Blog quote #1141... "Nothing is ever lost by courtesy. It is the cheapest of pleasures, costs nothing, and conveys much. It pleases him who gives and receives and thus, like mercy, is twice blessed." -Erastus Wiman-
Not much more to add here other than two questions...
Why don't we all practice courtesy more often? And how did we get away from it and move toward rudeness and general cluelessness- which are both repugnant?
Blog quote #1136... "God could not be everywhere, and therefore, he made mothers." -Rudyard Kipling-
Technically not true as the almighty is everywhere and everything, yet Kipling's statement gives us an idea of the importance of Mothers. Their love, teaching, wisdom, patience, and overall help in getting us from the womb to who we are today, cannot be understated.
Thanks to all Moms everywhere, for being awesome. Happy Mother's Day
Blog quote #1129... "When you shoot an arrow of truth, dip its point in honey." -Arabic proverb-
Boy did this one slap me in the face. Anyone who knows me is aware that I like honest conversations and strongly prefer to really know the truth of what people think. BS, half truths, and not really saying what is on your mind might be convenient immediately, but long term only leads to destruction and further problems.
With that stated, my mom used to always say "You can say anything you want to anyone, as long as you say it in a nice way." Anyone else get much from this quote?
Blog quote #1125... "Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don't. They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever." -Philip Adams-
How great is this quote? People get complacent and after a while just take life for granted. Every day is its own mystery, surprise, and treat. Each day is also limited and finite in number bestowed upon us.
Quick point. If the average lifespan is 80 years old then we get an average of 29200 days to live. If we are 50 years old, we've lived 18250 days. That means on average, only 10950 days remain. Better start living! The sooner we realize that, the better.
Blog quote #1124... "Necessity may well be called the mother of invention, but calamity is the test of integrity." -Samuel Richardson-
It's easy being a good person when things are going well. When the chips get down or a rough spell comes upon us is when the true character of people will either shine or go bromidic. Superb observation here by Mr Richardson.
Blog quote #1122... "Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death." -General Omar Bradley-
Wait a minute. At first blush doesn't this seem a tad twisted up? Don't we associate bravery with being tough, not scared, will do/try anything?
Perhaps one and three above are valid, but even the bravest of people have fears. What makes them brave is that they press on and just push through their fears, not letting them bring things to a screeching halt.
Food for thought on 'fear.' Look it in the eye and push through it. You'll be amazed how much bigger and stronger you are than your fears.
Blog quote #1118... "Growth, character, and enjoyment of life comes from our mistakes. A child that is not permitted to fall will never learn to walk, for walking is a succession of fails." -Dr.Frank Crane-
Mistakes, trials and errors, testing the waters, and pushing ourselves beyond comfort zones. That is how most of us educate, grow, and improve.
The people that aren't making mistakes and trying anything new, likely aren't learning much or advancing themselves.
Blog quote #1115... "In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit." -Albert Schweitzer-
Anyone give you a lift or a pick me up as of late? If not give a shout out to the Grand Poobah of Smiles. If I can help you a bit, I will...
Blog quote #1111... "It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels." -Saint Augustine-
Anyone know of a better character trait to have than humility? Obviously, this is debateable, but a humble person is usually a well liked and welcome guest anywhere, anytime.
As an FYI--It is said when you see a group of 1's such as 11 or 111 or 1111, the angels are near. This is good. Something to just be aware of. As of late, I see them everywhere. On the alarm clock, mile markers, signs,scoreboards--it's incredible. Quite comforting as well. Have a blessed day.
Blog quote #1106... "It is impossible not to feel good about yourself, if you make someone else smile." -Enzo D'Alimonte-
Always a good goal in life is to help others smile more,as it seems the world has gotten much, much too serious. Once we leave the kid stage, grins seem to get replaced with stress, fear, anger, and a bunch of other dare I say...nonsense.
Lighten up everyone, and do your best to get another to smile.
Blog quote #1104... "It's a really poor day when you can't learn something new." -Mrs. Ryan-
Here's to continuous learning, character development, self improvement and personal development. If you are living and breathing, you can still be learning.
Coach John Wooden was known to be reading a book a week, well into his 90's. He said "When you are through learning, you are through." And of all the people we've been introduced to in the world- Wooden was one heck of a good example Thanks Mrs. Ryan, for the reminder.
Blog quote #1103... "It is wonderful how you get used to things, even the most astonishing." -Edith Nesbit-
Or is it so wonderful?
That beautiful sunset. A luxuriously soft bed. A wonderful friend. A reliable car. A faithful dog. Given enough exposure, and/ or repetition, complacency can tend to set in, until the whatever it is we see all the time or are 'used to,' gets removed.
Thus, the constant need--every single day--to give thanks, gratitude, and appreciation for all that life gives us. Regardless of large or small, significant or insignificant-never get so complacent that we take for granted the numerous blessings we all have.
Blog quote #1102... "Make it a rule to never lie down at night without being able to say "I have made one human being at least a little wiser, a little happier, or a little better this day." -Charles Kingsley-
What a noble goal. If each of us could do this every day, can you imagine how much improved the world would be, and also, how much better you and I would feel? Think it's worth giving a shot?
Blog quote #1099... "If you would not have affliction visit you twice, listen at once to what it teaches." -James Burgh-
We took this as life lessons and mistakes will keep coming back at us until we actually learn from them. Pay attention. Improve from experience. Be cognizant with lessons that are being taught to us, via pain, adversity, and/or challenges.
Blog quote #1094... "Ideas are like pizza dough: made to be tossed around." -Anna Quindlen-
If you have an idea be sure to write it down so you don't forget it. Then, when the timing is right (could be immediate, soon, or held for a bit) be sure to share it with others. Kick it around, run it by a few people, toss it out there like a pizza pie as the author suggests.
One never knows when an idea's time has come. And like there is no such thing as a dumb question, there are no such things as bad ideas- just different viewpoints and opinions.
Worst thing is when you see your held in idea out in the world somewhere and you say, "Man, I thought of that, I just didn't share it or follow through on it." Let's make sure that doesn't happen. Got an idea? Let's hear it...
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