Cool and Sound Good


Cool and Sound Good

I have quite a many friends who are mental health professionals and I enjoy the discussion among us friends. I am not mental health professional, but their input is revelations and helps me a lot in handling Critical Care ICU patients all the time. Especially, intriguing is the discussion thread called – what are some of your favorite quotes that have motivated and inspired you? They are quotes that they share with patients or with each other, or that they just think are cool and sound good. Gist, I paraphrase in this post.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. If you can keep your wits about you while others are losing theirs and blaming you, the world will be yours. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. If there is one lesson that I have learned during my life as an internist, it is the lesson that what my patients tell me is likely to be true – that many times when I believed that I was right and my patients were wrong, it turned out, though often only after a prolonged search, that my rightness was superficial, whereas their rightness was profound.

You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew. People that judge don’t matter. People that matter don’t judge. The only time a man should be looking down at another man is if the other man is on the ground and the man looking down at him and extending his hand to him so that he can help him up. Creativity exists in the spaces between ideas. Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming — WOW — What a ride! Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. I have not failed 10,000 times. I found 10,000 ways that won’t work. The beauty of balance is that I can do it all and not feel bad about my choices; because every moment is an opportunity to start all over again. Life is a kaleidoscope, so turn your head to a different angle and you see it a whole new way.

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