Tuesday, February 28, 2017

2017-09 - Learning to Soar

When I was a boy a neighbor gave me a baby crow. After the crow was about half grown I decided that he needed to learn to fly. I climbed a ladder to the top of our house with my crow named "Rocket". Then I dropped him over the side. He fell, then flapped his wings, and landed safely. I repeated the process six or seven times until, finally instead of landing, Rocket flew over to a tree. He now knew how to fly!

An eagle that lives in the mountains does much the same with its young. When the time is right the mother eagle literally tears the nest apart and forces the eaglets to go plummeting toward the earth. Before the eaglet hits the ground the mother eagle will catch the eaglet and bear it up on its wings. The process is repeated until the eaglets can fly. Because the nest has been destroyed the eaglets are forced to begin their own lives.

Have you ever been safe and secure then suddenly your nest has been destroyed? Sometimes somebody, just like the mother eagle, must nudge us out of our comfort zone. It isn't always pleasant but then we do want to learn how to fly don't we? Actually eagles don't fly they soar on the currents of wind. We want to be able to soar as well on the wind.

~ Ed Wrather

The hardest thing in life to learn is which bridge to cross and which to burn.

~ David Russell

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2017-08 - Four Magic Words

Long ago an Eastern monarch called his wise men together and asked them to invent a motto, a few magic words that would help him in time of trial or distress.

It must be brief enough to be engraved on a ring to be ever present. It must be appropriate to every situation, as useful in prosperity as in adversity. It must be a motto wise and true and endlessly enduring, words by which a man could be guided all his life, in every circumstance, no matter what happened.

The wise men finally came to the monarch with their magic words. They were words for every change or chance of fortune... words to fit every situation, good or bad... words to ease the heart and mind in every circumstance.

The words they gave for the ring were: This, too, shall pass.

~ Author Unknown

Your struggle is a part of your story.

~ Laura Hilton

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

2017-07 - Keep Your Goals in Sight…

On July 4, 1952, Florence Chadwick was on her way to becoming the first woman to swim the Catalina Channel. She had already conquered the English Channel.

The world was watching. Chadwick fought the dense fog, bone-chilling cold, and many times, the sharks. She was striving to reach the shore but every time she looked through her goggles, all she could see was the dense fog. Unable to see the shore, she gave up.

Chadwick was disappointed when she found out that she was only half a mile from the coast. She quit, not because she was a quitter but because her goal was not in sight anywhere. The elements didn't stop her. She said, "I'm not making excuses. If only I had seen the land, I could have made it."

Two months later, she went back and swam the Catalina Channel. This time, in spite of the bad weather, she had her goal in mind and not only accomplished it but beat the men's record by two hours.

~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

"Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals."

~ LL Cool J

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

2017-06 - Heaven…

To a disciple who was obsessed with the thought of life after death the Master said, "Why waste a single moment thinking of the hereafter?"

"But is it possible not to?"



"By living in heaven here and now."

"And where is this heaven?"

"In the here and now."

~ The Master

"Today Is My Everything."

~ Richie Norton