Motivational Quotes 12/18/20

Good decisions are made in good times; bad decisions are made in bad times

Timing is the source of luck; both of the good and the bad

Luck is another word for fate; they’re opposite sides of the same coin

Every face is a mirror and reflects you your own, in a way no other can

The eyes like a familiar face since long absent

Beauty eases pain

Some rise by sin and some by virtue fall -Shakespeare

How often have the good suffered only because they were within the scope of influence of the bad…

We often dislike those we’ve hurt -Gretchen Rubin

To be good is to be happy; he who is good is happy, and he who is happy is good

Motivational Quotes 11/20/20

The world is a poem composed by God.

The artist has to earn his audience.

Ain’t gonna waste this life*

Believe it the world has changed in a whole new way*

You can cheat death but you can’t cheat fate

What you can’t perceive can’t hurt you

To each his equal, as determined by place

We don’t know who we are but in each other’s eyes.

There is intelligence in a glance; which vanishes once the mouth opens and the conversation becomes dumbed down to an unsophisticated level.

The body carries mind; every limb carries soul, and feels.

We never know how lucky we have been, until it’s over…

Only what is mine is any good, for the good thing that is not mine, I could never enjoy…

*the Offspring

Happiness happens

How, when or why does happiness strike? A few years ago I took a trip. To Albania, of course, my beloved home. I went through Washington DC. I was nervous. It was my first trip alone overseas.  Anyway, we were flying by night. We boarded, we soon flew off and there I was in the middle of the night flying over the Atlantic. Soon enough I ate dinner at 1 AM and listened to a random playlist of songs, as one does on long international flights.

I got up and out of my seat and walked over to the restrooms but they were both taken. I had to stand next to one door and across me was another young man waiting on the other bathroom. As we stood there, our eyes met in the dark, and I could see in his face that he was happy! I too felt the happiness of the moment … But why? It was 2 a.m. in the morning, we were both sleepless standing in the dark waiting for the bathrooms to open up? And that is a happy moment?

You never know when, where, or why happiness is going to strike. Why was I and this fellow passenger happy? The situation was novel, we were going to Europe, a very novel thing if you don’t go very often. We were happy because it was very late and nothing was expected of us: the day was over, now we could relax. We were happy because travel energizes just as much as it fatigues. And finally for no reason at all; happiness is transitory and inexplicable, like a bolt of lighting; you never know when or where it is going to strike. This reveals it’s chance nature, and its namesake “it just happens.” Happiness happiness… but it happens through meaningful activity. Happiness never happens just lying on the couch doing nothing. You have to earn it.

motivational quotes 12/23/14

An oldie but a goodie

George Shetuni

Don’t turn into a cynic.

Daily life is happiness to me.

You can’t enjoy pleasure because it’s always accompanied by pressure.

Don’t allow yourself to be idle.

Be mindful.

Stand for something.

Embrace your nature. (Gretchen Rubin)

No guts no glory (folk)

Try really hard.

If you can take the blame people will give you the responsibility. (Gretchen Rubin)

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Motivational Quotes 1/10/20

God is a poet. He puts everyone and everything in the right place and the right time

You are author of your own destiny

A resolution is not a quick fix that comes true upon declaration. It is an ongoing process that must be managed, and monitored over time. 

Why is my life the way it is today? 

Everyone wants to be more fortunate than what they are 

His parents viewed the breaking of the will as the cornerstone of education – Herman hesse 

The ability to listen is a skill

What I feel I know to believe; what I merely think I know to doubt

If you can’t enjoy the little things you can’t enjoy life

Past a certain point in life, every year is a celebration 

Motivational Quotes 1/4/18

Be master of your own destiny for to succeed at somebody else’s plans for your life, is still to fail yourself.

Justice requires work

People need more than bread and water… they need to see somebody cares for them.

When you got something to play for, you play better

Do what you can

There is no one self-existent thing but everything is becoming and in relation*

Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher*

A quote is only as good as the man who said it.

What you feared did not happen. It was an empty fear. -from Lassie

Kindness is its own reward.

*Socrates

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.

 

Motivational Quotes 8/11/16

I wanted to appreciate my life and live up to it  -Gretchen Rubin

Happiness is wanting what you have.

the fire in your heart is out -Oasis

Live fish swim against the current.

Gratitude is the best attitude.

Life will hit you with its best shot on your weak spot.

Let your passion be your driving force.

Excellence overcomes prejudice -Tuskegee airman

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.

 

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

when you use energy you create energy

Have you ever gotten tired of rest? Too much is bad for you and has the opposite effect. Instead of creating energy it drains it. The way to create energy is through activity. Let us examine this fact: The energy needed to run a marathon is produced by running! No body at rest can possibly run a marathon! A body at rest, though in theory full of energy, cannot generate the energy needed to run. Even the best runner, when at rest, does not have enough energy needed to run. Energy is kinetic. At the same time, it is lost in motion. Energy is lost and created at the same time by motion. If you are healthy, you can create more than you lose. If you’re sick, you lose more than you make.

Although this example is athletic, I believe the same idea applies to all activities. My advice: don’t be sedentary, have fun, and make energy.