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Weekly Serving of Optimism: Quotes & Thoughts (Change the World)

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“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”    Harriet Tubman

 

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”    Robin Williams

 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”    Margaret Mead

 

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”    Mother Teresa

 

“Help young people. Help small guys. Because small guys will be big. Young people will have the seeds you bury in their minds, and when they grow up, they will change the world.”    Jack Ma

 

 

“If your eyes were open to all the beauty in the world,

you would be overwhelmed with joy.”   

Marianne Williamson

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Weekly Serving of Optimism: Quotes & Thoughts (Self-realization)

“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.”  – Dalai Lama

 

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“People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.”    -Thomas Szasz, “Personal Conduct,” The Second Sin, 1973


“Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.”    – Shannon L. Alder

 

“The degree to which a person can grow is directly proportional to the amount of truth he can accept about himself without running away.”    -Leland Val Van de Wall

 

“A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.”    -Jean de La Fontaine

 

 

“The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes with purpose.”    -Richard Grant

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Weekly Serving of Optimism: Quotes & Thoughts (Happy Thanksgiving)

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Most Brutal of Teachers

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Insurance said I recovered as much as I could within a few months of my stroke, but I knew I could do more. I knew I would have to work hard, but my recovery was going to be worth every ounce of effort I put into it. It was necessary to improve beyond what I had suddenly been reduced to. Even with all of my hope, I never had the expectation that I would be back to 100% of where I was before my cerebral vascular accident (CVA). Did I want it back? Desperately! But, I also had to accept reality.

 

The reality, from the viewpoint on my hospital bed, was that I would never get everything back. Although, being a young stroke victim did offer a unique path to becoming a stroke survivor. I still am not graceful when I make a feeble attempt to jog, but at least I walk. My eyesight is completely missing on the left peripheral. Yet, through this I’ve come to realize a vision for a positive future has nothing to do with what your eyes see; rather, it is what your heart, mind, and soul can create for a reality.

 

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I completely agree with C.S. Lewis. I learned. My God did I ever learn. I am extremely grateful I had this brutal teacher of life offer me these experiences. Growing up with epilepsy, I never would have thought I could have seizures which would nearly end my life. I never would have been able to comprehend the idea of brain surgery. I never understood what a stroke was. Why should’ve I? No one young faces things like these. (At least, that was the innocence I used to maintain.) I faced brutal teachers.

 

Yet, these battles have created an inner strength I never could have imagined. Within these unfortunate experiences, I have learned so much about our brains and bodies. I truly believe it is not only a need but also a gift to help share these life lessons and teach others who are in the midst of facing the brutal teachings life is throwing their way. I have learned. Now it is my hope, desire, and –might I even say- responsibility to help others through this unpredictable journey known as life.

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