I always knew one day I’d lead a beautiful life. But I was already living it everyday
Quiet is better than idle chatter
You are your own life’s author
Risk is your only chance at happiness
Good fences make good neighbors –Robert Frost
There are no guilty people -Tolstoy
If nothing’s going right, be a little creative
Remember those guiding words
E dija se nje dite, jeta do te ishte e bukur, por ne fakt ajo ishte e bukur cdo dite
Shpesh-here heshtja eshte me e mire se biseda pa vlere
Njeriu eshte autori i jetes se tij
Ne raste te vecanta, trimeria eshte i vetmi shans per te arritur lumturine
Gardhi i larte garanton komshij te mire –Robert Frost
Nuk ka njerez te denuar –Tolstoy
Neqoftese asgje nuk ecen, duhet te behesh pak krijues
Mos i harro theniet e mencura udherefyese
You become the company you keep (popular)
If you hold on to a dream too long, it flies away like a bird, before you can act. So just act!
When was it ever easy?
Happiness doesn’t make us happy; It’s the pursuit! –Dan Ferguson
I should listen to myself
You must pay your own debts – Emerson
A new year is a new hope
Without happiness there can be no vigor –Emerson
Only the smart suffer.
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.
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.
Encourage love -Julianne Hough
We keep each other going.
Plan your funeral and you are sure to die tomorrow. Plan your life and you may well live to 100.
Something’s got to be at steak!
You got to be hungry!
Live with some urgency
Thank God for music, my savior! -Pitbull
A stumble may prevent a fall, or a stumble may begin a fall. (Gretchen Rubin)
If God wants to see how hard life is, let him become a man!
He who comes back from the abyss is stronger for it, and in the end will win.
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!
Never give up
Music is the best medicine
The edge makes you better. You don’t want to be too relaxed. Harness it! (toastmasters podcast)
It takes a lot of energy to hate. Love is easier
Beware of drift (a decision by not deciding) -Gretchen Rubin
A place chosen by forefit always leads to defeat
Life was hard in the past. Life is hard today. Life will always be hard in the future.
Don’t focus on what you don’t have. Focus on what you do have.