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Monday, June 17, 2019

Do Your Very Best - And Then Gratefully Accept The Results


It's one of life's great paradoxes ...
Accepting with gratitude whatever life throws at us
is critical to happiness.
Yet without a goal and commitment, life loses much of its value.
The best we can do in the face of this paradox
is to play to win, but be cheerful in defeat
and ready to play again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

The greatest test of courage on earth
is to bear defeat without losing heart.
- Robert Ingersoll

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

Further reading: Do What You Can; Trust God With The Rest (Serenity Prayer)

What is Defeat?

Make Lemonade
      

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Father's Day 2019


There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings.
- Hodding Carter

You can never really live anyone else's life,
not even your child's.
The influence you exert is through your own life,
and what you've become yourself.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The best inheritance a parent can give his children
is a few minutes of his time each day.
- Orlando A. Battista

If there is anything we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
- Carl Jung

Let parents bequeath to their children
not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
- Plato

Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal,
with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.
- John Ciardi

Nothing you do for a child is ever wasted.
- Garrison Keillor

Further reading: Feed the Children

Preserve Our Grandchildren's Planet

All Children Are God's Children
     

Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Power of Saying, "Thank You"


If you love someone, you say it, right then,
out loud.
Otherwise, the moment just passes you by.
- Julia Roberts

Know the power of saying, "Thank you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I advocate speaking words of love
with all the sincerity that can be mustered,
as frequently as possible.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Today, say "Thank you" to someone  -- clearly and distinctly, while looking directly at them.
Today, say "I love you" to someone.
Today, say "I appreciate you" to someone.

Further reading: Show Your Appreciation
      

Friday, June 14, 2019

Flag Day 2019

And so, my fellow Americans,
ask not what your country can do for you;
ask what you can do for your country.
- John F. Kennedy

True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.
- Clarence Darrow

Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost
my generation to preserve your freedom.
I hope you will make good use of it.
- John Quincy Adams

Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow -
red, yellow, brown, black and white - and we're all precious in God's sight.
- Jesse Brown

We are not afraid to follow truth
wherever it may lead,
nor to tolerate any error
so long as reason is left free to combat it.
- Thomas Jefferson

Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
- Howard Zinn

Patriotism consists not in waving the flag,
but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.
- James Bryce

Further reading: Independence Day

Make a Difference, Vote

Presidents' Day

Save Only the Best of the Old Ways
      

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Practice the Art of Seeing


We never see what we are not ready to see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
- Jonathan Swift

Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.
- Napoleon Hill

The eye sees what it brings the power to see.
- Thomas Carlyle 

Today is a unique and special day.
It is unlike any other day you have ever experienced.
If you assume that today is like every other day,
you will never notice today's uniqueness.
If you practice keen awareness, you will get
to savor today's uniquely wonderful qualities.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Cultivate Awareness

What You Focus On

Manage Your Wayward Mind

What You See

Be a Passionate Observer
    

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Blaze Your Own Trail


Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.
- Elbert Hubbard

It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinions;
it is easy in solitude to live after your own;
but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd
keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

For those men who, sooner or later,
are lucky enough to break away from the pack,
the most intoxicating moment comes
when they cease being bodies in other men's command
and find that they control their own time,
when they learn their own voice and authority.
- Theodore H. White

Attempting to "fit in" is not a worthy objective.
There is no point in feeling sad or upset when your plans, your ideas,
or even your fundamental nature do not "fit in" with the majority view.

Be the courageous hero and stay committed to your greatest ideas and ideals,
however they are received by those around you.

Further reading:  Be Yourself

Think for Yourself

Appreciate Yourself

Believe and Take Action

Don Miguel Ruiz: The Four Agreements - The Wisdom of the Ages in Four Sound-Bites 
     

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

A Marvelous Gift


Expect nothing.
Live frugally on surprise.
- Alice Walker

When you expect nothing,
you can receive everything as a marvelous gift.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Expectation is the root of all heartache.
- William Shakespeare

Mostly, it is human to dislike surprises -
often with great intensity.
Be open to new ways;
sometimes newness just knocks on our door;
welcome it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is important to expect nothing,
to take every experience,
including the negative ones,
as merely steps on the path,
and to proceed.
- Ram Dass

Further reading: Know the Difference

Choose Joy Anyway

Cheer for Endings
     

Monday, June 10, 2019

Patience, Persistence, and Perseverance


Patience, persistence, and perseverance.
A little more each day, a little better each day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The mountain remains unmoved at seeming defeat by the mist.
- Rabindranath Tagore

When you encounter difficulties and contradictions,
do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.
- Saint Francis de Sales

Patience is a form of wisdom.
It demonstrates that we understand and accept
the fact that sometimes things must unfold in their own time.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

If you would know strength and patience,
welcome the company of trees.
- Hal Borland

Patience and fortitude conquer all things.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Further reading: Try Again Tomorrow

Beyond Worry

The Wisdom of Patience

Emulate the Patience of Nature

Strength in Silence

Fortitude
    

Sunday, June 9, 2019

May Peace Begin With Me


Let there be peace on earth.
And let it begin with me.
- Jill Jackson Miller

If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Stop! Breathe deeply.
Begin bringing peace to the outer world
by regaining your own inner peace.
Choose love, choose gratitude,
choose forgiveness, choose peace.
Begin with your own inner peace.
Then use that inner peace
as a platform from which
to approach the outer world
with perspective, understanding, and patience.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Further reading: Peace IS the Way

End Hatred

Do God's Work

No War
      

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Actions, Not Promises


You are what you do, not what you say you'll do.
- Carl Jung

The key to success, and to happiness,
is being fully engaged in life -
leading yourself with inspiration and committed action -
setting your own fine and honorable example.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
- George Washington Carver

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

Further reading: Don't Wait - Begin Today

Take Action Now

How Much Do You Want It?
    

Friday, June 7, 2019

All Life Is A Riddle


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.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We learn more by looking for the answer
to a question and not finding it
than we do from learning the answer itself.
- Lloyd Alexander

Half of everything you were ever taught is wrong;
the question is which half.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

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

Read more about The Book of Life

Further reading:  Lessons from Life

The Nature of Learning

Beyond Understanding
      

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Don't Stop Halfway


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

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

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

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

Further reading: Honor Your Commitments

Live Your Greatest Life

Be Unstoppable

Live Courageously
      

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Difficulties Are Meant To Rouse, Not Discourage


If life were predictable
it would cease to be life,
and be without flavor.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The only thing that makes life possible
is permanent, intolerable uncertainty;
not knowing what comes next.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage.
The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
- William Ellery Channing

If our world were as predictable as we believe it should be,
we would never be inspired to be creative or adventurous.
Let us give thanks that our world is designed to challenge us
and to bring out the best of the human spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.
- Leonard Cohen

Further reading: Progress of the Human Mind

An Uncertain World

Never Try To Stop The Music

Is Now a Time to be Reasonable?

Predictable?

Box of Chocolates
      

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Always More Mystery


We have to stop and be humble enough to understand
that there is something called mystery.
- Paulo Coelho

The possession of knowledge does not
kill the sense of wonder and mystery.
There is always more mystery.
- Anais Nin

Knowledge is of the mind, wisdom is of the soul.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Life: Mystery and Riddle

Reverence

Our World is Magnificent - All of it

Beyond Answers

Cherish the Whimsey
       

Monday, June 3, 2019

It's About Sharing

It's about sharing.
You just give what you have to give
wherever you go,
and you let God handle the rest.
- Lindsay Wagner

We are not cisterns made for hoarding,
we are channels made for sharing.
- Billy Graham

The miracle is this: the more we share the more we have.
- Leonard Nimoy

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

Further reading: Be an Open Channel

As you sow, so shall you reap

Love Tenderly

Our Shared Humanity

Radiate Your Happiness to the World
     

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Let God Speak Directly To You


The attitude of faith is to let go,
and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.
- Alan Watts

I distrust those people who know so well
what God wants them to do,
because I notice it always coincides
with their own desires.
- Susan B. Anthony

We seek opinions that are likely to
support what we want to be true.
- Thomas Gilovich

It is never too late to give up our prejudices.
- Henry David Thoreau

Have Faith!
Listen to the Voice of God,
rather than to the people who say they know what God wants you to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Don't Struggle

This God Called Money

Perspective on Tradition: An Open Mind

Faith Before Dawn
     

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Smile Your Inner Smile


Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes your smile
can be the source of your joy.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Act the way you'd like to be
and soon you'll be the way you act.
- Leonard Cohen

A smile that begins as an effort and a pretense
quickly grows to become genuine,
and given time, a habit of happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Repeat anything often enough
and it will start to become you.
- Tom Hopkins

Although it is always better to live with conviction and enthusiasm,
some days it is better just to go through the motions than to do nothing.
Smile even when you feel grumpy.
Meditate or Pray even when you have nothing to say to God.
Cook a healthy meal even when you are tired.
Walk or exercise even when the thought doesn't excite you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Inner Smile Exercise:
1. Close your eyes.
2. Breath slowly, deeply, and consciously.
3. Set the corners of your mouth in just the slightest smile.
4. Visualize your smile growing larger and larger, and your happiness increasing.

Further reading: Ten Little Tips to Feel Happier Right Now

Grin your smile; giggle your laugh; unfurl your joy 

Tending the Garden of Our Lives

Choose Your Habits, Choose Your Life

Practice makes perfect - sometimes

Overcome Being Negative
     

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