The beginning of wisdom is the desire for discipline.

Press on: Nothing can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are overwhelmingly powerful.

Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved. ~ Barbara Johnson

Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing. ~George Sheehan

Money and success don't change people; they merely amplify what's already there. ~Will Smith

Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat him as he could be, and he will become what he should be. ~Jimmy Johnson

The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people half way. ~Henry Boye

A child is not spoiled by giving him whatever he wants so much as by giving him substitutes for what he really wants — attention, interest and understanding. ~North American Syndicate.

Five thousand years ago what I am saying was right. In five thousand years what I am saying will still be right: cleanliness, honesty, decency, respect for other people, politeness, good manners, integrity — they will never be old fashioned. ~Lord Charles Forte

The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't belittle…. be BIG!!

Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were. ~Cherie Carter-Scott

If you do not wish to be prone to anger, do not feed the habit; give it nothing which may tend to it's increase. ~Epictetus

Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame. ~Benjamin Franklin

Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you. ~Horace

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow. ~Chinese Proverb

He who angers you controls you. ~Elizabeth Kenny

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. ~Buddha

Those who are at war with others are seldom at peace with themselves.

Don't hold on to anger, hurt, or pain. They steal your energy and keep you from love. ~Leo Buscaglia

No man (or woman) is worth your tears, and the one who is, won't make you cry.

Just because someone doesn't love you the way that you want them to, doesn't mean they don't love you with all that they have.

A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.

Don't waste your time on a man/woman who isn't willing to waste their time on you.

Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one, so that when we finally meet the right person, we will know how to be grateful.

People need loving the most when they deserve it the least. ~John Harrigan

Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much. ~Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

If you can't hold children in your arms, please hold then in your heart. ~Mother Clara Hale

Mothers of little boys work from son up til son down.

A little cup of friendship in this cup of tea, when you sit and drink this, think of love from me.

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not twist them with our own image – otherwise, we love only our own reflection of ourselves that we find in them.

If you judge people, you have no time to love them. ~Mother Teresa

Success: To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better than we found it, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded.

The will of God will never leave lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you. God will never tell me to do something He hasn't prepared me for.

"Music is the magic that binds all people together, if only for a moment, washing away the barriers of color, culture, and ego.. "

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from indomitable will. ~Mahatma Ghandi

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart. ~Helen Kellar

Age does not protect you from love, but love to some extent protects you from age. ~Jeanne Moreau

It takes a long time to grow an old friend.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. ~Mahatma Ghandi

Even in the darkness there is always a hope of light. Just listen to what your heart says and God will make everything alright.

God sometimes does try to the uttermost those whom He wishes to bless. ~Mahatma Ghandi

The most destructive element in the human mind is fear. Fear creates aggressiveness; aggressiveness engenders hostility; hostility engenders fear — a disastrous circle. ~Dorothy Thompson

There's no labor a man can do that's undignified, if he does it right. ~Bill Cosby

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. ~Oscar Wilde

If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we would all be millionaires. ~Abigail Van Buren

Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing is so futile. ~Bertrand Russell

You have not lived a perfect day, even though you earned your money, unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you. ~Ruth Smeltzer

Life is a compromise of what your ego tells you to do, experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do. ~Bruce Crampton

Fools look to tomorrow; wise men use tonight. ~Scottish Proverb

We only do well the things we like doing. ~Colette

Love teaches even asses to dance. ~French Proverb

Imagination is more important than knowledge. ~Albert Einstein

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, you rejoice and the world cries. ~Cherokee Proverb

Proper preparation prevents piss poor performances. (Apparently a Libra motto, but I think it's good for anyone!)

Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable. ~Anonymous

The only thing worth stealing is a kiss from a sleeping child. ~Joe Houldsworth

There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes. ~Doctor Who

I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God's business. ~Michael J. Fox

When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you. ~Lao-Tzu

You don't stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened. ~Anatole France

Sometimes the Lord calms the storm. Sometimes He lets the storm rage, and calms the child.

You are born with three keys to the doors of your journey. The first is for Dreams that let you make the impossible, possible. The second is for Faith that tells you to believe in youth. Above all, the third is for Love, the instinct to protect each other. Dreams, Faith, and Love. With these three anything is possible. ~The Journey of Man. Cirque du Soleil

A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles. ~Washington Irving

Know the true value of time; Snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. ~Lord Chesterfield

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. ~Margaret Wolfe Hungerford

Do not seek pleasure everywhere but always be ready to find it. ~John Ruskin

The world of reality has its limits, the world of imagination is boundless. Jean Jacques Rousseau

Knowledge is not a commodity to be passed hand to hand, but only can be awakened.

We have a dream inside ourselves
A gift to us at birth
To guide and protect us
On our journey on this earth
We all have something special
Each one of us unique
You have to find the courage
To find the peace you seek
So dream your dream and live your dream
Don't be afraid to try
Just take your soul by the hand
And let your spirit fly!
~Australian poet Maureen Weiner


How to Stay Young:

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height.
Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay them.

2. Keep only cheerful friends.
The grouches pull you down. (keep this In mind if you are one of those grouches 😉


3. Keep learning: Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain get idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's!

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and Lots of time with HIM/HER.

6. The tears happen: Endure, grieve and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. LIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love: Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish good health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Life is like a snow globe, often it's prettiest AFTER it's turned upside down

You never truly understand something until you can explain it to your grandmother. ~Albert Einstein

Science without religion is lame,Religion without Science is blind!~Albert Einstein!

The biggest intellectual breakthrough in the life of the great poet William Butler Yeats came when he realized that happiness and growth were one and the same. They could not be separated. You can notice this for yourself: you are happy when you are growing. And no growth you've ever made has ever been effortless.

Soul Sentence: The purpose of my life is to have passion, health and happiness and to spread love and joy to others.

As a general rule, people, even the wicked, are much more naive and simple-hearted than we supposed. And we ourselves are, too."~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions—the little soon-forgotten charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment in the disguise of a playful raillery, and the countless other infinitesimals of pleasurable thought and genial feeling.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become. ~Harold Taylor

A single drop of potent poison can render awell ofpure water deadly.
A single drop of potent medicine can render awell of poisoned water pure. Buddhist Saying

Do not get angry with those who harm you.
If you get angry with those who harm you,
When are you going to cultivate patience? -Atisa

I wrote your name on a piece of paper, but by accident I threw it away I wrote your name on my hand, but it washed away. I wrote your name in the sand, but the waves whispered it away. I wrote your name in my heart, and forever it will stay.

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin. God lifts you up, takes you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. He opens you up, touches you deep inside and scoops out all the yucky stuff– including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc.Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside you to shine for all the world to see.

The discipline of writing something down is the first step to making it happen. ~Lee Iacocca

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. ~Benjamin Franklin

The art of writing is discovering what you believe. ~Gustave Flaubert

I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions. ~James A. Michener

The trouble with young writers is that they are all in their sixties. ~William Somerset

The story I am writing exists, written in absolute perfect fashion, some place, in the air. All I must do is find it, and copy it. ~Jules Renard

Don't criticize them; they are just what we would be under similar circumstances. ~Abe Lincoln

Instead of condemning people, let's try to figure out why they do what they do. That's a lot more profitable and intriguing than criticism; and it breeds sympathy, tolerance, and kindness. To know all is forgive all. ~Dale Carnegie

I shall pass by this way but once; any good therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.

It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow man who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring. ~Alfred Adler Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated. It satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening – it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.~Arnold Palmer

We lead our lives like water flowing down a hill, going more or less in one direction until we splash into something that forces us to find a new course.

It takes a strong woman to know her faults, a stronger one to embrace her faults, and a unbreakable woman to show her faults with pride. ? yourself first

Helen Keller says, "Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood." Enjoy!

Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him. Wayne Dyer.

Sometimes your journey doesn't go where you want it to but it goes where you are meant to be.

Success can be defined as the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.

He who strikes the first blow admits he's lost the argument.
A rat who gnaws at a cats tail invites destruction.

“I am one, but still, I am one
I cannot do everything,
but still I can do something
And, because I cannot do everything
I'll continue to do the something that I can do” (Edward Everrett)

"If you teach your child the Golden Rule, you will have left them an estate of incalculable value."

Go beyond words to speak with your heart.You can mouth the words of a prayer all day long and just waste your time, unless you also speak with your heart. And to speak with your heart means to embody first. If you pray for love, be loving. If you pray for wealth, be generous. If you pray for health, practice health yourself. What is your favorite prayer?

We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them. -Abigail Adams (1744 – 1818)

The surest test of discipline is its absence. -Clara Barton (1821 – 1912)

If I can stop one heart from breaking I shall not live in vain. -Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886)

The triumph can't be had without the struggle. -Wilma Rudolph (1940 – 1994)

I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse. -Florence Nightingale (1820 – 1910)

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.-Amelia Earhart (1898 – 1937)

"Sometimes our light goes out but is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light."

What we do here, echoes in Eternity." – Maximus Decimus Meridius

"The clash between child and adult is never so stubborn as when the child within us confronts the adult in our child." ~Robert Brault

"The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something."
~Randy Pausch

EGO: Edging God Out

Success is to be measured not so much by the position
that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which
he has overcome while trying to succeed."

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
— Melody Beattie

"People often tell me that motivation doesn't last, and I tell them that bathing doesn't either. That's why I recommend it daily." – Zig Ziglar

He who fears is literally delivered to destruction.”Howard Thurman

There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.” Howard Thurman

If you insist on clinging to who you are right now, you will miss the extraordinary opportunity to meet the next greatest version of yourself. Debbie Ford

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.
It takes serenity,courage and wisdom to maintain a healthy attitude when life isn't fair.We can't change the fact that our world is imperfect and things are far from the way they should be,but we can choose the attitude we will take.We need serenity from God to help us change our response to the injustices of life.We need courage to face with optimism the days when we are treated unfairly.We need wisdom to know whether to fight injustice or to make the best of a bad situation. (If anyone in history could claim to have been treated unfairly,it was Joseph.

I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.
It is my personal approach that creates the climate.
It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.
I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.
In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized.
If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.
If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming."
~ Goethe, 1749-1832

"Those who follow the part of themselves that is great will become great. Those that follow the part that is small will become small."
~ Mencius

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Life's not about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning to dance in the rain. ~Vivian Greene

Wolf Credo ~ Del Goetz
Respect the elders
Teach the young
Cooperate with the pack
Play when you can
Hunt when you must
Rest in between
Share your affections
Voice your feelings
Leave your mark

Walk away from it until you're stronger. All your problems will be there when you get back, but you'll be better able to cope. Lady Bird Johnson

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes happiness. It is not attained through self gratifucation but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. Helen Keller

If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counsellor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius. Joseph Addison

The only gracious way to accept an insult is to ignore it: if you can't ignore it, top it: if you can't top it, laugh at it; if you can't laugh at it, it's probably deserved. Russell Lynes

Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed.~Indra Devi

It's the most unhappy people who most fear change.~Mignon McLaughlin

If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a kind word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen.~Loretta Girzartis

Trouble is part of your life, and if you don't share it you don't give the person who loves you enough chance to love you enough.~Dinah Shore

Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.~August Wilson

It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous, that you realize how much you love them.~Agatha Christie

An individual's self-concept is the core of his personality. It affects every aspect of human behavior: the ability to learn, the capacity to grow and change, the choice of friends, mates, and careers. It is no exaggeration to say that a strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success in life.~Dr. Joyce Brothers

One is happy as a result of one's own efforts, once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness — simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self denial to a point, love of work, and, above all, a clear conscience. Happiness is no vague dream, of that I now feel certain.~George Sand

Changing the world begins with the very personal process of changing
yourself, the only place you can begin is where you are, and the only time
you can begin is always now.~Gary Zukav

Change is the very nature of life, – welcome it. No glass ever became sand again; No bread ever became wheat; No ripened fruit ever became a flower. Welcome change, and choose what kind of glass you create, what kind of bread you bake, what kind of fruit you harvest.

The only way to create the life you desire is not by trying harder but by believing in yourself. It is through that belief that you begin to walk the path that is your calling"

The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind." ~ Caroline Myss ~

You are today where your thoughts have brought you… You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.

There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. ~ Nelson Mandela

"Commitment shows up in action. I know what people are committed to, it's what they're doing."~Steve Chandler (Club Fearless Defeating Procrastination webinar, May 2010)

This was written By Regina Brett of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio
To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolls over to 70 in August, so here goes:
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11 . Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry
13. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29 What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift