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Ensure Your Attitude is Not akin to “A Flat Tire”

“A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can’t get anywhere you want to go until you change it.” – Michael Josephson

Difficulties in life are going to happen whether you like it or not. But if you embrace a bad attitude due to a difficulty in life, you most likely will not succeed in overcoming it. And much like a flat tire requires changing prior to driving on it, a poor attitude will limit your ability to move forward in life. Continue reading

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Fearlessly Engage Yourself In The Life Around You…

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” – Frank Herbert, Dune …

As Frank says, “I must not fear.” I should choose to face my fears, to experience them and then pass them by… but I must not allow fear to exist as a determining factor within my mind. If I am able to do so, my fear will no longer exist, its purpose expired, it will fade away, and “only I will remain.” Continue reading

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Find Value In Your Fears!

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” – C. JoyBell C. …

Obviously, there are some individuals out there who not only believe that we can live our lives free from fear, but that doing so will be healthy for us–for there are a number of books out there that cover topics on eliminating fear from our minds and removing it from our lives. But I feel removing it completely is not healthy at all; and here, we are given one simple way in which our fears benefit us–by adding worth to the things in our lives. Continue reading

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Overcome That Fear …

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela …

Fear is the great decider of men. For some of us… it drowns us into submission. For others… it is simply the catalyst for success, the motivation to conquer their fear and ultimately succeed. And as Nelson points out, true courage is not found in one who has no fear, but rather in one who has known fear, and then conquered that fear. Continue reading

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“Doubt” Is An Element Of “Faith”

“Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.” – Paul Tillich …

From time to time, I find myself facing a certain level of doubt. And what Paul is saying here is an important principle in understanding my journey through life: doubt is not only a normal part of life, but it is an essential part of faith. All too often, society teaches that if we have any disbelief in something, or if we fail to believe without question, then we have no faith. But nothing is further from the truth. Continue reading

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Laws Of Life…Written In Your Conscience

“The world does not stand or fall with discoveries or inventions, nor with the trample of armed hosts and the thunder of bombing planes. The world stands or falls with the laws of life which Heaven has written in the human conscience.” – Pierre Van Paasen …

Pierre tells us here that our conscience is the last hope for the survival of what is good in this world. New discoveries–like fetal stem cell therapy and cloning–will bring into question our morals; wars will be fought by both men with good and evil hearts; but none of these will ultimately determine if our would should stand or fall. It is in the “human conscience”–the hearts of mankind–where such determination lies.

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Selflessness Is A Virtue

“You can build walls all the way to the sky and I will find a way to fly above them. You can try to pin me down with a hundred thousand arms, but I will find a way to resist. And there are many of us out there, more than you think. People who refuse to stop believing. People who refuse to come to earth. People who love in a world without walls, people who love into hate, into refusal, against hope, and without fear.

I love you. Remember. They cannot take it.”

-Lauren Oliver, Delirium …

Society, and especially film, often portrays love as a deep desire for another soul–almost like a covetous or possessive desire… but that is so far away from what Lauren is talking about here. Here, we hear that love is not selfish, rather completely selfless. It flies above all obstacles placed before it; it builds no walls to keep others out; it knows no bounds, not even hate or refusal; it never gives up and it knows no fear. And most importantly, this kind of love comes from within, and cannot be taken from us–at least without our consent.

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Your “Full Measure”

“The full measure of a man is not to be found in the man himself, but in the colors and textures that come alive in others because of him.” – Albert Schweitzer …

Many of the things we accomplish during our lives will receive the recognition and thanks of others. Yet this is not always the case, for perhaps some of the greatest accomplishments of ours will never even be known, and that is ok. When we improve the lives of those around us, and succeed in making the world a better and more positive place for humanity, the “colors and textures” we add to life enrich the experience for us all.

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All Decisions Lead To Consequences–Good or Bad!

“The future depends on what you do today.” – Mahatma Gandhi. …

We must make our own decisions in life… whether those are the right ones, the wrong ones, those of failure and inactivity, or those where we are merely not concerned at all with the outcome. And all those decisions will lead to consequences–some good, others bad. Consequentially, as Mahatma points out here, the decisions I make today will help to forge my future. Continue reading

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Stand Up For What Is Right

“The only tyrant I accept in this world is the ‘still small voice’ within me. And even though I have to face the prospect of being a minority of one, I humbly believe I have the courage to be in such a hopeless minority.” – Mahatma Gandhi …

My experience tells me that Gandhi is right on here: we should always allow our conscience to rule over us with an iron fist. Our consciences are the voice of truth speaking within us. And although the rest of our being may falter or fail us… our hearts will not lead us astray. Therefore, even if we stand alone by listening to them, there is great value in having the courage to do so. Continue reading

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