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Monday, May 21, 2018

Courage and Perseverance


Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman,
before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
- John Quincy Adams

When you get into a tight place
and everything goes against you,
till it seems you cannot hold on a minute longer,
never give up then, for that is just
the place and time the tide will turn.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

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

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


Today's affirmation:
Even when I am afraid or unsure,
I choose to move in the direction of my goal.
Whenever I fall, I stand up,
brush myself off, and keep moving.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Photo: Talking to relatives across the Berlin Wall 1961.

Further reading: Keep Moving

Wanting is Not Enough

Choose to Soar

Beyond Failure
     

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Our Purpose is to Help Others


Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Life is not a having and a getting, but a being and a becoming.
- Matthew Arnold

For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink:
I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me:
I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
...
Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these
my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Matthew 25:35-40

The only commandment that really matters
is universal kindness:
Be as kind as you can to everyone.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Charity: To Do God's Work

Measure of Your Heart

The Purpose of Our Lives

Basic Kindness
    

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Opportunity in Times of Trouble


Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves
come when life seems most challenging.
- Joseph Campbell

Facing a difficulty requires a willingness of heart.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.
- Sun Tzu

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy


Further reading: When Life Appears Difficult

How Hard?

The Quiet Voice of Courage

Life's Daring Adventure
      

Friday, May 18, 2018

Be True to Your Own Values - Live an Honorable Life


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

[Be true to your own values - live an honorable life.]

Self-respect is often mistaken for arrogance
when in reality it is the opposite.
When we can recognize all our good qualities
as well as or faults with neutrality,
we can start to appreciate ourselves
as we would a dear friend
and experience the comfortable inner glow of respect.
- Osho

Reputation is what other people know about you.
Honor is what you know about yourself.
- Lois McMaster Bujold

If you doubt the virtue in self-honor,
remember what the flight attendant says,
"Put your own oxygen mask on first."
You are of no use to anyone else
if you have not taken care of your own needs first -
this includes your own emotional,
as well as physical, well-being.
In addition, your greatest value to your children,
your family, your friends, and your community
is the example you set, leading a great life that inspires
those around you to emulate your being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: At the Center of Your Being

Earning a Good Name

Either Accept It, or Change It

Treat ALL with Goodness
        

Thursday, May 17, 2018

First a Dream


Nothing happens unless first a dream.
- Carl Sandburg

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A man can succeed at almost anything
for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.
- Charles M. Schwab

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort,
and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


What is your dream - your life-dream?
Have you begun to live it yet?

Further reading: Follow Your Dreams

I Dreamed a Dream (Susan Boyle video)

Dream. Begin. Persevere.

I have a Dream... Martin Luther King Jr. (video)
      

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A Good Egg


A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

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

Friends are helpful not only because they will listen to us,
but because they will laugh at us;
Through them we learn a little objectivity,
a little modesty, a little courtesy.
- Will Durant

One measure of friendship consists
not in the number of things friends can discuss,
but in the number of things they need no longer mention.
- Clifton Fadiman


Further reading: Tears and Laughter

Happy Friends, Happy You

Choosing Your Friends
     

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Don't Fight Life


If we fail to plan, we merely bob helplessly -
like a cork on the sea of life.
If we resist whatever life delivers to us,
we create untold misery for ourselves.
If we act with vision and commitment,
and then accept whatever Spirit provides,
we live a life of purpose and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.
Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow.
Let reality be reality.
Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
- Lao Tzu

We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.
- Jules Verne

What you resist, persists.
- Carl Jung

By letting it go it all gets done.
The world is won by those who let it go.
But when you try and try.
The world is beyond the winning.
- Lao Tzu

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


Today's affirmation:
I practice non-resistance.
I accept the wisdom of God
in creating the world exactly as it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Acceptance Is Not Resignation

Non-Resistance

Everything Happens In Its Own Time

Serenity in Times of Crisis
    

Monday, May 14, 2018

Beauty Surpasses Utility


Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty
out-values all the utilities of the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not take life too seriously.
You will never get out of it alive.
- Elbert Hubbard

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

Earth laughs in flowers.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Further reading: Lighten Up, Life Isn't Serious

Time to Smell the Flowers 

Choose Not To Stress
      

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mother's Day 2018



A mother is not a person to lean on,
but a person to make leaning unnecessary.
- Dorothy Canfield Fisher

You can't live a perfect day without doing something
for someone who will never be able to repay you.
- John Wooden

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss
at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
- Honore de Balzac

We leave our most profoundly positive impact
on those around us by the nature of our lives
and the example we set.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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

Debt of Gratitude

Opportunity for Daily Thanksgiving
        

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Make the Leap


You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
- old proverb often attributed to David Lloyd George

You need to make a commitment,
and once you make it,
then life will give you some answers.
- Les Brown

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
- Confucius

Many important things shouldn't be done half-way.
Think of getting married, having children,
starting a business, changing your career.
There are times to gather your courage
and make the leap, the whole leap.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Live Courageously

Honor Your Commitments

Live Your Greatest Life

Be Unstoppable
      

Friday, May 11, 2018

Who Told You Life was Supposed to be "Fair?"


Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Why?" is the most useless question in the universe.
The only question with any meaning is "What?"
Asking "Why is this happening?" can only disempower you.
Asking "What do I want to make of this?" does exactly the opposite.
- Neale Donald Walsch

The less I take the difficulties of my life as personal affront,
and the more I use them as an opportunity to learn and grow...
the easier I sleep at night.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Nature is relentless and unchangeable,
and it is indifferent as to whether its hidden reasons
and actions are understandable to man or not.
- Galileo Galilei


Further reading: Complaining Only Makes You Miserable

Break Your Cycle of Self-Inflicted Suffering

You Are Not A Victim

What One Emphasizes

My thoughts on "Life is not supposed to be fair."
        

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Age is Only a Limitation if You Think it is


You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

And in the end, it's not
the years in your life that count,
it's the life in your years.
- Abraham Lincoln

You are only as old as you think you are.
- Anonymous

What is age but a number.
What you can dream, you can become, at any age.
Live your best life, not your age.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Staying Young

Never Too Late

Growing Up - Staying Young
     

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Compass of Your Heart


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

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

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


Further reading: Three Rules of Life

Feel Your Connection With the Infinite - a Meditation

Ask from a Compassionate Heart
      

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

How We Respond to Challenges


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

You may not seem able to change some outer circumstances
but you can start by changing your inner experience of life and yourself.
- Joy Page

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

Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they're yours.
- Richard Bach

A little more persistence,
a little more effort, and
what seemed hopeless failure
may turn to glorious success.
- Elbert Hubbard

Eventually we all have to accept full and total responsibility for our actions,
everything we have done, and have not done.
- Hubert Selby Jr.

It's not the situation that's causing your stress,
it's your thoughts,
and you can change that right here and now.
- Gerald Jampolsky

Your RESPONSE to any situation is your own RESPONSibility.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Thoughtful Response, Not Panic

Life is Not Hopeless

Don't Give Up

Create Happiness
    

Monday, May 7, 2018

Making Dreams Real


Choose in ways that support your dreams.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves.
The process never ends until we die.
And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The big question is whether you are going to be able
to say a hearty yes to your adventure.
- Joseph Campbell

Sharpen your pencil as you create the story of your life.
Ask today as you consider the many choices in your view -
what is the highest and best use of your talents, skills and abilities?
When you answer that, seize the opportunity to sharpen
those qualities even more sharply by applying your focused effort.
- Mary Anne Radmacher


Further reading: Choose to Soar

Choosing a Joyful Life

Personal Boundaries

Pursue Your Dreams
      

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Mutual Respect


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

Do to others what you would have them do to you,
for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
- Matthew 7:12

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs.
Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.
- John F. Kennedy

Respect the religious views of others
to the same degree that you ask them to
respect your views.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: The Golden Rule

Cultivate Awareness

Through the Eyes of Another
       

Saturday, May 5, 2018

What's Wrong with "Good Advice?"


Most people when they come to you for advice,
come to have their own opinions strengthened,
not corrected.
- Josh Billings

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer
but wish we didn't.
- Erica Jong

I always pass on good advice.
It is the only thing to do with it.
It is never of any use to oneself.
- Oscar Wilde

No one can give you better advice than yourself.
- Cicero


Further reading: Granting Space

Trust Yourself

Questions To Ask Yourself Before Offering Helpful Advice
        

Friday, May 4, 2018

Attitude Overcomes All


The greatest discovery of any generation
is that a human being
can alter his life by
altering his attitude
- William James

Change your thoughts and you change your world.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Attitude is Everything.
- Charles Swindoll

Whatever happens to you, your attitude determines the quality of your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: What One Emphasizes

How To Be Happy In Life

Choosing a Joyful Life
       

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Enduring Legacy


The three controlling desires of every normal man seem to be:
First, to live. Not merely to exist.
Second, to be a man among men.
Third, to do that which will endure.
- James Hulme Canfield

Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime,
and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Death comes to all,
but great achievements build a monument
which shall endure until the sun grows cold.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The way you get meaning into your life
is to devote yourself to loving others.
Devote yourself to your community around you,
and devote yourself to creating something
that gives you purpose and meaning.
- Mitch Albom


Further reading: Your Legacy - Making a Difference

A Truly Successful Life

Earning a Good Name

Our Grandchildren's Planet

The Seeds You Plant
     

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

One's Inner Qualities Never Stay Hidden Long


How we think shows through in how we act.
Attitudes are mirrors of the mind.
They reflect thinking.
- David Joseph Schwartz

Whoever you pretend to be, you must face yourself eventually.
- Al Stewart

Everything you say and do,
is a reflection of the inner you.
- Anonymous

When I'm trusting and being myself...
everything in my life reflects this
by falling into place easily, often miraculously.
- Shakti Gawain

More often than not, the world mirrors your attitude back to you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Today's affirmations:

I am a Mirror for Love and Light,
but never for Anger or Fear.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


I will reflect the finest qualities my friends offer me
and remind them of all the promise I see in them.
- Mary Anne Radmacher


Further reading: The Power of Your Intention

We see what we expect to see

Life Is A Mirror

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Try a Different Approach

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

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.
- Sun Tzu

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
- Stephen Hawking

Persistence only takes you so far.
Then you need to try a different approach.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Sometimes success requires persistence and hard work. Sometimes an ingenious new approach is needed. Or it may be time for a whole new beginning. Think, and choose wisely whether to try harder or to try something new.

The very nature of the world is constant change. You set a goal and create a plan to achieve it; then the assumptions on which you based your plan change - they always do. The challenge is to retain your goals while adapting your tactics. Relax and stay flexible in order to reach your goals and maintain your happiness.

The phrase "tilting at windmills" (from the fictional character Don Quixote - shown in today's picture) epitomizes the hopelessness of a determined but inflexible approach. Far better to change your tactics than to fail - however nobly.

Further reading: Multiple Ways to Your Goal

Surmounting Obstacles

Begin Anew Today

Stay Adaptable
      

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