Welcome to my Daily Inspiration - Daily Quote. See today's daily inspirational quotes below.
May the world be kind to you, and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself. - Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Friday, January 31, 2020

False "Knowledge"


Beware of false knowledge;
it is more dangerous than ignorance.
- George Bernard Shaw

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance -
it is the illusion of knowledge.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

When you have a very strong FEELING that something is true, often it isn't.
WANTING something to be true doesn't make it true.
Likewise, being AFRAID that something is true doesn't make it true either.

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We want the facts to fit the preconceptions.
When they don't, it is easier to ignore the facts
than to change the preconceptions.
- Jessamyn West

Further reading: Perspective on Tradition: An Open Mind

The Danger of Assumptions

Truth isn't True. Reality isn't Real.
    

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Seek Excellence


We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
- Will Durant (commonly attributed to Aristotle)

Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise,
risking more than others think is safe,
dreaming more than others think is practical,
and expecting more than others think is possible.
- Anonymous

Excellence is not a destination to be arrived at,
but a path of continual attention and improvement.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today's affirmation:
While I choose never to be dissatisfied or unhappy
with my current level of knowledge or accomplishment,
I constantly seek excellence in all domains that truly matter to me.

Further reading: Creating Your Future

Choose Your Habits, Choose Your Life - 5 Secrets For Breaking Your Bad Habits

Choice

Play to win, but be a good loser
     

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Gather Your Strength


Expect to have hope rekindled.
Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways.
The dry seasons in life do not last.
The spring rains will come again.
- Sarah Ban Breathnach

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

Being defeated is often a temporary condition.
Giving up is what makes it permanent.
- Marilyn vos Savant

If I could tell the world just one thing
it would be we're all okay,
and not to worry cause worry is wasteful
and useless in times like these.
I won't be made useless.
I won't be idle with despair,
I will gather myself around my faith.
Light does the darkness most fear.
- Jewel

Today's affirmation:
I gather strength from life's storms.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Tested by Storms

Serenity Rather than Fear

Calm During Storms
      

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Believe in Goodness and Peace


Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared
believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
- Bruce Barton

Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank (died in Nazi concentration camp)

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

When we are no longer able to change a situation -
we are challenged to change ourselves.
- Viktor E. Frankl (Nazi concentration camp survivor)

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.
I just wish he didn't trust me so much.
- Mother Teresa

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

I Believe In Peace; I Believe In Mercy.
- Malala Yousafzai (shot by the Taliban for advocating education for girls)

Today's affirmation:
I believe in the goodness of people.
I believe in my own inner strength.

Further reading: Mother Teresa prayer

Anne Frank

Not A Victim
     

Monday, January 27, 2020

The Measure of Life


The true measure of a man is how he treats someone
who can do him absolutely no good.
- Samuel Johnson

To measure the man, measure his heart.
- Malcolm S. Forbes

Don't let anyone else take the measure
of your worth and capabilities.
Always stand proud in who you are.
- Margaret Spellings

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands
in moments of comfort and convenience,
but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.
- Anonymous

Further reading: This Above All, to Thine Own Self Be True

The Paradox Of Living In The Moment

Fear of the Unknown

My thoughts on "safety" versus living full-out
     

Sunday, January 26, 2020

He That is Without Sin...


Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye;and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
- Matthew 7:5

The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy.
- William Hazlitt

The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are all hypocrites.
We cannot see ourselves or judge ourselves the way we see and judge others.
- José Emilio Pacheco

Judge not, that ye be not judged.
- Matthew 7:1

He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her.
- Jesus of Nazareth (John 8:7)

Further reading: The Essence of Jesus' Teaching

Grant That I May Radiate
      

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Never Cease to Seek New Understanding


Education is not the filling of a pail,
but the lighting of a fire.
- William Butler Yeats

Intellectual growth should commence at birth
and cease only at death.
- Albert Einstein

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

The mind is not a vessel to be filled,
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Develop a passion for learning.
If you do, you will never cease to grow.
- Anthony J. D'Angelo

Further reading: Lifelong Learning

Knowledge is Soon Changed

Open Minds

Reason
    

Friday, January 24, 2020

Praise, Celebrate, Rejoice



The more you praise and celebrate your life,
the more there is in life to celebrate.
- Oprah Winfrey

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

The path to happiness is forgiveness of everyone
and gratitude for everything.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception
to such an extent that it changes the world you see.
- Robert Holden

He is a wise man who does not grieve
for the things which he has not,
but rejoices for those which he has.
- Epictetus

Celebrate! Celebration is an expression of Gratitude.
Gratitude is like the prayer, while
Celebration is the hymn and sacred dance.
Celebration is its own road to happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: An Attitude of Gratitude

A List of Gratitudes

Zero-Based Gratitude

Feeling Blessed
    

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Meaning of a Thing is Not Measured by its Size


Don't compromise yourself.
You are all you've got.
- Janis Joplin

It all depends on how we look at things,
and not on how things are in themselves.
The least of things with a meaning
is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.
- Carl Jung

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
- Henry David Thoreau

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable,
you disconnect yourself from what you truly want,
and all that is left is compromise.
- Robert Fritz

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.
- Steve Jobs

In matters of style, swim with the current;
in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
- attributed to Thomas Jefferson

The Meaning of a Thing is Not Measured by its Size.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Your To-Do List

Question Your Questions

Choose Your Priorities

Your Relationship with Time

The Main Thing
     

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Our circumstances define the playing field, not the outcome.


Our circumstances define the playing field, not the outcome.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life consists not in holding good cards
but in playing those you hold well.
- Josh Billings

Customs form us all.
Our thoughts, our morals, our most fixed beliefs,
are consequences of our place of birth.
- Aaron Hill
Yet within these quite extreme constraints, progress, success, and happiness are still possible.

You play the hand you're dealt.
I think the game's worthwhile.
- Christopher Reeve

All men and women are born, live, suffer and die;
what distinguishes us one from another is our dreams,
whether they be dreams about worldly or unworldly things,
and what we do to make them come about.
We do not choose to be born.
We do not choose our parents.
We do not choose our historical epoch,
the country of our birth,
or the immediate circumstances of our upbringing.
We do not, most of us, choose to die;
nor do we choose the time and conditions of our death.
But within this realm of choicelessness, we do choose how we live.
- Joseph Epstein

We all have free will, but only within the harsh constraints of predestination.
Within the limits placed upon our lives by the circumstances of our genes,
our place and condition of birth, the parenting we receive,
and other events beyond our control,
we are defined by the free will we can still exercise.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Make Your Dreams Come True

Do What You Can Do

Choose to Soar
      

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Life Happens, Don't Look For A Scapegoat


It happens - Sometimes.
- the movie Forrest Gump

Life, by its very nature, can never be certain or "safe."
What each of us *can* choose is whether to be a kind person or to be a selfish person.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie
                  
The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.
- Napoleon

When they are disappointed, most people react by assigning blame,
and finding someone to criticize.
What if we accepted that our disappointments
are seldom the result of malice on the part of anyone,
and worked together to make life better for all.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Laws of nature do not make exceptions for nice people.
- Harold S. Kushner

When we are disappointed, we look for someone to blame.
Declaring someone to be at fault is the nature of anger.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The man who can smile when things go wrong
has thought of someone else he can blame it on.
- Robert Bloch

It is a natural human instinct to assign blame to some person for everything that goes wrong in our lives.
Sometimes this is an attempt to deflect blame from our own behavior.
Often this is just an unwillingness to accept that tragic events can occur without any human being at fault.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading:  Don't Take Life as Personal Affront

Think Twice Whenever "Fault" Is Mentioned 

Blame is a Cop Out 

Criticism and Complaint 
        

Monday, January 20, 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - a United States Federal Holiday - is celebrated on the third Monday of January each year. Watch a video of his famous I have a Dream speech.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.
He who is devoid of the power to forgive
is devoid of the power to love.
There is some good in the worst of us
and some evil in the best of us.
When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking.
There is an almost universal quest
for easy answers and half-baked solutions.
Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Cowardice asks the question - is it safe?
Expediency asks the question - is it politic?
Vanity asks the question - is it popular?
But conscience asks the question - is it right?
And there comes a time when one must take a position
that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular;
but one must take it BECAUSE it is right.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous
than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Further reading: The First Step in Faith

Hate Returns Upon Itself

Serve Others

Gaining Peace Through Peace
      

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Live Your Message


Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,
ye have done it unto me.
- Matthew 25:40

Before you speak to me about your religion,
   first show it to me in how you treat other people;
before you tell me how much you love your God,
   show me in how much you love all His children;
before you preach to me of your passion for your faith,
   teach me about it through your compassion for your neighbors.
In the end, I'm not as interested in what you have to tell or sell
   as in how you choose to live and give.
- Cory Booker

A good example is the best sermon.
- Benjamin Franklin

We do not need to proselytize
either by our speech or by our writing.
We can only do so really with our lives.
Let our lives be open books for all to study.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.
- Abraham Lincoln (attributed)

If your actions inspire others to dream more,
learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
- John Quincy Adams

Your example is far more influential and inspiring
than any words of instruction, or threats,
or even words of encouragement.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: God Calls Us To Help Others

Hypocrisy, Perhaps the Greatest Sin

Leading by Example

A Look at Religion
        

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Busyness vs. Purpose


Beware the barrenness of a busy life
- Socrates

The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.
- Samuel Johnson

Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition,
is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.
- Dale Carnegie

Habit and routine have an unbelievable power to waste and destroy.
- Henri de Lubac

He who sows hurry reaps indigestion.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

The price of success is hard work,
dedication to the job at hand,
and the determination that whether we win or lose,
we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
- Vince Lombardi

There is more to life than increasing its speed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Inattention is fertile soil for bad habits to grow stronger.
To break bad habits and cultivate behaviors you prefer,
use your power of conscious attention and daily practice.

An overfull calendar, like an overfull stomach,
is a consequence of taking on too much.
Commit, and eat, in moderation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Too little commitment, and life becomes meaningless.
Too much focus on accomplishment, and you burn out.
Balance striving for success, with gentle self-care.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you don't enjoy your career, today is the day to begin a long-term plan for creating a career that interests and excites you. In the short term, even if you hate your job, look for small joys at work each day, perhaps in your interactions with customers and co-workers.

Whenever you feel you must hurry,
ask yourself whether the busyness is fulfilling your purpose in life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Happiness is a Choice

Tips to Feel Happier Right Now

Your Life Purpose
      

Friday, January 17, 2020

Cultivate 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

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, begin to look on all things
with love, appreciation and open-mindedness.
- A Course in Miracles

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

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious
privilege it is to be alive -
to breathe,
to think, to enjoy, to love.
- Marcus Aurelius

For some of us, the world appears to provide
only a fixed quantity of each resource -
a limited amount of food, of money,
of love, of success, of appreciation.
For others, life is unlimited.
Their world expands with the generosity, compassion,
inventiveness, and service that they contribute.
In this world-view, money that is spent
or given away returns multiplied.
- 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

Bounty of the Earth

Be Open - Welcome the New

Let Go and Accept This Moment
      

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Train Yourself to See Beauty


See beauty in unexpected places.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

It all depends on how we look at things,
and not how they are in themselves.
- Carl Jung

Judgements prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances.
- Wayne Dyer

Let mad beauty collect itself in your eyes.
- Jewel

A flower is a weed seen through joyful eyes.
The virtue of anyone or anything is solely in our perspective.
See gold, and there is gold; see lead and there is lead.
If you see this thistle as a thorny nuisance, then it is a weed.
If you appreciate its bright pink bloom, then it is a flower.
It becomes what you name it.
The power is in your choice, your perspective, your speaking.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
- Franz Kafka

Further reading: What One Emphasizes

Beauty is Everywhere

Simply Marvelous
    

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Look to Discovered Truth


Approach each new problem not with a view of finding what you hope will be there,
but to get the truth, the realities that must be grappled with.
You may not like what you find. In that case you are entitled to try to change it.
But do not deceive yourself as to what you do find to be the facts of the situation.
- Bernard M. Baruch

Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but no one has a right to be wrong in his facts.
- Bernard M. Baruch

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

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

We want the facts to fit the preconceptions.
When they don't, it is easier to ignore the facts
than to change the preconceptions.
- Jessamyn West

Further reading: Begin with the FACTS

Re-examine all that you have been told

The Fun-House Mirrors Of Our Own Point Of View

Never Stop Learning
        

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Allow Your Friends and Family Their Own Opinions


I never considered a difference of opinion
in politics, in religion, in philosophy,
as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
- Thomas Jefferson

We may have our private opinions
but why should they be a bar to the meeting of hearts?
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Why should it impede your happiness
for others to have differing views on politics or religion?
for others to paint their houses purple
or grow asparagus in place of a grassy lawn?
for others to dress, mingle, celebrate, or dine in their own manner?

The path to happiness is to live your life joyfully in your own way,
and to support and encourage others to do likewise.

One of the surest ways to cause
yourself great suffering
is to insist upon being right -
to demand that all others view life
exactly as you view it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Other People's Opinions

5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Offering Helpful Advice

Categorizing People

Different and yet the Same
       

Monday, January 13, 2020

Service, Not Money


Jesus said, "Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant."
- Mark 10:43

 We are rich only through what we give,
and poor only through what we refuse.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jesus said, "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor,
and you will have treasure in heaven."
- Mark 10:21

The love of money is the root of all evil:
which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith,
and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
But thou, O man of God, flee these things;
and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
- Timothy 6:10-11

Go to the people.
Live among them.
Learn from them.
Love them.
Serve them.
- Jimmy Yen (Y. C. James Yen)

Further reading: What if Money Was No Object? (video)

Jimmy Yen - My Personal Greatest Hero

Helping Others

More Than Money

What is Your Religion?

This God Called Money
       

Sunday, January 12, 2020

With Gratitude


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

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

When you arise in the morning,
give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength.
Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living.
If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself.
- Tecumseh

Further reading: What do you take for granted?

Giving Thanks for Our Food

My Glass of Life

Celebrating the Small Miracles of Our Lives
    

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Avoid Hurrying


No good comes from hurrying.
- Yiddish Proverb

Haste is blind and improvident.
- Titus Livius (Livy)

He who sows hurry reaps indigestion.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

When you feel the need to hurry,
remember that everything in life is a CHOICE.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
- Anonymous

"Hurry up" ranks right up there with "you need to"
as a destroyer of our humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Patience is an ever present alternative
to the mind's endemic restlessness and impatience.
Scratch the surface of impatience and what you will find
lying beneath it, subtly or not so subtly, is anger.
It's the strong energy of not wanting things to be the way they are
and blaming someone (often yourself) or something for it.
This doesn't mean you can't hurry when you have to.
It is possible even to hurry patiently, mindfully,
moving fast because you have chosen to.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Today's Affirmation:
Slowly and Deeply, I Inhale a Calming Breath.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Choose Inner Peace and a Less Stressful Life

Seven Tips for Stress-Free Living

Tending the Garden of Our Lives

The Wisdom of Patience
   

Friday, January 10, 2020

In the Simple Joys


The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
- Plato

Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
- Henry David Thoreau

Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life
are not only not indispensable,
but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.
- Henry David Thoreau

Further reading: Choose Joy Anyway

Radiating Light and Love

Calm During Storms

Life Really Is Good
     

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Keep Going


You make a mistake, you keep going.
- Linda Gray

Achievement seems to be connected with action.
Successful men and women keep moving.
They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
- Conrad Hilton

Keep moving. Don't stop. But don't rush.
Don't race around.
Sure and steady gets you there every time.
- Neale Donald Walsch

True courage is taking another small step each day
toward achieving your vision.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is like riding a bicycle.
To keep your balance you must keep moving.
- Albert Einstein

Further reading: One More Mile

You Can Do It

Be Unstoppable
         

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

What You Don't Want To Know About Yourself


You can't know your real mind as long as you deceive yourself.
- Bodhidharma

He who knows others is wise.
He who knows himself is enlightened.
- Lao Tzu

Find out what you don't want to know about yourself,
what you're afraid of.
- Linda Evans

How strange that, although we dwell within ourselves,
we seldom know what we truly want
or what we truly believe about important matters.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
- Benjamin Spock

Further reading: At the center of your being you have the answer

Be Simply Yourself

Know Thyself

Follow Your Bliss
      

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Further reading: Don't Give Up

Thoughtful Response, Not Panic

Life is Not Hopeless

Create Happiness
    

Monday, January 6, 2020

Change Brings Progress


The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.
- Charles Kettering (1876-1958 - holder of 186 US Patents, including the automotive electric starter)

A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.
- Mark Twain

New ideas pass through three periods:
1) It can't be done.
2) It probably can be done, but it's not worth doing.
3) I knew it was a good idea all along!
- Arthur C. Clarke

If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
-Woodrow Wilson

Ideas, yes.
Inspiration, yes.
Creativity, yes.
Planning, yes.
Perseverance, yes.
More perseverance, yes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Progress

A Better Plan

Flexibility

Cheer for Endings
        

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Charity in Thought, Word, and Deed


This is what the Lord asks of you: only this,
to act justly, to love tenderly,
and to walk humbly with your God.
- Micah 6:8

When you share your last crust of bread with a beggar,
you mustn't behave as if you were throwing a bone to a dog.
You must give humbly, and thank him for allowing you
to have a part in his hunger.
- Giovanni Guareschi

Jesus preached more and taught more
about helping the poor and the sick and the hungry
than he did about heaven and hell.
Shouldn't that tell us something?
- John Grisham

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
- St Francis of Assisi

What does it profit, my brethren,
if someone says he has faith but does not have works?
Can faith save him?
- James 2:14

The hallmark of a true Christian is charity in thought, word, and deed.
Charity is the principle Christian virtue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Further reading: Charity: To Do God's Work

Measure of Your Heart  

Basic Kindness

The Purpose of Our Lives
        

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Daily Positive Affirmations


Definition of "Affirmation" as used here: "Something that may not be true yet, but that I want to be true (usually about myself) and that I am working to make true."  For example, "Every day, I repeat the same positive affirmation of my worth as a person."

The following are all positive affirmations...

I am not a slave to my thoughts or emotions.
- Richard Carlson

I am at Peace with myself,
my family, my community, and the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I rest in the light of forgiveness.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I come to life with an Open Mind,
Clean Hands, and a Loving Heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am one with the power and wisdom of the Universe.
I have all that I need.
- Louise L. Hay

Standing in the inspiring vision of my future,
I boldly take every step - large and small -
with courage and intent.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every day in every way I am getting better and better.
- Anonymous

Today I choose the higher road -
the path of charity, acceptance,
love, selflessness, kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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www.jonathanlockwoodhuie.com
        

Friday, January 3, 2020

Do What You Feel In Your Heart To Be Right


The greatest way to live with honor in this world
is to be what we pretend to be.
- Socrates

The truth of the matter is that
you always know the right thing to do.
The hard part is doing it.
- Gen. Norman Schwarzkoff

When people get caught up with that which is right
and they are willing to sacrifice for it,
there is no stopping point short of victory.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

All the great things are simple,
and many can be expressed in a single word:
freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
- Winston Churchill

You will never do anything in this world without courage.
It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
- Aristotle

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
- Abraham Lincoln

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

Never let your sense of morals
get in the way of doing what's right.
- Isaac Asimov

Read: What is Moral versus What is Right

Whatever your friends and family do,
Always do what you know is right.

If it's Right, stand up for it - together.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further reading: Live with honor

Is there a place for Honor today?

Be yourself. Honor yourself.
         

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Other Lives Made Better


 The true measure of success in life is how many other lives you made better.
- Jeff Hoffman

It is not what we get.
But who we become, what we contribute...
that gives meaning to our lives.
- Tony Robbins

Life is no brief candle to me.
It is a sort of splendid torch
which I have got a hold of for the moment,
and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible
before handing it on to future generations.
- George Bernard Shaw

Almost nothing you worry about today
will matter in a hundred years.
Think carefully about what you can focus on today.
Choose tasks that will actually make a positive difference
to your great-grandchildren.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Bessie A. Stanley (commonly attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Further reading: Serving Others

To Live, Not Merely To Exist

Passing the Torch

Recognizing Our Abundance
      

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

New Years 2020


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

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
- Oprah Winfrey

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

Another Sunrise, Another New Beginning.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Further Reading: The First Day

The Main Thing

Have a Happy New Year - All Year Long
    

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