Define Big Dreams

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson What does “dream big dreams” really mean? The definition of “big” is: of considerable size, extent, or intensity.   While…

A Friendship

Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau met in 1837.  Lucy Brown, who boarded at David Thoreau’s home, was the sister-in-law of Ralph Waldo Emerson. On April 9th, she introduced the two men who were destined to form a lifelong friendship.  Emerson was 34 and Thoreau was a 20-year old Harvard senior.  Both men were…

The Gift of Peace

Peace allows us to pursue our purpose in life – to discover and explore what drives our creative and intellectual passions.  It is the one gift that we can give ourselves, irrespective of external circumstances. Peace is the absence of anger: “For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of…

Peace comes with Understanding

“They are Man’s and they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance and this girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased.”  ― Charles Dickens, A Christmas…

Common Sense

Have you ever noticed that common sense is not that common?     “Common sense is the genius of humanity.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe “Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Carry it with us…

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” Ralph Waldo Emerson   When I travel, I can always gauge another person’s happiness and disposition by how they order a morning coffee.  Simply travelling a few hundred miles will not transform you –…