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Stay the Course

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

The following came across my desk from a website named "Simple Truths" this morning

Staying the Course
By BJ Gallagher

Our journey of life is about progress,
not perfection.
It's not about doing one thing
100% better -
it's a matter of doing 100 things,
1% better each day.

Progress is evolutionary
not revolutionary,
and most days we measure our progress
in inches,
not miles.

What matters most
is showing up for your life
whether you feel like it
or not.

Ask yourself,
"What two or three little things
can I do today
that would move me forward?"

You'll be amazed
at how much distance
you can cover
by taking it in increments.

The little things add up;
the inches turn to miles;
and we string together our efforts
like so many pearls.
Before long,
look what you have -
a whole strand!

Ah... beautiful.

  


Be Grateful

Friday, June 05, 2009

Into every life a little rain must fall but as God, marvelously portrayed by George Burns in "Oh God!" said "I created the rain so you would appreciate the sunshine".

We lost my father-in-law yesterday evening but he had had a full life approaching ninety years and he experiences a peaceful and dignified death. I received an e-mail from a grammar school classmate this morning which could not have been more timely.

'To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.' When God takes something from your grasp, He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better. Concentrate on this sentence... 'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.' Something good will happen to you today; something that you have been waiting to hear.

Be grateful.

  
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NANCY- 6/7/2009 12:22PM

    Your amazing spirit continues to shine through this time of loss. Just wanted you to know you are in my thoughts.

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Respect the truth, lies travel fast!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Winston Churchill said "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on"

The truth is a great friend. It is a powerful friend but one which must be respected and honored. The truth will make your life markedly simpler. If you tell the truth, you only have to remember what happened. If you choose to embellish or stretch the truth or even outright lie, you not only have to remember what happened but also what you said happened and who you said it to. This is a lot of extra work.

Not only does a lie travel fast, it seems to have unwarranted power. It seems the truth must be told five times to offset one lie. This is because oftentimes, lies are what the speaker perceives as what the listener wants to hear. This being the case, the listener chooses to ignore the truth when it is presented to him.

One of the catch phrases for the past several years is to "simplify you life" respecting the truth and telling the truth is a great simplifier.

  


Well done is better than well said

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

The title is a quotation fro Benjamin Franklin, one of our founding fathers and a purveyor of good ideas.

It is not hard to talk a good game as they say. It reminds me of a story about two men who were talking and one says "That Joe is amazing. He said he ran a mile this morning!" The second man asks "Couldn't you say the same thing?" The first man is astonished and says "There is no way I could run that far". To which the second man replies "That wasn't the question. I asked if you couldn't say the same thing, not do the act"

This underscores the point. It is easy to talk about an accomplishment or a plan but it is much more difficult to actually accomplish the feat. The lasting effects of the accomplishment remain long after the sweet sound of the words has faded.

Well done is better than well said

  


Live in the now!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

"Yesterday is a memory and tomorrow is a dream but today, well lived, will make every yesterday a happy memory and every tomorrow a dream of hope."
The Sanskrit

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones that you did do. So throw off the bowlines and sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream. Discover"
Mark Twain

"I don't have anything more to say about that."
Forest Gump

  
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DRAMAGIRL42 6/2/2009 11:52AM

    I saw the title of your post and I honestly thought it was going to have a "Wayne's World" theme. :p

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