Tuesday, August 02, 2005

After a while, you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul and you learn that love doesn't mean leaning and company doesn't mean security. And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts and presents aren't promises. And you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes open, with the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child. And you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans. After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much. So plan your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. And you learn that you really can endure... That you really are strong. And that you really do have worth.

-Veronica A. Shoffehall
"Remember when American moms used to tell their kids to finish dinner because children were starving in Africa ? Well, thanks a lot, Mom — Africans are still starving and American kids are obese." — Larry Baum.
"Be kind - Remember every one you meet is fighting a battle - everybody's lonesome."
- Marion Parker
"The test of success is not what you do when your on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom."
- General George S. Patton, Jr
"If the sky were to suddenly open up... there would be no law... there would be no rule. There would only be you and your memories... the choices you've made and the people you've touched. The life that has been carved out from your subconcious is the only evidence by which you will be judged... by which you must judge yourself."

-Dr Thurman (in Donnie Darko)
And it's like as soon as you're up, life knocks you down. And then it's not long before you're up again. It's this endless cycle repeating itself, but that's just the way it is. You can fight, cry, curse, but in the end there's nothing you can do that will change any of it. All you can do is learn to accept the fact that everything won't always be perfect.
"You can't win the lottery if you don't buy a ticket."
--Cynthia VanRooy