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Go confidently …

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
Henry David Thoreau

My friend just said this the other day and I’ve been thinking much about it. I want to live the life I imagine. The other day I watched something on netflix talking about the regrets people have on their deathbed and one of the regrets was not living the life they wanted. I’m still figuring out the details but I can assure you that I’m closer now than I have ever been. 

I think a leap might be in order…

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“Do not be conc…

“Do not be concerned with the faults of other persons. Do not see others’ faults with a hateful mind. There is an old saying that if you stop seeing others’ faults, then naturally seniors and venerated and juniors are revered. Do not imitate others’ faults; just cultivate virtue. Buddha prohibited unwholesome actions, but did not tell us to hate those who practice unwholesome actions.”

~Dogen

no faults…

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“Time,” the Cap…

“Time,” the Captain said, “is not what you think.” He sat down next to Eddie. “Dying? Not the end of everything. We think it is. But what happens on earth is only the beginning.”
― Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven

This is now my favorite book. I don’t know why I hadn’t read it before. Probably my aversion to Heaven and whatnot (another time for that) but I’m in love with this book. So poignant; so relevant to what is going on in my life at the moment and every moment.  I’m also reading Tuesdays with Morrie and while I love it also, just not at much as Five People.

A friend of mine recently died. My whole community felt his influence somehow or another in their life and there is no doubt that he will continue to touch many lives. So much like ripples in a pond of many rocks being tossed in at various times…I’m not sad he is gone; I’m very grateful we crossed paths and a little bit of his light still shines in me.

What happens on earth is really the beginning. What we carry on in the spirit is timeless, limitless and ever expansive.