Category Archives: DECISIONS

“Let us decide on the route that we wish to take to pass our life, and attempt to sow that route with flowers.” — Émilie du Châtelet,

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Martin Harrison
White Flowers
8 September 2014

The air the wind the outside and outsize
of what’s possible and imaginable
clear and clean endeavour into the atmosphere
of light on dark and glittering spaces
where crimson rosellas swerve sideways
into cascades of down-hanging white flowers
they land whistling in that snowy down
that galactic spray of weeping branches
now revealing themselves in an entirety
of whitenesses for a few days in a
suddenness which takes my breath away

http://cordite.org.au/guncotton/white-flowers/

FOTO – GARDEN AT DAVIDSONS WHALING STATION EDEN NSW 2013

My anxiety is in my indecision.

http://www.teen-anon.com/quotes.htm

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INDECISION

by Cynthia B. Baello
July 5, 2008

Annoying thing, this indecision-
Wry deceit, unjust vexation.
Waste of time and of attention,
Diverts one’s thoughts,
Drains affection.

Creates a maze with one’s own mind,
Directions, goals are hard to find.
Weigh the options,
And then rewind,
Not deciding
Is unkind.

‘When we aim at nothing, we hit it
every time.’

Cynthia Buhain-Baello
Philippines

http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/indecision-12/

The three little kittens, they lost their mittens, And they began to cry, “Oh, mother dear, we sadly fear, That we have lost our mittens.

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/176347

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Confront a child, a puppy, and a kitten with sudden danger; the child will turn instinctively for assistance, the puppy will grovel in abject submission, the kitten will brace its tiny body for a frantic resistance.

Saki

http://www.catquotes.com/catquotes23.htm

 

I don’t like silk underwear. They don’t do the job, you know? Matt LeBlanc

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Pee when you have the chance.

Because to ignore it is to regret it.

One morning I put my underwear on backwards, and I didn’t notice the mistake until I was standing at a urinal, desperately trying to deal with the impeding cloth barrier.

“Pee early and often”

Never pass up a bathroom.

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”  ― Mark Twain

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Time for you and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of toast and tea

T.S. Eliot

http://gardenpartyteas.com/blog/tea-poems-and-quotes/

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. AMBROSE BIERCE, The Devil’s Dictionary

 

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“If you don’t figure out what is at your core, what you stand for, and what ultimately motivates you, you’ll always second-guess yourself. You’ll always have regrets. Uncover your core values and use them as a template to test decisions in your life.” 


Jim Hayhurst, Sr.

http://www.wow4u.com/regretpoems/

I played patiently simple melodies and basic chords waiting for home where I could sink into freedom: playing by ear.

Piano Lessons

CAMERON HINDRUM, TAS

http://www.australianpoetry.org/2012/11/26/piano-lessons/

Slowly, note by steady note I practised scales:

One man gets nothing but discord out of a piano; another gets harmony. No one claims the piano is at fault. Life is about the same. The discord is there, and the harmony is there. Study to play it correctly, and it will give forth the beauty; play it falsely, and it will give forth the ugliness. Life is not at fault.

http://www.piano-play-it.com/quotations-about-music.html

How did you get here? Close your eyes and surrender.

~ Rumi

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“At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.”

― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

On hangovers: He resolved, having done it once, never to move his eyeballs again.

KINGSLEY AMIS

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“In his dream, George Stetchkin was in the dock at the Central Criminal Court, accused of the murder of nine million innocent brain cells. The usher was showing the jury the alleged murder weapon, an empty Bison Brand vodka bottle. Then the judge glared at him over the rims of his spectacles and sentenced him to the worst hangover of his life.”

― Tom Holt, Blonde Bombshell

Never cuss bridge that you cross.

http://www.guyana.org/proverbs.html

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“Every path we take in life, we make the decision to pursue a dream. We travel the path of our dreams on a mental path of a narrow bridge; we must stay focused on our goal and not fear, lest we lose our balance of purpose and fall.”

― Ellen J. Barrier

Sometimes God dillies and dallies, and sometimes he just points at you and tells you to hang up your jock.”

― Stephen King, Pet Sematary

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My old man said,’Follow the van, Don’t dilly-dally on the way!’ Off went the cart with the home packed in it, I walked behind with my old cock linnet. But I dillied and dallied, dallied and dillied, Lost the van and don’t know where to roam. You can’t trust the’specials’ like the old time ‘coppers’ When you can’t find your way home.- Charles Collins
  ‘Don’t Dilly-Dally on the Way’ (with Fred Leigh).

Before you can break out of prison, you must realize you are locked up.

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“I think that it is a great tragedy that a child can lose their mother, father, sister or brother, because you and I made a decision that getting loaded was more important than they are.”

― Pamela Barrett, Tales of the Titmouse

To select well among old things, is almost equal to inventing new ones.

Nicholas Charles Trublet

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When life knocks you to your knees, and it will, why, get up! If it knocks you to your knees again, as it will, well, isn`t that the best position from which to pray?”

― Ethel Barrymore

Passion is the quickest to develop, and the quickest to fade. Intimacy develops more slowly, and commitment more gradually still

Robert Sternberg

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“Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion, it is not the desire to mate every second minute of the day, it is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every cranny of your body. No, don’t blush, I am telling you some truths. That is just being “in love”, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.”

Louis de Bernières, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

The roads we take are more important than the goals we announce. Decisions determine destiny.

Frederick Speakman

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“All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it’s impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.”

― Niccolò Machiavelli

If you decide to eat a toad, you should at least select one that is big.

(Igbo)

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“Turn from that road’s beguiling ease; return
to your hunger’s turret. Enter, climb the stair
chill with disuse, where the croaking toad of time
regards from shimmering eyes your slow ascent
and the drip, drip, of darkness glimmers on the stone
to show you how your longing waits alone.
What alchemy shines from under that shut door,
spinning out gold from the hollow of the heart?

(“The Sea’s Wash In The Hollow Of The Heart”)”

― Denise Levertov

The journey is part of the experience – an expression of the seriousness of one’s intent. One doesn’t take the A train to Mecca.”

― Anthony Bourdain, A Cook’s Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines

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“We allow ourselves to be blown by the winds because we do know what we want: our hearts know it, even if our thoughts are sometimes slow to follow- but in the end they do catch up with our hearts and then we think we have made a decision”

― Muhammad Asad, The Road to Mecca

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

– Charles Spurgeon

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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Simply stated, it is less me and more we.

http://www.heartquotes.net/teamwork-quotes.html

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“Another way to be prepared is to think negatively. Yes, I’m a great optimist. but, when trying to make a decision, I often think of the worst case scenario. I call it ‘the eaten by wolves factor.’

If I do something,

what’s the most terrible thing that could happen?

Would I be eaten by wolves?

One thing that makes it possible to be an optimist, is if you have a contingency plan for when all hell breaks loose. There are a lot of things I don’t worry about, because I have a plan in place if they do.”

― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

To be as sick as a parrot is to be very disappointed or depressed.

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“Human life occurs only once, and the reason we cannot determine which of our decisions are good and which bad is that in a given situation we can make only one decision; we are not granted a second, third, or fourth life in which to compare various decisions.”

― Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being