familiar with their bodies, because that’s where our bottom line is. And I know that they would make totally different decisions if they felt responsible simply for their own bodies.
    Twyla Tharp
    This applies to your farming endeavor and whole food concepts. Lots of fat politicos.

  3. Angela permalink
    August 10, 2011 11:24 AM

    Great entry, quotes, and series of comments between brother and sister, arts and politics, inspiration and perspiration!

  4. Annaka permalink
    August 20, 2011 5:13 AM

    Thanks, Farmerlady! You made my morning with these.

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