A Lotus Grows in Brooklyn


Autumn Wisdom
October 27, 2010, 8:50 am
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When I walked out my door this morning it struck me that the leaves on the trees in Fort Tryon Park are suddenly changing. Against the dim gray sky and slick black rocks there are brilliant yellows and reds. Perhaps it’s been happening subtly for a time now, but today the transformation is arresting. It got me thinking that one, I wished I could just walk among the trees and not be going to work, and two, that we can look to a natural phenomenon such as this for inspiration to undertake necessary changes in our own lives. On that note, here are some of the better quotes I culled this morning on personal growth. Happy autumn!

“We are either progressing or retrograding all the while. There is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.”

— James Freeman Clarke

“The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.”

— W.E.B. Du Bois

“To change one’s life, start immediately, do it flamboyantly, no exceptions.”

— William James

“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.”

— Anais Nin

Photo by harold.lloyd on Flickr, used under Creative Commons license.



Morning Wisdom
June 3, 2010, 9:44 am
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“Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.”

~F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sunrise lotus flower photo by by FarTripper on Flickr, used under Creative Commons license.



Midday Wisdom
September 29, 2009, 12:44 pm
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“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.”

—Anais Nin

Photo taken by me from my Brooklyn rooftop, July 2009.



Morning Wisdom
August 21, 2009, 9:19 am
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1344107-3-blue-lotus-bud“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. ”

—Anatole France
French poet, journalist, and novelist



Morning Wisdom
August 5, 2009, 5:50 am
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5LotusFlower“The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.”

— John Muir



Morning Wisdom
July 22, 2009, 11:04 am
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Lotus_leaf_lg“No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become.  There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side.  Or you don’t.”

—Stephen King



Morning Wisdom
July 8, 2009, 10:09 am
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sacred_lotus“All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last.”

—Marcel Proust