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Archive for November, 2014

The Simplest Form Of Gratitude

‘Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.’

Karl Barth
Swiss reformed theologian

True Happiness

‘True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.’

Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Roman Stoic Philosopher, Statesman, Dramatist of the Silver Age of Latin literature

The Habit Of Being Grateful

‘Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously, and because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.’

Ralph Waldo Emerson
American essayist, lecturer, and poet
A leader in the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century

Be Careful What You Water Your Dreams With

‘Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.’

Lao Tzu
Philosopher and Poet of ancient China

Evolution, Energy, and Ethics

‘Evolution, energy, and ethics are the core elements that will guide us along the challenging path toward the Life Era: the first—evolution—because a good understanding of our universal roots and of our place in the cosmic scheme of things will help us create a feasible future course; the second—energy—because our fate will bear strongly on the ways that humankind learns to use energy efficiently and safely; and the third—ethics—because global citizenship and a planetary society are crucial factors in the survival of our species.’

Eric Chaisson, Ph.D.
American Astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Best known for his research, teaching, and writing on the interdisciplinary science of cosmic evolution

If There Is Light In The Soul

If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.

A Chinese Proverb

The Intention Behind Sacrifice

‘It only stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there’s service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master.’

Ayn Rand
Russian-American Novelist, Philosopher, Playwright, and Screenwriter
Known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged