“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.
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
Chelsea Clinton *
John F. Dulles
Czar Alexander III
Constantine the Great
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Cardinal Roger Mahoney *
Josh Groban *
Andrew Lloyd Weber
Sir Elton John
Nat “King” Cole
Jon Bon Jovi
PISCES ACTORS / WRITERS / DIRECTORS/TV PERSONALITIES
Robert Downey Jr.
Fred (Mr.) Rogers
Joan Bennet *
Joanne Woodward *
Benicio Del Toro
Buffalo Bill Cody
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Elizabeth Taylor *
William Demarest *
Freddie Prinze Jr.
William H. Macy
PISCES INNOVATORS & VISIONARIES
Alexander Graham Bell
PISCES PHILOSOPHERS, POETS, PLAYRIGHTS & WRITERS
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow *
Irwin Shaw *
Elizabeth B. Browning
Oliver Wendell Holmes
PISCES SPORTS FIGURES
Gene Sarazen *
James Worthy *
Raymond Berry *
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Dr. Julius Irving
* denotes those born on 2/27 which is my birth date.
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.
“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 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.
“Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.”
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.
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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.
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!