This blog will hopefully inspire you, warm your heart, make you smile and feel positive.

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Everyone fails. The best of us fail, and the rest of us fail too. Those who never rise from defeat often see failure as final. What we all need to remember is that life is not a pass-fail test. It’s a trial-and-error process. Those who succeed bounce back from their bonehead mistakes because they view their setbacks as temporary and as learning experiences.

Every successful person has messed up at some point. Often, they say their mistakes were critical to their success. When they flopped, they didn’t quit. Instead, they recognized their problems, worked harder, and searched for more creative solutions. If they failed five times, they tried five times harder. Winston Churchill captured the essence of it when he said, “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”

If you can’t overcome your defeats, it may be that you have personalized them. Losing doesn’t make you a loser any more than striking out makes a great baseball player a benchwarmer. As long as you stay in the game and keep swinging, you can still be a slugger. If you aren’t willing to do the work required, then losing isn’t your problem, you are the problem. To achieve success you have to feel worthy of it and then take responsibility for making it happen. You could view your failures as a gift because they often set you up for a breakthrough.

There is a Japanese proverb: “Fall seven times, stand up eight.”

Don’t Waste Your Energy

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Sometimes everything will go your way and on other days nothing at all seems to go right.

If you are having one of those days, instead of wasting your energy raging against something you can’t control, take a deep breath … and accept it.

So many of life’s eventualities are beyond our control. Work out what things you can influence and come to a peaceful acceptance of the rest.

Worse Than A Bad Decision

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Andrew Carnegie, believed to be the world’s first billionaire, called a young reporter, Napoleon Hill, into his office and asked him to devote 20 years to interviewing only the world’s richest people in order to share ‘The Secret’ of wealth, success, and happiness with the rest of the world.

But Mr. Carnegie secretly held a stopwatch beneath his desk and gave Napoleon only 60 seconds to answer yes or no before he would lose the opportunity forever. He knew that if Napoleon required more time to think about it then he was the wrong guy.

Napoleon took 32 seconds to say yes and his lack of indecision led to the writing of “Think and Grow Rich,” the best-selling book responsible for helping to create an estimated one million millionaires.

Most people will loose more to indecision than they will to a bad decision.
- Andrew Carnegie

Attitude Is Altitude

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When you experience a tragedy or a personal crisis, it’s perfectly normal to go through stages of fear, anger and sadness, but at some point we all have to say: “I’m still here. Do I want to spend the rest of my life wallowing in misery, or do I want to rise above what has happened to me and pursue my dreams?”

Is it easy to do that? No, it is not. It takes great determination, not to mention a sense of purpose, hope, faith, and the belief that you have talents and skills to share. The age-old, time-proven, undeniable truth is that you and I may have absolutely no control over what happens to us, but we can control how we respond. If we choose the right attitude, we can rise above whatever challenges we face.

You likely will have no control over the next big bad bump in your life. A hurricane hits your house. A drunk driver crashes into your car. Your employer lays you off. Your significant other says, “I need space.” We are all blindsided from time to time. Be sad, feel bad, but then pull yourself up and ask, “What’s next?” Once you’ve whimpered awhile, vented, or shed all the tears in your tank, pull yourself together and make an attitude adjustment.

Find your purpose, have hope for the future and faith in the possibilities for your life, and to love yourself as you are.

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I would have talked less and listened more. I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the good living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment realizing that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, “Later, now go get washed up for dinner.”

There would have been more “I love you”, more “I’m sorry”, but mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute, look at it and really see it, live it, and never give it back.

- Erma Bombeck (written after discovery of her terminal cancer)

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The day after her dog, Abbey, died, 4-year-old Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if her parents could write a letter to God, so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. Her parents told her that they thought they could, so she dictated these words:

Dear God,

Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick. I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.

Love, Meredith
(Written by the mother of Meredith, Claire)

They put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to: God in Heaven. They put their return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office.

A few days later, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on their front porch addressed, “To Meredith”. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers, titled, “When a Pet Dies.” Taped to the inside front cover was the letter they had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey and Meredith with this note:

Dear Meredith,

Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away. Abbey isn’t sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don’t need our bodies in heaven, I don’t have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.

Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you. I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I am wherever there is love.

Love, God

Harmony

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To the government and the people in Hong Kong:

Harmony is not a hundred people have only one voice. Harmony is a hundred people have a hundred voices but also respect each other.
- When Heaven Burns, a Hong Kong TV drama

Liberty and democracy become unholy when their hands are dyed red with innocent blood. Non-violence is the article of faith.
- Mahatma Gandhi

Please don’t kill the city.

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