Monday, 31 January 2011

Realistic

We have been taught to believe 
that negative equals realistic 
and positive equals unrealistic.       
- Susan Jeffers

Friday, 28 January 2011

Goal

If you paint in your mind 
a picture of bright and happy expectations,
you put yourself into a condition 
conducive to your goal.        
- Norman Vincent Peale

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

The art of leadership is saying no. 
It is very easy to say yes.
  -Tony Blair, British politician

Monday, 24 January 2011

Urgency

You must take action now
that will move you towards your goals. 
Develop a sense of urgency in your life.  
- Les Brown

Friday, 21 January 2011

January 21, 2011 Chautauqua



From the Editor's Computer

   Do you know what you enjoy spending your time doing for leisure and/or relaxation?

Before you scoff at how obvious the answer may seem - “of course, I do.  Everyone does” - it isn’t really that obvious.
   Many people don’t know what they enjoy doing for fun.  They know that others have told them they would enjoy, however they haven’t taken the time to really experience for themselves the answer to the question.

   Why do we let other people control our lives that way?  Why do we let other people dictate our likes and dislikes?  

   Why don’t we decide for ourselves?

   During these cold wintry days, why don’t you take some time to discover what you enjoy doing for leisure and relaxation.  Don’t ask other what they think you should do...decide for yourself what you ultimately know you enjoy doing.  

   Then see if you can start doing it today! 

Beth

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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Threshold

Think of yourself as on the threshold 
of unparalleled success. 
A whole clear, glorious life 
lies before you. 
  - Andrew Carnegie

Monday, 17 January 2011

Enjoy

My advice to you 
is not to inquire why or whither, 
but just enjoy your ice cream 
while it’s on your plate. 
– Thorton Wilder.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Can

Life's battles don't always go 
to the stronger or faster man. 
But sooner or later, 
the man who wins 
is the man who thinks he can.
- Vince Lombardi

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Happy

We deem those happy 
who from the experience of life 
have learned to bear its ills, 
without being overcome by them.  
 – Juvenal

Monday, 10 January 2011

Perseverance

Perseverance is not a long race; 
it is many short races one after the other. 
- Walter Elliot

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Friday, 7 January 2011

January 7, 2011 Chautauqua


From the Editor's Computer


Humans have a remarkable ability to complicate the simplest things.


For example, I’m slogging my way through “13 Ways of Looking at the Novel” by Jane Smiley - it is very textbook-like, with a mere 570 pages plus an index (I’m only on page 214!). In that massive number of pages, the author is basically saying that every novel is unique because every novelist and every reader is unique. She is taking 570 pages to say what I just said in twelve words!

We complicate our schedules, our relationships, our jobs, our homes, our hobbies, and basically every aspect of life - some by choice and some by default.

So this New Year, I wish for you more simplicity in all areas of your life. Less complexity and more peace. Less anxiety and more relaxation. Because...When all is said and done in this crazy world, the simplest answer is usually the right one (Ockham’s Razor: paraphrase).

Beth

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Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Control

We cannot always control our thoughts,
but we can control our words,
and repetition impresses the subconscious,
and we are then master of the situation.
- Florence Scovel Shinn

Monday, 3 January 2011

Giving

Only giving creates human dignity.
Only giving opens up the soul.
Only giving can miraculously change a life.
Only giving works at soul level and
radiates outward to every area of your experience.
Only givers get.
Only givers live a truly fulfilled, powerful,
positive, happy and deeply meaningful life.
- author unknown