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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Happiness Depends upon Ourselves


Happiness doesn't depend on any external conditions,
it is governed by our mental attitude.
- Dale Carnegie

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
- Aristotle

Life is 10 percent what happens to me
and 90 percent how I react to it.
- Charles Swindoll

Happiness is not something ready made.
It comes from your own actions.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Consistent happiness is found through
living in a state of constant gratitude.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase:
if you pursue happiness you'll never find it.
- C.P. Snow


Today's affirmation:
I become happy when I choose to accept and love all of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Finding Joy

Ten Little Tips to Feel Happier Right Now

The Secret of Happiness

What Causes Unhappiness? 

Choose To Be Happy

How to be Happier in Life 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

True Friends


A friend is someone who knows all about you
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

A friend is someone who understands my past,
believes in my future, and accepts me just the way I am.
- Anonymous

A true friend is one who believes in you
when you have ceased to believe in yourself.
- Anonymous

Friends are those rare people who ask how we are
and then wait to hear the answer.
- Anonymous 

A friend knows the song in my heart
and sings it to me when my memory fails.
- Anonymous


Further reading: The Meaning of Friendship

Happy Friends, Happy You

Support

You Can't Make Them Change

Gratitude for Friends

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Offering Helpful Advice

Friendship

Monday, April 28, 2014

What's Done is Done


What's done is done.
- William Shakespeare

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

My Mama always said you've got to put the past behind you before you can move on.
- the movie Forrest Gump

A big part of letting go is recognizing when it is time
to stay in a situation and when it is time to move on.
- Darren L. Johnson

Before moving on, you have to clear away your cherished beliefs.
- Dick Raymond

Stop holding on to the past.
Release your regrets about whatever you may have done
or failed to do that turned out poorly.
Forgive others for whatever they may have done
or failed to do that cause you harm.
Declare today to be a new beginning.
Let go of the past and move on with creating
a joyful new future for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Attachment Is Not Love

How to Move On and Let Go

A ceremony for releasing your troubles

Beyond the Grief of Divorce - 7 Steps Toward New Beginnings

Letting Go

Moving On

New Beginnings 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Life is Really Simple


Life is really simple,
but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius

It is neither wealth nor splendor;
but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.
- Thomas Jefferson

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

The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace.
A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-being
that places harmony in one's life.
- Peace Pilgrim

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Basics

Simple Pleasures

Simple Needs

True Riches

Kick Back

Simple Life

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Enjoy a Walk Today


In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
- John Muir

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
- Henry David Thoreau

Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.
- Raymond Inmon

If a person walks in the woods and listens carefully,
he can learn more than what is in books,
for they speak with the voice of God.
- George Washington Carver

The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.
- Jacqueline Schiff

All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy.
- Mother Teresa

There is sanctuary in being alone with nature.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Let today be a day to spend time alone in nature. Take a walk as far from the hustle and bustle of society as you can. If you can, walk near trees or water.

Further reading: What To Do When Your Whole World Is Falling Apart?

Your Life

Ten Little Tips to Feel Happier Right Now

Being Alone

Walking

Nature

Solitude

Friday, April 25, 2014

Travel


To travel is to take a journey into yourself.
- Danny Kaye

Travel teaches toleration.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness,
and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.
Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things
cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.
- Mark Twain

To acquire knowledge, one must study;
but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
- Marilyn vos Savant

You never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view.
- Harper Lee

I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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


Further reading: Dare to dream of your great success

Boldly Sail the Storms of Life

One World

The World is My Family

Travel

World

Point of View

Observer

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Water


In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.
- Khalil Gibran

Water is the driving force of all nature.
- Leonardo da Vinci

When the well's dry, we know the worth of water.
- Benjamin Franklin

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
- Albert Einstein

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

Give thanks for the rain in your life
which waters the flowers of your soul.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: The World We Leave Our Children

Water

Natural World

The true meaning of life

Rain

Gratitude for Our Blessings

Watering

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Do What You Can


Do what you can,
with what you have,
where you are.
- Theodore Roosevelt

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

The best portion of a good man's life is his little,
nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
- William Wordsworth

Give the world the best you have
and it may never be enough.
Give the world your best anyway.
- Kent Keith (frequently attributed to Mother Teresa)

It's the little things you do
that can make a big difference.
- Bob Proctor

There are no small acts of kindness.
Every compassionate act makes large the world.
- Mary Anne Radmacher


Further reading: Feed Just One

Take Action Today

Opportunity for Kindness

Manage Small Fires

A Single Step

John Wooden

Theodore Roosevelt

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Keeping Secrets


Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets.
- Paul Tournier

The man who can keep a secret may be wise,
but he is not half as wise as the man with no secrets to keep.
- Edgar Watson Howe

There are no secrets that time does not reveal.
- Jean Racine

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed
to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
- Will Rogers

Do not tell secrets to those whose faith and silence
you have not already tested.
- Elizabeth I

The fewer secrets you have, the happier you will be.
If you don't want others to know about it, don't do it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Pass the Word

Integrity

How to Make a Decision You Won't Regret

Secrets of Happy Couples

Monday, April 21, 2014

Honor


Ability without honor is useless.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Laws control the lesser man.
Right conduct controls the greater one.
- Mark Twain

All the great things are simple,
and many can be expressed in a single word:
freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
- Winston Churchill

Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
- Alexander Hamilton

You will never do anything in this world without courage.
It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
- Aristotle 

To live is to choose.
But to choose well, you must know who you are
and what you stand for, where you want to go
and why you want to get there.
- Kofi Annan

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters
cannot be trusted with important matters.
- Albert Einstein

It is our choices ... that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)


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

The Eight Points of Simply An Inspired Life

Honor

Conscience

The Test

Dignity

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Message of Easter


Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection,
not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.
- Martin Luther

The great gift of Easter is hope -
Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God,
in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love,
which nothing can shake.
- Basil C. Hume

This is what the Lord asks of you: only this,
to act justly, to love tenderly,
and to walk humbly with your God.
- Micah 6:8

Guide our feet into the way of peace.
- Luke 1:79

One who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.
- Mohandas Gandhi

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.
- Voltaire


Today, Easter, the most Holy day on the Christian calendar, is a day to celebrate our spiritual natures. We are not just bones and flesh, chemicals and electricity, we are beings of Spirit, one with each other and one with the eternity and infinity of Creation.

On this day, let us affirm the core values of unconditional love of all humans and an uncompromising commitment to caring for all who are sick, infirm, or troubled - as expressed in the biblical story of the Good Samaritan. (Read more on Loving your enemies, the Golden Rule, and the parable of The Good Samaritan)

Further reading: Jesus own Words about Forgiveness and Unconditional Love

Being Humble

Love even those who hate you

Faith

Gratitude

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Don't Settle for "Good Enough"


Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

You get what you settle for.
- the character Louise in the movie Thelma and Louise

Good enough never is.
- Debbi Fields

The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little.
- Thomas Merton

Infinite striving to be the best is man's duty;
it is its own reward.
Everything else is in God's hands.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Once you say you're going to settle for second,
that's what happens to you in life.
- John F. Kennedy

Don't settle for "good enough."
Decide what you want for yourself,
and be the best you can be.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Do more of what inspires you

Pleasing Everyone

Don't be Limited by what is "Reasonable"

Goals

Live Your Best Life

Perseverance

Enthusiasm

Living Life to the Fullest

Never Give Up

Friday, April 18, 2014

Going Home to God


Death is nothing else but going home to God,
the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity.
- Mother Teresa

It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
- St. Francis of Assisi

"I go to prepare a place for you."
- John 14:2

Death is not extinguishing the light;
it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Where there is great love there are always miracles.
- Willa Cather

There is no death, only a change of worlds.
- Chief Seattle

Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.
- Lao Tzu

While we are mourning the loss of our friend,
others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.
- John Taylor


Further reading:  Have a Conversation With God, Today

Unanswered Prayers

Feel Your Connection With the Infinite - a Meditation

Death - Comfort

Aging With Grace

Let Each Day be a Thanksgiving 

Spiritual Thoughts

From the Bible

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Growing Up - Staying Young


The trick is growing up without growing old.
- Casey Stengel

Too many people grow up.
That's the real trouble with the world,
too many people grow up. They forget.
- Walt Disney

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
- e. e. cummings

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
- John Wooden

You grow up the day you have your first real laugh - at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore

If we don't change, we don't grow.
If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
- Gail Sheehy

Don't go through life - grow through life.
- Eric Butterworth

Curiosity keeps one young - in thought and in action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: How to Stay Young

Never Stop Learning

Staying Young

Never Too Old

Unstoppable Youth

The Power of Laughter

A Young Child
 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Forgive Others for Your Own Sake

Forgiveness is an act of self-love and respect.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The key to forgiveness is to forgive
from the heart -- not from the mind.
- Sheri Rosenthal

Forgiveness is not always easy.
At times, it feels more painful
than the wound we suffered,
to forgive the one that inflicted it.
And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.
- Marianne Williamson

Forgiveness ... is the finishing of old business
that allows us to experience the present,
free of contamination from the past.
- Joan Borysenko

People are often unreasonable,
illogical, and self-centered;
... Forgive them anyway.
- Kent Keith (often attributed to Mother Teresa)

Forgive those who have injured you -
not because they deserve your forgiveness,
but because you can never be happy until
you release your anger and grant forgiveness.
Forgiving is not a gift to someone else -
Forgiving is your gift to yourself - a great gift - the gift of happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Stop Anger Before it Stops You

FORGIVENESS - the second Point of Simply An Inspired Life

How to Forgive and Move On

Forgiveness and Acceptance, Another Look at the Challenges

How to Move On and Let Go

Why I Choose to Believe that Others are Never the Cause of My Unhappiness

Anger

Forgiving

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Test is How We Care for Society's Children


Interdependence is and ought to be
as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency.
Man is a social being.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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

A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything
and the value of nothing.
- Oscar Wilde

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving
and tolerant of the weak and the strong.
Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
- George Washington Carver

The value of a man should be seen in what he gives
and not in what he is able to receive.
- Albert Einstein

Freedom is never dear at any price.
It is the breath of life.
What would a man not pay for living?
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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

There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul
than the way in which it treats its children.
- Nelson Mandela

Taxes are a very low price for the benefits of living in a civilized society.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: For Our Children

Gratitude for Our Blessings

Passing the Torch

What Is Life All About?

Civic Responsibility

Community

Cooperation

Children

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Life of Abundance


Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.
- Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.
- Epicurus

Life in abundance comes only through great love.
- Elbert Hubbard

Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
- Matthew 7:7

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

Life is unlimited - it expands with the generosity, compassion,
inventiveness, and service that you contribute.
-Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: How good things really are

True Riches

Bounty of the Earth

Enjoy Life

Abundance

Gratitude

Truly Rich

Being Content

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Choosing Inner Peace


No one can find inner peace except by working,
not in a self-centered way, but for the whole human family.
- Peace Pilgrim

We can never obtain peace in the outer world
until we make peace with ourselves.
- Dalai Lama

God's voice is still and quiet and easily buried under an avalanche of clamor.
- Charles Stanley

The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace.
A persistent simplification will create an inner and outer well-being
that places harmony in one's life.
- Peace Pilgrim

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Conscious Breathing to Relieve Stress

Bringing Peace

Know The Difference

Don't Sweat The Small Stuff

Surrender

Breathe In, Breathe Out

Inner Peace

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Too Serious?


Life is too important to be taken seriously.
- Oscar Wilde

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

Laugh at yourself and at life.
Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity,
but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain,
cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective
that seemingly terrible defeat and worry
with laughter at your predicaments,
thus freeing your mind to think clearly
toward the solution that is certain to come.
Never take yourself too seriously.
- Og Mandino

Seriousness is a sickness; your sense of humor
makes you more human, more humble.
The sense of humor - according to me -
is one of the most essential parts of religiousness.
- Osho

Smile.
Today would be a wonderful day
not to take life so seriously.
Today may end up the way you prefer -
and it may not.
Happiness is not about being a winner -
it's about being gentle with life -
being gentle with yourself.
Let life be a dance,
and choose the kind of
dance you want for today -
perhaps a gentle loving dance.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: What If Every Day Were Your Day - Celebrate Whimsey Today

Tread Lightly

Dance Gently With Life

Today is Your Day

Sense of Humor

Smiling

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Hard Life


Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When I hear somebody sigh, "Life is hard,"
I am always tempted to ask, Compared to what?
- Sydney Harris

Your success and happiness lies in you.
Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you
shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
- Helen Keller

What if we just acted like everything was easy?
- Mary Anne Radmacher

In the midst of difficulty lies opportunity.
- Albert Einstein


Whenever you say or even think, "This is hard," that task or challenge becomes difficult. Dread it, and it becomes terrifying.

When you choose to move past fear - fear of failure, fear of embarrassment, fear of "looking bad," fear of losing respect - life becomes much lighter, and most any task becomes possible - perhaps even enjoyable. Most any challenge can become an adventure of discovery.

Adversity can crush our spirit - or strengthen it - it is our choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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Further reading: Do not rail against life

How to Cope With Life

Life is Really Simple

Why Me, God?

Strength In Hard Times

Overcome Being Negative

Adversity

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Your Own Darkness


Knowing your own darkness is the best method
for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
- Carl Jung

Be gentle first with yourself.
- Lama Yeshe

My heroes are the ones who survived doing it wrong,
who made mistakes, but recovered from them.
- Bono

Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.
- Lao Tzu

The most difficult phase of life is not when no one understands you,
it is when you don't understand yourself.
- Anonymous

Everything that irritates us about others
can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
- Carl Jung

Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own.
- Chinese proverb

The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself.
- Ursula K. Le Guin


Further reading: How to Find Yourself

Choose Your Habits, Choose Your Life

Go and Do Likewise

Humble Yet Confident

You Are Loved

Cast the First Stone

Making Mistakes

Sin

Evil

Shame

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Our Grandchildren's Planet


Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal
is our only legitimate hope of survival.
- Wendell Berry

A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him,
that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men,
and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help.
- Albert Schweitzer

Be gentle with the earth.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
- Albert Einstein


Further reading: Spend Time In Nature

The World We Leave Our Children

Walking

Bounty of the Earth

Natural World

Find Joy in Nature

Our Earth

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Our Grandchildren


The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

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

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

One thing I know: the only ones among you
who will be really happy are those
who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

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


Further reading: Pay It Forward - as an Expression of Universal Gratitude

Your Life Purpose

Your Legacy

A man's good name is his best monument

Children

Monday, April 7, 2014

Trust Your Intuition


Listen to the compass of your heart.
All you need lies within you.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Your inner knowing is your only true compass.
- Joy Page

Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.
- Jonas Salk

Everyone who wills, can hear the inner voice.
It is within everyone.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

You have to leave the city of your comfort
and go into the wilderness of your intuition.
What you'll discover will be wonderful.
What you'll discover is yourself.
- Alan Alda

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition -
they somehow already know what you truly want to become.
- Steve Jobs


Today's affirmation:
Opening my mind to Spirit, I trust my intuition
to deliver powerful visions of my inspired future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Three Rules of Life

Feel Your Connection With the Infinite - a Meditation

Your Inner Voice

Ask from a Compassionate Heart

Intuition

Heart

Inner Knowing

Inner Voice

Vision

Compass

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Trust


It takes years to build up trust,
and only seconds to destroy it.
- Anonymous

You may be deceived if you trust too much,
but you will live in torment
if you don't trust enough.
- Frank Crane

Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters
cannot be trusted in large ones either.
- Albert Einstein

Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
- African Proverb

It is wonderful to have Faith,
but don't confuse trust with being gullible.
Balance trust with conscious thought.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Trust your own inner guidance.
Have faith that your steps are
carrying you toward your dreams.
Keep your eyes on the heavens
and believe that your feet will carry you well.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Trust in the Light

7 Secrets of Happy Couples

What or who do you trust?

Can you trust and if so who?

Take Nothing On Authority

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Flexibility


The boldness of asking deep questions may require
unforeseen flexibility if we are to accept the answers.
- Brian Greene

Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.
- Tony Robbins

Let no one think that flexibility
and a predisposition to compromise
is a sign of weakness or a sell-out.
- Paul Kagame

If we don't change, we don't grow.
If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
- Gail Sheehy

Those who can see value only in tradition,...
deny man's ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
- Stephen Bayley

In science the important thing is to modify and change
one's ideas as science advances.
- Herbert Spencer

Be resolute in your goals, but flexible in your tactics.
There are times that call for repetition and perseverance;
and there are times that require new ways of thinking and doing.
The challenge is knowing one from the other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Be Flexible

Practice makes perfect - sometimes

I choose to adapt to the circumstances in which I find myself

New Ideas

Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Habit

Change

Growth
 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Reverence


He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter
everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe
that change forever how we experience life and the world.
- John Milton

That sense of sacredness,
that thinking in generations,
must begin with reverence for this earth.
- Paul Tsongas

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

I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes
the objects of his creation
and is but a reflection of human frailty.
- Albert Einstein

Look deep into nature, and then
you will understand everything better.
- Albert Einstein


Further reading: A Parent's Gift

The Edge of All We Know

Your Path

The Universal Sacrament of Compassion

Choosing Celebration

The Small Miracles of Our Life

Mystery

The Unknown

Wonder

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Power of Courage


Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
- Mark Twain

When the tempest rages, when the thunders roar,
and the lightnings blaze around us
it is then that the truly brave man stands firm at his post.
- Luther Martin

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man,
but he is brave five minutes longer.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Courage is doing what you're afraid to do.
There can be no courage unless you're scared.
- Eddie Rickenbacker

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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


Further reading: Three Rules of Life

Courage and Intent

Hoist the Anchor

The Story Behind "Courage Doesn't Always Roar"

Life Happens

The Storm of Life

My sayings about Courage

Adventure

Being Bold

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Only Your Own Approval



Many people allow their need for other people's approval to control their lives.
They spend their lives worrying about what others think of them.
- Rick Warren

Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.
- Andrew Carnegie

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
- Mark Twain

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

If you find yourself unwilling to take actions that others disapprove of,
you have lost control of your own life and have given your destiny to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


further reading: Dealing With Rejection

How To Not Care What Others Think

Aesop's Fables: The Miller, His Son, and the Ass 

How to Build Self Esteem

You are Important

Self Esteem

Self Respect

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Looking Foolish


Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
- Robert F. Kennedy

Until you're ready to look foolish, you'll never have
the possibility of being great.
- Cher

There's something liberating about not pretending.
Dare to embarrass yourself. Risk.
- Drew Barrymore

People do not wish to appear foolish.
To avoid the appearance of foolishness,
they are willing to remain actually fools.
- Alice Walker

A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance
to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

You grow up the day you have your first real laugh - at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore


Further reading: April Fool

Celebrate Whimsey Today

Do Something Crazy

Dare

Courage

Failure

Humor 

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