Don’t Do Something That Can Send You Over a Cliff

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Sometimes we can derail our life from our own vices. Yet, there is always hope to get back up with confidence, get on track, and ease on down the road.

“The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I’m not going to let myself pull me down anymore.”
C. Joybell C.

“Stop beating yourself up. You are a work in progress, which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once. ”

“Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.”
Les Brown

“Embrace and love all of yourself – past, present, and future. Forgive yourself quickly and as often as necessary. Encourage yourself. Tell yourself good things about yourself.”
Melody Beattie

“If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person. ”
Fred Rogers

May Your Wins Be Greater Than Your Losses

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The following quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke so impressively and powerfully to me today.

  1. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” 
  2. “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” 
  3. “No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”

“May your wins be greater than your losses. And may your losses teach you a great lesson on how to strengthen, yet humble your spirit and win.” -Kym Gordon Moore

To Believe or Make-Believe

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Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world, are things we can’t see. – The Polar Express 

What do we believe in? Do we accept that whatever we believe in is true? Do our eyes deceive us when we visualize something we want to believe in? Is it just a mirage of reality?

“You can believe something really hard, and still be wrong.” – Jodi Picoult

“Whether you believe you can or not you’re right.” -Henry Ford

Sometimes, these days, it seems like many believe more in make-believe over what is real, and true. Believing is something we feel deeply about, that addresses what our gut says to our heart and brain. If we witness something but deny its existence, is this believable? Yet, far too often we believe hogwash that we know is not true.

 “You are what you believe yourself to be.” – Paulo Coelho

“You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.” – C.S. Lewis

If we witness something but deny its existence, is this believable? To believe, is it wishful thinking that gives us hope? Do you believe in yourself?

(This clip is from the 1978 movie “The Wiz.” I love the legendary Lena Horne, and I love her rendition of “If You Believe” in the movie)

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🇺🇲 Labor Day in the USA

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Honoring and recognizing the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States of America.

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” — Vince Lombardi, Hall of Fame NFL coach

“Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.” — Helena Rubenstein, businesswoman, philanthropist

“Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens efforts and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.” —James A. Baldwin, author

“It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.” —Theodore Roosevelt

“Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.” — Maya Angelou

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” — Mahatma Gandhi

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Hold Fast To Dream the Impossible

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“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” – Langston Hughes

The pathway for growth is an optimistic outlook towards the future. We will more than likely experience roadblocks as we set to seek our dreams. Sometimes we will outgrow our past experiences, relationships, and attitudes that propel our evolution of life. This evolution helps us to realize the reality of our dreams.

Recently, my dreams have become quite action-filled. I had to write down a few to ruminate about later. Then, I thought about my 1976 high school class graduation song a few days ago that was a medley of a few other empowering songs. “The Impossible Dream” was one of those songs incorporated in our class song. After we finished singing our finale before our final exit out of the auditorium with our diplomas, I believe all of us were emotional. There were many people that day who we would never see again. Yet somehow, that medley was like a battle cry we were marching to that would give us hope as we entered a new phase of adulthood.

Recorded and written by songwriters Joe Darion and ‎Mitch Leigh in 1966, The Impossible Dream is most connected to the musical Man Of La Mancha. Don Quixote, better known for tilting at windmills is the man with the impossible dream. Is it wrong to dream? Or is it tragic to allow your dreams to be deferred?

Dream Deferred

What happens to a dream deferred?
      Does it dry up
      like a raisin in the sun?
      Or fester like a sore—
      And then run?
      Does it stink like rotten meat?
      Or crust and sugar over—
      like a syrupy sweet?
      Maybe it just sags
      like a heavy load.
      Or does it explode?
– Langston Hughes

Facing Change

James Baldwin, Change, Quotes, Motivation, Inspiration

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Not everything that is faced can be changed but nothing can be changed until it is faced. -James Baldwin, American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist

We look at everything around us and no matter what it is, it is subject to change. Whether or not we are ready for it, things and people change all the time, be it gradually or rapidly. Change sometimes comes with risk, or it can come with a willingness to make things better. Agreeing and changing, however, are two different things.

Thoughtful Thursday

Thinking, kai Stachowiak

The mind can be shattered with scattered thoughts of confusion and idleness. 

Philip Hagler, Thoughts

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. -Anonymous

Thoughts, Confucius, Piotr Siedlecki

The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large. -Confucius

Thoughts, Buddha, Piotr Siedlecki

We are shaped by our thoughts, we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. – Buddha

Don’t get burned out by the noise and background distractions that can drive your thinking to a place of distortion and despair. It is possible to reshape your way of thinking. Start fresh today. Happy #ThoughtfulThursday!