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Wayne Busby


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What is your favourite quote and why?

I would like to begin here a compendium of those bits of wisdom humanity perceives to be most true or without exception.

It is not necessary to name who might be credited with saying your selection, as no such person can honestly claim to have been without some outside inspiration, which catalyzed their creativity and moved them to express their insight.
Much like what you are called here to do.

If you yourself have distilled some wisdom through reflection, please allow me to present you this moment to pass it on here for consideration or perhaps start your own string.

The purpose of all this is to provide a most efficient tool for correlating the most valid ideas about morality and what we perceive to be real or important across culture or socialization. I would then like to work with you to turn this soil and see what new things (ideas) might grow. Food for the soul.

You are encouraged to emulate the creative process here so: COPY, COMBINE and TRANSFORM! Help me correlate.

Please comment in a constructive way if you agree or not with anything posted here and explain why.

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Herein you will find over 700 quotes and comments full of inspiration and wisdom, from Tedsters motivated by positivity and the betterment of mankind.
I am blessed and humbled to have consorted with them.
Get yourself your favourite comfort drink and stay a while, this is one of 'Ted Conversations' longest strings ever.

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    Mar 5 2012: "what is that which is but never becomes"-Plato

    Because a paradox does not present a trap, but presents a direction.
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      Mar 8 2012: Wow. Does it get more outside the box than that?! Your elucidation is, I find, equally interesting. I wonder if someone of us here might meld the two?
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        Mar 8 2012: Meld the two?
        If we are living in the present moment, it always IS the present moment and never becomes anything other than the present moment.

        This belief presents a direction...living in the present moment.

        I will also "meld" it with one of my favorite quotes..."...happiness is a way of travel not a destination"
        A "way of travel", IS in the moment and it is not a "trap" because we are moving toward a destination while being in the moment.
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          Mar 8 2012: Hi Coleen, are you saying the answer to Tim's riddle is "tomorrow"?
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          Mar 12 2012: yes someone once said. " It is not the destination that matters, it is the trip"

          There will never be a tomorrow :_P It is in fact Always NOW.

          Ram Das, began that movement in the US in the 60s and 70s with the saying: "Be Here Now" Also the title of, I think his first book.
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        Mar 8 2012: Wayne,
        My answer is NOW...the present moment. No doubt there are other answers/perceptions as well:>)
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          Mar 11 2012: Hello Colleen,

          I have followed your posts from time to time and always been inspired. would you be willing to share anything about how you started on the road to 'NOW'. Were you always so positive or if not, what type of trials or nurturing got you started?
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        Mar 9 2012: Infinity/Eternity..................No beginning and no end. It is, but it has not become. Once it becomes, or is created, then it no longer qualifies as "is" or always "present".

        I would imagine that Plato was discussing God, the Creator when he said this. Since scripture says he has no beginning.....he has always existed.....and he has no end. God is eternal. Hence, the reason some find it difficult to believe that Jesus is God, since Jesus "became".....was created as the first angelic being according to scripture. And also, he was sent to Earth, "became" human, lived, and died.

        Just some additional thoughts.
        • Mar 11 2012: I think their is lot for God if present to be involved in but saying no end to god is a debate cos the state of NOT BE is purer then nothing and Being. Yes god has to wear many hats, lot more coats and zillion shoes and be around know n unknow but at some point has to have the icecream or Not BE that which is the pure state and that of no return. However for that God has to do all the work like in a house wash utensils, mop floor, cook, comfort, etc., then sleep right?
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        Mar 11 2012: Dear Wayne,
        Thank you for the feedback and kind words:>) I'm glad to share stories, which is what my comments on TED are about. I usually speak from my own experiences and what I've learned, as I travel the life journey.

        I had a good start with an unconditionally loving mother who always saw the positive side of everything, believed she was here on earth for a purpose, and lived life by constantly modeling what she believed in.

        I have always felt like an observer/adventurer with the curiosity of a child, so while fully engaged in the moment, I've been observing everything and everyone around me, including myself:>)

        While I had the nurturing of my unconditionally loving mother, there was also a violent, abusive father, who taught me how NOT to be in this world. Yes, he was a valuable teacher as well. If I did not have an up close experience with violence, I may not have understood it quite as much.

        There were challenges in my life, as many of us have, which I believe are all opportunities to learn, grow and evolve. The greatest lesson for me was a near fatal head/brain injury, which I sustained at age 43. By that time in my life, after living with curiosity and intention to learn and grow, I thought I was doing really well with the life adventure...understood a lot of things, was clear with myself and others, and felt confident. My kids were off to college...doing well...I was a professional actor, singer, dancer, performing in musical theater, a competitive athlete, very active member of the community, honored by an international group as a "women of the 90s", etc.

        One day I went horseback riding, and when I regained conciousness 2 weeks later, I was again in a new-born child like state emotionally and physically. I took the journey to adulthood for the second time in this body. The importance of living in the moment was again reinforced.

        "Yesterday is but a dream,
        Tomorrow, a vision of hope,
        Look to this day for it is life."
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          Mar 11 2012: Thank-you, its all clear now:)!!
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          Mar 12 2012: ur thoughts are awesome..... Thanks for sharing...
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        Mar 12 2012: Thank you Harsh...nice to "see" you again on TED:>)

        Here's another little piece of information that may be helpful. When I hear or see a wonderful quote that resonates with me, I put copies all around my home...bathroom mirror, refrigerator, bed-side table, car visor, daily planner, etc. etc. I repeat it until it becomes part of me.

        At the time of the near fatal brain injury, I was also facing other challenges. My mother died, I was ending 24 years of marriage, a month after that, I was diagnosed with cancer, and two months after, I sustained the Traumaic Brain Injury, had an emergency craniotomy, and was not expected to live. I also experienced an NDE/OBE. When I DID live and regained consciousness, I was experiencing a whirlwind of emotions, and physical challenges. I happened to see this quote and embraced it:

        "Out of its abysses, unpredictable life emerges, with a never-ending procession of miracles, crises, healing, and growth. When I realize this once again, I see the absurdity of my belief that I can understand, predict and control life. All I can really do is go along for the ride, with as much consciousness and love as I can muster in the moment".
        (Molly Young Brown)

        There were times that it was beneficial to simply surrender to the circumstances and tell myself that the only thing I had to do that day was heal. This mantra still helps at times to detach from the past and the future, and be fully in the moment...all I can do sometimes, is go along for the ride with love in my heart:>)
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      Mar 12 2012: "what is that which is but never becomes"-Plato
      My answer is:

      It is that which is but never becomes!

      Often times the answer to a question does not need to be interpreted.

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