Words that inspire the development of Brushy Run

I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself. ~Aldous Huxley

Once our personal connection to what is wrong becomes clear, then we have to choose: We can go on as before, recognizing our dishonesty and living with it the best we can, or we can begin the effort to change the way we think and live. ~Wendell Berry

Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. ~Henry Ford

The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there. ~Robert M. Pirsig

The best way to predict the future is to design it. ~Richard Buckminster Fuller

No civilization has outlived the usefulness of its soils. When the soil is destroyed, the nation is gone. ~Lloyd Noble

Do what you can with what you have, right here, right now. ~Ernest Thompson Seton

We are always getting ready to live, but never living. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

gandhi-words-01 We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do. ~Mahatma Gandhi

Ask yourself what is really important, and then have the wisdom and courage to build your life around your answer. ~Lee Jampolsky

walden-pondAs you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness. ~Henry David Thoreau

If you’re gonna be in the doghouse anyway, you may as well make sure it’s a nice one. ~Warren Moore

Sacred space is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.

a22e4d0a9a8933a7161721f84b17aeee…Our life has become so economic and practical in its orientation that, as you get older, the claims of the moment upon you are so great, you hardly know where the hell you are, or what it is you intended. You are always doing something that is required of you. Where is your bliss station? You have to try to find it. ~Joseph Campbell

There’s something inside you that knows when you’re in the center, that knows when you’re on the beam or off the beam. And if you get off the beam to earn money, you’ve lost your life. And if you stay in the center and don’t get any money, you still have your bliss. ~Joseph Campbell

If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing and shelter to protect yourself from the elements. And finally, there is an intense delight in abandoning faulty states of mind and in cultivating helpful ones in meditation. ~the Dalai Lama

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. ~Frank Zappa

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. ~Henry David Thoreau

The ultimate goals of making money are balance and independence from money. ~An Chu

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. ~Richard Buckminster Fuller

The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion. ~Paulo Coelho

We must achieve the character and acquire the skills to live much poorer than we do. We must waste less. We must do more for ourselves and each other. It is either that or continue merely to think and talk about changes that we are inviting catastrophe to make. ~Wendell Berry

Do the thing and you shall have the power. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are what we repeatedly do. ~Aristotle

He who will not risk cannot win. ~John Paul Jones

A lot of really smart people are trying to engage the bad guys on a rigged playing field. I try to find the solutions to world problems in my backyard, and the backyards of a few others. If I share those solutions prolifically, these ideas might spread. Then, the bad guys and their bad things shrivel up and blow away. This is my strategy for world domination. I hope millions of people will, someday, make it their strategy too. ~Paul Wheaton, permies.com

In the same way that negative things can spiral downward, positive, transformative, and enlightening perspectives can have a virtuous, accelerative upward momentum. Everything each of us does can set in motion remarkable echoes that far exceed our initial whisper. ~Geoff Lawton, geofflawtononline.com

There can be no greater legacy than to offer the hope of a harmonious, naturally clean, pure and abundant world for an intelligent, truly developed, civilized, peaceful and evolved humanity to continue living indefinitely on this earth. The ethical design science application that is Permaculture is possible and can easily be our new reality. ~Geoff Lawton, geofflawtononline.com

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. ~Albert Schweitzer