“Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.”
There is no better example of someone rising to glory and virtue based on natural ability than Benjamin Franklin, the great American statesman, scientist, musician, author, printer, inventor, businessman, politician, diplomat, father and husband. He was one of 17 children, born to a poor family, quit school at 10 years of age and was never formally educated. Benjamin was able to take his natural ability and turn it into greatness which was best manifested in his written contributions to the Declaration of Independence and to the US Constitution. These two works are considered to be two of the most important documents ever written by man. In my life, I could only hope to achieve a fraction of what Mr. Franklin achieved in his life. I will do my best to achieve some greatness in my life that benefits others for generations. Why don’t you try doing the same.
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“Happiness is mostly a by-product of doing what makes us feel fulfilled.”
“Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.”
~ William H. Sheldon
Happiness is wonderful to attain and obtain in life which is why Thomas Jefferson declared the pursuit of happiness a “certain unalienable right” in the Declaration of Independence. But it seems that many people today think that happiness is something that we get from others by how they perceive us. Or, they base their happiness by what they see in the media, movies and lifestyle trends. No matter how the world defines happiness, the only thing that should matter to you is what makes you happy. Spending time with your family and friends doing simple things together, gardening, reading in the park, enjoying a trip to a far away place, writing a book, helping others, treating yourself to something nice, or daydreaming are just a few ways that you can find happiness in your daily life. So, stop listening to what everyone else tells you what happiness is and just try to enjoy all the things you do in your life. Then, you will know what true happiness is and gain lasting fulfillment in your life. Smile and define your own happiness!
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“The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.”
~ William Edgar Borah
If you don’t stand for something, you fall for everything. United we stand, divided we fall. Don’t stand for a government who poisons the air you breathe, contaminates the water you drink, and copyrights the food you eat. You fight their wars, die for their causes, and sacrifice your freedoms to protect them. They have liquidated your savings, destroyed your middle class, and used your tax dollars to bailout their unending greed. You are slaves to their corporations, zombies to their airwaves, servants to their decadence. They’ve stolen your elections, assassinated your leaders, and abolished your basic rights as human beings. They own your property, shipped away your jobs, and shredded your unions. They profit off of disasters, destabilized your currencies, and raised your cost of living. They’ve monopolized your freedom, and stripped away your education. What more will you give your government (the ruling elite) before they take everything away you’ve worked so hard to acquire and live for?
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“Conservation is the application of common sense to the common problems for the common good.”
“The conservation of our natural resources and their proper use constitute the fundamental problem which underlies almost every other problem of our national life”
To be soaked in materialism, to directly and indirectly champion it, I believe brings about guilt. I don’t know if I have a right to the vast quantities of materials and energy I consume in my daily life. Even if I thought I did, I know the planet cannot bear my lifestyle multiplied by 7 billion individuals. We squander millions of years’ worth of stored energy, stored life, from our planet to make not only things that are critical to our survival and comfort but also things that simply satisfy our innate primate desire to possess. This is not the path we should continue on. We need to change our way of life and how we consume.
The past five years, I have given up many things I used to have while living in the USA. For example, I don’t own a car anymore: I use public transportation and walk 100% more than I ever did while living in America. I recycle as much as possible and use very little electricity in my home – all in an effort to reduce my carbon footprint. The only way we can save our planet and ourselves from total ruin is to do with less and do more in preserving our natural habitat. You’d be surprised just how much you can actually do without if you just try. Do your part to save Mother Nature – give up something in your life that you don’t really need but only want.
“Regular exercise is the king, a good diet is the queen, and together they make a kingdom”
Jack was a pioneer and worldwide fitness spokesman long before Arnold Schwarzenegger (who also was an inspiration to me during my teens) ever became a household name. I remember as a young child watching him on black and white TV doing exercises from a living room stage setting. He inspired me to be just like him – fit mentally and physically, be a good person, have a happy family and marriage and live with a positive outlook on life. He was my hero at six years of age and always will be as long as I live. I hope to live as long as he did (99 years) and have a happy marriage as he had with his 2nd wife Elaine. He spent 80 years encouraging others around the world to get fit. People like Jack LaLanne should live forever so they can continue inspiring people throughout the ages. He was an incredible human being whom I will always admire. Long live Jack LaLanne !!
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“So, then, to every man his chance — to every man, regardless of his birth, his shining golden opportunity — to every man his right to live, to work, to be himself, to become whatever his manhood and his vision can combine to make him — this, seeker, is the promise of
~ Thomas Wolfe
This quote can be accomplished by anyone no matter where they live or where they were born. In America, I believe, one has the best chance of achieving success and realizing their golden opportunity. I’m so grateful and lucky to have been born in America and hope that I never forget the blessed opportunities I’ve had as an American. I will always strive to transform my life so that others I meet can benefit from the many blessings I have received.