Archive for the ‘Daily Quotes’ Category

August 4 Quote of the Day

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you.

Clement Stone


It is interesting to note that the man who made this statement grew up in poverty. His father died when he was young leaving him to be raised by a single mom. He was born into poverty but he didn’t choose to stay there.  None of us have to choose to stay in an environment that is toxic. All of us here in America are free to decide to change our environment. It might not be easy. It couldn’t have been easy for a six-year-old W. Clement Stone to sell newspapers on street corners but he did it. It takes effort and determination to remove ourselves from negative situations. Like a mountain climber trying to reach the peak, we must focus on the goal. We have to see past the muscle pain, the exhaustion, the cold and discomfort to reach the top.

The environment in which we find ourselves doesn’t have to be the environment in which we choose to live. If the environment you currently live in isn’t the one you want for yourself, visualize the environment you want.  Then go get it!


August 3 Quote of the Day

Friday, September 13th, 2013

We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.
Harrison Ford


Unplanned changes can range from being simply annoying to outright catastrophic. Rarely do we welcome them with open arms. Our lives are comfortable the way they are.  Or, at least, we’ve become used to the way they are and we don’t like to be jostled out of our nice, little routine.  When the jostling is a major change – like losing your job – the stress can be overwhelming.

Keep in mind that any change, no matter how stressful, can be for the better. Look on it as a second chance to move your life in the direction you always wanted to go.  Then get up and move yourself.

August 6 Quote of theDay

Friday, September 13th, 2013

The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.
Ben Stein

Do you feel like life is passing you by? Does it feel like life is hard? Do you wish that things could be better? Maybe the problem is simply that you have never taken the time to decide what you actually want. Define your goals.  Look at each factor of your life and ask how you want it to be.  Then sit down and make a plan for getting just what you want.

July 28 Daily Quote

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

We live in a world where we are encouraged to report any instance of wrongdoing we may see to some governmental authority.. Seldom are we encouraged to reach out and try to reclaim the lives of those doing wrong. I am thinking today of families who are being torn apart by self-appointed saviors of the world who can’t help but can only complain. These people complain about minor childcare lapses but don’t reach out to help the overburdened parent who loves these children but can’t always do as much as they would like. They complain about neighbors who don’t keep their homes and yards as nicely as others but can’t reach out to help the sick or elderly neighbor. Where darkness cannot drive out darkness, neither can complaining about child neglect stop the neglect. Only reaching out to relieve the wrong can do that. Just as hate cannot drive out hate, neither can uncaring attitudes mow the lawns of the elderly neighbor. Only your willingness to personally step up and be counted can do that. It is time we stop our self-righteous determination to report all wrongs to some authority. It is time we recognize that we have both the ability and the duty to right some of these wrongs. Our most important task in life is not to earn a paycheck or to gain creature comforts. The most important thing we can do is to assist others not as fortunate as ourselves.

August 2 Quote of the Day

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Older people shouldn’t eat health food.  They need all the preservatives they can get.
Robert Orben

Given the sheer numbers of friends and relatives I know who are jumping aboard the Michelle Obama health-food bandwagon, I may never be allowed to eat a good old-fashioned cookie or Big Mac again without first submitting to a lecture of some kind. Happily, this quote came to my attention. With all the preservatives I have eaten over the years, I’ve probably added ten years to my life.

If I continue to be diligent in my eating habits, I’ll be sailing past that century mark happily munching on fries and Snickers bars.


August 1 Quote of the Day

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.
Desmond Tutu

There are a lot of quotes to be had that inform us of the undesirability of family. These quotes all seem to indicate that family members are people to be endured but rarely enjoyed. There are times when every one of us can sympathize with that sentiment.

That being said, I think it might be time to take a moment to stop and look at your family member as a gift from God.  No fair thinking thoughts like, ‘God has a terrible sense of humor’; or ‘I guess it’s the thought that counts’. Take the time to remember the fun you had with that person when you were children.

Remember a few times when you expressed love for one another. Remember when that person helped you or affirmed you in some way.  That person was a gift to you as you are to them. Do the best you can to make sure you’re the gift God intended.  When sometimes the hurt they cause doesn’t look like a gift, take a little time to think of the times they were the perfect gift.


July 30 Quote of the Day

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.
Brian Tracy


Just a little thought to remind you to take some time each day to relax and rejuvenate. For some a nice warm,  bubble bath.  For some a few minutes reading the paper. For others,  just some alone time in their favorite thinking spot. Whatever does it for you, make it a ritual each day. Calm your mind.  Get everything placed neatly on the balance beam of your life.  It is only then that you can face each part of your life with the quality of care you most want to show.



June 28 Daily Quote

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
John Muir


Find the spot where you can seek peace. Don’t stop searching until you know where it is. Then go there often. In a world as hectic as ours, a place where peace is for you, will renew your spirit and allow you to be mentally ready to meet each day. Without taking those few minutes in your special spot, the chaos of everyday life can soon bring bruises and bleeding to your body and soul. That place of peace can apply the salve that heals the soul.  Life is easier to face when you’re not in pain.

June 27 Daily Quote

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

If you’re in trouble, or hurt or need – go to the poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help – the only ones.
John Steinbeck



While Mr. Steinbeck may be wrong in saying the poor are the only ones who will help, he is right in assuming they are the most likely ones to help. The poor people struggle through life on all levels. Not just financial ones.

As a result, they are better able to understand need. Those with plenty of resources don’t understand need. Marie Antoinette saying ‘let them eat cake’ in response to complaints that the poor didn’t have bread is a good example. While it may be a myth that she actually said this, it illustrates the lack of understanding rich people have. So you’re out of bread? Well eat your cake! She failed to understand that cake didn’t exist to the poor. Bread was a luxury. This applies today as well even though we have better news coverage informing us of needs worldwide. The rich routinely give to charities believing – and rightfully so – that they are helping. But if someone who had a need were to approach them, they wouldn’t understand. You need money? Get a job! Getting a job isn’t always easy especially for those raised in poverty where education was sporadic.

I would like to see a world where each of us who live in suburbia America spend some time volunteering at the local food bank, or the food kitchen or a local shelter. Or possibly work as a Big Brother or Big Sister. Mostly I would just like to see a world where those with means spent some time interacting with those who live in poverty. Not only would it open our eyes but it would bring a little light to those who struggle to get by in life.

I think, once we knew, we would be more likely to assist others in ways we haven’t in the past. Or, at least, I hope we would.

May 23 Quote of the Day

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.
Franz Kafka

You have all the tools available to you to accomplish whatever you want in this life. The problem is that we, too often, want someone else to do the work. The tools were given to us. Not someone else. Use them!