Bookmark this...April 2009 Inspiration - Clarity

Y'know, it's never too late to look for clarity - so here's the inspiration page from April...enjoy!

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Journaling Prompts

Gaining Clarity: People use different strategies to find a path toward clarity when faced with confusion. Can you think of a time in your life when things looked cloudy but through your efforts became clear? What did you do to create that shift? Did you use therapy, meditation, prayer, journaling or some other device or activity to achieve freedom? Have you ever felt stuck in the mud and then experienced a release, seemingly without any action on your part? How do you account for that?

Your Vision of the Future: How clearly do you see what you dream of for your future? Do you have goals that you can get your mind around and visualize, or is it difficult for you to think ahead about what you want your future to look like? How has your vision for your future changed over time? How have your changing life circumstances shifted your perspective about the ever-elusive moving target of 'the future'?

The Mirror: When you look in the mirror, who do you see? Are you a warrior, vulnerable, sweet? Does it change based on your mood? Can you see the face of your mother or father in yours, and if so, does that make you feel good or bad? Do you ever look in a mirror and not recognize who you see? Is it your inner self or outer self that makes the biggest initial impression on you?

Someone Else's Eyes: Sometimes it takes the point of view of someone else to help you see clearly. How do the people in your life help you see what is possible for your life or clear away the cobwebs that obstruct your view? Do you find yourself in the position of being the 'eyes' of your friends and loved ones? Can you sometimes see things that they can't? How do you decide when and how to share your insight?

Rear View: I love the visual of a car's rear view mirror, where you can see things behind you. What has become clear about your past as you look back at your experiences that you didn't know at the time? Are there things you see in the mirror that you'd like to leave behind? What are they, and why?

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I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream. Vincent van Gogh

When the defects of others are perceived with so much clarity, it is because one possesses them oneself. Jules Renard

Perfect clarity would profit the intellect but damage the will. Blaise Pascal

Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision. Aldous Huxley

More important than the quest for certainty is the quest for clarity. Francois Gautier

Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what he loves. Blaise Pascal

For me, the greatest beauty always lies in the greatest clarity. Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Simplicity, clarity, singleness: These are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy as they are also the marks of great art. They seem to be the purpose of God for his whole creation. Richard Holloway

Although our intellect always longs for clarity and certainty, our nature often finds uncertainty fascinating. Karl von Clausewitz

Clarity is the counterbalance of profound thoughts. Marquis de Vauvenargues

Clarity, clarity, surely clarity is the Most beautiful thing in the world, A limited, limiting clarity I have not and never did have any Motive of poetry But to achieve clarity. George Oppen

Will our life not be a tunnel between two vague clarities? Or will it not be a clarity between two dark triangles? Pablo Neruda

This is the mysterious world which is available to you if you can pass the jungle of questions and doubts and reach into the clear, where there are no questions and doubts, and no answers either. Just you are in utter silence, with immense clarity, with tremendous sharpness. Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously. Henry Kissinger

I keep the subject of my inquiry constantly before me, and wait till the first dawning opens gradually, by little and little, into a full and clear light. Isaac Newton

Art is science made clear. Jean Cocteau

The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret. Henri-Frédéric Amiel

The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane. Nikola Tesla

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth. Mahatma Gandhi

The most powerful factors in the world are clear ideas in the minds of energetic men of good will. J. Arthur Thomson

That's the way things come clear. All of a sudden. And then you realize how obvious they've been all along. Madeleine L'Engle

We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves. Lynn Hall

People who ask our advice almost never take it. Yet we should never refuse to give it, upon request, for it often helps us to see our own way more clearly. Brendan Francis

Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall. Oliver Wendell Holmes

In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield. Warren Buffett

As you become more clear about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you - the first time around. Oprah Winfrey

Our bodies communicate to us clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen to them. Shakti Gawain

The happiest excitement in life is to be convinced that one is fighting for all one is worth on behalf of some clearly seen and deeply felt good. Ruth Benedict

I always wanted a happy ending... Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity. Gilda Radner

The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion, all in one. John Ruskin

It is only with one's heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

It is natural to give a clear view of the world after accepting the idea that it must be clear. Albert Camus

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. Jean-Paul Sartre

The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it. Thucydides

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