I always thought of blogs as being narcissistic, business related, or as my sister's, a way of keeping in touch or memorializing.

But, by necessity, I am learning a lot about myself. I find I need to get my thoughts out, and it helps me to know that someone else will read them. So I have created this little space for myself, to express the things I have trouble saying (be it emotional or physical trouble), to share what I'm going through, and what I'm learning through it.

I absolutely welcome comments. It's nice to know how people relate to what I'm saying.
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Favourite Quotes

This page is as much for me as it is for you. This is a collection of quotes and sayings that help me stay positive, keep things in perspective, and inspire me to stay on course, and to forgive myself when I err.

Lo bailado nadie te lo quita. ~ The dance you've danced nobody can take away from you. My Zeide repeated this saying often. I repeat it to myself now, especially when feeling loss.

No hay mal que por bien no venga. ~ Nothing bad comes without a good reason. My grandmother, Renee's favourite saying, it lifts me, and connects me to my deepest spiritual beliefs.

The threads of circumstance that lead to tomorrow are so tenuous that  all the fussing and worrying about decisions is futile compared to the  pure randomness of existence. ~ Nick Bantock

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
~ attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson

It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it. ~ Lena Horne

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning how to dance in the rain. ~ Vivian Green

Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom; indeed they create our courage and our wisdom. It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually. ~ M. Scott Peck 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why we call it 'The Present'. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

The strength which you've insisted on assigning to others is actually within yourself.
~ Lisa Alther

J’ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d’une seule chose,  qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre. ~ I've discovered that all of mankind's misery comes from one single thing, which is not knowing how to rest in repose in a room. ~ Blaise Pascal

Even a fool knows you can't touch the stars, but it doesn't stop a wise man from trying. ~ Harry Anderson, as heard on an episode of Night Court, that wonderful fount of wisdom.

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. ~ WB Cameron, Sociologist (this is often mistakenly attributed to Einstein because, apparently, it was displayed in his office)

If you want the truth, give up the lie. ~ Zen saying (gracias Cu, my beautiful, supportive, crazy aunt, for sharing this and others with me)

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
 ~ Steve Jobs

Of course, most of my favourite quotes are from the writing of Dr. Maria Montessori, but these are more specifically inspiring to me in my relations with children ~ although they can really be generalized to help deal with all kinds of people (even myself)!

Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us  by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their  future.

Our aim is not to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core.

It is not enough for the teacher to love the child. She must first love  and understand the universe. She must prepare herself, and truly work at  it.

The training of the teacher who is to help life is something far more than the learning of ideas. It includes the training of character; it is a preparation of the spirit.

Whoever touches the life of the child touches the most sensitive point of a whole which has roots in the most distant past and climbs toward the infinite future.

Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.

The first duty of an education is to stir up life, but leave it free to develop.

If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men.

It is the child who makes the man, and no man exists who was not made by the child he once was.

Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.

The teacher must derive not only the capacity, but the  desire, to observe natural phenomena.  The teacher must understand and  feel her position of observer: the activity must lie in the phenomenon.

And so we discovered that education is not something  which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops  spontaneously in the human being.

Of all things, love is the most potent.

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