The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
- Walter Bagehot
I'd rather regret the things I have done than the things I have not.
- Lucille Ball
Star If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you'll end up not doing anything for anybody.
- Malcolm Bane
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
- Carl Bard
Love thy neighbor as thy self, but choose thy neighborhood.
- Listening to your heart is not simple. Finding out who you are is not simple. It takes a lot of hard work and courage to get to know who you are and what you want.
- Sue Bender
If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.
- Milton Berle
Trust in yourself. Your perceptions are often more accurate than you are willing to believe.
- Claudia Black
There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude... a quiet joy.
- Ralph H. Blum
Sunday, April 13, 2014
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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is. — Thomas Szasz (1920- )
We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public. — Bryan White (1974- )
Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together. — Donna Westmoreland Oneal (1949- )
You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips. — Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774)
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. — Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
May we each be the person someone else is grateful for. — Arlyn Newcomb (1966- )
Would the boy you were be proud of the man you are? — Laurence J. Peter (1919-1990)
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. — Ascribed to Jules Ellinger
The older I get, the better I was. — Unknown
No door is so tight that rumors cannot escape it. — Robin Hobb (1952- ) in Dragon Keeper
A goal without a plan is just a wish. — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944)Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt. — George Sewell (1690-1736)
Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others. — Jacob M. Braude
Posted by Fireman John at 3:28 PM
Monday, December 9, 2013
Don't let anyone steal your Dreams. Follow your heart, no matter what.
- Jack Cainfield
We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
- Joseph Campbell
Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living, the other helps you make a li
- Sandra Carey
The most wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed.
- Nicolas Chamfort
Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who'll never find out.
- Frank A. Clark
Success is the sum of small efforts -- repeated day in and day out.
- Robert Collier
I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
- Bill Cosby
The greatest power is often simple patience.
- E. Joseph Cossman
Posted by Fireman John at 11:03 AM
Monday, December 2, 2013
It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple.
- Rabindranath Tagore
Examine the contents, not the bottle.
- The Talmud
Reality is a mysterious changing thing, because one's perception of it never remains the same.
- Joe Tan
We worry about what a child will be tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.
- Stacia Tauscher
The greatest evils, are from within us; and from ourselves also we must look for the greatest good.
- Jeremy Taylor
I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.
- Shirley Temple
The world is a looking glass. It gives back to every man a true reflection of his own thoughts.
- William Makepeace Thackeray
I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes.
- Sara Teasdale
Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
- Margaret Thatcher
What is right is often forgotten by what is convenient.
- Bodie Thoene
Posted by Fireman John at 10:48 AM
Sunday, November 10, 2013
We affirm we have the power to take charge of our lives and stop being dependent on substances or other people for our self-esteem and security.
Alternative: We admit/acknowledge we are out of control with/powerless over ________ yet have the power to take charge of our lives and stop being dependent on substances or other people for our self-esteem and security.
We come to believe that God/Goddess/Universe/Great Spirit/Higher Power awakens the healing wisdom within us when we open ourselves to the power.
We make a decision to become our authentic selves and trust in the healing power of the truth.
We examine our beliefs, addictions and dependent behavior in the context of living in a hierarchical, patriarchal culture.
We share with another person and the Universe all those things inside of us for which we feel shame and guilt.
We affirm and enjoy our intelligence, strengths and creativity, remembering not to hide these qualities from ourselves and others.
We become willing to let go of shame, guilt, and any behavior that keeps us from loving ourselves and others.
We make a list of people we have harmed and people who have harmed us, and take steps to clear out negative energy by making amends and sharing our grievances in a respectful way.
We express love and gratitude to others and increasingly appreciate the wonder of life and the blessings we do have.
We learn to trust our reality and daily affirm that we see what we see, we know what we know and we feel what we feel.
We promptly admit to mistakes and make amends when appropriate, but we do not say we are sorry for things we have not done and we do not cover up, analyze, or take responsibility for the shortcomings of others.
We seek out situations, jobs, and people who affirm our intelligence, perceptions and self-worth and avoid situations or people who are hurtful, harmful, or demeaning to us.
We take steps to heal our physical bodies, organize our lives, reduce stress, and have fun.
We seek to find our inward calling, and develop the will and wisdom to follow it.
We accept the ups and downs of life as natural events that can be used as lessons for our growth.
We grow in awareness that we are sacred beings, interrelated with all living things, and we contribute to restoring peace and balance on the plane
Posted by Fireman John at 4:37 PM
Thursday, November 7, 2013
We must be grateful for our mistakes, without them we wouldn't know any better.
- Ayash Sabbagh
When you make the finding yourself - even if you're the last person on Earth to see the light - you'll never forget it.
- Carl Sagan
It is much more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Failures are divided into two classes -- those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.
- John Charles Salak
It takes two to make a marriage a success and only one a failure.
- Herbert Samuel
I glory in this world of men and women, torn with troubles, yet living on to love and laugh through it all.
- Carl Sandburg
Every man in the world is better than someone else and not as good as someone else.
- William Saroyan
The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
- Jean-Paul Sartre
Being defeated is only a temporary condition; giving up is what makes it permanent.
- Marilyn vos Savant
Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.
- Ruth Ann Schabacker
Posted by Fireman John at 12:11 PM
Monday, September 2, 2013
It is not what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable. — Moliere [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673)
A good listener helps us overhear ourselves. — Yahia Lababidi (1973- ) in Signposts to Elsewhere
Enjoy the little things in Life, for one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things. — Robert Brault Don't confuse what you have a right to do with what's right to do. — William Bennett (1943- )
Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. — Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. — Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
He who wants to accomplish finds a way. He who doesn't finds an excuse. — Hector D. Cantu (1961- )
Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. — Lou Holtz (1937- )
Life's most urgent question is: what are you doing for others? — Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened. — Lao Tzu (6th Century BC?)
There must be a happy medium somewhere between being totally informed and blissfully unaware. — Doug Larson (1926- )
Posted by Fireman John at 10:23 AM
Friday, August 30, 2013
article from Psychology today;
The Justice Department--after first announcing it won't pursue minimum sentencing for drug use any longer--has added to that decision an acceptance of recreational marijuana use by adults in two states where it was legalized and medical marijuana use in 20 more.
Although (aside from the Rand Paul wing of the Republican party) our social institutions may not yet realize it, formerly illicit drug use in America has been legalized. We are now in a slowly unfolding process of figuring out how to use drugs sensibly. This is Phase II of Drug Use in America (it is actually Phase III--since we first had to make drugs illegal in the early part of the twentieth century--but let's skip that story for now).
We can now turn our attention to the next three issues in integrating drug use into society:
1. How will kids learn to use drugs? If you smoke marijuana and have kids, what then? Or, put another way, how will all of the drug ed lectures start now that they can't begin: "It doesn't matter what you think about using pot--it's illegal." We have to realize that we are preparing our children for a world in which they may--and probably will--use those drugs. Of course, we already knew that was true--certainly in terms of their drinking alcohol--and we still ignored the issue. Only now it is out in the open with respect to marijuana as well as alcohol. Is it too much to hope that we can do a better job?
2. The therapeutic-police state. Drug courts (lobbying as the National Association of Drug Court Professionals) are all the craze, what with television star Matthew Perry appearing on liberal media and before Congress saying how they saved his life. (Here is the jaundiced British view of the Perry phenomenon--Europeans just don't get recovery!) When drug use is illegal, drug courts force you into recovery-type treatment as an alternative to prison. And if you test positive--boom, you're in jail. Harm reduction? What's that? We'll need to know in order to proceed without the threat of incarceration for drug use.
3. The addicted versus the liberated self. Now that we can use drugs legally, what about all of the forces in society telling us we are more and more susceptible to mental disorders and drug addiction, insidious diseases that grow within us? There are two warring paradigms of the self: "I am a powerless victim of an emotional disorder/addiction." "I am a free agent who can use drugs as I choose." Of course, the resolution may be, "Hallelujah, I can take drugs and drink all night, then meds all day." (i.e., "Drugs 'R' Us"). But we need to strive for better personal and social positions on drugs than that.
In any case, let's be clear: we are in the next phase of society's relationship with drugs.
Posted by Fireman John at 6:32 PM
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Latest celebrity substance abuse news
David Cassidy Faces Another DUI
Former "The Partridge Family" star David Cassidy is facing drunken driving charges in Schodack, New York. The former teen idol, now age 63, was given a sobriety test after failing to dim his lights at a police checkpoint. His blood-alcohol level was 0.10.
Lindsay Lohan Admits She's a Addict
In a televised interview, actress Lindsay Lohan admitted lying in the past about her cocaine use. Lohan said she snorted, but never injected cocaine. She also admitted that she was an addict, but alcohol was her drug of choice.
DMX Arrested for Marijuana Possession
Earl Simmons, who is more widely known as the rapper DMX, is in trouble with the law again. Police found several bags of marijuana in a vehicle in which he was a passenger after it made a U-turn. As he was being taken to a South Carolina jail, DMX claimed he was being set up.
Omar Gooding Arrested for DUI
Former "Wild & Crazy Kids" star Omar Gooding has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. The younger brother of Cuba Gooding and former Nickelodeon child star, Omar was arrested in Los Angeles and released hours later on his own recognizance.
Von Miller Suspended 6 Games
The NFL has suspended Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller for the first six games of the 2013 season for violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. The league originally wanted an eight-game suspension for the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year runner-up.
Jay Ratliff DWI Case Postponed
The judge must be a Cowboys fan. Jay Ratliff was due to face charges this week for his January 22 drunk driving arrest after he collided with an 18-wheeler and crashed into a guardrail with a blood-alcohol level of 0.16. But the judge postponed the hearing until February 2014, after the football season.
Posted by Fireman John at 8:45 AM
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Marriage is a relationship in which one person is always right and the other is the husband. — Unknown
Since we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our minds, our one duty is to furnish it well. — Peter Ustinov (1921-2004)
All religions are the same: religion is basically guilt, with different holidays. — Cathy Ladman
A consensus means that everyone agrees to say collectively what no one believes individually. — Abba Eban (1915-2002)
No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power. — P.J. O'Rourke (1947- )
Unless a good deed is voluntary, it has no moral significance. — Everett Dean Martin (1880-1941)
The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives. — Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)
The worst disability is a bad attitude. — Michael Muir (1953- )
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. — William James (1842-1910)
A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was. — Joseph Hall (1574-1656)
The greatest joys are those that are shared. — Leon Fleisher (1928- )
I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach for. Perfection is God's business. — Michael J. Fox (1961- )
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