Tuesday, March 28, 2017

2017-13 - Butterfly Insights...

A marvelous lesson appeared for me just now as I was exiting thru the garage, to come to this little playplace they call an office.

As I opened the garage door, I startled a large moth, which, upon spreading it's wings, displayed a bright red "tail" hidden by the motley brown wings, more a "butterfly" than a moth.

It flew immediately to its perceived escape, the circle-topped window where it frantically tried to exit thru the invisible wall of closed glass.

I raised the third-car garage door in hopes of aiding it's escape. That caused it to fly higher and higher and become entangled in a spider web. Fearful that it would remain entangled in the web, I selected a long-handled broom to assist him escaping the tangled threads.

At this, he returned to furiously pumping his wings and banging into the glass, which was, in his perspective, the pathway of escape, but remained his cage.

By simply turning his focus to one side, he would have easily exited his prison. Rather, due to his intent on one direction, he remained confined, captive.

~ Joie Lake



Overcoming what frightens you the most strengthens you the most.

~ Matshona Dhliwayo

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

2017-12 - Balance...

Once Anthony was relaxing with his disciples outside his hut when a hunter came by. The hunter was surprised to see Anthony relaxing, and rebuffed him for taking it easy. It was not his idea of what a holy monk should be doing.

Anthony replied, "Bend your bow and shoot an arrow." And the hunter did so. "Bend it again and shoot another arrow," said Anthony. The hunter did so, again and again.

The hunter finally said, "Anthony, if I keep my bow always stretched, it will break."

"So it is with us," replid Anthony. "if we push ourselves beyond measure, we will break. It is right from time to time to relax our efforts."

~ Brian Cavanaugh



There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.

~ Alan Cohen


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

2017-11 - Keep pushing forward...

When you feel like quitting, you're actually closer than ever to getting the work done. Keep going, keep moving, keep working and finish the task.

Sure, you can think of plenty of reasons to stop short of the goal. Yet there are even better reasons to push yourself forward so the goal is reached.

If the work has been difficult and challenging, that's certainly no reason to stop. In fact, that means you've got a whole lot invested in what you're doing, so keep going and reap the rewards of that investment.

You already made the choice to get started, so choose right now to reaffirm your commitment. Keep up the good and valuable work, and get the results you desire.

Keep going, keep pushing forward, and keep creating real, meaningful value in your world.

~ Ralph Marston



If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.

~ Henry Ford

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

2017-10 - We'll Get Bigger

George Mallory was the famed mountain climber who may have been the first person ever to reach the top of Mount Everest. In the early 1920's he led a number of attempts to scale the mountain, eventually being killed in the third attempt in 1924.

Mallory was an extraordinary climber, and nothing would force him to give up. His body was found in 1999, well preserved by the snow and ice, 27,000 feet up the mountain, just 2000 feet from the peak. Give up he did not. His body was found face down on a rocky slope, head toward the summit. His arms were extended high over his head pointing upwards.

At a banquet was held in his honour, it is said that the leader of the group stood to be applauded, and with tears streaming down his face, turned and looked at a picture of the mountain, "I speak to you, Mt Everest, in the name of all brave men living and those yet unborn" he said. "Mt Everest, you defeated us once; you defeated us twice; you defeated us three times. But Mt Everest, we shall someday defeat you, because you can't get any bigger but we can."

In 1953 two climbers, Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzig Norgay, reached the top.

~ A snippet from Illustrations Unlimited




All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

~ Walt Disney