Do. Or Do Not.

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda I have noticed a subtle and important difference in how people with little confidence in themselves use language compared with people who have confidence. When faced with a task they have never done before, a less confident person often will say “I will try toContinue reading “Do. Or Do Not.”

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Thoughts are things

“Every thought sets the fulfillment of its desire in motion in Mind, and Mind sees the thing as already done.” – Ernest Holmes My mother was fond of saying “thoughts are things.” (This is also the title of a book about the power of thought written by Prentice Mulford more than 100 years ago.) GrowingContinue reading “Thoughts are things”

Everything in moderation

“Everything in moderation. Nothing in excess.” – Socrates I’ve learned that it’s fine for me to indulge in my guilty pleasures: chocolate, silly television programs, pizza and cold beer, sleeping late, or a hundred other fun and enjoyable experiences. I also spend a lot of time on more serious pursuits: working, studying, exercising and a myriadContinue reading “Everything in moderation”

Enjoy the healing power of nature

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.” – Anne Frank   A little time spent outdoors can be restorative and healing. At leastContinue reading “Enjoy the healing power of nature”

Love might be right in front of you

“Love is friendship that has caught fire.” – Jeremy Taylor Popular culture often romanticizes falling in love. The fantasy is that you see a stranger across a crowded room, flash a smile, and know instantly in your heart that you’ve found the love of your life. Does love at first sight really happen? Perhaps. YetContinue reading “Love might be right in front of you”

Will you choose the window or the mirror?

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. – Harry S. Truman       In his book Good to Great, author Jim Collins outlines what he calls the Window and the Mirror model of leadership. To paraphrase, Collins says that when something positive happens in yourContinue reading “Will you choose the window or the mirror?”

Live for more than yourself

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Few things are more rewarding than helping someone in need. At times, focusing on others seems difficult because we are so consumed with taking care ofContinue reading “Live for more than yourself”

Be true to yourself

“To be nobody but yourself  in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” – E. E. Cummings My daughter has no shortage of people who offer her advice. Fortunately, mostContinue reading “Be true to yourself”