Give the world your best anyway by Mother Theresa

People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you may win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable.
Be honest and transparent anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People who really want help may attack you if you help them.
Help them anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt.
Give the world your best anyway.

Mother Theresa

Remember – life isn’t a dress rehearsal, so dare to be happier! x

T: @DareToBeHappier


If I stopped

What would happen to your life if you slowed down for a minute, a day….a year?

If I stopped for a year
to read the classics
what would happen to my life?
If I stopped for a year
to visit art galleries or museums
would I ever work again?
If I stopped for a year
to dance and climb mountains
would the boardroom bell not sound for me?
if I stopped for a year to teach
would I learn who I was in the angry
eyes of our tender youth?
If I stopped for a year
could I feel the seasons change
and hear the ants talk?
If I stopped for a year
would I learn to breathe
and love the senses I have
long since forgotten?
If I stopped for a year
could I remember the birth canal
and the bright, white light called life?
If I stopped….

Sean Casey Leclaire


John O’Donohue’s Blessing For One Who Is Exhausted.

A blessing for one who is exhausted

When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic,
Time takes on the strain until it breaks;
Then all the unattended stress falls in
On the mind like an endless, increasing weight,

The light in the mind becomes dim.
Things you could take in your stride before
Now become laborsome events of will.

Weariness invades your spirit.
Gravity begins falling inside you,
Dragging down every bone.

The ride you never valued has gone out.
And you are marooned on unsure ground.
Something within you has closed down;
And you cannot push yourself back to life.

You have been forced to enter empty time.
The desire that drove you has relinquished.
There is nothing else to do now but rest
And patiently learn to receive the self
You have forsaken for the race of days.

At first your thinking will darken
And sadness take over like listless weather.
The flow of unwept tears will frighten you.

You have traveled too fast over false ground;
Now your soul has come to take you back.

Take refuge in your senses, open up
To all the small miracles you rushed through.

Become inclined to watch the way of rain
When it falls slow and free.

Imitate the habit of twilight
Taking time to open the well of colour
That fostered the brightness of day.

Draw alongside the silence of stone
Until its calmness can claim you.
Be excessively gentle with yourself.

Stay clear of those vexed in spirit.
Learn to linger around someone of ease
Who feels they have all the time in the world.

Gradually, you will return to yourself,
Having learned a new respect for your heart
And the joy that dwells far within slow time.

John O’Donohue


Native American Code of Ethics: A great way to live

1. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.

2. Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.

3. Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to make your path for you. It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.

4. Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best food, give them the best bed and treat them with respect and honor.

5. Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the wilderness or from a culture. It was not earned nor given. It is not yours.

6. Respect all things that are placed upon this earth – whether it be people or plant.

7. Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes and words. Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them. Allow each person the right to personal expression.

8. Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative energy that you put out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you.

9. All persons make mistakes. And all mistakes can be forgiven.

10. Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice optimism.

11. Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us. They are part of your worldly family.

12. Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom and life’s lessons. When they are grown, give them space to grow.

13. Avoid hurting the hearts of others. The poison of your pain will return to you.

14. Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the test of ones will within this universe.

15. Keep yourself balanced. Your Mental self, Spiritual self, Emotional self, and Physical self – all need to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out the body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.

16. Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react. Be responsible for your own actions.

17. Respect the privacy and personal space of others. Do not touch the personal property of others – especially sacred and religious objects. This is forbidden.

18. Be true to yourself first. You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.

19. Respect others religious beliefs. Do not force your belief on others.

20. Share your good fortune with others. Participate in charity.

First published in the “Inter-Tribal Times,” (October1994)


50 Quotes that will help you dare to be happier


I love quotes- I always have. I started collecting them in my teenage years but lost the books that contained them.. while I believe we know our own paths, and can learn to trust our own wisdom, reading someone else’s words give us a perspective we did not have or give us a whole new way of thinking. These are certainly among my favourite quotes – and if I had to pick my favourite, it would be number 18. As I turn 50, I also love number 9. Which is your favourite?

1. The darkest hour has only sixty minutes. ~ Morris Mandel

2. Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow. ~ Proverb

3. If I had my life to live over, I would perhaps have more actual troubles but I’d have fewer imaginary ones. ~ Don Herold

4. If you’re doing your best, you won’t have any time to worry about failure. ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr

5. You’ve got to dance like nobody’s watching and love like it is never going to hurt. ~ Ann Wells

6. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King

7. I’ve chosen to treat my life more like a party than something to stress about. ~ Martin Short

8. It is never too late to be what you might have been. ~ George Eliot

9. I think age is terribly overrated. You’re okay as long as you don’t grow up. By all means grow old, but don’t mature. Remain childlike, retain wonder, the ability to be flabbergasted by something. ~ Billy Connolly

10. There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. ~ Albert Einstein

11. When your heart speaks, take good notes. ~ Judith Campbell

12. If the only prayer you say in your life is thank you, that would suffice.~ Meister Eckhart

13. Find the good and praise it. ~ Alex Haley

14. Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful. ~ Buddha

15. Get mad, then get over it. ~ Colin Powell

16. Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. ~ Native American Proverb

17. Have no fear of perfection–you’ll never reach it. ~ Salvador Dali

18. The last of human freedoms – is the ability to chose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances. ~ Viktor E. Frankl

19. Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. ~ Mark Twain

20. There are times when it is hard to believe in the future, when we are temporarily just not brave enough. When this happens, concentrate on the present. Cultivate le petit bonheur (the little happiness) until courage returns. ~ Ardis Whitman

21. We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.~ Joseph Campbell

22. You lose the balance of your sould if you not learn to take care of yourself. ~ John O’Donohue

23. Turn your wounds into wisdom. ~ Oprah Winfrey

24. To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

25. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough. ~ William Saroyan

26. When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

27. Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future.~ Earl Nightingale

28. If you judge people, you have no time to love them. ~ Mother Theresa

29. To journey without being changed is to be a nomad. To change without journeying is to be a chameleon. To journey and be transformed by the journey is to be a pilgrim. ~ Mark Nepo

30. There’ll be two dates on your tombstone and all your friends will read ‘em but all that’s gonna matter is that little dash between ‘em.~ Kevin Welch

31. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ~ Maya Angelou

32. Your playing small does not serve the world. ~ Marianne Williamson

33. I failed my way to success. ~ Thomas Edison

34. You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger“yes” burning inside. The enemy of the “best” is often the “good.” ~ Stephen Covey

35. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. ~ Dr Seuss

36. Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.~ James Dean

37. Let your dreams take over. Fly with the eagles. Soar into life. The world is waiting for you. ~ Fran Watson

38. Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. ~Grandma Moses

39. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible; to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. ~ Donna Markova

40. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

41. Life is not accumulation, it is about contribution. ~ Stephen Covey

42. Positive anything is better than negative thinking. ~ Elbert Hubbard

43. You must be the change you want to see in the world. ~ M.K. Gandhi

44. If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals. J K Rowling

45. Never miss a good chance to shut up. ~ Will Rogers

46. We cannot fill up our emptiness with objects, possessions or people. ~ John O’Donohue

47. My favourite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. Steve Jobs

48. Don’t quack like a duck – soar like an eagle. Ken Blanchard

49. Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. ~ Oscar Wilde

50. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson