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Every time life throws
you a curve
step into it and knock it out of the park!
don't have to be a fantastic hero to do
certain things - to compete.
You can be just an ordinary chap,
sufficiently motivated to reach challenging
Sir Edmund Hillary
Do not pray
for an easy
life, pray to be a stronger person.
Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers,
pray for power equal to your tasks.
American Clergyman and Author
1835 - 1893
year people make resolutions
to change aspects of themselves
they believe are negative.
A majority of people revert back to how they
and feel like failures.
This year I challenge you to a new
I challenge you to just be yourself.
Musician, Narrator and Voice Actor
mountains and say they are
Others wait until they have reached the top to decide.
Bless those who
challenge us to grow, to
stretch, to move beyond
to come back home to our elemental and essential nature.
Bless those who challenge us
for they remind us of doors we have closed
and doors we have yet to open.
From the Navajo
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition
from mediocre minds.
are what make life interesting;
overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
Joshua J. Marine
Our prayers are answered
not when we are given what we ask,
but when we are challenged to be what we can become.
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this ...
Good timber does not grow with ease.
The stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.
W. H. Marriott
You don't have to win the game or the race to be a champion.
Actually, your only true competition in life is yourself.
If you strive to constantly improve,
to make each day better,
to make someone else's load a little lighter,
and make someone's day a little brighter,
then you will be living the life of a true champion.
A CHANCE OF A LIFETIME
A day dawns, quite like other days;
in it, a single hour comes,
quite like other hours;
but in that day and in that hour
the chance of
a lifetime faces us.
new season grows from
the leftovers of the past.
That is the essence of change,
and change is the essence of life.
It has the power to uplift, to heal, to stimulate,
surprise, open new doors, bring fresh experience
and create excitement in life.
Certainly it is worth the risk.
Be not afraid of changing slowly;
be afraid only of standing still.
Change the way you look at things,
and the things you look at will change.
Dr. Wayne Dyer
"The Power Of Intention"
I don't have a problem with change.
I just don't want to be there when it happens.
You, I, all of us, live in a world of our own making.
And every aspect of our separate worlds,
reflects our individual fears, attitudes, thoughts and habits.
The only way you can change your world
is to change your mind.
To change one's life:
Do it flamboyantly.
If you don't change your beliefs,
your life will be like this forever.
Is that good news?
but character keeps them open.
has the power to open doors,
Character cannot be
developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experiences of trial and suffering
can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired,
and success achieved.
American Author, Activist and Lecturer
1880 - 1968
Character is like a
tree and reputation like its shadow.
The shadow is what we think of it, the tree is the real thing.
16th President of the United States - 1861-1865
1809 - 1865
Character is the ability
to follow through on a commitment
after the initial enthusiasm has passed.
busy lives force us
to focus on things we do from day to day.
But the development of character
comes only as we focus on who we really are.
To establish and accomplish those greater goals,
we do need heavenly help.
easily judge the
character of others
by how they treat those
who can do nothing for them or to them.
defined by what we
are willing to do
when the spotlight has been turned off,
when the applause has died down,
and no one is around to give us credit.
We have been measuring our fellowmen
more by balance sheets and less by moral standards.
We have developed frightening physical power
and fallen into pathetic spiritual weakness.
We have become so concerned over the growth
of our earning capacity
that we have neglected the growth of our character.
Thomas S. Monson
Knowing the right thing to do is only half the battle.
Character is defined by doing the right thing.
Do not go where the
path may lead,
go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ability is what you're
capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it.
Our destiny is shaped by our
thoughts and our actions.
We cannot direct the wind
but we can adjust the sails.
I still find each day
for all the thoughts I want to think,
all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read,
and all the friends I want to see.
American Naturalist and Essayist
1837 - 1921
THE VISION OF A CHILD
I love the story of the little girl
who showed her teacher a picture she painted of a tree.
The tree was purple.
The teacher said,
"Sweetheart, I've never seen a purple tree, now have I?"
"Oh?" said the little girl. "That's too bad."
Our greatest natural resource
is the minds of our children.
much all of the honest truth-telling there
is in the world
is done by children.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.
They seem not to notice us,
hovering, averting our eyes,
and they seldom offer thanks,
but what we
do for them is never wasted.
The choices we make are a
matter of deciding
what really matters most to us.
Hyrum W. Smith
No one can make you jealous,
angry, vengeful or greedy -
unless you let them.
Founder of The Science of Success
1883 - 1970
There are two primary
choices in life;
to accept conditions as they exist,
or accept the responsibility for changing them.
Psychologist and Peak Performance Expert
I always read the last page
of a book first
so that if I die before I finish I'll know how it turned out.
American Film Director, Producer, Screen Writer, and Novelist
to become still
and to take your attention away from what you don't want,
and all of the emotional charge around it,
and place the attention on what you wish to experience.
Energy flows where attention goes.
Teacher, Mentor, Songwriter and Producer
away from people
who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that,
but the really great make you feel that you, too,
can become great.
has been said
that the gate of
turns on small hinges,
and so do people's lives.
The choices we make determine our destiny.
Thomas S. Monson
I have come to
that I am the decisive element.
It is my personal approach that creates the climate.
It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration,
I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.
In all situations, it is my response that decides
whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated,
and a person is humanized or de-humanized.
If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.
If we treat people as they ought to be,
we help them become what they are capable of becoming.
Johann Wolfgang von
If you limit your
choices only to what seems
you disconnect yourself from what you truly want,
and all that is left is compromise.
It is not our
abilities that show who we really
but our choices.
Professor Albus Dumbledore
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
I'd rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are,
because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star.
I'd rather be a has-been than a might-have-been, by far,
for a might-have-been has never been, but a has was once an are.
background and circumstances may have influenced who we are,
alone are responsible for who we become.
When you learn what
you can live without,
you are able to ask life for the very best
because you possess the gift of discernment.
You are able to create an authentic life
because you are able to make conscious choices.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
In reality there are no minor choices,
for each choice we make
leads to consequences that are stamped on our character.
Thus, all choices are critical!
Each moment matters!
Hoyt W. Brewster, Jr.
If you enjoy what you do
you'll never work another day in your life.
you have started seeing the beauty of life, ugliness starts
you start looking at life with joy, sadness starts disappearing.
You cannot have heaven and hell together, you
can have only one.
It is your choice.
While one person hesitates because he feels inferior,
another is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.
Henry C. Link
Yes, it's true.
We can't control the wind or the rain
or the other vagaries of weather.
But we can tack our sails
such that we can steer the course we desire.
At each moment you choose the intentions
that will shape your experiences
and those things upon which you will focus your attention.
"The Seat of the Soul"
When you cannot make up your mind
which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take
choose the bolder!
William Joseph Slim
is it to choose the right?
It's not hard at all, as long as you're grounded in
principles and values that are from God.
Have you ever thought that someone somewhere
may be pleading with Heavenly Father for help,
and you may be the one chosen
to help answer that prayer?
If we're willing,
He'll use us.
You likely have no idea.
Mary Ellen Edmunds
The seasons change and time moves on.
Lives touch and intertwine
and when they do
we know we'll never be the same again.
As we were welcoming someone new
into our lives and our hearts this last weekend
we were also saying tearful goodbyes
to a loving companion who loved and protected us
for many wonderful years.
Here's to Kody
for his pure love
and the joy he brought into our lives.
As our son, Marc, said
"He may have been an outside dog
but our house sure is empty."
We know we'll see you
and play with you again, Kody.
Thanks for the memories.
1993 - November 28,
time heal the pain
and love heal the heart.
who's just beginning to know
the power of love
and a home that welcomes her
with open arms and loving hearts.
Harriette with our
all our love forever
People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are.
I don't believe in circumstances.
The people who get on in this world
are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want,
and, if they can't find them,
George Bernard Shaw
Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being
Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared.
It is self-discipline and self-knowledge.
It's the sure footedness that comes with having proved you can meet
CLIMBING A MOUNTAIN
Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain.
occasional glance towards the summit keeps the goal in mind,
beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point.
Harold B. Melchart
Make a player as good as he wants to be,
and then let him play!
New York Jets Coach
When coasting in our comfort zone we don't grow.
We continue to do more of the same.
Maintaining a comfort zone can, paradoxically,
lead to discomfort in the long run.
If by being comfortable we avoid important life issues,
internal tension accumulates.
as both the internal and external pressures for change
the 'comfort zone' ceases to serve us.
Who would have ever
heard of Theodore Roosevelt
outside of his immediate community
if he had only half committed himself to what he had undertaken,
if he had brought only a part of himself to his task?
The great secret of his career is that he flung his whole life,
not a part of it,
with all the determination and energy and power he could muster,
into everything he undertook.
Orison Swett Marden
Unless someone like you
cares a whole awful
nothing is going to get better. It's
First say to
yourself what you would be;
and then do what you
have to do.
Until you are committed there is
Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Begin it now!
If you don't make a total
commitment to whatever you're
then you start looking to bail out
the first time the boat starts leaking.
It's tough enough getting that boat to shore
with everybody rowing,
let alone when a guy stands up
and starts putting his life jacket on.
Standing in the middle
of the road is very
knocked down by traffic from both sides.
Desire is the key to
motivation, but it's the determination and
commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal
- a commitment to excellence -
that will enable you to attain the success you seek.
Italian-American Former Race Car Driver who has done it ALL!
(Just read the bio, OK?!)
He who sows courtesy reaps
and he who plants kindness
330 - 379
that everything you have and everything you
are is enough.
You don't need to be better or different --
just as you are.
Can you experience the peace and contentment
owning that perspective brings?
Moving into such total acceptance
does not mean that we stop growing.
When we can accept who we are now,
we open the doors to our own
inspiration to do and be even more!
Everything you need you already
You are complete right now, you
are a whole, total person,
not an apprentice person on the way to
some place else.
are is enough.
Oriah Mountain Dreamer
is always the right place.
There is never a need to
to hitch up the bootstraps of the soul
and start at some
Start right where you are.
Never bend your
head. Always hold it high.
Look the world right in the eye.
American Author, Political Activist and Lecturer
1880 - 1968
Confidence on the outside
begins by living with integrity on the inside.
who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered
has killed more splendid projects,
shattered more ambitious
strangled more effective geniuses,
more superb efforts,
blasted more fine intellects,
than any other enemy of the human race.
Trials, temptations, disappointments --
all these are helps
instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly.
They not only test the
fibre of a character, but strengthen it.
Every conquered temptation
represents a new fund of moral energy.
Every trial endured and
weathered in the right spirit
makes a soul nobler and stronger than it
If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap,
whence everyone must take an equal portion,
most people would be content to take their own and depart.
In the moment that you carry this conviction ...
in that moment your dreams will become reality.
Count the garden by the flowers,
never by the leaves that fall.
Count your life with smiles
and not the tears that roll.
Count your blessings.
Once you realize how valuable
and how much you have going for you,
the smiles will return,
the sun will break out,
the music will play, and you will finally be
able to move forward
with the life that God intended for you
strength, courage, and confidence.
every success is effort.
Behind every effort is passion.
Behind every passion is someone with the
courage to try.
it takes is just one idea to get your
It doesn't matter if no one believes you,
or even agrees with you.
All you have to do is ask yourself one
"Can I do it?"
If the answer is 'Yes!', then it was meant
for you to do!
your fears to yourself,
but share your courage with others.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Courage is resistance to
fear, mastery of fear -
not absence of fear.
Great spirits have
always found violent opposition from mediocrities.
The latter cannot understand it when a man does not
thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices,
but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence and fulfills the
express the results of his thought in clear form.
Nobel Prize Winning Physicist
1879 - 1955
No arsenal, or no weapon in
the arsenals of the world,
is so formidable as the will and moral courage
of free men and women.
40th President of the United States of America - 1981-1989
Courage is the greatest
of all the virtues,
because if you haven't courage
you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others.
British Essayist and Biographer
1709 - 1784
Never let the fear of
keep you from playing the game.
"A Cinderella Story"
fool can run towards the light.
takes a master with courage
to turn and face the darkness
and shine his
own light there.
had turned back
no one would have blamed him.
no one would have remembered him either.
It takes a lot of
courage to release the
familiar and seemingly
to embrace the new.
But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.
There is more security in the adventurous and exciting,
for in movement there is life,
and in change there is power.
must have courage!
Whatever the test,
however many times you fall,
stand up just once more.
Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says
I'll try again tomorrow.
All our dreams can come true
if we have the courage to pursue them.
Courage is fear
holding on a minute longer.
Success is never final,
and failure is never fatal.
It's courage that counts.
Behold the turtle!
He only makes progress
when he sticks his neck out.
Courage is taking that first step or a different path.
It is the decision to place your dreams above your fears.
It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you
I know which way the wind is blowing ...
but I still have to follow
my own course.
The road goes nowhere on its own.
It must be taken.
James Odle, Jr.
Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you you are wrong.
There are always
difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are
To map out a course of action and follow it to the end,
some of the same courage which a soldier needs.
Peace has its
but it takes brave men and women to win them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
a creative life,
we must lose our fear of being wrong.
Joseph Chilton Pearce
create will be a masterpiece,
but you get out there and you try
and sometimes it really happens.
The other times you're just stretching your soul.
American Poet, Educator, Historian, Best-Selling Author, Actress,
Civil Rights Activist, Producer and Director
thing constructed can only be loved after
it is constructed,
a thing created is loved before it exists.
G. K. Chesterton
will always be a grid on your waffle,
but don't let it trick you into
that you have to cut your bites into squares.
creatively, we must be able to
at what we normally take for
If you create from
nearly everything works;
if from the head,
Creativity is the ability to look at the ordinary,
and see the extraordinary.
enough to live life
The creative is the place where no one else has ever been.
You have to leave the city of your
comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.
get there by bus,
only by hard work and risk and by not quite
knowing what you're doing.
What you'll discover will
What you'll discover will be yourself.
your own credibility.
One of the highest accolades is the comment,
"If he says
so, you can bank on it."
James L. Hayes
When you find
facing decisions in your life,
options, look at all the
pluses and minuses,
opinions if you wish, ponder
choose what you hear in your
You are now at a crossroads.
This is your opportunity to make the most
important decision you will ever make.
Forget your past.
Who are you now?
Who have you decided you really are now?
Don't think about who you have been.
Who are you now?
Who have you decided to become?
Make this decision consciously.
Make it carefully.
Make it powerfully.
Jace Carlton. All International Rights Reserved.