Richard G. Petty, MD

A Built In Safety Device?


“It is as if evolution has built a safety device in our nervous system that allows us to experience full happiness only when we are living at 100%–when we are fully using the physical and mental equipment we have been given.”

–Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Italian-born Hungarian American Psychologist and Author, 1934-)      

“Good Business: Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning” (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)

Life Is An Adventure

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“Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing.”   

–Helen Keller (American Blind and Deaf Author, Educator and Swedenborgian Philosopher, 1880-1968)   

Living, Not Existing


“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”         

–Oscar Wilde (Irish Dramatist and Wit, 1854-1900)

Life Is To Be Enjoyed!

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“In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.”

–Gordon Bitner Hinckley (American Theologian, and, from 1995-2008, the 15th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1910-2008)   

Play Your Part in Life

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“I could not, at any age, be content to take my place 
by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”

–Eleanor Roosevelt (American Diplomat, First Lady and Humanitarian, 1884-1962)   

The Aim of Life?

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“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”   

–Henry Miller
 (American Writer, 1891-1980

Avoid Life? I Don’t Think So!

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“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”

–Virginia Woolf (English Writer, 1882-1941)   

Living Life

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“While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die whether it is our spirit, our creativity or our glorious uniqueness.”           

–Gilda Radner (American Comedian and Actor, 1946-1989)

Organic Organization

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“Organisms shape themselves in response to their neighbors and their environments. All respond to one another, co-evolving and co-creating the complex systems of organization that we see in nature. Life is systems-seeking. It seeks organization. Organization is a naturally occurring phenomenon. Self-organization is the powerful force by which Gaia created herself through relationships, creating all the living systems we see. She knows how to organize from the inside out, from partnering with neighbors rather than from imposition and control.”     

–Margaret J. Wheatley (American Writer and Expert in Organization Behavior and Systems Thinking, 1944-)   

{“Reclaiming Gaia, Reclaiming Life”}

“The Fabric of the Future: Women Visionaries Illuminate the Path to Tomorow” (Patrice Wynne, Ken Wilber)

Engaging With Life

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“Life is always walking up to us and saying, “Come on in, the living’s fine,” and what do we do? Back off and take its picture.”

–Russell Baker

 (American Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, 1925-)

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