Archives for posts with tag: Perseverance

November 28, 2014 thanksgiving 100.


The mountain is the mountain

And the Way is the same as of old.

Verily what is changed is my own heart.




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November 22, 2014 frost 053

Lord, thou knowest better than myself

that I am growing older and will soon be old.

Keep me from becoming too talkative,

and especially from the unfortunate habit

of thinking that I must say something

on every subject and at every opportunity.

Release me from the idea

that I must straighten out other peoples’ affairs.

With my immense treasure of experience and wisdom,

it seems a pity not to let everybody partake of it.

But thou knowest, Lord,

that in the end I will need a few friends.

Keep me from the recital of endless details;

give me wings to get to the point.

Grant me the patience

to listen to the complaints of others;

help me to endure them with charity.

But seal my lips on my own aches and pains —

they increase with the increasing years

and my inclination to recount them is also increasing.

I will not ask thee for improved memory,

only for a little more humility

and less self-assurance

when my own memory doesn’t agree with that of others.

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong.

Keep me reasonably gentle.

I do not have the ambition to become a saint –

– it is so hard to live with some of them –

– but a harsh old person is one of the devil’s masterpieces.

Make me sympathetic without being sentimental,

helpful but not bossy.

Let me discover merits where I had not expected them,

and talents in people whom I had not thought to possess any.

And, Lord, give me the grace to tell them so.

Margot Benary-Isbert


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July 24, 2014 hummingbird 023


Man often becomes

what he believes himself to be.

If I keep on saying to myself

that I cannot do a certain thing,

it is possible

that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it.

On the contrary,

if I have the belief that I can do it,

I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it

even if I may not have it

at the beginning.


Mahatma Gandhi

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July 20, 2014 butterflies 051


What the caterpillar calls the end of the world,

the master calls a butterfly.

Richard Bach


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July 20, 2014 butterflies 018

It is important to expect nothing,

to take every experience,

including the negative ones,

as merely steps on the path,

and to proceed.


Ram Dass/ /Richard Alpert


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June 15, 2014 Father's Day 036

Nothing in the world

can take the place of persistence.

Talent will not;

nothing is more common

than the unsuccessful man with talent.

Genius will not;

un-rewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not —

the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination are omnipotent.


Calvin Coolidge

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May 27. 2014 Herons 061

You, no less than all beings

have Buddha Nature within.

Your essential Mind is pure.


Therefore, when defilements cause you to stumble and fall,

let not remorse nor dark foreboding cast you down.

Be of good cheer

and with this understanding,

summon strength and walk on.




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December 10 parkway eagle 005

Adopt the pace of nature: 

her secret is patience.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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December 5 2013 DOG St 029

Keep walking,

though there’s no place to get to.

Don’t try to see

through the distances.

That’s not for human beings.

Move within,

but don’t move

the way fear makes you move.

Jalal ad-Din Rumi

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November 13, 2013 parkway 024

Even if things don’t unfold

the way you expected,

don’t be disheartened or give up.

One who continues to advance

will win in the end.

Daisaku Ikeda

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