“And as the sun set, all the world seemed to slow. The wind somehow softened to a breeze, rustling the leaves as if finding a melody. Golden rays bouncing off the river, mimicking the twinkling stars soon to light up the night sky. The last light blanketing with its warmth. She closed her eyes and let it all in. In that moment, all the noise raging within her went quiet. In that moment, she knew she had found peace. She knew she had been loved.” (at Southpoint Park, Roosevelt Island)

“And as the sun set, all the world seemed to slow. The wind somehow softened to a breeze, rustling the leaves as if finding a melody. Golden rays bouncing off the river, mimicking the twinkling stars soon to light up the night sky. The last light blanketing with its warmth. She closed her eyes and let it all in. In that moment, all the noise raging within her went quiet. In that moment, she knew she had found peace. She knew she had been loved.” (at Southpoint Park, Roosevelt Island)

“Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here. Believe in kissing.”

~ Eve Ensler (at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields (Episcopal))

“Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here. Believe in kissing.”

~ Eve Ensler (at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields (Episcopal))

“What is joy without sorrow? What is success without failure? What is a win without a loss? What is health without illness? You have to experience each if you are to appreciate the other. There is always going to be suffering. It’s how you look at your suffering, how you deal with it, that will define you.”

~ Mark Twain

“What is joy without sorrow? What is success without failure? What is a win without a loss? What is health without illness? You have to experience each if you are to appreciate the other. There is always going to be suffering. It’s how you look at your suffering, how you deal with it, that will define you.”

~ Mark Twain

“Ego says, ‘Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.’ Spirit says, ‘Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.’” 

~Marianne Williamson (at The Ides at Wythe Hotel)

“Ego says, ‘Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.’ Spirit says, ‘Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.’”

~Marianne Williamson (at The Ides at Wythe Hotel)

“You can dance in the storm. Don’t wait for the rain to be over before because it might take too long. You can can do it now. Wherever you are, right now, you can start, right now; this very moment.”

~ Israelmore Ayivor

“You can dance in the storm. Don’t wait for the rain to be over before because it might take too long. You can can do it now. Wherever you are, right now, you can start, right now; this very moment.”

~ Israelmore Ayivor

“You should always carry peace within you, its the most beautifying thing you could ever have or do. Peace makes your heart beautiful and it makes you look beautiful, too. Peace creates grace and grace gives peace.”

~ C. JoyBell C. (at VU Bar NYC)

“You should always carry peace within you, its the most beautifying thing you could ever have or do. Peace makes your heart beautiful and it makes you look beautiful, too. Peace creates grace and grace gives peace.”

~ C. JoyBell C. (at VU Bar NYC)

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“If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happened better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.”

~ Mary Oliver  (at Downsville Bridge)

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“If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happened better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.”

~ Mary Oliver (at Downsville Bridge)

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“If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happened better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.”

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~ Mary Oliver  (at Downsville Covered Bridge)

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“If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happened better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.”

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~ Mary Oliver (at Downsville Covered Bridge)

Sometimes you won’t be able to see the good that lies in front of you. But you just have to trust that it’s there and take that first step. It’s one of the hardest things one can do, stepping into the dark and unknown. But that’s why it’s called faith.  (at Pepacton Reservoir)

Sometimes you won’t be able to see the good that lies in front of you. But you just have to trust that it’s there and take that first step. It’s one of the hardest things one can do, stepping into the dark and unknown. But that’s why it’s called faith. (at Pepacton Reservoir)