Feb 28, 2012

Be Simply Yourself

When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare of compete, everybody will respect you.

A little competition now and then may be healthy for some individuals but when it becomes an obsession, it can definitely hurt a person's well-being and self-respect.  That's likely why Lao Tzu (sometimes spelled Lao Tse, Laozi, Lao Tsu) made this statement.

Feb 26, 2012

Keep Believing

We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving.  And we all have some power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.

Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist was best known for Little Women, which has been popularized in literature classes and in the media (television and cinema).  Unlike her wholesome Little Women story, she has also written passionate, fiery stories under the pseudonym A. M. Barnard. 

Feb 24, 2012

Passion, Power, and Focus

Passion is energy.  Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.

Oprah Winfrey has that natural ability to make every woman, man, and child feel empowered from within.  With her positive outlook and encouragement, she's inspired millions of her television show viewers and fans.  

Feb 22, 2012

Fear Not For The Future

Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.

Percy Bysshe Shelley is considered one of the finest lyric poets of the English language.  He was born on August 4, 1792, at Field Place, near Horsham, Sussex, England.  He attended the Eton school from 1804 to 1810, then attended University College, Oxford in 1810.  He died in 1822.

Feb 20, 2012

Source of Joy

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

Thich Nhat Hahn is one of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world.  He is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist who now lives in France.   He was born on October 11, 1926, joined a Zen monastery at the age of 16, and studied Buddhism as a novitiate.  In the early 1960s, he founded the School of Youth for Social Services (SYSS) in Saigon. In 1982, he founded Plum Village, a Buddhist community in exile in France.

Feb 18, 2012

Finding Hope

Find the seed at the bottom of your heart and bring forth a flower.

This quote came from Shigenori Kameoka, director of The Shinto Moral Training Society. 

Feb 16, 2012

We See With Our Hearts

We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts. 

William Hazlitt lived from 10 April 1778 – 18 September 1830.  He was an English writer who is considered one of the great essayists and critics of the English language.  William Hazlitt was the son of an Irish Unitarian clergyman.  He wrote articles for The Examiner, The Times, and The Edinburgh Review.   He died of stomach cancer in 1830.  You can learn more about William Hazlitt at The Spartacus Educational website - http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/PRhazlitt.htm.

Feb 14, 2012

Life, Love, and Understanding

Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third.

Marge Piercy is the author of seventeen novels, including best-sellers Gone To Soldiers, Braided Lives, and The Longings of Women.  She has also written eighteen volumes of poetry. 

Feb 13, 2012

Music Speaks

Where words fail, music speaks.

Hans Christian Andersen wrote many of our beloved children's classics like The Little Mermaid, The Snow Queen, and The Ugly Duckling.  Many of them have been brought to our television and movie screens, most popularly through Walt Disney movie productions. 

Feb 11, 2012

The Secret of Having It All

When you come right down to it, the secret of having it all is loving it all.

This quote came from the well-known American psychologist and advice columnist, Dr. Joyce Brothers.  She had published a syndicated daily newspaper column since 1960.  She was born Joyce Diane Bauer on October 20, 1927 in New York City, New York.  A lesser known fact is that she rose to fame in 1955 by winning The $64,000 Game Show, on which she appeared as an expert in the subject area of boxing.

Feb 9, 2012

Secrets of happiness and good health

Moderation.  Small helpings.  Sample a little bit of everything.
These are the secrets of happiness and good health.

Yes, that quote came from the famous TV chef, Julia Child.  As a very witty and entertaining chef, she brought complex French cooking to our homes via television and published books, making the art of French cooking simple and fun for even the average homemaker.  You can check out some of her videos at PBS: Julia Child: Lessons With Master Chefs.

Feb 7, 2012

To Be Trusted

To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved. 

George Macdonald was born on December 10, 1824 and lived until September 18, 1905. He was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister.  A wonderful website full of resources on George Macdonald is the The Golden Key, which also features a link to the George Macdonald Society as well as a few free downloads related to this inspiring author.

Feb 5, 2012

Love Heals

Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything
and love is all there is.

You can learn more about Gary Zukav from the Seat of the Soul Institute which he co-founded with Linda Francis in 1999.  He uses his insightful wisdom and humor to teach millions of people how to create meaning and purpose by aligning the soul with the personality and by using awareness and consciousness to achieve this. 

Feb 3, 2012

Where You're Going

It isn't where you come from.  
It's where you're going that counts.

Ella Fitzgerald was known as the "First Lady of Song", with a vocal range of three octaves.  She was born on April 25, 1917 and died on June 15, 1996.  She was in the recording industry for 59 years and during that time, won 13 Grammy Awards.

Feb 1, 2012

Figuring Out Your Worth

No one can figure out your worth but you.

Pearl Bailey was an American actress and singer who lived from March 29, 1918 – August 17, 1990.  She was also the recipient of several performance awards including a Tony Award for the title role in a 1968 all-black version of Hello, Dolly! and a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance in an ABC Afterschool Special - Cindy Eller: A Modern Fairy Tale.