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Saturday, January 19, 2019

New and Better Ways of Thinking and Doing


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

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

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

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

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: New Ideas

Be Flexible

Practice makes perfect - sometimes

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

Friday, January 18, 2019

Obstacles Offer Us Choices


We can let circumstances rule us,
or we can take charge and rule our lives from within.
- Earl Nightingale

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

It is not because life is difficult
that we do not dare.
Life is difficult
because we do not dare.
- Seneca

We have a choice of how we view
the obstacles on our life path.
One choice makes us slaves to circumstance,
while the other empowers us, and motivates us
to follow our dreams - and our happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Photo is of the Berlin Wall in the 1960s.

Further reading: Why is This Happening?

You Need Courage

Draw from Suffering
      

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Fun-House Mirrors Of Our Own Point Of View


Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.
Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
- Marcus Aurelius

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

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

Get the facts first.
You can distort them later.
- Mark Twain

We see life through the fun-house mirrors of our own point-of-view.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Seek the Truth

Your world IS as you believe it is

Your Attitude is Your Window

Don't Be Too Sure
    

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

This Is Just The Nature Of Life, So I May As Well Enjoy It


Count your blessings - not your troubles.
- Dale Carnegie

Today I choose life.
Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy,
happiness, negativity, pain...
To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue
to make mistakes and choices -
today I choose to feel life,
not to deny my humanity but embrace it.
- Kevyn Aucoin

Hold on... Joyfully.
Holding-on does not have to be
a desperate teeth-gritting kind of holding-on.
Holding-on can be a joyful
"this is just the nature of Life,
so I may as well enjoy it"
kind of holding-on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You must understand the whole of life,
not just one little part of it.
That is why you must read,
that is why you must look at the skies,
that is why you must sing and dance,
and write poems
and suffer and understand,
for all that is life.
- Jiddu Krishnamurti

Further reading: Times of Trial and Suffering

Unbending

Why Me?

Fear of Suffering
      

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Your Own Lingering Anger Can Destroy You

For every minute you remain angry,
you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Anger is often more hurtful than the injury that caused it.
- English Proverb

He who angers you conquers you.
- Elizabeth Kenny

You cannot hate other people without hating yourself.
- Oprah Winfrey

Being angry harms your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
You create stress in your life by getting angry,
and you can instantly remove
that stress by granting forgiveness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Further reading: Stop Anger Before it Stops You

Never Speak while Angry

A Reflection

Allow Love to Conquer Hate

Anger is Its Own Punishment

Revenge, the Deadliest Sin?
     

Monday, January 14, 2019

Deep Within Yourself


Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.
- John Wooden

Go within every day and find the inner strength
so that the world will not blow your candle out.
- Katherine Dunham

What lies behind us and what lies before us
are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing is more valuable than your self respect.
When you lose respect for yourself, you have lost everything.
Whatever it takes, and whoever you upset,
do what you know - deep inside - is the right thing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We all go through life bristling
at our external limitations,
but the most difficult chains
to break are inside us.
- Bradley Whitford

Further reading: Integrity

Conscience

Character
    

Sunday, January 13, 2019

We Are Called To Rise Above Selfishness


If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need
but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
- 1 John 3:17

Acting selfishly is human nature, and therefore forgivable.
Publicly advocating selfishness as a virtue in the name of Jesus is far worse.

Man should not consider his material possession his own,
but as common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when others are in need.
- Saint Thomas Aquinas

The only wealth which you will keep forever
is the wealth you have given away.
- Marcus Aurelius

Further reading: We Belong to Each Other

Giving Love and Comfort

Practicing Compassion

Giving of Yourself

The Power of Generosity
      

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Savor Life's Small Pleasures


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

The secret to a joyful life is Simplicity -
saying NO to the latest this and the most glamorous that -
saying NO to chasing an overly-demanding career -
saying NO to the stressful demands upon your time and energy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste
that they hurry past it.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Simple living is the way to happy living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: The Serenity of Simple Pleasures

Live in Harmony

Let It Go
     

Friday, January 11, 2019

Open Yourself to the Light


Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering, the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing, Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Exercise: Write your most worrisome trouble on a piece of paper and feed it to the fire. Send your troubles up in smoke. Breathe deeply and rejoice.

I will gather myself around my faith,
for light does the darkness most fear.
- Jewel

All the darkness of the world cannot
extinguish the light of a single candle,
yet one candle can illuminate all the darkness.
- Jewish Hanukah Prayer

Further reading: Feel Your Connection With the Infinite - a Meditation

Have a Conversation With God, Today

Radiate Light and Love

A Light from Within
      

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Education is Learning How to Learn


Education is not the answer to the question.
Education is the means to the answer to all questions.
- William Allin

We Learn...
10% of what we read,
20% of what we hear,
30% of what we see,
50% of what we see and hear,
70% of what we discuss,
80% of what we experience,
95% of what we teach others.
- William Glasser

True learning is not about facts,
but about conscious appreciation of the experience of living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Learning is the beginning of wealth.
Learning is the beginning of health.
Learning is the beginning of spirituality.
Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.
- Jim Rohn

Further reading: Learn Through Observation

Learn from Failure

Learn From History

Knowledge is Soon Changed
    

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

You are the Painter of Your Dreams


This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
- Henry David Thoreau

If we would guide by the light of reason we must let our minds be bold.
- Louis D. Brandeis

The heart, not the head, must be the guide.
- Arthur Erickson

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.

Imagine peace. Imagine love. Imagine oneness.
Imagine whatever most speaks to your heart.
Whatever you can imagine, you can accomplish.
The canvas of life awaits You -
the painter of your dreams.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Affirmation:
I boldly paint my dreams upon the canvas of my life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Respect All Life

The Quiet Voice of Courage

How to Choose Your Life Purpose

Flexibility
    

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Keep Faith in Humanity


You must not lose faith in humanity.
Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty,
the ocean does not become dirty.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

One way or another, we all have to find
what best fosters the flowering of our humanity
in this contemporary life,
and dedicate ourselves to that.
- Joseph Campbell

We cannot despair of humanity,
since we ourselves are human beings.
- Albert Einstein

A generous heart, kind speech,
and a life of service and compassion
are the things which renew humanity.
- The Buddha

Today's affirmation:
I choose acceptance and compassion toward all humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

We are most like God when we forgive

We are One

Progress of the Human Mind
      

Monday, January 7, 2019

A Leap into the Unknown


Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over,
it became a butterfly.
- Anonymous

Come to the edge
We can't. We're afraid
We can't. We will fall. Come to the edge
And they came. And he pushed them
And they flew
- Guillaume Apollinaire

The only way to discover the limits of the possible
is to go beyond them into the impossible.
- Arthur C. Clarke

Leap and the net will appear.
- John Burroughs

Today's affirmation:
When I Come To The Edge of the Familiar,
I Spread My Wings and Fly.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: The Edge of All You Know

Live Your Life Fully

Soar Your Spirit

Accepting Miracles

Goodness of Humanity

The Winds of Grace

Opportunity for Daily Thanksgiving
       

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Understanding and Appreciating the Difference


There is a great difference between knowing and understanding:
you can know a lot about something and not really understand it.
- Charles Kettering

There's a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.
- the character Morpheus in the movie The Matrix

Know the power of perspective.
Be a passionate observer of life.
See the events, feel the emotions,
and recognize the difference.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
- Reinhold Niebuhr (Serenity Prayer)

Further reading: Great Truths

Different and yet the Same

Consciously Choosing Your Truth
      

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Breathe in Eternal Peace


Breathe deeply and slowly.
Let yourself become centered - shut out all distractions.
Breathe out your worries; empty your body of regrets and resentments.
Breathe in eternal peace; let your body fill with unconditional love.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you become centered, suddenly there is great freedom
because you know you are not the mind and you are not the body.
- Osho

Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free.
Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing.
- Zhuangzi

A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others,
is stronger than any physical force in the universe.
- Wayne Dyer

Further reading: Gratitude for THIS Moment

Conscious Breathing to Relieve Stress

Forgiveness: Path to Inner Peace

Breath by Breath
       

Friday, January 4, 2019

Don't Let Them Get Your Goat



The eyes of the cheerful and of the melancholy [person]
are fixed upon the same creation;
but very different are the aspects which it bears to them.
- Albert Pike

Let today be a day to take life less seriously.
Kick back, smile, laugh,
watch the busyness of the world from a quiet corner
and find joy in everything around you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am determined to be cheerful and happy
in whatever situation I may find myself.
For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness
is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.
- Martha Washington

Stay Happy, never let anyone get your goat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whether phrased as "push your buttons," "get your goat," "get you riled up," or "annoy you," it's no fun to be on the receiving end. How to cope?

1. Don't take it personally. Even when someone criticizes your actions or demeans your very nature, know that they are merely directing their inner turmoil in your direction. Someone else's opinion of you is mostly irrelevant, and basically none of your business. Don't assume that there is any validity to an accusation. Perhaps there is a valuable lesson buried inside the unkindness that merits objective consideration, but negative emotions are best just quickly discarded.

2. Look to the positive people in your life for support. If you balance many positive and supportive friends against one or two negative influences, it is much easier to cope. If you don't currently have enough positive people in your life, begin a focused effort to add positive people to your inner circle.

3. Remove negative people from your life. Yes you can, even if it's your boss. You don't need that job so much that it's worth your health or happiness. Everything in life is a choice. Sometimes making a change is important, while other times just knowing that you hold the power to make a different choice is enough.

4. Forgive the offender, not for their sake, but for your own sake. The act of forgiving releases your anger and provides space for rational thinking and action.

5. Be grateful for the wake-up call. Any time that someone or something grabs your attention is a good time to be grateful - even if the message is unpleasant. Something is happening that requires your conscious awareness. Perhaps you have a lesson to learn or an action to take. Perhaps it is time to remove another negative influence from your life.

6. Release any expectations that the unkind person should have acted differently. Life is not fair, and you only cause yourself unhappiness if you hold an expectation that life or any individual *should* be fair or kind.

Read Stop Anger Before It Stops You - 7 Secrets for more ways to cope with anger.

Further reading: Choose to Soar

Ten Little Tips to Feel Happier Right Now

The Wisdom of Patience

Creating Happiness
        

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Keep Company With People Who Uplift You


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

Be careful the friends you choose - for you will become like them.
- W. Clement Stone

When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed
by choosing personality over character.
- W. Somerset Maugham

Confidence is contagious.
So is lack of confidence.
- Vince Lombardi

Life is partly what we make it,
and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.
- Tehyi Hsieh

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand,
the spines of others are often stiffened.
- Billy Graham

Further reading: Choosing Your Friends

Happy Friends - Happy You

What If Happiness...

Radiate Your Happiness to the World

Happiness in Cheering Others
               

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Laugh, Play, Work, Pray, Live Fully


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.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

Further reading: Don't Fight Against Time

How to Stay Young

Time is What We Make of It
   

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

New Year's Day 2019


Happy New Year! Happy New Beginning!
Today, the year is a newborn.
How will we choose to dress it, to feed it, to teach it, to learn from it?

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

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best.
- William Arthur Ward

Don't Wait!
Start on your dreams, your impulses,
your longings, your special occasions today.
Because this is your moment.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Further reading: The First Day

New Years Resolutions

Old Beginnings versus NEW beginnings

A Better Plan 

Renewal and Rebirth - The Great Cycle
      

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