Pope Francis On Happiness

Pope Francis On Happiness

With Pope Francis’ in the US even as I write this, I thought it was only fitting to share some of his thoughts on happiness which I find relevant to every one regardless of religious beliefs.

Pope Francis visits Palo Cathedral in one of his sorties in Leyte Province Saturday, January 17, 2015. The Pope announced his shortened visit to the province due to on going typhoon in the area. He made a quick blessing to items presented to him by some of the churchgoers in the cathedral before leaving. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacanang Photo Bureau)

(Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacanang Photo Bureau)


Pope Francis on Happiness

1. “Live and let live.” Everyone should be guided by this principle, he said, which has a similar expression in Rome with the saying, “Move forward and let others do the same.”

2. “Be giving of yourself to others.” People need to be open and generous toward others, he said, because “if you withdraw into yourself, you run the risk of becoming egocentric. And stagnant water becomes putrid.”

3. “Proceed calmly” in life. The pope, who used to teach high school literature, used an image from an Argentine novel by Ricardo Guiraldes, in which the protagonist — gaucho Don Segundo Sombra — looks back on how he lived his life.

4. A healthy sense of leisure. The Pope said “consumerism has brought us anxiety”, and told parents to set aside time to play with their children and turn of the TV when they sit down to eat.

5. Sundays should be holidays. Workers should have Sundays off because “Sunday is for family,” he said.

6. Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs for young people. “We need to be creative with young people. If they have no opportunities they will get into drugs” and be more vulnerable to suicide, he said.

7. Respect and take care of nature. Environmental degradation “is one of the biggest challenges we have,” he said. “I think a question that we’re not asking ourselves is: ‘Isn’t humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature?’”

8. Stop being negative. “Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. That means, ‘I feel so low that instead of picking myself up I have to cut others down,’” the Pope said. “Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy.”

9. Don’t proselytize; respect others’ beliefs. “We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyses: ‘I am talking with you in order to persuade you,’ No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytizing,” the Pope said.

10. Work for peace. “We are living in a time of many wars,” he said, and “the call for peace must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet, peace is always proactive” and dynamic.

Courtesy of the Catholic News Service.

15 Inspiring Quotes From The Alchemist #septemberchallenge

15 Inspiring Quotes From The Alchemist #septemberchallenge

I must confess that when I first read Paulo Coehlo’s book, The Alchemist,  I was not ready for its message. When I read it again, a few years later, it made complete sense to me. I now have a well-worn copy with some lines pencil marked (no, I never use a highlighter or a pen in a book – more about that in another post!). I decided to share these with you today.


15 Inspiring Quotes From The Alchemist

“Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him.”

“Learn to recognize the omens, and follow them.”

“If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life is the moment we are living now.”

“It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.”

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.”

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.”

“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”

“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”


“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”

“No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.”

“When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.”

“You will never be able to escape your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.”

“Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life.”

“Whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because the desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth.”

“And, when you can’t go back, you only have to worry about the best way of moving forward.”

Have you read The Alchemist? Do you have a line from it you treasure?

We’re on Day 8 of the September Blogging Challenge. I hope you’re enjoying it – making new connections and solidifying the old ones.

Memorable Wayne Dyer Quotes

Memorable Wayne Dyer Quotes

The self help guru, Dr Wayne Dyer passed away on August 29, 2015.

Wayne Dyer has inspired people since his first book, Your Erroneous Zones, was published in 1976.  He went on to publish over 40 books that have inspired people to change their perceptions and live life to the fullest. His book, Pulling Your Own Strings had a deep impact on my life, making me start to take more responsibility for my own destiny.

Quite recently I shared with you about his book, Excuses Begone. I also reviewed Dr Dyer’s daughter, Serena’s book, Don’t Die With Your Music Still In You.

Memorable Wayne Dyer Quotes

  1. When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
  2. The more you see yourself as what you’d like to become, and act as if what you want is already there, the more you’ll activate those dormant forces that will collaborate to transform your dream into your reality.
  3. See the light in others and treat them as if that is all you see.
  4. Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.
  5. You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.
  6. ‘The kingdom of heaven is within you’ is not an empty cliche; it is a reality.
  7. “When you have the choice between being right and being kind just choose kind.
  8. When you stay on purpose and refuse to be discouraged by fear, you align with the infinite self, in which all possibilities exist.
  9. Practice being the kind of person you wish to attract.
  10. You have the power to create the naturally stress-free and tranquil life you desire: You can either activate thoughts that produce stress within you, or activate thoughts that make stress impossible. It’s your choice.
  11. Anything you really want, you can attain, if you really go after it.
  12. You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.
  13. If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t you will see obstacles.
  14. You have everything you need for complete peace and total happiness right now.
  15. Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him.
  16. You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be.
  17. If others aren’t treating you as you’d like, acknowledge: I taught these people how to treat me as a result of my willingness to make their opinions of me more important than my own. It’s now my intention to teach them how I wish to be treated from here on in!
  18. Having a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing seems to me to be one of the most basic principles that you can adopt to contribute to individual and world peace.
  19. A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe.
  20. If you ask with kindness in your voice and in your heart, How may I serve you ? the Universe’s response will be, ‘How may I serve you as well.’

Do you have a favourite Wayne Dyer Quote?

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50 Life Lessons From 50 Years

50 Life Lessons From 50 Years

“Instructions for living a life.
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.”
― Mary Oliver

Today I’m 50! Happy birthday to me.

What better way to celebrate it than to recall all I’ve learned a half century of living on this our beautiful Earth. You might find some of them seemingly contradictory, but they’re really not!


50 Life Lessons From 50 Years Of Living

  1. You are on this Earth school so that your soul can prepare for the next phase of living. Be open to all learning.
  2. At the end of your life you want to be proud of the choices you’ve made. Make good choices.
  3. If you have made poor choices, own them and imbibe the lessons they were meant to teach you.
  4. Life is no picnic, but neither is it a drudge. Learn to enjoy every aspect of it.
  5. You get to write your own life story. Make it a bestseller!
  6. You are responsible for your life. Don’t let it be hijacked by anyone else. Put yourself first.
  7. Never apologize for being who you are.
  8. Invest time getting to know yourself. Remember, you have to live with yourself for the rest of your life.
  9. Sing in the shower. Happiness is an inside job. Choose to be happy.
  10. Don’t take yourself too seriously. I promise you that the world won’t come to an end if you wear your clothes inside out in public!
  11. There’s nothing better than a good belly laugh. Laugh often.
  12. Plan for the future, but live in the moment.
  13. Don’t let your past dictate your present choices.
  14. There are mean people in this world. Learn to deal with them skillfully.
  15. There are good people in the world. Make sure you connect with more of them.
  16. Give of your time and presence to others.
  17. Value your time and let people know that you do.
  18. Be punctual. Don’t waste other people’s time because you can’t be better organized.
  19. Take nothing for granted – not even the air you breathe.
  20. Be grateful for everything. Gratitude will see you through a lot of difficult times.
  21. Take care of yourself. The world owes you nothing.
  22. The Universe is very benevolent. Learn to plug into its resources.
  23. Practice mindfulness. Self-awareness is the key to living a mindful life.
  24. Be kind. Your acts of kindness especially when done with no expectation of reward, will bring much soul satisfaction.
  25. Be open to love. There’s always that one person out there that will get you. Keeping looking for him/her.
  26. Be God-aware. Know that there’s a Higher Power in control of the Universe.
  27. Seek intelligent company. Learn to make intelligent and interesting conversation. There’s nothing worse than a bore!
  28. Realize that everyone is creative. Find your creative outlet/s.
  29. Practise forgiveness. Forgive yourself and others too.
  30. Give and you’ll get. (Yes, Mom, I know you told me that!).
  31. Have dreams and goals. Know when to pursue them and when to let  go. Sometimes the best learning is from unfulfilled dreams and unaccomplished goals.
  32. Know when it is time to let go of a relationship. Believe me, you and the other person will survive (thrive, even!).
  33. Make time for silliness.
  34. Money is not the root of evil. Envy often is.
  35. Get yourself a pet. I’d suggest a dog, naturally.
  36. Appearances can be deceptive. Learn to look beyond the obvious.
  37. Don’t trust anyone who is nice all the time.
  38. Learn to value your own opinion. Take the advice of others, but the final call should be yours.
  39. Trust your intuition.
  40. Enjoy the little things – the smell of rain, the sound of birds, the feel of a warm blanket, chocolate…
  41. Shrouds have no pockets. You can’t take your wealth with you. Be prudent, but never miserly.
  42. Get a regular massage. You deserve to feel good. Drink plenty of water too.
  43. Live in grace, never in guilt.
  44. Be comfortable with your emotions – they are only indicators of what’s going on within you.
  45. Count up to 10 before you write an angry letter, email or social media update. Run it by a trustworthy person before you send/publish it.
  46. Take regular naps. Rest your body – it’s good for your soul.
  47. Make room for awe – a sunset, a baby’s birth, a baby’s  smile – let them fill you with awe.
  48. Remember that you haven’t seen it all, experienced it all and don’t know it all. Be open to new experiences.
  49. Life is short. Make it meaningful.
  50. Reach for your dreams, but remember that every day on this earth can be a dream too. Make it a technicolor one.

50 life lessons from 50 years


And there’s a bonus of 25 quotes which are life lessons in themselves! Enjoy!

    1. Your life is already a miracle of chance waiting for you to shape its destiny. – Toni Morrison
    2. A self that goes on changing is a self that goes on living. – Virginia Woolf
    3. There are a thousand thousand reasons to live this life, everyone of them sufficient. – Marilynne Robinson
    4. I think this is how we’re supposed to be in the world -present and in awe.- Anne Lamott
    5. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest. – Maya Angelou
    6. Do not apologize for crying. Without this emotion, we are only robots. – Elizabeth Gilbert
    7. What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right. — Albert Einstein
    8. Think less about what went wrong and more about how you would like it to go right.-Alan Cohen
    9. You are the hero of your own story – Unknown
    10. You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.- Rumi
    11. The only permission, the only validation, and the only opinion that matters in our quest for greatness is our own. – Steve Maraboli
    12. Your life is your message to the world. Make sure it’s inspiring. – Unknown
    13. There is more to life than simply increasing its speed. – Mahatma Gandhi
    14. There is little success where there is little laughter. – Andrew Carnegie
    15. It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. – Henry David Thoreau
    16. A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at. -Bruce Lee
    17. “By seeking and blundering we learn.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    18. Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. – Vincent Van Gogh
    19. Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows. – Michael Landon
    20. The task ahead of you is never greater than the strength within you. – Unknown
    21. Remember to breathe. It is after all, the secret of life.- Gregory Maguire
    22. Do something today that your future self will thank you for.- Anonymous
    23. Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.
      – Marcus Aurelius
    24. Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open. – Ralph Marston
    25. Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans. – John Lennon

What are the lessons life is teaching you? Do add to my list. (I creating the draft of life lessons for my 100th birthday! 😉 )

Inspirational Quotes To Inspire Success

Inspirational Quotes To Inspire Success

Inspirational Quotes To Inspire Success

No great person survived without great dreams.
– Robin Sharma

Discontent is the first necessity of progress.
– Thomas Edison

Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.
– Malcolm Forbes

Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping stones to genius.
– Elbert Hubbard

Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and the we shall find the way.
– Abraham Lincoln

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
– Shakespeare

First say to yourself what you would be; an dthen do what you have to do.
– Epictesus

Success is sweet: the sweeter if long delayed and attained through manifold struggles and defeats.
– A Branson Alcott

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
– Steve Jobs

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
– Eleanor Roosevelt

Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present.
– Roger Babson

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
– Mahatma Gandhi

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
– Mark Twain

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
– Vince Lombardi


Paulo Coelho Success does not come from having one's work recognised by others. It is the fruit of the seed that you lovingly planted

Success is about creating benefit for all and enjoying the process. If you focus on this & adopt this definition, success is yours.
– Kelly Kim

I used to want the words ‘She tried’ on my tombstone. Now I want ‘She did it.’
– Katherine Dunham

Really it comes down to your philosophy. Do you want to play it safe and be good or do you want to take a chance and be great?
– Jimmy J

It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
– J. K Rowling

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.
– Albert Einstein

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
– Harriet Tubman

If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.
– Dhirubhai Ambani

The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.
– Mark Caine


People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
– Tony Robbins

When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.
– Audre Lorde

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
– Mark Twain

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
– Eleanor Roosevelt

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
– Thomas A. Edison

If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents. Value what you know & start charging for it.
– Kim Garst

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.
– David Brinkley

The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.
– Bruce Lee

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.
– Swami Vivekananda

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
– Dale Carnegie

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
– Jim Rohn

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
– Ayn Rand

If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it – teach yourself to be impatient.
– Gurbaksh Chahal

Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.
-Robert Kiyosaki

If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!
-T. Harv Eker

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
– Steve Jobs

For more such inspirational quotes, go here.

Inspirational Quotes To Live By

Inspirational Quotes To Live By

Who doesn’t need a little inspiration from time to time?  I know, I do. That’s why I collect quotes and that’s why I share them too. Today’s offering is

Inspirational Quotes To Live By

Congratulate yourself if you have done something strange, extravagant and broken the monotony.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labour does the body.
– Seneca

If you’re interested in balalncing work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable.
– Donald Trump (and yes, he does speak sense sometimes!)

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
– Eleanor Roosevelt

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
– Benjamin Franklin

There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than what you are capable of living.
– Nelson Mandela

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
– Michael Jordan

Your reputation should be your most respected asset. Build it with care and manage it with devotion.
– Robin Sharma

My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong, who made mistakes, but recovered from them.
– Bono

I want to put a ding in the universe.
– Steve Jobs

View your work as a craft and your life as an art.
– Robin Sharma

Nurture your mind with great thoughs for you will never go any higher than you think.
– Benjamin Disraeli

How can you cross new bridges if you’re not willing to burn old ones.
– Robin Sharma

Never give up your dream.
– Andre Leon Talley

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
– Robert Louis Stevenson

Oprah Winfrey quote

I have a lot of things to prove to myself. One is that I can live my life fearlessly.
– Oprah Winfrey



Awards from fellow bloggers

Recently, I’ve been honoured by three bloggers with awards. Over the last few years, I have chosen not to pass on such awards – because that would make me have to pick one blogger over the other and there are just too many to mention.

My grateful thanks to

Ruth Curran of Cranium Crunches. You might recall that I intereviewed Ruth here fairly recently about her book Being Brain Healthy.

Darla M Sands who is currently writing a book. I look forward to interviewing her too soon.

Tina Basu of Twinkling Tina Writes a truly versatile blogger herself.

50 Inspiring Travel Quotes

50 Inspiring Travel Quotes

If you’re a regular reader of this blog,  you’ll know how much I love quotes. I’ve just finished quote challenge, and I continue to be in the mood to share quotes.

50 Inspring Travel Quotes

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
― Gustave Flaubert

“I read; I travel; I become”
― Derek Walcott

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”
― Pat Conroy

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
― Henry Miller

“Make voyages. Attempt them. There’s nothing else.”
― Tennessee Williams

“See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream.”
― Ray Bradbury

“When one is traveling, everything looks brighter and lovelier.”
― Catherynne M. Valente

“Travel brings wisdom only to the wise. It renders the ignorant more ignorant than ever.”
― Joe Abercrombie

“Only through travel can we know where we belong or not, where we are loved and where we are rejected.”
― Roman Payne

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
― Jawaharlal Nehru

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“There is a kind of magicness about going far away and then coming back all changed.”
― Kate Douglas Wiggin

“The Wanderlust has got me… by the belly aching fire”
― Robert W. Service

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”
– Susan Sontag

“To travel is to live.”
– Hans Christian Andersen

“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life”
― Michael Palin

“Not all those who wander are lost.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
― St Augustine

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
― Lao Tzu

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson

“Adventure is worthwhile.”
– Aristotle

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“How many cities have revealed themselves to me in the marches I undertook in the pursuit of books!”
― Walter Benjamin

“It is not the destination where you end up but the mishaps and memories you create along the way!”
― Penelope Riley

“We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.”
― Hilaire Belloc

“A wise man travels to discover himself.”
― James Russell Lowell

“The great glory of travel, to me, is not just what I see that’s new to me in countries visited, but that in almost every one of them I change from an outsider looking in to an insider looking out.”
― Clara E. Laughlin

“Travel moulds a man, people mould his wisdom and experiences mould his life!”
– Suljit Lalwani

“The man who seeks to educate himself must first read and then travel in order to correct what he has learned.”
― Casanova

“The only true voyage of discovery is not to go to new places, but to have other eyes.”
― Marcel Proust

“Writing to support my traveling, and traveling to support my writing.”
― B.S. Wood

“I travel to be replenished with beauty, for travel makes the beauty of this world seem like a Christmas that never ends.”
― Carew Papritz

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“To the tourist, travel is a means to an end; to the traveler, it’s an end in itself.”
― Marty Rubin

“Let’s go together and go to different places and see different things. It’ll be fun!”
― Togashi Yoshihiro

“I love getting lost on purpose”
― Lisa Desrochers

Travel, which is like a greater and a graver science, brings us back to ourselves.”
― Albert Camus

“Travel opens your mind as few other things do. It is its own form of hypnotism, and I am forever under its spell.”
― Libba Bray

“Never hesitate to go far away, beyond all seas, all frontiers, all countries, all beliefs.”
― Amin Maalouf

“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate.”
― Pico Lyer

“The journey is the destination.”
― Dan Eldon

“Travellers understand, instinctively and by experience, that travel and adventure change and elongate time, even while navigating the deadlines of airline and train departures.”
― Paul Sheehan

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“Anyone who needs more than one suitcase is a tourist, not a traveler”
― Ira Levin

“One must travel, to learn.”
― Mark Twain

“Roam abroad in the world, and take thy fill of its enjoyments before the day shall come when thou must quit it for good.”
― Saadi

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
― Ernest Hemingway

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

“Travel brings power and love back into your life.”
― Rumi

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”
― Anaïs Nin

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.”
― Agnes Repplier

“A great way to learn about your country is to leave it.”
– Henry Rollins

“It is not down in any map; true places never are.”
– Herman Melville

Now here are some funny travel quotes

“A passport, as I’m sure you know, is a document that one shows to government officials whenever one reaches a border between countries, so the officials can learn who you are, where you were born, and how you look when photographed unflatteringly.”
– Lemony Snicket

“I feel about airplanes the way I feel about diets. It seems to me that they are wonderful things for other people to go on.”
– Jean Kerr, “Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall,” The Snake Has All the Lines, 1958

“I did not fully understand the dread term “terminal illness” until I saw Heathrow for myself.”
– Dennis Potter, 1978

“Whenever we safely land in a plane, we promise God a little something.”
– Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

“If God had really intended men to fly, he’d make it easier to get to the airport.”
– George Winters

“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”
– Mark Twain

Do you have a favourite travel quote? Do share.


The Seeds You Plant

The Seeds You Plant

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. – Robert Louis Stevenson

Just yesterday, José observed that despite all the progress we’ve made in India, the poor farmer is still over-dependent on rain. Not enough quality water harvesting and poor irrigation.


The farmer may clear the remnants of the past crop, till the soil, plant the seeds, irrigate the field and guard the crop from pests. But finally, the whole crop depends on the rain.

The rain is the challenge.

I started to think about how this can apply in my life.

Take my blog, for example. I don’t mind doing the work of ‘preparing’, ‘planting’, ‘guarding’ and ‘irrigating’. Its success is something I can’t control.

Just as the farmer complains about the rain, I too sometimes give into complaining and comparing.

That serves no purpose.

I must focus my mind on my goals.

I must rid myself of negative emotions.

I must keep faith in my own ability to succeed.

The harvest I reap is measured by the attitudes I cultivate.

Does this apply to you too?

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Day 3 of the 3-day Quote Challenge for which I was was tagged by Lata of Lata Wonders .

  • The rules for the 3 Day Quote Challenge are simple.
  • Post a favorite quote of yours for 3 consecutive  days (okay, so I cheated), obviously a different quote each day from any book, any author of your choice. It could also be your own quote.
  • Nominate 3 bloggers with each post to challenge them.
  • Thank the person who nominated you.

Today it’s my pleasure to nominate: SimranKalpana and Mahathi Ramya. Take it away ladies! 🙂

Join Janine Ripper and Mackenzie Glanville and some other cool bloggers (me included!) for the #FridayReflections every week.

Also joining the #MidlifeLuv Linkup hosted by Kimberly Montgomery of Fifty Jewels and Elena of Living With Batman.

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