Motivational Quotes 5/14/18

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

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                                                                                                                               (Albanian/Shqip)

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

 

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Motivational Quotes 3/23/18

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.

Motivational Quotes 2/9/18

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.

Motivational Quotes 1/12/18

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.

Motivational Quotes 12/15/17

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)

Apply yourself!

There is genius in a glance

We measure “smarts” by books and discoveries. Einstein was smart because he was good at science. So was Newton. The mathematical genius of these men was unrivaled. But I actually think there’s a whole another type of genius: nonverbal communication.

Certainly the brain is working harder when it is allowed to just be and see, than when it is made to compute. What’s 2 times 2? Who cares! That does not get my mind going. Perhaps this is why I am no mathematician and never really was. My point is that there is more than one aspect to the mind; more than the computational intellect.

There is the emotional mind, which is what we use to perceive reality. And it is at its best when it is just allowed to be and see. You can’t really bring the soul out by force, when you tell it to or when you want it to. One becomes a good observer by simply observing. Observe your reality. Observe those around you. And you will see that when you look at people, their skin changes. It literally contains the workings of their mind.

The face is a mirror to the workings of the mind. When you focus in on someone, they will have more focus. Their mind will come to their face. Emotions are communicable. What you feel is felt by others around you.

Newton and Einstein may have been the world’s best “calculators”, but were they the best “nonverbal communicators”? No, everyone can be a good nonverbal communicator. All one needs to do is to let his emotions show. Sometimes, we don’t, we won’t, because we’re shy or don’t trust others! But at other times, we can become “emotionally outgoing” whether with someone on the bus, at a café or walking down the street. In that case, we have made a friend, even if it is a friend we never said one word to, or even made direct eye contact with.

Essay on a religious retreat

Pilgrim Hills Retreat, Berlin, Ohio

January 2016

What I liked about the retreat was the conversation. Here we were four people in the middle of nowhere, with no TV and no radio. So the questions becomes: “How are we to pass the time?” By engaging in conversation! Meaningful discussion. I am inclined to believe that because we “removed technology” the quality of conversation and discussion improved. I also learned, through experience, what the meaning of a retreat is. It is literally, a retreat from modern society into a “simpler time,” a time without technology.

Some of the things we talked about were philosophical in nature. For example, we talked about the idea of always wanting more. More money, more success, more riches. And how always wanting more is problematic because it makes you feel you don’t have enough. I am an author and that can be a problem: wanting more book sales, more popularity, more success. And it feels like you have too little. That’s a trap to be avoided. The temptation of always wanting more.

The first evening we read some psalms, one from the bible and a few written by regular people. I am struck by the positivity of these psalms. And the humility. And the imagery: “I am like a tree planted by a river… with leaves that are always green.” And I am also struck by the faith that the writers has. They truly believe in God. “God save me! I need your help,” says another one. And when I say they believe in God, I mean they believe in the power of God to help them, as opposed to just the existence of God. To believe as in to have faith in God. As opposed to be scientific about the facts of God. As a religious person I have faith that God exists and wants to help me. I don’t know that God exists. I can’t prove it. But that’s not what religion is all about. It’s about believing. And by practicing religion we cultivate the capacity for belief. Because, just like with everything else, if we stop doing it, we lose our skill to do it. This retreat taught me to practice my religion. It gave me practice.

The next evening we discussed the gospel of Luke. One passage that I am reminded of is “Love your enemies.” This to me is the most essential of Christ’s teaching. And we discussed how hard it can be to love your enemies. It’s easier said than done. And now that I think about it, did Jesus love his enemies? I don’t know. I don’t think it was easy for Christ to love his enemies; certainly it was no easier for him to do so than for any of us. But he tried to love his enemies. But let’s not assume that goodness was easy for Christ. I think it was just as easy for him to be bad as for us. But Jesus was good, because he valued goodness. And I’m sure Jesus made mistakes. But he never gave up the path of goodness. And he preached for us to walk the same path in life. It is hard to be good. It’s not a paved road. It’s bumpy and full of rocks. But it leads to the right place. I am struck by the fact that there have been several teachers who have made it their life’s work to: “show humanity how to live.” Christ, Mohammad, Buddha. Life does not come with an instruction manual. These leaders have written a manual for life. Religion is an instruction manual for life. And in all of these religions goodness and benevolence is paramount.

One other passage we talked about is “ask and it will be given you, search and you will find, knock and the door will be opened for you.” I love this passage. It shows the power of positive thinking. Then Dr. Padberg mentioned another Greek translation that says in fact, “keep asking and it will be given you, keep searching and you will find.” This in my mind throws an entirely different light on the matter. It emphasizes persistence. In life, you have to keep asking, keep searching, keep knocking. There is no way the door will open with one knock. Life is about perseverance and persistence.

This retreat showed me that religion has some of the same ideas I already believe in:  1. positive thinking, 2. goodness and 3. perseverance. If it’s in the Bible, it’s got authority! So I believe the early thinkers of our times, knew what we know, and valued what we value. They put it in the good book. And that’s why the Bible has survived for two millennia because it preaches the lessons of positivity, goodness and perseverance. These lessons have survived the test of time.