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Life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future.

—Seneca the Younger (4 BC-65 AD, Advisor to Nero; Public Domain)

Anxiety is one of life’s great evils. It not only leads to an early demise, it chases happiness away from us in a chronic, relentless manner. Most try to hide their anxiety, with success to varying degrees. But for many, perhaps most, it is always there, like a ball and chain that restricts our freedom of movement.

Anxiety, however, is simply a state of mind. More precisely, it is a condition that seeps into several dark states of mind, from fear and apprehension, to sadness and melancholy. But here’s the wonderful news: we control our states of mind!

Recognizing that this ugly little creature called anxiety has seeped into our thought patterns, affecting our clarity and our well-being, is the first step towards eliminating it. Personify it. See it for what it is: a dark object constantly chasing happiness from our minds. Once we quantify this condition, we move it out of the shadows and into the light of day where we can attack it.

Our spiritual foundation is the ultimate weapon against anxiety. Realizing that we were put here for a purpose and understanding that all we encounter in life had to be, we can see and feel the anxiety begin to melt away. Instead of lamenting past missteps, we now realize that everything in our past was put there to guide us into a brighter future. So, we take a deep breath, look at this pathetic anxiety in front of us, and we move forward; fully embracing the day and with a new excitement for our future.

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth


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Relentless, repetitive self-talk is what changes our self-image.

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—Denis Waitley 

As a wealth manager, I have had a “control group” of clients to study over the course of a generation. Some are always sunny and positive, while others naturally gravitate toward negative thoughts and dour talk.

I wont go so far as to say that only good things happen to those clients with a sunny disposition while a series of unfortunate events befall those who are overly pessimistic, but I have witnessed a marked difference in the level of happiness between the two groups.

Few of us realize the level to which our self-talk (and literal talk) affects the level of pleasure in our lives. If we are constantly exposing our mind to negative thoughts, images, and stories, why on earth would we expect to be happy? Correspondingly, if we are constantly feeding positive thoughts into our mind, based on a bedrock of spirituality, how could we not live a generally happy, balanced life?

With all of the garbage thrown at us by the press each day, it is very easy to get sucked into a negativity loop. But don’t fall for it! Have pity on those who constantly throw out stories designed to outrage or foment despair, and firmly decide that you will go down the light-filled path. Create positive affirmations and thoughts you can visit throughout the day—especially when you feel yourself slipping into a darker mental state. Flood your mind with positive and reaffirming self-talk, and you will see it begin to manifest in your life.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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A calm self-confidence is as far from conceit as the desire to earn a decent living is remote from greed.

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—Channing Pollock 

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Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.

—René Descartes (by Frans Hals; Public Domain)

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Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.

—T.S. Eliot (Public Domain)

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Orators are most vehement when their cause is weak.

—Cicero (Public Domain)

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We Become What We Think

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.


—Buddha (Public Domain)

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