James Ryan
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We...
James Ryan
The disturbing events of this past week were quickly over-shadowed, in my opinion, by two major side-effects (three, if you count the shameless emotional hijacking of “patriotic” Canadian citizens to further an already fabricated agenda) – the media’s assertion (without proof) that the acts of violence causing the unfortunate deaths of Corporal Nathan Cirillo...

“Through TV, the power elite have succeeded in creating a distracted, misinformed, divided, and class-driven society suffering historical amnesia and completely oblivious to true realities of their surroundings. And most of these return customers/victims view themselves as truly informed, yet are often first to berate and ridicule anyone who dares to hold or share an alternative perspective.”

“Stay true to your dreams regardless of what others say. When you enjoy what you are doing and know you are pursuing worthwhile goals, anything is possible.” – Mindi O’Brien

“The more I am rejected and ignored, the more defiant I become, and the more belligerent about proving my worth. I have to be, because no one else is. This obstinacy in the face of rejection characterizes a writer almost as much as a passion for words. Laypeople call this arrogance. They’re wrong. It’s self-preservation and it throws up a protective barrier around the deepest longing in a writer’s soul.” – unknown

“I just wanna go on adventures. Be around good energy. Connect with people. Learn new things. Grow.”

“Bruce [Lee] had me up to three miles a day, really at a good pace. We’d run the three miles in twenty-one or twenty-two minutes. Just under eight minutes a mile [Note: when running on his own in 1968, Lee would get his time down to six-and-a half minutes per mile]. So this morning he said to me ‘We’re going to go five.’ I said, ‘Bruce, I can’t go five. I’m a helluva lot older than you are, and I can’t do five.’ He said, ‘When we get to three, we’ll shift gears and it’s only two more and you’ll do it.’ I said ‘Okay, hell, I’ll go for it.’ So we get to three, we go into the fourth mile and I’m okay for three or four minutes, and then I really begin to give out. I’m tired, my heart’s pounding, I can’t go any more and so I say to him, ‘Bruce if I run any more,’ –and we’re still running- ‘if I run any more I’m liable to have a heart attack and die.’ He said, ‘Then die.’ It made me so mad that I went the full five miles. Afterward I went to the shower and then I wanted to talk to him about it. I said, you know, ‘Why did you say that?’ He said, ‘Because you might as well be dead. Seriously, if you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.’” – Joe Hyams