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Do Not Leave For Tomorrow What You Can Do Today

“Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to what is present.” ~ Albert Camus …

Generosity is such a beautiful gift. It demands a measure of self-sacrifice, yet does not impoverish; rather, it enriches the soul of the giver. Real generosity springs forth from a heart full of mercy and love. And if we desire to give such a gift toward the future, we must give all that we are capable of in our lives right now–time, talents, gifts, love, compassion, forgiveness, mercy, friendship, help, assistance, hope, and faith. Continue reading

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Personal Standards

“Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be. If we do our best, we are a success.” ~ Zig Ziglar …

Perhaps you have heard the saying, “Winning isn’t everything, but the will to win is.” In so few words, legendary coach Vince Lombardi captured the essence of what it means to succeed in life. If we do the best we possibly can at something, then we have already succeeded regardless of the outcome or result. Our best efforts, the ones that push us forward and onward to the limits of our abilities, are what truly define success. And although wise individuals have told me this before throughout my younger years, I generally ignored it for the most part. Continue reading

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Happiness Is An Attitude, A Choice!

“There is no key to happiness, the door is always open.” ~ unattributed …

Happiness is there, waiting for us to discover it. There are no conditions or stipulations on it, for it does not care about your circumstances, nor where you reside. Happiness is indifferent to your accomplishments–it judges all equally. All it requires is a realization and acceptance by us. Continue reading

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Denial To Acceptance

“Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.” ~ Artur Rubinstein …

Most cultural views of what success is contradict Artur’s vision. Society generally tends to tell us that success has to be planned and created by dictating our lives, not by accepting what life brings to us without conditions. Thus, to accept his view, the majority of us would be required to redefine “success” in our lives. Yet perhaps this is a good thing; after all, most accepted views of success carry a high price tag with them–loss of friends, high blood pressure, heart disease, ulcers, cancer, fleeting happiness, loss of value and purpose in life, and so much more. So with weighing in the true costs, just who really has succeeded in life: the selfless person who has touched many lives in positive ways, or the selfish person who has made more money, gained more fame, or accumulated more pleasure? Which one of these individuals would I rather be on the day I die? Continue reading

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Value-Added Life

“We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it.” ~ Sir William Osler …

Taking from life is easy; but doing so will bring us no lasting happiness. That is because our journey in life is intended to be a selfless endeavor. And when we make adding positively to the lives of others our first priority, this truth becomes clearly evident to us through the happiness, fulfillment, and purpose we attain in return. Continue reading

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Hope Empowers Us

“Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within oneself the gift of miracles.” ~ Samuel Smiles …

Hope empowers us with all that is necessary to succeed in all our labors, and in every endeavor, we face in life. The decision to embrace hope is a choice to begin the necessary journey that lies ahead, and to do so in a way that recognizes our full potential in life. How often do we stop to really think about all that we could accomplish if we would simply believe in ourselves and then take that first step? Continue reading

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Divine Uniqueness

“As we grow as unique persons, we learn to respect the uniqueness of others.” ~ Robert Harold Schuller …

Each one of us holds an individual uniqueness, a divine fingerprint bestowed upon us from our Creator. And this wondrous quality, being not of man, empowers us beyond the reach of all other worldly creatures, to use our time here on Earth, and all our talents and abilities, in any way we so choose. But to come to fully respect this divine uniqueness in others, we must first come to embrace, understand, and grow in our own. Continue reading

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