The Whole World Stinks
Wise men and philosophers throughout the ages have disagreed on many things, but many are in unanimous agreement on one point: "We become what we think about." Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "A man is what he thinks about all day long." The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius put it this way: "A man's life is what his thoughts make of it." In the Bible we find: "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he."
One Sunday afternoon, a cranky grandfather was visiting his family. As he lay down to take a nap, his grandson decided to have a little fun by putting Limburger cheese on Grandfather's mustache. Soon, grandpa awoke with a snort and charged out of the bedroom saying, "This room stinks." Through the house he went, finding every room smelling the same. Desperately he made his way outside only to find that "the whole world stinks!"
So it is when we fill our minds with negativism. Everything we experience and everybody we encounter will carry the scent we hold in our mind.
Ten Rules for the Good Life
Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.
Never spend your money before you have it.
Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will never be dear to you.
Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.
Never repent of having eaten too little.
Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.
Don't let the evils which have never happened cost you pain.
Always take things by their smooth handle.
When angry, count to ten before you speak; if very angry, count to one hundred.
(This is a list of "Thomas Jefferson's ten rules for the good life".)
Things To Remember
I find what I look for in people. If I look for God, I find God. If I look for bad qualities, I find them. I, in a sense, select what I expect, and I receive it.
A life without challenges would be like going to school without lessons to learn. Challenges come not to depress or get me down, but to master and to grow and to unfold thereby.
In the Father's wise and loving plan for me, no burden can fall upon me, no emergency can arise, no grief can overtake me, before I am given the grace and strength to meet them.
A rich, full life is not determined by outer circumstances and relationships. These can be contributory to it, but cannot be the source. I am happy or unhappy because of what I think and feel.
I can never lose anything that belongs to me, nor can I posses what is not really mine.
To never run from a problem: either it will chase me or I will run into another just like it, although it may have a different face or name.
To have no concern for tomorrow. Today is the yesterday over which I had concern.
To never bang on a closed door: Wait for it to open and then go through it.
A person who has come into my life has come either to teach me something, or to learn something from me.
Total Self Confidence
If you set the right example, you won’t need to worry about the rules
If you think too much and fail to take action, fear makes its home within you
If you want a place in the sun, you have to put up with a few blisters
Abigail Van Buren
If you want to get the best out of man, you must look for the best that is in him
Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which is everything in the world
Imagination is more important than knowledge
In any group of people, a small fraction will be leaders, a larger fraction will be followers, and a substantial proportion just won’t want to get involved
In great attempts it is glorious even to fail
In order for a goal to be effective, it must effect change
Inspiration and imagination go hand in hand
It’s always wise to raise questions about the most obvious and simple assumption
C. West Churchman
It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost things that money can’t buy
George Horace Lorimer
It’s not where you are today that counts. It’s where you are headed
Arthur F. Lenehan
It is better to ask some of the questions than know all the answers
It is better to choose what you say than say what you choose
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