Category Archives: Food For Thought

Embrace Determination To Accomplish Your Goals

“Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” ~Thomas Edison …

For much of my life I believed that inspiration was the key to success. I used to think writers were inspired with their words, that inventors and scientists where inspired with new inventions and discoveries, and that those who attained wealth, power, or fame, did so through some special inspiration that they came to discover. But as Thomas points out… the reality is much better. We do not need any “special” inspiration in our lives… all that is necessary is determination and a little elbow grease. Continue reading

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Face Your Challenges With An Open And Willing Heart

“Sometimes God does not change your situation, because He is trying to change your heart.” ~Unknown …

I can recall times in my life, in which I had asked God for a specific outcome to a situation that never did happen. Of course, this left me feeling a little let down. But as time went on, I began to realize that by not getting what I had hoped for, I had been given the chance to gain something else that was necessary for my personal growth–perseverance, integrity, faith, hope, humility… and the list goes on. Every time I felt that I knew what I needed, I have found that not only did I manage without receiving it exactly as I had asked, but that I had been given an opportunity to discover necessary growth for my journey through life. Continue reading

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Find Things That You Enjoy

“There is one thing we can do, and the happiest people are those who do it to the limit of their ability. We can be completely present. We can be all here. We can give all our attention to the opportunity before us.” ~Mark van Doren …

Being completely present is the swiss army knife of living life fully. When we can be all here and fully present, we can experience life in all its glory–the ups and downs, the laughter and the tears, the heartfelt relationships. And when we are “all here,” we can give all our attention, all our purpose, all our energy, into making the most out of the opportunities that lie before us at that very moment. Continue reading

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Spread Cheerfulness!

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” ~Mark Twain …

Perhaps your day is not going so well–this happens to everyone from time to time. Your mood is sour, your focus is set on the negative in your life, and you are really having a difficult time cheering yourself up. It is kind of like tickling yourself–when you know it is coming, it really does not work. Maybe you could cheer someone else up. After all, it is hard to remain sour when in the presence of others who are cheerful.
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Calmness Amid Storm

“Sometimes God calms the storm, but sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child.” ~Leslie Gould …

We often times pray to God to rescue us or to help us avoid the storms in our lives. Sometimes he does “calm the storm.” Other times, he does much more… he calms us. Continue reading

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Beauty Excites The Soul

“Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.” ~Edgar Allan Poe …

Do I possess a sensitive soul? Perhaps, as Edgar points out here, I can answer this question by looking at how I react to the beauty that surrounds me. Do I notice it? Do I allow myself the chance to become aware of it? If I do, it seems to me that Edgar is telling me that this beauty will become emotionally apparent to me. Continue reading

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“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” ~Saint Augustine…

It does not matter where our beliefs in life reside, God loves us all, and He loves us all unconditionally, equally, and uniquely. This is such a wonderful and profound truth to discover, for it validates our worth as a spiritual being, as well as our value to humanity. Continue reading

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16 October 2014 · 7:00 AM