Inspirational Quotes/ Lockdown


Inspirational Quotes/ Lockdown times

“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

“And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

“And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.”

~Kitty O’Meara

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“Solitude does not necessarily mean living apart from others; rather, it means never living apart from one’s self. It is not about the absence of other people, it is about being fully present to ourselves, whether or not we are with others. Community does not necessarily mean living face to face with others; rather, it means never losing the awareness that we are connected to each other. It is not about the presence of other people, it is about being fully open to the reality of relationship, whether or not we are alone”

Parker Palmer

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“We can improve our mood by focusing on the small things that bring happiness to us each day. It may be wise to spend less time trying to *become* happy, and focus more on the little things that make us happy”.

Ten Minutes to Happiness, by Sandi Mann

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U2: Let Your Love Be Known

Yes there was silence
yes there was no people here
yes I walked through the streets of Dublin and no-one was near
Yes I don’t know you
No I didn’t think I didn’t care
You live so very far away from just across the square

And I can’t reach but I can rain
You can’t touch but you can sing
Across rooftops
Sing down the phone
Sing and promise me you won’t stop
Sing your love, be known, let your love be known.

Yes there is isolation
You and me we’re still here
Yes when we open our eyes we will stare down the fear
And maybe I’ve said the wrong thing
Yes I made you smile
I guess the longest distance is always the last mile.

And I can’t reach but I can rain
You can’t touch but you can sing
Across rooftops
Sing to me down the phone
Sing and promise me you won’t stop
Sing and you’re never alone.

Sing as an act of resistance
Sing though your heart is overthrown
When you sing there is no distance
So let your love be known, oh let your love be known
Though your heart is overthrown.
Let your love be known.

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And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.

Lynn Ungar 3/11/20, Pandemic

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Quoting Collective Voice 

It’s a big eye opener all of this, isn’t it?

We are finally realising money has no value.

Your amazing job is no longer an amazing job, your expensive clothes now have no worth and no one gives a shit how you look anymore.

Your big house is just 4 empty walls like everyone else’s.

Your nice car is running on 4 tyres, the same as everyone else’s.

We are finally seeing who the important people are, the ones who make a difference to our lives and are doing the crucial jobs we need.

Shop workers ✔️
Care workers ✔️
NHS staff ✔️
Emergency services ✔️
Farmers ✔️
Teachers ✔️
Bus & Lorry drivers/delivery people ✔️
Cleaners ✔️
Refuse workers ✔️
Many more “unskilled” workers…

These people are the ones who keep our country ticking over, the core of our daily lives, the people who regularly go unnoticed and are often frowned upon but keep working hard, generally on a low income.

People constantly look down on them and gloat that they earn more money than them.

But what worth does your money have now?
How secure is your job in the real world when we take a step back to reality?

Be proud of all of these people, they don’t earn enough for what they do, and they’re never appreciated for what they contribute.

Be kind to them, thank them, go out your way to tell them what an amazing job they’re doing.

Could you imagine how shit this would be without them??

Be thankful and let’s buy them all a drink when we come out the other side

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After the 93 year old in Italy got better in the hospital, he was told to pay for the ventilator for one day, and the old man cried. The doctor advised him not to cry over the bill. What the old man said made all the doctors cry.

Grandpa said, “I don’t cry because of the money I have to pay. I can pay all the money.”. I cry because I have been breathing God’s air for 93 years, but I never pay for it. It takes 5000f to use a ventilator in a hospital for one day. Do you know how much I owe God? I didn’t thank God for that before. “

The truth of the news can’t be verified, but grandpa’s words are worth our reflection. When we breathe the air freely without pain or illness, no one takes the air seriously. Only when we enter the hospital can we know that even breathing oxygen with a ventilator costs money!

Cherish the time when we can breathe freely!

💦 بعد ان تحسن الرجل البالغ من العمر 93 عاما في ايطاليا في المستشفى، قيل له ان يدفع ثمن جهاز التنفس ليوم واحد، وبكى الرجل العجوز. نصحه الطبيب بعدم البكاء على الفاتورة.

ما قاله الرجل العجوز جعل كل الاطباء يبكون.

قال الرجل العجوز: انا لا ابكي بسبب المال الذي يجب ان ادفع. يمكنني دفع كل المال.”

* ابكي لانني كنت اتنفس هواء الله منذ 93 عاما، ولكن لا ادفع ثمنه ابدا. يتطلب الامر 500 يورو لاستخدام جهاز تنفس في المستشفى لمدة يوم واحد. هل تعلم كم ادين لله؟ لم اشكر الله على ذلك من قبل *

حقيقة الاخبار لا يمكن التحقق منها، ولكن كلمات الرجل العجوز تستحق التامل.

عندما نتنفس الهواء بحرية بدون الم او مرض، لا احد ياخذ الهواء على محمل الجد. فقط عندما ندخل المستشفى يمكننا ان نعرف انه حتى التنفس الاوكسجين مع جهاز التنفس يكلف المال!

🙏🏽 * نعتز بالوقت الذي يمكننا فيه التنفس بحرية..!

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They all stayed home. The sun shone down Water rippled And the birds sang Autumn leaves fell Dancing in loose piles with the breeze And they all stayed home. The insects sang As lazy clouds meandered No agenda No hurry Continuing While they were all careful – Cautious and solitary Furtively snatching moments outside But avoiding each other Yet the ducks swam Early snow fell Settled Melted The moon waxed and waned Again Again Still they all stayed home. And looked out their windows And dug in their gardens And started to not miss the hurry But breathed. And slowly Fell into Less agenda Less hurry Letting the breeze take them in its dance They stayed home. And even inside The beauty of nature Started taking hold. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bSMI93ElQU&list=PLzMLidHEpohcZz0hlDNmQpjwgJjJlPtdl&index=98

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And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.

Lynn Ungar 3/11/20 Pandemic

Guided Meditation for Times of Pandemic: “Calling on Your Awakened Heart” (23:44 min.) https://www.tarabrach.com/meditation-times-of-pandemic/?fbclid=IwAR2fqJhn_XQy9AluVW35g2qWc-KpDh2x7NErGJOlZHk2SL8NhXbbP_NU72k

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فجأة وبلا مقدمات نمنا في عالم …واستيقظنا في عالم آخر مختلف فجأة لم تعد أوروبا حلم الهجرة .و لم تعد امريكا أقوى دولة .باريس لم تعد رومانسية. نيويورك لم تعد مثيرة .لم يعد سور الصين حصناً .ومكة والمدينة… فقدوا المصلين واصبحت كل المساجد فارغة حتى الكنائس أغلقت ابوابها الكل اصابه الهلع من الموت الكل ادرك حجمه الحقيقي فلا قيمة للانسان على وجه الارض فجأة..توقفت كل الحروب وتوقف القتل واصبح القاتل والمقتول مطلوبون لعدالة السماء ممثلة في فايروس لا تراه العين وفجاة . أصبح السلام و العناق والقبلات أسلحة نخاف منها ..واصبح عدم زيارة الآباء والأهل والأصدقاء.. دليل محبة . فجأة أدركنا أن لا قيمة فعلية للقوة والجمال والمال والسلاح و أصبح همنا الاكبر أن نحصل على الأوكسجين وان نضمن وجوده اذا افترسنا الفيروس توقفت كل مرافق الحياة فلا مطارات ولا مدارس ولا جامعات ولا مطاعم ولا كافيهاات لا دور دعارة ولا خمارات ولا نوادي قمار وهذا الامر اجمل ما في الموضوع لقد اصبح العالم اكثر طهارة وأجمل وأنقى من دوننا .فالبيئة تحسنت والاوزون توقف عن التهتك وانطلقت الغزلان والماعز البري تركض في افخم الشوارع بينما البشر محجورين في البيوت التي تحولت فجأة الى سجون ارادية وبصرف النظر هل هو فيروس طبيعي ام صنعه البشر الا ان نيأعتقد أنها رسالة من السماء تقول لنا :“ الأرض والماء والسماء والهواء بدونكم بخير.. والعالم مستمر بدونكم.. وعندما تعودوا للحياة، لا تنسوا ابدا أنكم ضيوف انتم لستم سادة الارض..انتم مجرد ضيوف.

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A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, ‘What does love mean?’

The answers they got were broader, deeper, and more profound than anyone could have ever imagined!

‘When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore… So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.’ Rebecca – age 8′

When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’ Billy – age 4

‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.’ Karl – age 5

‘Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.’ Chrissy – age 6

‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’ Terri – age 4

‘Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.’ Danny – age 8

‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and just listen.’ Bobby – age 7 (Wow!)

‘If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.’ Nikka – age 6(we need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet)’

Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it every day.’ Noelle – age 7

‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.’ Tommy – age 6

‘During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling.He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.’ Cindy – age 8

‘My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.’ Clare – age 6

‘Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’ Elaine – age 5

‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.’ Chris – age 7′

Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.’ Mary Ann – age 4

‘I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.’ Lauren – age 4

‘When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’ (what an image!) Karen – age 7

‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross…’ Mark – age 6

‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’ Jessica – age 8

And the final one: The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, ‘Nothing, I just helped him cry.’

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Unsure if Albert Camus wrote this, but whoever, it is amazing ❤

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Today, our very survival depends on our ability to STAY AWAKE, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

3 thoughts on “Inspirational Quotes/ Lockdown

  1. Sunrise doesn’t last all morning
    A cloudburst doesn’t last all day
    Seems my love is up
    And has left you with no warning
    But it’s not always going
    To be this grey

    All things must pass
    All things must pass away

    Sunset doesn’t last all evening
    A mind can blow those clouds away
    After all this my love is up
    And must be leaving
    But it’s not always going
    To be this grey

    All things must pass
    All things must pass away
    All things must pass

    None of life’s strings can last
    So I must be on my way
    And face another day
    Now the darkness only stays at night time
    In the morning it will fade away

    Daylight is good
    At arriving at the right time
    But it’s not always going
    To be this grey

    All things must pass
    All things must pass away
    All things must pass

    All things must pass away

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