Jessica Karen Blackmer
People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, American psychiatrist
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Some people grumble because roses have thorns; I am thankful that the thorns have roses.
Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, French critic
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To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.
William Hazlitt

I have a lot of respect for this woman, but I have to wonder if perhaps she will have a heart attack by the time she is 50 years old due to the constant pressure, stress and work she puts on herself. It is sad to see that this is what is becoming “the norm” among successful women in the workplace.

I recently watched a documentary called Happy (available on Netflix) and it was so interesting to see different geographical areas and their view on work and their view on what it takes to be happy. In Japan, people are literally working themselves to death and they even have a specific work for their killer work ethic, karoshi. This is horrifying.

Today I am going to remember to take a minute to slow down and enjoy life. I hope you do too.

The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they’ll ease
Your will they’ll mend
And charge you not a shilling.
Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990

"Can we waste some more time just colliding in space? No matter how high we set the bar…"

Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.
Emory Austin