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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Look Beyond Life's Imperfections


Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect.
It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.
- Anonymous

Happiness... consists in giving, and in serving others.
- Henry Drummond

There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.
- Anonymous

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

Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind,
than on outward circumstances.
- Benjamin Franklin

Further reading: Happiness Depends upon Ourselves

7 Secrets for a Happy Life

More on Sharing Happiness

Choosing a Happy Life

Sharing Happiness

A Little Help from My Friends
      

Friday, May 24, 2019

Break The Spell Of Your Frustrations


Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams.
Think not about your frustrations,
but about your unfulfilled potential.
Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in,
but with what it is still possible for you to do.
- Pope John XXIII

When you are angry or frustrated, what comes out?
Whatever it is, it's a good indication of what you're made of.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Our frustration is greater when we have much and want more
than when we have nothing and want some.
We are less dissatisfied when we lack many things than
when we seem to lack but one thing.
- Eric Hoffer

All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this:
Act as if it were impossible to fail.
That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right
about face which turns us from failure to success.
- Dorthea Brande

My recipe for dealing with anger and frustration:
set the kitchen timer for twenty minutes,
cry, rant, and rave, and at the sound of the bell,
simmer down and go about business as usual.
- Phyllis Diller

If you get frustrated by some of your family,
focus on the good aspects of your relationship
and attempt to overlook the irritations.
Then give thanks for everyone who plays a part in your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration
and turn it into positive,
effective, unstoppable determination.
- Ralph Marston

Further reading: How to Move On and Let Go

How to Think Positive

When You Feel Sad for No Apparent Reason

How to be Positive Around Negative People
               

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Trust Your Own Inner Eye


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

The sculptor produces the beautiful statue
by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed -
it is a process of elimination.
- Elbert Hubbard

Outer show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
- Aesop

Perspective. Point-of-view. Is something ugly, or beautiful?
Noble or insensitive? There are six billion ways of seeing life.
Trust your own inner eye for beauty.

The beauty does not live out there; the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: How to Feel Good About Yourself

How to Build Self Esteem

How to Love Yourself
         

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled


My peace I give to you...
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
- John 14:27

Dear God, Please send to me the spirit of Your peace.
Then send, dear Lord, the spirit of peace from me to all the world.
Amen.
- Marianne Williamson

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Inhale, and God approaches you.
Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you.
Exhale, and you approach God.
Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.
- Krishnamacharya

Further reading: Choose Inner Peace

Cleansing Fire of Spirit

Blessed to Forgive

Focus on Peace
    

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Give People the Gift of Themselves



The greatest gift that you can give to others is the
gift of unconditional love and acceptance.
- Brian Tracy

We work with the people not out of pity
but out of respect for their potential for growth and development,
both as individuals and as communities.
- Jimmy Yen (pioneer in bringing literacy to rural China)

If you really want to make a friend,
go to someone's house and eat with him...
the people who give you their food give you their heart.
- Cesar Chavez

Give light and people will find the way.
- Ella Baker

Give people the gift of themselves.
Give them the gift of self esteem.
Show them that they are special and important.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading:

Offering Comforting Words and Support

Pay It Forward

Open Mind - Open Heart

Is there a place for Honor today?

Are Gifts Obligations?

Losing Your Job
        

Monday, May 20, 2019

Better Questions


There are no right answers to wrong questions.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie
[For example, instead of asking "how can I win this battle," consider asking "how can I avoid this battle."]

A good question is never answered.
It is not a bolt to be tightened into place
but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed
toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
- John Ciardi

To raise new questions, new possibilities,
to regard old problems from a new angle,
requires creative imagination.
- Albert Einstein

When we have arrived at the question,
the answer is already near.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We thought that we had the answers,
it was the questions we had wrong.
- Bono

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
- Francis Bacon

Well, you ask a silly question, and you get a silly answer.
- Tom Lehrer

Today's affirmation: I question my questions.

Further reading:  Profound Questions

A Better Plan

Seek the Truth

What You See

Many Answers

Learn to Listen
      

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Travel Life 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.

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

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

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: Live Gently

Dance Gently With Life

The Melody Within Your Soul

The Storms of Life

Lighten Up

Create Light
      

Saturday, May 18, 2019

No Enemies


No one is to be called an enemy,
all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm.
You have no enemy except yourselves.
- St. Francis of Assisi

In the practice of tolerance,
one's enemy is the best teacher.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Conflict cannot survive without your participation.
- Wayne Dyer

An "enemy" is a mirage -
an image of self reflected on the sands of Hell.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Few are the giants of the soul that actually feel
that the human race is their family circle.
- Freya Stark

Lord, grant comfort, joy and health
to those I call friend,
to those I call "enemy,"
and to those I have cursed by my indifference.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: The Universal Sacrament of Compassion

Enemies

Go and Do Likewise

Forgo Conflict
      

Friday, May 17, 2019

Welcome The Unknown As An Opportunity And An Adventure


We all have a fear of the unknown.
What one does with that fear makes all the difference in the world.
- Lillian Russell

There is no certainty; there is only adventure.
- Roberto Assagioli

Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past
have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.
- George S. Patton

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

Ask yourself: How is fear (fear of failure, fear of embarrassment, fear of the unknown, etc.) holding you back in life?

Recognizing your natural fear of the unknown is key to overcoming that fear.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today's Affirmation:  I Welcome The Unknown As An Opportunity And An Adventure.

Further reading: View Life As A Daring Adventure

Choose To Be Fearless

A Life Without Fear
   

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Until You Take Action, What You Want Holds No Power


Only put off until tomorrow
what you are willing to die having left undone.
- Pablo Picasso

The risk of a wrong decision
is preferable to the terror of indecision.
- Maimonides

You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Until You Take Action, What You Want Holds No Power

Today's affirmation:
I boldly set sail with courage and intent.
I hold my course with focused attention and relentless commitment,
as I weather the storms of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Action Overcomes Fear

Feed Just One

Wanting is Not Enough

Act Today
       

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Power of Accepting Life As It Is


When we stop opposing reality, action becomes simple, fluid, kind, and fearless.
- Byron Katie

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

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

The River of Life has no meaning - no good, no bad,
     no better, no worse, no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.

One can flow harmoniously with the River of Life -
or one can struggle fearfully against the River -
and the River just flows.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie
See The River of Life (my full poem)

Further reading: Happiness is the Choice to be Happy in This Moment

Release the Struggle

Secret of Happiness

A Happy Life
      

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Enjoy What You Have Been Given


We can only be said to be alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
- Thornton Wilder

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

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

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

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

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

Further reading: Appreciate Your Blessings

The Power of Gratitude

Give Thanks

Life Is Beautiful

We Attract Abundance
      

Monday, May 13, 2019

Grow Your Own Happiness


Happiness is not a state to arrive at,
but a manner of traveling.
- Margaret Lee Runbeck

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

Success is getting what you want;
happiness is wanting what you get.
- Dale Carnegie

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance;
the wise grows it under his feet.
- J. Robert Oppenheimer

Further reading: Happiness Depends upon Ourselves

Radiate Your Happiness to the World

Choose Your Destination

You Can't Escape Yourself
    

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mother's Day 2019



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

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

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

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

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

Opportunity for Daily Thanksgiving

Debt of Gratitude
        

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Look Around In Awareness


Let us not look back in anger
or forward in fear,
but around in awareness.
- James Thurber

It is the Consciousness with which we participate
in activities that makes the difference.
- Michael Beckwith

What is necessary to change a person is
to change his awareness of himself.
- Abraham Maslow

Pay attention. Cultivate awareness.
Life cannot be lived fully or joyfully if
our thoughts are focused on regretting the past,
preoccupied with anticipating the future,
or lost in the mind-fog of unconscious habitual behavior.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today's affirmation: I practice keen awareness,
and make my choices with consciousness, courage,
and compassion toward all.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Assumptions are Dangerous

Let Go and Accept This Moment

Conscious Action

Prejudice
      

Friday, May 10, 2019

Self-Inflicted Prison


Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free
and realizing you were the prisoner!
- Max Lucado

A man may dwell so long upon a thought that it may take him prisoner.
- George Savile

You shouldn't be a prisoner of your own ideas.
- Sol LeWitt

The worst prison would be a closed heart.
- Pope John Paul II

There is no greater hell than to be a prisoner of fear.
- Ben Jonson

You feel like a prisoner if you don't create.
You're jailed up inside of yourself.
- Edie Brickell

Free-Will is the key to the prison of the mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Prisoner of Habit

Fly Free

Choose Your Habits, Choose Your Life
     

Thursday, May 9, 2019

With New Eyes


Become more and more innocent,
less knowledgeable and more childlike.
Take life as fun -
because that's precisely what it is!
- Osho

Children are born innocent.
Before they are domesticated they live in the moment,
love without fear, and don't even think about the opinions of others.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Innocence isn't ever lost completely;
we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.
- Jewel

Over the years, we come to see life as we expect it to be. We make assumptions that support how we "KNOW" that things ARE. We make expectations of others and of ourselves based on those assumptions. For example, we "KNOW" what kinds of people are "good" people and which kinds or people are "bad" people.

Imagine what life would be like if you could forget all the past resentments and perceived offenses that color your thinking and your emotions. Buddhists call that state "beginner mind" - an opening to experience life without the jaundiced filter of past disappointments, to move past assumptions about the nature of life, and really SEE your surroundings - especially the people you interact with - with new eyes.

Today is your day to shed the scales from your eyes.

Bringing a childlike wonder
and a beginner's mind to life
maximizes both success and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Growing Up - Staying Young

Reverence

Natural Web
    

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Watch Your Thoughts



Change your thoughts, change your life.
- James Allen

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.
- Proverbs 23:7

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
- Anonymous

Your inner thoughts reveal your true nature.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Do What You Know Is Right

What We Are Made Of

Your Thoughts
    

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Eye of the Beholder


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
- Ancient Greek Saying

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

The world will persist in exhibiting before you
what you persist in affirming the world is.
- Emma Curtis Hopkins

If you paint in your mind a picture of
bright and happy expectations,
you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.
- Norman Vincent Peale

We see what we expect to see.
If we believe the world to be violent and ugly,
we see violence and ugliness.
If we believe the world to be a gift,
we see rainbows, and butterflies, and smiles,
and hear babies cooing, and roosters greeting the dawn.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Even from the darkest night, songs of beauty can be born.
- Mary Anne Radmacher 

The quality of our lives is in the details, and in our points of view.

Today is your day to see the world through new eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Your Choices Determine Everything

What You See

Choosing to Love Life
    

Monday, May 6, 2019

Don't be Overly Swayed by the Demands or Opinions of Others


All that is real is seen with the heart.
- Vivian Greene

Value your own opinion more, and others' opinions less.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better
to displease the people by doing what you know is right,
than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.
- William J. H. Boetcker

To know what you prefer
instead of humbly saying Amen
to what the world tells you you ought to prefer,
is to have kept your soul alive.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Celebration wears a lot of different outfits but always wears the same old, beautiful dancing shoes.
- Mary Anne Radmacher 

Everyone should carefully observe
which way his heart draws him,
and then choose that way with all his strength.
- Hasidic Proverb

Resilience is about believing in yourself,
and trusting your own wisdom
rather than being swayed by the opinions of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To free us from the expectations of others,
to give us back to ourselves -
there lies the great singular power of self-respect.
- Joan Didion

Whatever anyone else says or does, their words and their actions are truly about themselves. Don't take it personally when they rant, even if they direct their unhappiness in your direction.

While I appreciate how unpleasant it is to have others making unreasonable demands of you, it may help to remind yourself that it's not personal. Others are often 100% focused on their own issues and their own perceived needs. They project their frustration out into the mirror of life. When they look into that mirror, they think they are seeing your face, but in reality, they are seeing their own emotions.

Each of us is responsible for the consequences of our choices. When we choose for others rather than for ourselves, we suffer. Make all your choices from the longing of your own heart.

Remember to love yourself and to take time for yourself.

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Your Intuition is Your Guide

Make Your Own Choices

At the Center of Your Being

How to Be Yourself

Experts and Authorities

Personal Boundaries
       

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Choose Humility and Gratitude


We take refuge in pride,
because we are afraid to tell the truth to ourselves.
- Kakuzo Okakura

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

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

Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.
- Thomas Merton

Conceit is God's gift to little men.
- Bruce Barton

Further reading: Humble Yet Confident

Ego versus Self Respect

A Little Help from My Friends

Zero-Based Gratitude
    

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Don't Take Life as Personal Affront


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

"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

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

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

Further reading: You Are Not A Victim

Complaining Only Makes You Miserable

Choose What You Emphasize

Break Your Cycle of Self-Inflicted Suffering 

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

Friday, May 3, 2019

Face Up To Difficulties


Fall seven times, stand up eight.
- Japanese Proverb

Only when life is difficult, are we challenged to become our greatest selves.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Difficulties show men what they are.
In case of any difficulty,
remember that God has pitted you
against a rough antagonist
that you may be a conqueror,
and this cannot be without toil.
- Epictetus

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

Further reading: Difficulties Offer Opportunities

Choosing to be Positive

Why is This Happening?

Beyond Failure
      

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Your Own Inner Compass


March to the beat of your own drum.
- Proverb

Do what you feel in your heart to be right.
You'll be criticized anyway.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Set Life's Rhythm with Your Heart-Drum
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The way is not in the sky.
The way is in the heart.
- The Buddha

Today's affirmation:
I follow my own star and my own inner compass.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: The Beat of the Universe

Primal Rhythmic Power

Color Today Bright
      

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Choose Your Destination


If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)

One's destination is never a place
but rather a new way of looking at things.
- Henry Miller

More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.
- Billy Sunday

Destiny is not a matter of chance,
It is a matter of choice.
It is not something to be waited for,
But rather something to be achieved.
- William Jennings Bryan

Further reading: How to Choose Your Life Purpose

A Truly Successful Life

To Serve

Where Are You Going?
    

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