Friday, December 30, 2011

Embrace Hope ...

I say we make this happen. We must set this world ablaze with hope. We can. We are the fuel.

I saw this status posted on Facebook by Jennifer Wright, who in turn found this somewhere else. I take no credit for the idea…but yeah…

…we can make this happen.

Whether she wears pink or blue…or GOLD, something like this can and will make an enormous difference.

Here you can sign a petition.

Here you can Like and support pages that spread this cause!

…and if you’re on Facebook, join here.

Like so many movements, it starts with one.

 That one lit the match.

Love Thy Neighbor Anyway ...

Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the high road to pride, self esteem, and personal satisfaction 
~Brian Tracy

Turn on the TV, go to a news website, or read any newspaper at this time of year and you will be sure to find some beautiful stories of sharing, hope, and love. On both a small and a large scale, people have helped other people during this holiday season. This is the time of year when we go out of our way to give and to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, which is a great energy—an energy that creates miracles.

But, it’s not enough to have this consciousness only once a year during the holidays.  It is comfortable to share at this time because ‘tis the season to do so. But what happens now that the holidays have passed and we all go back to work? It is so easy to fall back into our routines: thinking about what we want, what we need.  But if we really want to bring about an evolution in the world, if we really want to make a difference, then we have to look for ways to share our energy so that we can improve the lives of others.

Most religions and philosophies in the world can agree on one tenet: Love your neighbor as yourself. Like sharing during the holiday season, this is easy to do, especially when we like the person we are supposed to love. But what happens when we don’t like our neighbor, or we are jealous of our colleague, or we resent our parents? Do we still love them as we would love ourselves? For most of us, the answer would have to be no.

It's easy to buy a coffee for a friend, but what about a coffee for the person who pushes all our buttons? Are we able to extend human dignity to the people we don't agree with or get along with? This, then, is our challenge and our power: to extend tolerance to those who are different from us—not because we are “good people” or it’s the right thing to do, but because doing so brings us closer to achieving our potential.

The golden rule implies to: "love your neighbor as yourself," but, I believe that we should not only follow this rule but even more so... “love your neighbor as yourself, when it is difficult." It is only when we love when it is difficult that we remove the layers of negativity that separate us from our highest potential of being.

Every time we do a negative action, hurt someone else, or find ourselves in a place of anger, we create a negative, open a space for bitterness to grow and fester. Who are these bitter people? Bitter people feel victimized or confused or believe that others don’t understand them. Bitter people are people that are totally involved with their ego, with their Desire to Receive for the Self Alone.

So I challenge you to take advantage of this time of year, for it is a time of cleansing, not of our souls but of our hearts. We have the chance to remove any sadness and bitterness we have within so that we can share when it is hard to share and love when it is difficult to love.

Remember, as long as we are alive, there is a spark in us that belongs to the Light of our Creator, whoever that may be to you. But every time we think and act like victims, we deny that energy that was given to us by this Divine Force that we believe in. So let us use this energy. Let us be a part of the Light in the world, a part of the good, not the darkness and most importantly not just at this time but for the whole year to come.

"What seems like the right thing to do could also be the hardest thing you have ever done in your life.  It’s always worth it. "

"Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest. " 
~Brian Tracy

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Let Go and Let In the New Year ...

"You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space." ~Johnny Cash 

Do not begin the new year by recounting to yourself or others all your losses and sorrows.  Let the past GO.

Should some good friend present you with material for a lovely garment, would you insult her by throwing it aside and describing the beautiful garments you had worn out in past times?

The new year has given you the fabric for fresh start in life; why dwell upon the events which have gone, the joys, blessings and advantages of the past!

It is your mind which makes your body sick.  Let the spirit assert itself and demand health and hope and happiness in this new year.

Forget the money you have lost, the mistakes you have made, the injuries you have received, the disappointments you have experienced.

Real sorrow, the sorrow which comes from the death of dear ones, or some great cross well borne, you need not forget.  But think of these things as sent to enrich your nature, and to make you more human and sympathetic.  You are missing them if you permit yourself instead to grow melancholy and irritable.

Do not tell me you are too old.  Age is all imagination.  Ignore years and they will ignore you.

Eat moderately, and bathe freely in water as cold as nature's rainfall. Exercise thoroughly and regularly.

Be alive, from crown to toe.  Breathe deeply, filling every cell of the lungs for at least five minutes, morning and night, and when you draw in long, full breaths, believe you are inhaling health, wisdom and success.

Anticipate good health.  If it does not come at once, consider it a mere temporary delay, and continue to expect it.

Regard any physical ailment as a passing inconvenience, no more. Never for an instant believe you are permanently ill or disabled.

The young men of France are studying alchemy, hoping to learn the secret of the transmutation of gold.  If you will study your own spirit and its limitless powers, you will gain a greater secret than any alchemist ever held; a secret which shall give you whatever you desire.

Think of your body as the silver jewel box, your mind as the silver lining, your spirit as the gem.  Keep the box burnished and clear of dust, but remember always that the jewel within is the precious part of it.

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success.  A whole, clear, glorious year lies before you!  In a year you can regain health, fortune, restfulness, happiness!

Push on!  Achieve, achieve!   

By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Friday, December 23, 2011

The Misconception of a Geisha ...

"Remember, Chiyo, geisha are not courtesans. And we are not wives. We sell our skills, not our bodies. We create another secret world, a place only of beauty. The very word 'geisha' means artist and to be a geisha is to be judged as a moving work of art."  ~Memoirs of a Geisha

A turn of the head; the flutter of a fan; a single, elegant rotation of a hand; the sweet scent of white plum – such are the minute details which make up the hidden world of the geisha. The geisha is a relatively new facet of Japanese culture, making its first appearance in the early 1700’s. It was thanks in part to the rise in income and sudden interest in leisure activities during the Edo Period of Japan (1600-1868), that the geisha was even birthed. Handpicked from a young age, the geisha are trained in the traditional arts of song, dance, poetry, literature, light conversation, and tea ceremonies. Though belonging to a greater group of female entertainers, musicians, and artists, geisha have held a special place in Japanese culture and society for several centuries and have even gone so far as to become an international icon for the country of the Far East.

The geisha, surprisingly, were not always women – and weren’t always called geisha. In fact, the very first geisha-like class was called the taikomochi. This group of entertainers was comprised of men whose sole purpose was to amuse guests through storytelling and hilarity in hopes of making the surrounding atmosphere merrier. It was during this time (1680’s), that parents, hoping to hire their daughter’s talents out, started sending their children off to small schools to train in dance and song. These young dancers were known as

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Pay Attention ...

"What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself."
~ Abraham H. Maslow


Set an intention to be more aware. Become a watcher, of yourself and what’s around you. Develop the witness, the part of you that can step back from life and impartially observe how you react and think and feel. 

You can learn so much about who you are if you make yourself aware of your subconscious limitations, your character strengths, weaknesses and potentials, your life challenges, gifts, talents, and your deepest desires and aspirations. By learning who you are, you can then cultivate who you aspire to be.

"Knowing others is wisdom; knowing the self is enlightenment."
~Tao Te Ching

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

May You Find Comfort and Peace ...

* Dedicated to all of those who have ever lost and miss a loved one this Holiday Season... For me, it is my parents who I love and miss dearly ♥

May you find comfort and peace in the memories that you hold so dearly to you. May you feel warmth from the love that you have given and received by these special souls who entered your life and have left too soon. May you feel blessed to have spent as much time with them as you have, and may you never forget the times of happiness, love, and laughter that they brought into your life. May you be humbled in their remembrance and reminded of how precious life is and easily lost. May you offer your time to those you love as much as possible now and may you make every effort to make each and every memory of being with them a happy one. 

Merry Christmas to all my readers, friends, and family! 

“ 'You'll get over it...' It's the clich├ęs that cause the trouble. To lose someone you love is to alter your life for ever. You don't get over it because 'it' is the person you loved. The pain stops, there are new people, but the gap never closes. How could it? The particularness of someone who mattered enough to grieve over is not erased by anyone but death. This hole in my heart is in the shape of you and no one else can fit. Why would I want them to?”

Live Life from the Inside Out...

"Regardless of where you were born or what your financial position in life, the power to affect your own future lies within your own hands. Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start." 

~ Nido, in Seven Choices for Success and Significance

So today is the day to start living the life of your dreams. It all starts with the right choices, because the choices you make define the person you become.

Today, I'd like to share a brief excerpt about choosing success and significance. Enjoy! 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Change For a Dollar ...

"All things are perceived in the light of charity, and hence under the aspect of beauty; for beauty is simply reality seen with the eyes of love." 

~Evelyn Underhill

The story seems pretty simple: an ordinary homeless guy, just like one of the many we see on the streets almost daily, is asking for change.

Only the man is not so ordinary and the change he asks for is not the kind of change you might think of.

To me this video is the best example of true charity. Charity that does not start with a thousand-dollar check written in the name of a philanthropic organization, but one that starts deep in the heart, with compassion and awareness of the needs of other people.

If you have just ten free minutes today, use them to watch this video!  This is sure to touch your heart as it has mine...


Could you be the change in somebody’s life today?

For starters, how about sharing this video with as many people as you can? 

"He who wishes to secure the good of others, has already secured his own." 


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Personal Interview ...

"Never mind searching for who you are.  Search for the person you aspire to be. " ~Robert Brault

At the cusp of a new day, week, month or year, most of us take a little time to reflect on our lives by looking back over the past and ahead into the future.  We ponder the successes, failures and standout events that are slowly scripting our life’s story.    

This process of self-reflection helps us maintain a conscious awareness of where we’ve been and where we intend to go.  It is pertinent to the organization and preservation of our long-term goals and happiness.

There are 95 questions below that will help you with this process.  Because when it comes to finding meaning in life, asking the right questions is the answer...


   1. In one sentence, who are you?

   2. Why do you matter?

   3. What is your life motto?

   4. What’s something you

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Rekindled Inner Spirit ...

” In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”   

- Albert Schweitzer

Life is a funny thing. Its ups and downs, highs and lows tend to disorient and confuse us constantly. Usually though we find our bearings and regain equilibrium as quickly as the turbulence appears and disappears. But, there are times when too much happens too frequently. There are times when we don’t seem to be able to catch our breaths no matter how hard we try. We live in the spin cycle of life- where we’re tossed around so much for so long that our sense of balance is destroyed. We wander in a constant storm without any shelter in sight and eventually lose our senses of direction, purpose and self.

 During these times of tumult and uncertainty, we can still remember how things used to be, but can’t seem to achieve stability and equilibrium anymore. With time, our minds allow us to forget what we’re missing, in order to protect us from the loss. We go on living in a perpetual state of flux, unable to catch a break or find respite from the contact volatility. We manage, we cope and we even create the appearance of a life of balance. In time, even we start to buy into the fiction that all is as it should be.

Surprisingly, we human beings are quite capable of living in such a permanent state of instability for long stretches of time. Years can go by and we disregard our innate need for steadiness and balance. Decades may pass and yet we keep drifting aimlessly, while keeping up the appearances. We can be battered and bruised to our core and yet look and act peaceful and content to the outside world.

Then something happens-

Friday, December 16, 2011

Get Uncomfortable ...

“Move out of your comfort zone.  You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new." ~Brian Tracy

One of the biggest reasons people get stuck in an idle state, instead of taking action to change their lives for the better, is simply that the process is uncomfortable.  But to create positive changes in your life you have to step outside your comfort zone, at least for a little while.

Rather than dismissing yourself as unchangeable creature of habit, you can instead direct your own change by consciously developing new habits.  In fact, the more new things you try – the more you step outside your comfort zone – the more inherently creative you will become, both in the workplace and in your personal life.

Routines stagnate us.  New experiences help us grow and they make life interesting.  Make an effort to try something new every day this week.  It can be a whole new activity or just a small experience, such as talking to a stranger.  And once you get the ball rolling, many of these new experiences will open doors to life changing opportunities.

With a strategy of continuous small steps into new experiences, we are able to sidestep the biggest barrier to positive change:  Fear.

"One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again." 
~Abraham Maslow

"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult."  
"We tend to be held back from our goals by the simplicity of our comfort zones...but just how comfortable are we? Wouldn't we be more content living in our dreams?"
~Michelle C. Ustaszeski

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Second Chances ...

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” 
 ~Maria Robinson

We all need second chances.  This isn’t a perfect world.  We’re not perfect people.  I’m probably on my 1000th second chance right now and I’m not ashamed to admit it.  Because even though I’ve failed a lot, it means I’ve tried a lot too.

We rarely get things right the first time.  Almost every major accomplishment in a person’s life starts with the decision to try again and again – to get up after every failed attempt and give it another shot.

The only difference between an opportunity and an obstacle is attitude.  Getting a second chance in life is about giving yourself the opportunity to grow beyond your past failures.  It’s about positively adjusting your attitude toward future possibilities.  Here’s how:

1.  Let go of the past.

What’s done is done.  When life throws us nasty curve balls it typically doesn’t make any sense to us, and our natural emotional reaction might be to get extremely upset and scream obscenities at the top of our lungs.  But how does this help our dilemma?  Obviously, it doesn’t.

The smartest, and oftentimes hardest, thing we can do in these kinds of situations is to be more tempered in our reactions.  To want to scream obscenities, but to be wiser and more disciplined than that.  To remember that emotional rage only makes matters worse.  And to remember that tragedies are rarely as bad as they seem, and even when they are, they give us an opportunity to grow stronger.

Every difficult moment in our lives is accompanied by an opportunity for personal growth and creativity.  But in order to attain this growth and creativity, we must first learn to let go of the past.  We must recognize that difficulties pass like everything else in life.  And once they pass, all we’re left with are our unique experiences and the lessons required to make a better attempt next time.

2.  Identify the lesson.

Everything is a life lesson.  Everyone you meet, everything you encounter, etc.  They’re all part of the learning experience we call

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Fill Your Cup...

"For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life." ~Fr. Alfred D'Souza
Today... get started early! Tackle one thing that you've been struggling with... do something, anything to contribute to resolving whatever it is that you wish to resolve! There's nothing you can't over come, get through and conquer! But you can't do it by just sitting around, ignoring it and hoping it will go away... You have to face it! If not now, then you are only selling yourself short... Don't waste a single minute of your time... your 'life' on this issue. Your time and life is just too precious.  As Wayne Dyer says: 
"You'll seldom experience regret for anything that you've done. It is what you haven't done that will torment you. The message, therefore, is clear. Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it. Value your present moments. Using them up in any self-defeating ways means you've lost them forever."

Educate yourself on what steps you need to take and take control of the situation. Stir up the courage, stir up the confidence and GO FOR IT!  This is not just one day.. This is your life in progress!  Make it as productive and meaningful as possible! We all have 'something' in the back of our minds that we wish to resolve...
"We all have to start with ourselves. It is time to walk the talk. Take the journey of making very difficult decisions. Start removing things from your life that are not filling your cup and adding things that bring joy in to your life." ~Lisa Hammon
So what are you waiting for? You can do it, so get started and get it done!  Fill your cup. Make today count!  'Make it' a great day!  
"Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did."
~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
 "Get in. Get it done. Get it done right. Get out!" ~ Fred C. Trump

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Growing Light ...

"You cannot let go of anything if you cannot notice that you are holding it. Admit your 'weaknesses' and watch them morph into your greatest strengths." ~Neale Donald Walsch

At some point in our lives, all of us experience the struggle of letting go. We tend to cling to old habits or resentments that make our progress forward difficult or even impossible. When we encounter impasses in our life, we summon our old stubbornness and pride and hopelessly thrash about. Fighting our defects means living from a “me” instead of “we” perspective. Old habits die slowly.

If we pause in the midst of our struggles and worries, we can give ourselves time to let a new realization sink in; we don’t have to fight anymore. We have another choice: we can surrender. Rather than manipulating situations, we can surrender control. Surrender is essentially an act of trust. When we let go, we can trust events to unfold on their own. Trust gives us a sense of acceptance, and through acceptance we find serenity.
Paradoxically, surrender is not the same as giving up. Surrender means exchanging “me” for “we”; letting go. Many of us cling to old habits and problems, even though we realize they cause more harm than good. Deep in our hearts we feel alone in the world. We should share our strengths, experiences and hopes. Listening to suggestions would be appropriate, instead of dismissing ideas that differed from ours. Gaining a sense of connection with others helps build a foundation that will sustain us in times of trouble. We are humans, with all the freedom which that brings. When we are confronted with a problem, we feel afraid; but by cultivating a positive attitude of faith and hope we can put our problems in perspective.
Times of pain are always opportunities for growth. We don’t need to solve all our problems in a day, we don’t have to solve all our problems by ourselves. All we need to do is reach upon ourselves. Patterns of being overly critical and controlling usually means we are avoiding taking a good look at ourselves. We may be ignoring a character defect. It’s easier to blame our problems on someone else. When we let go of our efforts to change other people, we take responsibility for our own growth and change. We can turn things around by realizing we are not the center of the universe. We are each separate and unique.
The pain of personal growth is part of the human experience. While going through painful periods, we can be good to ourselves and those we love...
"Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still."
Chinese Proverb
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Monday, December 12, 2011

Have a Humble Heart ...

"Humility is the foundation of all other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance." ~St. Augustine

"When your heart is open and clean, you will be humble. Humility needs a good home to dwell in. When the mind is filled with negative feelings or biased ideas towards anyone, you cannot use your humility. So fill your mind with positive thoughts towards everyone you can. If you have negative thoughts towards anyone, make an attempt to remove them. Tell yourself that you don't like one particular aspect in that person and not the person himself. In this way you will help the other person also to bring about change.

Your humility makes you a learner in every situation. Where there is humility there is willingness to learn. When humility is lacking, ego comes which doesn't let you learn from all situations and people. The power of humility enables you to learn and move forward. When you face any criticism from someone, see what you can learn from it, instead of feeling bad about it. Even things that go wrong have something to teach, for the ones who are willing to learn. With your humility continue to learn..." 

  "Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have, so to speak, pawned a part of their narcissism. "  
 ~Sigmund Freud

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Love Is a Verb ...

"My friend, love is a verb. Love – the feeling – is a fruit of love the verb. So love her. Sacrifice. Listen to her. Empathize. Appreciate. Affirm her. Are you willing to do that? 
 ~Steven Covey
Most of us think of love as a feeling; an emotion that washes over us when we meet that right person. At first we’re swept up with everything they do and can’t wait to see them again. All emotions are cranked up to the max and the intense brightness lights up everything. We’re happy. We’re in love.

As time slowly passes the feeling starts to fade — it’s still very bright but the madness of it all has tapered and leveled out. You aren’t always consumed by what your love is doing or thinking. You’re off that initial high.

As more time passes real world problems begin to surface. What drew you to that person is now beginning to get on your nerves: financial problems, disagreements, or annoying habits. The rose colored glasses are off and what you see before you is a real person, the fantasy you initially fell in love with is fading away and replaced with a real person.

“My wife and I just don’t have the same feelings for each other that we used to have. I guess I just don’t love her anymore, and she doesn’t love me. What can I do?”
“The feeling isn’t there anymore?” Stephen inquired.

“That’s right,” the man affirmed “and we have three children we’re really concerned about. What do you suggest?”

“Love her,” Covey replied

“I told you, the feeling just isn’t there anymore.”

“Love her.”

“You don’t understand. The feeling of love just isn’t there.”

“Then love her. If the feeling isn’t there, that’s a good reason to love her.”

“But how do you love when you don’t love?”

“My friend, love is a verb. Love – the feeling – is a

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A New Day...

"Renew, Release, LET GO! Yesterdays gone. There's nothing you can do to bring it back. You can't "should've" done something... You can only do something. Renew yourself. Release that attachment. Today is a new day!" ~Steve Maraboli
A new day is a new opportunity to take advantage of the plans that you have for the rest of your life. A new day is a new beginning, a new chance to look forward to overcoming challenges and obstacles in which you know you will see on a daily basis.

A new day is a chance for you to get wiser, to gain knowledge, and to be able to use the knowledge and wisdom that you learned in the days past, so that each new day will be brighter for you. A new day is a blessing, so treat it as such. Never take a new day for granted, because we are given every new day, we aren’t able to determine when the gift of living new day after new day will be taken away from us.

No one lives forever, and ultimately one day will be our last day. Be sure to LIVE your life, and to treat each day as a new day.
A beautiful day begins with a prayer of gratitude: 
May your hearts be filled with joy and gladness. Warm rays of the sun and joy. Love and kindness with peace of mind; to use your wisdom in every situation. With prayers that Fortune with blessings to all shall be given.. May you all have a beautiful and wonderful day...
"We spend our days waiting for the ideal path to appear in front of us but what we forget is that, paths are made by walking, not by waiting. So get up, get out and make it happen! "
'MAKE IT' a Great Day!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Being a Good Person...

"To be kind to all, to like many and love few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness." ~Mary Stuart

In the world that we live in, this day and age, being a good person is a very hard thing to do sometimes. Basic morals that were so important to our ancestors in the past don’t seem to matter much to everyone anymore. 

Moral values such as dignity, loyalty, determination, kindness, and compassion are values that aren’t found in everybody anymore. As a matter of fact in some parts of the world trying to find people who value these qualities is sort of like looking for a needle in a haystack.

A simple way to ensure that you are being a good person, and more than likely being the best person that you can be is to simply treat others the way in which you want to be treated. Do things for others that you would expect or want someone to do for you, and don’t do things to others that you in turn would not appreciate if they were done to you.  This simple fact is nothing new.  It's not rocket science but it is often easily forgotten.  Take the initiative to do the right thing first and just do the best you can...

"Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work."  ~William Arthur Ward

"Be silly. Be honest. Be kind."  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Problem vs. Opportunity...

"In school you get the lesson and then take the test... In life you take the test and then get the lesson."

How is a problem in your life really an opportunity? 

Problems invite us to go inside to recognize a bigger picture of ourselves and of life. This bigger picture brings meaning to what is unfolding. 

When you feel trapped in a problem, see if you can shift your perspective. Ask yourself, "What am I being invited to learn from this situation?" The answer will always revolve around a quality or value, like gratitude, freedom, compassion, love, will, humor or acceptance. The answer will also always promote union rather than separation. 

As soon as we find the meaning in our challenge, our resistance to it melts away. Often, awareness of the lesson is all that is needed to resolve the problem. If not, the awareness brings us courage and ways to work through it. Always look for the good, positive and useful in every situation...

Make it a great day!

"The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one’s life."
-- Dalai Lama

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Actions Speak Louder...

"Actions speak louder than words, but not nearly as often."

An act goes much farther than a word will ever travel. Even when someone is silent, in different situations this silence is a communicator of a message. Instead of relying on words to make a change or a difference in the world, we must instead rely on actions for the most part.

As Mariah Edgeworth quoted " There is no moment like the present. The man who will not execute his resolutions when they are fresh upon him can have no hope from them afterwards: they will be dissipated, lost, and perish in the hurry and scurry of the world, or sunk in the slough of indolence."

Be sure to remember that who you are to the world isn't what you say you are, but is instead who you act as. Choose to commit actions, instead of just talking about them. Set goals, and make plans for your life, and never hesitate to go after them.

"All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. Work is not a curse; it is the prerogative of intelligence, the only means to manhood, and the measure of civilization." ~Calvin Coolidge 
"Behavior is the perpetual revealing of us. What a man does, tells us what he is."  ~FD Huntington
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Desiderata...

"Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth."

The Desiderata (Latin for Desired things) is a wonderful verse by Max Ehrmann (1872-1945) and considered by many to be the ideal philosophy of life.

Ehrmann studied law and received a degree in philosophy from Harvard after which he worked as a lawyer and then in his family’s overalls manufacturing business. At the age of 41 he put it all aside and decided to be a writer. He wrote The Desiderata when he was 55 years of age.


The Desiderata ...
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble, it's a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.

Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be.

And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Strive to Thrive...

"That which does not kill us makes us stronger." ~Friedrich Nietzsche

In some circumstances of difficulty it is amazing to see how some succeed greatly when arising against a challenge while others seem to get discouraged and shut down completely in the face of adversity. 

Those who are able to succeed greatly in the face of stressful turmoil are those who are strong. Whether it be mental, physical, spiritual, or a good mix of all three, when someone has great strength it shows in the way that they handle themselves in different situations in their everyday lives.

Being strong is a trait that takes time and effort to achieve, but with much hard work, dedication, and determination, being strong all around is definitely something that anyone is capable of. 

One main component of being strong is getting yourself to realize that periods of pain won’t last forever and that whatever situation you may be going through in your present, will only make you stronger in the future ...

"Being strong does not mean avoiding the truth.  It means accepting it, learning about it, and dealing with it head on."

"It is the nature of the strong heart, that like the palm tree it strives ever upwards when it is most burdened." 
~Philip Sidney

Monday, December 5, 2011

Time to Move On...

"I find that the best way to do things is to constantly move forward and to never doubt anything and keep moving forward, if you make a mistake say you made a mistake." ~John Frusciante

"You are right where you should be at this moment. Now it is time to move on to what is next.

Whether your life up to this point has been easy or whether it has been difficult, you are here just the same. And your destiny does not care about your past.

There are plenty of reasons why you find yourself here at this time. What matters much more, though, are the reasons you now have for moving forward.

As good as they have been, your triumphs of the past are now little more than pleasant memories. As painful as they once were, your past failures are now behind you.

Do you realize how completely free you are at this very moment? Do you understand that the main thing holding you back is your belief that something is holding you back?

Today is your opportunity to fully taste that freedom and to finally get beyond the limits you've imposed on yourself. Reach inside, touch your most compelling purpose, and bring your best possibilities to life."

"Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer."
~Denis Waitley