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Beginning: My Favorite Quotes About Meaingful Living on 5/21/11

I hadn’t heard about the doomsday movement set to begin today, 5/21/11, until my pal, Jennilyn, sent around an invite for a dance party celebrating the last day of the world. My immediate response was, “If the world is coming to an end, I’m going out dancing.” Still, I’m taking this moment in time to log some of my favorite quotes about meaningful living, and hope that 5/21/11 begins a different kind of movement for all of us, one of rebirth and renewed purpose, rather than the beginning of the end:

“You have to be proud of yourself because sometimes you’re all you’ve got.” ~ that poet from the comics, Denis the Menace

“You have to prepare to be lucky.”
~ Joan Ganz Cooney, Founder of the Sesame Workshop

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear,our presence automatically liberates others.” ~ Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

“If you go to your grave without painting your masterpiece, it will not get painted. No one else can paint it. Only you.” ~ Gordon MacKenzie, Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace

“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” ~ Mister Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers

“Happiness is a warm puppy.”
~ Charles Schultz via his famous character, Charlie Brown

“Courage means being scared to death…and saddling up anyway.”
~ John Wayne

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow’.” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher

“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep, but I have promises to keep. And miles to go before I sleep. And miles to go before I sleep.” ~ Robert Frost

“Become the sky…Walk out like someone suddenly born into color…Let the beauty we love be what we do…There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”
~ Rumi

I plan to be here tomorrow because my work is not yet done. I hope you’ll join me.

About Christa Avampato

I am a product developer and ed tech product manager who is equally inspired by new technology and ancient wisdom, a yoga and meditation teacher who learns from my students every day, and a writer who believes that creativity and determination is the most powerful duo on Earth. My creative career has stretched across Capitol Hill, Broadway theatre, education, nonprofit fundraising, health and wellness, and Fortune 500 companies in retail, media, and financial services. I now work for an innovative ed tech startup in Washington D.C. In every experience, I have used my sense of and respect for elegant design to develop meaningful products, services, program, and events that make people happy. A recovering multi-tasker, I am a proud alum of UPenn (BA) and the Darden School at UVA (MBA). When not in front of my Mac, I’m on my yoga mat, walking my rescue dog, Phineas, traveling with a purpose, or practicing the high-art of people watching. Follow my adventures at My Google Profile+


One thought on “Beginning: My Favorite Quotes About Meaingful Living on 5/21/11

  1. Christa,

    I want you to know how much I appreciate the photo you have included with this post: such a masterpiece, it really draws you in. It is inviting and spell-binding and conveys peace, serenity and the beauty that only nature can deliver.

    The quotations are great as well. I had a great time reading those quotations: I was familiar with some of these quotes; others, however, visited me for the first time.

    I do not know enough about the start or the end of the world to comment about it.

    All I know is how to dance with divine love like Rumi and his dervishes in ancient Persia. At least in my own imagination.

    Thanks for a wonderful post. As usual, your writing brings out the best in you. Please keep on writing every day. Cheers.


    Posted by Archan Mehta | May 21, 2011, 9:16 am

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