"Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny."-Frank Outlaw
"Any surfer worth his or her salt knows you can't paddle out without first knowing the wind conditions. Strong onshore winds make the ocean's surface too choppy and give the waves bad form. The mind is a direct parallel. When our breath is fast and forceful, shallow or panicked, our thoughts are usually all over the place. So remember to check in with the condition of your internal winds, your breath. This kind of observation will often calm your breath on its own, smoothing it out, making the waves of thought more clear, and ultimately, more surfable. But even if it doesn't, don't worry. It's not personal. The winds are mysterious things. They come and go with the seasons and are always, always changing. Accept them as they are today."-unknown
"From every human being there rises a light that reaches straight to heaven, and when two souls that are destined to be together find each other, the streams of light flow together and a single brighter light goes forth from that united being." Ba'al Shem Tov
"We are never old, that is we never cease easily to be young, for all life at the same time: youth is an army, the whole battalion of our faculties and our freshnesses, our passions and our illusions, on a considerably reluctant march into the enemy’s country, the country of the general lost freshness; and I think it throws out at least as many stragglers behind as skirmishers ahead–stragglers who often catch up but belatedly with the main body, and even in many a case never catch up at all. Or under another figure it is a book in several volumes, and even at this a mere installment of the large library of life, with a volume here and there closing, as something in the clap of its covers may assure us, while another remains either completely agape or kept open by a fond finger thrust in between the leaves." ~ Henry James
"There is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it's because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It's your mission on earth." -The AlchemistPaolo Coelho
"We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity."-The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
Today our daughter Athena graduates from college. I have been getting teary-eyed this past week thinking about this milestone in her life and in ours. I wondered "Where did the last four years go?" and even beyond that, "What happened to the last twenty one?" How did the time pass so quickly?
It feels like a blink of an eye that I held her in my arms, the little newborn Athena. Then in another moment watched a five year old wave goodbye to me on her first day of Kindergarten.
Vivid images fill my mind of all the growing up years. The birthday parties, school field trips, family vacations, and the myriad of little moments that make up life, a home and a family. All the living that has brought us to this point today.
I read a blog post this week that was titled: "Things I Forgot To Say". It made me wonder if there were things that I forgot to say to Athena. You know, some important thoughts, feelings, lessons about life, and in general things to prepare her for the next adventure.
I realized though that from the time she was born to this moment I have told her so many times that I love her, that I am so proud of who she is and that I hope she will always follow her bliss.
Can a mother ever be content that she has said enough? I wonder and I hope.
Here' the view from her dorm room. We are making the final move and packing the last of her things this weekend.
Athena shared with me an email she received this week from a Buddhist Monk in Australia. I hope she keeps this sage advice close to her heart. The email said this:
"All the happiness, peace, love i.e. everything you ever want is already here, in the present moment. All you have to do is be still enough to appreciate it. "
"We love you Athena and are so very proud of who you are and all that you have accomplished. We are wishing you a wonderful life as you go forward.
I believe in love and kindness, family first, deep meaningful friendships, counting one's blessings and giving to others what you yourself need. I strive to see life as a glass half full. I am very grateful for the life I have and all the wonderful people that make this grand adventure so worthwhile.