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Thursday, October 30, 2014

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The Price of Standing for Something Important


You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill


Let's be VERY clear about "having enemies."
It is never productive to consider anyone to be your "enemy."
The Churchill quote is about other people choosing to label YOU as THEIR enemy.
Whenever a person of principle advocates for important issues,
others will declare them an "enemy."
For example, Martin Luther King, Jr. never chose to view anyone as an enemy,
but many considered him to be their enemy.

Love is the only force capable of
transforming an enemy into friend.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

In matters of conscience,
the law of the majority has no place.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi 

In the practice of tolerance,
one's enemy is the best teacher.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Never do anything against conscience
even if the state demands it.
- Albert Einstein

You have heard that it was said,
"Love your neighbor and hate your enemy."
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
- Matthew 5:43-44


Further reading: Don't Let Criticism Get To You

Any Fool Can Criticize

Pragmatism

Conscience

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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Circumstance Reveals a Person's Nature


Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

There are no hopeless situations; there are only men
who have grown hopeless about them.
- Clare Boothe Luce

It's not the situation that's causing your stress,
it's your thoughts,
and you can change that right here and now.
You can choose to be peaceful right here and now.
Peace is a choice,
and it has nothing to do with
what other people do or think.
- Gerald Jampolsky

Close scrutiny will show that most "crisis situations"
are opportunities to either advance,
or stay where you are.
- Maxwell Maltz

Our lives are defined not by the challenges we encounter,
but by how we respond to those challenges.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: What One Emphasizes.

An Attitude of Gratitude

How I React

Thoughtful Response, Not Panic

Moderate the Anger Response Through Training

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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Life's Daring Adventure


Security is mostly a superstition.
It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.
Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
- Helen Keller

There is no security on this Earth,
there is only opportunity.
- Douglas MacArthur

There are no guarantees.
From the viewpoint of fear, none are strong enough.
From the viewpoint of love, none are necessary.
- Emmanuel (Pat Rodegast)

The trouble is,
if you don't risk anything,
you risk even more.
- Erica Jong

Our only security is our ability to change.
- John Lilly

Those of true faith don't require guaranteed security.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Guarantees

Our Opportunity

Risk a Little

All Life is a Risk

Thrown Out of the Nest

Monday, October 27, 2014

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Everything is a Miracle


There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

Can you imagine a life with no fear?
What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats?
- Max Lucado

Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.
The real miracle is the love that inspires them.
In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.
- A Course in Miracles

If I were to say, "God, why me?" about the bad things,
then I should have said, "God, why me?"
about the good things that happened in my life.
- Arthur Ashe

The struggle ends when the gratitude begins.
- Neale Donald Walsch


Further reading: Giving Thanks for the Small Miracles

Unanswered Prayers

Three Rules of Life

Faith Plus Action

Don't Struggle

Sunday, October 26, 2014

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Adjust Your Sails


We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.
- Bertha Calloway (attributed)

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached,
don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
- Confucius

I am the captain of my soul.
- William Ernest Henley

We must free ourselves of the hope
that the sea will ever rest.
We must learn to sail in high winds.
- Aristotle Onassis

We must adjust to changing times
and still hold to unchanging principles.
- Jimmy Carter

To reach a port, we must sail -
sail, not tie at anchor - sail, not drift.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt quoting Oliver Wendell Holmes


Today's affirmation:
I set my own course through the ocean of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Boldly Sail the Storms of Life

What Can Christopher Columbus Teach Us Today?

Tested by Storms

An Anchor And A Sail

Being the Melody

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