Today’s Reflection ~ Inspiring

“Only  as  high  as  I  reach  can  I  grow, 

Only  as  far  as  I  seek  can  I  go, 

Only  as  deep  as  I  look  can  I  see, 

Only  as  much as  I dream can I  be.” ~Karen  Ravn 

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I Have A Dream ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Excerpt from I Have A Dream speech, 1963

The Year ~ Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Year

What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?

The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.

We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.

We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.

We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our brides, we sheet our dead.

We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of the year.

The Chance to Love Everything ~ Poem by Mary Oliver

The Chance To Love Everything

By Mary Oliver

 

All summer I made friends
with the creatures nearby —
they flowed through the fields
and under the tent walls,
or padded through the door,
grinning through their many teeth,
looking for seeds,
suet, sugar; muttering and humming,
opening the breadbox, happiest when
there was milk and music. But once
in the night I heard a sound
outside the door, the canvas
bulged slightly —something
was pressing inward at eye level.
I watched, trembling, sure I had heard
the click of claws, the smack of lips
outside my gauzy house —
I imagined the red eyes,
the broad tongue, the enormous lap.
Would it be friendly too?
Fear defeated me. And yet,
not in faith and not in madness
but with the courage I thought
my dream deserved,
I stepped outside. It was gone.
Then I whirled at the sound of some
shambling tonnage.
Did I see a black haunch slipping
back through the trees? Did I see
the moonlight shining on it?
Did I actually reach out my arms
toward it, toward paradise falling, like
the fading of the dearest, wildest hope —
the dark heart of the story that is all
the reason for its telling?

Something to Think About

It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Do you have a dream?

Is your dream strong enough to pull you into tomorrow?

Is your dream powerful enough to give you the strength to overcome all the difficulties you’ll face to acquire it?

What is your dream? Leap into the unknown and go for it. Turn your dream into a reality.

If you fail, learn from it. If you stumble, get up, shake it off, and start over again and again.

Never Quit – Never Give Up

Today’s Quote on What We Think

You are what you think. So just think big, believe big, act big, work big, give big, forgive big, laugh big, love big and live big.

Andrew Carnegie

“Look to this Day” From the Sanskrit

“Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course lie all the
Varieties and realities of your existence;
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendor of beauty:
For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But to-day well-lived makes
Every yesterday a dream of happiness,
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore to this day!

Such is the salutation of the dawn.

From the Sanskrit.”

Excerpt From
The Optimist’s Good Morning