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Leaders aren't born, they
And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.
And that is the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any
Hall of Fame Football Coach
1913 - 1970
To lead in the
twenty-first century you will be required
to have both character and competence.
General H. Norman
Retired American 4-Star General
Unless you're the lead dog
the view never changes.
You were born with potential.
You were born with goodness and trust.
You were born with ideals and dreams.
You were born with greatness.
You were born with wings.
You are not meant for crawling, so don't.
You have wings.
Learn to use them and fly!
13th Century Poet
Have faith in yourself,
listen to your heart,
and learn to surrender to what you hear
from the depths of your soul.
Surrender is faith that the
power of love can accomplish anything --
even when you cannot foresee the outcome.
Medical Doctor and Best Selling Author
( born 1946 )
The life given us by nature
but the memory of a life well spent is eternal.
In the time we have it
is surely our duty
to do all the good we can
to all the people we can
in all the ways we can.
1907 - 1978
Those who loved you and
were helped by you will remember you.
So carve your name on hearts and not on marble.
Charles H. Spurgeon
1834 - 1892
Gordon B. Hinckley
1910 - 2008
a gentleman of quiet and kind leadership
who leaves behind a legacy felt around the world.
What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us;
What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.
Some people think it's
holding on that makes one strong;
sometimes it's letting go.
American Singer, Musician, Producer and Record Label Executive
The longer we dwell on
the greater is their power to harm us.
French Author and Philosopher
1694 - 1778
willing to get rid of the life we've planned
so as to have the life that is
waiting for us.
Even though you may
want to move forward in
you may have one foot on the brakes.
In order to be free,
we must learn how to let go.
Release the hurt.
Release the fear.
Refuse to entertain your old pain.
The energy it takes to hang onto the past
is holding you back from a new life.
Mary Manin Morrissey
Giving up the past
allows us to create the future.
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.
The Tao Te Ching
life also gives you water and sugar,
your lemonade is gonna suck!
Beth Patterson Farr
Life isn't about
waiting for the storm to pass,
it's about learning to dance in the rain.
It is precisely the
possibility of realizing a dream
that makes life interesting.
Brazilian Author and Lyricist
If you don't stop and look around once in awhile,
you could miss it.
whole of life, not just one little part of it.
That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies,
that is why you must sing and dance,
and write poems, and suffer, and understand,
for all of that is life.
lived for tomorrow
will always be
just a day away from being realized.
is not a journey to the grave
with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved
but rather to skid in broadside,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -
WOW - What A Ride!
at the end of our comfort zone.
Neale Donald Walsch
Over the ages many philosophers have reminded us
that this is the
only life we have.
Every day is a new chance to make a fresh start.
It doesn't matter how old you are,
or how messed up your life might
have been up to now,
you've just awakened to a new day,
that new chance you've been waiting for to get it right.
Don't you dare get down on yourself
for anything you've done in the
past that didn't work.
You can't go back and do it over.
We've been given this new day, by the grace of God,
to make with it
what we will.
Count your blessings ... every last one of them ...
and then go forward with a burning desire
and a determination to make this life the most awesome it can be.
It's within your power to change and create your life
into whatever you
want it to be.
And don't forget to forgive yourself along the way
for the mistakes
you'll inevitably make.
They're all a part of this wonderful thing we call
Life is like a ten speed bicycle.
Most of us have gears we never use.
Charles M. Schulz
Life is not measured by the number of
breaths we take,
but by the
moments that take our breath away.
And in the end
it's not the years in your life that count.
It's the life in your years.
A GREAT LIFE
gets anywhere until he is
life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated and disciplined.
THE SECRET OF LIFE
attempt to live their lives
they try to have more things, or more money,
in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier.
The way it actually works is the reverse.
You must first be who you really are,
then do what you love to do,
in order to have what you want.
of the secrets of a long and fruitful life
is to forgive everybody
everything every night
before you go to bed.
LIFE & DEATH
Love is stronger than death
even though it can't stop death from happening.
No matter how hard death tries
it can't separate people from love.
It can't take away our memories either.
In the end,
life is stronger than death.
In memory of
Nicholas James Troiano
July 26, 1979 - November 15, 2005
to those who have a quiet mind
and a peaceful heart.
Listen to the MUS'NTS, child,
Listen to the DONT's,
Listen to the SHOULD'NTS,
the IMPOSSIBLES, the WONT'S,
Listen to the NEVER HAVES,
then listen close to me -
Anything can happen, child,
ANYTHING CAN BE.
Poet, Songwriter, Musician,
Composer, Cartoonist, Screenwriter and Author
1930 - 1999
Find a quiet
place and listen.
It should be very quiet.
The only sound you should hear is your heart beating.
Peer deep down inside your heart.
Do you see someone that holds a special place in your heart?
Maybe they have always been there when you needed them;
maybe they offered words of encouragement; taught you a lesson;
comforted you when you were sick; praised you on your accomplishments.
Make this their lucky day.
You have the POWER to spread happiness today.
A quick note or a kind word is all it takes
to bring a smile and lasting memory to someone very special.
LISTEN TO YOUR HEART
on the verge.
That's right ... you.
And I mean ... right now.
Just listen ... carefully.
Yep, that's your heart.
Not someone else's ... YOURS!
It's telling you where your passion lies,
what makes your heart beat the strongest,
what makes you feel the most complete ... the most alive!
Take the time, right now, to really listen.
The answers are there.
Everything you've been missing
because you've been too busy to listen,
too blind to see,
too numb to feel that you were on the wrong track.
If you'll listen, really listen,
you'll know exactly what to do
to make the right move, right now.
Your most precious dreams are about to come true.
It's all up to you.
Now ... just listen.
Then ... make your move ...
Listen to your heart ... it will never mislead you,
for only truth is spoken there.
knows wisdom far beyond
Trust that tug of intuition that pulls at your heart,
it is in harmony with your greatest good
and attuned to something far greater than man's reason.
Listening to your heart is not simple.
Finding out who you are is not simple.
It takes a lot of hard work and courage
to get to know who you are
and what you want.
THIS DAY ...
perhaps his greatest book, The Greatest Salesman In The World,
wrote in Scroll V..
I will live this day as if it is my last.
This day is all I
have and these hours are now my eternity.
I greet the
sunrise with cries of joy as a prisoner who is reprieved from death.
I lift mine arms
with thanks for this priceless gift of a new day.
So too, I will
beat upon my heart with gratitude as I consider all
greeted yesterday's sunrise who are no longer with the living today.
I am indeed a
fortunate man and today's hours are but a bonus, undeserved.
Why have I been
allowed to live this extra day when others,
far better than I,
Is it that they
have accomplished their purpose
while mine is yet
to be achieved?
Is this another
opportunity for me to become the man I know I can be?
Is there a purpose
in nature? Is this my day to excel?
will live this day as if it is my last.
Best Selling Author and Inspirational Speaker
1923 - 1996
significance you give the moment,
the more the moment has the opportunity to be significant.
Yesterday is ashes, tomorrow
Only today does the fire burn brightly.
Don't let yesterday
use up too much of today.
I was regretting my past, and fearing my future.
Suddenly, my Lord was speaking: "My name is I AM."
He paused ... I waited ... He continued.
"When you live in the past, with its mistakes and regrets, it is hard.
I am not there. My name is not I WAS.
When you live in the future, with its problems and fears, it is hard.
I am not there. My name is not I WILL BE.
When you live in this moment, it is not hard. I am here. My
name is I
James A. Carlton
As long I continue to hear "normal" people
telling me I'm too childish,
I know I'm doing just fine.
When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning,
by dreams that need completion,
by pure love that needs expressing,
then we truly live life.
The worst way to miss someone is to be sitting
right next to them
and knowing you can't have them.
Fellow Star Traveler
For if thy God was not longsuffering with thee,
what chance would you have?
Somewhere someone's reaching out
looking for a hand to hold to help them through today
searching for a ray of hope to light their way
saying a prayer that someone somewhere
will hear their cry.
Somewhere someone's reaching out
Most of the shadows of this life
are caused by standing in our own sunshine.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
You know you're in love
when you can't fall asleep
because reality is finally better
than your dreams.
"Dr. Seuss" Geisel
Married for Time
& All Eternity
October 10, 2009
Love is a symbol of eternity.
It wipes out all sense of time,
destroying all memory of a beginning and
all fear of an end.
will love the sun for it warms my bones;
yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my
I will love the light for it shows me the
yet I will love the darkness for it shows
me the stars.
I will welcome happiness for it enlarges my
yet I will endure sadness for it opens my
I will acknowledge rewards for they are my
yet I will welcome obstacles for they are
will find, as you look
back upon your life,
that the moments when you really lived
are the moments when you have done things
in the spirit of love.
when we give joyfully, without
hesitation or thought of gain,
we truly know what love means.
Love is a force more
formidable than any
is invisible - it cannot be seen or measured,
it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment,
and offer you
more joy than any material possession could.
Barbara De Angelis, Ph.D.
Love is like a
The music may stop now and then, but the strings remain forever.
June Masters Bacher
American Teacher, Newspaper Columnist and Author
1918 - 1993
It doesn't matter who
you love, or how you love,
but that you love.
American Best-Selling Poet, Singer, Songwriter, Composer and Author
I can't remember the date or
what you wore
or what the weather was like on the day we met.
I only remember that you said hello in a voice that sounded like love.
our true destiny.
We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone --
we find it with another.
Poet, Author and Social Activist
1915 - 1968
Pure love will light the way through the darkest
calm the stormiest seas,
and lift you on eagle's wings to the highest heights.
Love knows no
limit to its
no end to its trust, no fading of its hope;
it can outlast anything.
Love still stands when all else has fallen.
The way to love
is to realize that it might be lost.
G. K. Chesterton
Journalist and Novelist
can be divided
and still not diminish.
American Author and Aviation Pioneer
Fellow Star Traveler
Love is like air,
you can feel it but you cannot see it.
When you touch a moment of pure love,
you touch all the love that has ever been given and received,
and you have access to it.
and be loved
is to feel the sun from both sides.
found the paradox
that if I love until it hurts,
then there is no hurt,
but only more love.
fifty-two names for snow
because it is important to them;
there ought to be as many for love.
I could reach up and hold a star
for every time you've made me smile,
the entire evening sky
would be in the palm of my hand.
Sometimes when the
stars line up
And you wish with all your heart
Love will find it's way to you
No matter where you are.
Mary Ann Kennedy
from her song
"I Wish I Had A Horse"
on her CD
The Trail Less Traveled
seed of love,
once planted and nurtured with constant love and care,
will never die.
you have loved, you will
For what's in your mind may escape,
but what's in your heart
will remain forever.
Our union is like this:
You feel cold
so I reach for a blanket to cover Our shivering feet.
A hunger comes into your body
so I run to My garden and start digging potatoes.
You asked for a few words of comfort and guidance
and I quickly kneel by your side
offering you a whole Book as a Gift.
You ache with loneliness one night so much you weep,
and I say
"Here is a rope, tie it around me,
I will be your Companion for Life."
Love Poems From God
Twelve Sacred Voices from
The East and West
Translated by Daniel Ladinsky
majority of us lead quiet,
as we pass through this world.
There will most likely be no ticker tape parades for us,
no monuments created in our honor.
But that does not lessen our possible impact,
for there are scores of people
waiting for someone just like us to come along;
people who will appreciate our compassion,
our unique talents.
Someone who will live a happier life
merely because we took the time
to share what we had to give.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch,
a smile, a kind word, a listening ear,
an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have a potential to turn a life around.
It's overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are
to make our love felt.
If you have love in your life,
it can make up for a great many things you lack.
If you do not have it, no matter what else there is,
it is not enough.
Don't take for granted the things closest
to your heart.
Cling to them as you would for your life,
for without them, life is meaningless.
Don't shut love out of your life
by saying it is impossible to find.
The quickest way to receive love is to give love;
The fastest way to lose it,
is to hold too tightly;
And the best way to keep it
is to give it wings.
To love a person
is to learn the song that is in their heart,
and sing it to them when they have forgotten.
will find, as you look back
that the moments when you really lived
are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
The beginning of
love is to let those we
love be perfectly
and not twist them to fit our own image.
Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.
Take love away from life
and you take away it's pleasures.
When you love someone
all your saved-up wishes start coming out.
Where there is love,
there are always miracles.
Once you have learned to love
you will have learned to live.
OF THE DRAW
Even though we need to play with the cards we've
it's nice when we can be the dealer
and shuffle the deck ourselves.
Forget mistakes. Forget failure.
Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it.
Today is your lucky day.
Jace Carlton. All International Rights Reserved.