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Friday, September 20, 2019

The Master of My Emotions


Happiness is not the absence of problems,
but the willingness to deal with them joyfully.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

Take control of your consistent emotions
and begin to consciously and deliberately
reshape your daily experience of life.
- Tony Robbins

Further reading: Serenity in Times of Crisis

Release the Struggle

The Storm of Life
     

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Give Thanks for Both the Bloom and the Thorns


Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
- John Lennon

The key to happiness is not to have what you want
but to want what you have.
- Anonymous

The most glorious moments in your life
are not the so-called days of success,
but rather those days when out of dejection and despair
you feel rise in you a challenge to life,
and the promise of future accomplishments.
- Gustave Flaubert

Happiness depends more on how life strikes you than on what happens.
- Andy Rooney

We all have our thorns.
We, and Life, have our moments.
Life occurs before our morning coffee.
Life occurs in our bathrobe with our hair uncombed.
Bless and give thanks for All of Life - the bloom and the thorns.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments.
- Rose Kennedy

Further reading: Choose a Joyful Life

Don't Resist Life

Life is Not Supposed to be Fair

The Power of Your Intention
     

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Embrace that the Seasons Change


To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier
state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
- George Santayana

There are good and bad times,
but our mood changes
more often than our fortune.
- Thomas Carlyle

In times of change, learners inherit the earth;
while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped
to deal with a world that no longer exists.
- Eric Hoffer

Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past or present
are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

Further reading: Renewal and Rebirth - The Great Cycle

Another Wave Comes, Another Wave Goes

Endings and New Beginnings
      

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

First accept reality, only then choose how to react to it


Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
- Aldous Huxley

Dwell in stillness.
Observe without reacting and without judging.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Life is simple.
Everything happens for you, not to you.
Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late.
You don't have to like it... it's just easier if you do.
- Byron Katie

 Be still and know who you are.
- Kirtana

Give yourself permission to allow this moment to be exactly as it is,
and allow yourself to be exactly as you are.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

You're either attaching to your thoughts or you're inquiring. There is no other choice.
- Byron Katie

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

First accept reality, only then choose how to react to it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Cherish This Moment

Byron Katie - No one can give you freedom but you

Cultivate Awareness

Live in the Present

Cease Striving

Breath by Breath 
   

Monday, September 16, 2019

Welcome Today with a Commitment and with a Smile


Just smiling goes a long way toward making you feel better about life.
And when you feel better about life, your life is better.
- Art Linkletter

The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive.
The great opportunity is where you are.
- John Burroughs

First ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen?
Then prepare to accept it.
Then proceed to improve on the worst.
- Dale Carnegie

Smile and the world smiles with you.
- Anonymous

Always do the best you can,
and everything else will take care of itself.
Focus your energies on doing what you can
rather than worrying about what you can't.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Peace begins with a smile.
- Mother Teresa

A smile that begins as an effort and a pretense quickly grows to become genuine,
and given time, a habit of happiness. In the words of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, "Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

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

Today's affirmation:
Every day in every way I am getting better and better.
- Émile Coué

Further reading: Ten Little Tips to Feel Happier Right Now

Beyond Your Worries

No Regrets
   

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Yes, Make the Effort -- Do Small Things with Great Love


We hear two voices calling us,
one saying, "Why not?"
and the other, "Why bother?"
- Sydney J. Harris

We can do no great things,
only small things with great love.
- Mother Teresa

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing
because he could do only a little.
- Edmund Burke

Righteousness does not speak in the powerful voices blaring from your television.
Righteousness speaks in a small quiet voice from deep within your own soul.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: A Small Quiet Voice

Really Listen

Trust Your Own Advice

Is That All There Is - Peggy Lee
      

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Welcome Small Pleasures


Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength;
loving someone deeply gives you courage.
- Lao Tzu

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

To love. To be loved.
To never forget your own insignificance.
To never get used to the unspeakable violence
and the vulgar disparity of life around you.
To seek joy in the saddest places.
To pursue beauty to its lair.
To never simplify what is complicated
or complicate what is simple.
To respect strength, never power.
Above all, to watch. To try to understand.
To never look away. And never, never, to forget.
- Arundhati Roy

Further reading: Stand Rapt in Awe

Live Gently

Beyond Understanding

Compassion, Kindness, Humility
      

Friday, September 13, 2019

Lead a Clean Life and Avoid Keeping Secrets


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

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

The fewer secrets you have, the happier you will be.
If you don't want others to know about it, don't do it.
If you always do what you know you should,
you will never have to worry about keeping secrets.
Be a person with no secrets to keep.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Further reading: Set an Impeccable Example

7 Secrets for a Happy Life

Why be Good?

Honor Your Commitments
      

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Think Twice Whenever "Fault" Is Mentioned


When you are offended at any man's fault,
turn to yourself and study your own failings.
Then you will forget your anger.
- Epictetus

All the world is full of suffering.
It is also full of overcoming.
- Helen Keller

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

Fall seven times, stand up eight.
- Japanese Proverb

It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out;
it's the grain of sand in your shoe.
- Robert W. Service

Where there is no accusation of "fault,"
there can be no anger.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sometimes "bad" things just happen. Try to avoid lashing out at whoever is handiest - your spouse, your family, your friend, the government, God.

Direct your attention to finding a way forward,
rather than to assigning blame.
 - Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: How to Deal with Anger

Revenge is Never the Answer

When You Have Been Wronged
      

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Patriot Day / September 11th 2019


This world of ours... must avoid becoming
a community of dreadful fear and hate,
and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

We must build dikes of courage
to hold back the flood of fear.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself
the means of inspiration and survival.
- Winston Churchill

A life lived in fear is a life half lived.
- Anonymous

Photo was taken in the aftermath of 9/11 2001 in New York City

Further reading: Gather Strength

Draw from Suffering

To Overcome Fear

Hard Times
    

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Look Obstacles Squarely in the Eye


Real obstacles don't take you in circles.
They can be overcome.
Invented ones are like a maze.
- Barbara Sher

Press on.
Obstacles are seldom the same size tomorrow as they are today.
- Robert H. Schuller

Obstacles are like wild animals.
They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can.
If they see you are afraid of them...
they are liable to spring upon you;
but if you look them squarely in the eye,
they will slink out of sight.
- Orison Swett Marden

One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles
possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.
- Albert Schweitzer

Further reading: Learn to Motivate Yourself

Later is Never

Choose Your Habits, Choose Your Life
       

Monday, September 9, 2019

Love Bravely, Live Bravely, Be Courageous


Today is your day to paint life in bold colors;
set today's rhythm with your heart-drum;
walk today's march with courage;
create today as your celebration of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love bravely, live bravely, be courageous;
there's really nothing to lose.
There's no wrong you can't make right again,
so be kinder to yourself;
have fun, take chances. There are no bounds.
- Jewel

To love what you do and feel that it matters,
how on earth could anything be more fun.
- Katherine Graham

Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal.
Live this day as if it were your last.
The past is over and gone.
The future is not guaranteed.
- Wayne Dyer

I am the poet of my mind.
I am the painter of my heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: The Canvas Of Life

Create Your Masterwork

Fun and Success

Big Dream - Big Adventure
     

Sunday, September 8, 2019

A man's pride shall bring him low

A man is called selfish not for pursuing his own good,
but for neglecting his neighbor's.
- Richard Whately

The ego lives by comparisons...
The ego cannot survive without judgment.
- A Course in Miracles

Conceit is bragging about yourself.
Confidence means you believe you can get the job done.
- Johnny Unitas

A man's pride shall bring him low,
but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.
- Proverbs 29:23

Further reading: Be Humble

Self-Importance

Ingratitude
      

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Stop, Try a New Perspective


You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one.
Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own.
It's just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.
- Paulo Coelho

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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

Remember the two benefits of failure.
First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn't work;
and second,
the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach.
- Roger von Oech

Further reading: Create Completion

Learn to Move On and Let Go

Pragmatism
     

Friday, September 6, 2019

Keep Learning, Keep Humble.


The universe is full of magical things
patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
- Eden Phillpotts

Imagination is the true magic carpet.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
- Arthur C. Clarke

Genius is another word for magic,
and the whole point of magic is that it is inexplicable.
- Margot Fonteyn

Love can sometimes be magic.
But magic can sometimes...
just be an illusion.
- Javan

The sum of what humanity doesn't yet know, but someday will, far exceeds everything we know today.
And the sum of what we will never know is even greater.
Keep Learning, Keep Humble.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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Further reading: Honor New Ideas

The Canvas Of Life

Imagination

The Edge of All We Know
      

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Natural Goodness


When we trust in the natural goodness around us,
we open ourselves for the blessings of life to flow toward us.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in whom is embodied all goodness,
and who directs all things for the good of his children.
- Iroquois traditional

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies;
but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and,
as the magnet finds the iron,
so it will find, in every hour,
some heavenly blessings!
- Henry Ward Beecher

We return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in whom is embodied all goodness,
and who directs all things for the good of his children.
- Iroquois traditional

Blessings flow toward gratitude.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Know that You have been Blessed

The Power of Your Intention

Believe in People; Believe in Yourself

Creating the world that could be
    

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Not All "Experts" Are


No statement should be believed [solely] because it is made by an authority.
- Robert A. Heinlein

One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions.
- Grace Hopper (United States Navy rear admiral and a pioneer of computer programming)

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

A censor is a man who knows more than he thinks you ought to.
- Laurence J. Peter

Authority has every reason to fear the skeptic,
for authority can rarely survive in the face of doubt.
- Robert Lindner

Always listen to the experts.
They'll tell you what can't be done and why.
Then do it.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Further reading: Trust Reason

Use Common Sense

Take Charge of Your Life

Authority Does Not Define Morality

Exercise Your Free Will
     

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Nothing is Impossible when You are Young in Spirit


The young do not know enough to be prudent,
and therefore they attempt the impossible -
and achieve it,
generation after generation.
- Pearl S. Buck

Everyone who got where he is,
had to begin where he was.
- Richard L. Evans

The youth gets together his materials
to build a bridge to the moon,
or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth,
and, at length, the middle-aged man
concludes to build a woodshed with them.
- Henry David Thoreau

Youth is a quality, not a matter of circumstances.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Nothing is Impossible when You are Young in Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: How to Stay Young

Be Brave and Chase Your Dreams

Top 5 Regrets of the Dying

Aging With Grace
      

Monday, September 2, 2019

Labor Day 2019


Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American Labor Movement (Labor Unions) and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country.

The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes,
but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker.
- Helen Keller

A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor
and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.
- Grover Cleveland

There is no hope for the workingman outside of organization.
- Peter J. McGuire, co-founder of the American Federation of Labor
        and reported "father" of the American Labor Day holiday

The labor movement means just this: it is the last noble protest of the American people against the power of incorporated wealth.
 - Wendell Phillips

There is magic in respecting others.
Respect customers, vendors, bosses, employees, co-workers.
Respect parents, spouses, sons, daughters.
Respect the trash collector, the mayor, the bank teller, the truck driver.
 - Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Labor Day 2017

What You Do Makes a Difference

Working Together

Cooperation
              

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Appreciate Again and Again


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

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

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

A Table Grace of Thanksgiving:
We gather today in gratitude for the bounty of the land,
the joyful company around this table,
and all the other blessings of this life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Thank You God

Let Each Day be a Thanksgiving

A List of Gratitudes - a Thanksgiving

Gratitude: Virtue and Joy
    

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