Seeing Beauty

August 29, 2009 by  
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Reading CNN.com about Jaycee Lee Dugard, 

(http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/08/29/california.kidnap.mental.health/index.html) the child kidnapped at age 11 and held in a shed for eighteen years, when at the end of the article I read the following from Elizabeth Smart, the Utah teenager kidnapped in 2002 for nine months and reunited with her family in 2003 at age 15:

On Thursday, Elizabeth Smart told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that after the reunion she spent lots of time with her family and advised survivors to not let “this horrible event take over and consume the rest of your life. Because we only have one life and it’s a beautiful world out there.”

“I would just encourage her to find different passions in life and continually push forward … [and] not to look behind, because there’s a lot out there,”

Her statement reminded me of a quote I had read by Anne Frank; “I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.”

How is that young women that have gone through such aggression can still see beauty in the world?

I think because it is a choice.  Letting the obstacles and the inhumane in life take over our spirits is more damaging than the actions perpetrated against us.

Our spirit or soul or energy, whatever you want to call it, belongs singularly to each one of us and we have at each moment the ability to choose how to look at life.

Jaycee has a long road ahead of her.  It is daunting to me how she could ever find peace and happiness but I know Elizabeth Smart is right when she says “…continually push forward…[and] not to look behind, because there’s a lot out there”.

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Quotes That Make You Think

July 11, 2009 by  
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“Life: a sexually transmitted terminal condition.”- Rainer Maria Rilke

“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” – Wayne Dyer

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

“To dream of the person you wish to be is to waste the person you are” – Unknown

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so that we can see Life with a clearer view again.” – Unknown

“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” – Buddha

“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.” – Stephen Covey

“I am not my memories. I am my dreams.” – Terry Hostetler

“To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.” – Confucius

“Every man dies. Not every man really lives.” –  William Wallace

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before beginning to improve the world.” - Anne Frank

“Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.” – Albert Schweitzer

“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.” – Bruce Lee

“Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.” -Dale Carnegie

A Japanese proverb: “Fall seven times, stand up eight.”

“They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” – Edgar Allan Poe

“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.” – Victor Hugo

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