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If the present world goes astray, the cause is in you; in you it is to be sought.
 

—Dante (Public Domain)

With the term “in you,” Dante refers to tapping into your Spiritual self, the realm where all of the true answers reside.

—MSH

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Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.

—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1868, by Julia Margaret Cameron; Public Domain)

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On the mountains of truth, you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.

—Friedrich Nietzsche (1875, by Friedrich Hartmann; Public Domain)

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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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Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other?

—George Eliot (Photo Licensed)

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Hugo on Love

Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise.

—Victor Hugo (1876, by Étienne Carjat; Public Domain)

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The man who can put himself in the place of other men, who can understand the workings of their minds, need never worry about what the future has in store for him.

—Owen D. Young, American industrialist (1922; Public Domain)

Here’s the real challenge in this: it requires us to shift our focus away from ourselves and towards others—a daunting task. Doing this, however, allows us to change our perspective on life. The ability to see the world through the eyes of others, to tap into their innermost concerns and desires, not only gives us the ability to truly help them move forward, it also helps us to lead a balanced, happy, spiritually-driven life.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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