JOHNMARTINMILES's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JOHNMARTINMILES JOHNMARTINMILES's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Make the World Better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226104 <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <BR> Don't spend your precious time asking "Why isn't the world a better place?" It will only be time wasted. The question to ask is "How can I make it better?" To that there is an answer. <BR> ~ Leo Buscaglia <BR> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <BR> <BR> John Wooden, UCLA basketball coach said that we cannot al... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:17:16 EST Love Yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225284 <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <BR> Love yourself - accept yourself - forgive yourself - and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things. <BR> ~ Leo Buscaglia <BR> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> In one of his lectures, Dr. Buscaglia expounds on the principal reason you should love yourself. "If yo... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:14:25 EST Live For Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224759 <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <BR> "Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude." <BR> - Denis Waitley <BR> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <BR> <BR> "Happiness is not the destination, it is the journey" ~ Wayne Dyer <BR> <BR> Once... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:56:22 EST Cast Your Bread Upon the Waters! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224255 <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <BR> The more credit you give away, the more will come back to you. The more you help others, the more they will want to help you. <BR> ~Brian Tracy <BR> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <BR> <BR> Cast your bread upon the waters and it shall return to you a hundredfold (or is it a thousandfold? Doesn't matter, a h... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:20:21 EST Embrace Failure! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223664 <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <BR> "Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing." <BR> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> How often do we hear that someone is paralyzed by fear of failure? ... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:23:11 EST Like a Forest Fire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223084 <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <BR> "Get excited and enthusiastic about your own dream. This excitement is like a forest fire - you can smell it, taste it, and see it from a mile away" <BR> ~Denis Waitley <BR> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> "You gotta have a dream cuz if you no gotta dream, how you gunna have a dream come tru... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:09:49 EST Tempus Fugit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222400 <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <BR> "The bad news is time flies. The good news is you are the pilot" <BR> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Imagine that every morning at one second past midnight you were given $1440.00 and told that you could spend that money any way you wanted but that at midnight, whatever was left woul... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:18:50 EST On Doing It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221911 <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <BR> "I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do." <BR> - Leonardo da Vinci <BR> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> Pretty provocative title. huh? Sorry, it's not about doing that but it is about doing everything else. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 11:08:49 EST Forces http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221583 <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <BR> There are two big forces at work, external and internal. We have very little control over external forces such as tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, disasters, illness and pain. <BR> ~ Leo Buscaglia <BR> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <BR> <BR> We spend so much time concentrating on and worrying about the extern... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 18:48:49 EST Knowledge is Power! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220796 <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <BR> Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society. <BR> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <BR> <BR> Knowledge is indeed power. <BR> <BR> In the April 1082 issue of Su... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:57:21 EST Life Is ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220222 <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <BR> "Life is a song - sing it. Life is a game - play it. Life is a challenge - meet it. Life is a dream - realize it. Life is a sacrifice - offer it. Life is love - enjoy it." -Sai Baba <BR> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Great life advice. This continues on my theme that there is good in all things seemingly bad. This... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 09:28:23 EST Good News and Bad News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219619 <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <BR> The trouble with most of us is that we'd rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism. <BR> ~ Norman Vincent Peale <BR> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I am reminded of the minion who reports to his boss that he has some good news and some bad news. The boss says give me the bad ... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:25:34 EST On Being Nice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218922 <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <BR> Whatever else you do today, find somebody to be nice to. <BR> ~Ludlow Porch <BR> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Ludlow Porch was an irreverent radio talk show host beginning in the '70's and continuing until his death in the mid 2000's. Ludlow never took anything very seriously, inclu... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:36:25 EST Control! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218277 You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you. ~Brian Tracy <BR> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 10:04:35 EST The End of the Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217760 Today I will be attending the family "end of summer" (sort of) barbecue. I am the chef. <BR> <BR> The local school board has the seasons all skewed. School starts the beginning of August, Labor Day is the beginning of September, it stays hot until the first of October. I don't know when summer really ends, I guess at the first snowfall but whatever, the barbecue is today. Chicken, ribs, brunswick stew a redneck's delight! Sun, 14 Aug 2016 11:21:51 EST The Jamboree is Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217188 Headed for the GFL pre-season jamboree! <BR> Youth football rocks! <BR> Sat, 13 Aug 2016 09:59:58 EST An Attitude of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216661 Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation <BR> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:53:58 EST Keep On Keeping On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216127 "Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all." -Dale Carnegie <BR> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:18:44 EST Defeat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215441 "Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson om how to improve your performance next time" ~ Og Mandino <BR> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 09:28:04 EST Tough Times? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214975 "Tough times never last. Tough people do!" <BR> ~ Robert H. Schuller Tue, 9 Aug 2016 13:47:29 EST Count Your Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214243 "Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward into the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence." <BR> Og Mandino Mon, 8 Aug 2016 10:24:06 EST Count Your Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214241 "Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward into the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence." <BR> Og Mandino Mon, 8 Aug 2016 10:21:30 EST A Lazy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213584 Headed out to the ball-yard to watch my granddaughter play softball for the middle school. Then, if the game is over early enough and it doesn't rain, the yard needs mowing. I am hoping for long games and early showers. LOL Sun, 7 Aug 2016 07:56:43 EST A P:uppet No More http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213401 We are no longer puppets being manipulated by outside powerful forces: we become the powerful force ourselves. <BR> Leo Buscaglia <BR> Sat, 6 Aug 2016 19:35:30 EST Bootstrapping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212674 Everyone who achieves success in a great venture, solves each problem as they came to it. They helped themselves. And they were helped through powers known and unknown to them at the time they set out Fri, 5 Aug 2016 10:01:33 EST Where is Success Hiding? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212053 We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes. We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn't. Success lies on the other side of failure Thu, 4 Aug 2016 09:51:06 EST Learning and Playing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211542 It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them. Leo Buscaglia <BR> Wed, 3 Aug 2016 11:40:43 EST On Forgiveness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210912 To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. <BR> ~ Lewis B. Smedes <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Aug 2016 10:35:24 EST Do Not Waste Time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210251 Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time... It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other. Leo Buscaglia <BR> Mon, 1 Aug 2016 09:41:49 EST Close But Not Too Close http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209699 Don't smother each other. No one can grow in the shade. <BR> Leo Buscaglia <BR> Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:36:31 EST A Puppet No Longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209342 We are no longer puppets being manipulated by outside powerful forces: we become the powerful force ourselves. <BR> Leo Buscaglia <BR> <BR> I was never a puppet on a string dancing to whatever tune the pezzo novante wanted <BR> ~ Vito Corleone <BR> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 15:50:18 EST A Puppet No Longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209341 We are no longer puppets being manipulated by outside powerful forces: we become the powerful force ourselves. <BR> Leo Buscaglia <BR> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 15:49:09 EST Count Your Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208682 "Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward to the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence." <BR> ~ Og Mandino <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:21:39 EST Defeat? - I think not! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208094 "Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time." <BR> ~ Og Mandino <BR> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:54:12 EST Random Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207525 These from one of my high school classmates: <BR> <BR> Did You Know ? <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Your shoes are the first thing people subconsciously notice about <BR> you. Wear nice shoes. <BR> <BR> 2. If you sit for more than 11 hours a day, there's a 50% chance <BR> you'll die within the next 3 years. <BR> <BR> 3. There are at least 6 people in the world who look exactly like you. <BR> There's a 9% chance that you'll meet one of them in your lifetime. <BR> <BR> 4. Sleeping without a pillow re... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:47:51 EST Beginning Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206947 "Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do so with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again." <BR> ~ Og Mandino <BR> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:21:04 EST The Choice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206337 When you get up in the morning you have two choices _ either to be happy or to be unhappy. Just Choose to be happy. <BR> ~ Norman Vincent Peale <BR> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:10:01 EST Successfule People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205765 The difference between a successful person & others is not a lack of strength, lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. ~Vince Lombardi Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:19:14 EST Get or Become http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205261 "What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Sat, 23 Jul 2016 09:17:07 EST Defeat Leads to Improvement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204951 "Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson om how to improve your performance next time" <BR> ~ Og Mandino <BR> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:32:51 EST Defeat and Heartbreak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204251 "Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time" <BR> ~ Og Mandino <BR> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:52:37 EST Seeming Opposites http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203672 "Remind thyself, in the darkest moments, that every failure is only a step toward success, every detection of what is false directs you toward what is true, every trial exhausts some tempting form of error, and every adversity will only hide for a time, your path to peace and fulfillment." <BR> ~ Og Mandino <BR> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:45:32 EST Light and Dark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203107 "I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars" <BR> ~ Og Mandino <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:09:40 EST A Successful Combination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202517 "Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success" ~Napoleon Hill <BR> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:13:56 EST Failure? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201929 “Edison failed 10, 000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.” <BR> <BR> Napoleon Hill <BR> <BR> Sun, 17 Jul 2016 10:32:44 EST Self Discipline http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201377 “Self-disciplined begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don't control what you think, you can't control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward.” <BR> ~ Napoleon Hill <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 Jul 2016 09:34:54 EST Giving and Getting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200865 "It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed." <BR> Napoleon Hill <BR> <BR> "You give before you get" <BR> Napoleon Hill <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:52:53 EST Second Best http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200310 "We all end up doing what we are second best at" <BR> ~ Marcel Proust <BR> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:58:03 EST Doing Great Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199719 "If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way." <BR> ~ Napoleon Hill <BR> <BR> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 09:31:04 EST Self-Discipline http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199359 “Self-disciplined begins with the mastery of your thoughts. If you don't control what you think, you can't control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward.” <BR> ~ Napoleon Hill <BR> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:34:39 EST