I love this quote from a 2006 commencement speech by Stephen Colbert at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois:
“Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything.
Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us.
Cynics always say no.
But saying ‘yes’ begins things. Saying ‘yes’ is how things grow. Saying ‘yes’ leads to knowledge. ‘Yes’ is for young people.
So for as long as you have the strength to, say ‘yes.’”
Open hearted. ♥ Try it. Take a chance. Experiment. Nice.
What a treasure we have in Durham! So much in bloom at Duke Gardens yesterday. And the parking lot and overflow parking lots were full! If you’re anywhere close by, do make a trip there this spring. Even though it was crowded, it was easy to be in the nature and not feel like I was bumping up against people the whole time.
A few pictures. Enjoy. :-)
“Each experience in your life was absolutely necessary
in order to have gotten you to the next place….
up to this very moment.”
Continuing on the theme of gratitude, for what we have and what we don’t have…..
In the last post, I wrote about being grateful for the things I wanted that didn’t work out. Here’s another quote related to that. I like this idea of seeing our life experiences as beads on a necklace, links on a chain. Seeing all that has happened as necessary steps to put me on the path to the life I have now. I wouldn’t have my today without the yesterday.
Even the suffering.
Not that those experiences weren’t difficult, but that they were creating the way for what lay ahead.
How about you? Do you find this to be true in your own life?
“Remember to be grateful for what you never received.”
I read this today and couldn’t find the author but decided to post it anyway.
So much here to think about, all the things I have wanted that I didn’t get, and only afterwards to realize that thank goodness, I didn’t get it.
Or the relationships that didn’t work out that I mourned, only in retrospect to feel grateful, so grateful, that they didn’t.
Allowing space to be created for what I do have. And treasure.
So be grateful today for what you do have. And take a moment to appreciate what you don’t.
"When we recognize that we don’t have all the time in the world,
we see our priorities most clearly."
~ Laura Carstensen
My name is Carol J. Tadeusik. I am a licensed psychologist in Durham, North Carolina. I invite you to read my blog and get to know me and a bit about how I think. And by the way, I love comments!
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