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May the world be kind to you, and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself. - Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Feel the Love

You know that you have fully experienced love
when you turn into love -
that is the spiritual goal of life.
- Deepak Chopra

Divine love will meet all human needs
- Mary Baker Eddy

Nothing I say can explain to you Divine Love
Yet all of creation cannot seem to stop talking about it.
- Rumi

Know that you are never alone.
- jlh

Further reading: Trust in the Light

Have a Conversation With God, Today

Feel Your Connection With the Infinite - a Meditation

Spiritual Love Quotes

Quotes about Love

Inspirational Quotes

Being Alone Quotes

Spiritual Quotes

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


The best way to gain self-confidence
is to do what you are afraid to do.
- Anonymous

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
- Samuel Johnson

One important key to success is self-confidence.
An important key to self-confidence is preparation.
- Arthur Ashe

If you have no confidence in self,
you are twice defeated in the race of life.
With confidence, you have won even before you have started.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

You can, when you believe you can.

Further reading: How to Gain Self Confidence

How to Feel Better About Yourself

How to Be Yourself

Self Confidence Quotes

Self Esteem Quotes

Challenge Quotes

Strength Quotes

Perseverance Quotes

Monday, August 29, 2011


Facing a difficulty requires a willingness of heart.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

In the midst of difficulty lies opportunity.
- Albert Einstein

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

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

Further reading: Boldly Sail the Storms of Life

How to Motivate Yourself

How to be Successful in Business

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Happiness Now

Be happy for this moment.
This moment is your life.
- Anonymous

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

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

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

Forgiveness is the key to happiness.
- A Course In Miracles

You can not find happiness by chasing after it.
Happiness comes from doing what you love to do,
and from being who you truly are.
- jlh

Further reading: Ten Little Tips to Feel Happier Right Now

7 Secrets for a Happy Life

Happy Friends, Happy You

Happiness Quotes

Quotes about Choice

Happy Life Quotes

Quotes about the Now

Living in the Now Quotes

Happiness is Service Quotes

Saturday, August 27, 2011


Positive thinking will let you do everything
better than negative thinking will.
- Zig Ziglar

Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it,
we can never do anything wise in this world.
- Helen Keller

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous

Whatever happens, always look to tomorrow -
with courage and optimism.
- jlh

Further reading: How to Stay Positive

How to Find Yourself

How to Get Motivated

Positive Quotes

More Positive Quotes

Motivational Quotes

Courage Quotes

Fear Quotes

Friday, August 26, 2011

Giving Joy

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others,
you should put a good deal of thought
into the happiness that you are able to give.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

You can never love without giving.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

You can't get unless you give.
And you have to give without wanting to get.
- Theodore H. White

The giving of love is an education in itself.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

It costs you nothing to make another happy -
and you gain your true self through the act of spreading joy.

Further reading: The Secret of Happiness

Doing for Others


Make life joyful

Generosity Quotes

Joy Quotes

Kindness Quotes

Gratitude Quotes

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Simple Joys

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

The best things in life are free.
- Anonymous

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

It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.
- Amelia Barr

Further reading: Simple Gifts

12 Life Lessons I Learned From My Cat

Simple Living

Joy is a Choice - but Not an Easy Choice

Choose Inner Peace

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Be an Observer of Life. - jlh

To acquire knowledge, one must study;
but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Your point of view sets you up well in advance
for how you view the events as they unfold.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We only see what we want to see,
and hear what we want to hear
- don Miguel Ruiz

Be an Observer of Life.
Gaining wisdom from carefully observing life
is not a substitute for action -
it is a prerequisite for informed action.
- jlh

Make a conscious effort to observe life objectively,
and to avoid the natural tendency to see only
what you are expecting to see.

[Did you observe something inside the flower in today's photo?]

Further reading: See Rightly


Look Inside


Being Yourself Quotes

Freedom Quotes

Attitude Quotes

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Cute Wisdom

An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.
- Lao Tzu

Hide not your talents,
they for use were made.
What's a sundial in the shade?
- Benjamin Franklin

Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when they are open.
- James Dewar

Action speaks louder than words
but not nearly as often.
- Mark Twain

Life is too important to be taken seriously.
- Oscar Wilde

Stay Happy, never let anyone get your goat.
- jlh

Further reading: Perspective

Conscious Appreciation


Words of Wisdom

Quotes that Make You Think

Monday, August 22, 2011

Inspiring Others

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day,
teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.
- Chinese Proverb

A good example is the best sermon.
- Benjamin Franklin

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

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

Plant Trees For Your Grandchildren

Affirmations of an Inspired Life - Young-Adult Version

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Be as a Child

Through our own recovered innocence
we discern the innocence of our neighbors.
- Henry David Thoreau

An honest man is always a child.
- Socrates

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

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

Consciously adopt the mindset of a young child,
to whom all of life is a grand adventure.
- jlh

Further reading: Celebrate Whimsey Today

Time, Like Life Itself, Has No Inherent Meaning

Need For Approval

Matthew 18:1-9 (Become like little children)

Rejoice and give thanks for all of life

Dance lightly with life - jlh

Saturday, August 20, 2011


A house is not a home unless it
contains food and fire
for the mind as well as the body.
- Benjamin Franklin

A house is made of walls and beams;
a home is built with love and dreams.
- Anonymous

The ache for home lives in all of us,
the safe place where we can go as we are
and not be questioned.
- Maya Angelou

Home is our sanctuary, where we:
relax into being ourselves,
play with our inner child,
paint the walls green and pink,
dig in the dirt,
grow something,
love somebody else,
love ourselves even more,
snuggle with a warm blanket on a Sunday afternoon,
hang "go away" on the door whenever we want,
clean and tidy often... or never,
launch from and return to,
are truly ourselves.
- jlh

If your home is not a place where you can
truly kick-back and be yourself -
both physically and emotionally -
consider making some changes in your way-of-life.

Further reading: Choose Inner Peace

Ten Little Tips to Feel Happier Right Now

This Above All, to Thine Own Self Be True -
5 Ways to Apply William Shakespeare's Advice Today

Inner Peace Quotes

Quotes to Live By

Encouraging Quotes

Friday, August 19, 2011


There is a sacredness in tears.
They are not the mark of weakness,
but of power.
They speak more eloquently
than ten thousand tongues.
They are messengers of
overwhelming grief ...
and unspeakable love.
- Washington Irving

Those who don't know how to weep
with their whole heart,
don't know how to laugh either
- Golda Meir

The soul would have no rainbow,
Had the eyes no tears.
- John Vance Cheney

Tears and laughter cleanse the heart.
- jlh

Are you holding back long-suppressed emotions? Let your feelings flow, right now.

While some of us wear our emotions on our sleeve, others keep feelings bottled up for decades. Strike a balance. If you are suffering with unexpressed frustration or grief, let the tears flow. Then find a friend to laugh with. Laughter, however artificial it feels, lightens the saddest moments and bonds us to family and friends.

Further reading: How to Cope with Loneliness

How to Deal with Rejection

Coping With Loss, Grief, and the Fear Of Your Own Mortality

Feeling Used and Left Out

Coping with Heartbreak

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Follow Your Heart

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.
Don't be trapped by dogma -
which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of others' opinions
drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage
to follow your heart and intuition.
They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary.
- Steve Jobs

Pitiful is the person who is afraid of taking risks.
Perhaps this person will never be disappointed or disillusioned;
perhaps she won't suffer the way people do when they have a dream to follow.
But when the person looks back - and at some point everyone look back -
she will hear her heart, saying,
"What have you done with the miracles that God planted in your days?
What have you done with the talents God bestowed on you?"
- Paulo Coelho

When I get asked for advice on making career and personal decisions,
My answer is to Follow Your Heart.

Read How to Choose Your Life Purpose,
How to Make a Decision You Won't Regret,
How to be Successful in Business
and What is Love?

and Follow Your Heart

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Just stop it

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

You either do it completely and utterly,
or you should stop doing it.
- Bono (paraphrase)

If you want peace, stop fighting.
If you want peace of mind, stop fighting with your thoughts.
- Peter McWilliams

When what you are doing is frustrating you, STOP. Pause to consider the true importance of the task. Reflect on whether there is a better plan for reaching your goal.

Further reading: How to Move On and Let Go

When is Your Best Good Enough?

Inspirational Thoughts

Change Quotes

Success Quotes

Goal Quotes

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Commitment vs. Burnout

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

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

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

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

Further reading: Finding Balance in Life

How to Live a Stress-Free Life

Life is All in the Perspective We Take on It

Life is Not Supposed to be Fair

Be Gentle with Yourself

Inspirational Quotes about Life

Quotes to Live By

Positive Quotes

Monday, August 15, 2011


If you want to be incrementally better: Be competitive.
If you want to be exponentially better: Be cooperative.
- Anonymous

Competition has been shown to be useful
up to a certain point and no further,
but cooperation, which is the thing
we must strive for today,
begins where competition leaves off.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The choice is to work alone to be a little
more successful than the next person,
or to work together for the great betterment of humanity.
Moreover, Cooperation is less stressful than competition.
Do you ever question why our educational system
teaches competition rather than cooperation?
- jlh

Further reading: Seven Tips for Stress-Free Living

Choose Inner Peace and a Less Stressful Life



Self Esteem Quotes

Quotes about Life

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Golden Rule

Do to others as you would have them do to you.
- Luke 6:31 (the "Golden Rule")

Do not do to others what would anger you
if done to you by others.
- Isocrates (Ancient Greek)

Never impose on others what
you would not choose for yourself.
- Confucius (Ancient Chinese)

That which is hateful to you,
do not do to your fellow.
That is the whole Torah;
the rest is the explanation.
- Talmud (Jewish Wisdom)

Know that the true essence of the Golden Rule
is always being compassionate, kind,
generous, and being in service to others.
Compelling others to behave as you wish
them to behave in the name of the
Golden Rule is a corruption of a sacred principle.
Compassion is the universal standard of moral living.
- jlh

Further reading: Love your enemies

Questions To Ask Yourself Before Offering Helpful Advice

"Be like me" is not a Golden Rule

Great Truths


Saturday, August 13, 2011


When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger
and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;
an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
- Winston Churchill

The jump is so frightening between
where I am and where I want to be.
Because of all I may become,
I will close my eyes and leap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

In the midst of crisis, boldly seize opportunity.
- jlh

Further reading: How to Choose Your Life Purpose

Success Tip: Drive Change

Life is Beautiful

Life Lesson Quotes

Friday, August 12, 2011

Goodness of Life

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

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

Love is an act of faith.
- Erich Fromm

Further reading: 7 Secrets for a Happy Life

How to Move On and Let Go

How to Think Positive

Celebrate Whimsey Today

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Contented Living

There are nine requisites for contented living:
HEALTH enough to make work a pleasure;
WEALTH enough to support your needs;
STRENGTH enough to battle with difficulties and forsake them;
GRACE enough to confess your sins and overcome them;
PATIENCE enough to toil until some good is accomplished;
CHARITY enough to see some good in your neighbor;
LOVE enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others;
FAITH enough to make real the things of God;
HOPE enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Further reading: Life is All in the Perspective We Take on It

Love All of Life

Abundance or Scarcity? Love or Fear?

Tips for Saving Money while Living Well

Positive Quotes

Strength Quotes

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


This day boldness is manifested in a simple grace: gratitude.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Grace defies reason and logic.
- Bono

Grace isn't just a little prayer you say before receiving a meal.
It's a way to live.
- Jackie Windspear

I'm becoming more and more myself with time.
I guess that's what grace is.
The refinement of your soul through time.
- Jewel

Visualize living a life of grace. What kind of life do you picture? The word "grace" derives from a Latin word that means both pleasing and thankful. Choose a life lived with grace. A life filled with gratitude for life itself. A life that is joyful and that inspires joy in others.

Further reading: Aging With Grace

Be Gentle with Yourself

Thanksgiving Graces

Work Life Balance Quotes

Optimistic Quotes

Summer Quotes

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Manage the remarkable balance between acting from your heart and close to your gifts with completing the obligations that your labor and tasks require of you. Leverage opportunity AND seize joy.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I think wholeness is God's design for us;
and that often amounts to embracing contradictions.
- Bono

Balance activity with serenity, wealth with simplicity, persistence with innovation, community with solitude, familiarity with adventure, constancy with change, leading with following.
- jlh

Further reading: How to Build Self Esteem

Monday, August 8, 2011


Problems cannot be solved at the same level
of awareness that created them.
- Albert Einstein

The ability to be in the present moment
is a major component of mental wellness.
- Abraham Maslow

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

Have you ever arrived at work after your morning commute, and noticed that you didn't remember a single thing you saw during your drive?

Let today be a day of awareness. Consciously pay attention to what is going on around you as drive, walk, do your business, or relax. Consider the world from the perspective of those you pass - the small child, the elderly lady trying to cross the street, the homeless person, the truck driver, the policeman, the executive in the big limo.

Further reading: Question Your Questions

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


VISION - the fifth Point of Simply An Inspired Life

Sunday, August 7, 2011


Take a course in good water and air;
and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own.
Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.
- John Muir

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

Believe in the goodness of life.
Believe in the power of time to heal and to renew.
Believe in the power of forgiveness and gratitude.
Believe in the gift of rainbows and butterflies.
Believe in the laughter of children.
- jlh

Let today be a day to renew your health, your energy, and your spirit.

Further reading: Find Joy in Nature


Rainbows of the Soul

The Joy of Beauty

Six Ways to Live a Happier Life

Inner Peace Quotes

Saturday, August 6, 2011


A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else.
- George Savile

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

Patience, persistence, and perseverance.
A little more each day, a little better each day.
- jlh

Further reading: Breaking the Cycle of Self-Inflicted Suffering

12 Life Lessons I Learned From My Cat

Time, Like Life Itself, Has No Inherent Meaning

Quotes about Being Patient

Quotes about Hurry

Quotes about Time

Friday, August 5, 2011

Be Yourself

If I try to be like him, who will be like me?
- Yiddish proverb

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition -
they somehow already know what you truly want to become.
- Steve Jobs

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
- e. e. cummings

As a follow-up to Pleasing Everyone, read about the distinction between being of service to others, and being a "pleaser," at More about Pleasing Everyone.

Further reading: The Secret of Happiness

How to Choose Your Life Purpose

When is Your Best Good Enough?

Quotes about Becoming Yourself

Quotes about Service

Quotes about Kindness

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Mistakes are the portals of discovery. - James Joyce

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
- James Joyce

I've learned that mistakes can often be as good a teacher as success.
- Jack Welch

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth
- not going all the way and not starting.
- The Buddha

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

Further reading: Drive Change

Practice Makes Perfect - Sometimes

Mistake Quotes

Quotes about Mistakes

Quotes about Life Lessons

Amazing Quotes to Live By

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Pleasing Everyone

I don't know the key to success,
but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.
- Bill Cosby

A "No" uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a
"Yes" merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Don't live your life to please other people.
- Oprah Winfrey

Further reading: Aesops Fable: The Miller, His Son, and the Ass

Need For Approval

Honor Yourself

How to Choose Your Life Purpose

Success Quotes

Gandhi Quotes

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


It is hardly possible to build anything,
if frustration, bitterness and a mood of helplessness prevail.
- Lech Walesa

All that is necessary to break the spell
of inertia and frustration is this:
Act as if it were impossible to fail.
- Dorthea Brande

Further reading: Stop Anger Before It Stops You

How to Think Positive

Attitude is Everything

Monday, August 1, 2011


Do or do not, there is no try.
- Jedi Master Yoda in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed
is always to try just one more time.
- Thomas A. Edison

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Angel Ruiz

Read my article When is Your Best Good Enough?

Further reading: Choices


Do it

Try Quotes

Success Quotes

Regret Quotes
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