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We spend too much time living in the ‘what if’ and need to learn to live in the ‘what is.’
Rev. Leroy Allison

Some people drift through their entire life. They do it one day at a time, one week at a time, one month at a time. It happens so gradually they are unaware of how their lives are slipping away until it's too late.
Mary Kay Ash

Those who mind don't matter. And those who matter don't mind.
Bernard Baruch


[The void] It's that place in our lives where what we've been hanging onto . . . clinging to for dear life . . . is stripped away. It's that place in us where we let go of what we know, what we think we know, and what we want and surrender to the unknown. It is the place of saying and meaning, 'I don't know.' It means standing there with our hands empty for a while, sometimes watching everything we wanted disappear; our self image, our definition of who we thought we should be, the clones we've created of ourselves, the people we thought we had to have, the things we thought were so important to collect and surround ourselves with, the job we were certain was ours, the place we thought we'd live in all our lives. . . Surrender control to the supreme wisdom and authority of God and to the Divine in your soul. Step into the void with courage. Learn to say, I don't know. That's not blind faith. It's pure faith that will allow God and your spirit to lead you wherever your soul wants and needs to go.
Melody Beattie, "Finding Your Way Home"

Going home means getting comfortable being who you are and who your soul really wants to be. There is no strain with that. The strain and tension come when we're not being who our soul wants to be and we're someplace where our soul doesn't feel at home.
Melody Beattie, "Finding Your Way Home"

God loves me enough to let me go through all the lessons I came here to learn, even the ones that hurt the most. His presence doesn't deny me. It's always there to help me see and understand what I came to this planet to learn.
Melody Beattie, "Finding Your Way Home"

Quit hanging on to the handrails . . . Let go. Surrender. Go for the ride of your life. Do it every day.
Melody Beattie, "Finding Your Way Home"

Sometimes, we don’t get what we want. . . But this is a benevolent universe. And once in a while, we do.”
Melody Beattie

Your body is free but your heart is in prison. To release your heart, you simply reverse the process which locked it up. First you begin to listen for messages from your heart—messages you may have been ignoring since childhood. Next you must take the daring, risky step of expressing your heart in the outside world. . . . As you learn to live by heart, every choice you make will become another way of telling your story. . . . It is the way you were meant to exist. If you stop to listen, you’ll realize that your heart has been telling you so all along.
Martha Beck in "Finding Your Own North Star"

There is nothing final about a mistake, except its being taken as final.
Phyllis Bottome

You can't have a better past.
Richard Carlson

To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart and sing it to them when they have forgotten.
Thomas Chandler

A bird does not sing because it has an answer; it sings because it has a song.
Chinese proverb

The cost of something we understand, but rarely the value.
Rachel DeLap, Showtime Pizza & Cinema, Carmi

There is the risk you cannot afford to take and there is the risk you cannot afford not to take.
Peter Drucker

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Albert Einstein

If you're going thru hell, keep going.
Rob Estes

To listen to some devout people, one would imagine that God never laughs.
Aurobindo Ghose

There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you do not do them.
Charles D. Gill

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
Wayne Gretzky

No one lives on the top of the mountain. It’s fine to go there occasionally —for inspiration, for new perspectives. But you have to come down. Life is lived in the valleys. That’s where the farms and gardens and orchards are, and where the plowing and the work is done. That’s where you apply the visions you may have glimpsed from the peaks.
Arthur Gordon

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is a hard business. If you try it, you’ll be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
Arthur Gordon

Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid. In the past, whenever I had fallen short in almost any undertaking, it was seldom because I had tried and failed. It was because I had let fear of failure stop me from trying at all.
Arthur Gordon

Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin.
Grace Hansen

Encourage one another, day after day, as long as it is still called today.
Hebrews 3:13

It is our choices, Harry, that show what we really are, far more than our abilities.
Albus Dumbledore in one of the Harry Potter books

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
Helen Keller

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
Helen Keller

Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us daily.
Judith Kelman

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
Judith Kelman


I am not a bad person. I am a person who often does bad things, but more often does good things. And if that’s good enough for God, it should be good enough for me.
Harold S. Kushner in"How Good Do We Have to Be?"

You don't become happy by pursuing happiness. You become happy by living a life that means something.
Harold S. Kushner in
"When All You Ever
Wanted Isn't Enough"

Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter, so that the world will be at least a little bit different for our having passed through it. . . . What frustrates us and robs our lives of joy is this absence of meaning. . . . Does our being alive matter?
Harold S. Kushner in
"When All You Ever
Wanted Isn't Enough"

We are important enough to be invited to encounter the Holy, but in its presence we are overwhelmed and made aware of our own smallness.
Harold S. Kushner in
"Who Need God"

There are two dogs inside me. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. . . which dog usually wins . . . the one I feed the most.
words of a Native American Tribal Leader, retold by Harold Kushner

I came to feel that the most loving thing I could do for anyone was to tell them how it was with me and share my imperfections with them. When I did this, most people came back at me with what was deep within them.  
Jess Lair

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
Joe Lewis

Don't wait for some magic gift. Share what you are, dare to be vulnerable, and you will find people who count you among their deepest friends
"Let God Love You"

The only certain means of success is to render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be. . . The surest way to doom yourself to mediocrity is to perform only the work for which you are paid.
Og Mandino in
"The Greatest Miracle
in the World"

You are not the momentary whim of a careless creator experimenting in the laboratory of life. . . You were made with a purpose.
Og Mandino in
"The Greatest Miracle
in the World"

And I leave you now, not with sadness but with satisfaction and joy that we came together and walked, arm in arm, through this brief moment of eternity. Who could ask for more?
Og Mandino, "The Greatest Miracle in the World"

Journey quietly on your pathway to forever with charity & a smile. When you depart it will be said by all that your legacy was a better world than the one you found.
Og Mandino in "The Gift of Acabar"

All of us have been dying, hour by hour, since the moment we were born. Realizing this, let all things be placed in their proper perspective. . . . Remember, it is always later than you think.
Og Mandino, "The Greatest Success in the World"

We're all here to do what we're all here to do.
The Matrix Reloaded 2003

I  believe everyone is born into the world to do something unique and something distinctive.
Benjamin E. Mays

Each day, silently affirm that you are the type of person with whom you would want to spend the rest of your life.
Bob Moawad


Don’t get hung up on a snag in the stream, my dear. Snags alone are not so dangerous—it’s the debris that clings to them that makes the trouble. Pull yourself loose and go on.
Anne Shannon Monroe

One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.
Iris Murdoc

When God seems far away, guess who moved.
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Public schools can neither foster religion nor preclude it. Our public school must treat religion with fairness and respect and vigorously protect religious expression as well as the freedom of conscience of all other students.
Richard W. Riley, U.S. Secretary of Education under Clinton

Above all, try something.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you deal with it is what makes the difference.
Virginia Satir

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.
Marilyn vos Savant

What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?
Dr. Robert H. Schuller

It is not the years in your life
but the life in your years that counts.
Adlai Stevenson

There are some kind of men who are so busy worrying about the next life, theyÕve never learned to live in this one.
"To Kill a Mockingbird"

We can't move ahead if we're trying to get even.
Frank Tyger

When we trust ourselves, doors open up. It's up to us to make sure that the door that opens isn't to an empty elevator shaft.
Unknown

What if the hokey-pokey is really what it's all about?
Unknown

When we keep looking on the other side of the fence, we step on the flowers on our side.
Unknown

Never forget what is worth remembering or remember what is best forgotten.
Unknown

There are times in our lives when we are on narrow roads. At those times, we are fools if we try to maintain our usual speed.
Unknown

When we trust ourselves, doors open. It's up to us to make sure that the door that opens isn't to an empty elevator shaft.
Unknown

We grow through adversity. We need not seek it out; we can all look back at moments when our lives were in utter chaos, desolation and despair.  Growth comes when we respond to adversity by stretching just an edge beyond our talent and experience.
Dr. Robert D. Wald

If you do nothing unexpected, nothing unexpected happens.
Fay Weldon

When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."
When Harry Met Sally

That whisper you keep hearing is the universe trying to get your attention.
Oprah Winfrey

Every now and then, bite off more than you can chew.
Kobi Yamada

Maybe it’s just a Cubs thing, but I’m not sure how I’d face the day if I didn’t believe that something good was bound to happen.  And, usually it does. It may not be the life-changing moment I was expecting, but it is still good, and that’s good enough for me.
Judy Mae

What if the price we had to pay for slowing down someone else’s progress was to switch places with them . . . live the life our actions forced them to live?
Judy Mae

We would do better to accept what people give us as their best effort that day. Maybe it isn’t up to the quality we think it should be, but maybe that’s the best they can do today.
Judy Mae

Solutions will present themselves if we look for them . . . if we’re flexible enough to bend with the problem instead of struggle against the problem . . .  if we learn to wiggle through life.
Judy Mae

Peace of mind can only come when we change what we think . . . when we get to the end of the week and mark it even
. . .  when we get to the end of the day and balance the books with our friends and family  
. . . when we realize that give and take sometimes means giving more and taking less.
Judy Mae

Many of us sit in the back seat of life and let someone else do all the driving. That's okay if you don't care where the car's going. To set the course in the direction you want to go, you have to take the wheel. You have to drive.
Judy Mae

Go the direction you were born to go.
Judy Mae

We live in sadness because we aren’t looking for happiness.
Judy Mae

It is the smart fish who waits for the right moment when the line goes slack to wiggle his way off the hook.
Judy Mae

Don’t be satisfied accepting where you are when where you could be is beautiful.
Judy Mae

Don’t rob yourself of tomorrow’s joys by dwelling on today’s pain.
Judy Mae

It’s hard to believe that tomorrow will be better when yesterday’s tomorrow wasn’t better. When pain lasts so long it’s hard to believe that any tomorrow will be better. But it will.
Judy Mae

Isn't it fascinating to think that something as apparently worthless as pulverized grape goop could yield a product that's responsible for the meringue topping on your coconut pie.
Judy Mae

Ask forgiveness and accept other’s forgiveness of you. Forgive others. Get beyond it. There’s a whole world waiting for you.
Judy Mae

It’s awfully easy to be insignificant. It’s safe. If we never reach out to anyone, then no one talks about us, no one hurts us, no one takes advantage of us. We believe we have little to offer the world, so we don’t try. We’re content to let others be the heroes.
Judy Mae

At that moment, we know we are better than adversity. At that moment, we bend and stretch and reach for the sky.
Judy Mae

I am reminded of a quote I heard the other day. It went something like this: “I would rather live my life believing there is a God and die to find there is not, than live my life believing there is no God and die to find there is.
Judy Mae

The gospel of Luke gave no 'easy out.' Unless I misinterpreted, Jesus did not say 'To whom much is given, of him much will be required unless it frightens you. . . . or unless it’s a pain in the neck . . . or unless you don’t feel like it that day.'
Judy Mae

Don’t rob yourself of tomorrow’s joys by dwelling on today’s pain.
Judy Mae

Are you ready for the ball to fall into your glove? Sometimes the homerun ball falls into our glove; sometimes it hits us in the head. Looking up makes all the difference. We must never lose faith that today or next game or next year, our luck will change and what we’ve been waiting for will finally be ours. The moment we stop looking up expectantly, we risk losing what we’ve waited for.
Judy Mae

Passed on his way. . . how fitting a description of death. "Passed on our way," as if to remind us that we began in one place, spent some time in this place, before heading on to the next place.
Judy Mae
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