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5 of My Favorite Gold Nuggets

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Here are five of my favorite entires from the Journey section of the book “Gold Nuggets – Readings for Experiential Education“, a book I used a lot back when I was a ropes course director.

Even After the Heaviest Storm
Even after the heaviest storm the birds come out singing, so why can’t we delight in whatever good thing remains in us?
– Rose Kennedy

Every Child
Every child has inside him an aching void for excitement and if we don’t fill it with something which is exciting and interesting and good for him, he will fill it with something which is exciting and interesting and which isn’t good for him.
– Theodore Roosevelt

If I Had My Life to Live Over
I’d dare to make more mistakes next time. I’d relax, I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I’d have fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I am one of those people who has lived sensibly and sanely, hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I’ve had my moments, and if I had to do it over again, I’d have more of them. In fact, I’d try to have nothing else. Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day. I’ve been one of those people who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat and a parachute. If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.

If I had my life to live over, I would start bare foot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.
– Nadine Stair (A 78-year old woman as quoted in the July, 1975 issue of Association for Humanistic Psychology Newsletter)

Go For It!
Go for it!
Life lived gloriously…freely
Not sitting back and waiting
but reaching out to experience the
joys and sorrows
questions and answers
struggles and victories
and everything in between,
Go for it!
not timidly, fearfully
inching into life’s waters
but plunging in
with courage
and faith
and hope
Knowing the freedom of total commitment.
Go for it!
Not isolated…alone, but living
and learning
and growing with others
Knowing their support
and sharing it with them.
Go for it!
Rejoicing in the world around you
the people who share it…
The God who made it.
Go for it!
-Sharon Baack

Fear is Nature’s Warning Signal
Although generalizations are dangerous, I venture to say that at the bottom of most fears, both mild and severe, will be found an overactive mind and an underactive body. Hence, I have advised many people, in their quest for happiness, to use their heads less and their arms and legs more…in useful work or play. We generate fears while we sit; we overcome them in action. Fear is nature’s warning signal to get busy.
– Dr. Henry Link

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