“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Gratitude as a discipline involves a conscious choice. I can choose to be grateful even when my emotions and feelings are still steeped in hurt and resentment. It is amazing how many occasions present themselves in which I can choose gratitude instead of a complaint.” – Henri Nouwen
“Listening, like reading, is primarily an activity of the mind, not of the ear or of the eye. When the mind is not actively involved in the process, it should be called hearing, not listening…” – Mortimer Adler
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward
“The good old days were never that good, believe me. The good new days are today, and better days are coming tomorrow. Our greatest songs are still unsung.” – Hubert H. Humphrey
“If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to become different yourself.” – Norman Vincent Peale
While walking through a parking lot, I tripped and fell flat on my face. As I was lying there, a woman stopped her car and called out, “Are you hurt?”
“No, I’m fine,” I said.
“Oh, good,” she continued. “Will you be vacating your parking space now?”
Christmas Break was over and the teacher was asking the class about their vacations. She turned to little Johnny and asked what he did over the break.
“We visited my grandmother in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania,” he replied.
“That sounds like an excellent vocabulary word,” the teacher said. “Can you tell the class how you spell that?”
Little Johnny thought about it and said, “You know, come to think of it, we went to Ohio.”
“One of the most powerful medicines in the world is ‘choice.’ We can choose our attitude, how we react to situations, and with whom we want to share our lives. When illnesses or situations threaten to disrupt our lives, it’s our choice to throw in the towel and become a victim or stand and fight, no matter what the outcome – living the life we have as a victor.” – David Zerfoss