Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from. (Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Psychiatrist & Author, 1926 – 2004)
Read more about Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.
If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should not grow old. (James Garfield 1831 – 1881, 20th President of the United States)
There is one elementary truth –
The ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans.
The moment one definitely commits oneself then Providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that never otherwise would have occurred.
Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
Begin it now. (Goethe)
Photo: C. Goscicki
Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees. (Karle Wilson Baker 1878-1960; American author and poet)
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. (Albert Einstein 1879 – 1955; Theoretical physicist)
I’m willing to bet that you weren’t aware of these 9 fantastic heart facts:
- Our heart pumps around 2,000 gallons of blood every stinking day.
- Our heart beats around 100,000 beats per day, 35 million times a year, and around 2.5 billion beats in an average lifetime.
- The heart is not on the left side of our chest – it’s in the middle, hanging out between our lungs.
- Have a big heart is great figuratively. Literally? Not so much. An enlarged heart is a symptom of heart disease.
- What day do most heart attacks occur? I’ll give you a hint, it’s NOT on our favourite day of the week, Friday. Nope, it’s the day we all love to hate: Monday (wow, what a surprise).
- A guy’s heart is around 25% bigger than a woman’s. A woman’s heart beats faster than a man’s.
- Guys, are you losing the hair on the top of your head? Watch out! Research shows that you have a higher risk of heart disease, especially if you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels. (I suggest you join Hair Club for Men, stat. If it’s still around, that is).
- The heart can continue to beat when separated from the body, as long as it has an oxygen source.
- Lastly, we all know that laughter makes us feel better about life. Health experts point out that laughing not only has emotional health benefits; it’s also great for our heart. You can read more about that in this article.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. (Helen Keller)
Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye. (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)
Despite everything, I believe that people really are good at heart. (Anne Frank)
I could hear my heart beating. I could hear everyone’s heart. I could hear the human noise we sat there making, not one of us moving, not even when the room went dark. (Raymond Carver)
Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart, one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them. (Marvin J. Ashton)
For Further Reading:
For your intellectual wellness pleasure, here are some famous people born on May 8th:
1884: Harry Truman, 33rd U.S. President, died: 1972
Quote: A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.
1895: James H. “Dutch” Kindelberger, American aerospace pioneer, died: 1962 Inducted in the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1972. Read his biography at the National Aviation Hall of Fame website.
1911: Robert Johnson, blues singer, died in 1938 at age 27. Visit the Blues Foundation to read about the singer, whose work influenced the Stones, Allman Brothers, and more.
1916: Swami Chinmayananda, Indian Spiritualist, died 1993.
Quote: See Positive, Seek Positive, Stay Positive….. Every day may not be good… but there’s something good in every day…. Every person may not be good… but there is something good in every person.
1940: Peter Benchley, author of Jaws and The Deep, died 2006.
Quote: “If man doesn’t learn to treat the oceans and the rain forest with respect, man will become extinct.
1947: Phil Sawyer, rock singer, Spencer Davis Group:
I’m a Man: http://youtu.be/POCUgBSVENQ
Last but not least:
1969: Akebono Taro, retired sumo wrestler: 6’8″ tall, 514 pounds (well, what other career could he have chosen?) He has a Facebook page, in case you want to “Like” him. Read more about Akebono at Wikipedia.