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Abraham Lincoln –
“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”

Dr. Seuss –
“Today you are you!
That is truer than true!
There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own, and you know what you know.
And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”

“Only you can control your future.”

No need to say any more!



I don’t know that I would apply this to people who have been through trauma only; yet it is true that those who go through abuse, especially being molested, tend to think they are freaks.  Shame has a way of whispering that no one else is weird or flawed enough to deserve what we got.  We are sure that nobody wants to hear our stories, and if they do, they can’t possibly understand.
For anyone who is feeling this way, I bring you Frida Kahlo, an artist who lived in Mexico:

“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”


Something that seems so simple; yet is terrifically hard to do is to be yourself.
You know all the thoughts:
“I’m a misfit; an alien.”
“What if others….”
“My ______ (fill in the blank:  husband, wife, friend…) thinks I should….”
“What if I make a mistake!”
Then there are the inward experiences that generally don’t have words, such as confusion or “the dead zone,” where no feelings exist.
There’s also this:  Each of us is on a life-long journey and we are not so easily defined.
Fear, uncertainty, mistakes, sometimes lack of direction and feeling lost all come to play in our becoming whole.
A necessary ingredient, therefore, is courage.
I like what Steve Jobs said:
“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
That’s a good one!


Sometimes, I take myself way too seriously.

The thing is, there are plenty of things in life that might bring us tears of shame, sorrow and pain.

The antidote?  A good laugh.
Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart does good like a medicine…”
Here are some other versions of that:
“A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.”  (The Message)
“A happy heart is like good medicine, but a broken spirit drains your strength.”  (New Century Version)
A joyful heart is good medicine, but depression drains one’s strength.”  (God’s Word Translation)
“Being cheerful keeps you healthy. It is slow death to be gloomy all the time.”  (Good News Translation)

I also found some wonderful quotes:

“A good laugh is sunshine in the house.”
William Makepeace Thackeray

“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important
thing in a person.”
Audrey Hepburn

“I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.”
Bob Hope

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.
Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”
Dr. Seuss

“If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”
Jim Valvano

“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.”
Kurt Vonnegut

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
Mahatma Gandhi


I highly doubt that any person goes through life unscathed by some kind of trauma or hardship; therefore, I like this quote for anyone who needs it. I also think that those of us who have survived abuse, crimes or serious medical procedures do well to take this to heart: We made it; We’re here today; we’re alive!

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ ”
Eleanor Roosevelt


For the past few days, I have been pondering the matter of finding peace.

One thought I have is that you know you have found peace when you check inside and encounter your own presence instead of a void.
I think this because peace has to do with wholeness rather than lack of noise or challenge.

I searched for some interesting quotes and found a few that I liked:
“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”
Virginia Woolf
So true; in fact, I would say it is as you live that you find peace.

“There is a criterion by which you can judge whether the thoughts you are thinking and the things you are doing are right for you. The criterion is: Have they brought you inner peace?”
“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.”
Peace Pilgrim

And finally, just so there is something to help you laugh:
“If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet you’d best teach it to dance.”
George Bernard Shaw


“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross