Lars Toomre

Some Personal Thoughts and Trivia

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Any Loss Does Not Make Us Victims

Chinese actress Zhang Yuqi with arm raised wearing white blouse

Any change, any loss, does not make us victims. Others can shake you, surprise you, disappoint you, but they can not prevent you from acting, from taking the situation you are presented with and moving on. No matter where you are in life, no matter what your situation, you can always do something. You always have a choice and the choice can be power.

American author of The Power Principle: INFLUENCE WITH HONOR, p. 1997 (1946 - 2009)

No Room For Compromise In Spiritual Life

Brunette model Christina Tufford on beach in blue jeans shorts and white shirt

In spiritual life there is no room for compromise. Awakening is not negotiable; we cannot bargain to hold on to things that please us while relinquishing things that do not matter to us. A lukewarm yearning for awakening is not enough to sustain us through the difficulties involved in letting go. It is important to understand that anything that can be lost was never truly ours, anything that we deeply cling to only imprisons us.

Author of A Path with Heart, p. 1993 (born 1945)

Victory of Success

Blonde American model and actress Kate Bosworth wearing a dark sweater

The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams.

American author who wrote bestselling The Greatest Salesman in the World

Challenge Is To Find Silver Lining In Every Event

Brunette Canadian actress Jewel Staite wearing black jacket and white shorts

We must assume every event has significance and contains a message that pertains to our questions... this especially applies to what we used to call bad things... the challenge is to find the silver lining in every event, no matter how negative.

Sometimes Things Just Do Not Work Out

Brunette British-American actress Catherine Bell wearing gold beads dress

No matter how big the glam squad, or how dramatic the dress, sometimes things just do not work out.

American recording artist and actress who rose to fame on American Idol (born 1981)

Have To Do Your Own Growing

Blonde retired Norwegian long-distance runner Stine Larsen

You have got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.

The Artist's Way Every Day - March 11th

Blonde beauty Clair Bidez poses on seaplane in a red swimsuit

Where does this thought go? We start to chase our consciousness a little. We are roused out of our torpor, our ennui. Life becomes a matter of some interest and we become the interested bystanders and then the participants. All of this happens because we connect. All of this happens a page at a time, a pen stroke at a time. SCRATCH. Start from scratch. Just move your pen across the page and watch what happens to you.

The Artist's Way Every Day - March 6th

Blonde model Anne Vyalitsyna poses in a pink coral bikini

Creativity is a lamp, not a candle. Something wants to write through us as badly as we want to write. Discovering this is a matter of time and patience.

I Am Who I AM Because Of You

I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I've ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, everyday we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours.

Author of The Notebook, p. 2004

The Artist's Way Every Day - March 3rd

Brunette beauty Jacqueline Bracamontes in bikini was Miss Universe Mexico 2002

In order to thrive as artists — and, one could argue, as people — we need to be available to the universal flow. When we put a stopper on our capacity for joy by anorectically desclining the small gifts of life, we turn aside the larger gifts as well. Those of us who have styumied the work flow completely will find ourselves in lives that feel barren and devoid of interest no matter how many meaningless things we have filled them with. What gives us true joy? That is the question to ask.

The Only Questions That Really Matter

Brunette Deanna Brooks was Playboy's Playmate of the Month for May 1998

The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself.

American author of novels, children's books, and short stories (born 1929)

Thought for Today: Remain Positive

Train tracks in Alabama stretch west into distance as an orange sun sets for day

If my mind is still enough, I can see the deeper meaning behind each situation. No matter how bad a problem may seem on the surface, if I remain positive eventually I will see how everything has worked out for the best.

Things Can Still Be New

Blonde American novelist Candace Bushnell

Thank goodness for the first snow, it was a reminder — no matter how old you became and how much you'd seen, things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered.

Author of Lipstick Jungle, p. 2007

What Will I Learn To Make Me Better?

At the end of a matter ask, "What will I learn from this to make me better?"

American inspirational artist and author, including Live With Intention, p. 2010

More Potential Than You Can Ever Develop

Brunette American actress Taylor Marie Hill has stunning eyes

No matter what the level of your ability, you have more potential than you can ever develop in a lifetime.

People Who Are Too Optimistic Seem Annoying

People who are too optimistic seem annoying. This is an unfortunate misinterpretation of what an optimist really is.

An optimist is neither naive, nor blind to the facts, nor in denial of grim reality. An optimist believes in the optimal usage of all options available, no matter how limited. As such, an optimist always sees the big picture. How else to keep track of all that’s out there? An optimist is simply a proactive realist.

An idealist focuses only on the best aspects of all things (sometimes in detriment to reality); an optimist strives to find an effective solution. A pessimist sees limited or no choices in dark times; an optimist makes choices.

When bobbing for apples, an idealist endlessly reaches for the best apple, a pessimist settles for the first one within reach, while an optimist drains the barrel, fishes out all the apples and makes pie.

Annoying? Yes. But, oh-so tasty!

Have Worst memory Ever

I have the worst memory ever so no matter who comes up to me — they're just, like, 'I can't believe you don't remember me!" I'm like, 'Oh Dad I'm sorry!'

American stand-up comedian, television host and actress (born 1958)

Daily Reflection: What Matters?

Overview of tropical harbor with pleasure craft anchored

When you are elderly, what will matter to you the most?

Destiny In Not A Matter Of Chance

Brunette American actress Natalie Portman leans back against a pink pillow

Destiny is not a matter of chance,
It is a matter of choice.
It is not something to be waited for,
But rather something to be achieved.

Leading American politician from 1890s until his death as a dominant force in populist wing of Democratic Party (1860 - 1925)

The Artist's Way Every Day - February 4th

Blonde with arms above head in green bikini with blue sea in background

Optimism is critical to our spiritual health. Is our creative glass half full or half empty? It's a matter of perception — and faith. For most of us, the idea that we can listen to ourselves, trust ourselves, and value ourselves is a radical leap of faith. The idea that we can tell ourselves "Hey, you are doing pretty well and so much better than you did last year" amounts to a revolution. The possibility that we can trust ourselves, our decisions, and our painstaking progress, that this trust might be enough, even admirable, requires that muster a soupcon of optimism. Optimism about ourselves and our chances is an elected attitude. We can chose to believe the best and not the worst, but to do that we must become conscious of our own negative voice-over and decide to change our mental sound track.