The greatest challenge is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Positive Thoughts

The art of love
requires no tools,
no effort or labour,
not even time.
The art of love
is carving life
care-fully, with
the gentle, honest
spirit of a child,
its spontaneity,
trust and courage.
The art of love
requires no more
than re-minding our
selves to listen to
and follow our hearts.

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful
servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has
forgotten the gift."

~ Albert Einstein ~

Use your rational
mind to define your goals and then TRUST your unconscious mind to do
the creating.

May your trail be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the
most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds."

~ Edward Abbey ~

"Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well."

~ Buddha ~

Be free from the chains of attachment ...

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”
-Frederick Keonig

“You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself.”
- Harvey S. Firestone

“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more”
- Anthony Robbins

"Great spirits have always encountered violent
opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a
man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly
and courageously uses his intelligence."

~ Albert Einstein ~

"Often people attempt to live their lives
backwards. They try to have more things, or more money, in order to do
more of what they want so they will be happier. The way it actually
works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what
you need to do, in order to have what you want."

~ Margaret Young ~

Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you
are already a masterpiece. You cannot be improved. You have only to come
to it, to know it, to realize it."

~ Osho ~

“May God give you...For every storm a rainbow, for every tear a smile, for every care a promise and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sigh a sweet song and an answer for each prayer.”
- Irish Blessings quotes

Changing: from Pessimism to Optimism

A = Adverse event or situation
B = Beliefs about that event
C = Consequences of those beliefs
D = Disputation and Distraction
E = Energization

As with all forms of mental discipline I have encountered, from sports psychology to these suggestions, they seem simplistic and somewhat silly when written on paper. However, I have found that such disciplines, like exercise, healthy eating, systematic investing, and others, can have powerful effects when applied consistently and intelligently over time. They are not magic. But, they do work.Briefly, the trick is to learn to identify A-adverse situations or events that your routinely face. Learn to hear (and record) the B- beliefs about those events that come to your mind (the “recordings” you play in your head). Feel the C- consequences of those beliefs (and write them down), in terms of emotions, energy, will to act, etc. Once you have gotten familiar with these components, dispute those beliefs and distract yourself. D- Disputation can involve challenging the usefulness of the belief, generating alternative specific, external, and temporary explanations, focusing on evidence that contradicts or undermines the negative belief and supports a more positive interpretation, and challenging negative implications on which harmful beliefs rely.In addtions to disputation, distraction can be employed to stop the “loop” of these tapes in your head. One suggestion is to wear a rubber band and snap it on your wrist while saying “Stop” in a loud voice. Then write the worrisome beliefs, fears, etc. down to think about at a set future time. This leaves one free to act.Finally, notice what happens to your E- energy and will to act when you dispute the negative beliefs. Over time, the disputation becomes rapid and effective as the energization from it rewards you for the effort. Eventually, the positive explanatory style becomes your “default” response.

"A goal is a dream with a deadline."

~ Napoleon Hill ~

The world is a rose; smell it and pass it to your friends.
- Persian Proverb

When I hear somebody sigh, "Life is hard," I am always tempted to ask, "Compared to what?

- Sydney J. Harris

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.

- Chinese proverb

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always
remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the
passion to reach for the stars to change the world."

~ Harriet Tubman ~

"Develop interest in life as you see it; in
people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply
throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself."

~ Henry Miller ~

"The life which is not examined is not worth living."

~ Plato ~

At any moment you have the opportunity of choosing love or fear. In
moments of fear, I remember the sun. It’s always shining even though
clouds may obscure it for a while. Like the sun, the One Infinite Power
is eternally shining its light upon me, even though clouds of negative
thinking may temporarily obscure it. I choose to remember the Light. And
you can, too. Feel secure in the Light. When the fears come, choose to
see them as passing clouds in the sky, and let them go on their way.

Louise Hay

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."

~ Lao Tzu ~

"When you reach the heart of life you shall find beauty in all things, even in the eyes that are blind to beauty."

~ Kahlil Gibran

"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the
sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed
only if there is a light from within."

~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross ~

Neither shall the wave, which has passed on, ever be recalled; nor can the hour, which has once fled by, return again...

Live each moment

“None preaches better than the ant, and she says nothing”
- Benjamin Franklin 

Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don't much care where," said Alice.
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.


"The unconscious mind of man sees correctly even when conscious reason is blind and impotent."

~ Carl Jung ~

"All you need to do is know where you're going. The answers will come to you of their own accord."

~ Earl Nightingale ~

"The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom."
-James Allen

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

"For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to
see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every
love there is a heart somewhere to receive it."

~ Ivan Panin ~

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."

~ Mark Twain ~

"The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning."

~ Mitch Albom ~

It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them."

~ Alfred Adler ~

"Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle.

The world you desire can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is YOURS." :)

~ Ayn Rand ~

"God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."

Carl Jung ~

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
~William Feather

"People travel to wonder at the height of the
mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the
rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the
stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering."

St Augustine

"Do not "TELL" the world what you can do - "SHOW" it!"

Napoleon Hill

"What you react to in another, you strengthen in yourself."

Eckhart Tolle - A New Age (book)

"One of the main weaknesses the average person suffers is too much familiarity with the word IMPOSSIBLE. This book was written for those who seek the rules that have made others successful, and are willing to stake EVERYTHING on those rules."

Napoleon Hill on Think and Grow Rich

"There's no limit to what a man can achieve, if he doesn't care who gets the credit."

Laing Burns Jr.

"Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will."

George Bernard Shaw

"You can never become a great man or woman until you have overcome anxiety, worry, and fear. It is impossible for an anxious person, a worried one, or a fearful one to perceive truth; all things are distorted and thrown out of their proper relations by such mental states, and those who are in them cannot read the thoughts of God."

Wallace D. Wattles

"It is the duty of every person to be rich...It is a sin to be poor."

George Bernard Shaw

"You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments that stand out, the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love."~ Henry Drummond
"Let me be a free man. Free to travel. Free to stop. Free to work. Free to choose my own teachers. Free to follow the religion of my fathers. Free to think and talk and act for myself."

Chief Joseph - Nez Perce Indian Tribe

"First comes thought; then organisation of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination."

Napoleon Hill

"Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself."
Chinese proverb

"Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be
dead by midnight. Extend them all the care, kindness and understanding
you can muster. Your life will never be the same again."

Og Mandino

“By accident of fortune a man may rule the
world for a time, but by virtue of love he may rule the world forever.”

Lao Tzu

I would rather be ashes than dust! I would
rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should
be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of
me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper
function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my
days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time."

John London -
American Author

"Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it."


"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens."

Carl Jung

There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is ATTITUDE. The big difference is if it is positive or negative

W. Clement Stone
"When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength
in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important
whether I am afraid."

Audre Lorde

“I like dead ends signs, I think they’re kind, they at least have the decency to let you know you’re going nowhere.” – Bugs Bunny

"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." ~ William Arthur Ward
( P.S. This is a Haitian sail boat off the south coast, returning from Port au Prince loaded with everything they can find. )