Some call them quotes.
I call them Soul fuel. Spirit ticklers. Grassroots wisdom & funny bone grease.


The Law of Detachment, Deepak Chopra
In detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty…
In the wisdom of uncertainty lies the freedom from our past, from the known, which is the prison of past conditioning.
And in our willingness to step into the unknown, the field of all possibilities we surrender ourselves to the creative mind that orchestrates the dance of the universe.

Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change. –Brene` Brown

Care about what other people think, and you will always be their prisoner. –Lao Tzu

Nothing is either good nor bad, but thinking makes it so. –Shakespeare

The greatest friend of the soul is the unknown. Yet we are afraid of the unknown because it lies outside our vision and our control. We avoid it or quell it by filtering it through our protective barriers of domestication and control. The normal way never leads home. –John O’Dononhue

Anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you. –David Whyte

From Mindset, by Carol S. Dweck
Beliefs, success, true vs. real self confidence.

Mindsets are just beliefs. They’re powerful beliefs, but they’re just something in your mind, and you can change your mind.

If success means they’re smart, then failure means they’re dumb. That’s the fixed mindset.

True self-confidence is “the courage to be open–to welcome change and new ideas regardless of their source.

Real self-confidence is not reflected in a title, an expensive suit, a fancy car, or a series of acquisitions. It is reflected in your mindset: your readiness to grow.

Perfectionism, Harsh Self Talk and Comparisonitis:
fuels for the toxic mindset that sandblasts our soulDawn Kotzer

Event + Response = Outcome. –Jack Canfield, The Success Principle

In the real world, the smartest people are people who make mistakes and learn. In school, the smartest people don’t make mistakes. –Robert Kiyosaki

Uncertainty and the unknown are not things to endure; they are things to rely on. –John Tarrant ROSHI

We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are. –The Talmud

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. –Rosa Parks

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. –Stephen Covey

Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. –Judy Garland

Reality is created by the mind, we can change our reality by changing our mind. –Plato

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. –Plutarch

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into smaller manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. –Mark Twain


The most exciting thing to me is making the thing. How it’s received is gravy. —Meryl Streep

That’s the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you. ―Ray Bradbury

Despite a lack of natural ability, I did have the one element necessary to all early creativity: naïveté, that fabulous quality that keeps you from knowing just how unsuited you are for what you are about to do. ―Steve Martin, comedian

Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy. —Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Blind ambition vs aligned ambition. One drains you. The other fuels your commitment, actions and soul.Dawn Kotzer

If you deliberately plan to be less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you’ll be deeply unhappy for the rest of your life. You will be evading your own capacities, your own possibilities –Abraham Maslow

Noah did not start building the Ark when it was raining. —Warren Buffett

Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are. —Malcolm S. Forbes

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. —Eleanor Roosevelt

Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done.―Austin Kleon

If you have something holding you back, you’re not going to move until you drop the baggage. Letting go of something is mandatory to make space for what you want. –Yaro Starak

ALIGNED ACTION is as much about HOW and WHY you take the step as it is about the step itself. Completing steps for the wrong reasons drains our soul. – Dawn Kotzer

When you stay focused and keep a commitment, you create momentum, and momentum creates momentum. —Rich Fettke

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.–Henry Ford

Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember–the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you. –Zig Ziglar

Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it, the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me. —Arianna Huffington

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. –Francis of Assisi

Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts. –Winston S. Churchill

Entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice. —Peter Drucker

An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artist takes it personally. —Seth Godin


I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding. –John O’Donohue

Everyone has their own ways of expression. I believe we all have a lot to say, but finding ways to say it is more than half the battle. –Criss Jami, Salome`

What keeps life fascinating is the constant creativity of the soul. –Deepak Chopra

Whoever uses the spirit that is in him creatively is an artist. To make living itself an art, that is the goal. –Henry Miller

What do I mean by creators? Not only artists, whose acts of creation are the obvious ones of working with paint of clay or words. Creativity is a way of living life, no matter our vocation or how we earn our living. –Madeleine L’Engle, author

Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient. The medium doesn’t matter. The intent does Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another. –Seth Godin

Non-judgment quiets the internal dialogue, and this opens once again the doorway to creativity. –Deepak Chopra

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. –Joseph Chilton Pearce

Ideas are a starting point. They stretch our imagination. As we expand our ideas expands as well as the world around us. –Dawn Kotzer

Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own Self-transformation. Lao Tzu

Abundance is Manifestation of energy already present. –Dawn Kotzer

Your invisible nature holds qualities and treasures that time can never damage. They belong absolutely to you. You do not need to grasp them, earn them or protect them. These treasures are yours; no one else can ever take them from you. –John O’Donohue

Out beyond ideas of right doing and wrong doing is a field. I’ll meet you there. Rumi

Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality. ―Beatrix Potter

You’re only given a little spark of Madness. You mustn’t lose it. –Robin Williams

More men have become great through practice than by nature. –Democritus

We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. –George Bernard Shaw

No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer It has chosen. –Minor White


To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles – unknown

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. -Marcel Proust

I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to put my senses in order. –John Burroughs

Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. –Warren Buffett

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. –Lao Tzu

The secret of a tree is that it knows how to foster its own loss – John O Donohue

There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls – George Carlin

Of all the paths you take in life, make sure some of them are dirt – John Muir

The twisted tree lives out its life. The straight tree ends up as a board. Chinese Proverb


Each tree grows in two directions at once; into the darkness and into the light.

Kites rise against, not with the wind. No man ever worked his passage anywhere in a dead calm. –Hohn Neal0

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have. –Abraham Lincoln

People do not seem to realise that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Chaos is a delicate balance: enough for innovation, not too much for growth. –Hugh Macleod

Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength– carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. –Corrie ten Boom

If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not making decisions. –Catherine Cook

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. –Robert Louis Stevenson

If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever. –Thomas Aquinas

There’s nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team. –Jason Fried

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. –Eleanor Roosevelt


Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are. –Chinese Proverb

God is a comedian playing to an audience that is too afraid to laugh. ―Voltaire

Life should not be a stress rehearsal. –Loretta Larouche

The Latin word Inspirare means ‘to breathe life into what is true’. Your problem is you’re too busy holding onto your feeling of unworthiness.”
 –Ram Dass

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. –Maya Angelou

LiFE itself is a working title. –Dawn Kotzer:

Failure is the tuition you pay for success. – Chinese fortune cookie

No matter how dirty your past is, your future is still spotless. –Drake

Life is Uncertain. Surprises are common and an indication you are alive. –Roshi

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for? –Robert Browning

A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. –Unknown

Begin to weave and the divine will provide the thread–Unknown

Funny Bone Grease

the truth? It’ll likely kick you in the butt first but it will set you free.

It was her habit to build up laughter out of inadequate materials. –John Steinbeck

Today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s nut that held its ground. author unknown

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. –Will Rogers

I’m not an old lady, just a little girl with wrinkles. –Edythe E. Bregnard

Eventually, the nerds and the geeks will have their day. –Judd Apatow

Insomnia is my greatest inspiration. –Jon Stewart

The fact that you’re looking for a sign IS the sign.

There are three kinds of men: One that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.Will Rogers

Some people will never be able to own their own sh*t. That’s on them, not you.

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