Wednesday, August 31, 2011

#39 We'll Change the World

My friends,
Love is better than anger,
Hope is better than fear,
Optimism is better than despair.
So let us be loving, hopeful, and optimistic
And we'll change the world. ~ Jack Layton
(Recently deceased political party leader in Canada.)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

#37 No Fear

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. ~ Bertrand Russell

Saturday, August 27, 2011

#36 Includes Everybody

Human beings by nature want happiness and do not want suffering. With that feeling everyone tries to achieve happiness and tries to get rid of suffering, and everyone has the basic right to do this. In this way, all here are the same, whether rich or poor, educated or uneducated, Easterner or Westerner, believer or non-believer, and within believers whether Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and so on. Basically, from the viewpoint of real human value we are all the same. ~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

Friday, August 26, 2011

#35 What's the Secret?

What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life. ~ Leo Buscaglia

Thursday, August 25, 2011

#34 Sense of Wonder

If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder. ~ Ray Bradbury

How can you maintain a sense of wonder in your life?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

#33 Change Lies Within

I've never met a person, I don't care what his condition, in whom I could not see possibilities. I don't care how much a man may consider himself a failure, I believe in him, for he can change the thing that is wrong in his life anytime he is prepared and ready to do it. Whenever he develops the desire, he can take away from his life the thing that is defeating it. The capacity for reformation and change lies within. ~ Preston Bradley

How can this quote help you to motivate others and yourself?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

#32 Energizing Perspectives

We must learn to see the world anew. ~ Albert Einstein

How fresh and vital is your perspective?

Monday, August 22, 2011

#31 The Essence of Life

The essence of philosophy is that a man should live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things. ~ Epictetus

What is your philosophy of life?

Saturday, August 20, 2011

#30 Make it Happen

If it is to be, it is up to me. ~ William H. Johnson

On what personal, enriching goals can you focus?

Friday, August 19, 2011

#29 Building Walls

Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offense.
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That wants it down. ~ Robert Frost, "The Mending Wall"

What walls have you constructed....and broken down?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

#28 The Beautiful and Good

Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are. ~ Anais Nin

What are the beautiful and good in your life?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

#27 Living your Faith

While your life is the true expression of your faith, whom can you fear? ~ Julia Ward Howe

How does YOUR faith encourage you?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

#26 I Like Living

I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. ~ Agatha Christie

Monday, August 15, 2011

#25 Light and Darkness

Darkness reigns at the foot of the lighthouse. ~ Japanese proverb

How much light do you emanate and how do you control those shadows?

Saturday, August 13, 2011

#24 Be the Change

Be the change you want to see in the world. ~ Mohatma Gandhi

Perhaps no more empowering quote...

Friday, August 12, 2011

#23 Knowing Yourself

Ninety percent of the world's woe comes from people not knowing themselves, their abilities, their frailties, and even their real virtues. ~ Sydney J. Harris

This quote is loaded....knowing your abilities, frailties, virtues.... Care to pause a while to think about this? How can you avoid as much of the 'woe' as possible?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

#22 Keep Rowing

Everyone must row with the oars he has. ~ Dutch proverb

How far have your oars taken you?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

#21 Engage in Life

You cannot find peace by avoiding life. ~ Virginia Woolf

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

#20 A Guiding Light

As I go through all kinds of feelings and experiences in my journey through life -- delight, surprise, chagrin, dismay -- I hold this question as a guiding light: "What do I really need right now to be happy?" What I come to over and over again is that only qualities as vast and deep as love, connection and kindness will really make me happy in any sort of enduring way. ~ Sharon Salzberg

Monday, August 8, 2011

#19 Movement as Medicine

Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states. ~ Carol Welch

Sounds like a panacea. How much movement is in your weekly regimen?

Saturday, August 6, 2011

#18 Being Human

There will come a day for each of us, more or less sad, more or less distant, when we must accept the condition of being human. ~ Jean Anouilh

The quote encourages us to think about being human: our strengths and frailties, joys and sorrows, hopes and anxieties... With acknowledgement comes acceptance and resolve...

Friday, August 5, 2011

#17 To Succeed

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

How are you progressing?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

#16 Look like a Winner

Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory. ~ Arthur Ashe

To what extent do you practice the power of positive thinking and appearances to get you through those challenging days?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

#15 Growth

Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing. ~ William Butler Yeats

In what pursuits have you grown and what are your new frontiers?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

#14 Complexity

I prefer complexity to certainty, cheerful mysteries to sullen facts. ~ Claude T. Bissell

What complexities and mysteries stir your interests?

Monday, August 1, 2011

#13 Three Questions

Leo Tolstoy writes a story/parable that concerns a king who wants to find the answers to what he considers the three most important questions in life. The thought came to him that he would never fail if he knew three things:

- What is the best time to do each thing?
- Who are the most important people to work with?
- What is the most important thing to do at all times?

In his quest the king journeyed to see a wise hermit who only saw common people so the king dressed up as a peasant. Eventually the hermit replied.

-The most important time is now. The present is the only time over which we have power.
-The most important person is whoever you are with.
-The most important thing is to do good to the person you are with.