Patience

“With love and patience, nothing is impossible.”

~ Daisaku Ikeda
Painting by Evelyn Morgan

“How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?” – William Shakespeare

“Sometimes heroism is nothing more than patience, curiosity, and a refusal to panic.” – Leif Enger

“I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.” – Edith Sitwell

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” – John Quincy Adams

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Patience ˈpāSHəns

The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. “You can find bargains if you have the patience to sift through the dross”

Adversity In Our Lives

“Storms Make Trees Take Deeper Roots”

Dolly Parton
Wind-beaten Tree by Vincent van Gogh; 1883

In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. 
~ Lee Iacocca

You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.
~ Michelle Obama

Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute for experience.
~ Paulo Coelho

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. 
~John W. Gardner

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Adversity     /ədˈvərsədē/ noun
difficulties; misfortune. “resilience in the face of adversity”

Heaviness

“You always drop by, to enlighten my mind, when my wings are feeling heavy & I’ve forgotten how to fly.” 

Curtis Tyrone Jones
Pair of Shoes by Vincent VanGogh

More on Heaviness

“I believe that with all things in life, there is a constant need to let go of the idea of “trying hard”, there’s a heaviness in trying hard to get something, have something or be something. As long as people comply with the idea of “trying hard” they will constantly remain in a place of heaviness. The opposite of this is the state of allowing, of setting out the intentions of what you wish, putting in the required action and not self-sabotaging yourself by “trying hard” or expecting results to unfold in a particular way. Anything that’s worth something to you in life such as love, abundance, freedom, peace is in a continuous state of flow. A state of lightness is the only way to allow yourself to go with the flow of things. Heaviness only makes you become a rocky solid object at the bottom of the stream. You can see the flow of things in the life of others who embody the lightness, but you yourself become unmovable in your state of heaviness, as if blocking the flow from reaching you. Will you let yourself move with the flow of abundance or sink at the bottom with the heaviness of your scarcity mindset?” 
Virgil Kalyana Mittata Iordache

“If you are heavy luggage, it does not matter where you go. You will still find the journey tedious” 
Srividya Srinivasan

“Take a flying leap at the sun. Don’t let your thoughts weigh you down.” 
Marty Rubin

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Heaviness      /ˈhevēnəs/     noun

  • the quality of having great weight “Olivia felt the heaviness of her backpack”
  • great density or thickness “the heaviness of the paint”
  • lack of delicacy or grace; coarseness “a certain heaviness of style”
  • the quality of food being hard to digest “the cloying heaviness of snacking on cheese”
  • a state of being greater in amount, force or intensity than usual “the heaviness of the rains in the valley caused flooding”
  • the quality of being oppressive or overpowering to the senses “the heaviness of a hop aroma”
  • (in relation to rock music) the quality of having a strong bass component and a forceful rhythm “the total heaviness of much of this record”
  • the quality of being very important or serious “a few cartoon gags were introduced into the film to lighten its heaviness”
  • a mentally oppressive feeling, especially of sadness or grief “he felt the heaviness of los as he watched her go”

Emotion

“When a man is prey to his emotions, he is not his own master.” 

~ Baruch Spinoza, Ethics
Jean Michael Basquiat’s Glenn, 1984

More on Emotion:

“I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.”
 ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human being with the soul of a clown which always forces me to blow it at the most important moments.” 
― Jim Morrison

“In order to move on, you must understand why you felt what you did and why you no longer need to feel it.” 
― Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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Emotion     /əˈmōSH(ə)n/

noun
a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood or relationships with others.

instinctive or intuitive feeling as distinguished from reasoning or knowledge.

Get Real

“Despite my firm convictions, I have always been a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds. I have always kept an open mind, a flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of the intelligent search for truth.”

~ Malcolm X
Ballpoint pen drawing by Samuel Silva

More on getting real:

“The real war will never get in the books.
~ Walt Whitman

“Science is a wonderful way of getting out what’s real.”
~ Nick Sagan

“Other people’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.”
~ Les Brown

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
~ Lao Tzu

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Get Real     

used for telling someone that they should try to understand the true facts of a situation and not hope for what is impossible. “Get real! He’s never going to give you the money.”

Breathe

“I’m convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.”

~ Maya Angelou
Fire Breathing Ice Dragon from Lyman Orchards Winterfest, Connecticut

More on Breathing:

“Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.”
~ Erich Fromm

“There is a law that man should love his neighbor as himself. In a few hundred years it should be as natural to mankind as breathing or the upright gait; but if he does not learn it he must perish.”
~ Alfred Adler

“Wisdom is nothing but a preparation of the soul, a capacity, a secret art of thinking, feeling and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life.”
~ Hermann Hesse

“If you know the art of breathing, you have the strength, wisdom and courage of ten tigers.”
~ Chinese adage

“Art is like breathing for me. If I don’t do it, I start to choke.”
~ Yoko Ono

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Breathe     /brēT͟H/

verb
take air into the lungs and then expel it, especially as a regular physiological process. “breathe in through your nose”

Believe

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Impression, Sunrise by Claude Monet

More on Believing:

“I believe that a man is the strongest soldier for daring to die unarmed.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”
~ Maya Angelou

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”
~ Voltaire

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Believe     /bəˈlēv/

verb
1- accept (something) as true; feel sure of the truth of. “the superintendent believed Lancaster’s story”
2- hold (something) as an opinion; think or suppose. “I believe we’ve already met”

Garden

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”

~Marcus Tullius Cicero
The Artist’s Garden in Argenteui by Claude Monet

More on gardens:

“I always wanted to create this community that would come and tell their own story, shoot it – and watch them. The idea is to not have one entity who creates the work, the project, and another entity who consumes it; the idea is people create their own work, like somebody cultivating his garden.”
~ Michel Gondry

“I wake up some mornings and sit and have my coffee and look out at my beautiful garden, and I go, ‘Remember how good this is. Because you can lose it.’”
~ Jim Carrey

“The garden of love is green without limit and yields many fruits other than sorrow or joy. Love is beyond either condition: without spring, without autumn, it is always fresh.”
~ Rumi

“My husband will tell you one of the most frequent questions he gets from world leaders is, ‘How’s your wife’s garden?’”
~ Michelle Obama

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Garden     /ˈɡärd(ə)n/

noun
1- a small piece of ground used to grow vegetables, fruit, herbs or flowers (they brought us tomatoes from their garden”
2- (North American) a large public hall. “Madison Square Garden”

verb
cultivate or work in a garden. “she wrote books, kept journals and gardened”

Embrace the Change

“A lot of people resist transition and therefore never allow themselves to enjoy who they are. Embrace the change, no matter what it is; once you do, you can learn about the new world you’re in and take advantage of it.

~ Nikki Giovanni
The Embrace by Gustav Klimt, 1931

More on embracing the change:

“The best leaders begin with an environment that embraces and rewards change and innovation.”
~ Lynne Doughtie

“I think we can only ultimately change the world by example and by fearlessly embracing what could happen.”
~ Genesis P-Orridge

“The key is to embrace disruption and change early. Don’t react to it decades later. You can’t fight innovation.”
~ Ryan Kavanaugh

“What I’ve looked to do is try and become a change agent for good, to create the behavioral changes, the cultural changes to really embrace urgency, adopt a higher tolerance to risk, and just encourage people to make decisions.”
~ Steve Easterbrook

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Embrace     /əmˈbrās/

verb
1- hold (someone) closely in one’s arms, especially as a sign of affection. “Aunt Sophie embraced her warmly”
2- accept or support (a belief, theory, or change) willingly and enthusiastically. “besides traditional methods, artists are embracing new technology”

noun
1- an act of holding someone closely in one’s arms. “they were locked in an embrace”
2- an act of accepting or supporting something willingly or enthusiastically. “their eager embrace of foreign influences”

Love

“The world does not need tourists who ride by in a bus clucking their tongues. The world as it is needs those who will love it enough to change it, with what they have, where they are.”

~ Robert Fulghum
Love Is Calling; installation by Yayoi Kusama, 2013

More about love:

“Like all of us in this storm between birth and death, I can wreak no great changes on the world, only small changes for the better, I hope, in the lives of those I love.”
~ Dean Koontz

“Setting my mind on a musical instrument was like falling in love. All the world seemed bright and changed.”
~ William Christopher Handy

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
~ Lao Tzu

“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”
~ Mother Teresa

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Love     /ləv/

noun
1- an intense feeling of deep affection. “babies fill parents with feelings of love”
2- a great interest and pleasure in something. “his love for football”

verb
feel a deep romantic or sexual attachment to (someone). “do you love me?”