Thoughts of the Days

"All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure. "

- Mark Twain

"You must dare to disassociate yourself from those who would delay your journey... Leave, depart, if not physically, then mentally. Go your own way, quietly, undramatically, and venture toward trueness at last."

- Vernon Howard

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Imitated, never duplicated     Photo Credit: Disney World Tourist

"Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities."

- Aldous Huxley

"In the end, you stop thinking about the beginning."

- Mr. Smith

"Don't reserve your best behavior for special occasions. You can't have two sets of manners, two social codes - one for those you admire and want to impress, another for those whom you consider unimportant. You must be the same to all people."

- Lillian Eichler Watson


Vancouver, Canada     Photo Credit: Alan Schneider
Contracts in Relationships.

We all have contracts with those we invest emotional time with. The ability to fulfill that contract is the understanding of what its purpose is. This is why we have some relationships that blossom while others fail.

To understand our contracts better, we must know what it is we admire and respect from that individual. In turn, we must be aware of what they admire or respect from us.

In relationships where there is lack of admiration or respect the contract has no benefit or purpose to those involved. The relationship ceases to exist or is forced and uncomfortable.

"You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need."

-Vernon Howard


Fire AT The River     Photo Credit: Alan Schneider

"The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls. "

- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

" If you are honest, you are fearless."

- A.E. Schneider


Estes Park, CO     Photo Credit: Alan Schneider

"Living apart and at peace with myself, I came to realize more vividly the meaning of the doctrine of acceptance. To refrain from giving advice, to refrain from meddling in the affairs of others, to refrain, even though the motives be the highest, from tampering with another's way of life - so simple, yet so difficult for an active spirit. Hands off! "

-- Henry Miller


St. Louis, MO     Photo Credit: Alan Schneider

" My principle anguish and source of all my joys and sorrows from my youth onward has been the incessant, merciless battle between the spirit and the flesh......and my soul is the arena where these two have clashed and met ."

- Nikos Kazantzakis

"Confession is always weakness. The grave soul keeps its own secrets, and takes its own punishment in silence."

-Dorothy Dix


Medelin, Colombia     Photo Credit: Alan Schneider

"The truth is more important than the facts."

- Frank Lloyd Wright

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

- Benjamin Franklin


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"We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin."

Andre Berthiaume

Trust in yourself. Your perceptions are often more accurate than you are willing to believe."

Claudia Black

"He that is conscious of guilt cannot bear the innocence of others: So they will try to reduce all others to their own level."

Charles James Fox


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"Unconditional love extents to all souls. Loving everyone does not imply having sexual contact. As most of us have intuitively learned, sexuality best serves our spiritual evolution within a single, commited relationship. We can express nonexclusive love to friends, acquaintances, and other members of our human family without threatening the sanctity of our primary relationship, which remains the exclusive domain of sexual intimacy. "

- Dan Millman