Daily

“Prayer is not a last resource. It’s vital to all life; we ought not wait till trials arise through illness or through strife.” - Greta Zwaan

Defeat

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Risk Vs. Reward

Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The Greatest Thing

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself. - Michel de Montaigne

I’m still working on this.

Opinions

Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion. - Jack Kerouac

My opinions were never popular in my family. Not sure what that means…..lol.

Food for Thought

Our true nationality is mankind. - H.G. Wells

I love this quote. It’s our common denominator.

The Art of Inspiration

As we begin to become aware of our focus, it’s important to make sure we move it towards the positive, the inspirational.  I admit, when life throws me a curve ball, it can be difficult.  There are days it’s hard to see the good.  It’s in those times finding inspiration is indeed an art in and of itself.  It’s also a choice.  


“There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is though everything is a miracle.” - Albert Einstein

Choose to believe in miracles.  See everything as good.  Here are just a few more quotes and a few inspirational items to get you moving in the right direction.

“I do see value in music criticism.  Most of the criticism I have received over the years has been very good.” - Van Morrison

“Be happy not because everything is good but because you can see the good side of things.” - unknown

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” - Willie Nelson

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so let us all be thankful.” - Buddha

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God.” - Romans 8:28

Climbing that Mountain

As you begin to look back, it’s important to remember how far you’ve come as opposed to how far you have to go.  When you feel like you have a mountain standing in front of you, it can be daunting and quite overwhelming. 

In order for you to continue to believe that mountain is climbable, it is essential to encourage yourself along the way.  Looking at what you have accomplished, no matter how small the accomplishments are, will give you that boost to keep you going.  If you are an artist, it may even be necessary to get out photos of your old work and compare to your most recent work.  I bet you’ll be amazed at your development.

Be your own cheerleader.  Make a list of every accomplishment and review it from time to time.  When it comes to friends or even family, if there is someone who is not willing to cheer you on keep them at bay.  Negativity produces negativity.  If you do these things the mountain won’t seem so large.  

Postive Thoughts

Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, you life will start to change.-Unknown.

Who said it? Practically every overcomer. If you doesn’t come naturally for you, it’s not easy. It takes practice. I work on this every day in every situation. How do you stay positive?

Risks

If you take risks and face your fate with dignity, there is nothing you can do that makes you small; if you don’t take risks, there is nothing that can make you grand, nothing.-Nassim Nicholas Taleb

What will you be....

Begin now to be what you will be hereafter.-Saint Jerome

Today is a great day to begin again. It doesn’t matter how you start. It only matters how you finish. Get up. Try again.

What Lies Within

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. - Henry Stanley Haskins

Inner focus. Be still. Hear the breath.

Learning to see....

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. - Marcel Proust

People often pride themselves in being able to see the another person’s perspective. However, I find that most people simply take their own perspective to the other person’s vantage point. I believe Proust had it correct. We must begin to see with new eyes, and that takes knowing what it is you are focusing on. We tend to see only one side and we see that side over, and over, again.

Robert Downey, Jr. Quote

Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the @#%$ you were going to do anyway.-Robert Downey, Jr.

I’ve always admired Robert Downey, Jr.’s ability to turn his life around. It took courage. It took believing in himself. I find that more impressive than his talent. I also love they way the public eventually rallied around him and forgave him of his past. We need more of that.

Risk the Unusual

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. - Jim Rohn

Better than you were before

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. -Ernest Hemingway