“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”
Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The TED talk (every great idea has a TED talk these days, right?)
Watch it, it is guaranteed to warm your soul!
A few of my favorite Thich Nhat Hanh quotes to start out the new year:
Life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and the now.
It is possible to live happily in the here and now. So many conditions of happiness are available—more than enough for you to be happy right now. You don’t have to run into the future in order to get more.
Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.
Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice… No one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out.
12 Truths of 2012 (in no particular order):
Downton Abbey & Man Shops Globe have renewed my belief in good television
In moments of stress I often retreat to memories of summer bliss at Tanglewood & Hole in the Wall
Sibella Court & Terrain epitomize my sense of style & pretty
So grateful to have three grandparents in their 90′s to continue to love and learn from
I am beyond excited for my next step
The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series has me pumped for my April rotation in Botswana
Adding a daily meditation practice to my life has been one of the best things I’ve ever done
Brene Brown & Danielle LaPorte continue to help me further examine my soul & listen to its truth
My dad has proven he is a fighter. Cancer is only apart of his story & he will continue to Livestrong!
Refinery 29 & Pintrest keep me hip & continuing to discover the style & pretty I crave
WHY, my weekly medicine
My family & friends remain the glue that keeps me together
“The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them…whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will”
Michel de Montaigne
“Long day at the office today. Not one dry eye. Not one family unaffected. All I can say to the residents at this time is to remember why you chose pediatrics. Love and care for your patients like they are you own family. Listen to their needs. Admit when you don’t have the answer. Learn from them. Listen to your gut. Listen to The kids. Kids believe. Kids just know. Let today be the day we renew our childlike faith in the power of goodness. As Gov Malloy said: Let Love ,Compassion and Courage guide your actions…”
Written by a former Connecticut Children’s Chief Resident practicing Pediatrics in Sandy Hook
A great post from Echoing Green including memorable 2012 commencement speeches
“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”
“I do not wish for an easy life. I do not walk this earth imagining how much better my life could be if only this or if only that. I have drams I want to pursue, goals I want to accomplish and experiences I want to enjoy, but beyond any wanting, imagining and hoping I also nurture a quite space in my life for acceptable. A space where I can learn deeper into whatever might feel less than ideal and explore whether or not my initial judgements were accurate. Often times what I thought might be a source of unending woe turns out to be an incredible blessing”
From Christine Mason Miller‘s “Ordinary Sparkling Moments“
Being on retreat at Kripalu have given me time for soul searching and reflecting. I read this today and it really spoke to me, so I thought I’d share:
“Give the kind of love you have” by Tamara Bailie
from Patti Digh’s book “What I Wish for You”
“One thing I wish I would have known earlier in my life is that….the love you take into your heart as you live your days is going to come from many different people. You hear often in stories and songs and movies about the ONE person whose love will be everything to you, who will be everything you ever needed. What you will find, however, is that people give you what they have. We are wired differently, and we will give our love differently. You will find people whose love feeds your mind, and people whose love feeds your sense of humor, and people whose love you can count on at 2am on a random Tuesday. When you let all of those different kinds of love into your spirit, it will smooth out the rough spots, filling in the tiny spaces left behind from moments of pain and misunderstanding. One person may not fill the role of providing every kind of love you need, and that is what makes life interesting. When you let different people play the parts they are best at playing, it allows them to simply be who they are when they are with you. And when you can give the kind of love you have to the world, you can simply be who you are, giving what you have to give.
People sometimes seem to let us down simply because they don’t seem to give us what we need. Try to remember that they are giving what they know, what they’ve been shown, and what they have. Many of us are carrying much more than we need, and sometimes all that we carry can keep us form seeing all that we are. You can lighten the load for people each time you offer acceptance of their stories, acknowledgement of their songs, and awareness of what makes them unique.
Hold onto them love people have to give, and let go of anything else they’ve handed you to carry. And keep your own carry-on bag as light as you can, so you can see who you are, where you’re going, and what you are leaving behind for the ones you love.”