VitaSoul – Pablo Picasso

Everything you can imagine is real. ~ Pablo Picasso

VitaSoul – Steve Maraboli

“Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” ~Steve Maraboli

No Black Friday

No Black Friday – In Protest of the travesty of injustice please Do Not spend any money this Black Friday Weekend #MikeBrown #NoJusticeNoPeace

VitaSoul – Anne Frank

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” ~Anne Frank

VitaSoul – Marilyn Monroe

“We should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.” ~Marilyn Monroe

VitaSoul – Audrey Hepburn

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” ~Audrey Hepburn

VitaSoul – Oprah Winfrey

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~Oprah Winfrey

VitaSoul – The 14th Dalai Lama

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” ~ The 14th Dalai Lama

VitaSoul – Ralph Charell

“Nobody succeeds beyond his or her wildest expectations unless he or she begins with some wild expectations.” ~ Ralph Charell

VitaSoul – John F. Kennedy

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~John F. Kennedy

VitaSoul – Agnes de Mille

“Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how…We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.” ~ Agnes de Mille

Ode to Books by Carike Claassen

A week or two ago, I found myself in a place I had nearly forgotten existed: The local library. It was, in a world gone digital, a trip down memory lane.

As a little girl, I used to love weekly trips to the library with my mother. The anticipation of gathering up last week’s books in order to return them, and setting off to the library. Diving into the miraculous, cool quiet of a world of books, eager to see which gem would be discovered that day.

Fast forward a few years (okay, decades) and the love of reading remains. But I have to wonder if we’ve lost some soul to digital books. Please, don’t misunderstand me – I love my Kindle. Surprisingly much, for someone who used to think of herself as somewhat of a purist when it came to books and reading and therefore never expected to like e-books at all.

But to walk through a library, or a bookstore for that matter, and run your fingers along the multicoloured spines reclining on the shelves. To inhale the unique scent of old books and listen to the faint rustling of pages as they are leisurely turned by fellow browsers. And then, the ultimate thrill – the flutter of excitement at recognising a title you love (or know that you possibly could, if only the two of you could spend some time getting to know each other.)

There is a sensuality and warmth to books and libraries that we need to revel in. We’ve seen the value of Slow Living – Slow Food and Slow Cities. Maybe it’s time we indulge in some Slow Reading, too.

VitaSoul – Carl Gustav Jung

“Your vision becomes clear when you look inside your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” ~ Carl Gustav Jung

VitaSoul – Margaret Walker

“Friends and good manners will carry you where money won’t go.” ~ Margaret Walker

VitaSoul – Unknown

“Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you – not because they are nice, but because you are.” ~ Unknown

VitaSoul – Walt Disney

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”~Walt Disney

VitaSoul – Steve Jobs

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” ~Steve Jobs

VitaSoul – H. Jackson Brown, Jr

“Good manners sometimes means simply putting up with other people’s bad manners.” ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr

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