Archive for September, 2018

Humor Friday

If you owe the bank $100, that’s your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that’s the bank’s problem.

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—J Paul Getty (1944, Public domain)

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When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.

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—Friedrich Nietzsche (1875, by Friedrich Hartmann, Public domain)

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A man with a surplus can control circumstances, but a man without a surplus is controlled by them, and often he has no opportunity to exercise judgment.

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—Harvey Samuel Firestone (1910; Public domain)

…This quote may make us feel a bit uneasy, but its truth cannot be denied. Perhaps the surplus Firestone is talking about is strictly monetary, but it could also easily include the conditions under which one is born. A nurturing, loving family, for example, versus a loathsome and dysfunctional one.

We look at all of the men and women throughout history who have overcome great odds to achieve something in life, but that doesn’t change the fact that the journey is easier for some than others. One child goes through life knowing that the path will be paved for them, while another must struggle to cut their way through the forest. Ironically, it is often the former who will lose their way, never appreciating what they were given.

Life may not seem fair, and a challenge that can easily be solved with money can seem insurmountable to someone with none. Remember, however, that God gave us our own unique circumstances in life for a reason. We had to be right here, right now, and we had to overcome this specific set of challenges. By understanding this truth, we can forge ahead decisively and with happiness, knowing that our Divine Path truly has been paved for us.


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It is good to dream, but it is better to dream and work. Faith is mighty, but action with faith is mightier. Desire is helpful, but work and desire are invincible.

Les Ferreres Aqueduct, also known as Pont del Diable - Tarragona, Spain

—Thomas Robert Gaines (Photo licensed)

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If you will call your “troubles” “experiences,” and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you, you will grow vigorous and happy, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be.


—J.R. Miller (Public domain)

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Humor Friday

People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.

Sowell, Thomas pc Hoover Inst

—Thomas Sowell (Courtesy: Hoover Institution)

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Spiritual Light

People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.

Stained glass windows of the chapel of sainte chapelle in paris

—Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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You shall, I question not, find a way to the top if you diligently seek for it; for nature hath placed nothing so high that it is out of the reach of industry and valor.


—Alexander the Great (356-323 BC, Public domain)

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Command Yourself First

Every duty is a charge, but the charge of oneself is the root of all others.


—Mencius (371-289 BC, Public domain)

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It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.

Forbes, B.C., Public domain

—B.C. Forbes (Public domain)

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