reflections related to disability advocacy, family and (needed) cultural change
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Taking Action: Be Encouraged
Give, give, give -- what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don't give it away? Of having stories if I don't tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don't share it? I don't intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine. --Isabel Allende
"Either you go through your life thinking you can change the world or thinking you cannot. If those are the only two options, how can you not at least try?" Matt Allen, ‘the ice cream man’
Daphne Rose Kingma : Language does have the power to change reality. Therefore, treat your words as the mighty instruments they are - to heal, to bring into being, to remove, as if by magic, the terrible violations of childhood, to nurture, to cherish, to bless, to forgive - to create from the whole cloth of your soul, true love
"A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for." - Admiral Grace Murray Hopper
We do not need magic to change the world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: We have the power to imagine better. --J.K. Rowling
You have powers you never dreamed of. You can do things you never thought you could do. There are no limitations in what you can do except the limitations of your own mind. -- Darwin P. Kingsley
Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. -- Erich Fromm
Support the strong, give courage to the timid, remind the indifferent and warn the opposed." --Whitney M. Young, civil rights leader
The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. -- Helen Keller
Learn and grow all you can; serve and befriend all you can; enrich and inspire all you can. -- William Arthur Ward
If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.—Anthony. J. D’Angelo
Our tendency to create heroes rarely jibes with the reality that most non-trivial problems require collective solutions. Warren Bennis
In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing." --Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the U.S.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. John Quincy Adams
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable ... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. -- Dr Martin Luther King Jr.
People can only hear you when they are moving toward you, and they are not likely to when your words are pursuing them. Even the choicest words lose their power when they are used to overpower. Attitudes are the real figures of speech. --Edwin H. Friedman
Innovation seldom depends on discovering obscure or subtle elements but in seeing the obvious with fresh eyes. Billions of tea drinkers observed the force of steam escaping from water boiling in a kettle before James Watt realized that this vapor could be converted into energy. --Richard Farson
As long as you're going to be thinking anyway, think big." --Donald Trump, American businessman
To love what you do and feel that it matters—how could anything be more fun? Katherine Graham
Take pride in women who defy, exceed, or trifle with conventional expectations. Autumn Stephens
This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind...let it be something good. --Author Unknown
Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful. Perhaps different action or adjustments will need to follow. But any action is better than none at all. -Norman Vincent Peale
Excellence can be attained if you… Care more than others think is wise. Risk more than others think is safe; Dream more than others think is possible.
When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life. --Greg Anderson
When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be. --Pantanjali
I am the mother of three, wife of one. I am a Partners in Policymaking graduate and a committed disability advocate. I want to catch up on my scrapbooking, learn more about art-journaling, get my house in order, read all the books I have set aside to read and change the world--not necessarily in that order. The opinions in this blog are my own and not those of any of employers.