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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Do Something Crazy


A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs.
It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
- Henry Ward Beecher

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

Do something.
If it doesn't work, do something else.
No idea is too crazy.
- Jim Hightower

I may be crazy, but it keeps me from going insane.
- Waylon Jennings

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Today is your day to laugh at life.
Laugh loud - laugh often.
Laugh at what's funny - laugh at what's sad.
Laugh at me - laugh at you - laugh at life.
- jlh


Further reading:  What lessons might Halloween hold for us?

Dance Lightly with Life

Unfurl Your Joy

Sense of Humor

Be Cheerful

Life Is Not Meant to be Serious

Whimsey

Laughter

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Congratulate Yourself


Congratulate yourself whenever you have done your best,
regardless of the outcome.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Success comes from knowing that
you did your best to become the best
that you are capable of becoming.
- John Wooden

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

He who spends time regretting the past,
loses the present and risks the future.
- Quevedo

I never worry about action, but only inaction.
- Winston Churchill

Always do your best, and always accept life as it comes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


How often we fail to appreciate what we have already accomplished. Take a moment, right now, to congratulate yourself on what you have accomplished today, this week, in your lifetime.

Further reading: Simply Do Your Best

Value Completion

How to Feel Good About Yourself

How to Stay Positive

Take Charge of Your Life

Appreciate Yourself

Risk

Fail

Self Esteem


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Gratitude, Not Worry


The truly rich are those who enjoy what they have.
- Yiddish Proverb

Thank you, God, for this good life
and forgive us if we do not love it enough.
- Garrison Keillor

We tend to forget that happiness doesn't
come as a result of getting something we don't have,
but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
- Frederick Koenig

Time and health are two precious assets
that we don't recognize and appreciate
until they have been depleted.
- Denis Waitley

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

With gratitude, all life appears as a blessing -
without gratitude, all of life
is perceived as a burden.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: The Power of Gratitude

Life Is Beautiful

Give Thanks

Appreciating Our Blessings

Abundance

Worry

Fear

Monday, October 28, 2013

Win Some, Lose Some


How you think when you lose
determines how long it will be until you win.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

Remember you will not always win.
Some days, the most resourceful individual will taste defeat.
But there is, in this case, always tomorrow -
after you have done your best to achieve success today.
- Maxwell Maltz

Defeat is not the worst of failures.
Not to have tried is the true failure.
- George Edward Woodberry

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

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
- Babe Ruth


The Babe, as well as being the Home Run King, led the American League in Strike Outs in 1918, 1923, 1924, 1927 and 1928.

You are certain never to be a winner if you don't take your time at bat. Do your best, and accept with gratitude whatever result you get.

Play to win, but be a good loser.
Have a plan for your life,
but accept whatever comes your way
with grace and gratitude.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: How to Feel Better About Yourself

How to Make a Decision You Won't Regret

How to Deal with Rejection

Coping with Heartbreak

Defeat

Failure

Grace

Mistakes

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Feeling Down? Help Someone Else


The best way to cheer yourself
is to try to cheer someone else up.
- Mark Twain

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life,
that no man can sincerely try
to help another without helping himself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The secret of success is to find a need and fill it,
to find a hurt and heal it,
to find somebody with a problem
and offer to help solve it.
- Robert H. Schuller

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others
will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.
- Helen Keller

You can have anything you want in life if you
just help enough other people get what they want.
- Zig Ziglar

The purpose of human life is to serve,
and to show compassion and the will to help others.
- Albert Schweitzer

It costs you nothing to make another happy -
and you gain your true self through the act of spreading joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Sharing Happiness

Be Cheerful

Helping Others

Feeling Down

Feeling Depressed 

Service

Kindness

Unhappy

Sad

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Respect Others


As we grow as unique persons, we learn to respect
the uniqueness of others.
- Robert H. Schuller

There is no respect for others without humility in one's self.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem,
the more likely one will be to treat others with respect,
kindness, and generosity.
- Nathaniel Branden

Every good relationship, especially marriage, is based on respect.
If it's not based on respect,
nothing that appears to be good will last very long.
- Amy Grant

Every human being, of whatever origin,
of whatever station, deserves respect.
We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.
- U. Thant

Once you respect yourself, there is no longer
any reason to disrespect anyone else.
Once you are confident of your own worthiness,
the worthiness of others ceases to be an issue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Today's affirmation:
I celebrate both my uniqueness
and my connection with all that is.


Further reading: How To Be Happy In Life 

Is there a place for Honor today?

7 Secrets of Happy Couples

Unique People

Respect

Differences

Diversity

Friday, October 25, 2013

Never Second Guess Yourself


Things turn out best for the people
who make the best of the way things turn out.
- Art Linkletter

Success seems to be connected with action.
Successful people keep moving.
They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
- Conrad Hilton

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
- James Joyce

Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago?
Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy
on account of most of them?
Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?
- Dale Carnegie

Some decisions don't turn out well,
but if you did your best,
you have nothing to be ashamed of.
Never second guess your decisions.
Keep learning, keep trying,
and always do your best.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Live life with no regrets and no resentments.
Whatever happened in the past,
forgive yourself and others. Choose love.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Forgive Yourself

Fear of Striking Out

How to get over regrets and resentments

Maybe So, Maybe Not. - Ancient Taoist Proverb

Mistakes

Your Decisions

Regrets


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Celebrating Our Differences


It is not our differences that divide us.
It is our inability to recognize, accept,
and celebrate those differences.
- Audre Lorde

Fear of difference is fear of life itself.
- M. P. Follett

Share our similarities, celebrate our differences.
- M. Scott Peck

We may have different religions, different
languages, different colored skin,
but we all belong to one human race.
- Kofi Annan

We are all different - and we are all one.
Take time to understand, and to appreciate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Empathy

Categorizing People

Oneness

Apples and Oranges

Judging People

Differences

Acceptance

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Being Open to Change


You change your life by changing your heart.
- Max Lucado

Everyone thinks of changing the world,
but no one thinks of changing himself.
- Leo Tolstoy

When you are through changing, you are through.
- Bruce Barton

Thinkers do not accept the inevitable;
they turn their efforts toward changing it.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

If you take the responsibility for your life,
you can start changing it.
- Osho

Only when we realize that there is no eternal,
unchanging truth or absolute truth can we arouse in
ourselves a sense of intellectual responsibility.
- Hu Shih

It is noted that a stopped clock is correct twice each day.
In a similar manner, a person who is unchanging appears wise occasionally.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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Further reading: A New Perspective

Rattlesnake of the Mind

Moving Forward

Perspective on Tradition: An Open Mind

Open Mind

Heart

Change

Open Heart
 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Dignity


One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked,
but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered.
- Michael J. Fox (afflicted with Parkinson's disease at age 30)

Our vanity is the constant enemy of our dignity.
- Anne Sophie Swetchine

The primal principle of democracy
is the worth and dignity of the individual.
- Edward Bellamy

A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of
labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.
- Grover Cleveland

Sweetest Lord, make me appreciative
of the dignity of my high vocation,
and its many responsibilities.
Never permit me to disgrace it by giving way
to coldness, unkindness, or impatience.
- Mother Teresa

Dignity does not consist in possessing honors,
but in deserving them.
- Aristotle

There is dignity in being of service.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Is there a place for Honor today?

Self-Care

HONOR - the first Point of Simply An Inspired Life

Live with Honor and Dignity

Dignity

Honor

Self Respect

Monday, October 21, 2013

Progress of the Human Mind


The human mind always makes progress,
but it is a progress in spirals.
- Madame de Stael

There are no constraints on the human mind,
no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our
progress except those we ourselves erect.
- Ronald Reagan

Coming together is a beginning;
keeping together is progress;
working together is success.
- Henry Ford

The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.
- Charles Kettering (1876-1958 - holder of 186 US Patents, including the automotive electric starter)

I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions,
but laws and institutions must go hand in hand
with the progress of the human mind.
As that becomes more developed, more enlightened,
as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered
and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances,
institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times.
- Thomas Jefferson [inscribed in the Jefferson Memorial]

Man must evolve for all human conflict,
a method which rejects
revenge, aggression and retaliation.
The foundation of such a method is love.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


Further reading: Moving Forward

New Ideas

March On

Progress

Forward Together

Life Lessons

New Beginning

Growing Up

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Believe in People; Believe in Yourself


I Believe In Peace; I Believe In Mercy.
- Malala Yousafzai (shot by the Taliban for advocating education for girls)

Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank (died in Nazi concentration camp)

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

When we are no longer able to change a situation -
we are challenged to change ourselves.
- Viktor E. Frankl (Nazi concentration camp survivor)

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.
I just wish he didn't trust me so much.
- Mother Teresa

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared
believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
- Bruce Barton

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead


Today's affirmation:
I believe in the goodness of people.
I believe in my own inner strength.


Further reading: Anne Frank

Mother Teresa prayer

Not A Victim

Believe in Yourself

Mercy

Peace

Trust
 
Beauty

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Change of Pace


Habit and routine have an unbelievable power to waste and destroy.
- Henri de Lubac

Unless you try to do something
beyond what you have already mastered,
you will never grow.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again,
but expecting different results.
- Rita Mae Brown, also attributed to Einstein

It is important from time to time to slow down,
to go away by yourself, and simply be.
- Eileen Caddy

A time for work, a time for play -
balance in all things.
- jlh


Further reading: Try Something New

Sloth - so what?

A Balanced Life

Day of Rest

Yin-Yang

Balance and Harmony

New Ideas

Balance


Friday, October 18, 2013

Say NO to Stress


You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.
- Richard Carlson

It seems that we have it backward in our society.
We tend to look up to people who are under a great deal of stress,
who can handle loads of stress,
and those who are under a great deal of pressure.
- Richard Carlson

The key to happiness is inner peace.
The greatest obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions
such as anger, attachment, fear and suspicion,
while love and compassion and a sense of universal responsibility
are the sources of peace and happiness.
- Dalai Lama 

Never be in a hurry;
do everything quietly and in a calm spirit.
Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever,
even if your whole world seems upset.
- Saint Francis de Sales


Further reading: Choose Inner Peace and a Less Stressful Life

De-Stress Your Life

Say NO to Stress: 8 Easy and Powerful Ways

Seven Tips for Stress-Free Living

Kick Back

Stop Hurrying

Stop Fighting Against Yourself

Simple Living

Stress


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Discipline


Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
- Jim Rohn

Self-disciplined begins with the mastery of your thoughts.
If you don't control what you think,
you can't control what you do.
Simply, self-discipline enables you
to think first and act afterward.
- Napoleon Hill

It takes discipline and compassion
to awaken the divine in ourselves long enough
to recognize the divine in another.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates.
There's plenty of movement, but you never know if it's going to be forward,
backwards, or sideways.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

With self-discipline most anything is possible.
- Theodore Roosevelt


Further reading: Choose Your Habits, Choose Your Life

How to Motivate Yourself

Never Quit

Be Unstoppable

Perseverance


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Choosing the World You Live In


Loving people live in a loving world.
Hostile people live in a hostile world.
Same world.
- Wayne Dyer

The dream you are living is your creation.
It is your perception of reality that you can change at any time.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Your point of view sets you up well in advance
for how you view the events as they unfold.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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

A mentality of scarcity - of lack -
is the natural consequence of
viewing the world through eyes of fear.
In contrast, when the world is viewed
through eyes of love,
the future becomes unlimited.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: You are the Window

Martin Luther King, Jr. on Living Together

Choose Your Attitude

We see what we expect to see

Appearances

Perspective

World

Perception

Choose

Living


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Win-Win vs. Compromise


Most of us think about succeeding in terms of someone else failing --
that is, if I win, you lose; or if you win, I lose.
Life becomes a zero-sum game.
...
Win-win sees life as a cooperative arena, not a competitive one.
Win-win is a frame of mind and heart that constantly seeks
mutual benefit in all human interactions.
Win-win means agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial and satisfying.
- Stephen R. Covey

All compromise is based on give and take,
but there can be no give and take on fundamentals.
Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender.
For it is all give and no take.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Don't compromise yourself.
You are all you've got.
- Janis Joplin

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable,
you disconnect yourself from what you truly want,
and all that is left is compromise.
- Robert Fritz

In matters of style, swim with the current;
in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
- attributed to Thomas Jefferson


Further reading:  Understanding

Focus

Living Deeply

Flow

Cooperation

Principles
 
Answers

Possibility

Monday, October 14, 2013

Arguing


Arguments only confirm people in their own opinions.
- Booth Tarkington

The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
- Dale Carnegie

Do you prefer that you be right or happy?
- A Course In Miracles

We may have our private opinions
but why should they be a bar to the meeting of hearts?
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The moment we want to believe something,
we suddenly see all the arguments for it,
and become blind to the arguments against it.
- George Bernard Shaw

We cling to our own point of view,
as though everything depended on it.
Yet our opinions have no permanence;
like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.
- Zhuangzi

Everyone believes that their beliefs are the right ones -
that is why they are called beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Six Ways to End Bickering About Money

Joy Blooms Where Minds and Hearts are Open

Assumptions

Question Your Questions

Disagreement

Opinions


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Everything Happens In Its Own Time


Everything happens in its own time.
- old proverb

Resistance creates suffering.
Stress happens when your mind resists what is...
The only problem in your life is your mind's resistance to life as it unfolds.
- Dan Millman

Keep moving.
Don't stop. But don't rush.
Don't race around.
Sure and steady gets you there every time.
- Neale Donald Walsch

A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else.
- George Savile

Do not attempt to conquer the world with force,
for force only causes resistance.
- Lao Tzu

An invasion of armies can be resisted,
but not an idea whose time has come.
- Victor Hugo

Nature does not hurry,
yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu


Further reading: 12 Life Lessons I Learned From My Cat

Go With the Flow - Six Ways to Live a Happier Life

Have Patience

Never Give Up on Life

Just Do Your Best

Fortitude

Progress

Patience

Time

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Passing the Torch


The ultimate test of a man's conscience
may be his willingness to sacrifice something today
for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.
- Gaylord Nelson

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 full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world,
who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by.
- Felix Adler

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us;
what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.
- Albert Pike

Civilization is not a spontaneous generation
with any race or nation known to history,
but the torch to be handed down from race to race from age to age.
- Kelly Millar

I expect to pass through this world but once.
Any good therefore that I can do,
or any kindness that I can show to my fellow-creature,
let me do it now.
Let me not defer or neglect it,
for I shall not pass this way again.
- William Penn


Further reading: For Our Children

Pay It Forward

Responsibility to Future Generations

Our Light

Conscience

Friday, October 11, 2013

Tread Lightly


Tread Lightly:
1. Don't step on anyone's toes.
2. Don't look for trouble.
3. Keep your sense of humor.
4. Carry the Light of God wherever you go.

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
- Alexander Pope

Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton


Kindness is the light that dissolves
all walls between souls, families, and nations.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

These are the keys to a great life...
taking oneself lightly, forgiveness, and acceptance.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Today's affirmation:
I go gently into the world, and radiate kindness.

Further reading: Dance Gently With Life

The Storms of Life

Lighten Up

Live Gently

The Melody Within Your Soul

Create Light

Forgiveness

Acceptance

Gentleness

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Free Will


Life is like a game of cards.
The hand you are dealt is determinism;
the way you play it is free will.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

Free will is not the liberty to do whatever one likes,
but the power of doing whatever one sees ought to be done,
even in the very face of otherwise overwhelming impulse.
There lies freedom, indeed.
- Anonymous

Since you are the one who has to live with your choices,
be sure they are your own.
- Alan Cohen

One of the annoying things about believing in free will
and individual responsibility is the difficulty
of finding somebody to blame your problems on.
And when you do find somebody, it's remarkable
how often his picture turns up on your driver's license.
- P. J. O'Rourke

Take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Each of us shares a unity with Spirit and all life,
and simultaneously each of us is an individual with free will.
There is a duality to us as separate and as part of the whole.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Take Charge of Your Life

Conscience

Finding Joy

Consciousness

Aesops Fable: The Miller, His Son, and the Ass

Choice

Responsibility

Freedom
 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Simply Do Your Best


Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Give the world the best you have
and it may never be enough.
Give the world your best anyway.
- Mother Teresa

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden

To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your best is ALWAYS good enough.
After you have truly done your best,
release your attachment to the outcome.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: The Edge of All We Know

No Regrets

Good Deeds

Our faith gives us knowledge of something better

Doing Your Best

Regrets

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Disappointment and Criticism


Expectation is the root of all heartache.
- William Shakespeare

Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain,
and most fools do.
- Benjamin Franklin

We have to let go of all blame, all attacking, all judging,
to free our inner selves to attract what we say we want.
- Joe Vitale

Never ascribe to malice that which is
adequately explained by incompetence.
- Napoleon


When they are disappointed, most people react by assigning blame,
and finding someone to criticize.
What if we accepted that our disappointments
are seldom the result of malice on the part of anyone,
and worked together to make life better for all.

Further reading:  The Serenity Prayer

Times of Trial and Suffering

Why I forgive everyone, especially myself

Why Me?

The #1 Secret of Great Relationships

Don't shoot the messenger

Expectations

Blame

Monday, October 7, 2013

Beauty is Everywhere


Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful,
we must carry it with us or we find it not.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
- Franz Kafka

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread.
- John Muir

See beauty in unexpected places.
- Mary Anne Radmacher 

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
- Khalil Gibran

Life is full of beauty. Notice it.
Notice the bumble bee, the small child,
and the smiling faces.
Smell the rain, and feel the wind.
Live your life to the fullest potential,
and fight for your dreams.
- Ashley Smith


Pause to appreciate the beauty around you. Whether rainbow or butterfly, mountain or tree, painting or poem - whether crafted by nature or by a human hand - beauty adds a magical element to life that surpasses logic and science.

Further reading:  Life is Beautiful

Perspective

The Commonplace

CELEBRATION - the seventh Point of Simply An Inspired Life

Beauty is whatever gives joy

Flowers

Beauty

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Being an Open Channel


God depends on us.
It is through us that God is achieved.
- Andre Gide

We live in a spiritual Universe.
God is in, through, around and for us.
- Ernest Holmes

I have been all things unholy.
If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.
- St. Francis of Assisi

I offer my body, my mind
and any ability that I posses,
to be used by Thee, O Infinite Creator,
in whatever way Thou dost choose
to express Thyself through me.
I know that all work is Thy work,
and that no task is too difficult
or too menial when offered
to Thee in loving service.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

God can only do for you what He can do through you.
- Eric Butterworth

Good works are links that form a chain of love.
- Mother Teresa


Today's affirmation:
I am an open channel for God's message of love and kindness for all.

Further reading: Be a Pillar of Goodness

Good Works

Create Light

Grant That I May Radiate

Service

Kindness

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Life is a Song


A bird does not sing because it has an answer.
It sings because it has a song.
- Chinese Proverb

Life is a song - sing it.
Life is a game - play it.
Life is a challenge - meet it.
Life is a dream - realize it.
Life is a sacrifice - offer it.
Life is love - enjoy it.
- Sai Baba

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

I Sing Wild Songs Of Adventure
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air;
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

This is the beginning of Wilcox' poem Solitude which you can find at Poems about Life.

Further reading: The Secret of Happiness

Smell The Flowers

Six Ways to Live a Happier Life

How to Think Positive

Singing

Listen

Songs

Friday, October 4, 2013

Bounty of the Earth


Appreciate again and again, freshly and naively,
the basic goods of life, with awe,
pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy,
however stale these experiences may have become to others.
- Abraham Maslow

Our journey into consciousness of wealth begins with the realization
that we have already arrived!
- Michael Bernard Beckwith

Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head,
and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away the hunger.
- Saint Basil

Thank you, God, for this good life
and forgive us if we do not love it enough.
- Garrison Keillor


A Table Grace of Thanksgiving:
We gather today in gratitude for the bounty of the land,
the joyful company around this table,
and all the other blessings of this life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Gratitude for This Food

Gratitude for Everything

Harvest

Thanksgiving



Thursday, October 3, 2013

A Little Help from My Friends


As we work to create light for others,
we naturally light our own way.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

None of us got where we are solely by
pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps.
- Thurgood Marshall

The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you,
whose presence calls forth your best.
- Epictetus

I get by with a little help from my friends.
- John Lennon

The more a helping hand is given,
the more hands are strengthened and empowered to help.
We can help each other to all be winners.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Sharing with Friends

Pay It Forward - as an Expression of Universal Gratitude

True Friends

Opinions and Hearts

The Nature of Friendship

Quotes about Friendship

Helping Others

Cooperation

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Simple Pleasures


Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

It is of the small joys and little pleasures
that the greatest of our days are built.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Life is made up of small pleasures.
Happiness is made up of those tiny successes.
The big ones come too infrequently.
And if you don't collect all these tiny successes,
the big ones don't really mean anything.
- Norman Lear

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy,
if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you,
if the simple things in nature have a message you understand,
Rejoice, for your soul is alive.
- Eleanora Duse

It costs you nothing to make another happy -
and you gain your true self through the act of spreading joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading:  Ten Little Tips to Feel Happier Right Now

Simple Joys

Simple Good Things

Living Simply

The Commonplace

How To Be Happy In Life

Simple Living

Appreciation

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Life is a Riddle


The world is incomprehensible.
We won't ever understand it;
we won't ever unravel its secrets.
Thus we must treat the world as it is:
a sheer mystery.
- Carlos Castaneda

To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand.
- Jose Ortega Y Gasset

God is not what you imagine,
or what you think you understand.
If you understand you have failed.
- Saint Augustine

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize
how little we understand about life,
ourselves, and the world around us.
- Socrates

The book of life is filled with incoherent riddles.
Life's true lessons are inscribed in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Life is a riddle.
We cannot expect to understand life's twists and turns as they occur each day,
and we greatly frustrate ourselves in the futile attempt.
Be content to appreciate that there is an overarching purpose,
though that purpose be known only to God, and to history.
Choose service. Choose joy. Accept the unknowing.

Further reading: It Is Up To You

Not Knowing

How Life Teaches

The Riddle of War

The Secret of Happiness

How to Choose Your Life Purpose

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