“Originality and the feeling of one’s own dignity are achieved only through work and struggle.”
~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) Russian Novelist
Struggling with difficulties in some sort of way is one of the necessary evils we must accept in our lives as we aspire to reach our personal and professional goals. One of the best methods to overcome these difficulties that you will face each and everyday is meditation. According to experts, the most powerful healing tool for stress and prolonged life is meditation. It clears the mind of thought and lets a person concentrate on tranquility. Fifteen minutes of meditation has been shown to produce a much more relaxed state of mind than one hour of the deepest sleep. Even starting the day with just two minutes of meditation can be beneficial. Sit with your spine erect and try to quiet your thoughts; it may help to concentrate on one word. So, starting today, help yourself reach your goals while maintaining your health and spiritual balance by meditating at some point during the day. If you already meditate, then encourage someone else you know to start doing the same. Instead of singing, I’m going to start meditating during my shower time. La la la, hum, la la la, hum, hum, la la…
Special thanks to Tim Coffey for use of his illustration.
“True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess.”
~ Louis Nizer (1902-1994) American Lawyer
Religion is many things to many people. It’s what you want it to be no matter what god you believe in. The most important religion is the one that leaves a good impression on others. One that motivates people from any ethnicity to listen to their soul instead of their flesh. If your religion makes you a better person who serves others, is concerned for others, cares for others and desires to make the world a better place, then that is the best religion. As long as you don’t hurt yourself or anyone else, then you are living an honorable life that is moralistic and humane. Go live your life with love and honor, because it’s a gift. Share it with someone today!
“Maturity is achieved when a person postpones immediate pleasures for long-term values.”
~ Joshua L. Liebman
You can’t grow into a wise, admirable and capable person if you’re not willing to invest in the time and energy it takes to learn the necessary requirements to become a mature being. As we travel along life’s path, we encounter situations and circumstances that allow us to mature. Sometimes, we are faced with making choices that involve doing something that would mature us over doing something that would bring us instant gratification and/or some reward. If you accept the instant pleasures, then you are short-changing yourself. Choose to grow through maturity, which is always more rewarding, more inspirational, and more fulfilling.
Statue of Confucius in Shenyang, China
“What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others.”
Zi gong (a disciple of Confucius) asked: “Is there any one word that could guide a person throughout life?”
The Master replied: “How about ‘shu’ [reciprocity]: never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself?”
If you want to make a substantial improvement in your life, then start by doing more for yourself rather than asking others to do things for you. Don’t be a burden to others if you’re able to do something by yourself. You’d be surprised how much we ask of our family and friends. You’d also be surprised to know that doing more yourself will make you smarter, more confident and less dependent. Start today by doing more for yourself which will allow others to do more for themselves. Liberate others and yourself!
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Crest of Integrity
“Confidence on the outside begins by living with integrity on the inside.”
~ Brian Tracy
Confidence without integrity is nothing more than arrogance. Integrity is the key ingredient for anyone wanting to live a life that’s beyond reproach, and is esteemed, honorable, and desirable. If you want a strong coat of confidence to help you through life, you need to be full of integrity to the very core of your existence. This combination gives you something that is untouchable and enviable; so do all you can to build yourself into someone who is known for doing the right things at the right time to the right people. Right on!
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“What a man is contributes much more to his happiness than what he has, or how he is regarded by others.”
~ Arthur Schopenhauer
The key thing to understand about this quote is what the exact meaning of “What a man is” is. By what methods do we measure someone to classify them as someone who is a good person or not? To me, it all comes down to one thing: “You have only one life to live here on earth, so you must do as much as you can to improve the lives of other people.” You don’t have to be super-rich or famous to do this; you just need a giving heart. It’s not about how much money you make in your life that you’ll be judged by, or how attractive you are, or even how popular you are to other people. Making a real indelible difference in this world is done by people who give whatever they can – money, talent, time, energy, etc. to help others be better people. This is how people should be judged in the end.
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St. Francis of Assisi (circa 1182-1220)
“Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
~ Francis of Assisi
Have you ever considered something and thought it was too difficult or even impossible to do? Then, as your in the middle of doing that very something, you realize that you can actually accomplish it. This is how the impossible is done – by putting forth physical effort along with lots of passion and unending desire. With the right combination of these forces at work, there are only two things that can stop you: yourself and death. So, before you say “that’s impossible!” – say I can “conceive it, believe it, see it, achieve it.”
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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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Give 'til it hurts!
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
~ Robert Brault
You’ve probably heard the phrase: “Don’t sweat the small stuff, because life is full of small stuff.” The same applies to enjoying all the small things in life because life is full of small things. In fact, in life, it’s all the small things that add up to be the biggest things we cherish and remember the most. When you receive many small gifts over time from someone you care for, it always means more to you than if you received one large gift at once. The reason is that you have more memories from all the moments you received those small gifts which leave a pleasant thought in your mind. If you receive one big gift, the memory is short-lived even though it might be a very special gift. So, as you live your life, learn to enjoy the little things and attach a nice memory to them so that you can relish all of them as if it were the biggest thing that ever happened to you in your life. The secret to this is to be able to recognize when the little things come into your life, otherwise they could become unhappy big things. Give freely and give often!
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“You cannot add to the peace and good will of the world if you fail to create an atmosphere of harmony and love right where you live and work.”
~ Thomas Dreier
The only way to change the world is to change yourself – either with your attitude towards it or by affecting others to change according to what you want changed. We are only able to create changes if we can multiply our intellectual, spiritual, and physical powers. If you’re not able to do this, then you will only end up changing yourself which is probably the most important and difficult person to change of all. Remember, we are but a single being among billions from all walks of life, so changing the world must be accomplished by influencing millions of people.
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“The difference between ‘Like’, ‘Love’ & ‘In Love’ is the same difference between ‘For Now’, ‘For A While’ & ‘Forever’”
Everything is temporary in life – life itself, friendship, good times, bad times, memories, and even love. All we can try to do is to prolong the inevitability of losing what we cherish the most in life. Concerning love, it’s important to understand what love means to you and that your partner understands it too. Two people who are “in love” is much different than loving each other. The difference stems from the commitment, desire, and action put forth to keep the love alive between them. So be sure and recognize the difference between liking someone, loving someone and being “in love” with someone and more importantly, make sure the one you are “in love” with does too. If you can do this successfully, you can obtain something that most only dream of having — true love. Have you done something special for the one you are “in love” with today? If not, do so. Let love reign!
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“Everything is clearer when you’re in love.”
~ John Lennon
There’s no doubt that being in love makes you feel more certain about yourself as a person. You have more confidence, more ambition, more happiness, even more emotional clarity, all of which make you feel stronger. It’s a beautiful feeling when you’re in love but love can be blind and we can lose sight of the path we intended to travel with the one we fell in love with. When you’re with someone who doesn’t cloud your vision and/or steer you off your desired path, then you know you’re in love with the right person. Just always remember to always make sure you’re in love for all the right reasons so that your path is defined and clear and not clouded with uncertain emotions. Lucidity is key while in love.
John & Yoko
John and Yoko
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“By three methods we may learn wisdom: first by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the most bitter.”
Wisdom comes alone through suffering.
~ Aeschylus 525-456 BC
Without a doubt, being smart and intelligent is important in life to maneuver your way out of danger and into comfort. But what’s more important than being smart and intelligent is knowing how and when to use them. Wisdom does this. Wisdom shows you how to use your knowledge and intelligence effectively and efficiently to acquire more of what you’re in need of. Accumulate more wisdom and you’ll gain more of what’s needed in life to succeed. Just remember that it is difficult to obtain wisdom – it requires much pain and solitude. Once you have acquired enough wisdom in your life, you will be able to bear most anything that you’re faced with.
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“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.”
~ Wayne Dyer
If you want to know the real you, then write down all the remarks you have made when making judgments about someone. Whether you say something negative or positive, silently or out loud about someone, you are essentially looking at a mirror and telling yourself what kind of person you are. If you think about it, the real reason we judge others is so we can feel better about ourselves. Knocking others down builds us up but in a destructive manner. Start looking at people as if you’re looking at yourself in the mirror, then you’ll be sure and say nice things about them.
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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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“Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us.”
~ Earl Nightingale
Next time you say or write something to somebody, remember that they will think of you much in the same way that you think about them through your words – be them verbal or non-verbal. If you want someone to show you grace and love for example, then give them these via your words, actions and thoughts. Also remember that your intentions are not easily or fully appreciated nor interpreted exactly as you want or expect, so continue with the attitude you want others to have of you until they see your true intention(s).
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“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.
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“Each of us holds a library of knowledge from higher existences. When we quiet the mind this knowledge can reveal itself to us.”
“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can transform one million realities.”
~ Maya Angelou
A million fantasies and realities lie within each one of us if we just take the time to stop and listen to what really makes us who we are as humans — our soul. There, you will find a treasure in your chest full of riches you could never buy with money or receive from anyone else. Spend more time looking for the treasure of a million realities that lie within you instead of chasing dreams that will never lead to one reality.
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“You don’t have the power to make life fair, but you do have the power to make life joyful.”
~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Knowing what you can and can’t change in your life will allow you to mature into a person who can understand the nature of power and its dynamics. Proper power potentially profits people perfectly.
“To know you have enough is to be rich.”
~ Lao Tzu
Are you rich because you have lots of expensive clothes, handbags, shoes, jewelry, a fancy car and money in the bank? Or are you rich because you have a happy, sincere heart; friends and family who love you; good health; a smart mind; and a clear conscience? I have known many financially rich people in my life in America and in China but none of them could ever buy love, happiness or health with all their wealth. I would rather be rich in my heart than with money. Some of the “richest” people in the world are the poorest ones. Are you rich enough?
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