Saturday, February 28, 2009

Keeping a Positive Outlook During the Economic Crisis

America is in an economic crisis, and people everywhere have begun to feel the changes. Financial struggles can be stressful, but they do not have to overpower our complete outlook on life. Keeping a positive attitude during the economic crisis will be key to overcoming it.

Many find it helpful to spend a few moments in an activity that offers some serenity. For many, this may include prayer or meditation. For others, sitting on the porch to breathe some fresh air, watch a sunset, or witness a sunrise may help one to feel calm yet refreshed. Physical exercise such as walking, jogging, or bicycling, even if only a short distance down the street, can help many people feel better able to tackle any problem.

We can also benefit by focusing on what we do have as opposed to focusing on what we do not. If we have family members or friends, love or friendship, health, some food on the table, a roof over our heads, or just a pretty day outside, we can spend our energy thinking of all of the blessings that we enjoy. Then, the consideration and time we must give to more difficult issues won't seem quite as overwhelming.


Nature Time Lapse

Friday, February 27, 2009

Nothing is Permanent

Nothing is permanent on sands of time.
Nothing, but the memories in heart will remain.
And the images in mind shall forever live.
Nothing will reappear, Nothing will repeat.

Never forget, But dare to dream.
Life will change and it will be better.
Possibly it may be better than before.



Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.

- Erich Fromm

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Understand Silence

It is more important to understand a person's silence than it is to understand a person's words -- especially, if that person is very close to you.

- Laura Teresa Marquez

Courage to Follow Your Heart

Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drowned your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

- Steve Jobs

Sacred Spirit - Yeho Noha

Wishes of Happiness and Prosperity

The Human Spirit

The human spirit is the strongest force there is. As long as our spirit remains unbroken, there is no defeat. In life, spiritual defeat always precedes actual defeat. Guard against laziness, cowardice, carelessness, impatience, resignation and despair which corrode the human spirit and sow the seeds of defeat.


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Struggles and Challenges

There is no happiness without hardship. So often, we strive to reach the destination of happiness without walking the road of struggles and challenges which leads us there.


Beginnings Begin Within Us

Genuine beginnings begin within us, even when they are brought to our attention by external opportunities.

- William Bridges

What If - Positive Thinking

Monday, February 23, 2009

Gardeners Make Our Souls Blossom

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

- Marcel Proust

Choice Must Accept Consequences

Choice of attention - to pay attention to this and ignore that - is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases, a man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences, whatever they may be.

- W. H. Auden

Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire

Accepting the Best Director Award at The 81st Academy Awards. Anything is possible.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Second Chances

We're given second chances every day of our life. We don't usually take them, but they're there for the taking.

- Andrew Greely

There Will Be Storms

Live Brightly

Saturday, February 21, 2009

A Smile Brightening My Face

To awaken each morning with a smile brightening my face; to greet the day with reverence for the opportunities it contains; to approach my work with a clean mind; to hold ever before me, even in the doing of little things, the ultimate purpose toward which I am working; to meet men and women with laughter on my lips and love in my heart; to be gentle, kind, and courteous through all the hours; to approach the night with weariness that ever woos sleep and the joy that comes from work well done - this is how I desire to waste wisely my days.

- Thomas Dekker

Anything Can Happen

Listen to the Mustn'ts,child,
Listen to the Don'ts
Listen to the Shouldn'ts
The Impossibles, the Won'ts
Listen to the Never Haves,
Then listen close to me --
Anything can happen, child,
Anything can be.

- Shel Silverstein

Believe In Yourself

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Beauty of Forgiving

The beauty of forgiving is you will have a peaceful feeling in your heart. If you don't have that kind of feeling, means you are not honestly forgiving.

- Johni Pangalila

Grief Will Make A New Person Out of You

Grief is a tidal wave that over takes you,
smashes down upon you with unimaginable force,
sweeps you up into its darkness,
where you tumble and crash against unidentifiable surfaces,
only to be thrown out on an unknown beach, bruised, reshaped...
Grief will make a new person out of you,
if it doesn't kill you in the making.

- Stephanie Ericsson

Lou Holtz - Inspirational Clips

Victories or Failures

Don’t let your victories go to your head,
or your failures go to your heart.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Hopes, Dreams and Aspirations

Your hopes, dreams and aspirations are legitimate. They are trying to take you airborne, above the clouds, above the storms, if you only let them.

- William James

Around the Corner

Around the corner I have a friend,
In this great city that has no end,
Yet the days go by and weeks rush on,
And before I know it, a year is gone.
And I never see my old friend's face,
For life is a swift and terrible race,

He knows I like him just as well,
As in the days when I rang his bell.
And he rang mine but we were younger then,
And now we are busy, tired men.
Tired of playing a foolish game,
Tired of trying to make a name.
"Tomorrow" I say! "I will call on Jim
Just to show that I'm thinking of him."

But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes,
And distance between us grows and grows.
Around the corner, yet miles away,
"Here's a telegram sir,"…. "Jim died today."
And that's what we get, and deserve in the end:
Around the corner, a vanished friend.

- Charles Hanson Towne

Ironman Triathlete - Jason Lester

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I'll Paint You A Rainbow

I'll paint you a rainbow to hang on the wall,
to brighten your heart when the gray shadows fall.
On a canvas of joy outlasting the years,
with a soft brush of sweetness to dry all your tears.
I'll paint you a rainbow with colors of smiles
That glow with sincerity over the miles.
On a palette of words I will tenderly blend
Tones into treasures of sunlight and wind.

I'll paint you a rainbow that reaches so wide,
Your sights and your sorrows will vanish inside,
And deep in the center of each different hue,
A memory fashioned especially for you.
So lift up your eyes, for suspended above,
A rainbow designed by the fingers of love...

- Grace E. Easley

What Makes You Feel Good

Keep smiling and do what makes you feel good. Life is full of ups and downs and the measure of our character is how we handle the down times, not the ups.

- Blair Alexandra

Monday, February 16, 2009

40 Years' Worth of Thanks

The Boston Globe

You Can Be Whatever You Want to Be

There is inside you
all of the potential to be whatever
you want to be
all of the energy to do whatever
you want to do.

Imagine yourself as you would like to be,
doing what you want to do,
and each day, take one step
towards your dream.

And though at times it may seem too
difficult to continue,
hold on to your dream.

One morning you will awake to find
that you are the person
you dreamed of
doing what you wanted to do
simply because you had the courage
to believe in your potential
and to hold on to your dream.

- Donna Levine

Sunday, February 15, 2009

There's Beauty All Around

If you take the time, you might see it.

Learn to Accept Constructive Criticism

Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance or a stranger. ~ Franklin P. Jones ~ [Source]

When one has done something, comments and criticisms come fast and furious. Depending the person’s mood during the comments, it can be harsh when the person had a bad day and just found the action or post irritating.


At other times, someone will tell you something on how to improve it when you thought it was the right way to do it. Constructive criticism consists of what was wrong and how to make it better the next time round. It isn’t easy to accept criticisms and one is always on the path of learning to accept constructive ones.


At work, your boss tells you that you have made a client angry by rejecting the changes outright. He starts to let you know that this client is an important client and even if the client is making changes that can’t be done, the discussion could have gone another way. You start to lash out at your boss. However, it gets you nowhere. You are the only one who can make the changes to yourself. Start by holding your tongue and listen.


You can’t just change habits overnight. You need time for it. No one is perfect and don’t berate yourself for making mistakes. Accept the criticisms. Life is short. Wasting it on getting angry gets one nowhere.


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Foundation of Humanism

Ethics cannot be based upon our obligations toward [people], but they are complete and natural only when we feel this Reverence for Life and the desire to have compassion for and to help all creatures insofar as it is in our power. I think that this ethic will become more and more recognized because of its great naturalness and because it is the foundation of a true humanism toward which we must strive if our culture is to become truly ethical.

- Albert Schweitzer

Treat People

You cannot treat people by means of your wealth; hence, you should treat them by means of your moral conduct.

- Prophet

Happy Valentine's Day

- Rilakkuma World

Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine Friend

Valentine’s Day is all about
Special feelings warm and fond,
And friend, I knew right from the start
We had a very special bond.

Our time together is a gift;
You’re interesting and warm and fun!
And when I need to talk and share,
I think of you, friend; you’re the one.

We’re always true and real together.
We have no reason to pretend.
I’m thankful that you’re in my life,
My trusted, cherished Valentine friend.

- Joanna Fuchs

Build Yourself Anew

Never for an instant forget the effort to renew your life, to build yourself anew. Creativity means to push open the heavy, groaning doorway of life itself. This is not an easy task. Indeed, it may be the most severely challenging struggle there is. For opening the door to your own life is in the end more difficult than opening the door to all the mysteries of the universe.


To a Child - Love is spelled T-I-M-E

A Short Inspirational Film

Life is...

What is Life?
Life is a challenge... meet it
Life is a gift... accept it
Life is an adventure... dare it
Life is a sorrow.... overcome it
Life is a tragedy.... face it
Life is a duty.... perform it
Life is a game... play it
Life is a mystery... unfold it
Life is a song... sing it
Life is an opportunity... take it
Life is a journey... complete it
Life is a promise... fulfill it
Life is a beauty... praise it
Life is a struggle... fight it
Life is a goal... achieve it
Life is a puzzle.... solve it


Be Careful of These Things

Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words.
Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions.
Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits.
Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character.
Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny.


Real Spirit - Inspiring Video

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Passing Time

Don’t ever say that you don’t have enough time.
You have exactly the same number of hours in a day that were given to Helen Keller, Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and
Albert Einstein.

Make best use of all the time you have. Once lost, you will never get it again…


Do You Live Life?

Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.

- A. Sachs

Inspiring Movie:The Secret that Motivates You Toward Success

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Value Your Life

You cannot control the world outside, but you can choose what you will bring into yourself. If you do not see anything of value in your life, begin by finding one thing of beauty every day until it becomes a habit.

- Ron Rathbun


We judge others by their behavior. We judge ourselves by our intentions.

- Ian Percy

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Lee Ann Womack - I Hope You Dance

Think with Deep Gratitude

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

- Albert Schweitzer

What is Your Potential

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!

- Anne Frank

Monday, February 9, 2009


Changing Your Thinking

By Changing Your Thinking,
You change your beliefs;

When you change your beliefs,
You change your expectations;

When you change your expectations,
You change your attitude;

When you change your attitude,
You change your behavior;

When you change your behavior,
You change your performance;

When you change your performance;
You Change Your Life!

Choice and Attitude

The remarkable thing we have is a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.

- Charles Swindoll

Get Back Up

Sunday, February 8, 2009

One's Own Resources

To be thrown upon one's own resources, is to be cast into the very lap of fortune; for our faculties then undergo a development and display an energy of which they were previously unsusceptible.

- Benjamin Franklin Quotes

One Words Represents Two Characters

When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters--one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.

Relaxation Music

Create Your Own Reality

That which you think about, you create.
Thoughts are things!
And that which you think about, good or bad -
you create into your own reality.

- Anonymous

The Dawn of Joy has Arisen

This is not the time to stay at home,
But to go out and give yourself to the garden.
The dawn of joy has arisen,
And this is the moment of union, of vision.

- Rumi

Saturday, February 7, 2009

What is a Friend?

The Thief

Once a man found that his axe was missing, and suspected his neighbour's son of having taken it. Observing the youth walking around, the man was convinced that his was the walk of a thief. The youth looked like a thief and talked like a thief; everything he did pointed to his having stolen the axe.

Then one day the man happened to find his missing axe. After that, he noticed his neighbour's son wasn't behaving like a thief anymore.

- Lieh-tzu

Friday, February 6, 2009

How to Be Positive

People often wonder how to be positive in their thoughts and actions, especially when they are unhappy and unsatisfied, or when life is difficult and tough. They even find it hard to be positive when things go well. Most of them don't know how to be positive and what they need to do. Like every other subject, the know-how of how to be positive can be learned and the skill developed. It is all a matter of attitude and thinking, both of which can be changed.

If we keeping thinking the same thoughts, they will eventually tend to manifest in our world. This means that if we desire good results we have to be careful of what we think. We have to stay and think positive.

Begin by becoming aware of your thoughts, and exchanging your negative thoughts with positive ones. Substitute negativity for being positive, thoughts about poverty with thoughts about wealth, ignorance with understanding, disharmony with harmony and lack of freedom with freedom. Start saying, "I can", "I am able" and "it is possible".

Read the Entire Article:

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Sathya Sai Baba

Optimist Creed

Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature you meet.
To give so much time to improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word, but in great deeds.
To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side, so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

The Optimist Creed was authored in 1912 by Chistian D. Larson, and appeared in in his book Your Forces and How to Use Them. It was adopted as Optimist International's creed in 1922.



See to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you.

- Helen Keller

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Ecuador - Free Hugs

The World is Waiting for You.

Do not be afraid to shine. The world needs what you have to give.
Open up the areas of your being; Expose them to yourself - to others.
You are valuable. You are unique. You have much to give.
Do not be afraid to give it.

As we risk ourselves, we grow. Each new experience is a risk.
We can try, and maybe fail; And, as a result, grow or hold back and stagnate.

You have the potential to be anything you want. You are free to chooose.
You are limited only by your fears. Let your dreams take over.
Fly with the eagles. Soar into life.

The world is waiting for you.

- Fran Watson

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

When Day Turns to Night and We Bid the Day Farewell.

It is time to give thanks for all that has come into our life and count each blessing of each moment – no matter how big or small, whether it was triumphant or one of disappointment. It was a gift presented to us and us, alone. They are ours to do with as we choose best intended to define our life and they will continue to do so, until the day we die.

It is also time to be still and release our mind of negative thoughts. In order to experience each moment as its own, we must wipe the slate clean – so that each moment is pure and without judgement.

- Kaoru


Don’t cry because it’s over, SMILE because it happened.

how to say i love you.


Never give up on what you really want to do.
The person with big dreams is more powerful
than one with all the facts.

- Anonymous


Instead of giving yourself reasons why you can't,
give yourself reasons why you can.

- Kaoru


Monday, February 2, 2009

Help Me to Understand

Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.

- Isak Dinesen

Turn A Life Around

Too often we under estimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

- Leo Buscaglia

I Believe

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Discouragement is a Negative Emotion

Discouragement is a negative emotion with more than one trick up its dark sleeve. It tricks you into mentally or emotionally dwelling in the very place you want to leave. Drop all such sorrow permanently by daring to see through this deception of the unconscious mind. You have a destination far beyond where you find yourself standing today.

- Guy Finley

Situations Turn into Opportunities

Every decision you make - every decision - is not a decision about what to do. It's a decision about Who You Are. When you see this, when you understand it, everything changes. You begin to see life in a new way. All events, occurrences, and situations turn into opportunities to do what you came here to do.

- Neale Donald Walsch

Abba - I Have A Dream

What You Were Taught

Experience is stronger than belief. What you were taught when you were a young child might be true or not.

When you experience, then you know.


Full of character.
Present at all times.
Visible, to those who know.
Whole, Living in Spirit, Loving, and In Service.
Friendships based only in expansion and deepening of Spirit.
For Love that has any other purpose ends, absent of anything real.

- Danielle Marie Crume