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"'One day Ajahn Chah held up a beautiful Chinese tea cup, “To me this cup is already broken. Because I know its fate, I can enjoy it fully here and now. And when it’s gone, it’s gone.'”  When we understand the truth of uncertainty and relax, we become free."
~ version by Jack Kornfield (from The Wise Heart)
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“You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success – none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here.” -ram dass
 
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I like this quote from The One-Straw Revolution:

“It would be well if people stopped troubling themselves about discovering ‘the true meaning of life;’ we can never know the answers to great spiritual questions, but it’s all right to not understand. We have been born and are living on this earth to face directly the reality of living.”
 
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"No one wins unless everybody wins."  Bruce Springsteen
 
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"People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it."

I'm not sure who to attribute this quote to as it seems to have come from several different sources? The place where I saw it said it was a Chinese proverb.
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Along the lines of doing things, I enjoyed seeing this today.



A quick search to find who said this led to various versions, usually longer than this one, attributed to different authors and motivational speakers (including this and this).

 
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"Beer is one of the oldest known beverages in human civilization. The earliest records of it were found on cuneiform tablets from Mesopotamia, and according to Hopwood, it’s an open debate whether grain was first domesticated to make bread or brew beer."  
(quote from Maclean's magazine) "Hopwood" is Marie Hopwood, a professor of archaeological anthropology at Vancouver Island University in Duncan, B.C. who thought that researching very old recipes for beer and trying to recreate them would inspire students. It seems to be working... The quote appealed to me because we've done many questionable things to wheat from the respect of its place in the human diet, so the thought that we didn't even domesticate it for bread is worth thinking about.
 
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"Money is like fertiliser when spread around, things grow; when it’s hoarded, it stinks.” John Densmore (Doors drummer)
 
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"Beer is one of the oldest known beverages in human civilization. The earliest records of it were found on cuneiform tablets from Mesopotamia, and according to Hopwood, it’s an open debate whether grain was first domesticated to make bread or brew beer."  quoted by Jay Angler.

That actually makes a lot of sense.  I have read that analysis of bones, etc of early nomadic cultures indicates they lived primarily on wild game and wild plants, reserving their herds for major feasts or,(my guess), emergencies.  (makes sense, why eat your precious animals if there is wild game or wild plants to be harvested).  Status is a big deal in most cultures.  The guys with the most status produce more testosterone.  (I read a while back that when a cities sports team is winning, the average testosterone levels of the city go up).  Being able to provide "luxury items" to guests has been a pretty universal way of showing off wealth and gaining status throughout history and across most if not all cultures.  We still do it in our society.  ("Oh, wow, you should have been to J-Lows party, the entertainment was awesome!  There were these little 'gift bags' of luxury items for each guest!").  

I am reminded of a letter and response that I read years ago, supposedly from ancient Rome.  My imperfect memory of it is this.  "We have several ships we can send Egypt, should we send wheat or sand for the colusseum's games?"  The reply was, "Why would you even ask?  There is rioting in the streets!  There is a shortage of bread!  Send sand, of course!"  

The people were feeding themselves before wheat was domesticated, Growing food for bread would feed the unwashed masses, but the ability to throw an awesome party and gain status and power?  Priceless!!!
 
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I read a while back that in the early 20th century, nomads in north africa would harvest huge quantities of wild grain each year in some areas.  It was a normal part of their year.  I've often wondered why nomadic pastoralism is seen as kind of a side note in most "chronologies" of human development, when it has been very widespread and a remarkably stable way of life in certain huge areas and has certainly had major effects on their neighbors (both as trade partners, vectors for technology transfer, and as conquerers and raiders).
 
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Having enough

is not an amount.

It’s a state of being.



~Lynne Twist

(Economist and social activist)
 
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Years ago, I felt like I was a man, trapped in a womans body.  Then I was born!
 
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What matters is not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.
 
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...possible even from a six foot distance I think

"Rejoicing generates good will. The next time you go out in the world, you might try this practice: directing your attention to people—in their cars, on the sidewalk, talking on their cell phones—just wish for them all to be happy and well. Without knowing anything about them, they can become very real, by regarding each of them personally and rejoicing in the comforts and pleasures that come their way. Each of us has this soft spot: a capacity for love and tenderness."
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My religion is very simple, my religion is kindness.  Dalai Lama
 
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"The earth doesn’t know civilization has been thrown a curveball. She’s her usual generous self. The sun grows stronger, the soil warms, and greens begin to appear in the fields, just like every spring. It’s comforting to know those forces are bigger than we are, and when I feel unsteady, I turn my attention to observing them."

Kristen Kimball, from her Essex Farm newsletter.  (author of 'The Dirty Life')
 
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A vision without a task is just a dream.

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Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open.
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Whether we or our politicians
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Nature is party
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and she has more votes,
a longer memory,
and a sterner sense of justice
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~Wendell Berry
 
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You get a wonderful view from the point of no return. – Moist von Lipwig
 
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“My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage." - Aunt Frances”
― Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic
 
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"We are stardust
We are golden
And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden"

-joni mitchell
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"The world needs more savoring." - Mark Boyle, Not So Simple: Notes from a Tech-Free Lifestyle
 
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No one can make you feel inferior  without your consent ....  Eleanor Roosevelt.
 
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“What you seek is seeking you.” – Rumi


“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop” – Rumi

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"In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things, the heart finds its morning and is refreshed."

~ Khalil Gibran 💚
 
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The surface of the Earth itself is an immense loom upon which the sun weaves the fabric of existence. - Wade Davis
 
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He who laughs last can lead a horse to water but he can’t get his bird out that bush!
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A man contains all that is needed to make up a tree; likewise, a tree contains all that is needed to make up a man. Thus, finally, all things meet in all things, but we need a Prometheus to distill it.

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Every day contains equal parts of joy and frustration. It all depends on you, not the day.
 
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... it is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you're attempting can't be done.
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A tree needs water. A tree needs sunlight. A tree needs nutrition.  But the miracle of producing a fruit, the tree can do all by itself. P. Rawat
 
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