“The most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man” (Anonymous).

“Only one mountain can know the core of another mountain” (Frida Kahlo on her husband, Diego).

“You reap what you sow. What you put into the lives of others comes back into your own” (Anonymous).

“The density of people in society is so thick that we forget that life will end one day” (Anonymous).

“There will always be someone who can’t see your worth. Don’t let it be you” (HpLyrikz.com).

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten’ (GK Chesterton).

“You are never to old to set another goal or dream a new dream” (CS Lewis).

“Excellence is more readily attained by being than by doing. Being available, kind, compassionate, transparent, real, thoughtful … by being ourselves” (Lori Gard).

And finally...The puzzle of motivation

“No carrots and rewards work as well as the following aspects for internal motivation:

Outonomy - the urge to direct our own lives.

Mastery - the desire to get better and better at something that matters.

Purpose - a yearning to do in the service of something larger than yourself.

People do things if they like it, if it is interesting, if it matters, and if it is important” (email, 19 May 2016)

“There is nothing wrong with loving the crap out of everything. Negative people find their walls. So never apologize for your enthusiasm. Never. Ever. Never” (Ryan Adams).

Inspiring quotes by Gabriel García Marquez:
“I’m only responsible for what I say, not for what you understand”.
“Don’t confuse my personality with my attitude … my personality is who I am. My attitude depends on who you are!”
“I’ll not say everything I think but definitely think all I say”.
“Everybody wants to live at the top of the mountain, forgetting that it’s how we climb that’s all that matters”.
“Always tell what you feel, and do what you think”.
“Nobody would remember you if you keep your thoughts secret. Force yourself to express them”.

And finally...
Everyone has their peculiar needs, desires and agendas. They have secrets that they are not sharing with you. Most are stressed, busy, and often feel overloaded. To cope, people put up mental barricades that make it difficult to reach them. Everyone, every day, is trying to get through to people. From his experience, Mark Goulston, in his book, Just Listen, identified two facts. The first is that simply listening to people will change both their lives and yours. And the second is that nearly all people will respond to true, agenda-less listening in an authentic and heartfelt way.

Have you ever come across this word?
Sonder (n.) – the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own – populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness (Laurens Martens)

The eggs of a canary hatch in 14 days, those of a barnyard hen in 21 days, eggs of ducks and geese in 28 days, those of the mallard in 35 days, and the eggs of the parrot and the ostrich in 42 days. All are divisible by seven – the number of days in a week!

Does the fear of missing out on cell phone contact (FoMO) make you break out in a sweat? Or do you constantly imagine feeling your cell phone vibrate (also known as vibration syndrome)? According to Yolandi North (Rapport Beleef, 6 March 2016), you need a digital detox (DD), when all the tweets, posts, likes and online conversation are making you head for digital burnout.

“You’ve got to tell the world how to treat you. If the world tells you how you are going to be treated, you are in trouble” (James Baldwin).

 “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other” (Audrey Hepburn).

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver” (Mahatma Ghandi).

“Children are the keys of paradise” (Eric Hoffer).

“Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you. And though they are with you yet they belong not to you” (Khalil Gibran’s words from The Prophet).

“Aim high. What’s the worst that could happen?” (QuotesIdeas.com).

“Confidence is allowing luck to happen” (Anonymous).

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia!” (Charles Schulz, creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip).

And finally...The Charles Schulz philosophy:

“The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. There are no second-rate achievers – they are the best in their fields. But the applause dies ... Awards tarnish ... Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners”.