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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

Where do you want to go?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

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Our World is Magnificent - All of it


The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
- Oscar Wilde

We have to stop and be humble enough
to understand that there is something called mystery.
- Paulo Coelho

To know the whole world is nothing
when it is compared to knowing your own inner mystery of life.
- Osho

The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

Today is a good day to look around at the grandeur of creation.
Whether flower or cactus, butterfly or caterpillar, elk or lizard,
vegetable garden or compost pile.
Our world is magnificent - all of it.
Rejoice and give thanks for all of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: The Mystery of Life

Experience Life with Reverence

Wonder and Mystery

Beyond Answers

Friday, October 24, 2014

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Stand Up To Your Obstacles


Obstacles are those frightful things you see
when you take your eyes off your goals.
- Henry Ford

Stand up to your obstacles
and do something about them.
You will find that they haven't
half the strength you think they have.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Success is to be measured not so much
by the position that one has reached in life
as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
- Booker T. Washington

Choose your goal and keep your eye on it. Never give up.
Perhaps you will need to change your plan
and approach you goal from a different direction, but don't quit.
Keep thinking. Keep re-planning. Keep going.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Circumstances don't defeat you -
you defeat yourself when you give up.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Photo: Talking to relatives across the Berlin Wall 1961.

Further reading: Step by Step

Wanting is Not Enough

What is Defeat?

Choose to Soar

Keep Moving

Beyond Failure

Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Avoid Labeling Yourself


Set Life's Rhythm with Your Heart-Drum
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every man and woman is born into the world
to do something unique and something distinctive;
and if he or she does not do it, it will never be done.
- Benjamin E. Mays

Don't let the noise of others' opinions
drown out your own inner voice.
- Steve Jobs

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
- Raymond Lindquist


You didn't get stamped out of a mold. You aren't a "black person" or a "white person," a "fat person" or a "skinny person," a "bad person" or a "good person." You are a highly complex human being with emotions, beliefs, capabilities. Each day you face challenges to your health, relationships, finances, and world-view -- and every day you respond to those challenges in ways which are unique to you.

Honor and love all of your unique self. Never diminish yourself with self-applied labels or categorizations.

Today's affirmation:
I follow my own star and my own inner compass.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Don't Label Yourself, or Others

Honor Your Heart

Other People's Opinions

Categorizing People

Trust Your Intuition

You Make Your World

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Worry, Frustration and Resentment


Our fatigue is often caused not by work,
but by worry, frustration and resentment.
- Dale Carnegie

There is nothing that wastes the body like worry,
and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed
to worry about anything whatsoever.
- Mohandas Gandhi

My recipe for dealing with anger and frustration:
set the kitchen timer for twenty minutes,
cry, rant, and rave, and at the sound of the bell,
simmer down and go about business as usual.
- Phyllis Diller

3 Rs that Plague Humanity - Regret, Resentment, and Revenge.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whether we allow external events to shape our lives
at a core level is very much within our own control.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: How to Live a Stress-Free Life

Renew Yourself

Create Balance

Feeling Stuck?

Finding Peace in Forgiveness

How to get over regrets and resentments


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