Pick Me Ups

A friendly picker upper for the perfect stranger.

Healing – Caroline Myss March 5, 2012

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The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.
– Caroline Myss


Good Books – Mortimer J. Adler November 13, 2011

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In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.

-Mortimer J. Adler, philosopher, educator and author (1902-2001)


Happiness – Aristotle January 6, 2011

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One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.
– Aristotle


Inner Peace – Dalai Lama December 21, 2010

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We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
– Dalai Lama


Seven Blunders of the World December 4, 2010

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Location: Thode Library balcony cubicle (McMaster University)


Dear Perfect Stranger,

There are many things that we as people have found to be wrong with our society. Non-violence activist and freedom fighter, Mahatma Gandhi, came up with a comprehensive list of these things called “Seven Blunders of the World”. What he came up with follows.

1. Wealth without work

2. Pleasure without conscience

3. Knowledge without character

4. Commerce without morality

5. Science without humanity

6. Worship with sacrifice

7. Politics without principle

I think those seven mistakes cover just about ever situation which we as a society find unfair. What do you think? Would you add anything to that list? Have you seen yourself affected by any of these blunders?

Have a wonderful day!


Your friendly picker upper 🙂


The World As I See It – Albert Einstein November 16, 2010

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An excerpt from the essay “The World As I See It” by Albert Einstein.

“How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people — first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and still receiving…”

A condensed version of the rest of this essay can be found here: An Essay By Einstein


Conversation – William Shakespeare November 8, 2010

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Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affection, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.
– William Shakespeare

Impressions – Dalai Lama October 25, 2010

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Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.

– Dalai Lama


Entertaining a Notion – Lemony Snicket September 29, 2010

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“Entertaining a notion, like entertaining a baby cousin or entertaining a pack of hyenas, is a dangerous thing to refuse to do. If you refuse to entertain a baby cousin, the baby cousin may get bored and entertain itself by wandering off and falling down a well. If you refuse to entertain a pack of hyenas, they may become restless and entertain themselves by devouring you. But if you refuse to entertain a notion – which is just a fancy way of saying that you refuse to think about a certain idea – you have to be much braver than someone who is merely facing some blood-thirsty animals, or some parents who are upset to find their little darling at the bottom of a well, because nobody knows what an idea will do when it goes off to entertain itself.”

– Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid


Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain August 27, 2010

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Location: Under a lunch bag


” Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the tradewinds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

– Mark Twain