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[Quote No.51814] Need Area: Fun > Satisfaction
"Misfortune does not always wait on vice; nor is success the constant guest of virtue [but that is the wisest way to bet]!" - William Havard

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"Never apologize for your success because you worked hard for it." - Goldie Hawn
Actress
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"When all is said and done, success without happiness is the worst kind of failure." - Louis Binstock

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"Achievement is not always success, while reputed failure often is. It is honest endeavor, persistent effort to do the best possible under any and all circumstances." - Orison Marden

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"The most agreeable [but not obligatory] recompense, which we can receive for things, which we have done, is to see them known, to have them applauded with praises [appreciation and gratitude] which honor us!" - Jean Baptiste Moliere

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"[A story - with a message about learning to focus on the positives - that can praise and be grateful for - rather than on the negatives in life and other's behaviour!!] - A Clever Dog - A butcher watching over his shop is really surprised when he saw a dog coming inside the shop. He shoos him away. But later, the dog is back again. So, he goes over to the dog and notices he has a note in his mouth. He takes the note and it reads 'Can I have 12 sausages and a leg of lamb, please. The dog has money in his mouth, as well.' The butcher looks inside and, lo and behold, there is a ten dollar Note there. So he takes the money and puts the sausages and lamb in a bag, placing it in the dog's mouth. The butcher is so impressed, and since it's about closing time, he decides to shut up shop and follow the dog. So off he goes. The dog is walking down the street when he comes To a level crossing. The dog puts down the bag, jumps up and presses the button. Then he waits patiently, bag in mouth, for the lights to turn. They do, and he walks across the road, with the butcher following him all the way. The dog then comes to a bus stop, and starts looking at the timetable. The butcher is in awe at this stage. The dog checks out the times, and then sits on one of the seats provided. Along comes a bus. The dog walks around to the front, looks at the number, and goes back to his seat. Another bus comes. Again the dog goes and looks at the number, notices it's the right bus, and climbs on. The butcher, by now, open-mouthed, follows him onto the bus. The bus travels through the town and out into the suburbs, the dog Looking at the scenery. Eventually he gets up, and moves to the front of the bus. He stands on 2 back paws and pushes the button to stop the bus. Then he gets off, his groceries still in his mouth. Well, dog and butcher are walking along the road, and then the dog turns into a house. He walks up the path, and drops the groceries on the step. Then he walks back down the path, takes a big run, and throws himself against the door. He goes back down the path, runs up to the door and again, it throws himself against it. There's no answer at the house, so the dog goes back down the path, jumps up on a narrow wall, and walks along the perimeter of the garden. He gets to the window, and beats his head against it several times, walks back, jumps off, and waits at the door. The butcher watches as a big guy opens the door, and starts abusing the dog, kicking him and punching him, and swearing at him. The butcher runs up, and stops the guy. 'What in heaven's name are You doing? The dog is a genius! He could be on TV, for the life of me!' to which the guy responds: 'You call this clever? This is the second time this week that this stupid dog's forgotten his key.' " - Unknown

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"[A true story - with a message about the value of challenges to help us grow in knowledge and in realising our potential.] - Refining Gold - Near Cripple Creek, Colorado, gold and tellurium occur mixed as tellurite ore. The refining methods of the early mining camps could not separate the two elements, so the ore was thrown into a scrap heap. One day a miner mistook a lump of ore for coal and tossed it into his stove. Later, while removing ashes from the stove, he found the bottom littered with beads of pure gold. The heat had burned away the tellurium, leaving the gold in a purified state. The discarded ore was reworked and yielded a fortune. People are like tellurite ore. We have gold inside us, but it often takes some trial in the fiery furnace of life to transform us!!" - Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR
Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR (Third Order Franciscan). He has authored a number of books including the excellent 'The Sower's Seeds: Revised and Expanded - 120 Inspiring Stories for Preaching, Teaching and Public Speaking', (2004).
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[Quote No.52225] Need Area: Fun > Satisfaction
"[Song lyrics: 'I'll Remember Today']

For always and always,
I'll remember today...

Through a million tomorrows,
I`ll remember today.
I`ll remember.
Oh, how I`ll remember today!

" - Patti Page
'I'll Remember Today' - Lyrics by: William Engvick - Music by: Edith Piaf - Performed by: Patti Page as well as others
(The 'author' ascribed to this 'quote' is the artist that released this version of the song. It is not necessarily the only artist to release the song nor is it necessarily the only version of the song available. The artist is not necessarily the song's writer, as in the person or persons who wrote the lyrics and music. The above lyrics are obviously the property and copyright of their legal owners. They are provided for educational purposes and personal use only.)
[Refer http://www.oldielyrics.com/lyrics/patti_page/ill_remember_today.html ]

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[Quote No.52294] Need Area: Fun > Satisfaction
"Telling Yourself the Story of Your Life: What is the story of your life? The story you choose to tell yourself about your life has a tremendous impact on your self-image, on making and reaching goals, on your character traits, and on your level of happiness. Some people think, 'I don't choose to tell myself a story about my life. My life happened. When I tell myself and others about my life, I am just recounting the objective picture of my life.' Sorry. There is no such thing as an objective picture of your life. All experiences are experienced subjectively. What does this mean? It means that the way you think about what happened in your life is the way that you experience what was and what is. You give meaning to your life and the events in your life by the way you tell yourself about your experiences. Regardless of the stories that you've been telling yourself about your life and about specific incidents in the past, you can choose to upgrade the level of your stories. At this moment, you can make a life-enhancing decision. From now on, I will tell myself stories of appreciation and gratitude. Stories of personal growth and self-development. Stories about increasing my confidence, courage, and self-empowerment!" - Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
From his book, 'Conversations With Yourself', pp.46-7.
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[Quote No.52317] Need Area: Fun > Satisfaction
"Don't [just] judge each day by the harvest you reap, but [also] by the seeds you plant!" - Robert Louis Stevenson

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"[A true story - with a message about putting up with a temporary inconvenience to create a permanent pleasure.] - The Beauty Remains; the Pain Passes - Although Henri Matisse was nearly 28 years younger than Auguste Renoir, the two great artists were dear friends and frequent companions. When Renoir was confined to his home during the last decade of his life, Matisse visited him daily. Renoir, almost paralyzed by arthritis, continued to paint in spite of his infirmities. One day as Matisse watched the elder painter working in his studio, fighting torturous pain with each brush stroke, he blurted out: ‘Auguste, why do you continue to paint when you are in such agony?’ Renoir answered simply: ‘The beauty remains; the pain passes.’ And so, almost to his dying day, Renoir put paint to canvas. One of his most famous paintings, 'The Bathers', was completed just two years before his passing, 14 years after he was stricken by this disabling disease!" - Unknown

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[Quote No.52470] Need Area: Fun > Satisfaction
"[Poem: where the last lines convey that it is okay to not recall what serves no good purpose or pleasure.]

'Remember'

...
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.

" - Christina Georgina Rossetti

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"[Poem: about the difficulties and challenges, accompanied by growing-pains like self-doubt, failure, mistakes, waste and frustration, that transforming ourselves into our better selves often necessitates as we pursue our dreams!]

'On Pain'

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses
your understanding.

Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its
heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.

And could you keep your heart in wonder at the
daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem
less wondrous than your joy;

And you would accept the seasons of your heart,
even as you have always accepted the seasons that
pass over your fields.

And you would watch with serenity through the
winters of your grief.

Much of your pain is self-chosen.

It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.

Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy
in silence and tranquillity:

For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by
the tender hand of the Unseen,

And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has
been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has
moistened with His own sacred tears.

" - Khalil Gibran

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[Quote No.52532] Need Area: Fun > Satisfaction
"[Poem: about the pleasure of recollection and contemplation especially about nature and humanity, past, present and future.]

'I Sit And Think'

I sit beside the fire and think of all that I have seen,
of meadow-flowers and butterflies in summers that have been;
Of yellow leaves and gossamer in autumns that there were,
with morning mist and silver sun and wind upon my hair.
I sit beside the fire and think of how the world will be
when winter comes without a spring that I shall ever see.

For still there are so many things that I have never seen:
in every wood in every spring there is a different green.
I sit beside the fire and think of people long ago,
and people who will see a world that I shall never know.
But all the while I sit and think of times there were before,
I listen for returning feet and voices at the door.

" - J. R. R. Tolkien

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[Quote No.52609] Need Area: Fun > Satisfaction
"When good things happen we are happy and grateful! When bad things happen, be grateful they are not worse and try to make them into good things and thereby evolve into being more of your best self. For example, if you are given an adversity turn it into an advantage, a burden into a benefit, a challenge into a conquest, a difficulty into a diamond, a failure into some fertilizer, a problem into a positive, a trial into a triumph." - Seymour@imagi-natives.com

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[Quote No.52670] Need Area: Fun > Satisfaction
"[Poem:- about character and self-esteem.]

'How Did You Die'

Did you tackle that trouble that came your way
With a resolute heart and cheerful?
Or hide your face from the light of day
With a craven soul and fearful?
Oh, a troubles a ton, or trouble’s an ounce,
Or trouble is what you make it,
And it isn’t the fact that you’re hurt that counts,
But only how did you take it?

You are beaten to Earth? Well, well, what’s that!
Come up with a smiling face.
It’s nothing against you to fall down flat,
But to lie there – that’s disgrace.
The harder you’re thrown, why the higher you bounce,
Be proud of your blackened eye!
It isn’t the fact that you’re licked that counts,
It’s how did you fight – and why?

And though you be done to the death, what then?
If you battled the best you could,
If you played your part in the world of men,
Why, the Critic will call it good.
Death comes with a crawl, or it comes with a pounce,
And whether he’s slow or spry,
It isn’t the fact that you’re dead that counts,
But only how did you die?

" - Edmund Vance Cooke

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"[Poem: about good memories]

'Relics Of Joy'

Let Fate do her worst; there are relics of joy,
Bright dreams of the past, which she cannot destroy;
Which come in the night-time of sorrow and care,
And bring back the features that joy used to wear.
Long; long be my heart with such memories fill'd!
Like the vase, in which roses have been distill'd --
You may break, you may shatter the vase, if you will,
But the scent of the roses will hang 'round it still.

" - Thomas Moore
(1779-1852), Irish poet.
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[Quote No.52816] Need Area: Fun > Satisfaction
"[Poem:]

'Mistakes!'

...

Through strife the slumbering soul awakes
We learn on errors troubled route
The truths we could not prize without
The sorrow of our sad mistakes.

" - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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[Quote No.52823] Need Area: Fun > Satisfaction
"[Poem:]

'Desiderata' (Latin: 'Things Desired')

...

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

...

" - Max Ehrmann
(1872 – 1945) American writer, poet, and attorney from Terre Haute, Indiana, widely known for his 1927 prose poem 'Desiderata' (Latin: 'Things Desired'). He often wrote on spiritual themes. [In 1956, the Reverend Frederick Kates, rector of Saint Paul's Church in Baltimore, Maryland, included 'Desiderata' in a compilation of devotional materials for his congregation. The compilation included the church's foundation date: 'Old Saint Paul's Church, Baltimore A.D. 1692'. Consequently, the date of the text's authorship was (and still is) widely mistaken as 1692, the year of the church's foundation. Refer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desiderata ]
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[Quote No.52924] Need Area: Fun > Satisfaction
"[Poem: about not complaining that some good things have gone, but rather rejoice that had them to begin with and remember with satisfaction.]

'Shall I Complain'

Shall I complain because the feast is o'er,
And all the banquet lights have ceased to shine?
For Joy that was, and is no longer mine;
For Love that came and went, and comes no more;
For Hopes and Dreams that left my open door;
Shall I, who hold the Past in fee, repine?
Nay! there are those who never quaffed Life's wine
That were the unblest fate one might deplore.
To sit alone and dream, at set of sun,
When all the world is vague with coming night
To hear old voices whisper, sweet and low,
And see dear faces steal back, one by one,
And thrill anew to each long-past delight
Shall I complain, who still this Bliss may know?

" - Louise Chandler Moulton

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[Quote No.52969] Need Area: Fun > Satisfaction
"Life's like a play; it's not the length but the excellence of the acting that matters." - Seneca

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[Quote No.52981] Need Area: Fun > Satisfaction
"[Poem: about the silver linings in clouds, advantages in adversities, benefits in burdens, lessons in laments, positives in problems, etc., that we can find if we look for them. Then we can be grateful for them and take satisfaction in the greater wisdom and compassion they helped us create in ourselves.]

'Disillusion'

Who looking back upon his troubled years
Can say he has not gained through sorrow's rain
Something of good? For through his falling tears
He sees the storms have vanished with their pain
Leaving him nobler, cut in finer mold;
Made strong by conflict, purified by fire
To leave the grains of gold;
The soul is freed forevermore from strife
And enters into rich abundant life.

" - Bessie B. Decker

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"[Poem:- about the 'thrill of the chase' and the enjoyment of challenge and striving]

'The Ship That Sails'

I’d rather be the ship that sails
And rides the billows wild and free;
Than to be the ship that always fails
To leave its port and go to sea.

I’d rather feel the sting of strife,
Where gales are born and tempests roar;
Than to settle down to useless life
And rot in dry dock on the shore.

I’d rather fight some mighty wave
With honor in supreme command;
And fill at last a well-earned grave,
Than die in ease upon the sand.

I’d rather drive where sea storms blow,
And be the ship that always failed
To make the ports where it would go,
Than be the ship that never sailed.

" - Unknown

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[Quote No.53028] Need Area: Fun > Satisfaction
"[Poem: about people's differing ideals, values, goals, desires, greatest happiness, etc]

'Ideals'

Some men deem
Gold their god, and some esteem
Honor is the chief content
That to man in life is lent;
And some others do contend,
Quite none like to a friend;
Others hold there is no wealth
Compared to a perfect health;
Some man's mind in quiet stands
When he is lord of many lands:
But I did sigh, and said all this
Was but a shade of perfect bliss;
And in my thoughts I did approve
Naught so sweet as is true love.

" - Robert Greene

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"[Poem:- about the value of 'negative-bad' as well as 'positive-good' experiences for there are advantages in adversities, blessings in burdens, lessons in laments, positives in problems, etc! For example; we learn patience; we learn to be grateful for the good things without taking them for granted and; we also learn to relate and be compassionate to those who are suffering!]

'The Joy of Incompleteness'

If all our life were one broad glare
Of sunlight clear, unclouded:
If all our path were smooth and fair,
By no soft gloom enshrouded;
If all life's flowers were fully blown
Without the sweet unfolding,
And happiness were rudely thrown
On hands too weak for holding --
Should we not miss the twilight hours,
The gentle haze and sadness?
Should we not long for storms and showers
To break the constant gladness?

If none were sick and none were sad,
What service could we render?
I think if we were always glad
We scarcely could be tender.
Did our beloved never need
Our patient ministration,
Earth would grow cold and miss indeed
Its sweetest consolation:
If sorrow never claimed our heart
And every wish were granted
Patience would die, and hope depart --
Life would be disenchanted.

" - Albert Crowell

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"[Poem: about persisting undaunted through difficulties and the strength of character, self-esteem and satisfaction that creates daily. If life were all easy, we should degenerate into weaklings - into human mush. It is the fighting spirit that makes us strong. Nor do any of us lack for a chance to exercise this spirit. Struggle is everywhere.]

'The Fighter'

I fight a battle every day
Against discouragement and fear;
Some foe stands always in my way,
The path ahead is never clear!
I must forever be on guard
Against the doubts that skulk along;
I get ahead by fighting hard,
But fighting keeps my spirit strong.

I hear the croakings of Despair,
The dark predictions of the weak;
I find myself pursued by Care,
No matter what the end I seek;
My victories are small and few,
It matters not how hard I strive;
Each day the fight begins anew,
But fighting keeps my hopes alive.

My dreams are spoiled by circumstance,
My plans are wrecked by Fate or Luck;
Some hour, perhaps, will bring my chance,
But that great hour has never struck;
My progress has been slow and hard,
I've had to climb and crawl and swim,
Fighting for every stubborn yard,
But I have kept in fighting trim.

I have to fight my doubts away,
And be on guard against my fears;
The feeble croaking of Dismay
Has been familiar through the years;
My dearest plans keep going wrong,
Events combine to thwart my will,
But fighting keeps my spirit strong,
And I am undefeated still!

" - S. E. Kiser
(1862-1942) Samuel Ellsworth Kiser, Chicago newspaper writer, author and poet.
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"[Poem:- about learning from mistakes and valuing them for their guidance and eventual self-improvement and self-satisfaction.]

'Life'

All in the dark we grope along,
And if we go amiss
We learn at least which path is wrong,
And there is gain in this.

...

Some souls there are that needs must taste
Of wrong, ere choosing right;
We should not call those years a waste
Which led us to the light.

" - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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"[Poem: about the value and benefit of using activity to distract the attention from boredom or other negatives and feel a little satisfaction when achieve some goals.]

'Work'

How true it is when I am sad,
A little work can make me glad.
When frowning care comes to my door,
I work a while and fret no more.
I leave my couch harassed with pain,
I work, and soon I'm well again.
When sorrow comes and vain regret,
I go to work and soon forget.
Work soothes the soul when joys depart,
And often mends a broken heart.

...

" - J. W. Thompson

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"[Poem: about the value and benefit of using activity to distract the attention from boredom, heartache or other negatives and feel a little satisfaction when achieve some goals.]

'Find Work'

...

My mother’s mother, widowed very young
of her first love, and of that love’s first fruit,
moved through her father’s farm, her country tongue
and country heart anaesthetized and mute
with labor. So her kind was taught to do -
'Find work,' she would reply to every grief -
and her one dictum, whether false or true,
tolled heavy with her passionate belief.
Widowed again, with children, in her prime,
she spoke so little it was hard to bear
so much composure, such a truce with time
spent in the lifelong practice of despair.
But I recall her floors, scrubbed white as bone,
her dishes, and how painfully they shone.

" - Rhina P. Espaillat
(1932 - ) She was born in the Dominican Republic under the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. After Espaillat’s father opposed the regime, her family was exiled to the United States, where they settled in New York City. She began writing poetry as a young girl, first in Spanish, then English, and has published in both languages.
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"[Poem: about blessings from burdens - namely the benefits of wisdom and personal growth from learning what really works or doesn't in the real laboratory of life, as persistently try ways to endure and overcome the obstacles to our dream, goal, desire, etc., - and the satisfaction you get when you look back at this process]

'Good Timber'

The tree that never had to fight
For sun and sky and air and light,
That stood out in the open plain
And always got it's share of rain,
Never became a forest king,
But lived and died a scrubby thing.

The man who never had to toil
To heaven from the common soil,
Who never had to win his share
Of sun and sky and light and air,
Never became a manly man,
But lived and died as he began.

Good timber does not grow in ease;
The stronger wind, the tougher trees;
The farther sky, the greater length;
The more the storm, the more the strength;

By sun and cold, by rain and snows,
In tree or man, good timber grows.
Where thickest stands the forest growth
We find the patriarchs of both;
And they hold converse with the stars
Whose broken branches show the scars
Of many winds and much of strife --
This is the common law of life.

" - Douglas Malloch
(1877 – 1938) American poet, short-story writer and Associate Editor of American Lumberman, a trade paper in Chicago.
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"[Poem: about individualism and living up to your full, unique potential!]

'Be the Best of Whatever You Are'

If you can't be a pine on the top of the hill,
Be a scrub in the valley — but be
The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
Be a bush if you can't be a tree.

If you can't be a bush be a bit of the grass,
And some highway happier make;
If you can't be a muskie then just be a bass —
But the liveliest bass in the lake!

We can't all be captains, we've got to be crew,
There's something for all of us here,
There's big work to do, and there's lesser to do,
And the task you must do is the near.

If you can't be a highway then just be a trail,
If you can't be the sun be a star;
It isn't by size that you win or you fail —
Be the best of whatever you are!

" - Douglas Malloch
(1877 – 1938) American poet, short-story writer and Associate Editor of American Lumberman, a trade paper in Chicago. [rill=very, small stream]
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"[Poem:- about the right attitude to approach life and death.]

'Life Owes Me Nothing'

Life owes me nothing. Let the years
bring clouds or azure, joy or tears;
Already a full cup I’ve quaffed;
already wept and loved and laughed,
And seen, in ever-endless ways,
new beauties overwhelm the days.

Life owes me nought. No pain that waits
can steal the wealth from memory’s gates;
No aftermath of anguish slow
can quench the soul fire’s early glow.
I breathe, exulting, each new breath,
embracing Life, ignoring Death.

Life owes me nothing. One clear morn
is boon enough for being born;
And be it ninety years or ten,
no need for me to question when.
While Life is mine, I’ll find it good,
and greet each hour with gratitude.

" - Unknown

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"[Poem:- about changing what you are looking for and therefore what you are sensitive to and so naturally notice within your environment and in what you experience each day. Then you can note each beautiful thing at the time and perhaps even include it each night in a diary after noted other things that day such as perhaps three things you are grateful for and three things you are satisfied with and three things you are looking forward to]

'Beauty Each Day'

I shall find beauty in this day,
Perhaps I'll see (Oh, rare delight!)
blue columbines, like butterflies in flight,
or daisies starring all the meadow white;
I cannot say.

I shall find beauty. This alone I know.
It may be framed within the dawn-lit skies,
or lurking in true friendship's tender eyes,
or set within some precious words and wise,
or in the sunset's glow.

I shall find beauty in such little things.
Perhaps I'll see, on some drab, dusty street,
ill-shod, but carefree, twinkling, rhythmic feet
responding to a barrel-organ's beat,
while laughter gaily rings.

I shall find beauty ere the set of sun.
It may not flow from flowers that brightly gleam,
nor from a rose-winged, fairy-nurtured dream,
nor from the moonbeams on a silver stream -
merely from Duty done.

" - Wilhelmina Stitch
(1888-1936) Wilhelmina Stich is the pseudonym of Ruth Jacobs Cohen Collie. She was a writer, lecturer and poet - called 'The Poem A Day Lady'. Born at Cambridgeshire, England in 1888, daughter of I. W. Jacobs, she married E. Arakie Cohen while he was visiting England and returned with him to Winnipeg, the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba, Canada. They had one son, Ralph. After her husband’s death in 1919, she was forced to seek employment to support herself and her son. Her friends encouraged her to submit her writing for publication, which led to a successful career as a writer which continued to the time of her death. Writing under the pen names 'Sheila Rand' or 'Wilhelmina Stitch', she had poetry and stories published in the Winnipeg Tribune and the Winnipeg Telegram. In time, she became, in the words an obituary, 'one of the best-known women writers in the British Empire'. She later remarried to Scottish physician Frank K. Collie and moved with him to London, England where she died on 6 March 1936. [refer http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/collie_rjc.shtml and http://content.lib.sfu.ca/cdm/ref/collection/ceww/id/254 ]
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"[Poem:- about turning negatives into positives by learning what can from mistakes and reinvesting that learning persistently - therefore becoming wiser and more skilled and even grateful for the mistakes as you anticipate your on-going personal growth and even greater future successes and the satisfactions that those will bring.]

'The Mistake'

Why gaze so long at that mistake?
Last night it kept you wide awake,
and still you fret for its dull sake.

Don't mope about it, foolish one.
Still may you walk beneath the sun,
the race of life may yet be won.

A mere mistake and that is all.
A stumble and a moment's fall.
Don't let this little ailment gall.

Far better cry, 'Mistake! come here.'
Into its face then bravely peer,
but do not waste one sigh or tear.

A lesson, nothing more or less,
to help you win your happiness.
Then why such sharp and deep distress?

'Tis past, 'tis over, deem it dead;
accept the lesson, look ahead.
No wan regrets, fresh hope instead.

A mere mistake, be not downcast,
Wisdom you've gained; then hold it fast.
Look straight ahead, forget the past.

" - Wilhelmina Stitch
(1888-1936) Wilhelmina Stich is the pseudonym of Ruth Jacobs Cohen Collie. She was a writer, lecturer and poet - called 'The Poem A Day Lady'. Born at Cambridgeshire, England in 1888, daughter of I. W. Jacobs, she married E. Arakie Cohen while he was visiting England and returned with him to Winnipeg, the capital and largest city of the province of Manitoba, Canada. They had one son, Ralph. After her husband’s death in 1919, she was forced to seek employment to support herself and her son. Her friends encouraged her to submit her writing for publication, which led to a successful career as a writer which continued to the time of her death. Writing under the pen names 'Sheila Rand' or 'Wilhelmina Stitch', she had poetry and stories published in the Winnipeg Tribune and the Winnipeg Telegram. In time, she became, in the words an obituary, 'one of the best-known women writers in the British Empire'. She later remarried to Scottish physician Frank K. Collie and moved with him to London, England where she died on 6 March 1936. [refer http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/collie_rjc.shtml and http://content.lib.sfu.ca/cdm/ref/collection/ceww/id/254 ]
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"[Poem: about which Time perspective is best - WAS: looking back with satisfaction - IS: experiencing the present moment - YET-TO-BE: anticipating the future. There is another which covers them all and adds another level of pleasure to each namely gratitude: (WAS) it could have been worse, (IS) it could be worse, (YET-TO-BE) it could end up being worse!]

'WAS, IS, and YET-TO-BE'

WAS, IS, and YET-TO-BE
Were chatting over a cup of tea.

In tarnished finery smelling of must,
Was talked of people long turned to dust;

Of titles and honours and high estate,
All forgotten or out of date;

Of wonderful feasts in the long ago,
Of pride that perished with nothing to show.

'I loathe the present,' said WAS, with a groan;
'I live in pleasures that I have known.'

The YET-TO-BE, in a gown of gauze,
Looked over the head of musty WAS,

And gazed far off into misty space
With a wrapt expression upon her face.

'Such wonderful pleasures are coming to me,
Such glory, such honour,' said YET-TO-BE.

'No one dreamed, in the vast Has-Been,
Of such successes as I shall win.'

'The past, the present -- why, what are they?
I live for the joy of a future day.'

Then practical IS, in a fresh print dress,
Spoke up with a laugh, 'I must confess'

'I find to-day so pleasant,' she said,
'I never look back, and seldom ahead.'

'Whatever has been, is a finished sum;
Whatever will be -- why, let it come.'

'To-day is mine. And so, you see,
I have the past and the yet-to-be;'

'For to-day is the future of yesterday,
And the past of to-morrow. I live while I may,'

'And I think the secret of pleasure is this,
And this alone, said practical IS

" - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
(1850 - 1919) American poet.
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"[The following insight about the values of negatives in our lives has huge ramifications in all need-areas of life, but especially - learning, persisting, evolving, gratitude, satisfaction(!), anticipation:] A problem, believe it or not, is always great news at least in that it motivates you to face and solve that problem – in the same way that as expressed in the saying, ‘Need is the mother of invention (as in creativity in scientific and cultural evolution)’. In facing that problem you develop empathy and compassion for other sufferers of that problem and sufferers of problems in general. That improves your human understanding and that in turn improves your imaginative empathy with others and from that you improve your ability to apply love’s ‘Golden Rule’ of treating others in the way you imagine you would want to be treated in that same situation. Also in facing and trying to solve that problem you will need to examine it carefully and try many possible solutions. Whether they work or not you will learn and grow in experience and wisdom. That then becomes another huge benefit of the problem." - Ben O'Grady
Founder and CEO of imagi-natives.com
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"Much unhappiness results from our inability to remember the nice things that happen to us. [Therefore the benefit of a happiness and gratitude journal-diary.]" - W. N. Rieger

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"[Poem: about putting joy into each and every day so they are a pleasure to anticipate, experience and recall]

'Fabric'

I try to live each day
In such a way
That when tomorrow makes today a yesterday
I will have woven into the fabric of my life
Some gay design,
Some patch of color,
Bright, to please the eye.
So that, in the graying years to come,
When all the quick responsive senses dull,
I may look back across the patterns of my past
And, in my memory,
Live the joys and pains
Of all my yesterdays.

" - Don Blanding
(1894-1957), Hawaiian Poet Laureate, artist, designer, songwriter, theatrical actor, director and producer of musicals, soldier, lecturer, radio, film and television personality and newspaper columnist.
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"[Poem: about the joy of recollection and reliving good times as often as want]

'The Pleasures of Memory'

...

Hail, Memory, hail! in thy exhaustless mine
From age to age unnumbered treasures shine!
Thought and her shadowy brood thy call obey,
And Place and Time are subject to thy sway!
Thy pleasures most we feel, when most alone;
The only pleasures we can call our own.
Lighter than air, Hope’s summer-visions die,
If but a fleeting cloud obscure the sky;
If but a beam of sober Reason play,
Lo, Fancy’s fairy frost - work melts away!
But can the wiles of Art, the grasp of Power,
Snatch the rich relics of a well-spent hour?
These, when the trembling spirit wings her flight,
Pour round her path a stream of living light,
And gild those pure and perfect realms of rest
Where Virtue triumphs and her sons are blest!

...

" - Samuel Rogers
(1763 – 1855) English poet, wealthy banker and discriminating art collector. The above poem is an extract from his long poem, 'The Pleasures of Memory'.
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"[Poem:- about facing death and dying with some dreams still unfulfilled and unsatisfied is not bad, in fact it is normal. Each of us has many desires that motivate us and that we happily anticipate achieving in the future. If we are lucky we do not exhaust them all, but have some that even outlast us. Or else if we achieve everything we want, after feeling content for a short time, we will then feel that we have no reason to continue living and struggling and become apathetic, unmotivated and without hope.]

'Carcassonne' [English translation from the original French]

'I'm growing old, I've sixty years;
I've labored all my life in vain:
In all that time of hopes and fears
I've failed my dearest wish to gain.
I see full well that here below
Bliss unalloyed there is for none.
My prayer will ne'er fulfilment know
I never have seen Carcassonne,

I never have seen Carcassonne!
You see the city from the hill,
It lies beyond the mountains blue,
And yet to reach it one must still
Five long and weary leagues pursue,
And to return as many more!
Ah! had the vintage plenteous grown!
The grape withheld its yellow store!
I shall not look on Carcassonne,
I shall not look on Carcassonne!

'They tell me every day is there
Not more or less than Sunday gay:
In shining robes and garments fair
The people walk upon their way.
One gazes there on castle walls
As grand as those of Babylon,
A bishop and two generals!
I do not know fair Carcassonne,
I do not know fair Carcassonne!

'The vicar's right; he says that we
Are ever wayward, weak and blind,
He tells us in his homily
Ambition ruins all mankind;
Yet could I there two days have spent
While still the autumn sweetly shone,
Ah me! I might have died content
When I had looked on Carcassonne,
When I had looked on Carcassonne!

'Thy pardon, Father, I beseech,
In this my prayer if I append:
One something sees beyond his reach
From childhood to his journey's end.
My wife, our little boy Aignon,
Have traveled even to Narbonne;
My grandchild has seen Perpignon,
And I have not seen Carcassonne,
And I have not seen Carcassonne!'

So crooned one day, close by Limoux,
A peasant double-bent with age;
'Rise up, my friend,' said I; 'with you
I'll go upon this pilgrimage.'
We left next morning his abode,
But (Heaven forgive him) halfway on,
The old man died upon the road;
He never gazed on Carcassonne,
Each mortal has his Carcassonne!

" - Gustave Nadaud
(1820 – 1893) French songwriter and chansonnier (solitary cabaret singer). Carcassonne is a French city in the south of the country. It has a famous medieval fortress and is a popular tourist destination. [http://www.poetryatlas.com/poetry/poem/1904/carcassonne.html ]
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"[Poem: about remembering the satisfaction of past beauty and joy to encourage the hope of future beauty and joy]

'Beauty As A Shield'

I will hold beauty as a shield against despair.
When my heart faints I will remember sights like these:
Bronze cypresses that framed a sapphire sea,
A desert mesa wrapped in sunset flame,
An airplane that raced the Overland
Above a trail still marked with whitening bones;
A path through a dim forest, hushed and sweet,
Lit by one amber beam that fell aslant;
Foam, silver-laced, along a curving wave;
Sprawled golden hills, with shadows like spilled wine;
Tall office buildings rearing through the night
Sheer walls of alabaster pierced with gold --
And snowflakes falling on a lonely pine.

I will hold beauty as a shield against despair.
When my heart faints I will remember sights like these:
The dawning wonder in a baby's face,
The kindness in a weary wanton's smile,
The gallant challenge of a cripple's grin,
Seeing forever bodies that are straight;
The fighting courage in a mother's eyes
When she waits, braced, to meet birth's gripping pains;
The shy adoring of a boy's first love,
The eager beauty of his first crusade
Against some wrong which he alone can right --
The tolerance that sometimes comes with age.

When my heart faints I will remember sights like these,
Holding their beauty as a shield against despair:
For if I can see glory such as this
With my dim eyes, my undeveloped brain,
And if from other darkened, selfish lives
Such flashes of brave loveliness can come,
Then surely there is something more than this
Sad maze of pain, bewilderment and fear --
And if there's something, I can still hope on.

" - Elsie Robinson

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"[Poem:- about the nobility of those who can bring themselves to persist past failure and continue towards reaching their dreams]

'To The Men Who Lose'

Here's to the men who lose!
What though their work be e'er so nobly planned,
And watched with zealous care,
No glorious halo crowns their efforts grand;
Contempt is failure's share.

Here's to the men who lose!
If triumph's easy smile our struggles greet,
Courage is easy then;
The king is he who, after fierce defeat,
Can up and fight again.

Here's to the men who lose!
The ready plaudits of a fawning world
Ring sweet in victor's ears;
The vanquished's banners never are unfurled;
For them sound no cheers.

Here's to the men who lose!
The touchstone of true worth is not success;
There is a higher test --
Though fate may darkly frown, onward to press,
And bravely do one's best.

Here's to the men who lose!
It is the vanquished's praises that I sing,
And this is the toast I choose:
'A hard-fought failure is a noble thing!
Here's to the men who lose.'

" - George L. Scarborough
(1861 - 1926), American poet. This poem is sometimes called, 'To the Vanquished'. This poem shares themes with another more famous poem called 'Invictus' by the English poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903).
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"God gave His children memory, That in life's garden there might be, June roses in December. ... " - Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy
(1883 – 1929), Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy, Anglican priest and poet. The quote is from his poem, 'Roses In December'.
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"Favorite Memories: If you would like to recall your favorite memories, here are some questions to ask yourself: --1. What are five of my favorite memories? --2. How do I feel when I remember them? --3. What are the main patterns of my favorite memories? --4. In what ways will I benefit from recalling these memories more often? --5. When is a good time to recall each of these memories? --6. What can I learn from these memories? --7. What do I lose out by not recalling my favorite memories? --8. What will help me remember to recall my favorite memories more often? --9. What can I do now to create more memories that I would benefit from recalling?" - Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
From his book, 'Conversations With Yourself', p.160.
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"The past beats inside me like a second heart. " - John Banville

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"Success consists of a series of little daily victories!" - Laddie Hutar

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"The life given us by nature is short; but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal." - Marcus Tuillius Cicero

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"Each man's memory is his private literature, and every recollection affects us with something of the penetrative force that belongs to the work of art. " - Aldous Huxley

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"No memory is ever alone, it’s at the end of a trail of memories, a dozen trails that each have their own associations." - Louis L'Amour

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"Memory is the personal journalism of the soul." - Richard Schickel

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