live while you are alive….

Live while you are alive…
Learn to be what you are in the seed of your spirit
Learn to free yourself from all things that have molded you
And which limit your secret and undiscovered road…
Never forget that love
Requires that you be
The greatest person you are capable of being
Self-generating and strong and gentle—
Your own hero and star…
Be grateful for life as you live it,
And may a wonderful light
Always guide you along the unfolding road.

~from Steering by Starlight, by Martha Beck

it all matters

Everything I do and say with anyone makes a difference.  ~Gita Bellin

I made a decision some years ago that I was going to make it a personal mini-mission to try to engage every person who waited on me in a store—from the cashier at the grocery store to the person serving my coffee—in a personal way. These are jobs in which it’s easy to become invisible, and I wanted the person to know that I really saw him or her. This meant that I had to ask something, comment on something, engage the person somehow in a brief exchange so that we could really connect, if only for a few moments.

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