Loc: United States
The Mouse Story
My version rewritten from an old tale
A snake and a little mouse were sitting beside the lake and as the clouds grew darker and the rain increased the little mouse was chattering about getting across the lake to his family.
The snake noticed the mouse was trembling more and more. The snake turned to the mouse in a very kind voice, and asked, would you like to hop on my back and I will take you across. The mouse was very happy and thankful.
The mouse hopped on the kind snakes back and they headed across the lake swiftly. They had a nice chat across the way. The mouse told the snake of his good fortune to meet such a nice snake and to help him in his time of need. When they reached the other side of the lake as soon as the mouse started to say thank you the snake started to kill the little mouse.
The mouse screamed very loudly and shrieked in horror begging the snake to stop and asking the snake why was he would do that. The snake simply replied, because that is what we do.
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
"Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold."
"What seems like courage is really persistence - the ability to put part of yourself on hold...patience."
"The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances."
"It is the friends you can call up at 4AM that matter."
"If you have made mistakes... there is always another chance for you, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose... for this thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down."
"Time wounds all heels."
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result."
I like this quote. I think it describes this forum in a way:
Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor to measure words but to pour them all out, just as it is, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keeping what is worth keeping, and then, with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
Author: George Eliot
A few more:
If matters go badly now, they will not always be so.
There is surely a future hope for you, ``and your hope will not be cut off.
Author: Proverbs 23:18
Within each of us is a hidden store of energy. Energy we can release to compete in the marathon of life.
Within each of us is a hidden store of courage. Courage to give us the strength to face any challenge.
Within each of us is a hidden store of determination. Determination to keep us in the race when all seems lost.
Author: Roger Dawson
Listen now to the gentle whispers of hope.
Author: Charles D. Brodhead
The nearer the dawn the darker the night.
Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
When things felt the most overwhelming dealing with PTSD, I loved to pull this quote out of my mental archive:
"All right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us ..... they can't get away this time!"
~~Lieutenant General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller (when surrounded by 8 enemy divisions)
Another personal favorite:
"The unexamined life is not worth living."
"Anybody can become angry, that is easy: but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy."
"You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you."
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by ... and that has made all the difference.
This one which also describes forums like this:
"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, "What? You too? I thought I was the only one!"
someone shared this with me today...and i wanted to share it with all of u...
i think its so very true and if we stay true to it...we save ourselves from wasting time and energy on the wrong people....
Life is a theater - Invite your audience carefully. Not everyone is healthy
enough to have a front row seat in our lives. There are some people in your
life that need to be loved from a distance. It's amazing what you can
accomplish when you let go, or at least minimize, your time with draining,
negative, incompatible, not-going-anywhere relationships/friendships.
Observe the relationships around you. Pay attention. Which ones lift and
which ones lean? Which one encourage and which ones discourage? Which ones
are on a path of growth uphill and which ones are going downhill? When you
leave certain people, do you feel better or feel worse? Which ones always
have drama or don't really understand, know or appreciate you? The more you
seek quality, respect, growth, peace of mind, love and truth around you, the
easier it will become for you to decide who gets to sit in the FRONT ROW and
who should be moved to the balcony of your life. You cannot change the people
around you... but you can change the people you are around.
Loc: United States
I don't know where this came from:
One day there was a snail crossing along the road. When in front a man passed by and asked the snail how it keeps going at such a slow pace. The snail replied the moment is now and the distance to come is only that - the distance to come if I am present with now I do not worry about the great distance I must travel- only where I am now in the present
Loc: United States
I recently discovered this in a journal that I had written when I was going through a very black period in life, it was many years ago and I can only guess I wrote it to clarify how to get one foot in front of the next and avoid getting knocked over by life.
The Story of the Anchors in our lives Friends and relationships
Anchors will always drag us to the bottom of the ocean, it is up to us how to spot and handle them.
Friends are compassionate
Friends listen without judgment
When a friend helps you out you feel highly motivated to give back 100%
Friends don’t interrupt you to start dictating what you should do.
A true friend will help you put out the fire in your hair if your hair catches on fire
Anchors will question how you did let this happen.
I lived the first part of my life with Anchors. I am surprised I never sank to the bottom of the ocean.
I no longer will have Anchors in my life, only true friends the word friend gets thrown around too lightly these days.
Anchors come in so many shapes and forms; the key is to not let them tie a knot on your ankle before it all begins.
I will never be angry, hurtful or mean I will just extract myself from the situation. I will find a non confrontational way to get rid of them and will avoid getting involved
Anchors will go away if their needs are not met
My personal feeling is that I allowed these Anchors; none of them were waving guns at me. I had a wide range of Anchors in my life from inter-personal relationships and at the time my skewed thinking thought of Anchors as friends or lovers.
The result is I can now see more clearly when and how it can happen and remove myself from being involved.
Seeing the Anchors as they are doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with me, we are who we are and only we can steer our own ship toward happiness.
When an Anchor calls I will just say, you caught me at a bad time, "got to go", don’t let them even get started. There is no law saying how long you have to stay on the phone or against “saying got to go”. Once the door gets open the Anchor is becoming part of your life again.
A true friend will respect your boundaries.
Anchors are everywhere we can have a ton in our lives if we allow it to be.
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road you're trudging seems all uphill, When the funds are low and the debts are high, And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and its turns, As everyone of us sometimes learns, And many a failure turns about When they might have won, had they stuck it out. Don't give up though the pace seems slow, You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than, It seems to a faint and faltering man, Often the struggler has given up When he might have captured the victor's cup; And he learned too late when the night came down, How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out The silver tint of the clouds of doubt And you never can tell how close you are, It may be near when it seems so far; So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit, It's when things seem worst that you must not quit!
When the sun announces the dawning day Just flex your muscles and start on your way. Go over, or under, around, or through Any obstacles or hurdles that challenge you. There's a new day coming.
Cast aside the failures of yesterday. Forget the peaks and valleys that have paved your way. Wipe the sweat from your brow and the dust from your shoe. Take a breath and relax so that you may begin anew. There's a new day coming.
Forget the burdens and obstacles that have held you back. Focus on your dreams and prepare a plan of attack. There are battles awaiting to challenge your success. Daring you to stand tall and to give it your best. There's a new day coming.
No matter how great the journey, or how heavy the load How steep the mountain, or how rough the road. When your arms grow weary and legs give way Stop and rest for a moment, it will be okay. There's a new day coming.
As shadows spring forth from the setting sun. Take a moment and savor the battles you've won. Sleep peacefully tonight and enjoy your rest. Awaken tomorrow and continue your quest. There's always, a new day coming.
Beautiful! I read it all and encourage you to do it too! At the end, when I read the last words, I literally started crying. And for a moment I realized how grateful I am to have those feeling in me - and how shallow the life of a Psychopath must be... an amazing website, truly amazing.
And also this song:
I keep playing it in my car and scream the hell out while driving, makes me so freakin happy!:D So true! Beyonce is great.
"Tell me what you regard as your greatest strength, so I will know how best to undermine you; tell me of your greatest fear, so I will know which I must force you to face; tell me what you cherish most, so I will know what to take from you; and tell me what you crave, so that I might deny you."
It's from a Star Wars novel, one of the bad guys explaining how he likes to handle personal relationships. May as well be a socio path introducing themselves.