If we sit back and assume the future will be good because destiny is in control, we couldn’t be more wrong! We have to make it good.
There’s more to health than serving the body. There’s a soul that’s got to be nourished.
We don’t see what’s in reality. We see what’s in our eyes.
Happiness is the aim of life.
Spontaneity is the spirit.
You didn’t even try!
I’m here to move you! I’m here to prove to you, that we can rhyme on the positive side of things. -Marky Mark
The future needs you! The world needs you! Yes, you.
A new year is a new hope
Without happiness there can be no vigor -Emerson
It’s easy to make a resolution; it’s hard to keep one.
We are too young to know the impossible – The Rebelution
We live in a society and must care for others in order to be happy ourselves.
Remember your past.
If you can’t overcome the haters, you don’t deserve to be on top.
Only the essentials.
You can’t quit. You can’t give up.
Daily life is everything
You aren’t the only one with problems
Whatever you do, do it well!
The price for dependence is dependency.
The reward for self-reliance is self-determination.
It’s a long horizon
A good friend is like a good pond. You can see yourself reflected back. (folk)
We assume everything is forever. But in fact quite the opposite is true. Everything is but for a short period of time.
Where you begin makes a big difference where you end up. (Gretchen Rubin)
Short cuts yield short term benefits
Wisdom is a hard won possession. (Plato)
Acceptance into the group means survival.
The brain is not the seat of the mind; the face is!
You have to keep growing.
Destiny is poetic; sometimes cruel, sometimes victorious.
Your fate has your personality.
I am alive. Today I want to be happy and it is in my power to be happy in the here and in the now.
If you are depressed now, don’t give up. Look at the long view and take comfort in the bright future that lies ahead.
Have a purpose! Make your work/job/hobby your purpose!
You have what you need; you just have to learn to put it to good use.
Don’t stop dreaming. Don’t stop hoping
There’s gotta be something to live for!
Stand for something!
Your success matters
If you’re not enjoying yourself you’re not doing it right.
Work will keep your mind of your worries.
Lose in the beginning; win in the end.
Always accept an outstretched hand.
Refuse to believe that your life will have a sad ending.
Be passionate about what you do, and you will be saved.
There is no ‘magic cure’ to your problems, so don’t try to reinvent the wheel.
Look for happiness in common things.
If you are not going forwards, you are going backwards.
I was walking one day in downtown Columbus. I had parked my car in the lot of restaurant next to the riverfront. The place was closed and I decided to take the pathway down to the place where there’s a replica of the Christopher Columbus’ boat – the Santa Maria that he and Spain used to find the new world. In fact, I had seen that boat numerous times, so I was not particularly interested in it, but last time I went there I noticed that near the boat, next to the road there is a small park – very little, triangular in shape, and mostly with concrete instead of grass. Anyway, this park caught my attention last time I had been there because it has a few bronze statues of mythological creatures. In fact, I went up to one of them and I saw that it was a unicorn, which looks like a small pony with a cone sticking out of its forehead. Then I read the plaque beneath that read: “Now the unicorn could not ask any more questions because he knew all things. The only thing the unicorn did not have was taste.” I thought those words to be rather interesting, although I did not contemplate on them much. Well, on this particular day, which was a few months later, in November, I wanted to go back to that little park to see that unicorn again, and to see if there were any other statues there that I might have missed the last time I had been there. And so I climbed the steps up to the park and I saw the unicorn again with his horn sticking out of his head. I read the plaque again, and again I was amused.
Then, interestingly enough, I saw another bronze statue of a quirky looking animal – another mythological creature. It looked like a leopard, but it had wings. I proceeded to read the plaque. The griffin, said the plaque, has what it does not need. Which if you think about it makes sense: why would a leopard need wings? Then the plaque said something extremely wise: “The griffin was afraid to be wrong. Do not be like the griffin.” As I read those lines, I thought they were revolutionary and very liberating. The griffin’s problem, you see, was fundamentally that he was afraid to be himself. And I think, especially when we are growing up, that is a problem that we all face. We are afraid that our behavior, or some characteristic of ours is unacceptable unto others, and so we hide it, in order to gain more acceptance. We, like the griffin, are afraid what other people will think. But ultimately, you need to realize that other people will not judge you. Other people are a lot less judgmental than your or the griffin believes! They are busy with their own lives. In fact, if you are one of those people who wants to please others at your own expense, here’s what I’ve got to say: do not be like the griffin. Do not be afraid to be wrong. There is no right or wrong when it comes to being yourself.
excerpted from my speech Good Luck!