Monthly Archives: November 2013

A Pauper Can Give Like A Prince

“You do not have to be rich to be generous. If you have the spirit of true generosity, a pauper can give like a prince.” – Corinne U. Wells

Many of us feel that if we had more money, we would be more generous. Perhaps this can be contributed to how society typically relates generosity to financial gifts. This is not the case, however, for we can give on many levels. Generosity is not measured by the amounts we give, but by the ways in which we give. It is the spirit behind the giving that determines the true level of our generosity, and that is important to keep in mind.

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Rediscover Yourself

“Emptiness is a symptom that you are not living creatively. You either have no goal that is important enough to you, or you are not using your talents and efforts in striving toward an important goal.” – Maxwell Maltz

As Maxwell puts it, emptiness is a symptom of choice–whether or not we are working towards something that is important to us or not. Many things may make it difficult for us to find the opportunity to be creative and daring, like our jobs or our commitments, however, we do not have to live our whole lives at our jobs, and our commitments will only require a portion of our time. After all, life is about giving and sharing, and it is important that we find every opportunity that we can to do so, or we will find ourselves in the company of the emptiness that Maxwell is talking about.

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Choose To Have A Positive Attitude Always

“You’re not going to make me have a bad day. If there’s oxygen on earth and I’m breathing, it’s going to be a good day.” – Cotton Fitzsimmons

I tend to enjoy perspectives such as Cotton’s here. For our happiness is truly dependent upon our attitudes in life. No one else has the power to ruin our day, unless of course, we give that power to them. I have experienced plenty of situations in which others have attempted to ruin my day. At first, I used to let them ruin it, and bring me down into a negative mood. I finally realized, however, that my awful feelings were not due to the actions themselves–they were simply my reactions to those actions. In other words, others made me make my own day miserable.
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Reflect Upon Whom You Are… And Accept

“Change seems to happen when you have abandoned the chase after what you want to be, or think you should be, and have accepted–and fully experienced–what you are.” – Janette Ramwater

At some point along the way, most of us develop an idea of our ideal selves, the person that we should be in order to be perfectly acceptable to everyone all the time. We think that if we can just achieve that self, then everything else will fall into place. Thus, many of us go about trying to make our lives what we think they should be for us to become those ideal selves. What Janette is telling us here is that if we give up the chase to be this ideal self, and accept just who we are right now, we will find the positive change that we are truly seeking for in life.
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Don’t Wander Away

“Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles and begin to wander away from the road that leads to their realization.” – Jawaharlal Nehru

This could potentially be a wake-up call to many of us, a summons to redefine “failure” in our lives. As Jawaharlal states here, failure is not necessarily a lack of success in doing things that other people think we should do. Nor does it lie in failing to live up to the expectations of others. If either of these things occur, then it is simply a lack of success, and an opportunity for us to learn from the experience. Jawaharlal tells us that failure is much deeper than this; it is when we stop being authentic, when we stop being true to ourselves, our values, and our integrity.

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Take Steps To Further Your Dreams

“Too many dreams are cast by the wayside in deference to opinion and tradition.” – Alan Cohen

Too many–this is absolutely true. How many people have given up on their ideas of doing certain jobs or pursuing certain careers because men or women just do not do that kind of work, or because they were going to go into their father’s line of work, or because they were told that it is a stupid job and they will never make anything of themselves doing it? How many potentially wonderful novelists or poets have not written a word because some ignorant someone told them they did not stand a chance of being published?

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Stay Aware…Yell For Help If You Need It

“My only advice is to stay aware, listen carefully, and yell for help if you need it.” – Judy Blume

Sometimes in life we are overwhelmed with advice from the people and things around us. Judy, on the other hand, gives us some very limited, yet very good advice here: to be aware in life, to listen carefully, and to seek help when necessary.

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