Hope for the lonely.
" If there were ever a time to dare,
to make a difference,
to embark on something worth doing,
it is now.
Not for any grand cause, necessarily-
but for something that tugs at your heart,
something that's your aspiration,
something that's your dream.
You owe it to yourself
to make your days here count.
Know, though, that things worth doing
seldom come easy.
There will be good days.
There will be times when you want to turn around,
pack it up,
and call it quits.
those times tell you
that you are pushing yourself,
that you are not afraid to learn by trying.
Because with an idea,
and the right tools,
you can do great things.
Let your instincts,
and your heart
Believe in the incredible power of the human mind.
Of doing something that makes a difference.
Of working hard.
Of laughing and hoping.
Of lazy afternoons.
Of lasting friends.
Of all the things that will cross your path this year.
The start of something new
brings the hope of something great.
Anything is possible.
There is only one you.
And you will pass this way only once.
Do it right."
Apple Macintosh advert from 1991
Iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend - Proverb 27:17
"It is only the great hearted who can be true friends. The mean and cowardly,
Can never know what true friendship means." - Charles Kingsley
Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ‘tis better to be alone than in bad company.” – George Washington.
"We are not put on this earth for ourselves,
But are placed here for each other.
If you are there always for others,
Then in time of need, someone will be there for you."
- Jeff Warner
The more I traveled the more I realised that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends - Shirley MacLaine
Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved,
I did not say so - David Grayson
If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you
who would you call and what would you say?
And why are you waiting? - Stephen Levine
Ten Commandments of Human Relationships
2. SMILE at people. It takes 72 muscles to frown and only 14 to smile.
3. CALL people by name. The sweetest music to anyone's ears is the sound of his own name.
4. BE friendly and helpful. If you would have friends, be friendly.
5. BE cordial. Speak and act as if everything you do was a genuine pleasure.
6. BE genuinely interested in people. You can like everybody if you try.
7. BE genuine with praise - cautious with criticism.
8. BE considerate of the feelings of others. It will be appreciated.
9. BE thoughtful of the opinions of others. There are three sides to most stories-yours, the other fellows, and the right one.
10.BE alert to give service. What counts most in life is what we do for others.
(From "Hospice Volce' Newsletter of the Hospice Association of Witwatersrand, South Africa.)
POWER OF THOUGHTS & THINKING
"We are so powerful that we can convince ourselves that we are not. Then make it come true."- Anthony S. Dallmann-Jones, Ph.D. from Primary Domino Thinking ~ Creating the Life You Want
Of all the beautiful truths pertaining to the soul
None is more gladdening or fruitful than to know
You can regenerate and make yourself what you will."
--- William James
"I think we're all heroes, if you catch us at the right time."
--- Andy Garcia in the movie "Hero."
FACING LIFE'S CHALLENGES
"Every adversity contains within itself the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit."
- W. Clement Stone
Doing is demonstrating that you know it,
Teaching is reminding others that they know it as well as you do.
We are all learners, doers, and teachers." - Richard Bach.
is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in men
- Psalm 118:8
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along."...You must do the thing you think you cannot do”-Eleanor Roosevelt
"Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your good health has vanished." - Og Mandino
DIFFERENT, BEING YOURSELF
"Never follow anyone's path. Go your own way and leave a trail." - Damien Heath
He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened -Tao Te Ching
greatest wastes are unused talents and untried ideas." --- Anonymous
"It is never too late to be what you might have been."
- George Eliot
He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything."
- Arabian Proverb
" We cannot become who we need to be,
By remaining who we are.
Invent yourself everyday."
" A person's face may change over a lifetime,
But their heart can stay true forever."
- Author unknown
STEPS TO INNER PEACE
From discord, find Harmony.
In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity.
- Albert Einstein, Three Rules of Work
"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one." - Fortune cookie
"Take time to work, it is the price of success.
Take time to think, it is the source of power.
Take time to play, it is the secret of perpetual youth.
Take time to read, it is the foundation of wisdom.
Take time to be friendly, it is the road to happiness.
Take time to dream, it is hitching your wagon to a star.
Take time to love & be loved, it is the privilege of the gods.
Take time to look around, it is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to laugh, it is the music of the soul."
--- Old English Prayer
"Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself,
And know that everything in this life has purpose.
There are no mistakes,
All events are blessings given to us to learn from."
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
"When in doubt, do
right and let God take care of the rest." - Unknown
"Always do right. This will amaze most people, and astonish the rest."
- Mark Twain
“ When someone is wronged,
He must put aside all resentment and say
My mind shall not be disturbed
No angry words shall escape my lips
I will remain kind and friendly
With loving thoughts and no secret spite."
--- From a Buddhist Prayer
All truly wise thoughts have been thought thousands of times;
But to make them truly ours we must think them over again honestly,
Until they take root in our personal experience." - Goethe
" I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge
That myth is more potent than history
That dreams are more powerful than facts
That hope always triumphs over experience
That laughter is the only cure for grief
And I believe that love is stronger than death."
--- Robert Fulgham
FROM THE ANIMAL KINGDOM
"Live so you
wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip" - Will
may confirm his belief in the Divine when he considers those insects which,
when impelled by the craving of a sort of love, ardently seek
for a change from their earth-bound state to one like that of heaven. For this
purpose they creep into suitable places, weave round themselves a cocoon and
thus, as it were, return into the womb to be born again, becoming pupae and
finally butterflies. When they have passed
through these changes, and put on their beautiful wings after
their kind, they fly into the air as into a heaven of their own, where
they sport in happy mood, choose mates, lay eggs, and provide for
themselves a prosperity. In this state they feed upon a sweet and
pleasant nectar drawn from the flowers. Anyone who confirms his belief in the
Divine from the visible things of nature sees an image of man's earthly state
in them as insects, and of his heavenly state in them as
Immanuel Swedenborg, The True Christian Religion
life is frittered away by detail...Simplify, simplify - Henry David Thoreau
Miracles rest not so much upon faces or voices
Or great healing powers coming to us from afar off,
But upon our perceptions being made finer so that, for a moment,
Our eyes can see and our ears can hear what there is about us always."
--- Willa Cather
" Make your own destiny,
Don't wait for it to come to you,
Life is not a rehearsal!"
--- Source Unknown
" Make your own destiny,
Life is like a piano --- what you get out of it,
Depends on how you play it."
" Focusing on the positive does not mean ignoring the negative. It is unrealistic and detrimental to deny that negative things exist.
Positive focus is determined more by how you respond than by how you perceive. There is no positive value in refusing to see or acknowledge your problems. In fact, that could be very harmful.
A positive attitude is not achieved by turning a blind eye to the negative, but rather by responding to every situation in the most positive way possible.
See negative things for what they are, and then respond with positive action. Acknowledge and accept the problems, the difficulties, the shortcomings, the abuses, and then do something positive about them. Denial and evasion will do nothing to address your problems. Positive action will."
--- Major Michael Q. Wade
It is easy to bring others down to your level,
Instead of bringing yourself up to their level,
But it is never ever right."
--- Chen Fawn Meng
" Is anybody happier because you passed his way?
Does anyone remember that you spoke to him today?
The day is almost over, and its toiling time is through;
Is there anyone to utter now a kindly word of you?
Can you say tonight, in parting with the day that's slipping fast,
That you helped a single brother of the many that you passed?
Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said;
Does the man whose hopes were fading,
Now with courage look ahead?
Did you waste the day, or lose it? Was it well or sorely spent?
Did you leave a trail of kindness, or a scar of discontent?
As you close your eyes in slumber, do you think that God will say,
You have earned one more tomorrow by the work you did today?"
--- John Hall
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."
I'd rather believe time is a companion
that goes with us on a journey,
and reminds us to cherish every moment.
Because, it will never come again."
--- Jean Luc Picard - Capt. USS Enterprise
"To laugh is to risk being a fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement.
To express feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas, your dreams, before the crowd
Is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.
The person who risks nothing,
Has nothing and is nothing.
They may avoid suffering and sorrow,
But they simply cannot learn,
Feel, change, grow, love or live.
Risks must be taken because,
The greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
Only a person who risks is free."
--- Leo Buscalia
Look to this day,
For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today, well lived,
Makes every yesterday a,
Dream of happiness,
And every tomorrow a,
Vision of hope.
Therefore to this day."
- English translation of a Sanskrit Proverb
Forgiveness is the
fragrance that the flower leaves on the heel of the one that crushed it.-
Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.- Hannah Arendt
Forgiveness is the
sweetest revenge.- Isaac Friedmann
letting go of the past.- Gerald Jampolsky
The forgiving state of
mind is a magnetic power for attracting good.- Catherine Ponder
He that cannot forgive
others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would
ever reach heaven, for everyone has need to be forgiven.- George Herbert
"I can forgive,
but I cannot forget" is only another way of saying, "I will
not forgive." Forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note--torn in
two and burned up so that it never can be shown against one.- Henry Ward
It is easy to forgive
others their mistakes; it takes more grit to forgive them for having
witnessed your own.- Jessamyn West
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.- Saint Francis of Assisi
Life is an adventure in
forgiveness- Norman Cousins
reconciliations have broken down because while both parties come
prepared to forgive, neither party come prepared to be forgiven.-
One forgives to the
degree that one loves.- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Resentment is like
taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.- Malachy McCourt
Resentment is one
burden that is incompatible with your success. Always be the first to
forgive; and forgive yourself first always.- Dan Zadra
There is no revenge so
complete as forgiveness.- Josh Billings
There's no point in
burying the hatchet if you're going to put up a marker on the site.-
To carry a grudge is
like being stung to death by one bee.- William H. Walton
To err is human, to
forgive, divine.- Alexander Pope
To understand is to
forgive, even oneself.- Alexander Chase
We achieve inner health
only through forgiveness--the forgiveness not only of others but also of
ourselves.- Joshua Loth Leibman
The weak can never
forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.- Mahatma Gandhi
The art of living does
not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mood of
happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being
disappointed by the change; for happiness, like a child, must be allowed
to grow up.- Charles Langbridge Morgan
Being happy is
something you have to learn. I often surprise myself by saying
"Wow, this is it. I guess I'm happy. I got a home I love. A career
that I love. I'm even feeling more and more at peace with myself."
If there's something else to happiness, let me know. I'm ambitious for
that, too.- Harrison Ford
But few have spoken of the actual pleasure derived from giving to someone, from creating something, from finishing a task, form offering unexpected help almost invisibly and anonymously.--Paul Wiener
Grief can take care if
itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to
divide it with.- Mark Twain
Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.-Pearl S. Buck
Happiness: a way
station between too little and too much.-Channing Pollock
Happiness consists in activity. It is a running steam, not a stagnant pool.-John Mason Good
Happiness does not come
from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes
after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our
best.--Theodore I. Rubin
Happiness in this
world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit,
and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some
other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught
happiness without dreaming of it.- Nathaniel Hawthorne
chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can
possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some
paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life.- Arnold
Happiness is a
butterfly which when pursued is just out of grasp... But if you will sit
down quietly, may alight upon you.- Nathaniel Hawthorne
Happiness is a
by-product. You cannot pursue it by itself.- Samuel Levenson
Happiness is neither
virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are
happy when we are growing.- William Butler Yeats
Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don't even remember leaving open.- Rose Lane
Happiness is the realization of God in the heart. Happiness is the result of praise and thanksgiving, of faith, of acceptance; a quiet tranquil realization of the love of God.- White Eagle
The happiness of your
life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard
accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to
virtue and reasonable nature.- Marcus Aurelius
If in our daily life we
can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone
will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.- Thich
If you want happiness
for an hour, take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.- Chinese proverb
It is not how much we
have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.--Charles Spurgeon
It is only possible to
live happily ever after on a day to day basis.- Margaret Bonnano
Joy does not simply
happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. It
is a choice based on the knowledge that we belong to God and have found
in God our refuge and our safety and that nothing, not even death, can
take God away from us. Joy is the experience of knowing that you are
unconditionally loved and that nothing--sickness, failure, emotional
distress, oppression, war, or even death--can take that love
Many persons have a
wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained
through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy
The secret of happiness
is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your
reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as
possible friendly rather than hostile.- Bertrand Russell
There is no value in
life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any
place except what you bring to it yourself.- Henry David Thoreau
There is only one way
to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond
the power of our will.--Epictetus This is the true joy in life--being
used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being
thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a
force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments
and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to
making you consistent.-George Bernard Shaw
To strive with
difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity.-Samuel
Too many wish to be
happy before becoming wise.--Susanne Curchod Necker
True happiness comes
from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things
new.--Antoine De Saint-Exupery
True happiness involves
the full use of one's power and talents.--John W. Gardner
True happiness is...to
enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.-Seneca
The truth is that all
of us attain the greatest success and happiness possible in this life
whenever we use our native capacities to their greatest extent.--Smiley
We always have enough
to be happy if we are enjoying what we do have--and not worrying about
what we don't have.--Ken Keyes, Jr.
We choose our joys and
sorrows long before we experience them.--Kahlil Gibran
We find greatest joy,
not in getting, but in expressing what we are...Men do not really live
for honors or for pay; their gladness is not the taking and holding, but
in doing, the striving, the building, the living. It is a higher joy to
teach than to be taught. It is good to get justice, but better to do it;
fun to have things but more to make them. The happy man is he who lives
the life of love, not for the honors it may bring, but for the life
itself.- R.J. Baughan
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
Forgive, forget. Bear with the faults of others as you would have them bear with yours. Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious.--Phillips Brooks
As a rule, men worry more about what they can't see than about what they can.-- Julius Caesar
For the soul
Each heart knows its bitterness,
but no one else can share its joy. Proverbs 14:10.
I applied my heart to what I
observed and learned a lesson from what I saw. Proverbs 24:32
He who gets wisdom loves his own soul, he who cherishes understanding prospers.