“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.
Man’s greatest actions are performed in minor struggles. Life, misfortune, isolation, abandonment and poverty are battlefields which have their heroes – obscure heroes who are at times greater than
~ Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French Writer
Are you a hero? You are if you’re active in helping people that need care in order to have a healthier, happier existence. To these people, you’re everything to them: their spiritual life support, their hope for a better tomorrow, and/or their daily source of emotional encouragement. These people may not be well-known, popular, rich or beautiful looking. They are just normal people who are struggling or suffering in life in some manner and need some human contact to help them become better people. It takes a lot more courage, devotion and nobility to help those who aren’t admired by many or adorned with wealth than it does to help someone who can bring you some instant benefit or reward. So, go on and continue helping those around you in need and know that you are a hero in their hearts. Who will you be a hero to today?
“You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them.”
~ Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990) American Publisher
The hardest thing to do for most anyone is to help others who cannot or will not help them in return. It is human nature to do something for someone with an expectation of getting something in return from them. This is the way we are taught as children and it’s also the way business is done. You receive goods and services in exchange for money. In today’s world, nothing is rarely done for free. When something is done for free, people think there must be a catch attached to the favor. When there isn’t a catch, then they are grateful for the favor. Doing something for someone else without any expectation is one of the greatest experiences you can give to yourself. So, in effect, when doing this you gain satisfaction for yourself and earn respect from others who see your selfless actions.
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“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi
Think about this statement for awhile and then think about what sort of things you can do to make the world around you a better place for yourself and for others. For example, give more of your time, energy, money and knowledge to those who need it. It could be your neighbor, colleague, friend, family member or someone you don’t even know. There are many good charities, churches, and well-run organizations like the Red Cross who you can donate any or all of the above personal resources to. Make a change today to do what you’re truly capable of doing and you’ll eventually see a better world around you.
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World’s Oldest Man Dies at 114
Walter Breuning was the world’s oldest man. His secret to a long life is:
1. Embrace change, even when the change slaps you in the face. (“Every change is good.”)
2. Eat two meals a day (“That’s all you need.”)
3. Work as long as you can (“That money’s going to come in handy.”)
4. Help others (“The more you do for others, the better shape you’re in.”)
5. Accept death. It’s a lesson Breuning said he learned from his grandfather:
“We’re going to die. Some people are scared of dying. Never be afraid to die. Because you’re born to die,” he said.
I was so encouraged and delighted to read this story of Walter Breuning because his secrets to a long life are exactly the habits I have in my own life. I have adapted to many major changes the past 22 years of my life as it has been a rough roller coaster ride since my divorce. The past 3 years of my life, I have been eating only two large meals a day. They consist of natural foods, i.e., vegetables, fruits, meat, 100% natural juices, purified water and some sweets. I work hard 12-hours a day and enjoy my work and plan on always working in some capacity throughout my life to keep my mind and body active. I help people as much as I can by donating my time and energy to teach English to Chinese students who wish to study in America some day. And recently, I have learned to accept that death isn’t anything to fear. In fact, it is a renewal and release from this existence. As long as I live a happy, healthy, and harmonious lifestyle, then death should come naturally for me which should not be feared. I encourage you to adopt and adapt Walter’s habits which I have integrated into my life and see if you become happier, healthier both physically and mentally. RIP Walter Breuning.
Learn more about Walter Breuning here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Breuning
“If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.”
~ Benjamin Franklin
Do something noble in your life that others will remember you by after you are long gone from this life. Whether you affect one person or a million while your alive doesn’t matter; what does matter is that you improved their situation, ability, and/or livelihood in some way by contributing whatever you could with all your being. It is far better to give than to receive.
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“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
~ John Adams
If you’re smart, then tell others how to be smart. If you’re a dreamer and can share your dreams vividly to others, then do so, so they can dream up wonderful things. If you’re active and good at doing something, then teach others how to do it so they will do them to. All it requires is your time, energy and passion. It doesn’t take money or special permission, just the will to be a leader.
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