Category Archives: Pisces

Portions of life

“The best portion of a good man’s life is the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.”

~ William Wordsworth (1770-1850) English poet

“The surest cure for loneliness, the quickest way to happiness, is found in this, a simple creed: Go serve someone in greater need.”

~ William A. Ward

Create many small unremembered memories based on acts of kindness and love instead of big remembered memories that are void of love and kindness, and you’ll live a life worth remembering. One thing you can do is to “Whine Less and Give More.” The more I talk about my problems and focus on them, the worse they seem — and the worse I feel.  I’ve discovered when I feel bad about my life, I go do something for someone else. Then I feel better. It’s amazing how that works — even if it’s not every time. Go do something nice for yourself by doing something nice for someone today!

Life Blooming in Beauty

Special thanks to Tim Coffey for use of his illustration.

Birthday boy

Today is my birthday. All I want for my special day today is to one day be included in the list below of famous Pisceans (people born under the Pisces astrological star) before I leave this world. To be in this list of famous and inspiring individuals would be both an honor and a dream come true. Ironically, many of these people are my favorites in their respective fields. Ex: Steve Jobs and Michael Dell (entrepreneurs), Albert Einstein and Joseph Pulitzer (visionaries), George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin and Elton John (musicians), Michaelangelo (artists), George Washington and Constantine the Great (leaders/statesmen), Arthur Schopenhauer and Longfellow (writers/philosophers), Tony Robbins (speakers), Ansel Adams (photographers), Shaquille O’Neal and Mario Andretti (sports), and most all the actors listed below are among my favorites. I urge you to you look up what famous people were born under your astrological star sign and see if it inspires you. Even if you don’t believe in astrology, it’s quite interesting to see what other great people throughout history share your astrological sign.

PISCES IN POLITICS / WORLD LEADERS / SOCIETY FIGURES
George Washington
Al Gore
Gloria Steinem
Yitzhak Rabin
Pat Nixon
John Connally
Ted Kennedy
Chelsea Clinton *
Michael Eisner
Rupert Murdoch
Sam Donaldson
Edward Kennedy
John F. Dulles
Ralph Nader
Alan Greenspan
Mikail Gorbachev
Czar Alexander III
Constantine the Great
William Westmoreland
Prince Andrew
Prince Edward
Earl Warren
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Cardinal Roger Mahoney *
Neville Chamberlain

PISCES MUSICIANS
Frederic Chopin
George Harrison
Karen Carpenter
Kurt Cobain
Billy Corbin
Johnny Cash
James Taylor
Fred Neil
Chris Rea
Vanessa Williams
Yoko Ono
Josh Groban *
Andrew Lloyd Weber
Sir Elton John
Neil Sedaka
Aretha Franklin
Al Jarreau
Nat “King” Cole
Lawrence Welk
Dexter Gordan
Fats Domino
Eric Clapton
Al Green
Seal
Julian Lennon
Steven Tyler
Smokey Robinson
Herbie Mann
Michael Bolton
Jon Bon Jovi
Mark McGrath
Queen Latifah
Roger Daltrey

PISCES ARTISTS
Michaelangelo
Auguste Renoir

PISCES ACTORS / WRITERS / DIRECTORS/TV PERSONALITIES
Sidney Poitier
Drew Barrymore
Bruce Willis
Jackie Chan
Eddie Murphy
Marlon Brando
Conan O’Brien
David Letterman
Andy Garcia
Ashley Judd
Sandy Duncan
Ivana Trump
Rex Harrison
Lee Marvin
Ed McMahon
Sam Donaldson
Robert Downey Jr.
Christopher Walken
Warren Beatty
Vince Vaughn
Zeppo Marx
Fred (Mr.) Rogers
Joan Bennet *
Joanne Woodward *
Cyd Charisse
Dennis Quaid
Gary Sinise
Benicio Del Toro
Buffalo Bill Cody
Robert Conrad
Cindy Crawford
Jennifer Love Hewitt
John Travolta
Rob Lowe
Peter Fonda
Elizabeth Taylor *
Usula Andress
Bernadette Peters
Sharon Stone
Harry Belafonte
Peter Graves
Jerry Lewis
Ron Howard
Rob Reiner
Sherilyn Fenn
Jessica Biel
William Demarest *
Jim Backus
Jackie Gleason
William Hurt
Freddie Prinze Jr.
Emmanuel Lewis
Margaux Hemingway
Chuck Norris
Liza Minnelli
Holly Hunter
William H. Macy
Billy Crystal
Michael Caine
Eva Longoria
Bernardo Bertolucci
J.Z. Knight
Kurt Russell
Glenn Close
Spike Lee

PISCES INNOVATORS & VISIONARIES
Albert Einstein
Alexander Graham Bell
Steve Jobs
Michael Dell
Tony Robbins
Joseph Pulitzer
Linus Pauling
Nicolaus Copernicus

PISCES PHILOSOPHERS, POETS, PLAYRIGHTS & WRITERS
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow *
Irwin Shaw *
Arthur Schopenhauer
Elizabeth B. Browning
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Philip Roth
John Updike
Jack Kerouac
W.H. Auden
Anais Nin
Tom Wolfe

PISCES SPORTS FIGURES
Gene Sarazen *
James Worthy *
Raymond Berry *
Mario Andretti
Bobby Fischer
Vance Johnson
Bobby Unser
Charles Barkley
Shaquille O’Neal
Vijay Singh
Mia Hamm
Bobby Orr
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Dr. Julius Irving
Jackie Joyner-Kersee

PISCES PHOTOGRAPHERS
A. Armstrong-Jones
Ansel Adams

* denotes those born on 2/27 which is my birth date.

One giant leap for…you!

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential.”

~ Liane Cardes

“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

It takes a lot more than being smart and flexing your muscles to get you what you want in life. It requires that you use all your wisdom, persistence, skills, patience and timing to achieve this task. In using all these abilities, you must outlast and overcome all the struggles that come your way as you rise to the top. You must prove to others and yourself that you can conquer the obstacles that you are faced with before you can elevate to the next level or position you seek for yourself. So, if you really want that promotion you’ve been jockeying for, or to lose weight, or get the attention of that person you’ve been admiring for ages, then you’re going to have to make the big step upward. Engage yourself in such a manner that you’re always moving forward no matter how slowly you move until you’ve reached your final destination. Then you can relish and cherish your accomplishment, but not for too long; you have other achievements to acquire.

A beauty to behold

“I’m a survivor – a living example of what people can go through and survive.”

“It is very strange that the years teach us patience – that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.”

“If it is not to make the world better what is money for?”

~ Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor may have been sassy, but she also said some things that were pretty inspirational too. She was a screen goddess and the admiration of many leading men in Hollywood during her prime. In her later years, she championed finding a cure for AIDS and devoted her life to charity. I share a birthday with Elizabeth which is one reason why I admire her personality and philosophy so much. When I think of her, I always remember how she battled every difficulty in her life with success along with her constant desire to help others who were less fortunate than her. She will always be an inspiration to me and hope she is to you too. Long live her spirit and beauty.

Life in the fast lane

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Arthur Schopenhauer

“Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.”

~ Schopenhauer

Getting old isn’t so bad as long as you look on the bright side of aging – just like Schopenhauer did when he wrote the brilliant statement above. There are definitely advantages to growing old that help people understand life in a more lovely way. When one has matured enough, they can see life as those who are younger cannot because they can see over the “fence” that blinds those who aren’t experienced or mature enough to see over it. Even if someone is able to peer over the “fence” that wiser, aged people can see over, it doesn’t mean that they will comprehend what they see. So, for all you young people reading this, find yourself a mature, wise mentor who can steer you in the right direction as you travel along life’s long, perplexing and troublesome journey. Be sure and bring your crash helmet because people “over the hill” travel faster than you do. Just keep on truckin’ at full speed.

Working hard or hardly working?

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Cosmetics Industrialist Helena Rubinstein

“The things I’ve done in my life have required a lot of years of work before they took off.”

~ Steve Jobs

“I believe in hard work. It keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.”

~ Helena Rubinstein

Working hard has been my way life for the past 30+ years. It wasn’t my original plan from the beginning, but life often has its own plan that has nothing to do with our own plans. Looking back at the past 30 years and thinking about all the personal pain, crushed dreams, sadness, loss of money, and bittersweet victories I’ve experienced, I can honestly say that all of them have made me what I am today — a more complete man. All of us are a result of all the many things we have experienced in our lives. And according to some, we are exactly where we are supposed to be right at this moment. The one thing that has kept me pushing on when I felt like giving up was the fact that I’ve had an able mind and body. As long as we have the ability to move forward in this world, we should! This is the only way you will ever see the rewards from all your efforts and perseverance. Things take time that are really worth obtaining. So, don’t be afraid to work hard and endure the pains along the way. It’s actually good for you! You just might end up becoming more beautiful intellectually and spiritually from it.

Not here, not there, not anywhere!

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Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss)

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” 

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” 

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” 

“Oh, the things you can find if you don’t stay behind!” 

~ Dr. Seuss

One of the greatest writers of children’s books ever, Theodore Geisel Seuss was a man who devoted his life to writing and storytelling. For over 60 years, children of all ages from all over the world have been inspired by his zany, wacky, stupendous, fantabulous stories that have put smiles on the faces of so many people. As a child, I read all his classic books – “Green Eggs and Ham”, “The Cat in the Hat”, “Horton Hear a Who” and “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”. One of my all time favorite stories by Dr. Seuss is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” which even to this day brings a tear to my eye when I watch it every Christmas season. Seuss was a Pisces like myself which is why I feel such an affinity with him. His work is genius and brilliant in every way and fortunately still lives on through printed pages and video. If you haven’t shared any of Dr. Seuss’s stories with your children or seen them yourself, be sure and do yourself a favor and read all his books and watch all his animated movies. You just might rediscover the child in you that you thought was gone. Now that would be wonderfullicious!

Follow your inner voice

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Steve Jobs

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. “
 
“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
Stanford commencement speech, June 2005

Words of wisdom from someone who has been changing the world for over 25 years. I identify a lot with Steve Jobs because he is a fellow Piscean. I admire and agree with his personal philosophy and his corporate culture at Apple Inc. I remember buying my first Mac in 1985 (a Macintosh+) and totally loving the user experience and wonder of that amazing little machine that he and Steve Wozniak created. He has come a long way since those early days at Apple and surely will go much further with his legacy than where he is today. I hope that I can influence the world and/or the people around me in a way that he has done through his passion, genius and creativity, even if it’s only a few people. Long live Apple Inc and Steve Jobs.

You’ve got a friend

JT (album)

James Taylor

“People should watch out for three things: avoid a major addiction, don’t get so deeply into debt that it controls your life, and don’t start a family before you’re ready to settle down. ”

~ James Taylor

Wise words from someone who has seen a lot in his life – stardom, drug addiction, a famous marriage and divorce, lost millions of dollars, etc. JT has always been one of my favorite singer/songwriters. I saw him in concert in 2003 at the Hollywood Bowl and he sounded great as he always does. I suppose because James is a Pisces like myself, I feel an affinity to him. One of my favorite songs he sings is “You’ve Got A Friend” (lyrics below) that has surely brought encouragement to millions of people who needed that song when they were friendless. Try to be better friends to the ones you have and friendlier to those who could be friends.

“You’ve Got A Friend” by Carol King
When you’re down and troubled
and you need a helping hand
and nothing, whoa nothing is going right.
Close your eyes and think of me
and soon I will be there
to brighten up even your darkest nights.

You just call out my name,
and you know whereever I am
I’ll come running, oh yeah baby
to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall,
all you have to do is call
and I’ll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah.
You’ve got a friend.

If the sky above you
should turn dark and full of clouds
and that old north wind should begin to blow
Keep your head together and call my name out loud
and soon I will be knocking upon your door.
You just call out my name and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer or fall
all you got to do is call
and I’ll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Hey, ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend?
People can be so cold.
They’ll hurt you and desert you.
Well they’ll take your soul if you let them.
Oh yeah, but don’t you let them.

You just call out my name and you know wherever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Oh babe, don’t you know that,
Winter spring summer or fall,
Hey now, all you’ve got to do is call.
Lord, I’ll be there, yes I will.
You’ve got a friend.
You’ve got a friend.
Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend.
Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend.
You’ve got a friend.

Matters of the mind

“Nothing lasts forever — not even your troubles.”

~ Arnold Glasgow

“Your imagination is the preview to life’s coming attractions.”

~ Albert Einstein

If you really focus on something, such a problem or worry in your life, eventually it will go away if you think about something positive long enough. Doing this every time you are faced with a difficulty will overcome any temporary dilemma. The mind is perhaps the most important part of our biology since it controls our actions based on our thoughts. It can make us happy even in the midst of sadness or it can bring us to tears even when we are completely content. If you really want to get the most out of your mind, then align it with your soul and see how much more powerful you can be in any situation you encounter in life. This is called Enlightement and you can find how to achieve it from books or on the Web.

Sharing success

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”

~ Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein during a lecture in Vienna in ...

“Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record each and everyday, and you are a success.”

~ William Boetcker

Being successful just isn’t about being powerful, famous, wealthy, intelligent or beautiful. It’s more about being liked, loved, honest, loyal, sincere, considerate, conscientious, charitable and pure in heart. It’s also about doing what you want to do without any concern for what others are doing or what they think success is. If you really want to be successful, don’t be caught up in what the world considers success, otherwise you will lose your way to obtaining it. When people start to realize how valuable you are to them, then you earned the right to be called a success. When you reach success, devote yourself to helping others become successful. More successful people in the world means there is more success to share. What are you doing to become successful?

Patiently persevere

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, circa 1850.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.”

~ Longfellow

If you have something you really want in life, then never give up on trying to reach that goal of obtaining what you want. If you give up, you will surely never get what it is you want. Never give up!

Life is a miracle

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

~ Albert Einstein

I choose to believe that life is miraculous whether we are creatures of God or mere mortals born into this huge, cosmic galaxy. Start looking at life like it is a miracle and then start looking for the miracles in your life.

Love is…

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is [finally] better than your dreams.”
Dr Seuss

“I love you, not for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.”
Roy Croft

“Give her two red roses, each with a note. The first note says, “For the woman I love” and the second, “For my best friend.”
Anonymous

“This day I will marry my friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love.”
Anonymous

“Two souls with but a single thought. Two hearts that beat as one.”
Friedrich Halm

“Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.”
John Lennon

“True love never dies, even if you have found a new love, the sweet memory of the past will continue to hunt you for the rest of your life.”
Unknown

“To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world.”
Anonymous

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

What’s more powerful than knowledge?

“The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.”

~ Albert Einstein

Fantasyland

Fantasy is more powerful than knowledge, so let your mind wander into Fantasyland where anything and everything can happen. If you don’t have a place to let your mind and soul wander freely and without restrictions, then you are missing out on so much beauty and limitless freedom. Inspire yourself each and everyday by going on a trip to your own Fantasyland. Be sure and share your experience with others so they can find inspiration from you. See you in Fantasyland.

Wise words at work

“Women marry men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they will not.”

~ Albert Einstein

Considered to be one of the smartest men in the world in the last 200 years, Einstein knew exactly why relationships often fail. The fact is that people don’t change much, especially for someone else and never for someone who asked them to change. Change is the hardest thing for people to do and asking someone to change for you is like asking a lion to stop eating meat. The only thing that changes in people who enter into a relationship are their habits. So, the good things about them become more evident and the bad habits they have become worse.

This is why it is essential for people to really understand all the habits someone has so that they can determine if they are acceptable to them over the long term. One thing to always remember is that people are always their nicest and on their best behavior in the beginning of a friendship/relationship which means you should never completely judge someone in the beginning of a friendship. It takes time to see someone’s habits both good and bad, so take the time to get to know someone as a person and just not as a lover or BF/GF. Remember that “love is blind” and can fool your judgement of someone unless you keep a clear mind at all times.

You can’t change people but you can find someone for your life who will change for you because you inspire them to do so.  This is the key to a happy and fruitful friendship/relationship.

“Love Song”

This is one of my favorite songs sung by one of my favorite artists.

Love Song
written by: Leslie Duncan
Vocals: Elton John and Lesley Duncan
Acoustic guitar and backing vocals: Lesley Duncan
The words I have to say
May well be simple but they’re true
Until you give your love
There’s nothing more that we can do

Love is the opening door
Love is what we came here for
No one could offer you more
Do you know what I mean
Have your eyes really seen

You say it’s very hard
To leave behind the life we knew
But there’s no other way
And now it’s really up to you

Love is the key we must turn
Truth is the flame we must burn
Freedom the lesson we must learn
Do you know what I mean
Have your eyes really seen

Love is the opening door
Love is what we came here for
No one could offer you more
Do you know what I mean
Have your eyes really seen…