Break the [wounds + unawareness] cycle, and guard your descendents

Inspirations to Focus and
Comfort You Along the Way
p. 3 of 10

Collected by Peter K. Gerlach, MSW


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To laugh is to risk appearing the fool

To weep is to risk appearing weak or sentimental

To reach out to another is to risk involvement or rejection

To show your feelings is to risk exposing your true self

To place your ideas and dreams before the crowd

Is to risk their loss

To love is to risk not being loved in return

To live is to risk dying

To hope is to risk despair

To try is to risk failure

But risks must be taken - because

The greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing:

The person who risks nothing

Does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing;

S/He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but

S/He simply cannot learn, feel, change, love, or live

Chained by personal certitudes, s/he is a slave;

S/He has forfeited freedom.

Only a person who risks

Is free

                    - Author unknown


Misery is almost always the result of thinking.

                         -- Joseph Joubert


 When we have done our best,
 we should wait the result in peace.

                 -- J. Lubbock

"A heart at peace gives life to the body"

 -- Proverbs 14:30


It is the meaning we assign to events and to people we encounter
 that affects us for good or ill, not the events or people themselves.

-- Hendrie Weisinger, Ph.D.

Excellence can be attained if
 you Care more than others think is wise,
 Risk more than others think is safe,
Dream more than others think is practical, and
 Expect more than others think is possible.

-- Anon


We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't,
 it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.

-- Jassamyn West


What I'm looking for is a blessing that's not in disguise

-- Kitty O'Neill Collins


"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with

 your one wild and precious life?"

-- Mary Oliver

Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.

         -- Thomas Carlysle

Human beings have always employed an enormous amount of

 clever devices for running away from themselves...

we can keep ourselves busy, fill our lives with so many diversions,

 stuff our heads with so much knowledge,

 involve ourselves with so many people and cover so much ground

 that we never have time to probe the fearful and wonderful world within...

 By middle life, most of us are accomplished fugitives from ourselves.

                                                     -- John Gardner  

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