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Deep down inside we know that the best gifts
don't come from catalogs or shopping malls.
They don't come in brightly-colored packages,
or fancy envelopes,
and they're not sitting under a tree somewhere...
the best gifts come from the heart.
They come when we look at each other -
REALLY look at each other -
and say 'You mean a lot to me',
or 'I'm so glad you're a part of my life'.
A gift like that will never go out of style,
or be forgotten, or be returned for a different size.
A gift like that can change the world.
wise woman traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in
The next day she met another traveler who was hungry,
wise woman opened her bag to share her food.
The hungry traveler saw
the precious stone
and asked the woman to give it to him.
She did so
The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune.
He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime.
But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the woman.
"I've been thinking," he said,
"I know how valuable the stone
but I give it back in the hope
that you can give me something even
Give me what you have within you
that enabled you to
give me the stone."
There is a wonderful mythical law of nature
that the three things we crave most in life -
happiness, freedom and peace of mind -
are always attained
by giving them to someone else.
Peyton Conway March
Sometimes you just got to give yourself
what you wish someone else would give you.
Dr. Phil McGraw
Takers take with no thought of giving.
Givers give with no thought at all.
what you have.
To someone, it may be better
that you dare to think.
Educator and Poet
1807 - 1882
are not cisterns made for hoarding,
are channels made for giving.
If nature has made you
your hands are born open, and so is your heart.
And though there may be times when your hands are empty,
your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that.
American Playwright and Author
1849 - 1924
What we have
done for ourselves alone
dies with us.
What we have done for others and the world
remains and is immortal.
Give what you have.
To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
FOR IT !!!
You know a dream is
like a river, ever changing as it flows,
and a dreamer's just a vessel that must follow where it goes.
Trying to learn from what's behind you and never knowing what's in store
makes each day a constant battle just to stay between the shores.
And I will sail my vessel 'til the river runs dry.
Like a bird upon the wind, these waters are my sky.
I'll never reach my destination if I never try,
so I will sail my vessel 'til the river runs dry.
many times we
stand aside and let the water slip away
'til what we put off 'til tomorrow has now become today.
So don't you sit upon the shore and say you're satisfied.
Choose to chance the rapids and dare to dance the tides.
There's bound to be rough waters and I know I'll take some falls,
but with the good Lord as my captain I can make it through them all.
co-written by Garth Brooks and Victoria Shaw
It is never too late
to be what you might have been.
Most of us go to our
grave with our music still inside of us.
From a certain point
onward there is no longer any turning back.
That is the point that must be reached.
Austro-Hungarian Novelist and Short Story Writer
1883 - 1924
In any pursuit,
in any endeavor,
following any dream,
you must give all you have
and never give up!
It's not about you.
It never has been.
It's all about others who will benefit
from your commitment,
your dreams, your desires,
Whatever your dream ...
go the distance!
those who dream
and never stop believing
in their dreams!
Don't let the simplicity of the following message fool you ...
The reason most people never
reach their goals
is that they don't define them,
or even seriously consider them as believable or achievable.
Winners can tell you where they are going,
what they plan to do along the way,
and who will be sharing the adventure with them.
American Author, Consultant and Keynote Speaker
It is a paradoxical but
profoundly true and important principle of life
that the most likely way to reach a goal
is to be aiming not at that goal itself,
but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.
1889 - 1975
Give me a stock clerk with a goal,
I will give you someone who will make history.
me someone without a goal,
and I will
give you a stock clerk.
With definite goals you
release your own power
and things start happening. What you get by achieving your goals
is not as important as what you become.
Internationally Known Motivational Author and Speaker
Fix your attention on your goals and never look
on your earlier problems.
Our energies should be focused not behind us but ahead of us.
Howard W. Hunter
reach a goal
you have never
you must do things you have never done before.
Richard G. Scott
Goals are like stars;
they're always there.
Adversity is like the clouds;
it's temporary and will move on.
Keep your eyes on the stars.
A MESSAGE FROM GOD
This is God.
I will be handling all of your problems today.
I will not need your help,
so have a miraculous day!
Talk about the beauty of God's creation!
You can just imagine His big paint brush
splashing all these colors on the hills east of Tehachapi, California.
Apparently the abundance of rain there this spring
has allowed the proliferation of these beautiful flowers.
This is the major mountain pass
from the Central Valley of into the Los Angeles basin.
It is truly a spectacular sight!
Traffic really slows down as people drive through this normally
GOODBYE ... and HELLO!
It occurred to me one night while tucking John-Robert in
that I would never see him again just as he was at that moment -
that each new day, in little ways,
would bring me a little different boy, each day.
And I was so sad as I thought about this.
But with the sadness came an opening inside my heart, for that new boy -
and for eventually the man that would take his place -
I realized in this that this was so much of what life was about -
a willingness to say goodbye to one thing,
or to one moment, or place,
and make myself open to receive whatever wonderful thing might come
holding it all within my heart -
grateful for it all as it comes -
and even as it goes.
James A. Carlton
as we must face unpleasant
realities all our days,
us recognize and praise the thousands of beauties of life around us.
Paul H. Dunn
is impossible to
bring more into your life if you are
feeling ungrateful about what you have.
Author and Film Maker of "The Secret"
glad of life
because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play
and to look up at the stars.
Henry Van Dyke
Author, Educator and Clergyman
is more than
feeling thankful for our blessings.
It's showing our thankfulness through our thoughts, words and deeds.
It's showing how grateful we are by serving others,
and blessing others with thoughtful extensions of our heart.
It's giving, without expecting or desiring anything in return.
As we express
we must never forget
that the highest appreciation is not
to utter words,
but to live by them.
John F. Kennedy
President of the United States
attitude of gratitude,
and give thanks for everything that happens to you,
knowing that every step forward
is a step toward achieving something bigger and better
than your current situation.
our light goes out
but is blown into flames once again
by an encounter with another human being.
Each of us owes the deepest thanks
to those who have kindled the inner light.
My father gave me
the greatest gift
anyone could give another person,
he believed in me.
THE GREATEST GOOD
The greatest good you can do for another
is not just share your riches,
but reveal to them their own.
greatest trust that can come to a man
is to have placed in their keeping the life of a little child.
David O. McKay
To accomplish great things,
we must not only act, but also dream,
not only plan, but also believe.
French Poet, Journalist and Novelist
1844 - 1924
Great things are not
done by impulse,
but by a series of small things brought together.
Vincent Van Gogh
Dutch Post-Impressionist Artist
1853 - 1890
A man can be as great as he
wants to be.
If you believe in yourself and have
the courage, the dedication, the competitive drive,
and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life
and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile,
it can be done.
Hall of Fame Football Coach
1913 - 1970
Be not afraid of
some are born great, some achieve greatness,
and some have greatness thrust upon them.
English Playwright, Poet and Actor
Baptized 1564 (birth date unknown) - 1616
are always seeds of greatness
in everything we do.
and plant them in the best soil you can find.
Each of us is great
insofar as we perceive and act on the infinite possibilities
which lie undiscovered and unrecognized about us.
James Harvey Robinson
As we grow and mature as
we learn to honor and respect the uniqueness of others.
I don't think God is too
interested in real estate.
He owns it all anyway.
He does seem to be incredibly interested in what happens to us
and will place us in those circumstances
where we have the most opportune chances to grow
and to carry out our purposes.
Neal A. Maxwell
If we don't change, we don't grow.
If we don't grow, we are not really living.
Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.
Less Words ... More Action
Less Greed ... More Giving
Less Worry ... More Sleep
Less Driving ... More Walking
Less Anger ... More Laughter
Less Fear ... More Faith
Less Hate ... More Love
Jace Carlton. All International Rights Reserved.