Aphorisms I have learned:
-The Status Quo exists for a perfectly good reason-- to be smashed to bits at rather frequent intervals.
-When the troll threatens & tells you you can't cross the bridge--build your own damn bridge.
-You get great at things by doing them. A lot. There are no shortcuts.
-Cynicism is a losing strategy.
-Cynicism feeds on other's cynicism. Hope grows through the difference it makes in the world.
-Generosity of spirit has the potential to change everything.