12 Comedian Quotes for When Your Job Makes You Want to Cry

27 08 2013

That motivation might come from an unexpected place, like the words of comedians. Funny folks like Amy Poehler and Louis C.K. might seem more likely to tickle your funny bone than inspire your thoughts, but if you stop laughing for a moment, you might learn something.

Even if you’re not looking to switch careers or aren’t quite ready to take a job leap, these 12 quotes should at least inspire you to be a slightly better version of you today.

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When the World Has Got You Down…

29 06 2013

Put things in perspective.

Move ahead in a positive way;

don’t allow yourself to become mired

in a negative view.

See things for what they really are.

Don’t let the little things get in the way.

Do what you can, however you can,

with the resources you have available

to you.

Don’t sell yourself short;

you have the power within you

to change what needs changing.

Face the situation with the resolve

to remedy it; do what you need to do

to put it behind you.

Move ahead in the direction of happiness:

go for your dreams

and reach for your star.


And remember who’s in

the driver’s seat; you are.


–Collin McCarty

I Believe in You

28 06 2013

I will be posting some motivational letters that appear from I Believe in You edited by Gary Morris published by Blue Mountain Arts.  I hope you find them helpful for you and to give to someone who needs some encouraging motivation.

I Care About You

I may not be the one

with all the answers,

the wisdom, or the power

to make the best decisions in your life.

That power is in your hands,

those decisions are in your heart,

and you’re perfectly capable

of choosing well.

But I am someone who is

always here to listen

and maybe help

those answers appear.

I’m here to wait and hope with you,

to keep you company

and let you know how much I care.

I can’t do everything I wish,

but caring about you

is what I do perfectly.

So I will do what I do best-

care deeply and be here

when you need me.

These are special promises

I can always keep,

and I always will.

– Barbara J. Hall

Quotes about Wonder

23 06 2013


curiosity admiration
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Quotes about Wonder:

“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
E.E. Cummings

“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.”
Anais Nin

“The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear, behold wonder.”
Richard Bach

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”
Rachel Carson

“I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.”
Gerry Spence


“The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He who know it not and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out can.”
Albert Einstein

Philosophy begins with wonder.
Plato, quoting Socrates

“It was through the feeling of wonder that men now and at first began to philosophize.”

“Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.”
Neil Armstrong

“Stuff your eyes with wonder … live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”
Ray Bradbury

“Wherever life takes us, there are always moments of wonder.”
Jimmy Carter

“He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder.”
M. C. Escher

“All wonder is the effect of novelty on ignorance.”
Samuel Johnson

“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.”
Helen Keller

“The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.”
John Muir

A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
Walt Whitman

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

“If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I would ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.”
Rachel Carson

“There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.”
Thomas Jefferson


5 Ideas for Cultivating a Sense of Wonder

23 06 2013

By        Associate Editor

cultivate a sense of wonderReverb 10 is an annual end-of-year project  that helps readers reflect on the old year via a series of prompts. One of 2010′s prompts was “How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year?”

This question made me think about cultivating wonder in our lives all the time, from the old year into the new.

Wonder is a magical word, I think. And it’s a word that needs more exploration. We need to explore wonder more often, because as adults, many of us lose our sense of wonder in life. It gets buried under piles of bills, deadlines, responsibilities and housework.

Maybe you think you’re too old, too mature or too sensible to have a sense of wonder.

According to Dictionary.com, wonder means to admire, to be amazed, to be in awe, to marvel. It means something strange or surprising or a remarkable phenomenon.

How often do you marvel at your daily life?


For most of us, it’s a fleeting moment, if at all.

In the movie Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert (Julia Roberts) says “I want to go someplace where I can marvel at something,” so she sets off on a life-changing journey through Italy, India and Indonesia.

Of course, I don’t think you have to go that far to find wonder. (If I did, I’d be broke with tons of credit card debt.) In fact, your living room will do just fine.

Here are some of my ideas for cultivating wonder, whether you’re at home or away.

  1. Watch kids play or do anything. Kids approach life with a sense of wonder. Everything is new and bright. Everything is exciting. We can all take a lesson from observing children, from how excited they get with a new toy to how they smile at the simplest things. Apply some of that wonder to your daily life.
  2. Read about creativity. Lately, I’ve been immersed in the topic of creativity. When I think of being creative, I think of being lighthearted, relaxed and passionate. (Yes, passion can be intense, but to me, it’s more excitement than extreme.) I think of having fun and being free. When we’re preoccupied with the quotidian, we forget that.The creativity books currently on my shelf include Sparks of Genius: The 13 Thinking Tools of the World’s Most Creative People by Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein and Creativity Is a Verb: If You’re Alive, You’re Creative by Patti Digh. And, of course, Anne Lamott’s Bird By Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life is a classic.But you don’t have to be a writer, a singer, a dancer, poet or a painter to be creative. As Digh writes in her book, “If you’re alive, you’re creative. If you’re alive, you’re an artist.”
  3. Take up photography. You don’t have to buy a fancy-pants camera. Take any camera that you have out for a spin. The quality of the photos really doesn’t matter. Focus on the beauty all around you. I believe that in order to see beauty in ourselves, we must pay attention to the beauty among us. Photographers do an incredible job of finding and capturing the beauty in the smallest of things, in the most mundane of moments, and let’s be honest, in the typically not-so-pretty places. Here are two of my favorite websites to visit for a dose of wonder: 1010 Project and 3191 Miles Apart.
  4. Travel to far-off places. If you can actually afford to do tons of traveling, then great! If not, go to your local library, and check out the section on travel essays. (Though if your library is anything like mine, just go to Amazon.com or your nearest bricks-and-mortar bookstore.)I’m currently reading Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier. The book begins with these lines: “Officially, there is no such place as Siberia. No political or territorial entity has Siberia as its name…During Soviet times, revised maps erased the name entirely, in order to discourage Siberian regionalism.” Now tell me that doesn’t seem at all interesting.OK, maybe it’s just because I’m from Russia.
  5. Learn something. Learning is one of the best ways you can cultivate wonder. You can either dig deeper into topics you’re already familiar with, or take on a totally strange, interesting subject. Right now, I’m also reading the book, The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York. If you’re not a big reader, watch The History Channel or visit a museum or local landmark.Ask yourself: What topics have I always wanted to learn about? What classes did I want to take in high school or college but didn’t have time to? What topics make me happy?

So how do you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life? Or how do you plan on cultivating it?

Einstein Quotes on Wonder and the Quest for Learning

19 06 2013

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder.

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.

It is almost a miracle that modern teaching methods have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for what this delicate little plant needs more than anything, besides stimulation, is freedom.

The search for truth and knowledge is one of the finest attribute of man-though often it is most loudly voiced by those who strive for it the least.

It is not so very important for a person to learn facts.  For that he does not really need college, He can learn them from books.  The value of an education is I liberal Arts College is not the leaning of many facts, but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks.

It is my inner conviction that the development of science seeks in the main to satisfy the longing for pure knowledge.

The main source of all technological achievements is the divine curiosity and playful drive of the tinkering and thoughtful researcher, as much as it is the creative imagination of the inventor.

17 06 2013

A reminder to all educators and math teachers.  Comment on how this applies to you.

 If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders.

Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless seas.

    Antoine de Saint-Exupery

An idea from the new workshop of Bob Bishop
Neuro-magical Motivation in the Classroom.
        How do you make “magic” happen in the classroom? What if you could motivate hearts to yearn and minds to learn? What if you could produce engaging learning moments that would build lasting intrinsic motivation in your students? In this workshop Bob Bishop (Idaho’s Math Magician and award winning teacher) will take you on an exciting adventure of state-of-the-art brain research-based strategies that will arouse curiosity, enhance understanding, engage reluctant learners and stimulate under-achievers. Using recent discoveries in neuroscience with how magicians think and perform magic, Bob will teach you the “magic wonder words” and the engaging activities that will make magic happen in your classroom!
Next presentation is at Edufest in Boise State University    see www.edufest.org for details