4 July 2013
The summer session one interns departed on Tuesday and the summer session two volunteers arrive today. That means today Karen and I will be joined by five new high school volunteers and one more coordinator, Maysam. Orientation starts today and then camps start on Tuesday. I am excited to see what summer session two has in store for us all.
With no volunteers here that meant I got to run alone for the first time since May. Although I don’t love running I do enjoy it, because it always helps me to relieve stress and clear my mind. This morning on my run I felt especially recharged and motivated. My strides were a little longer, my knees lifted a little higher, and my arms pumped a little faster. My pace even increased from my normal jog to something that felt more like a run. And yes this could all be because I am slowly getting back into shape, but I don’t see it that way. As I ran I felt inspired, therefore I pushed myself harder.
In honor of my inspirational run I decided to share some quotes and sayings that help me get through everyday with a big smile. Enjoy!
“You can’t really begin to appreciate life until it has knocked you down a few times. You can’t really begin to appreciate love until your heart has been broken. You can’t really begin to appreciate happiness until you’ve known sadness. You have to struggle up the mountainside to appreciate the breathtaking view at the mountaintop.”
“Life would be so different if you stopped allowing other people to dilute or poison your perception with their words and opinions. Happiness is derived from the way you see your own life. It depends on your thoughts, not on what you have or what you do not have, or by what other people think you should have.”
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain
“As we grow older, we realize what matters most. We discover ourselves. We find out what we want…what we need….what we deserve. As we mature, we finally say, “I don’t know everything.” As we age, our family and our true friends, they all become vital in our existence.”
“Just remember that yesterday doesn’t matter. Five minutes ago doesn’t matter. What you do right now and going forward is everything.”
“Once we realize that we are here for a much greater purpose that just for ourselves, a purpose to serve others, to live for others, knowing that the self and its ego is temporary and can only hinder one’s spiritual pursuits, than we can humble our minds and understand we are here by the grace of a higher force. We are so much smaller than what we claim ourselves to be, so it is important to remember that at any time of any day, our ego can be re-adjusted for the better or for the worse, and we can control the ego by allowing it to be without letting it be you.”
“Never waste your time trying to explain who you are to people who are committed to misunderstanding you.”
“The past is where you learned the lesson. The future is where you apply the lesson. Don’t give up in the middle.”
“We work on ourselves in order to help others, but also we help others to work on ourselves.”
“Don’t give up on your dream because it is not going in the direction you want. There are different routes to the same destination.”
“Extraordinary things are always hidden in place people never think to look.”
“Not until we are lost do we begin to find ourselves.”
“The measures of life will not be in what you accumulate but in what you give away.”
“Every act of kindness grows the spirit and strengthens the soul.”
“Worry less, smile more, accept criticism, take responsibility, listen and love, don’t hate, embrace change, and feel good anyway.”
“Treat everyone with the same level of respect; people will notice your kindness.”
“Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.”
“One day in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.”
“The nature of life is to change, but the beauty of life is to give.”
“Did you say it? ‘I love you. I don’t ever want to live without you. You changed my life.’ Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in because this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow.”
“Be weird, be random, be who you are, because you never know who would love the person you hide.”
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” -Henry David Thoreau
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” ~The Dalai Lama
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
~ Nelson Mandela
To the mind one day may seem ordinary, when another may seem remarkable. Really each day is ordinarily-remarkable. To see it you just have to open your mind heart and soul. Each day we all have the choice to put on a smile and be happy, and yes I realize that is not possible every single day, but we do have that choice. Sometimes the best way to see the positive is not to open your eyes, but to close your eyes, quite your mind, take a deep breath, and open your heart. -Haley
Oh yeah, Happy 4th of July, drink an American beer and shoot off some fireworks for me!