Do you have a goal? Do you have a dream? Is there something you want?
Are you willing to go for it?
A goal is not a wish. A dream is not a wish. Wishes are passive thoughts that
only serve to point out our deficiencies. Dreams and goals are active
intentions, backed up by commitment, effort and persistence.
Be bold. Be willing to do whatever it takes, and you will most certainly find
a way. Be willing, and you will be able. You are incredibly adaptive. You are
highly resourceful. The whole of your being is a finely tuned machine that
serves to bring about whatever you truly desire.
Your ability is a direct result of your passion and commitment. It makes no
difference how out of reach your goal may seem. Be willing, and you will be able.
The more necessary you make yourself, the more successful you'll be in this
world. How many lives can you improve today? What can you do that will make
the most difference for the most people? What special thing do you have to
offer, and how can you get others to benefit from it?
No matter what kind of work you do, there is always the opportunity for you
to make a difference. There are really no menial jobs, and there are no
magnificent jobs. It is the person doing the work who gives that work value.
It is the desire and ability to effectively serve others, that brings about
great fortunes and towering accomplishments.
day, in every situation, make yourself necessary. Seek out ways to
"Happiness is a byproduct of making someone else happy."
During my junior year in high school, Mr. Reynolds, my English teacher, handed each
student a list of thoughts or statements written by other students, then gave us a
creativewriting assignment based on one of thosethoughts. At 17, I was beginning
to wonder about many things, so I chose the statement, "I wonderwhy things are the
way they are?" That night, I wrote down in the form of a story all the questions that puzzled me about life. I realized that many of them were hard to answer, and
perhaps others could not be answered at all.When I turned in my paper, I was afraid
that I might fail the assignment because I had notanswered the question, "I wonder
why things are the way they are?" I had no answers. I had onlywritten questions. The
next day Mr. Reynolds called me to the front of the class and asked me to read my
story for the other students. He handed me my paper and sat down in the back of
the room. The class became quiet as I began to read my story:
between a successful person and others is not a lack
of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.
-- Vincent T. Lombardi
our lives we are blessed with spiritual experiences, some of which are
very sacred and confidential, and others, although sacred, are meant to
be shared. Last summer my family had a
22nd I was in route to Washington DC for a business trip. It was all so
very ordinary, until we landed in Denver for a plane change. As I
collected my belongings from the overhead bin, an announcement was made
for Mr. Lloyd Glenn to see the United customer Service Representative immediately.
I thought nothing of it until I reached the door to leave the plane and
I heard a gentleman asking every male if they were Mr. Glenn. At this point
I knew something was wrong and my heart sunk.
the seemingly endless hours, my wife was calm. She felt that Brian
would eventually be all right. I hung on to her words and faith like
a lifeline. All that night and the next day Brian remained unconscious.
It seemed like forever since I had left for my business trip the day before.
Finally at two o'clock that afternoon, our son regained consciousness and
sat up uttering the most beautiful words I have ever heard spoken, He said,
"Daddy hold me," and he reached for me with his little arms.
By the next day he was pronounced as having no neurological or physical deficits, and the story of his miraculous survival spread throughout the hospital. You cannot imagine our gratitude and joy. As we took Brian home we felt a unique reverence for the life and love Of our Heavenly Father that comes to those who brush death so closely.
In the days
that followed there was a special spirit about our home. Our two older
children were much closer to their little brother. My wife and I
were much closer to each other, and all of us were very close as a whole
family. Life took on a less stressful pace. Perspective seemed to
be more focused, and
month later to the day of the accident, Brian awoke from his afternoon
nap and said, "Sit down mommy. I have something to tell you." At
this time in his life, Brian usually spoke in small phrases, so to say
a large sentence surprised my wife. She sat down with him on his
bed and he began his sacred and remarkable story. "Do you remember
when I got stuck under the garage door? Well, it was so heavy
was stunned. Into her mind the sweet comforting spirit enveloped her more
soundly, but with
went on for an hour. He taught us that "birdies" were always with
us, but we don't see them because we look with our eyes and we don't hear
them because we listen with our ears. But they are always there,
you can only see them in here (he put his hand over his heart). They
whisper the things
In the weeks
that followed, he often came to us and told all, or part of it again and
again. Always, the story remained the same. The details were never
changed or out of order. A few times he added further bits of information
and clarified the message he had already delivered. It never ceased to
point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak
desire brings weak results,
Just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat.----------------------------------------------------------- Napoleon Hill
Great Value in Disaster
Thomas Edison's laboratory was virtually destroyed by
from A Serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul
Though the cork remains tightly sealed in the lips of the bottle, yet the
heady aroma and bittersweet flavor, the very richness and abundance
of the Spirits within await unsullied their liberation.
And so it is that what we donít feel now in no way diminishes the
fullness within us, the plentitude that once upon a time was manifest
and can ever be again.
Perhaps all we require is the proper tool, the as yet undiscovered
utensil that will release the stopper and allow the free flow of the
nectar that by rights is ours.
Our obligation, then, our urgent responsibility, continues to be to
discover that elusive tool; or, better still, for each of us to be the
artisan of our own instrument of freedom.
Everything else seems to be so sadly beside the point.
Everything else seems to be but another cork in the bottle.
The people who add the most to our lives are often the ones who challenge us
the most. The teachers whom we remember with fondness and appreciation are
those who pushed us, not those who pampered us. A demanding customer is rarely
a pleasure to deal with, yet that customer can challenge the business to move
forward. The experiences which cause us to grow are the ones in which we're challenged to push ourselves past our previously perceived limits. Strength is
built in response to challenge. A bodybuilder must lift heavier and heavier weights
in order to increase muscle. There is no other way. The more magnificent the
accomplishment, the more daunting are the challenges which must be overcome.
The challenges you face provide a pathway to excellence. They are difficult
and they will bring out the best in you. To be the best, you must be willing
to face the biggest challenges. You most certainly can do it. It's what you're
designed to do. Are you ready and willing? It's up to you.
"Milarepa is one of the lineage holders of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan
Buddhists. Milarepa is one of the heroes, one of the brave ones, a very
crazy unusual fellow. He was a loner who lived in caves by himself and
meditated wholeheartedly for years. He was extremely stubborn and
determined. If he couldn't find anything to eat for a couple of years he
just ate nettles and turned green, but he would never stop practicing.
Milarepa returned to his cave after gathering firewood, only to
he taught them the dharma. He sat on this seat that was higher
point, all of them left except one. Milarepa said, 'Oh, this one is
This content was excerpted from Clear Your Past
There is a basic law that like attracts like. That which you mentally project
reproduces in kind and negative thoughts definitely attract negative results.
Conversely, if a person thinks optimistically and hopefully, he activates life
around him positively and thereby attracts to himself positive results. His
positive thinking sets in motion creative forces, and success instead of eluding
him flows toward him.
-Norman Vincent Peale
STORY BEHIND THE PICTURE OF THE PRAYING HANDS
their seemingly hopeless condition, two of Albrecht Durer the Elder's children
had a dream.
down into the dangerous mines and, for the next four years, financed his
brother, whose work at the academy was almost an immediate sensation.
Albrecht's etchings, his woodcuts, and his
...no ...no." Finally, Albert rose and wiped the tears from his cheeks.
He glanced down the long table at the faces he loved, and then, holding
his hands close to his right cheek, he said softly, "No, brother. I cannot
go to Nuremberg. It is too late for me. Look ... look what four years in
the mines have done to my hands! The bones in every finger have been smashed
at least once, and lately I have been
450 years have passed. By now, Albrecht Durer's hundreds of masterful portraits,
pen and silver-point sketches, watercolors, charcoals, woodcuts, and copper
engravings hang in
One day, to pay homage to Albert for all that he had sacrificed, Albrecht Durer painstakingly drew his brother's abused hands with palms together and thin fingers stretched skyward. He called his powerful drawing simply "Hands," but the entire world almost immediately opened their hearts to his great masterpiece and renamed his tribute of love "The Praying Hands."
time you see a copy of that touching creation,take a second look. Let it
be your reminder, if
I can't help feeling a bit awed when I think that
Supreme Being Himself
is doing the
and who can guess
at the power involved
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
for spacious skies, (Deuteronomy 33:13).
There once was a King who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the
best picture of peace. Many artists tried.
The King looked at all the pictures, but there were only two he really liked
and he had to choose between them. One picture was of a calm lake. The lake
was a perfect mirror for peaceful towering mountains were all around it.
Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture
thought that it was a perfect picture of peace. The other picture had
mountains too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky from
which rain fell, and in which lightening played. Down the side of the
mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all. But
when the King looked, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a
crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in
the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest...
Which picture do you think won the prize?
The King chose the second picture.
Do you know why?
"Because," explained the King, "peace does not mean to be in a place where
there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of
all those things and still be calm in your heart.
That is the real meaning of peace.
Don't Punish Every Mistake
In one of my assignments as a young infantry
officer, I was sent to the 48th Infantry near Frankfurt, Germany. In those
days our prize weapon was a huge 280-mm atomic cannon. Guarded by infantry
platoons, these guns were hauled around the forests on trucks to keep the
Soviets from guessing
Welcome criticism just as you would welcome praise. No matter what you might
say or do there will always be those who are anxious to criticize. Generally,
it is a waste of time to refute the criticism of others. When you speak the
truth and act with integrity, you will be proven right in the end. So if the
criticism is unjustified, it will be discredited with or without your defense.
If the criticism is indeed justified, then your best course is to heed it
rather than to refute it. Criticism can hurt you only if you let it. Put
honest thought, effort, competence and commitment into your undertakings,
and the criticism of others will not matter. The negativity of your critics is
their problem, not yours. Focus on going forward in pursuit of your goals. Let
your critics enjoy the perverse pleasure of their negativity, while you move
right on past them.
President Calvin Coolidge once invited friends
from his hometown to dine at the White House.
May You Always Feel Loved
May you find serenity and tranquility
May the pain you have known
Always know that there are those
May you discover enough goodness in others
Remember the sunshine when the storm seems
May the teaching of those you admire
Remember, those whose lives you have touched
May you not become too concerned
Find time in each day to see the beauty
Realize that each person has limitless abilities,
What you may feel you lack in one regard
What you feel you lack in the present
May you see your future
Learn to view everything
May you find enough inner strength
May you always feel loved.
How To Be
1. Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.
the best of your circumstances. No one has everything, and everyone
take yourself too seriously. Don't think that somehow you should be
4. You can't please everybody. Don't let criticism worry you.
5. Don't let your neighbor set your standards. Be yourself.
6. Do the things you enjoy doing but stay out of debt.
7. Never borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than real ones.
hate poisons the soul, do not cherish jealousy, enmity, grudges.
9. Have many interests. If you can't travel, read about new places.
hold post-mortems. Don't spend your time brooding over sorrows or
11. Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself.
12. Keep busy at something. A busy person never has time to be unhappy.
ago, Norman Cousins was diagnosed as "terminally ill." He was given six
see the worry, depression and anger in his life contributed to, and perhaps
to make an experiment of himself. Laughter was one of the most positive
activities he knew. He rented all the funny movies he could find - Keaton,
His pain was so great he could not sleep. Laughing for 10 solid minutes, he found, relieved the pain for several hours so he could sleep.
recovered from his illness and lived another 20 happy, healthy and productive
think laughter is a waste of time. It is a luxury, they say, a frivolity,
Nothing could be further from the truth. Laughter is essential to our equilibrium, to our well-being, to our aliveness. If we're not well, laughter helps us get well; if we are well, laughter helps us stay that way.
ground-breaking subjective work, scientific studies have shown that
So, if you
like laughter, consider it sound medical advice to indulge in it as often
as you can.
makes you laugh - movies, sitcoms, Monty Python, records, books, New
permission to laugh - long and loud and out loud - whenever anything strikes
you as funny. The people around you may think you're strange, but sooner
or later they'll
may be contagious, but none is as contagious as the cure. . . laughter.
When I was
little, Dibby's cousin had a dog, just a mutt, and the dog was pregnant.
I don't know how long dogs are pregnant, but she was due to have her puppies
in about a week. She was out in the yard one day and got
ALL GOOD THINGS
He was in
the first, third grade class I taught at Saint Mary's School in Morris,
Minn. All 34
of students moved on. Several years later, after I returned from
I had never
seen a serviceman in a military coffin before. Mark looked so handsome,
so mature. All I could think at that moment was, Mark I would give
all the masking tape in the world if only you would talk to me. The
church was packed with Mark's friends. Chuck's sister sang "The
Battle Hymn of the Republic." Why did it have to rain on the
day of the funeral? It was difficult enough at the graveside.
The pastor said the usual prayers, and
lunch. Mark's mother and father were there, obviously waiting for me. "We want to show
you something," his father said, taking a wallet out of his pocket. "They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you might recognize it." Opening the billfold, he carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook paper that had obviously been taped, folded and
refolded many times. I knew without looking that the papers were the ones on which I had
listed all the good things each of Mark's classmates had said about him. "Thank you so
much for doing that," Mark's mother said. "As you can see, Mark treasured it." Mark's classmates started to gather around us. Charlie smiled rather sheepishly and said, "I still
have my list. It's in the top drawer of my desk at home. "Chuck's wife said, "Chuck asked
me to put his in our wedding album." "I have mine too, "Marilyn said. "It's in my diary."
Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out her wallet and
showed her worn and frazzled list to the group. "I carry this with me at all times," Vicki said without batting an eyelash. "I think we all saved our lists." That's when I finally sat down and cried. I cried for Mark and for all his friends who would never see him again. THE END
EMERGENCY NUMBERS TO REMEMBER
Let's plant a garden to last the year round. Let's use it's harvest all our days. Hope for a full harvest!!!!!
Plant 3 rows of Squash
1. Let us be faithful to duty
garden is complete without Turnips
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