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Let everything happen to you. Beauty and terror. Keep going. No feeling is final.                                                 -Rainer Maria Rilke, Go to the Limits of Your Longing René Karl Wihelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke, better known as Rainer Maria Rilke, was a poet and novelist born in 1875’s Prague, when Prague was still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. At […]

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“Letting go gives rise to joy and happiness. We need to sit down with a piece of paper and write down the things we can let go of. We’re still caught in many things. We’re not happy and joyful, because we haven’t been able to let go.”                                                 — Thich Nhat Hanh, “How to Relax” Thich […]

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“’Tenía que llegarme hoy con seguridad, dijo el coronel.’ El administrador se encogió de hombros. ‘Lo único que llega con seguridad es la muerte, coronel.’” “’It was supposed to arrive today; it was certain, insisted the colonel.’ The mail carrier shrugged. ‘The only thing that arrives with certainty is death, Colonel.’”                                                 —Gabriel García Márquez, El coronel […]

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When I lose, the pain is so intense, and the emotions roll through me. Facing a loss where I know I could have done better is even harder. When I do think about the losses, I‘m more inclined to side with Susan Mersereau, who says  that “one of the things that helped me later on in […]

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“Each of us has a rainbow in the clouds. And the fantastic, most wonderful piece of news is each of us has a possibility of being a rainbow in somebody’s cloud. Isn’t that amazing? Somebody you don’t even know, whose complexion might not jibe with yours, who may eat different foods, or the same foods […]

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“I’m in route. I’m further along than I was. But I am still in route. I know I know enough to try to live what I know. Now that’s a lot! But I still don’t have it all.”  — Dr. Maya Angelou, in conversation with Oprah Winfrey  During one of many conversations Dr. Angelou had […]

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“We have the tendency to make assumptions about everything. The problem with making assumptions is that we believe they are the truth . We could swear they are real.”                                                 — The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruíz In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruíz, believing that all suffering arises from self-inflicted wounds, counsels readers to engender the conditions for a […]

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“One can’t understand everything at once, we can’t begin with perfection all at once…And if we understand things too quickly, perhaps we shan’t understand them thoroughly.”                                                                         — The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoevsky Aiming to portray “a truly beautiful soul,” Dostoevsky wrote Prince Myshkin as a probing character, one whose feeble appearance creates the impression that he is […]

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“To love is not to possess the other person or to consume all their attention and love.”                                                  — Thich Nhat Hanh, How to Live In his five-part treatise “How to Live,” Thich Nhat Hanh teaches healthy approaches to living through sitting, walking, relaxing, eating and loving. Love, in the context of these teachings, is not the common […]

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First published in the San Diego Paralegal Association Newsletter “I think back to Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics in 1984, when I let the clock run out.  We lost the game, and the series. I was thinking too much. I should have gone with my gut and taken the shot as […]

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