When the
odds are

when all seems to be lost then

strength to stay humble .
Our pride makes
us start to think
that it's our way
or the Highway

there is time to be calm

Rare peace descends upon noble soul
I was content to shape the quiet into the structures I wanted." ― S. Jae-Jones, Wintersong
"When you can no longer count the peaceful moments in your day, and life becomes a wonderful place of clear thoughts and calm. You know things are as right as they should be." ― Ron Baratono
"Sometimes it was enough just to listen to voices that weren't your own." ― Claire Lombardo, The Most Fun We Ever Had
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"I skipped a stone on the glass-like surface of a sleepy lake this morning. And I watched the ripples roll out from the stone's impact until their energy abated and they fell smooth as was the rest of the lake. And as it become smooth again, I thought that one of the greatest things I could ask of God would be to grant me the gift of a soul with such inner calm that it would smooth out every ripple from every stone that Satan could ever throw into it." ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

"There's something demanding about the stillness of the night; as if it knows our need for rest and demands that we have it. And if I impale the stillness with the incessant noise and raucous clamor of a mind ever ill at rest and in doing so I refuse to let the night bring what it does, the night will remain still but my soul will not." ― Craig D. Lounsbrough, LPC

Rare peace descends upon noble soul

The building frustrations we put ourselves through, in our mind, have to do with people, places or things. If we lean into these thoughts with kindness and calm, when situations arise we're able to demonstrate true wisdom instead of losing our temper."

Ron Baratono
"What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies." ― Aristotle

"Gentleness is strength under control. It is the ability to stay calm, no matter what happens." ― Elizabeth George

"You cannot wait for an untroubled world to have an untroubled moment. The terrible phone call, the rainstorm, the sinister knock on the door—they will all come. Soon enough arrive the treacherous villain and the unfair trial and the smoke and the flames of the suspicious fires to burn everything away. In the meantime, it is best to grab what wonderful moments you find lying around." ― Lemony Snicket, Shouldn't You Be in School

"The brain is a pleasure seeking machine. Once you teach it, through meditation, that abiding calmly in the present moment feels better than our habitual state of clinging l, over time, the brain will want more and more mindfulness." ― Dan Harris, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works "Am I a storm-waster? For it is within the fury of the very storms within which I cower that I find resources for my growth that are entirely absent on calmer days." ― Craig D. Lounsbrough, Flecks of Gold on a Path of Stone: Simple Truths for Profound Living

The highest goodness is like water. Water is beneficial to all things but not contend. It stays in places which others despise. Therefore it is near Tao. The weakest things in the world can overmatch the strongest things in the world. Nothing in the world can be compared to water for its weak and yielding nature; yet in attacking the hard and strong nothing proves better than water. For there is no alternative to it. The weak can overcome and the yielding can overcame the hard. This all the world knows but does not practice. This again is the practice of 'wu-wel' and nonviolence. Water may be weak, pliable, fluid, but its action is not one of running away from an obstacle. On the contrary, it gives at the point of resistance, envelopes the object and passes beyond it. Ultimately it will wear down the hardest rock. Water is a more telling symbol than land… crossing the river to get to the other side is, again, attaining the state of enlightenment." J.C. Cooper

"The distant sea, lapping the sandy shore with measured sound; the nearer cries of the donkey-boys; the unusual scenes moving before her like pictures, which she cared not in her laziness to have fully explained before they passed away; the stroll down to the beach to breathe the sea-air, soft and warm on the sandy shore even at the end of November; the great long misty sea-line touching the tender-coloured sky; the white sail of a distant boat turning silver in some pale sunbeam: - it seemed as if she could dream her life away in such luxury of pensiveness, in which she made her present all in all, from not daring to think of the past, or wishing to contemplate the future." ― Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South

Luxury whose quiet swiftness bestowed a sense of power, wielded casually as some lesser god might do."

Raymond Z. Gallun, The Best of Raymond Z. Gallun