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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Inspirations - Friday, December 30, 2016

Our capacity to draw happiness from aesthetic objects or material goods in fact seems critically dependent on our first satisfying a more important range of emotional or psychological needs, among them the need for understanding, for love, expression and respect.

Alain De Botton

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Inspirations - Thursday, December 29, 2016

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Inspirations - Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Instead of always harping on a man's faults, tell him of his virtues.  Try to pull him out of his rut of bad habits. Hold up to him his better self, his real self that can dare and do and win out.

Eleanor Porter (1868-1920) American Novelist

Monday, December 26, 2016

Inspirations - Tuesday, December 27, 2016

People tend to think of happiness as a stroke of luck, something that will descend like fine weather if you're fortunate. But happiness is the result of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it.  You have to participate relentlessly.

Elizabeth Gilbert

Inspirations - Monday, December 26, 2016

STOP! - Don’t take down the Christmas Tree yet; you haven’t opened all your GIFTS!

According to DeLores Pressley . . . "Personal power is a gift that often goes unopened."

DeLores Pressley - www.delorespressley.com

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Inspirations - Friday, December 23, 2016

Some will shout that you are not good enough. Listen instead to the whisper of the still small voice of your Creator.

Watch the video shared by Robert Thomas about Lindsey Stirling, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHeZKiiCMX8

Henry Ford - Author, Speaker, Consultant, Publisher of VISIONS Newsletter

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Inspirations - Thursday, December 22, 2016

There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.

Washington Irving (1783-1859) American Writer

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Inspirations - Wednesday, December 21, 2016

We must understand that upon those critics and cynics around us (and sometimes within us), the best revenge is massive success; or until the success comes, a GREAT BIG SMILE on the face and from the heart!

Henry Ford - Author, Speaker, Consultant, Publisher of VISIONS Newsletter

Monday, December 19, 2016

Inspirations - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

If successful people have one common trait, it's an utter lack of cynicism. The world owes them nothing. They go out and find what they need without asking for permission; they're driven, talented, and work through negatives by focusing on the positives.

Mike Zimmerman

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Inspirations - Monday, December 19, 2016

Given three requisites--means of existence, reasonable health, and an absorbing interest--those years beyond sixty can be the happiest and most satisfying of a lifetime.

Earnest Elmo Calkins

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Inspirations - Friday, December 16, 2016

We lift ourselves by our thought. We climb upon our vision of ourselves. If you want to enlarge your life, you must first enlarge your thought of it and of yourself. Hold the ideal of yourself as you long to be, always everywhere.

Orison Swett Marden
1850-1924, Inspirational Writer

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Inspirations - Thursday, December 15, 2016

The first person you are accountable to is yourself. It's imperative that you know what your key values are, because they set the standards for how you will do business.

Marilyn Strong
Author of Getting Paid to Pay Attention

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Inspirations - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Let's choose today to quench our thirst for the 'good life' we think others lead by acknowledging the good that already exists in our lives. We can then offer the universe the gift of our grateful hearts.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
Author of Simple Abundance

Monday, December 12, 2016

Inspirations - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Life is too short to waste. Dreams are fulfilled only through action, not through endless planning to take action.

David J. Schwartz
Trainer and Author

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Inspirations - Monday, December 12, 2016

I got a fortune cookie that said, 'To remember is to understand.' I have never forgotten it. A good judge remembers what it was like to be a lawyer. A good editor remembers being a writer. A good parent remembers what it was like to be a child.
Anna Quindlen

Author and Journalist

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Inspirations - Friday, December 9, 2016

"Everybody in America who didn't come over the Bering Strait ice bridge stole his land from somebody else."

P. J. O'Rourke

"Really P.J.?  Ever hear of a Slave Ship?"

Henry Ford - Author, Speaker, Consultant, Publisher of VISIONS Newsletter

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Inspirations - Thursday, December 8, 2016

I try to do the right thing at the right time. They may just be little things, but usually they make the difference between winning and losing.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – Professional Basketball Player

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Inspirations - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Remembering Pearl Harbor (75 years later)

I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve.

Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto after the attack on Pearl Harbor


The question to reflect upon is "Have recent events awakened you and filled you with resolve?"

Monday, December 5, 2016

Inspirations - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose.

John McEnroe – Professional Tennis Player and Sportscaster

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Inspirations - Monday, December 5, 2016

Christian, Jew, Muslim, shaman, Zoroastrian, stone, ground, mountain, river, each has a secret way of being with the mystery, unique and not to be judged.

Jalaluddin Rumi

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Inspirations - Friday, December 2, 2016

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.

Maya Angelou

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Inspirations - Thursday, December 1, 2016

One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.

Shannon L. Alder

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Inspirations - Friday, November 25, 2016

True joy is an attitude of gratefulness
I am honored to be in a family of people
Who are passionate about helping others
If serving others is beneath you
Then Leadership is beyond you

Harvey Alston

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Inspirations - Thursday, November 24, 2016

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.

Oprah Winfrey

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Inspirations - Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Inspirations - Wednesday, November 23, 2016

It is always “The other Guy” . . . until it is YOU!

As we attempt to distance ourselves from the plight of those who are in any way different than ourselves, I pray that we remember, reflect upon and consider the wisdom of these words:

”First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.”


Please note: The quotation stems from Niemöller's lectures during the early postwar period. Different versions of the quotation exist. These can be attributed to the fact that Niemöller spoke extemporaneously and in a number of settings.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Inspirations - Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder.

John F. Kennedy
35th U.S. President

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Inspirations - Monday, November 21, 2016

Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.

Mahatma Gandhi

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Inspirations - Friday, November 18, 2016

He who is different from me does not impoverish me - he enriches me. Our unity is constituted in something higher than ourselves - in Man... For no man seeks to hear his own echo, or to find his reflection in the glass.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Inspirations - Thursday, November 17, 2016

If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life's exciting variety, not something to fear.

Gene Roddenberry

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Inspirations - Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Never judge someone by the way he looks
Or a book by the way it's covered;
For inside those tattered pages,
There's a lot to be discovered.

Stephen Cosgrove

Monday, November 14, 2016

Inspirations - Tuesday, November 15, 2016

If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.

[Commencement Address at American University, June 10 1963] 

― John F. Kennedy

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Inspirations - Monday, November 14, 2016

Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.

Eleanor Roosevelt
Former 1st Lady of the United States

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Inspirations - Thursday, November 10, 2016

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

George Santayana
Philosopher, Essayist, Poet

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Inspirations - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.

Wallace Wattles – 1860-1911, Author

Monday, November 7, 2016

Inspirations - Tuesday, November 8, 2016

To those who can . . .
. . . because we cannot:
Medgar Evers. Michael Schwerner, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Rev. James Rebb, Viola Luiiuzzo, 4 little girls in a Birmingham Church, the other 109 victims of the Civil Rights Movement identified at the Civil Rights Memorial (and the ones not listed), the over  2,882,000 U.S. Military Veterans who died at war, the thousands who have died in support of workers’ rights, and all others who died supporting the belief that we all have value.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Inspirations - Monday, November 7, 2016

We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action. Fear is nature’s way of warning us to get busy.

Dr. Henry Link – Psychologist

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Inspirations - Friday, November 4, 2016

See yourself where you want to be and then be there. Don’t be in the past. Be there! Act like the person you want to become.

Bob Proctor – Speaker and Author

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Inspirations - Thursday, November 3, 2016

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.

Robert Green Ingersoll – 1833-1899, Lawyer and Politician

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Inspirations - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.

Albert Einstein – 1879-1955, Theoretical Physicist

Monday, October 31, 2016

Inspirations - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Goals aren’t to get. Goals are to grow.

Bob Proctor – Author and Speaker

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Inspirations - Monday, October 31, 2016

Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.

Mahatma Gandhi – 1869-1948, Indian Independence Leader

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Inspirations - Friday, October 28, 2016

Your imagination is either keeping you stuck or leading you to new territory. How are you using yours?

Sandy Gallagher – CEO of Proctor Gallagher Institute

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Inspirations - Thursday, October 27, 2016

Don’t be afraid to be unique or speak your mind, because that’s what makes you different from everyone else.

Dave Thomas – 1932-2002, Businessman and Philanthropist

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Inspirations - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The individual who only does enough work to get by seldom gets much more than “by.”

Napoleon Hill

Monday, October 24, 2016

Inspirations - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Just remember, when you think all is lost, the future remains.

Dr. Robert H. Goddard – 1882-1945
Engineer, Professor, and Physicist

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Inspirations - Monday, October 24, 2016

If you don’t fail now and again, it’s a sign you’re playing it safe.

Woody Allen – Actor and Director

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Inspirations - Friday, October 21, 2016

To sit back and let fate play its hand out and never influence it is not the way man was meant to operate.

John Glenn – Astronaut and U.S. Senator