Lars Toomre

Some Personal Thoughts and Trivia

Matter

All Blame Is A Waste Of Time

Brunette American actress Alice Greczyn smiles wearing coral dress

All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won’t succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy.

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)

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)

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.

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.

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.

Daily Reflection: What Matters?

Overview of tropical harbor with pleasure craft anchored

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

The Artist's Way Every Day - January 18th

Blonde Playboy model Cassie Keller

No matter how secular it may appear, writing is actually a spiritual tool. We undertake it solo, and, not to be too facile with puns, it is worth noting that that word does have the world "soul" embedded in it. Moving alone onto the page, we often find ourselves companioned by higher forces, by a stream of insights and inspirations that seem somehow "other" than our routine thinking.

The Artist's Way Every Day - January 14th

Blonde model Bar Refaeli poses for photgraphers in a pink evening dress

Life is what we make of it. Whether we conceive of an inner god force or an other, outer God, doesn't matter. Relying on that force does.

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 - January 8th

Brunette model Janina Frostell poses wearing a white bikini by a tree

It is never too late to start over. It is never past the point of no return for our artist to recover. We can heap years, decades, a lifetime of insult upon our artist and it is so resilient, so powerful, and so stubborn that it will come back to life when we give it the smallest opportunity. We can help ourselves by coaxing our artist out with the promise of some protected time to be listened to, talked with, and interacted with. If we actively love our artist, our artist will love us in return. Lovers tell secrets and share dreams. Lovers meet no matter how adverse the circumstances, sneaking off for a rendezvous. As we woo our artist with our focused attention and private time, it will reward us with art.

Age Is An Issue Of Mind Over Matter

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

Celebrated American author and humorist (1835 - 1910)

Where Civil Liberty, Tolerance And Equality Of All Citizens Before The Law Prevail

Brunette model Kyra Santoro wearing a T-shirt stating "This Kills" and jean shorts

As long as I have any choice in the matter, I shall live only in a country where civil liberty, tolerance and equality of all citizens before the law prevail.

Upon leaving Germany in 1933

The Artist's Way Every Day - December 25th

Blonde South African Shane van der Westhuizen wadding in ocean in a bikini

When artists are working regularly, they are spiritually centered. The act of making art is a spiritual act and our daily exposure to this realm does not have an impact on our personality. It does not matter what language we use to describe it. Art puts us in touch with a power greater than ourselves. This conscious contact brings us a sense of optimism and grace. As we sense that there is a benevolent Something inclined toward helping us and our work, we begin to feel a sense of companionship. Higher forces are at our side. We are not alone.

Thought for Today: Mind Matters

Teal sea at Rotoava in French Polynesia

The most important part of you is your mind (not your brain — the brain is the hardware and the mind creates the software). Care for your mind, make friends with it, always feed it healthy food, engage it in positive activity, exercise it with knowledge and wisdom. Like a garden returns fragrance and beauty according to the care invested, so your mind will repay you with thoughts, ideas and visions of great beauty when tended and invested with care. Your mind is not made of matter but it does matter what you give it and what you create with it. Where your mind goes, you go. What your mind creates becomes your destiny.

Harper Lee on Courage

Brunette Carrie Stevens was Playmate of the Month for June 1997

I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.

American author known for her 1961 Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird (born 1926)

Know Which People Really Love You

Brunette American actress Bridget Regan smiles wearing a black rain coat

In the end, you'll know which people really love you. They're the ones who see you for who you are and, no matter what, always find a way to be at your side.

Author of several webcomics: "Something Positive", "New Gold Dreams", and "Midnight Macabre"

Mathematical Equation Stands Forever

Brunette Amanda Cerny in black bikini was Playboy's Playmate of the Month for October 2011

Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever.

Winner of Noble Prize for Physics in 1921 (1879 - 1955)