Lars Toomre

Some Personal Thoughts and Trivia

Talk

Many Christians Fail To Experience

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Do you think that every time you make a mistake, He is mad at you and won't talk to you... or that you must somehow make up for it?... Many Christians fail to experience real peace because they do not understand that they are righteous in Christ. Until people stop living according to the way they feel and stand on who they are in Christ, they will never find true happiness.

American Christian author and speaker (born 1943)

Thought for Today: Talking To The Self

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When you talk to yourself in your mind, which self do you address? And how? Usually people do not talk to their divinity, but to the most superficial aspects of their everyday personality. And often its a stream of fears, complaints and mindless repetition of old things. If we talked that way to another human being, we would have to apologise. Learning to talk properly to the self is a spiritual endeavour. Thoughts from the past and worries about the future do not create good conversation. Instead learn to talk to your mind as if it were a child. Talk to it with love. If you just force a child to sit down, he won't. A good mother knows how to prompt her child into doing what she wants. Be a good mother to your mind, teach it good, positive thoughts so that when you tell it to sit quietly, it will. Love your mind. Stay happy.

Magpie Definition From Devil's Dictionary

Magpie, noun: A bird whose theivish disposition suggested to someone that it might be taught to talk.

Running Away From Our Calling

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When we are living as amateurs, we are running away from our calling — meaning our work, our destiny, the obligation to become our truest and highest selves.

Turning pro changes how people perceive us. Those who are still fleeing from their own fears will not try to sabotage us. They will tell us we have changed and try to undermine our efforts at further change. They will attempt to make us feel guilty for these changes. They will try to entice us to get stoned with them or fuck off with them or waste time with them, as we have done in the past, and when we refuse, they will turn against us and talk us down behind our backs.

American author, of historical fiction and non-fiction, and screenplays (born 1943)

The Artist's Way Every Day - March 10th

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Although we seldom talk about it in these terms, writing is a means of prayer. It connects us to the invisible world. It gives us a gate for the other world to talk to us whether we call it the subconscious, the unconscious, the superconscious, the imagination, or the Muse. Writing gives us a place to welcome more than the rational. It opens the door to inspiration. Writing is a spiritual housekeeper. Writing sets things straight, giving us a sense of our true priorities.

The 80/20 Principle

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Economists often talk about the 80/20 Principle, which is the idea that in any situation roughly 80 percent of the “work” will be done by 20 percent of the participants. In most societies, 20 percent of criminals commit 80 percent of crimes. Twenty percent of motorists cause 80 percent of all accidents. Twenty percent of beer drinkers drink 80 percent of all beer. When it comes to epidemics, though, this disproportionality becomes even more extreme: a tiny percentage of people do the majority of the work.

Call Myself Girl

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What's wrong with you? I asked myself. You are a happy person. You are an upbeat sort of person. Men smile at you on the subway, women ask you what shampoo you use. Cheer up for Christ's sake, I told myself, relax, you're fine, be happy, Girl. When I talk to myself I call myself Girl.

Author of Going Down, p. 1996

Definition of Heaven

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Heaven (noun) — A place where the wicked cease from troubling you with talk of their personal affairs, and the good listen with attention while you expound your own.

American journalist and fabulist best-known for his satirical lexicon The Devil's Dictionary (1842 - 1914)

Talk To Me Like I Am Someone You Love

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Talk to me like I am someone you love.

Blonde American actress, film director, and screenwriter (born 1963)

Better To Remain Silent

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It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.

Horrors of Modern Life

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The three horrors of modern life — talk without meaning, desire without love, work without satisfaction.

American journalist and author whose works include "Neurotic's Notebook" (1913 - 1983)

Would Have Two Mouths And One Ear

If we were meant to talk more than listen, we would have two mouths and one ear.

Celebrated American author and humorist (1835 - 1910)

Thought for Today: Wisdom

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The one who is wise is free from careless or negative talk about others. When someone is talking about another person's shortcomings, I need to question why I am listening: is this information of any use to me, or can I do anything about the situation? If not, then I need to remind myself that there is no use in listening to such talk. Instead, I need to make an attempt to look at the positive qualities of the person in question, and think about how I can help everyone focus on these instead.

The Artist's Way Every Day - November 18th

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Answered prayers are scary. They imply responsibility. You asked for it. Now that you've got it, what are you going to do? Answered prayers deliver us back to our own hand. This is not comfortable. We find it easier to accept them as examples of synchronicity. It's my experience that we're much more afraid that there might be a God than we are that there might not be. People talk about how dreadful it would be if there were no God. I think such talk is hooey. Most of us are a lot more comfortable feeling we're not being watched too closely.

The Artist's Way Every Day - November 17th

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As artists, we have antennae sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of those around us. We can be chilled by indifference, hurt by lack of consideration, and we can be exhausted and diminished if we are in the company of those who talk down to us or treat us subtly like the identified patient: "Oh, you and your crazy ideas." As artists, we need our crazy ideas, and we need those who don't think they're too crazy. Symphonies and screenplays begin as crazy ideas. So do novels and nocturnes, bronzes and ballets.

The Artist's Way Every Day - November 7th

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In our personal friendships, we require peers who see and acknowledge the skills we bring to the table. It is perfectly fine to talk with friends about our career situations and our fiscal dilemmas, but if those friends are giving us advice from their own considerable professional acuity and attainment, that should get some small and nod from us, as ours hopefully does from them. This reciprocity of respect may be largely tacit, but it must be there. We deserve recognition and respect and acknowledgement for the actual worth of our investment of time, talent and keen observation.

Who Talks A Lot Will Get Little Done

Who talks a lot will get little done.

The Artist's Way Every Day - October 4th

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Most writers don't want to hear that there are some very straightforward cures for procrastination. A daily habit of Morning Pages will train the censor to stand aside and make procrastination much more difficult to practice on any and all writing. Artist Dates will create an inner welling up of thoughts and ideas that will become more and more pressing to put on the page. Blasting Thought Blocks, a quick listing of fears and resentments about a project, will often lean the channel to write. Above all else, a week of Media Deprivation in which you do not read, watch TV see movies or listen to talk radio will force even the most adroit procrastinator toward the page with a certain eagerness.

Good Things Will Be Yours

Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and good things will be yours.

The Product Of Slavery Never Can Be Great

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What work I have done I have done because it has been play. If it had been work I shouldn’t have done it. Who was it who said, Blessed is the man who has found his work? Whoever it was he had the right idea in his mind. Mark you, he says his work — not somebody else’s work. The work that is really a man’s own work is play and not work at all. Cursed is the man who has found some other man’s work and cannot lose it. When we talk about the great workers of the world we really mean the great players of the world. The fellows who groan and sweat under the weary load of toil that they bear never can hope to do anything great. How can they when their souls are in a ferment of revolt against the employment of their hands and brains? The product of slavery, intellectual or physical, can never be great.

Celebrated American author and humorist (1835 - 1910)