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Be flexible and you won’t be
     bent out of shape.




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Effort is only effort when it
      begins to hurt.
         José Ortgay Gusset




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 It is reasonable to believe: That the sun
     will come up tomorrow. For the vast
majority of us there will be another day to
  live and learn from the day before, and
improve on the day to follow. Everyone and
 everything is a teacher and every day has
                 a new lesson.
                 Dick O’Brien

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People who cannot find time for
 recreating are obliged, sooner
or later, to find time for illness.
            John Wanamaker




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  Our greatest glory is not in
never falling but in rising every
          time we fall.
             Confucius




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 We don’t always get what we
  want. But to balance that,
think of all the things we don’t
    want, that we don’t get.

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 Watch your thoughts, for they become
   words. Choose your words for they
become actions. Understand your actions,
  for they become habits. Study your
    habits, for they will become your
character. Develop your character, for it
         becomes your destiny.

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Future - that period of time in
 which our affairs prosper, or
   friends are true and our
     happiness is assured.
           Ambrose Bierce




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Insecurity knocks from time to time. Let
  it in for a cup of coffee. Talk with it.
Understand it. Then take that sugar spoon
           and poke it in the eye.
               Jennifer Russell




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 History doesn’t change from
the big things you ought to do.
History changes from the little
    things you actually do.
             Jo Nelson




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




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                                   Dance Like No One’s Watching
We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are
frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough and we’ll be more content when they are. After that we’re frustrated
that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stag e. We tell
ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car,
when we’re able to go on a nice vacation when we retire. The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than
right now. If not now, when?

Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to ourselves and decide to be happy
anyway. One of my favourite quotes comes from Alfred D. Souza. He said, “For a long time it had seemed to
me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be
gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin.
At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”

This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So, treasure
every moment that you have. And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special
enough to spend your time…and remember that time waits for no one…
So stop waiting:
until you finish school,
until you go back to school,
until you lose 10 pounds,
until you gain 10 pounds,
until you have kids,
until your kids leave the house,
until you start work,
until you retire,
until you get married,
until you get divorced,
until Friday night,
until Sunday morning,
until you get a new car or home,
until your car or home is paid off,
until spring,
until summer,
until fall,
until winter,
until you are off welfare,
until the first or fifteenth,
until your song comes on,
until you die,
until you are born again,
to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy.

Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

Work like you don’t need money
Love like you’ve never been hurt
And dance like no one’s watching

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                                          One Thousand Marbles
A few weeks ago, I turned the volume up on my radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning talk show. I
heard an older sounding chap with a golden voice. He was talking about "a thousand marbles" to someone
named "Tom." I was intrigued and sat down to listen to what he had to say.

"Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you're busy with your job. I'm sure they pay you well but it's a shame you have
to be away from home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or
seventy hours a week to make ends meet. Too bad you missed your daughter's dance recital."

He continued, "Let me tell you something Tom, something that has helped me keep a good perspective on my
own priorities." And that's when he began to explain his theory of a "thousand marbles."

"You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about seventy-five years. I
know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years."

"Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900 which is the number of Saturdays that the
average person has in their entire lifetime. Now stick with me Tom, I'm getting to the important part."

"It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail," he went on, "and by that time I
had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only
had about a thousand of them left to enjoy."

"So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three toy stores to
round-up 1000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside of a large, clear plastic container right here in
my workshop next to the radio. Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away."

"I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life. There is
nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight."

"Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign off with you and take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This
morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure if I make it until next Saturday then God has
blessed me with a little extra time to be with my loved ones......

"It was nice to talk to you Tom, I hope you spend more time with your loved ones, and I hope to meet you
again someday. Have a good morning!"

You could have heard a pin drop when he finished. Even the show's moderator didn't have anything to say for
a few moments. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to do some work that morning, then
go to the gym. Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss. "C'mon honey, I'm taking you and the
kids to breakfast."

"What brought this on?" she asked with a smile.

"Oh, nothing special," I said. " It has just been a long time since we spent a Saturday together with the kids..."

"...Hey, can we stop at a toy store while we're out? I need to buy some marbles."




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                                Something to Ponder
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness...you are more blessed than
the million who will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the
agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation ... you are ahead of 500 million people in
the world.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or
death...you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place
to sleep...you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish
someplace...you are among the 8% of the world's wealthy.

If your parents are still alive and still married...you are very rare, even in the United
States.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful...you are
blessed because the majority can, but most do not.




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