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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Love from the Children of Langkloof South Africa

If you may count every drop of water in the ocean and
count every grain of sand in the sea -
multiply it by a thousand and that's how much I love you.
- George of Langkloof

While it is tempting to reword "grain of sand in the sea" to "grain of sand in the desert" or "grain of sand on all the world's beaches," consider how much more sand lies on the sea bottom than on beaches or deserts.

Read more love letters from the children of Langkloof (scroll down on that page to "some letters from the children")

These love letters were written in response to the efforts of a group of teenage girls from Cincinnati Ohio several years ago working to help rebuild a South African village by the name of Langkloof. As far as I can tell, the project is no longer active, as I did not receive a reply to my emails to the address on their website.

Inner Smile

Peace begins with a smile.
- Mother Teresa

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Inner Smile: While breathing deeply and slowly, close your eyes and set the corners of your mouth in just the slightest smile. Visualize your smile growing larger and larger, and your happiness increasing.

Further reading: Ten Little Tips to Feel Happier Right Now

Today is your day to dance lightly with life. - jlh

Grin your smile; giggle your laugh; unfurl your joy. - jlh

Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Promises to Myself

The most important promises are the ones we make to ourselves.
The promises we makes to ourselves are the things that assure us we have the capacity to keep our promises to others.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Consider how much you do or do not value your promises to yourself. Do you take such promises seriously? Break them easily? Make new promises as circumstances change?

*** Book of the day: Promises to Myself. Mary Anne Radmacher's new book, Promises to Myself, joins Lean Forward into Your Life, Live Boldly, Courage Doesn't Always Roar, May Your Walls Know Joy, and (co-authored with me, Jonathan Lockwood Huie) Simply An Inspired Life: Consciously Choosing Unbounded Happiness in Good Times & Bad.

Mary Anne blogs about Promises to Myself at maryanne.simplyaninspiredlife.com and offers on-line classes and workshops based on Promises to Myself.

Further reading: Mary Anne Radmacher's blog

Do or do not, there is no try. - Yoda (Star Wars movie)

George Washington Carver: Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Life and Death: Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005

Amazing speech. If you don't choose to watch the whole 15-minute video, watch the part (just past the halfway point - 7:50) where Steve Jobs talks about death and the importance of living each day. As a survivor of pancreatic cancer, Steve Jobs speaks about life and death from his heart.

Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005 ...



You can also read the text of Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005.

Believe in Yourself

Believe in Yourself
- Anonymous

Whatever anyone ever says about you, you have only yourself to answer to. Trust yourself. If you feel you have done your best, ignore your critics. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

Further reading: Self Confidence Quotes

Self-confidence

Rejection - how to cope

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Don’t Quit: Winners Never Quit, and Quitters Never Win

Winners Never Quit, and Quitters Never Win
- Vince Lombardi

Failure is success if we learn from it.
- Malcolm Forbes

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.

*** Book of the day: What It Takes to Be #1 : Vince Lombardi on Leadership

Further reading: Success Quotes

Leadership Quotes

Winston Churchill: Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

Vince Lombardi quote: Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Carpe Diem - Seize The Day


Carpe Diem (Seize The Day)
- Horace

Today is the first and last day of forever.
- Stephenie Meyer (Twilight Saga)

Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.
- Eckhart Tolle


"Seize The Day" (Carpe Diem) is sometimes interpreted as an invitation to party irresponsibly - without regard for the consequences. My interpretation of Carpe Diem is to seize the day in the sense of honoring the importance and sanctity of each day we live. It is so easy to delay the important parts of living until another day. But don't do that... Do something truly important Today.

Make Today count. Today - each Today - is the most important day of your life.

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Further reading: Living In The Now Quotes

The Paradox Of Living In The Moment - How To Be Happy Today And Prepare For Tomorrow

Eskimo Saying: Yesterday is ashes. Tomorrow is green wood. Only today does the fire burn brightly.

Today is the bridge between acceptance and faith

Twilight Quotes

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Life is no brief candle to me - George Bernard Shaw

Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
- George Bernard Shaw

The soul would have no rainbow,
Had the eyes no tears.
- John Vance Cheney


We would never have a word for Joy if there were no suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Today, I am profoundly grateful for ALL of life. I am thankful for everything good in my life. I am also thankful for everything that I perceive as "bad," for those elements sharpen the quality of my experience of life. My painful experiences both provide a contrast that heightens the more enjoyable aspects of life, and also become my teacher to constantly refine my thoughts and actions along the road of life.

Without the contrast and stimulus of life challenges, my life would become like a stagnant pond, and I become like a log floating in it. I am grateful that life is more like a raging river, with sharp drops and quick turns.

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Further reading: Celebrating Rainbows and Butterflies - the Small Miracles of Our Life

GRATITUDE - the third Point of Simply An Inspired Life

The River of Life - jlh

Monday, January 25, 2010

Curiosity - Curious

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. - Walt Disney

Curiosity is one of the main factors that keeps us excited and engaged with life. Being curious, we look forward to the adventures that lie ahead.

Curiosity keeps one young - in thought and in action.

Further reading: Quotes about Curious and Curiosity

I Sing Wild Songs Of Adventure

Eternity

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Every problem... Norman Vincent Peale

Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don't have any problems, you don't get any seeds.
- Norman Vincent Peale


In their own way, problems can be blessings. They can be the prod to get us out of our complacency and into action.

Problems create an opportunity for us to exercise our ingenuity, to plan, to persevere, to interact with our social network, and to feel a sense of accomplishment when we finally overcome the unexpected roadblock.

Further reading: Self Confidence Quotes

When you keep getting the wrong answers, try asking better questions - jlh

Abraham Maslow: If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.

Sometimes the things you really want sneak in the back door. Notice. - Mary Anne Radmacher

Saturday, January 23, 2010

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind? - Percy Bysshe Shelley

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

What's the problem? Sometimes we have a generalized sense that something is not right, without not knowing the true problem. This is especially common when the weather is cold and gray, the days are short, and we are housebound.

If you are feeling the "winter blahs," try...

1. Get more physical exercise, even if it's on the treadmill.

2. Crank up the lights around you.

3. Focus on projects that keep you mentally and physically active and interacting with others.

Further reading: Inspiring Picture Quotes

Happiness is not the absence of problems, but the willingness to deal with them joyfully. - jlh

Percy Bysshe Shelley: Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair

Anais Nin: We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are.

Friday, January 22, 2010

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

The message behind this famous image has been debated, so I'll just say what it means to me...

1. Mind your own business. What your neighbor does (within the law) is none of your concern. Accept that behavior is not evil simply because it is different.

2. Don't listen to gossip. Don't even listen when people speak badly of others.

3. Never gossip or speak unkindly of others.

This does NOT condone being an unconcerned citizen. This does NOT mean to look the other way if your co-worker is pilfering the cash drawer or you witness a crime on the street.

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Further reading: Mother Teresa quotes: Love begins at home

Mark Twain quotes: Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness

Winston Churchill quotes: We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.

Quotes about Life

Thursday, January 21, 2010

How to Deal with Rejection


I take rejection as someone blowing a bugle in my ear to wake me up and get going, rather than retreat. - Sylvester Stallone

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform. - Theodore H. White

Not everyone is always going to like what you do. Your job application, your book proposal, your offer of marriage is going to get rejected sometimes - perhaps often. Your boss, your spouse, even the person behind you in the supermarket checkout line is occasionally going to think that you are doing it all wrong. Don't take it personally.

Deal with rejection by...

1. Asking yourself, objectively, if there is something to be learned about yourself from the experience.

2. Just letting to go. It's their problem, not yours. They probably had an argument with someone else, have heartburn, or are just grumpy and looking for someone to grump at.

Further reading: The Serenity Prayer - God grant me the serenity...

Lao Tzu: He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.

Don Miguel Ruiz: Don't take anything personally

Courage Quotes

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Take Time For Yourself

Take Time For Yourself

The successful and happy ones dance lightly with life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

They don’t call them DEADlines for nothing - keep breathing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


I am Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Every day, take some time for yourself. Love yourself. Honor yourself. Give priority to your physical, mental, and emotional wellness.

Further reading: Balance ...

My 3 articles on coping with stress.

George Bernard Shaw: We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing

Keep your feet firmly planted on the ground as you reach for the stars - jlh

CHOOSE how you spend your time

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings. - Samuel Johnson

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
- Samuel Johnson

What we think, we become. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

Yes you can! Believe in your vision. Believe in your goals. Believe in your plan. More than anything else, believe in yourself.

Further reading: Self Confidence Quotes and Positive Thinking Quotes

Tips for Keeping Your New Years Resolutions

Monday, January 18, 2010

Martin Luther King: Science investigates; religion interprets.

Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let us use this day of celebration for the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a time to think kindly of ALL our brothers and sisters around our home planet, and to be acceptive of ALL views and interpretations.

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Further reading: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

Martin Luther King, Jr. - Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.

Martin Luther King, Jr. - If a man is called to be a street sweeper...

Martin Luther King, Jr. - Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.

Martin Luther King, Jr. quote: Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The only fool bigger than the person who knows it all is the person who argues with him. - Stanislaw Jerszy Lec


The only fool bigger than the person who knows it all is the person who argues with him.
- Stanislaw Jerszy Lec

There are funny quotes and inspirational quotes, but can a quote be both funny and inspirational? I think there are many quotes that are funny, often by being sarcastic, that carry a truly insightful and inspiring message about the nature of life. Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde are two authors that I think have shown the ability to use humor in the service of insight.

Since I began Daily Inspiration - Daily Quote, I have collected a very large number of quotations, but my organization of those quotes was a little lacking. I have created a new home for the best of my collection of inspirational quotes - including a section of funny quotes that I consider to be also insightful.

To make it easier for you to remember how to find my inspirational quotes collection and to share them with your friends, I have put the index at www.quotes-inspirational.com

You can browse the quotes by category and by author. The categories are...

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Later is Never

Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.
- Napoleon Hill

If you do something today, it is done. If you say, "I'll do it tomorrow," you are likely to put it off another day, and another day, until Later becomes Never.

Choose! If it's worth doing, do it today. If it's not worth doing today, save yourself a lot of worry and regret by choosing to permanently erase it from your to-do list.

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Further reading: Success... A goal is a dream with a deadline. - Napoleon Hill

Thomas Jefferson: Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.

Henry Ford: Those who believe they can do something and those who believe they can't are both right.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Success Tip: Drive Change


Drive Change, don't wait for change to drive you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The nature of life is constant change. The world is not the same today as it was yesterday, and it will be different still tomorrow. We can be victims of that change, or we can proactively drive change.

The way of success: Visualize the end result, Plan, Take action, Persevere, Re-plan, Take action, Persevere.


Further reading: Success quotes

Gandhi: We must be the change we wish to see

Happiness is not the absence of problems, but the willingness to deal with them joyfully. - jlh

Margaret Mead: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Attitude is Everything


Attitude is Everything.
- Charles Swindoll

Attitude truly is EVERYTHING. All life is a magnificent blessing. Each of us has been blessed in our own way. While one point of view is that some have been "more" blessed than others, I would be inclined to reply with the old saying, "Comparisons are odious." Why suffer over what you don't have when you can rejoice in what you do have.

There are links to three videos below. Each of these videos tells the story of someone creating a great life in the face of what most of us would consider insurmountable handicaps.

Not disabilities at all - more Abilities. - Patrick Henry Hughes

Stroke of Insight - Jill Bolte Taylor

Love of Golf - DJ Gregory

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Deflect the blows of life

Play with life, laugh with life, dance lightly with life, and smile at the riddles of life, knowing that life’s only true lessons are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Life is unpredictable and unknowable. Attempting to resist life leads to suffering. Yet, floating through life like a dead log also leads to a loss of all joy. For a meaningful and joyous life, gently guide the forces of life in the direction of your goals.

Visualize how the martial arts fighter uses the strength of his opponent against him. Use that principle in your encounter with life. Deflect the blows rather than allowing them to crush you.

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Further reading: True learning is not about facts, but about conscious appreciation of the experience of living. - jlh

Positive Attitude: When life gives you lemons, Make Lemonade.

What To Do When Your Whole World Is Falling Apart?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Choice: Choose carefully and well


Be the Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You, and only you, get to choose how you spend each precious moment of your life. Choose carefully and well.

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Further reading: Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself. - James Allen

Albert Camus: Life is a sum of all your choices.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Not disabilities at all - more Abilities. - Patrick Henry Hughes

Patrick Henry Hughes, a pianist and marching band trumpet player who has been blind and severely crippled from birth, is an amazing inspiration of positive attitude. When Patrick is asked about his disabilities, he replies, "Not disabilities at all - more Abilities."

Watch this amazing video, and count your own blessings...

This above all, to thine own self be true. - William Shakespeare


This above all, to thine own self be true.
- William Shakespeare

What is it to truly live? How does one live a meaningful life? What is the role of service in a meaningful life? What is the nature of a joyful life?

Take some time in a quiet place to contemplate the balance between being of service - both to this generation and to generations yet unborn - and renewing your vitality with play and celebration. Without play, one becomes old and dry. Without service, life becomes unsatisfying.

These resources may be helpful to you...

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Further reading: What is Honor? Is there a place for Honor today?

The Eight Points of Simply An Inspired Life

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Stroke of Insight - Jill Bolte Taylor

Jill Bolte Taylor, a brain scientist for many years, had her own stroke of insight into the nature of spiritual being when she had a stroke and a near-death experience. Watch this video and see what you think...

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous


Play with life, laugh with life, dance lightly with life, and smile at the riddles of life, knowing that life’s only true lessons are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Today's lead quote is the closing line of an anonymous story about random acts of kindness that is making its way around the internet. Read The Cab Ride and see what you think.

Further reading: Oscar Wilde: The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.

Mark Twain: Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

Albert Pike: What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Motivation

People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
- Zig Ziglar

Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice

at the end of the day, saying,

"I will try again tomorrow."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

True courage is taking another small step each day toward achieving your vision.

- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: William Shakespeare quote: To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first

Nelson Mandela: There is no passion to be found playing small

Mark Twain: It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Cab Ride

I get a lot of sentimental and religious email that people think I should pass on to my 10 best friends. This one is different. See what you think...

The Cab Ride
- Anonymous

I arrived at the address and honked the horn.
After waiting a few minutes
I walked to the
door and knocked.. 'Just a minute', answered a
frail, elderly voice. I could hear something
being dragged across the floor.

After
a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in
her 90's stood before me. She was wearing a
print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned
on it, like somebody out of a 1940's
movie.

By her side was a small nylon
suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had
lived in it for years. All the furniture was
covered with sheets.

There were no
clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils
on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard
box filled with photos and
glassware.

'Would you carry my bag
out to the car?' she said. I took the suitcase
to the cab, then returned to assist the
woman.

She took my arm and we walked
slowly toward the curb.

She kept
thanking me for my kindness. 'It's nothing', I
told her.. 'I just try to treat my passengers
the way I would want my mother
treated'.

'Oh, you're such a good
boy', she said. When we got in the cab, she gave
me an address and then asked, 'Could you drive
through downtown?'

'It's not the
shortest way,' I answered
quickly..

'Oh, I don't mind,' she
said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a
hospice'.

I looked in the rear-view
mirror. Her eyes were glistening. 'I don't have
any family left,' she continued in a soft
voice.. 'The doctor says I don't have very
long.' I quietly reached over and shut off the
meter.

'What route would you like me
to take?' I asked.

For the next two
hours, we drove through the city. She showed me
the building where she had once worked as an
elevator
operator.

We drove through the
neighborhood where she and her husband had lived
when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in
front of a furniture warehouse that had once
been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a
girl.

Sometimes she'd ask me to slow
in front of a particular building or corner and
would sit staring into the darkness, saying
nothing.

As the first hint of sun was
creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm
tired. Let's go now'.

We drove in
silence to the address she had given me. It was
a low building, like a small convalescent home,
with a driveway that passed under a
portico.

Two orderlies came out to
the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were
solicitous and intent, watching her every move.
They must have been expecting her.

I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to
the door. The woman was already seated in a
wheelchair.

'How much do I owe you?'
she asked, reaching into her
purse.

'Nothing,' I
said

'You have to make a living,' she
answered.

'There are other
passengers,' I responded.

Almost
without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She
held onto me tightly..

'You gave an
old woman a little moment of joy,' she
said.
'Thank you.'

I squeezed her
hand, and then walked into the dim morning
light.. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound
of the closing of a life..

I didn't
pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove
aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that
day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had
gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient
to end his shift?
What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked
once, then driven away?

On a quick
review, I don't think that I have done anything
more important in my life.

We're
conditioned to think that our lives revolve
around great moments.

But great
moments often catch us unaware-beautifully
wrapped in what others may consider a small
one.

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

May we make the world a little kinder
and more compassionate by
reminding ourselves that often it is the random acts of
kindness that most benefit all of us.

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we
are here we might as well dance.

Hoist the Anchor


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


Anchors are very useful devices when we want to remain in one place, but too often we keep our lives anchored to the familiar even when we try to set sail.

Today, courageously hoist your anchor and set full sail in the direction of your goals.

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Further reading: A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are for. - John A. Shedd

Osho: The beauty of facing life unprepared is tremendous.

The path of the adventurer is a path of joy - jlh

A life lived in fear is a life half lived

Thursday, January 7, 2010

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


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

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.

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Further reading: Marianne Williamson: Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.

Marie Curie quote: One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.

12 Life Lessons I Learned From My Cat

Appreciation: Abraham Maslow: Appreciate again and again

Oscar Wilde Quotes

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Appreciate the Unexpected

Appreciate the Unexpected

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get. - the movie Forrest Gump

We humans feel an instinctive need to know what is coming next - what we can count upon. While this is especially true when we are expecting something great, the tendency to want predictability is universal. If we are expecting our spouse to arrive home from the grocery store with a pound of hamburger and they show up with a steak, we may not be pleased with the special treat, but rather set off balance and therefore mildly upset by the surprise.

Consider that one of the dictionary meanings of the word "expect" is "demand." The path to happiness is to avoid making demands upon the world, and especially to avoid making demands upon the future.

Life is never predictable, and that is great with me. Boredom is not my preference. I really like the analogy of life to a box of chocolates because it reminds me that what I actually get is likely to be as sweet or sweeter than what I "expected," just different.

Today's affirmation...
I cherish the uncertainty of life's adventures. - jlh

Further reading: Helen Keller: Life is either a daring adventure or nothing

I have no need to conform to the stereotypes others have defined for me. - jlh

Intention versus Expectation (Demand)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Tips for Keeping Your New Years Resolutions

Are you having trouble keeping your New Year's Resolutions? Here are some tips...

1. Get support. Find a friend, or perhaps create a whole team, to support you in keeping your resolutions. Select a person or people who believe in you, believe in the importance of your goals, believe in your ability to achieve your goals, but also support you lovingly when you backslide. Establish a regular schedule for reporting your progress to your friend or the team.

2. Set interim goals, preferably daily goals. Often the short term goals are obvious. If your resolution is to write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel in a hundred days, it is clear what you need to do each day. However, if your goal were to find a loving and compatible lifetime partner in the next six months, you would need to create a detailed plan and establish a hierarchy of interim goals.

3. Keep a journal of your progress. Record your progress daily, whatever the day's results turn out to be. If your resolution is writing a novel, record the days you throw a whole chapter into the trash as well as the days you write nothing, or ten pages or five.

4. Reward yourself for each day's accomplishment. This does not mean to reward yourself by backsliding. Let the reward for keeping to your diet be granting yourself time to read a great book, or making a small purchase, NOT eating a piece of chocolate.

5. Love, honor, and respect yourself whatever you do or do not do.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Imagine - John Lennon: Imagine Peace, Imagine Love


Imagine - John Lennon

The power of imagination makes us infinite.
- John Muir


Imagine peace. Imagine love. Imagine oneness. Imagine whatever most speaks to your heart.

Take a moment to sit back, close your eyes, and visualize what you wish for the world, what you wish for the future of humankind.

Let this be a time not only for resolutions about your personal future, but also a time to make your resolutions about the kind of world you want your grandchildren to inherit.

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Further reading: The Nature of Beliefs

Mark Twain quotes: Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness

John Lennon: Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Todays Affirmation: I follow my own star and my own inner compass.

Today's Affirmation:
I follow my own star and my own inner compass.
- jlh


Let today be a day to trust your own inner guidance, a day to have faith that your steps are carrying you in the direction you desire, a day to keep your eyes on the heavens and believe that your feet will carry you well.

Further reading: Where does your path lead?

I constantly seek excellence in all domains that truly matter to me - jlh

VISION - the fifth Point of Simply An Inspired Life

Positive Affirmations

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Today is the first day of the rest of your life

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
- Anonymous

Whatever you want in life, start today. Not tomorrow - today. Let it be a small beginning - a tiny beginning. Your happiness depends on starting today - every day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


Further reading: New Beginnings Quotes

Bad habits are like a comfortable bed

Rabindranath Tagore quotes: Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.

Friday, January 1, 2010

To everything there is a season

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die.
- Ecclesiastes 3:1

The seasons turn. The years turn. Lives and civilizations turn. Today, the year is a newborn. How will we choose to dress it, to feed it, to teach it, to learn from it?

Happy New Year! Happy New Beginning!

Choose Wisely!

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