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What one can be, they must be. This need we call self-actualization.

— Abraham Maslow (Image licensed by Penn Wealth)

Self-actualization: the achievement of one’s potential through creativity, independence, spontaneity, and a grasp of the real world.

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Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.

—Khalil Gibran (Image Licensed)

It is difficult to keep sadness in perspective when we find ourselves shrouded in its dreary fog. Through the cloud of haze, we can’t see the others who are in the same state of being, so our sadness is accompanied by loneliness.

There is a reason, though, that we are sent down these dark emotional corridors. There is always a reason. By embracing the fact that we are on a Divine journey, and understanding that our path will eventually lead to the next wondrous garden, we keep moving forward. 


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Written by Dr. Perry, PhD Image Credit: Pixabay “Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” ~Hans Selye Sublimation is a subconscious psychological defense mechanism whereby we take a negative impulse and channel it into a positive behavior. This is similar to displacement (click here to refer to my earlier post […]

How to Turn Negative Urges into Positive Actions — Dr. Eric Perry, PhD

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We are either progressing or retrograding all the while; there is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.

—J.F. Clarke (Photo licensed)

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To win without risk is to triumph without glory.

—Pierre Corneille (by Charles Le Brun; Public Domain)

Despite the risks associated with the undertaking you are considering, go for it anyway. We are here to grow, and that means taking calculated risks and moving forward; stagnant water attracts disease.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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Hit hard, hit fast, hit often.

—Admiral William “Bull” Halsey (Public Domain)

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It will generally be found that those who sneer habitually at human nature, and affect to despise it, are among its worst and least pleasant samples.

—Charles Dickens (by Jeremiah Gurney; Public Domain)

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From its very inaction, idleness ultimately becomes the most active cause of evil; as a palsy is more to be dreaded than a fever. The Turks have a proverb which says that the devil tempts all other men, but that idle men tempt the devil.

—Charles Caleb Colton (Fair Use)

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Don’t think, just do.

—Horace (65 BC – 8 BC, Public Domain)

Making plans for one’s life is extremely important; the process gives us direction and crystalizes a vision of where we want to go and who we want to become. But what is truly paramount in life is action. The best plan in the world means nothing if we never actually insert ourselves on the map and begin moving forward. And continue moving forward, without stop and despite the inevitable and chronic obstacles in our way. So, let’s take a few minutes reviewing our grand plan each morning, and spend the rest of the day simply moving forward. With constant, focused action, we will reach our destination—or discover a wonderful new place not on our original map at all.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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Words empty as the wind are best left unsaid.

—Homer (Public Domain)

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