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Stay Happy — Dakota Wint

I was thinking today
that we’re all gonna die one day
and I was thinking of all the things that I take for granted
and sometimes I forget how blessed I am

And I just wanted to say that if you’re ever feeling down
truly take a moment out of your day to think of everything that you cherish

Go squeeze someone you love
put your heart and soul into that hug
and don’t let go until you both can’t breathe

Go make a friend with someone completely random

Hold the door open for someone
and if they don’t even acknowledge you
just smile

never stop smiling

and if you’re ever feeling lost
take a chance
if you’ve got nowhere to go any road will get you there

and sing
like no one’s watching

if you like someone
tell them

laugh at the stupid jokes only you and your best friend find funny
laugh until your stomach hurts

and if you’ve ever been mean to anyone
and never got the chance to say sorry
life’s too short to waste your time being a jerk

and if people are mean to you for no reason
screw ’em

be yourself because nobody else can be

and if you want to cry
let it out

expectation is the root of all heartache
the best thing to do is to stop thinking
and to just let things happen

and if the world ever makes you feel small
look up at the stars and know someone somewhere is doing the same thing

and just because today might’ve been a terrible day
doesn’t mean tomorrow won’t be the best day of your entire life
you just have to wake up and get there

we learn from experience that we never really learn anything from experience
we never know what’s gonna happen
and that’s the thing about life
you just have to breathe every moment in like it’s your last

and never look back

and never regret

and always stay happy


It’s a nice day.

“Say, Pooh, why aren’t you busy?” I said.
“Because it’s a nice day,” said Pooh.
“Yes, but —”
“Why ruin it?” he said.
“But you could be doing something Important,” I said.
“I am,” said Pooh.
“Oh? Doing what?”
“Listening,” he said.
“Listening to what?”
“To the birds. And that squirrel over there.”
“What are they saying?” I asked.
“That it’s a nice day,” said Pooh.
“But you know that already,” I said.
“Yes, but it’s always good to hear that somebody else thinks so, too,” he replied.
“Well, you could be spending your time getting Educated by listening to the Radio, instead,” I said.
“That thing?”
“Certainly. How else will you know what’s going on in the world?” I said.
“By going outside,” said Pooh.
“Er… well…” (Click.) “Now just listen to this, Pooh.”
Thirty thousand people were killed today when five jumbo airlines collided over downtown Los Angeles…,” the Radio announced.
“What does that tell you about the world?” asked Pooh.
“Hmm. You’re right.” (Click.) “What are the birds saying now?” I asked.
“That it’s a nice day,” said Pooh.

— Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh (1982)

Women at the Well — To be Known is to be Loved and to be Loved is to be Known

I am a woman
of no distinction
of little importance
I am a woman of no reputation save that which is bad
You whisper as I pass by
and cast judgment or glances
though you don’t really take the time to look at me or even get to know me
for to be known is to be loved and to be loved is to be known
and otherwise what’s the point of doing either one of them in the first place?

I want to be known
I want someone to look at my face and not just see
two eyes
a nose
a mouth
and two ears
but to see all that I am and could be
all my hopes
loves and fears
but that’s too much to hope for
to wish for or pray for
so I don’t
not anymore

now I keep to myself and by that I mean the pain
the pain that keeps me in my own private jail
the pain that’s brought me here at midday to this well

to ask for a drink is no big request
but to ask it of me
a women unclean
and abused
an outcast
a failure
a disappointment
a sinner

no drink passing from these hands to your lips could ever be refreshing
only condemning as I’m sure you condemn me now
but You don’t

You’re a man of no disctinction
though of the utmost importance
a man with little reputation at least so far

You whisper and tell me to my face what all those glances have been about
and You take the time to really look at me
but don’t need to get to know me
for to be known is to be loved and to be loved is to be known

and You know me
You actually know me

all of me and everything about me
every thought inside and hair on top of my head
every hurt stored up
every hope every dread
my past and my future
all I am and could be
You tell me everything
You tell me about me

and that which if spoken by another would bring hate and condemnation
coming from You brings love
and salvation
I’ve heard of one to come
who would save a wretch like me
and here at my presence You say “I am He”

to be known is to be loved and to be loved is to be known
and I just met You but I love You
I don’t know You but I want to get to

let me run back to town
this is way too much for just me
there are others
the good and the bad
sinners and saints

who should hear what You’ve told me
who should see what You’ve shown me
who should taste what You gave me
who should feel how You forgave me

for to be known is to be loved and to be loved is to be known
and they all need this too
we all do need it for our own

That’s Just Called Being a Woman

This is from an episode of “Celebrity Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader” which I just happened to watch this morning, featuring (a very pathetic) Kelly Pickler. But anyway, interesting dialog right here…

Jeff (Foxworthy, the host): Kelly, focus…
Kelly: Ah, I am… like, I’m listening to what you’re saying but I’ll only listen to what I want to.
Jeff: That’s just called being a woman.
Kelly: Oh… Boo… (after the audience) Well, we could just call this show “Are You Smarter Than a Man”, I’d win that one.
Jeff: No, because women don’t really want to hear a man’s opinion, they just want to hear their opinion in a deeper voice. That’s what they want when they talk to us.

LOL. Epic.

This makes me want to find out more about Abelard and Heloise…

I never wanted anything in you
but you alone,
nothing of what you have
but you yourself,
never a marriage, never a dowry,
never any pleasure, any purpose of my own—
as you well know—
but only yours.
The name of wife may have the advantages
of sanctity and safety, but to me
the sweeter name will always be
or, if your dignity can bear it,
concubine or whore.

— Letter from Heloise to Abelard, translated by William Levitan, Abelard & Heloise: The Letters and Other Writings, (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 2007)


We are discussing Black Theology in class today. When I think “Black Theology”, I think Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream”, self-evidently, but I also think about this poem.


When I was born, I was black.
When I grew up, I was black.
When I get hot, I am black.
When I get cold, I am black.
When I am sick, I am black.
When I die, I am black.

When you were born, You were pink.
When you grew up, You were white.
When you get hot, You go red.
When you get cold, You go blue.
When you are sick, You go purple.
When you die, You go green.


by an Anonymous pupil of King Edward VI School, Birmingham, UK.

Found in The children’s book of poems, prayers and meditations ed. Liz Attenborough (Element Books, 1989)

Source: The Poetry Library

Quotes from my Facebook Profile (September – October 2010)

He does not ask much of us — an occasional remembrance, a small act of worship, now to beg his grace, at times to offer him our distresses, at another time to render thanks for the favours he has given.
— Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God

If the real is completely intelligible, then complete intelligibility exists. If complete intelligibility exists, the idea of being exists. If the idea of being exists, then God exists. Therefore, if the real is completely intelligible, God exists.
— Bernard Lonergan

Wholeness or well being is not the absence of brokenness. Instead it is what you choose, at the center of your life, to do with your brokenness
— Howard Clinebell, Well Being

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
— Lao Tzu

Prayer does not mean simply to pour out one’s heart. It means rather to find the way to God and to speak with him, whether the heart is full or empty.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The problem with frustration is that once you’re frustrated, everything… and I mean EVERYTHING, goes wrong!
— Me 😉

His morning prayers began with “Thank You, Lord, for returning my soul to me.” When you start that way, the rest of the day is a bonus.
— Mitch Albom, Have a Little Faith

Don’t be a victim of activity. When Satan cannot make you bad, he makes you busy.
-– Corrie ten Boom

Come, O Lord, like morning sunlight, making all life new and free; For the daily task and challenge, may we rise renewed in Thee.
— Milton S. Littlefield

Don’t panic… it never made a positive difference!
— Me, again 🙂

What is happiness and unhappiness? it depends so little on the circumstances; it depends really only on that which happens inside a person.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Sedapat-dapatnya, kalau hal itu bergantung padamu, hiduplah dalam perdamaian dengan semua orang!
— Roma 12:18, Terjemahan Baru

L’shanah tova tikatevu v’tichatemu (lit. May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year).
— Rosh Hashanah Greeting

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Take, o take me as I am, summon out what I should be; set Your seal upon my heart and live in me.
— John Bell

Random Quotes from my Twitter favorites (27 May – 04 Oct 2010)

Your talent makes you who you are. You should be proud of it!
–- Tinkerbell

Behind a cold face there is always an insecure heart
— Paulo Coelho

If you want a job done promptly & well, get a busy person to do it. The idle one knows too many substitutes & shortcuts
— Napoleon Hill

All leaders are readers.
— Jim Rohn

For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
— Isaiah 41:13, NIV

We all have problems. So instead of crying about them, pray, suck it up, and keep moving.
Tweet Move On

Live every day Happily & let your Ever After work itself out.
The Single Woman

We never know the worth of water ’til the well is dry
— English Proverb

Never say goodbye, because goodbye means going away, and going away means forgetting.
— Peter Pan

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
— Theodor Geisel

You never stop loving someone, you just learn to live without them.

I’m more than just an option.

Ladies: Let HIM chase YOU. You are more than worthy of being pursued!
The Single Woman

I don’t believe that laughing has always been the best medicine because I know that sometimes, a cry can cure what a laugh can’t.
The Love Stories

You’re better off without him. Don’t call him. He’s breaking your heart.
— The Ataris

I’m trying really hard not to cry over you, because every tear is just one reminder that I don’t know how to let you go.

Mereka mengira akulah kekasih yg baik bagimu sayang, tanpa mereka sadari kaulah yg menjadikan aku kekasih yg baik.
— BJ Habibie

Evening Prayer (Fourth Month, First Week)

O God, help me to keep in purity my actions, my words, and my thoughts.

Help me to do nothing in secret which I would be ashamed to do openly, and keep me from doing things which I would have to hide and to conceal.

So do you control me that I may have every instinct and passion under complete control. Help me always to refuse to listen to anything which would soil my mind, and to reject every invitation to leave the way of honour.

Help me speak nothing but the truth. Keep my words clean and let no foul or unclean or dirty word ever be in my mouth.

You have promised that the pure in heart will see you; grant me this purity, this privilege and this reward.

This I ask for Jesus' sake. Amen.

— William Barclay, Prayers for Young People

The Last Temptation of Christ, Nikos Kazantzakis

“My child, I do not listen to my heart. It leads one to the abyss.”
“To God’s abyss — to salvation,” said Jesus, looking sympathetically at the old man.

He knew that all sins are washed away by tears, and Magdalene had wept much.

You are a woman: your tears and caresses have great power.

The swallow flies faster in the air than the deer moves on land; and faster than the swallow moves the mind of a man; and faster than the mind of a man, the heart of a woman.

Harmony between the earth and the hearth, that is the kingdom of heaven.

A prophet is the one who, when everyone else despairs, hopes. And when everyone else hopes, he despairs. It’s because he has mastered the Great Secret: that the Wheel turns.

Silence does not satisfy a woman. Women, poor things, need a kind word.

Close your eyes… the world is good despite my sighs.

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