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Aphorisms from Aa to Zz: Mm August 6, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, Nature.

Make A Difference

Begin with yourself.  Begin now.

Don’t get caught up in the numbers game.  Having a profound impact on one person may be more important than having a modest effect on a thousand.

Most of us will never do great things, but we can do small things with great love. ~ Mother Teresa

There are many things you can give the world, but you cannot make the sun shine.

The Meaning of Life

When asked, “what is the meaning of life,” the Dalai Lama replied simply: “To be happy and to make others happy.”

Happiness is the goal of all goals, and it’s a state of consciousness that already exists within you. ~ Deepak Chopra

What if seekers need only ask:  How well do I love?

Happiness for a reason is a form of misery because the reason can be taken away from you at any time.  To be happy for no reason is the happiness you want to experience. ~ Deepak Chopra

Miracles & Mysteries

Every moment is a celebration, a miracle, a mystery.

Mysteries and Miracles abound.  Let them astound.

Celebrate the joy of nature . . . the unexpected mysteries of life!

SMILE = See Miracles In Life Everyday!

Meditate on the still, silent spaces in your mind.

See the infinite horizon in the distance, miraculous mysteries on its shores.

Mind Mastery

I’m still percolating.  I do not believe in hard and fast rules.  I do not believe that one size fits all, and to that point, it seems, ideas come, thoughts expand, notions shift, and lessons are learned. ~ Rchard W. Scott (Uphill Writing)

An open mind learns more in an hour than a closed mind learns in a year.

The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heav’n of Hell, or a Hell of Heav’n. ~ John Milton

Chase away idle thoughts, and see the world as it is.

Some minds are like concrete ~ thoroughly mixed and permanently set. ~ Unknown

Stand guard at the door of your mind ~ let only the best thoughts enter.

When we hang on to our opinions and judgments, there is no room for anything else. ~ Lama Surya Das

When we LISTEN . . . anything in life can be our guide.

You must empty yourself of the past, in order to receive the present. ~ Zen Parable


A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice . . . without getting nervous.

There are no mistakes, only lessons.

Making mistakes helps us focus on where we need improvement.

The Universe doesn’t make mistakes.

Although the chance of stubbing your toe increases the more you walk, it is always better than going nowhere by standing still. ~ Robin Sharma, in The Top 200 Secrets of Success and the Pillars of Self-Mastery

Freedom lies in being bold. Do one thing every day that scares you.

The greatest mistake we can make is to be continually fearing that we will make one. ~ Elbert Hubbard

If you aren’t making some mistakes, you aren’t taking enough chances ~ John Sculley

Mistakes left in a work of art record the artist’s magnificent struggle.  Except for typos . . . those just show sloppy editing!


1. cindy - August 6, 2010

An MMM post from Hatchy with no MMMusic?

“Friends do not live in harmony merely, as some say, but in melody”
Henry David Thoreau

nrhatch - August 6, 2010

I shall have to rectify that instanter.
Thanks for the quote from Thoreau to get me started.

We spent last night with Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Bandersnatch, and the Jabberwocky. We’re delighted that Alice found her “Muchness” again.

Muchness ~ another missing “M” word.

2. Loreen Lee - August 6, 2010

Another friend, Simon, who constantly gives to charities, pointed out today the benefits which come from Gates’ contributions to Africa for instance, and is very optimistic that under Gates’ guidance a beneficial distribution of wealth is possible.
Glad you posted quote from yesterday’s Uphill. Yes, it certainly reads well, and deserves to be up there with the other quotes.

nrhatch - August 6, 2010

I’m with Simon.

Just the fact that some of the richest folks in the US are talking about “sharing the wealth” shows a shift from greed to gratitude, from having and hoarding to caring and compassion.

Rik’s quote suits this piece perfectly, highlighting the flow of life, the need to let go of previous opinions to be open to new information, and the ever present nature of change.

3. Barbara Gunn - August 6, 2010

Reading your post today caused me to reflect on a thought that I recently shared on my own blog. It was- I simply want to make a difference in someone’s life through my writing.

Well, I just realized that the person I want to help, inspire, change in a positive way is me!

Thanks a heap Nancy!!

nrhatch - August 6, 2010


We may or may not be able to influence others with our writing, but we can definitely inspire ourselves to change how we view the world.

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