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The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.

—William Makepeace Thackeray (Image Licensed by Penn Wealth Pub.) 
Doorways to heaven or hell

The wonderful implication being that we can shape the way we see the world around us by shifting the view we hold of ourselves. Imagine the degree to which this could improve our lives!   

—Mike Hazell

Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies.

—Jane Austen (1810, by Cassandra Austen; Public domain
by Cassandra Austen,drawing,1810

Ignorance of one’s misfortunes is clear gain.

—Euripides (480-406 B.C.; Public domain

Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.

—Ray Bradbury (Photo licensed by Penn Wealth Pub.) 
Mountains in fog at beautiful night in autumn in Dolomites, Italy. Landscape with alpine mountain valley, low clouds, forest, purple sky with stars, city illumination at sunset. Aerial. Passo Giau

It is easy to get stuck in the preparation phase, trying to get everything right to help assure our success. But preparation must be accompanied by directed action, and that involves taking leaps of faith—jumping without certainty of the outcome. It pushes the boundaries of our comfort zone, but it is in this space where most of our true progress takes place.   

—Mike Hazell

The Weapons of Reason

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it…with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.

—Marcus Aurelius (Photo licensed by Penn Wealth Pub.) 
Equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius in front of Palazzo Senatorio of Campidoglio on the Capitoline Hill, seat of local administration of Rome, Italy

The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.

—John Pierpont Morgan (Image licensed by Penn Wealth Pub.) 
landscape background with path in Urkiola at sunset

Humor Friday

I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.

—Jane Austen (1810; by Jane’s sister, Cassandra; Public Domain
by Cassandra Austen,drawing,1810

The Tribe

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

—Rudyard Kipling (1895; by Elliott & Fry Photography; Public Domain

Inner Tranquility

A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.

—Joseph Addison (Image licensed by Penn Wealth Pub.) 

The Power of Patience

Our patience will achieve more than our force.

—Edmund Burke (1771, by Joshua Reynolds; Public Domain

Patience does not equate, in any manner, to standing still. Patience means taking constant, focused action toward a desired outcome despite the strong desire for that outcome to manifest immediately. Life is a series of tests. When we forge confidently ahead in the direction of our dreams, we plant the seeds of our ultimate success. Patience shows our inner strength; brute force generally lays bare our inner weaknesses and undermines our grand plans. 

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth