It's not what happens to you; it's what you do about it that makes the


-W. Mitchell


"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power

and magic in it."

-- 'Goethe'


Serenity isn't freedom from the storm;

it is peace within the storm...


"The weak ones you won't ever see. They never stop to think there is

another way. They just keep right on keeping on. The strong ones recognize

that a change is needed and they work towards making that change, hard as

it may be."



"The way to become strong is by doing

small things you've made up your mind to do, however much you don't want

to do them at the time." 
-Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson


Ambition without knowledge is like a boat on dry land

-The Next Karate Kid


An enjoyable job is like a fountain of youth

-Mike Thom Florida Magazine


Success has always been easy to measure. It is the distance between ones origins and one's final achievement.

-Michael Corda-Success


Or as Proust said, "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new

landscapes, but in having new eyes."


"By three methods we may learn wisdom. First, by reflection, which is

noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience,

which is the bitterest."

-- Confucius


"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.  Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."

-Calvin Coolidge


If you asked me why I came into this world, I

would tell you, I came to live out loud. 
-Emile Zola


 "Character is what you are. Reputation is what people think you are."


      We are always rich when we have courage. It is not the

circumstance in which we find ourselves but how we handle it that makes

the difference. If nothing ever challenged us we might not know our

strength---we might never feel the power to overcome something that

gives us courage to tackle another mountain. Giving up does not come on

us suddenly, but we cultivate it on a daily basis. Everything, success

or failure---or even mediocrity---settles on us as we get ready for it.

When we think and talk failure, it happens. When we think we can do

something, we can do it. It takes as much effort to lose as it does to

win---sometimes more. But to think courage, to think strength, is the

breath of life.

From "A Cherokee Feast of Days"

by Joyce Hifler


"Obstacles are what you see

when you take your eyes off of your goal"


 "Watch what people are cynical about and one can

discover what they lack."

 -Harry Emerson Fosdick


A community leader came to see a simple man known as Jacob the

Baker, hoping to find peace of mind, an ease for his burden.

The man was troubled by a repetitive dream that he did not understand.

"Jacob, in my dream, I have traveled a long distance and am

finally arriving at a great city.  But, at the entrance to the city, I

am met by a tall soldier who says that I must answer two questions before I am

admitted.  Will you help me?" Jacob nodded.

"The first question the soldier asks is ' What supports the walls of a city?' ".

"That is easy," said Jacob.  "Fear supports the walls of a city."

"But what supports the fear?" asked the man.  "For that is the second question."

"The walls," answered Jacob.  "The fears we cannot climb become our walls."


"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because

your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely

what others think you are."



 Destiny is not a matter of chance;  it is a matter of choice.

It is not a thing to be waited for;  it is a thing to be achieved.

         -William Jennings Bryan


FROM:  Positive Thinking Every Day, by Norman Vincent Peale, c. 1993

Never think of failing.  You don't need to.

Practice failure and you can quite surely count on failing.  Practice 

enthusiasm in even the most commonplace things and presently the immense 

power of enthusiasm will begin working wonders for you.