"An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness. No reward coming after the event can compare with the sweet reward that went with it." Maurice Maeterlinck
"Ive often wondered if I had a choice to pick my own misery what would it be. For instance, I would have chosen Leprosy, AIDS, or a malignant Cancer over the incredible emotional scar I suffer as a result of a malicious lie.
Character has been described as how a person acts when he or she thinks
nobody else is looking. Want to know if someone will make a good spouse, business partner or employee? Find out how they treat people whose opinion they could not care less about. Be there when the carpet cleaner arrives. Watch when the septic tank emptier does his work. Go through a crowded supermarket checkout with her. Sit in rush hour traffic with him.
How he reacts to others is how he will react to you over time. That's called caracter...hopefully you'll find it is called good character.
"Sooner or later we must realize there is no station, no one place to arrive at once and for all. The true joy of life is the trip."
"You are only as strong as your purpose, therefore let us choose reasons to act that are big, bold, righteous and eternal."
"Ninety percent of the world's woe comes from people not knowing themselves, their abilities, their frailties, and even their real virtues. Most of us go almost all the way through life as complete strangers to ourselves."
Sydney J. Harris, American Journalist (1917-1986)
"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet. James Oppenheim"
Did You Hear It?
by Barbara Aldrich
A raindrop fell down
All the way from the heaven's clouds
To the cold, hard earth below,
Leaving a splatter on a rock.
Did you hear it?
A leaf fell from a tall, strong oak,
Bumping into twigs and branches,
Rocked gently by the breezes,
Then lighting on the blades of grass.
Did you hear it?
The wind tossed a tumbleweed
Across the desert,
Between passing cars, unscathed.
Did you hear it?
Cat paws walk with careful stealth
Across the yard
While sparrow lifts itself from an egg-filled nest
To save itself.
Did you hear it?
An eye twinkles in a weary face
Releasing a tear
To trail down a cheek, over quivering lip,
To fall on a breaking heart.
Did you hear it?
"Love the earth and sun and animals,
Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
Stand up for the stupid and crazy,
Devote your income and labor to others...
And your very flesh shall be a great poem."
SORRY! I'll be away from my desk (attending a convention in Germany) and I'll be back in a week
Safe travels Dr. Honeyghan. We will miss you!
Jah bless you Glasceta, have fun in Germany and feel the love.
"This is the true joy in life being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. George Bernard Shaw"
We are responsible for the quality of our vision, we have a say in the shaping of our sensibility. In the many thousand daily choices we make, we create ourselves and the voice with which we speak and work.
‘X Carolyn Forche
Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.
Jacob A. Riis
To desire and strive to be of some service to the world, to aim at doing something which shall really increase the happiness and welfare and virtue of humankind this is a choice which is possible for all of us; and surely it is a good haven to sail for.
Henry Van Dyke, American Educator & Author (18521933)
"All happy people are grateful. Ungrateful people cannot be happy. We tend to think that being unhappy leads people to complain, but its truer to say that complaining leads to people becoming unhappy. Dennis Prager"
Be close to you. The most important relationship you have is with yourself. You alone share identical values, aspirations, fears and questions with yourself. In this hectic world, many of us just don't take the
time to explore ourselves to understand how our values, aspirations, fears and questions are evolving.
How can you understand someone else - your spouse, your boss, your
children - if you don't understand yourself? Schedule some time every day
to explore how you feel about the things you have been experience, so
that you can be close to you.
If you want to see something done, just tell some human beings it can't be done. Make it known that it's impossible to fly to the moon, or run 100 meters in 9.9 seconds, or solve Fermat's Last Theorem. Remind the world that no one has ever hit 62 home runs in a season or stuffed 18 people into a Volkswagen. Dangle the undoable in front of the world. Then, consider it done.
Merrill Lynch advertisement
"If we only wanted to be happy it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are. Charles-Louis de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu"
"Having the energy to pursue our passions will always come if that's our wish. Most of who we are, what we do, and where we are going relates to our attitude. Being tired, bored, scared, or unhappy are decisions, nothing more. Coming to grips with this reality has the potential for changing every aspect of what remains of our lives."
But Very Much Appreciated!
Ms. Glacita, thanks for the words of cheer and hope. You are a wonderful source of inspiration for many of us. Your long standing show of vision and concern for the well being of our people is quite visible. I look forward to your continued positive motivation as I grapple with the challenges of life.
'TILL YOU GIVE IT AWAY
A bell is no bell 'til you ring it,
A song is no song 'til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasn't put there to stay -
Love isn't love
'Til you give it away.
Confront your fears, list them, get to know them, and only then will you be able to put them aside and move ahead.
How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world! How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make their contribution toward introducing justice straightaway... And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!
Author of Diary Of A Young Girl
How could our hearts be large enough for heaven if they are not large enough for earth? The only country I am certain of is the one here below. The only paradise I know is the one lit by our everyday sun, the land of difficult love, shot through with shadow. The place where we learn this love, if we learn it at all, shimmers behind every new place we inhabit.
~Scott Russell Sanders~
"We never know when some small kindness will forever make a difference in the lives of total strangers. Continuously performing good deeds ... even without recognition ... will create a trail of miracles in our wake. Chelle Thompson, Inspiration Line"
And joy is everywhere;
It is in the Earth's green covering of grass;
In the blue serenity of the Sky;
In the reckless exuberance of Spring;
In the severe abstinence of grey Winter;
In the Living flesh that animates our bodily frame;
In the perfect poise of the Human figure, noble and upright;
In the exercise of all our powers;
In the acquisition of Knowledge;
In fighting evils...
Joy is there
~Rabindranath Tagore, Indian Poet~
"Forgiveness is certainly the sweetest balm for the pangs of hurt feelings." Glasceta Honeyghan
"Never mistake knowledge for wisom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life".
"The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it".
"The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsiblity and the wings of independence."
"Be curious always! For knowledge will not acquire you; you must acquire it."