Dec 31, 2010

Yourself


Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. -- Judy Garland

Stairs


It is not enough to stair up the steps. You must step up the stairs. -- Vance Havne

Dec 29, 2010

Arithmetic


The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. -- Eric Hoffer

Dec 23, 2010

Success


Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. -- Robert Collier

Dec 22, 2010

Hunger


The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread. -- Mother Teresa

Mind


Turning it over in your mind won't plow the field. -- Irish Proverb

Dec 19, 2010

Remember


Remember small kindnesses. Forget small offences. -- Chinese Proverb

Dec 17, 2010

Risk


If it is not important enough to merit taking a risk, it is not important enough.

Think


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

Dec 13, 2010

Life


Life is relationships; the rest is just details. -- Gary Smalley

Dec 9, 2010

Affection


We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection. -- Dalai Lama

Dec 6, 2010

Feel


They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. -- Carl Buechner

Difference


Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. -- William James

Nov 26, 2010

Quality


Decades in Psychology taught me one thing: Quality of life is simply quality of relationships. -- Dr Roy Vance

Nov 25, 2010

Happening


If things start happening, don't worry, don't stew, just go right along and you'll start happening too. -- Dr Seuss

Nov 24, 2010

Being


As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being. -- Carl Jung

Nov 21, 2010

Love


You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. -- Dr Seuss

Love


To be able to tell someone you love them and deeply mean it, is the apex of the human experience.

Relationship


The universe's most sublime moments are when two people meet, like each other and forge a loving relationship.

Look Forward


Do not look back and ask why. Look forward and ask, why not. -- Herbert Becker

Nov 19, 2010

Relationship


Don't settle for a relationship that won't let you be yourself. -- Oprah

Nov 15, 2010

Live


To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. -- Oscar Wilde

Nov 13, 2010

Leap


Take the leap and risk the fall. If it is what you want, it is worth it all. -- unknown

Nov 12, 2010

Friend


A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself. -- Jim Morrison

Nov 11, 2010

Cost


The cost of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake. -- Meister Eckhart

Act Boldly


Act boldly and unseen forces will come to your aid. -- Dorothea Brande

Nov 8, 2010

Child


In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play. -- Nietzsche

Nov 7, 2010

Dreams


Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.

Success


Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings. -- Arthur Rubinstein

Nov 5, 2010

Try


Those who try to do something and fail are infinitely better off than those who try to do nothing and succeed. -- Lloyd Jones

Compassion


I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it. -- Aquinas

Must


Willing is not enough; we must do. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. -- Bruce Lee

Oct 31, 2010

Regret


I never regret anything. Because every little detail of your life is what made you into who you are in the end. -- Drew Barrymore

Oct 24, 2010

Love


Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. -- Robert Heinlein

Oct 21, 2010

45 Life Lessons


1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, and wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come...

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Oct 19, 2010

Happiness


What is happiness except the simple harmony between a person and the life they lead. -- Albert Camus

Beautiful


Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in how they look. Not in how they act. But in who they are. -- Markus Zusak

Oct 17, 2010

Pause


Learn to Pause now & then so life can catch up with you in meaningful and cherished ways.

Oct 16, 2010

Past


The past is gone and has no power over the present except the power you give it. -- Dale McKinnon

Oct 12, 2010

Friend


A good friend is a connection to life, a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world. -- Lois Wyse

Oct 11, 2010

Unselfish


Be unselfish. That is the first and final commandment for those who would be useful and happy in their usefulness. If you think of yourself only, you cannot develop because you are choking the source of development, which is spiritual expansion through thought for others. -- Charles W. Eliot

Oct 10, 2010

Perfect


You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not. -- Jodi Picoult


Oct 5, 2010

Hesitates


He who hesitates is a damned fool. -Mae West


Sep 29, 2010

You


One universe, 8 planets, 204 countries, 809 islands,7 seas, 6 billion people & I met you. For that, I am eternally Thankful.


I


No matter HOW frustrated you get with your job or people in your life, at the end of the day what REALLY matters is, "How do you feel about YOU?"

Sep 27, 2010


Be yourself. Everyone else is taken. -- Oscar Wilde

Sep 26, 2010


If you want something only enough to wish for it, you don't want it enough. -- Dale McKinnon

Sep 25, 2010


The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. -- John Powell

The best time to make friends is before you need them. -- Ethel Barrymore

Sep 24, 2010


Exercise your Mind and your Body!  Both need you to pay attention!

Sep 22, 2010


I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying. -- Michael Jordan

I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying. -- Michael Jordan

Sep 21, 2010


Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance. -- Tagore

Sep 20, 2010


Life is not so short as there is always time for courtesy. -- Emerson
Sometimes in our attempt to give children what we did not have, we forget to give our children what we did have. -- Connie Podesta

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. -- Kahlil Gibran

Sep 19, 2010


Success is a peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing that you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming -- John Wooden

Aug 27, 2010

YELLING AT YOUR KIDS
Gleaned from newsletters from and articles at fathers.com

Years ago Harvard professor William James said The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.  From infancy right through old age, in our own ways, we're all asking the same questions:
Does anyone love me?
Am I special to someone?
Am I appreciated? 
It's a shame that so many children grow up without getting affirmative answers to those questions.

Someone explained that kids often misbehave because they want attention, and parents often use their strongest emotions and their LOUDEST words when they're angry, which doesn't solve the problem at hand and can actually reinforce the kids' bad behavior.

So take the concept to the opposite extreme. When one of your kids brings home a good report card or does something nice for someone else, yell at the top of your lungs, "Good job!" or, "That's fantastic!" As you might imagine it sometimes shocks the kids, but when they realize what is happening, that Dad is actually affirming and appreciating them, they definitely feel the love. Would something like that work for you?

Remember that your words have great power with your children. You can bet they'll remember many of your statements for years to come; their whole outlook on life could be shaped, for better or for worse, by something you say. And even in everyday life, your children will respond much better to positive words than they will to criticism, preaching at them, or nagging them to do what you want. Instead, whenever possible, use words intentionally to bless and to build up, whether you yell those positive words, whisper them, or simply speak them as a normal part of the day.

● Ask your children, Do I yell at you sometimes?   How does it make you feel?

● Strive to give your children at least one sincere compliment every day. It will require you to think, plan, observe, notice, and initiate.

● For every negative or corrective comment you make to your child, give them six or seven positive, affirming words of praise and blessing.

● When you need to correct your child, find a way to do it without shaming or belittling them. Don't say anything until you can keep your voice down and maintain a calm tone.

● Instead of reminding your child about what they did wrong or what they shouldn't do, try telling them what you want them to do. Instead of "Stop fighting with your brother," try, "What's a solution that both of you can live with?"

Keep up the good work!

Aug 25, 2010

What makes the difference between a Nation that is truly great and one that is merely rich and powerful? It is the simple things that make the difference. Honesty, knowing right from wrong, openness, self-respect, and the courage of conviction. -- David L Boren

May 31, 2010

Walk in the rain, jump in mud puddles, collect rocks, rainbows and roses, smell flowers, blow bubbles, stop along the way, build sandcastles, say hello to everyone, go barefoot, go on adventures, act silly, fly kites, have a merry heart, talk with animals, sing in the shower, read childrens' books, take bubble baths, get new sneakers, hold hands and hug and kiss, dance, laugh and cry for the health of it, wonder and wander around, feel happy and precious and innocent, feel scared, feel sad, feel mad, give up worry and guilt and shame, say yes, say no, say the magic words, ask lots of questions, ride bicycles, draw and paint, see things differently, fall down and get up again, look at the sky, watch the sun rise and sun set, watch clouds and name their shapes, watch the moon and stars come out, trust the universe, stay up late, climb trees, daydream, do nothing and do it very well, learn new stuff, be excited about everything, be a clown, enjoy having a body, listen to music, find out how things work, make up new rules, tell stories, save the world, make friends with the other kids on the block, and do anything else that brings more happiness, celebration, health, love, joy, creativity, pleasure, abundance, grace, self-esteem, courage, balance, spontaneity, passion, beauty, peace, relaxation, communication and life energy to...all living beings on this planet. -- Bruce Williamson, "It's Never Too Late To Have A Happy Childhood"

May 24, 2010

The course of human history is determined, not by what happens in the skies, but by what takes place in our hearts. -- Sir Arthur Kent

Mar 21, 2010

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. -- Albert Einstein

Mar 15, 2010

Today the world changes so quickly that in growing up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in. Fear and resentment of what is new is really a lament for the memories of our childhood. -- Sir Peter Medawar

Mar 1, 2010

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning. -- Louis L'Amour

Feb 25, 2010

Life is like a box of chocolates.....expensive and sometimes full of nuts. -- Jesus M. Christ on twitter

Feb 22, 2010

Am I willing to give up what I have in order to be what I am not yet? Am I able to follow the spirit of love into the desert? It is a frightening and sacred moment. There is no return. One's life is charged forever. It is the fire that gives us our shape. -- Mary Caroline Richards

Feb 13, 2010

Train your child in the way in which you know you should have gone yourself. -- Charles H Spurgeon

Feb 8, 2010

I always get back to the question, is it really necessary that men should consume so much of their bodily and mental energies in the machinery of civilized life? The world seems to me to do much of its toil for that which is not in any sense bread. Again, does not the latent feeling that much of their striving is to no purpose tend to infuse large quantities of sham into men's work? -- William Allingham

Jan 25, 2010

If you don't have solid beliefs you cannot build a stable life. Beliefs are like the foundation of a building, and they are the foundation to build your life upon. -- Alfred A. Montapert

Jan 18, 2010

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

Jan 11, 2010

You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. -- Franz Kafka

Jan 1, 2010

People make more resolutions to start a new habit (84%), than to break an old one (16%).
--Kendall
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