QUOTES: ON LETTING GO

“It’s not what we hold in our hands that is ours, but what’s left after we open our hands and let go.”
-Author Unknown

“Nothing can drag you down if you’re not holding on to it.”
-Tony Robbins

“If you wish to travel far and fast, TRAVEL LIGHT. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.”
-Cesare Pavese

 “You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it.”
 -Paulo Coelho

“Your hurt may have harmed you, but it doesn’t have to destroy you.”

“Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness. Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can’t change.”

 What one thing should you eliminate from your life because it holds you back from reaching your potential?

 “The past cannot be changed, forgotten, edited, or erased. It can only be accepted.”

Quotes: Positivity & Optimism, Negativitity & Pessimism

“A pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks.”

“It is the sand that which irritates the oyster that makes the pearl.”

“I can choose either to be a victim of the world, or an adventurer in search of treasure. It’s all a question of how I view life.” –Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
-Dr. Seuss

“To whom it may concern: If you are upset, unhappy, stressed, you are giving importance to the wrong things on such a beautiful day.”
-Jim Paredes

“Instead of complaining that roses has thorns, why not be thankful that thorns have roses?”

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine and you’ll be fine!”
-Napoleon Tamayo

“If your soul is sunny and bright inside, does it matter if it’s raining outside?”

“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”
-Herm Albright

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

 “All positive change in the world comes from our ideas of what we believe is possible.”
-Alexandra Jamieson

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

“You are a living magnet. What you attract into your life is in in harmony with your dominant thoughts.”
-Brian Tracy

 “Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in the world.”
-Helen Keller

“Some people feel the rain; others just get wet.”
-Bob Marley

“I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.”
-Winston Churchill

“We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.”
–Confucius

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you don’t have. Rather, remember that what you have now was once among the things you only hoped for.”

“You should be thankful for what you have learned, no matter how much it cost you.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

“There are exactly as many special occasions in life as we choose to celebrate.”
-Robert Brault

“Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day.”

“The greatest physician in the world is OPTIMISM.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“Both enthusiasm and pessimissm are contagious. Which one do you spread?”

“What is the fruit on a negative thinker’s tree?”

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.”
-Bob Marley

“Just because I laugh a lot means my life is easy. Just because I have a smile on my face everyday means that something is not bothering me. I just choose to move on, and not dwell on the negatives in my life. Every new moment gives me the chance to renew anew. I choose to be that.”

When confronted with a Goliath-sized problem, which way do you respond? “He’s too big to hit”, or “He’s too big to miss?”

“God didn’t do it all in one day, what makes me think I can?”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.”

“I had the blues because I had no shoes, until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.”
-Ancient Persian Proverb

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
-Oscar Wilde

“A pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks.”

 “It is the sand that which irritates the oyster that makes the pearl.”

“I can choose either to be a victim of the world, or an adventurer in search of treasure. It’s all a question of how I view life.” –Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”
-Herm Albright

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

“All positive change in the world comes from our ideas of what we believe is possible.”
-Alexandra Jamieson

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

 “Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in the world.”
-Helen Keller

“The optimist expects things to change. The realist adjusts its sails.”

I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else. -Winston Churchill

Quotes: On Happiness and Contentment

“In search for happiness, however, we are all equal.”
-Paulo Coelho

“Happiness is not the absence of problems but the ability to deal with them.”
-Author Unknown

“The wasted of all days is one without laughter.”
-E.E Cummings

“If you can’t do what you like, like what you do.”
-Author Unknown

“A rich person is not one who has the most, but is one who needs the least.”
-Author Unknown

“To be satisfied with little, is the greatest wisdom. He that increases his riches, increases his cares. But a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble finds it not.”
-Akhenaton

“Two keys to happiness: ONE: being able to tolerate the things that make you unhappy, or TWO: Being able to change the things TO make you happy.”

“Great Spirits always encounter violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
-Albert Einstein

“If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years.”
-Bertrand Russell

“One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.”
-Rita Mae Brown

 “If the sun shines in your soul, does it matter if it rains outside? Happiness within overlooks any sadness the outside world may bring.”
-Author Unknown

“Happiness is somewhere between too little and too much. May you have just enough wealth to meet your needs, enough poverty to learn how to work hard, enough blessings to know that God loves you, enough problems so you don’t forget him, enough happiness to keep you sweet, enough trials to keep you strong, enough hope to keep you happy, enough sorrow to keep you human. What you are is God’s gift to you but what you become is your gift to God.”
-Author Unknown (text message)

“Most people are as happy as they make up their minds to me.”
-Abraham Lincoln

Question: What’s your perfect idea of happiness?
Answer: Happiness is never perfect.
–Tom Waits, Vanity Fair Magazine

“Learn to value yourself. Which means…fight for your happiness!”
-Ayn Rand

 “To be happy, don’t do whatever you like. Instead, like whatever you do. Happiness comes not from having much to live on, but from having much to live for.”
–Author Unknown

 “Happiness is the best and sweetest revenge.”
-Author Unknown

“We are happiest when daydreaming of future happiness.”
-Author Unknown

“Some of us might actually find happiness if we quit struggling so desperately for it.”
-Author Unknown

Stop waiting
-until your car or home is paid off
-until you get a new car or home
-until your kids leave the house
-until you go back to school
-until you finish school
-until you lose 10 lbs.
-until you gain 10 lbs.
-until you get married
-until you have kids
-until summer
-until December
-until you die
Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
-Francis Kong

 “I refuse to accept other people’s idea of happiness for me. As if there’s a “one size fits all” standard for happiness. Regardless of your position in life, no one but you is qualified to determine your happiness. I think it’s great to never be completely satisfied in life. If I ever became completely satisfied with the work I put out as an artist, that is the moment I would suck.”
-Kanye West

 “It is the sand which irritates the oyster that makes a pearl.”

“Often, the greatest enemy of present happiness is past happiness too well remembered.”
-Oscar Hemming

“As we grow up, we learn that even the person who isn’t supposed to ever let us down probably will. We’ll have our hearts broken more than once and it’ll just get harder every time. We’ll break hearts, too. We’ll fight with our best friend. We’ll blame a new love for things an old one did. We’ll cry because time is flying so fast and we will eventually lose someone we love. So, take many pictures, laugh a lot and love like you’ve never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset, is a minute of happiness you will never get back.

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”
-E.E. Cummings

 “Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”
–Mother Teresa

“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”
-Anne Frank

 “Nothing can drag you down if you’re not holding on to it.”
-Tony Robbins

“Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness. Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can’t change.”

 “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
–Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

“To invite someone is to take charge of his happiness during the time he spends under your roof.”
-Brillat-Savarin

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects. ~ Albert Einstein

“Let no one come to u without leaving better and happier.”
-Mother Teresa

 “Some people cause happiness wherever they go. Others, whenever they go.”

“To be happy, you have to give something back.”
-Oprah

“The happiness we get from worldly objects is only an infinitesimal fraction of the bliss we get from within.”
–Amma

“Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come.”

“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.”
-Marianne Williamson

A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.”
-Albert Einstein

“Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.”
-Socrates

 “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
-Dalai Lama

“Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it.”
-Butch Jimenez

Have you found that the place to be happy is here, and the time to be happy is now?

The easiest way to find happiness is to stop complaining.
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

More comfort doesn’t necessarily mean more happiness.
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

There is an amazing by- product of making others happy……Tis happiness!
-Sanjiv Chopra

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. Steven Kloves, Harry Potter PofAzkaban

If you don’t enjoy what you have, how could you be happier with more?

“But I think she’s also saying, be a part of something. Don’t live for yourself alone. This is what I know for sure: In order to be truly happy, you must live along with and you have to stand for something larger than yourself. Because life is a reciprocal exchange. To move forward you have to give back. And to me, that is the greatest lesson of life. To be happy, you have to give something back.”
-Oprah Winfrey

Poem: On Losing Someone

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When you lose someone dear to you…

You can shed tears that he is gone, or you can smile because he has lived on.

You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all that’s left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him, or you can be full of the love you’ve shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live on yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow, because of yesterday.

You can remember him, only when he is gone, or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back, or you can do what he’d want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

–David Harkins 🙂

Life Lesson: On Celebrating Life

from Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL
By: Karen Klosterman

When I look into the mirror, I see a survivor.
I don’t think of anything but living.
Well, that’s not true because the farther I get from cancer, the more hopes and dreams I let creep in.

When I looked into the mirror during my illness, I wasn’t that bald person staring down at me.
I didn’t recognize myself.
My body had let me down, but I didn’t want my soul to escape.

People responded to the way I looked.
I hated the pity I saw in their eyes as much as the fear.
The body is back to its original state, but the soul has taken on the wonderful layers of a survivor.

Now I celebrate

Bad-hair days

Bushy eyebrows


Stubbled legs with razor burn

I celebrate
Blended flavors of peanut butter and chocolate


Sweet lemonade through a straw


Greasy hamburgers with bacon

I celebrate
Whining children


Shouting and arguing


Pulsating music and barking dogs

I celebrate
Making plants


Dreaming
The hoping that goes with having a future

I celebrate life.

*images from http://www.google.com

Life Lesson: On Appreciation

photo from http://www.sabahwomen.blogspot.com

from email, source unknown

Focus on all the wonderful things that are present in your life now.

If you find yourself stuck in heavy traffic, don’t despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege.

Should you have a bad day at work, think of the man who has been out of work for years.

Should you despair over a relationship gone bad, think of the person who has never known what it’s like to love and be loved in return.

Should you grieve the passing of another weekend, think of the woman in dire straits,
working twelve hours a day, seven days a week to feed her children.

Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance, think of the paraplegic
who would love the opportunity to take that walk.

Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror, think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.

Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking what is my purpose? Be thankful. There are those who didn’t live long enough to get the opportunity.

Should you find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, ignorance, smallness or
insecurities, remember, things could be worse. You could be one of them!

Should you decide to send this to a friend, thank you, you may have touched their life in ways you will never know.

Life Lesson: On The Value of Time

image from http://www.twilightandliteracy.webs.com

from email, source unknown

To realize
The value of a sister
Ask someone
Who doesn’t have one.

To realize
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly
Divorced couple.

To realize
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.

To realize
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
who has given birth to
A premature baby.

To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one-second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident.

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when
you can share it with someone special.

To realize the value of a friend or family member:
LOSE ONE.

Life Lesson: On Celebrating The Good Things

photo from http://www.hongkiat.com

taken from Paulo Coelho’s book “Like A Flowing River”

NORMA AND THE GOOD THINGS

In Madrid lives Norma, a very special Brazilian lady. The Spanish call her ‘the rocking grandma’. She is over sixty and works in various places, organizing promotions, parties and concerts.

Once, at about four in the morning, when I was so tired I could barely stand, I asked Norma where she got her energy from.

“I have a magic calendar. If you like, I can show it to you.”

The following day, I went to her house. She picked up an old, much scribbled upon calendar.

“Right, today is the day they discovered a vaccine against polio.”, she said. “We must celebrate that, because life is beautiful.”

On each day of the year, Norma had written down something good that happened on that date. For her, life was always a reason to be happy.