Some Thoughts for a Wednesday


Whether you think you can, or you think you can’tyoure right. Henry Ford

The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinksbut in how it thinks.’ Christopher Hitchens

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when creating them. Albert Einstein

“I think and think and think. I‘ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.” Jonathan Safran Foer

Don’t just think, ponder. Roy T. Bennett

“Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.” Thomas A. Edison

I think, therefore I am. René Descartes

“Stop thinking, and end your problems.” Lao Tzu

I think that’s it for today.

Happy Wednesday

 

 

 

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Jottings On a Saturday


Here are a couple of jottings I picked up from a calendar while waiting for my sample book at the print shop. Interesting…

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed in the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do.  Mark Twain

The question isn’t “Who is going to let me?” it’s “Who is going to stop me?”  Ayn Rand

Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.  George Addair

And On Anxiety:

Quote on anxiety: “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”

Quote on anxiety: “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”

Quote on anxiety: “It’s sad, actually, because my anxiety keeps me from enjoying things as much as I should at this age.”

Happy Saturday.

 

 

When the Past has Passed


Yesterday I wrote of something from the past, “A Rainbow Apology”. It was cathartic to do so whether or not the person ever sees the post. And now that episode has passed never again to be relived.

The trouble with living in the past is that it can affect our present by draining some of its happiness.

There are some who dwell on negative past history to the point where it robs their life of the fullness of joy that can be experienced by living in the present and doing what can be done to make it better.

In Canada, we are about to haul down the statue of Sir John A. MacDonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada who was hailed as the “father of confederation”. He had a political career which spanned almost half a century.

Yes, along with his many achievements, Sir John made mistakes but the monument was erected to honor the man of accomplishment not the man of error.

When the past has passed would it not be better to learn from it and move on without making present life a victim to it? Once again ancient scripture speaks to today’s issues.

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, Philippians 3:13 NIV

Open Minds and Powerful Thoughts


This post is about one of my favorite pastimes…thinking. I’ll start with one thought that just came to my mind after all this research and it is this: I love an open mind where I can walk right in and garner new thoughts and ideas whereas a closed mind is similar to banging one’s head against a brick wall. The following are quotes I found on a very hot Saturday.

The mind is like a parachute; it doesn’t work if it is not open. Frank Zappa

Age is a case of mind over matter; if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. Mark Twain

Thought is a powerful unseen influence. (Much like the Holy Spirit.)

“Stay open to new ideas, to new perspectives, to changing your mind. Never stop learning and growing! Akiroq Brost

“An open mind is a traveled mind.” Tawanna Browne Smith, Author

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. Henry Ford

Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale

All action results from thought, so it is thoughts that matter. Sai Baba

There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception. Aldous Huxley

The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money. Thomas Jeffery

“Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.” Anonymous

The human mind is our fundamental resource. - John F. Kennedy

 

What People Say


I’m not sure what you would call a collector of sayings and quotes but it’s part of my life’s enjoyment. Every once in awhile I post some and today is no different. Happy Saturday.

Listening is the act of entering the skin of the other and wearing it for a time as if it were your own. David Spangler

Nothing is so strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as real strength. Francis De Sales

Empty pockets never held anyone back, it’s only empty heads and empty hearts that do it. Norman Vincent Peale

Progress always includes risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first. Frederick Wilcox

People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln

Some Interesting Comments


While visiting a happily married young couple, I was struck by a comment the husband made about his wife…”She was my last first date.”

A well known Canadian journalist commented on TV that the result of a recent Provincial leadership race was a “disaster wrapped in a calamity”.

There’s a crack in everything…that’s how the light gets in. Leonard Cohen

Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds, you can grow flowers or you can grow weeds. ©Wisdom Quotes and Stories

Don’t play the victim to circumstances you created.  Pinterest

Never compromise the truth lest you find yourself living a lie. pab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timely Messages


Once again I have come across a lovely message in one of my spiritual journals. It is from a 2007 Our Daily Bread article and goes like this:

“To show his love, Jesus died for me; to show my love, I must live for him.”

And here’s one from Pearl Bailey: People see God every day; they just don’t recognize him.

Another is from Winston Churchill: Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it’s the courage to continue that counts.

We can’t change the past but we can change the future by making the right choices today. Joel Osteen

It is better to get wisdom and understanding rather than silver and gold. Proverbs 16:16 paraphrased

Make me a channel of your peace…St. Francis of Assisi

Jesus wept. John 11:35 …This for the grief stricken in Humboldt, Saskatchewan.