Archive for December, 2019

Vision without action is daydreaming; action without vision is a nightmare.

Shaolin temple in Hunan province, China

—Chinese Proverb (Shaolin temple; Image Licensed)

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Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces.

—Matthew Henry (1707; Public Domain)

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Humor Friday—Holiday Edition

I just got back from a pleasure trip—I took my mother-in-law to the airport.

—Henny Youngman (1957; Public Domain)

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Have no fear of change as such and, on the other hand, no liking of it merely for its own sake.

—Robert Moses (1938, by C.M. Stieglitz; Public Domain)

Change can be difficult, which is why so many of us remain stuck in our channel of comfort—or, more often, discomfort. When change is required to move forward, we must enter the process with the right frame of mind, fully understanding why it is necessary to change course, and prepared to exert the energy necessary to break free of the trench which we have dug for ourselves.   

But change for the sake of change is often a pretext for simply lacking the willingness to do the work required in our current situation. When the going gets tough, it is easier to imagine charting a new path rather than simply putting our head down and doing what needs to be done. So, before making a change, take a step back and evaluate the situation. Then, with the clarity that comes from a clear-headed assessment, do what must be done—whether that means making a change or staying the course with a renewed commitment.   

—Michael S. Hazell

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I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.

—C.S. Lewis (Image Licensed)

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Will Rogers on Success

If you want to be successful, it’s just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing.

—Will Rogers (1922; Public Domain)

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People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing.

—Will Rogers (1922; Public Domain)

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The human being is a self-propelled automaton entirely under the control of external influences. Willful and predetermined though they appear, his actions are governed not from within, but from without. He is like a float tossed about by the waves of a turbulent sea.

—Nikola Tesla (Public Domain)

A pretty depressing sentiment, expressed by a truly great mind. Perhaps Tesla was simply observing (something he mastered to a remarkable degree) the state of the people around him and put his analytical conclusions to paper. After all, doesn’t this quote hold true for most of the souls wandering the earth, either in our time or Tesla’s, or 2,000 years ago? 

But we weren’t put here to be automatons. We were put here with a Divine Purpose. With a new perspective, consider the interminable bombardment of external forces to be an ongoing test of our own free will. Instead of influence x causing the standard response y, let us act in a way that will best move us forward. We cannot control how others will respond, but we always have the power to choose a different path for ourselves—despite Tesla’s observation.   

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end, until it be thoroughly finished, yields the true glory.

—Sir Francis Drake (by Marcus Gheeraerts; Public Domain)

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The consideration that human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected will always continue to prompt me to promote the former by inculcating the practice of the latter.

—George Washington (by Gilbert Stuart; Public Domain)

The roots of personal happiness grow within us; they thrive or wither based on our daily thoughts and—especially—actions. When we remain on the right moral path and continually do the work required to move forward, happiness finds us. When we deviate or stagnate, it eludes us.


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