This quote struck a chord!! "Life has many ways of testing a person's will. Either by having nothing happen, or by everything happen all at once." Paulo Coelho

This sounds like my life!

"An arch consists of two weaknesses, which, leaning on each other, become a strength." Leonardo da Vinci

I thought this was a compelling way to look at weakness . . . .

This quote reminded me of the importance of winter and time to be quiet . . . "You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet." Franz Kafka

Quiet as inspiration

"Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds." Orison Swett Marden

Why courage is necessary to really live

I am always amazed at this man's wisdom . . . . "Adversity introduces a man to himself." Albert Einstein

The importance of adversity

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." John Muir

Why are play and nature important?

I love this perspective from Rob Brezsny!! It covers so much important territory..... "The DSM-V is the manual of psychology that classifies human personality disorders. The book 'Character Strengths and Virtues' is an alternative to the DSM-V. It is a text that defines human virtues and strengths that have been recognized by many different cultures for 2500 years." COURAGE: Bravery, Persistence, Integrity, Vitality. HUMANITY: Love, Kindness, Social Intelligence. JUSTICE: Citizenship, Fairness, Leadership. TEMPERANCE: Forgiveness, Humility, Prudence, Self-Regulation. TRANSCENDENCE: Appreciation of Beauty, Gratitude, Hope for the Future, Humor, Spirituality.

What are positive human virtues?

"Most creativity is a transition from one context into another where things are more surprising. There’s an element of surprise, and especially in science, there is often laughter that goes along with the “Aha.” Art also has this element. Our job is to remind us that there are more contexts than the one that we’re in — the one that we think is reality." Alan Kay

What is creativity?