the new morning routine

What good shall I do this day?

~ Benjamin Franklin, Daily Precept of Order

(Franklin began each morning by asking himself this.)

Wake up, brush teeth, make coffee, contact Congress. That’s the new morning routine.

~ Michael Moore, January 19, 2017,

addressing rally in front of Trump Tower, NYC, to protest Trump’s inauguration

Find work you’d do for free and then build your life around it.

~ Todd Sanders, Austin-based artist, quoting his high school shop teacher

Human beings are the most intelligent and resourceful species on earth. If we use our intelligence to cause more suffering, rather than to bring some real benefit to others and ourselves, we are no better than beasts.

~ His Holiness 17th Gyalwang Karmapa

It’s not enough to have lived. We should determine to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely.

~ Leo Buscaglia

Have courage and be kind.

~ Cinderella

To create ones own world takes courage.

~ Georgia O’Keeffe

The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.

~ Alberto Giacometti

Great people do things before they are ready. They do things before they know they can do it.

~ Amy Poehler

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

~ Annie Dillard

Life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint on it you can.

~ Danny Kaye

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.

~Pablo Picasso

May the action that we take toward the good,

toward understanding ourselves,

toward being more peaceful,

be of benefit to all beings everywhere.

~ Buddhist prayer

The good fortune of receiving personal guidance and instruction from a sublimely enlightened teacher is beyond comparison, far better than the fortune of kings and queens. Even if you many not always practice, if you have a constant wish to practice and a constant concern about not being able to practice, you are far wealthier than the most materially successful person. If you put emphasis on generating the motivation to be kind and to enlighten all sentient beings, there is no comparison – you have surpassed what any other religious or spiritual system can do.

~ Jigme Lingpa

One tree is like another tree, but not too much.

One tulip is like the next tulip, but not altogether.

More or less like people — the general outline, then

the stunning individual strangeness.

~ Mary Oliver

Just to simply relax and rest in your own natural state is all that you need to do. When you give yourself that opportunity, you’ll find that presence extends to the other parts of your life.

~ His Holiness 17th Gyalwang Karmapa

I was not yet sixteen when I understood a great deal, from having ridden bicycles for so long, about style, speed, grace, purpose, value, form, integrity, health, humor, music, breathing, and finally and perhaps best, of the relationship between the beginning and the end.

~ William Saroyan

Ah! The unity of cause and effect is adorable!

~ Rik Ved (Rig Veda ) 1.1.1, translated by His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

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