As a Man Thinketh – James Allen

Man is the master of thought, the molder of character, and maker and shaper of condition, environment, and destiny.

Man holds the key to every situation, and contains within himself that transforming and regenerative agency by which he may make himself what he wills.

Only by much searching and mining are gold and diamonds obtained, and man can find every truth connected with his being if he will dig deep into the mine of his soul.

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

© Max Ehrmann 1927

Forward Thinking

I look forward to the first day of each month.  I think of them as new beginnings.  Each new month brings with its own opportunities to explore, new people to encounter, new situations that will arise, and more.  Whatever areas where I fell short last month then I look to the new month to adjust my habits, my thinking, and my productivity.

“Renew, release, let go. Yesterday’s gone. There’s nothing you can do to bring it back. You can’t “should’ve” done something. You can only DO something. Renew yourself. Release that attachment. Today is a new day!” ― Steve Maraboli

Submit & Surrender

Every now and again I have to remind myself to submit and surrender every.single.thing  and every.single.thought to the Almighty God.

How do I do this?  At times, I literally just take a huge breath in and let it out afterwards telling GOD to take all my burdens from me or to help me with them.

I let him know that I truly cannot do any of this (whatever that is) on my own.  I NEED HIM.

It’s so easy to forget sometimes that there is someone out there who wants to take care of our problems if only we would just let HIM in.

Jeremiah 4:8 reminded me today to “Draw near to GOD and GOD will draw near to you.”

Thank you Lord for the reminder.

Peace & Bliss

Rejection vs. Redirection

“As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.” – Steve Maraboli

I can appreciate and also relate to this thought.

Success

The picture of success isn’t the same for any two people because we’re all created differently as unique individuals.

Success is….

  • Knowing your purpose in life, 
  • Growing to reach your maximum potential, and
  • Sowing seeds that benefit others.

Success is a journey rather than a destination.

– Your Road Map for Success, John C. Maxwell

In Her Words

All of us can find happiness by discovering our true paths, appreciating the lives we have (not the ones we want!), and recognizing who we really are. – Caroline Myss