Motivational quotes 4/28/17

Stick to the routine.

It’s always darkest before the dawn.

Give one hundred percent of your attention to the person you’re speaking with and make them feel like they’re the center of the universe.

No one makes it alone. Everyone needs a community, to bring them up when they’re down. -Josh Shipp

Live together… die alone. (folk)

Admit a mistake halfway, and change course before its too late.

Enjoy things; whether its a trivial moment in the day, or whether its a big party, enjoy it!

Live for others – Tolstoy

Respect is earned when respect is shown.

Live for virtue.

 

Motivational Quotes 4/14/17

Work will keep your mind off your worries.

Live up to your own standards.

No one knows you better than you know yourself.

No one can help you better than you can help yourself.

Never underestimate the healing power of humor. Use humor to turn a bleak situation upside down on its head.

Life is a test. Heaven is the reward.

Not big things, but little things; they are the difference.

Reach out.

You have to earn it.

Catch all the breaks!

motivational quotes 3/3/17

If you are depressed now, don’t give up. Look at the long view and take comfort in the bright future that lies ahead.

Don’t expect your whole day to be good, but if your whole day is bad, then you have a problem.

You can’t quit! You can’t give up!

 Never underestimate the healing power of humor.

If you could change one thing about yourself, change your attitude!

Happiness is spontaneous and is unexpected;

Happiness cannot be induced.

Happiness cannot be planned for.

Spontaneity is the spirit.

Live spontaneously.

Motivational quotes June 1, 2016

Work will keep you out of trouble.

What you do every day is what you are meant to be doing every day. What you dream about doing every day is meant to remain just a dream.

Success is the sum of all of your failures

Happiness is like a bolt of lightning; you never know when or where it is going to strike

Reach out and lift up each other, because by it, you lift up yourself. –John Kasich

Turn a wish into a long term goal and one day, you may achieve it.

Love it or you will lose it

Reading is a virtue

They say “stay in school.” That’s how we teach our children to be good. Indeed, reading, not only has intellectual purpose, it has moral purpose. How many of the people sitting in jail are readers? Zero! If they were readers, they would never commit any crimes!

Reading is the antidote to a life on the streets. It is protection from trouble. Because good people are readers. My advice to young people would be make friends who are readers. There is plenty of trouble out there. But if read, you cannot partake in it even if you want to. The two are incompatible.

And who says that one must stop reading after graduation? All they taught you in school is what they wanted. But now its your turn! Teach yourself what you want to really learn. Read what you love. That’s where it counts. So when you graduate, don’t say, “Oh thank God, now I never have to pick up another book again!” Say, “Oh, thank God, now I’m free to read what I wanted to read all along” To read is to be good.

Ben Franklin’s financial Advice

I recently came upon these maxims in a book, written by Benjamin Franklin, one our founding fathers, in his pamphlet The Way to Wealth (1757). Although it is financial advice, I would like to share them with you because they show the wit and wisdom of the man, and because they apply to other areas of life, not just finance…

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If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.

He that lives upon hope will die fasting.

There are no gains, without pains.

He that hath a trade hath an estate.

Taxes are indeed very heavy but we are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly.

Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.

Learning is to the studious and riches to the careful.

If you would have a faithful servant, serve yourself.

Always taking out of the meal-tub, and never putting in, soon comes to the bottom.

Great estates may venture more, but little boats should keep near shore.

For age and want, save while you may; no morning sun lasts a whole day.

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Is it possible that the treasury put Ben Franklin on the 100 dollar bill, because of his sound financial reasoning? It’s possible…

don’t quit when something becomes a little difficult

Should we expect stuff to be easy in life? No! And that’s where the problem comes in when we expect success without resistance, success without effort, success without obstacles. And we quit just because something small stopped us! We get into a pattern of quitting. But the fact of the matter is there is nothing in life that is easy. Even a good thing has moments of discomfort. Even a vacation has moments of difficulty.

Let me share a quick example with you. I was in a retreat recently in Hocking Hills, Ohio with a religious group of college kids (even though I am a graduate!). And we were in front of our lodge, in the middle of the woods, early in the morning, and we gathered for mass. And we all had to stand up as the sermon was held. And I thought to myself, “Oh my God I have to stand!” And then it occurred to me, “Don’t quit when something becomes a little difficult.” I think we give up all too easily nowadays. Or at least I do. So that’s I am going to tell myself and that is what I am going to tell you. Don’t be a quitter.

Let me share another thing with you that I learned. The retreat was not all fun. There was no TV! There was no technology. There was not much to do. The way we young people passed the time was by talking, cooking, and even hiking, and playing board games. So there were those moments, in my head, of dullness . . . But now I realize that those moments taught me something, not through words, but through experience. Whenever I am at home and the day is not going well, I am reminded of that retreat. Even though there were boring moments, no one complained; every one lived life on even in “hardship”. And it taught to just to do as we did during that weekend. Not to whine but just to live.  The mind is like a muscle that must be be trained by living.