Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Love of Wine...


"Wine is sure proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

Benjamin Franklin

Ach. What can I say...

But I read this and I smile...

Much Loves,

Angela.

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The Voice of Love...


"The voice of Love is as loud as your willingness to listen."

A Course in Miracles

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Inside Your Heart...


"If you want to know me, look inside your Heart."

Lao Tzu

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Mom and Dad...


Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad...

Fifty Three years ago today. In a small town in Germany.

I thank you for that.

With all my Heart. And with all my Love.

Always,

Angela.

Feel the World...


"Feel the world, instead of trying to understand the world."

Deepak Chopra

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Liberating Light...


"As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people 
permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, 
our presence actually liberates others."

Marianne Williamson

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Time is Now...


"There is no better time than now. The time to live is now. 
The time to dream is now. The time to imagine and forget the past is now. 
The time to shine is now. The time to bleed, sweat and 
determine yourself for the things you want most is now. 
The time is here now."

Unknown

What are you waiting for?

The time is now.

Much Loves,

Angela

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Gratitude...


"The struggle ends when gratitude begins."

Neale Donald Walsch

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Monday, February 25, 2013

You are a Teacher to the World...


"What are you teaching the world?"

Danielle LaPorte

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The Question of Love...


"I once asked an old man. 
Which is more important, to love or be loved? 
He answered quietly. 
Which is more important to a bird? 
The left wing or the right wing?"

Unknown

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Love is...


"Love is the strongest force the world possesses, 
and yet it is the humblest imaginable."

Mahatma Gandhi

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Let the World Kiss You...


"Let the world kiss you. 
Let the moment kiss the most raw and tender spot in your heart 
until you cannot help but surrender, open."

Chameli Ardagh

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My Great Hope...


"My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry. 
To get my work done, learn to love 
and have the courage to accept the love in return."   

Maya Angelou

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Walk with the Dreamers...


"Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it."

Wilferd A. Peterson
 
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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013

Perhaps...


"Perhaps I am stronger than I think."

Thomas Merton

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The Language of the Heart...


"The heart has its own language.
The heart knows a hundred thousand ways to speak."

Rumi

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Pray...


"When the world pushes you to your knees, 
you are in the perfect position to pray."

Rumi

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Surrender...


"You surrender to a lot of things which are not worthy of you. 
I wish you would surrender to your radiance and your integrity. 
And to your beautiful human grace."

Yogi Bhajan

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Teach the Longing...


"If you want to build a ship, do not drum up people together to collect wood and do not assign them tasks and work. rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
 
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Be Cheeky, Wild and Wonderful...


"Don't let them get you down. 
Be cheeky and wild and wonderful!"

Astrid Lindgren

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First the Imagination...


"Everything great that ever happened in this world,
happened first in somebody’s imagination."

Astrid Lindgren


Photograph of Pipi Longstocking: Unfortunately unknown

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Your Heart...


There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Steve Jobs

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Be in Love...


"Wherever you are and whatever you do, 
be in Love."

Rumi

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The Beauty of a Woman...


"There is an inner beauty about a woman who believes in herself, who knows she is capable of anything that she puts her mind to. There is a beauty in the strength and determination of a woman who follows her own path, who is not thrown off by obstacles along the way. There is a beauty about a woman whose confidence comes from experiences. A woman who knows she can fall, pick herself up, and carry on."

Unknown

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The Unexpected...


"No matter what, expect the unexpected. 
And whenever possible, be the unexpected."

Lynda Barry

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Saturday, February 16, 2013

What We Have to Offer...


"What I have to offer is me.
What you have to offer is you.

I want to tell you that I have a hope, that there is a way to be in this world. And that I believe with courage and with vulnerability and with honesty, that the stuff that we put into the world can serve a better purpose in life. What I have to offer is me. What you have to offer is you."

Charlie Kaufman



Excerpts and continuations of this moving speech...

"So you are here and I am here, spending our time as we must.

I am trying not to spend this time as I spend most of my time, trying to get you to like me. Trying to control your thoughts, to use my voodoo at the speed of light, at the speed of sound, at the speed of thought.

It is an ancient pattern of time usage for me.

And I am trying to move deeper, hoping to be helpful.

This pattern of time usage paints over an ancient wound, paints it with bright colors. It’s a sleight of hand, a distraction. So, in an attempt to change the pattern, let me expose the wound. I do know it is old. I do know it is a hole in my being. I do know it is tender. I do know it is unknowable, or at least, inarticulateable.

I do believe you have a wound too. I believe it is both specific to you and common to everyone. I do believe it is the thing about you that must be hidden and protected. It is the thing that is tap danced over, five shows a day. It is the thing that won’t be interesting to other people if revealed. It is the thing that makes you weak and pathetic. It is the thing that truly, truly, truly makes loving you impossible.

It is your secret. Even from yourself.

But, it is the thing that wants to live.

It is the thing from which your art, your painting, your dance, your composition, your philosophical treatise, your screenplay is born.

People all over the world spend countless hours of their lives every week being fed entertainment in the forms of movies, TV shows, newspapers, YouTube videos, the Internet. And it’s ludicrous to believe that this stuff doesn’t alter our brains. And it’s also equally ludicrous to believe that at the very least this mass distraction and manipulation is not convenient for the people who are in charge.

People are starving.

They may not know it because they are being fed mass produced garbage. The packaging is colorful and it’s loud. But it’s being produced in the same factories that make Pop Tarts and iPads, by people sitting around thinking, “What can we do to get people to buy more of these?” And they’re very good at their jobs. But that’s what it is you’re getting, because that’s what it is they’re making. They’re selling you something. And the world is built on this now. Politics and government are built on this. Corporations are built on this. Interpersonal relationships are built on this.

And we’re starving. All of us. And we’re killing each other, and we’re hating each other. And we’re calling each other liars and evil because it’s all become marketing and we want to win, because we’re lonely and empty and scared. And we’re led to believe that winning will change all that.

The world is very scary now. It always has been. But something very grotesque and specific to our time is blanketing us. We need to see that it is not reality. It is a choice we are making or allowing other people to make for us.

Don’t allow yourself to be tricked into thinking that the way things are is the way the world must work.

What I’d like to express is the notion that by being honest, thoughtful and aware of the existence of other living beings, a change can begin to happen in how we think of ourselves and the world and ourselves in the world.

We are not the passive audience for this big, messed up power play. We don’t have to be. We can say who we are. We can assert our right to existence. We can say to the bullies and con men, the people who try to shame us, embarrass us, flatter us, to the people who have no compunction about lying to us to get our money, to get our allegiance, that we are thinking, really thinking about who we are. And we will express ourselves.

And with this, other people won’t feel so alone.

I want to tell you that I have a hope. I believe that there is another way to be in this world. And with courage and vulnerability and honesty, that the stuff we put into the world can serve a better purpose.

What I have to offer is me.

What you have to offer is you."

Charlie Kaufman



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Friday, February 15, 2013

The Love Dare...



The Love Dare...

What would happen if today, you simply decided to give Love. 


Wherever you go. To all you meet. To every stranger you pass by.

It's easy. Wonderfully easy.

I do this often. Sitting in a café. Walking down the street. Driving in the car.

To every person that passes me by, I simply and quietly in my mind and under breath say,

"I wish you Love. I give you Love. Go on in Love."

Look as many people in the eye as you can. And the more you start saying these words, it almost feels like you're giving yourself the Love first.

You surrender to it. And that's when the wonder begins.

You walk differently. Lightly. Majestically I even dare say.

And there's this smile that you'll find on your face. A soft smile. And gentle. More so, there's a smile in your eyes.

That smile will sometimes catch people off guard. And sometimes you'll find a smile returned. Or an unknowingly knowing wink of the eye.

But you radiate that Love you are reminding yourself of. And that Love you are sending out. That you are sharing.

You surrender to it. And there's no denying it. It is simple and sweet surrender. And it takes with its entirety.

But trust me when I say, in those moments, you are causing wonders and miracles you may possibly never imagine you were capable of.

Those wonders will remain unknown secrets. To all those involved.

But sometimes, that's the greatest secret of the secret's secret. To do something, without a purpose or a cause. Other than Love.

No one will hear you. No one will know what's happening within. But some will sense magic.

And you are making a difference. You are.


I dare you. I sweetly and passionately dare you to Love.

Are you with me?

As I send you my Love,

Angela.


Be Confident...


"Be confident enough to say, 
'This is what I believe in. This is what I like. 
This is my soul, exposed.' "

Geraldine James

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Single Magic...


"You know quite well, deep within you, that there is only a single magic, 
a single power and a single salvation. 
And that is called Loving."

Hermann Hesse

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Encourage Courage...



A little thought to share today.

Recently, this has been a question I have been asked again and again. And today, I simply asked myself this question. What is it that I want to do with My Beautiful Words?

And these are the words that fell into place. And fell into my heart.

I want to share Passion. And I want to share Love. I want you to know that I believe in you. And in your Hopes and Dreams. You are worthy. I want to encourage Courage. Promise to leap over your shadows. And do not forget to make a beautiful dance of it. Love. And then love a little more. And always be thankful. Always. I want to share Faith. And Trust. Together with you.

Yes. That is what I want to share. Today. And with every day.

And together, I do believe we can do it. Together, I believe we can be what makes that little difference.

As always,

Much Loves to you,

Angela.


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Together...


"I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot.
Together we can do great things."
 
Mother Teresa
 
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Listen...


"When people talk, listen completely.
Most people never listen."
 
Ernest Hemingway
 
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

Hope is a Declaration...


"Hope is not a prediction of the future. 
It is a declaration of what is possible."

Yogi Bhajan

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Boldness...


"Boldness, is  moving from conformity to courage."

Danielle Dowling

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I Will Love...


"I will love with urgency, but not with haste."

Mumford & Sons

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Virtue of You...


"Sometimes our strengths become our greatest weaknesses. 
And sometimes our weaknesses become our greatest strengths. 
Allowing your vulnerability shows your authenticity. It shapes character. 
And it gives us the virtue of being our true self."

Angela Gwinner

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Take the First Step in Faith...


"Take the first step in faith. You do not have to see the whole staircase. 
Just take the first step."

Martin Luther King jr.

Dare yourself that first step.
 
It is the one step. And then the next step.


And Life accompanies you along the way.

Like a friend, like a grateful friend.

Much Loves,

Angela.

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A Buddhist Prayer of Peace...


A Buddhist Prayer of Peace.

May I become at all times, both now and forever,
A protector for those without protection.
A guide for those who have lost their way.
A ship for those with oceans to cross.
A bridge for those with rivers to cross.
A sanctuary for those in danger.
A lamp for those without light.
A place of refuge for those who lack shelter.
And a servant to all in need.

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

This Place Where You Are...


"This place where you are right now, 
God circled on a map for you."

Hāfez

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Many Small Things...


"Many small people, who in many small places do many small things, 
can alter the face of the world."

African Proverb

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien...


"Non, je ne regrette rien."

Edith Piaf

"No, I don't regret anything at all."

An ode to La Grande Dame of Chansons...



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La Vie en Rose...


"La Vie en Rose"

Edith Piaf and Yves Montand (1946)


Photographer: Unknown

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Live With Intention...


"Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. 
Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Continue to learn. 
Appreciate your friends. Do what you love. 
Live as if this is all there is."

Mary Anne Radmacher

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Act Without Expectation...


"Act without Expectation."

Lao Tzu

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Serenity Prayer...


"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, 
courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference."

The Serenity Prayer

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