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Humor Friday

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.

—Oscar Wilde (1882, by Napoleon Sarony; Public Domain)

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Thought, not money, is the real business capital, and if you know absolutely that what you are doing is right, then you are bound to accomplish it in due season.

—Harvey Samuel Firestone (by Underwood & Underwood; Public Domain)

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More than half the difficulties in the world would be allayed or removed by the exhibition of good temper.

—Sir Arthur Helps (Image by Jordan Stimpson from Pixabay)

When the unexpected yet inevitable difficulty presents itself, our mind generally goes—out of habit—to one emotional state or another. For most, that state may be anger, rage, fear, or despair, but it doesn’t need to be that way. While we don’t (always) control what happens to us, we do absolutely control our mental response, our state of mind.

Once we accept the fact that we were put here to grow spiritually, we can begin to look at our difficulties through a different prism. Every challenge offers us a wonderful opportunity to grow, to become stronger. So, instead of lamenting what comes our way from an unexpected avenue, welcome it! Approach it head on, take charge of it, and recognize what it actually represents—a wonderful opportunity to sharpen our skills and advance further down our Path.

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.

—Horace (65 BC—8 BC; Public Domain)

All the grand plans, all of the tactics, all of the visualizations of what you want your life to look like mean nothing if you are unwilling to do the work required to move forward toward a specific destination.

If you are not moving forward, ask yourself a series of questions. Are you doing the work? Is it efficient work designed to move you down your path? If you are not doing the work, why not? It could be that you have not clearly defined your destination, or you are not passionate about what you are doing. Or, it could quite simply be that you have not yet developed the habit of a strong work ethic!

Beginning today, assure you have a clear image of where you want to go, an outline of the tactics to get there, and a way to track your daily actions which support those tactics. Identify the point of disconnect on your daily action plan, and work each day to move that point further down the circuit. Be conscious of this effort, and soon enough good habits will kick in and put you on “auto pilot” toward the life you have imagined.

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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Hawthorne on Happiness

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

—Nathaniel Hawthorne (by Matthew Brady; Public Domain)

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Humor Friday

If all the economists were laid end to end, they’d never reach a conclusion.

—George Bernard Shaw (1911, by Alvin Langdon Coburn; Public Domain)

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Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.

—Denis Waitley (Photo Licensed)

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I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.

—Leonardo da Vinci (Attrib to pupil Francesco Melzi; Public Domain)

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If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.

—Sun Tzu, The Art of War (Creative Commons)

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People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the mind of others.

—Blaise Pascal (1690; Creative Commons)

The ability to persuade, to get a person or group of people to take a specific action or accept a certain belief, is an important trait of a leader. He or she who can persuade will go far in life, and generally live with a higher degree of happiness. Inversely, he or she who cannot effectively persuade will have a more difficult time in life, generally experiencing a lower sense of control, and having a lower level of happiness.

The great news, however, is that this trait can be learned and developed by anyone at any stage of life. Instead of getting frustrated that others won’t take a certain action or accept a certain belief, constantly work to cultivate the soil and plant the seeds in their minds, and let them come to the desired conclusion on their own. If done for the right reasons, this ability to persuade can have a profound impact on one’s life.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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