*“A wise man once said nothing.” *—Proverb

I LOVE spending time on my own.

I’m not a narcissist.

Plato

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”

“Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation.”

J.K. Rowling

“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.”

“No, there is literally nothing on the business side that I wouldn’t sacrifice in a heartbeat to have an extra couple of hours’ writing. Nothing.”

*“Secretly we’re all a little more absurd than we make ourselves out to be.” *

Bill Gates

“I think introverts can do quite well. If you’re clever you can learn to get the benefits of being an introvert, which may be, say, being willing to go off for a few days and think about a tough problem, read everything you can, push yourself very hard to think out on the edge of that area.”

I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot”.

“The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.”

Abraham Lincoln

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

“A man watches his pear tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both fruit and tree. But let him patiently wait, and the ripe pear at length falls into his lap.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

“Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.”

“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.”

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.”

Albert Einstein

“When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.”

“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life *stimulates the creative mind.”*

Larry Page

“We’re at maybe 1% of what is possible. Despite the faster change, we’re still moving slow relative to the opportunities we have. I think a lot of that is because of the negativity… Every story I read is Google vs someone else. That’s boring. We should be focusing on building the things that don’t exist.”

“I have over 2 million followers now on Google Plus.”

Henry David Thoreau

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”

Mahatma Gandhi

A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes.”

“An ounce of practice is worth more than *tons of preaching.”*

“Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.”

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”

Marilyn Monroe

*“I restore myself when I’m alone.” *

Rosa Parks

“My only concern was to get home after a hard day’s work.”

“Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. There were many others who felt the same way.”

Audrey Hepburn

“I’m an introvert… I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.”

“I have to be alone very often. I’d be perfectly happy if I spent Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.”

“I don’t want to be alone, I want to be left alone.”

“Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.”

Paolo Coelho

“Blessed are those who do not fear solitude, who are not afraid of their own company, who are not always desperately looking for something to do, something to amuse themselves with, something to judge.”

“They say that extroverts are unhappier than introverts and have to compensate for this by constantly proving to themselves how happy and contented and at ease with life they are.”

Charles Darwin

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”

“The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.”

Mark Zuckerberg

“A squirrel dying in front of your house may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa.”

Michael Jordan

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”

Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.”

“To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate.”

Nikola Tesla

“Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone—that is the secret of invention: be alone, that is when ideas are born.”~ Nikola Tesla

Warren Buffett

“You’ve gotta keep control of your time, and you can’t unless you say no. You can’t let people set your agenda in life.”

“The most important investment you can make is in yourself.”

Steve Wozniak

*“I don’t believe anything really revolutionary has ever been invented by committee… I’m going to give you some advice that might be hard to take. That advice is: Work alone… Not on a committee. Not on a team.” *

“Most inventors and engineers I’ve met are like me. They’re shy and they live in their heads. The very best of them are artists. And artists work best alone…”

Aldous Huxley

“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”

Steven Spielberg

“Every time I go to a movie, it’s magic, no matter what the movie’s about.”

“The public has an appetite for anything about imagination – anything that is as far away from reality as is creatively possible.”

Sir Isaac Newton

If I have done the public any service, it is due to my patient thought.”

“Plato is my friend; Aristotle is my friend, but my greatest friend is truth.”

Stephen Hawking

“Quiet people have the loudest minds.”

Dr. Seuss

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”

“Think and wonder, wonder and think.”

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”

Anne Frank

*“I think a lot, but I don’t say much.” *

*Jimi Hendrix *

“I’m the one that has to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to.”

“Knowledge speaks but wisdom listens.”

Bob Dylan

“Being noticed can be a burden. Jesus got himself crucified because he got himself noticed. So I disappear a lot.”

“I kinda live where I find myself. “

Tom Hanks

“Everybody has something that chews them up and, for me, that thing was always loneliness. The cinema has the power to make you not feel lonely, even when you are.”

Barack Obama

“Why can’t I just eat my waffle?”

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4 Big Mysteries Still Surrounding Cannabis (Marijuana)

Many people believe marijuana will likely be fully legal within the United States within the next five to ten years, depending on who you ask. The popular substance has been used by humans recreationally for thousands of years, regardless of its legality as deemed by a governing entity. Its prohibition has been lifted in several states in the U.S., seeing about 20 percent of Americans now living in states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

But, as with any legal substance within a country, it benefits the general public to have scientific research conducted to learn the various health effects that its use may cause. Unfortunately, because of the stigma surrounding the plant and its severe drug classification by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), research surrounding marijuana is difficult to pursue and even harder to fund--ultimately leading to people using the drug without truly knowing what to expect health wise.

Here are four big mysteries still surrounding marijuana today:

What’s actually in the plant?

If we shrunk ourselves down to atom-sized human beings and dove into a bud of the marijuana plant, we’d find at least 400 different chemical compounds that exist within it. 60 of these compounds are cannabinoids, meaning they interact with a specific part of the human brain, affecting everything from appetite to memory to mood to consciousness.

Not only do we not fully understand this part of the human brain just yet, we’ve yet to fully analyze all of the compounds present in marijuana, meaning we have some idea of how it affects us, but are far from solving the entire puzzle.

"We know a lot about THC and we're starting to learn about CBD. Out of about 400 [compounds] we know a decent amount about two,” says Ryan Vandrey who studies marijuana as an associate professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

The long-term use effects of CBD vs. THC

To make things even more complicated, marijuana growers are churning out new strains of the plant every day, each one with a specific set of compounds and preferred uses.

Not to mention, its potency has gone way up since being legalized. Two decades ago, it would be considered “good weed” if the THC percentage was above 10 percent. Nowadays, it is not uncommon to find strains of marijuana that regularly produce anywhere from 15 to over 30 percent THC.

Each time a grower makes a small change to a strain, THC and CBD levels will shift accordingly. And with THC percentages projected to continue increasing, researchers are now faced with questions such as ‘what happens when THC concentration “goes up to 40, 50, 60 percent?”’

Some are worried due to research showing changes in the brains of heavy users.

Zero scientific studies regarding sativa vs. indica strains

Much of the what the marijuana community regards as common knowledge about the substance hasn’t been reaffirmed by any sort of scientific evidence.

For example, most marijuana enthusiasts know that there are two general categories that a strain of weed falls into: sativa or indica. Sativas are known for producing energetic highs, while indicas are known to give you heavy body highs that promote relaxation. Yet, there doesn’t exist a single study saying either of these claims are true. The community simply knows this to be the case simply through their own experiences.

In order to establish a fully legal market, a more complete understanding of the substance and its effects needs to be defined. When we look at the alcohol market, we’re flooded with information such as the differences between a bottle of wine, a bottle of hard liquor, a session beer with low ABV and high ABV beers like IPAs.

We have very little information regarding the different strains, concentrations and different effects marijuana has depending on the way you ingest it into your body.

The effects of recreational use

Long-term studies that look at the effects of long-term usage are hard to come by, meaning information regarding marijuana’s effects for people who smoke every day versus those who smoke once a day or even once a week is little to none.

However, there are researchers out there who are just starting to embark on this mission. One study is currently tracking a group of medical marijuana users over a period of time longer than a year to analyze any and all health changes. Particularly, they are hoping to find any changes to sleep patterns, cognitive functionality, and overall quality of life.

The study is also targeting a much older demographic than is typically seen--adults with an average age of around 48. This is to hopefully shed light on how marijuana changes the health of adults and people who have surely stopped growing in almost every aspect.

Recreationally speaking, there is a bit of information regarding heavy or chronic users. There have been links to depression, problems sleeping, decreased emotional control and decreased memory functioning. However, these changes are predominantly seen in users who have consumed the substance since before the ages of 16 or 17.

Where are we now?

While we currently have studies looking into some of the most important questions regarding marijuana consumption, our understanding of the plant is far from being complete. Some long-term studies will not be able to report their findings until they are finished collecting data at least 10 years from now.

Should marijuana become legal on a big-scale, as in nation-wide, we will undoubtedly start seeing more research being conducted on the substance and will be able to fully benefit from its medicinal properties, as well as put out the necessary information regarding its long-term and recreational effects.

For the moment, we just have to wait and see.

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3 Powerful Truths About Brave Mothers Who Undergo C-Sections

Motherhood is a daunting prospect to think about. It brings dramatic change to one’s life as new responsibilities, worries and hopes begin to churn in the mind. It’s also one of the most rewarding things a woman can ever do.

I recently spoke with a friend who was telling me how an older woman had berated and belittled her as a mother because she hadn’t given birth the “natural way.” While my friend was giving birth, something went wrong and they had to perform an emergency Caesarean section to save her daughter--an experience that so many other women can relate to.

C-sections aren’t some cop-out. They’re scary, and take a tremendous amount of strength, courage and faith.

Here are 3 truths about women who have C-sections that more people need to understand.

They have to wait until everything is said and done before finally knowing if things are alright

Many people are completely unaware that C-sections are actually a major surgical procedure that can have major consequences should something go wrong. Once the baby is safely removed and alive, the battle isn’t over. Doctors won’t know for sure whether or not the mother is okay until the anesthesia has passed.

Not to mention, the mother is fully awake and conscious when they start performing the surgery. While she might not feel the pain, she is very aware of what’s happening and experiences the dull, unpleasant sensations of the movement happening inside of her. For some, it is a traumatic experience, yet they endure because they know it will be worth it in the end.

They’re often all alone in the operating room

Not only are C-sections incredibly risky for both the mother and the child, the mothers who undergo them often find themselves alone in the operating room due to the dramatic nature of the surgery. This leaves them without support or a familiar face telling them things will be okay. They’re left completely uncertain as to all the little details; they just know it’s something that needs to be done, regardless of their well-being.

It truly is a war being waged between fear and loneliness and the undying love they have for their child.

Their recovery is an entirely new battle they must fight all over again

Typically during a C-section, doctors must cut through all of the tissue in the lower abdomen. Once this is done, the uterus is opened with a second incision. As one might imagine, the recovery process for this type of surgery is incredibly painful and uncomfortable. Typically, they recommend the mother rest in the hospital for several days before going home.

But, a mother with a newborn has her entire world focused on her child. She does whatever she can, even when it means being exhausted and in constant pain. They must find an inner strength that puts their baby before themselves, even when they’re in a weakened state.

They do it because they know every new change in their life is worth it. And everything they do now is for the sake of that little piece of them that has arrived in this world ready to grow into a beautiful person. They’re reminded that their sacrifice is not in vain every time their baby smiles at them, grasps their finger, or makes a silly face.

C-section mothers are left with a scar that tells them everyday just how strong and capable they are. If you’re a C-section mom, never feel as though your scar is shameful. Wear it with pride and recognize it for the symbol that it is. A symbol of strength, courage, bravery and love.

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Quiz: What Does Your Subconscious Self Reveal About Your Religion?

Are you aware that you have a separate form of consciousness that lies beneath the one you operate with everyday? It’s called your subconscious, and it’s the part of consciousness that French psychologist Pierre Janet theorized exists “underneath the layers of critical-thought functions of the conscious mind.”

Some people see the subconscious as a type of data storage center where everything that has ever happened to you is stored in memory form. That’s a lot of information, as you can imagine. Some say that by the time we reach the age of 21, we’ve already accumulated more than 100 times the information that exists in an entire series of encyclopedias.

It is the subconscious that is influencing us when we step outside of our comfort zone to try anything new. It’s where all of our habits and rituals are rooted. It’s what is constantly churning both day and night to cause you to behave, act and think in ways that align with your thoughts, feelings, and desires.

You can use your subconscious right here and now to determine what your true religion is. Give a try and find out for yourself what your subconscious is secretly trying to tell you!

And be sure to share with friends and loved ones who would also be interested in discovering more about their religion based on the mysteriously complex workings of the subconscious!

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Man Takes Video of Duckling Who Follows Him Every Morning After People Doubted His Story

Not many people have ducks for pets, but after watching this adorable video you might want to go out and find one to call your own.

Meet Charley, the little duckling chasing around the man in the video. YouTube user matizhan uploaded this video of him and the duckling who follows him around, much to the delight of the rest of the Internet.

Charley absolutely loves his owner and wants to follow him everywhere.

Charley follows him with a big happy face and an energetic step. It’s easy to see that Charley is one happy duckling. His little wings flap and he chirps as matizhan takes him on a brief trip up and down their driveway on a rainy morning.

Source: duck hunter animals by karlos99 on Rumble

If you’re not a morning person, much like myself, you know that it’s the little things that make waking up in the morning better. I have to say, it might be a little easier for me to get up if I knew that I had to take this little guy for a walk before heading out for the rest of the day!

Who else wants a Charley as their buddy?

Please share with friends and family who need a bit of cheering up or who just love adorable baby animals!

h/t SunGazing

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