Yo soy yo y mi circunstancia.
(I am I and my circumstance.)
— Jose Ortega y Gasset
The unexamined life is not worth living.
The most useless are those who never change through the years.
— James M. Barrie (wrote Peter Pan, Or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up)
People don’t change; they just become more so.
— Gregg Hunter
At the core of Kabbalistic belief is the premise that a people’s only true control is over their own conscious awareness and the choices they make about what to think, speak, and feel, in all situations. Sometimes people come to believe that they cannot choose what to feel. This is not true…. If people are living unconsciously, allowing life to live them, instead of taking the reins and living life, they can easily be chosen by an evil influence to be its spokesperson and to provide life energy for the evil. From this perspective, it is obvious how dangerous it is to the spiritual advancement of the world for people to give in to the modern myths that encourage forgetting God as well as their God-given power to choose. Viktor Frankl made this case powerfully in his book Man’s Search for Meaning, which
examines the attitudes, reactions, and coping skills of people – ideas that found form in Frankl’s experiences in Nazi concentration camps, as he observed the emotions and
reactions of those around him. His conclusion about the responsibility that people have to determine their attitudes toward any given situation….: “Everything can be taken from a man but the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of
circumstances, to choose one’s own way….”
What is required is mindfulness – conscious awareness. At the center of Jewish mystical thought is the premise that all people are charged with identifying the particular
characteristics, talents, and circumstances in their lives, which are unique to their
individual spiritual journey. This may be as subtle as the knack for being in
certain situations, or playing a certain role for someone, or as defined as giving birth, or being a son, daughter, sibling, or friend; it may be as obvious as virtuosity in a particular area or having an ability to accomplish certain things.
Life purpose turns out to be, for most people, when all is said and done, getting clear and comfortable with being true to their individual personality and character, owning their unique set of strengths and weaknesses, and realizing that where and how they were born is perfect. When a person realizes that who they are is their life purpose, they can, through channeling their unique gifts toward their own perfection and humanity’s as well, fulfill God’s intentions for them in this lifetime.
— Gabriella Samuel
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.
— Mark Twain
Better a “has been” than a “never was”.
— Mitzi Gaynor
All life consists in fulfilling oneself, one’s destiny, by harmoniously uniting the inner self with the outer world.
— Felix Marti-Ibanez
If it matters to him, he’ll do something about it.
— Gary Sherwin
The goal of spiritual life is not altered states, but altered traits.
— Huston Smith
I want to think about living and what is important in life, to clarify my thinking – and also my life. Mostly we tend – I do too – to live on automatic pilot, following through the views of ourselves and the aims we acquired early, with only minor adjustments. No doubt there is some benefit – a gain in ambition or efficiency – in somewhat unthinkingly pursuing early aims in their relatively unmodified form, but there is a loss, too, when we are directed through life by the not fully mature picture of the world we formed in adolescence or young adulthood. This situation is (to say the least) unseemly – would you design an
intelligent species so continuingly shaped by its childhood, one whose emotions had no half-life and where statutes of limitations could be invoked only with great difficulty? A similar point applies to early adulthood. It is no disparagement of young adults to think that they could not then know enough to set or understand a whole life’s course. It would be sad if nothing important about life were learned along the way.
— Robert Nozick
Neither to fall victim to the past nor the future; the important thing is to be wholly in the present.
— Karl Jaspers
I Am What I Am
— song by Jerry Herman in La Cage Aux Folles
It is not our abilities that define us; it is the choices we make.
— J.K. Rowling (expressed in her Harry Potter odyssey)
Man is affected not by events, but by the view he takes of them.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you…
— Matthew 7:7 KJV
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
— Mahatma Gandhi
First say to yourself what you would be, and then do what you have to do.
Talk is cheap.
— variously attributed in the course of time and circumstances
If you want peace, the first order is always Battle Stations. For it is one thing to see the land of peace from a wooded ridge and quite another to tread the road that leads to it.
— Adela Rogers St. Johns
The Untold Want
By Life and Land Ne’er Granted
Sail Thou Forth to Seek and Find
— Walt Whitman