Tuesday, April 24, 2012

2012-17 - Be bold...

If you have something to say, say it. If you have a point to make, make it clearly and unambiguously. There is nothing to be gained by timidly hiding behind vague insinuations. Get your opinion out in the open. Say what you mean to say, with confidence and clarity.

When you're clear about what needs to be done, take decisive action and do it. Not halfway, not half-heartedly, but with courage and determination. See it through to completion, boldly overcoming the obstacles which will surely arise.

Failing to speak up for what you approve of, gives support to what you oppose. Failing to decide, is a decision to fail. Failing to take action, allows opportunity to slip through your fingers.

You know who you are. You know what you believe. You know what must be done, and you know how to do it. Be confident. Be bold. The opportunity is now. Get it done.

~ Ralph Marston
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"Be bold, be bold, and everywhere be bold."

~ Herbert Spencer
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

2012-16 - The mouse and the books...

When I was interned in Dr. Eiras Hospital, I began to have panic crises. One day, I decided to consult the psychiatrist in charge of my case...

"Doctor, I am overcome by fear; it takes from me the joy of living."

"Here in my office there is a mouse that eats my books", said the doctor.

"If I get desperate about this mouse, he will hide from me and I will do nothing else in life but hunt him. Therefore, I put the most important books in a safe place and let him gnaw some others. In this way, he is still a mouse and does not become a monster. Be afraid of some things and concentrate all your fear on them - so that you have courage in the rest."

~ Paulo Coelho
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"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of it."

~ Author Unknown
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

2012-15 - Would anyone know the difference?

A friend tells me the story of a father who took his two boys to play mini-golf. At the ticket office he wanted to know the price.

"Five coins for adults, three for those over six years. Under six years entry is free." said the gatekeeper.

The father replied, "One of them is three, the other seven. I'll pay for the oldest."

"You could have saved three coins, saying that the oldest was under six; I would never have known the difference." responded the gatekeeper as he handed over the tickets.

The father solemnly replied "That may be... but the boys would know."

~ Author Unknown
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"Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do."

~ Don Galer
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

2012-14 - Positive alternatives...



Rather than being annoyed, be amused. Instead of getting angry, become curious. In place of envy, feel admiration. In place of worry, take action. In place of doubt, have faith.

Negative energy is just positive energy that's flowing in the opposite direction. There's no need to fight or run away from that negative energy. All you need to do is change its direction.

The more negative you are, the more positive you can be. An automobile that can travel 70 miles per hour to the east can also travel just as fast when going west. But first, someone must turn it around.

When you sense yourself becoming negative, stop and consider what it would mean to apply that negative energy in the opposite direction.

Turn your sadness into caring. Transform your complaints into useful suggestions. Change your bitterness into determination. The energy is already there. All you need to do is change its direction.

~ Ralph Marston
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"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
~ Winston Churchill
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