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With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity. ~~Keshavan Nair

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What is hope? Hope is wishing for a thing to come true; faith is believing that it will come true. Hope is wanting something so eagerly that-–in spite of all the evidence that you're not going to get it--you go right on wanting it. And the remarkable thing about it is that this very act of hoping produces a kind of strength of its own. --- Norman Vincent Peale — Guideposts

"I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned the hard way that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity." -Gilda Radner

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
it never was between you and them anyway.

Author: Anonymous

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Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that amateurs built the Ark, and professionals built the Titanic.

Be still sad heart, and cease repining
Behind the clouds the sun is shining
Thy fate is the common fate of all
Into each life some rain must fall.
~ Longfellow ~

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"What we can easily see is only a small percentage of what is possible. Imagination is having the vision to see what is just below the surface; to picture that which is essential, but invisible to the eye."

Botanists say that trees need the powerful March winds to flex their trunks and main branches, so that the sap is drawn up to start the leaves budding. Perhaps we need the gales of life in the same way, though we dislike enduring them. A blustery period in our fortunes is often the prelude to a new spring of life and health, success and happiness, when we keep steadfast in faith and look to the good in spite of appearances. --- Jane Truax

True knowledge of God always goes hand in hand with a painful self-knowledge. John of the Cross expresses it beautifully by means of the famous metaphor of the log of wood being transformed into fire. As the wood burns, it becomes blackened, it cracks and steams, and all the knotholes and flaws are exposed. If the log could speak, it would cry out: "My seeking to become a fire was a mistake! I am now worse than when I started–-black, ugly and flawed. I was better off before."

The log is the soul, and the fire is God. And the truth of course is that the log is not worse off than it was before. All the ugliness and defects were present before, but they were concealed. The only way the log can become fire is to be revealed honestly and openly as what it is in itself. The process is painful, but contrary to appearances it is the mark of real growth in union with God. That is why good souls who are making real progress often feel they are regressing and getting further from God -- Thomas H Green — Opening to God

Oh that they had such a mind as this always,
to fear me and to keep all my commandments,
that it might go well with them and with their children forever!
Deut. 5:29 RSV

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
~~Eleanor Roosevelt

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

"I will study and get ready, and maybe my chance will come."
--Abraham Lincoln

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"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." -- Anonymous

A learned man was once asked to quote the most meaningful verse that he'd found in the entire Bible. He thought for a moment then replied, "And it came to pass."

Those who heard his reply were startled. Other learned men in history had been asked this same question and had picked verses like, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" or "Have we not all one Father?" Why did you choose such a simple statement like, "And it came to pass"? asked one of his friends.

"I chose it," answered the learned man, "because whenever sadness enters my life, I think of this phrase, and it helps me. It encourages me to believe that my trouble came only to pass; it didn't come to stay. And this gives me hope to carry on. It helps me take the bad in life with the good. It helps me pick out the good parts of life and enjoy them even when I'm surrounded by sorrow. I know that the sorrow came, but I also know that it will pass, and that I will still be here then, and must continue to live." -- Source unknown

Women are like tea bags. They don't know how strong they are until they get into hot water. ~~Eleanor Roosevelt

I need to take an emotional breath, step back and remind myself who's actually in charge of my life. ~~Judith Knowlton

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He gives power to the tired and worn, and strength to the weak. ~~Isaiah 40:29

For I the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, "fear not I will help you." ~~Isaiah 41:13

You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. Psalms 18:28


Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely
and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Live one day at a time. You can plan for tomorrow and hope for the future, but don't live in it. Live this day well, and tomorrow's strength will come tomorrow. ~Charles W Shedd

God hath not promised
Skies always blue
Flower-strewn pathways
All our lives through
God hath not promised
Sun without rain
Joy without sorrow
Peace without pain
But God hath promised
Strength for the day
Rest for the labor
Light for the way
Grace for the trials
Help from above
Unfailing sympathy
Undying Love

Annie Johnson Flint

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