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[Quote No.51742] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"Happiness is experienced largely in striving towards a goal, not in having attained things..." - Dr. Albert Ellis
(1913-2007), Dr. Albert Ellis has been considered one of the most influential psychotherapists in history. In a survey conducted in 1982 among approximately 800 American clinical and counseling psychologists, Albert Ellis was considered even more influential in the field than Sigmund Freud. Prior to his death in 2007, 'Psychology Today' described him as the 'greatest living psychologist'. He developed in 1955, rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), the pioneering form of cognitive behavior therapy. It is a highly effective, action-oriented psychotherapy that teaches individuals to identify, challenge, and replace their self-defeating thoughts and beliefs with healthier thoughts that promote emotional well-being and goal achievement.
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[Quote No.51808] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true." - Leon Suenens

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[Quote No.51903] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise!" - F. Scott Fitzgerald

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[Quote No.51936] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"The lesson I've learned the most often in life is that you're always going to know more in the future than you know now!" - Taylor Swift
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[Quote No.51951] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[A true story - with a message about handling difficult situations by remembering that it could be worse and that I help myself be more able to cope by focusing on seeing myself getting through it.] - Adrift - In 1982 Steven Callahan was crossing the Atlantic alone in his sailboat when it struck something and sank. He was out of the shipping lanes and floating in a life raft, alone. His supplies were few. His chances were small. Yet when three fishermen found him seventy-six days later (the longest anyone has survived a shipwreck on a life raft alone), he was alive -- much skinnier than he was when he started, but alive. His account of how he survived is fascinating. His ingenuity -- how he managed to catch fish, how he fixed his solar still (evaporates sea water to make fresh) -- is very interesting. But the thing that caught my eye was how he managed to keep himself going when all hope seemed lost, when there seemed no point in continuing the struggle, when he was suffering greatly, when his life raft was punctured and after more than a week struggling with his weak body to fix it, it was still leaking air and wearing him out to keep pumping it up. He was starved. He was desperately dehydrated. He was thoroughly exhausted. Giving up would have seemed the only sane option. When people survive these kinds of circumstances, they do something with their minds that gives them the courage to keep going. Many people in similarly desperate circumstances give in or go mad. Something the survivors do with their thoughts helps them find the guts to carry on in spite of overwhelming odds. 'I tell myself I can handle it,' wrote Callahan in his narrative. 'Compared to what others have been through, I'm fortunate. I tell myself these things over and over, building up fortitude....' I wrote that down after I read it. It struck me as something important. And I've told myself the same thing when my own goals seemed far off or when my problems seemed too overwhelming. And every time I've said it, I have always come back to my senses. The truth is, our circumstances are only bad compared to something better. But others have been through much worse. I've read enough history to know you and I are lucky to be where we are, when we are, no matter how bad it seems to us compared to our fantasies. It's a sane thought and worth thinking. So here, coming to us from the extreme edge of survival, are words that can give us strength. Whatever you're going through, tell yourself you can handle it. Compared to what others have been through, you're fortunate. Tell this to yourself over and over, and it will help you get through the rough spots with a little more fortitude!" - Adam Khan
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[Quote No.51953] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[A true story - with a message about imagining the future you want including all the necessary work to get there and then feeling fully justified in believing that it will happen.] - Great Expectations - Pete Rose, the famous baseball player, and I have never met, but he taught me something so valuable that it changed my life. Pete was being interviewed in spring training the year he was about to break Ty Cobb's all time hits record. One reporter blurted out, 'Pete, you only need 78 hits to break the record. How many at-bats do you think you'll need to get the 78 hits?' Without hesitation, Pete just stared at the reporter and very matter-of-factly said, '78.' The reporter yelled back, 'Ah, come on Pete, you don't expect to get 78 hits in 78 at-bats do you?' Mr. Rose calmly shared his philosophy with the throngs of reporters who were anxiously awaiting his reply to this seemingly boastful claim. 'Every time I step up to the plate, I expect to get a hit! If I don't expect to get a hit, I have no right to step in the batter's box in the first place!' 'If I go up hoping to get a hit,' he continued, 'then I probably don't have a prayer to get a hit. It is a positive expectation that has gotten me all of the hits in the first place!' When I thought about Pete Rose's philosophy and how it applied to everyday life, I felt a little embarrassed. As a business person, I was hoping to make my sales quotas. As a father, I was hoping to be a good dad. As a married man, I was hoping to be a good husband. The truth was that I was an adequate salesperson, I was not so bad of a father, and I was an okay husband. I immediately decided that being okay was not enough! I wanted to be a great salesperson, a great father and a great husband. I changed my attitude to one of positive expectation, and the results were amazing. I was fortunate enough to win a few sales trips, I won Coach of the Year in my son's baseball league, and I share a loving relationship with my wife, Karen, with whom I expect to be married to for the rest of my life! Thanks, Mr. Rose!" - Barry Spilchuk

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[Quote No.51954] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"I will say this about being an optimist; even when things don't turn out well, you are certain they will get better." - Frank Hughes
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[Quote No.51974] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[A story - with a message about not dwelling on past mistakes but rather spending your time focusing on what you learnt and how that has made you better and more able to make the most of all the opportunities coming to you in the future:] - Arthur Gordon is a favorite writer of mine. Once he came to New York to interview Dr. Blanton, a co-founder of the American Foundation for Religion and Psychiatry. Mr. Gordon sat in a restaurant waiting for the esteemed psychiatrist to arrive. As he waited, his mind went back over his life. By the time Mr. Blanton arrived, Mr. Gordon was sitting there with a frown and a very sad look on his face. 'What's the matter, Arthur?' 'Oh,' the writer replied, 'I've just been sitting here thinking about all the 'if's in my life.' Dr. Blanton suggested, 'Let's drive over to my office after lunch; I want you to hear something.' Later in his office, Dr. Blanton put on a tape and said, 'I'm going to let you listen to three different people; they're all patients of mine and they are mentally ill. Listen carefully.' For one hour the great author listened. When the tape was finished , Dr. Blanton asked, 'Tell me what single trait all these people had in common.' Arthur Gordon thought a moment and then answered, 'I can't think of anything.' 'Then I'll tell you,' the psychiatrist said. 'All of them kept repeating the phrase, 'If only...if only...if only.' These words cause mental sickness. They are like poison. These people must learn to say, 'Next time...next time...next time!' These words point to the future, to a new day, to healing and health!' [Arthur Gordon, later in a book called 'A Touch of Wonder' he wrote, 'The trouble with 'if only' is that it doesn't change anything. It keeps the person facing the wrong way – backward instead of forward. It wastes time. ...You're thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn't at all. Failure is a teacher – a harsh one, perhaps, but the best. You say you have a desk full of rejected manuscripts? That's great! Every one of those manuscripts was rejected for a reason. Have you pulled them to pieces looking for that reason? You've got to put failure to work for you. That's where you'll find success. On the far side of failure.']" - Unknown

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[Quote No.51984] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[A story - with a message about being optimistic and seeing good in the present and expecting good things in the future, even from what is challenging now:] - The Way Things Seem - The story is told of a king in Africa who had a close friend with whom he grew up. The friend had a habit of looking at every situation that ever occurred in his life (positive or negative) and remarking, 'This is good!' One day the king and his friend were out on a hunting expedition. The friend would load and prepare the guns for the king. The friend had apparently done something wrong in preparing one of the guns, for after taking the gun from his friend, the king fired it and his thumb was blown off. Examining the situation, the friend remarked as usual, 'This is good!' To which the king replied, 'No, this is not good!' and proceeded to send his friend to jail. About a year later, the king was hunting in an area that he should have known to stay clear of. Cannibals captured him and took them to their village. They tied his hands, stacked some wood, set up a stake and bound him to the stake. As they came near to set fire to the wood, they noticed that the king was missing a thumb. Being superstitious, they never ate anyone that was less than whole. So untying the king, they sent him on his way. As he returned home, he was reminded of the event that had taken his thumb and felt remorse for his treatment of his friend. He went immediately to the jail to speak with his friend. 'You were right,' he said, 'it was good that my thumb was blown off.' And he proceeded to tell the friend all that had just happened. 'And so I am very sorry for sending you to jail for so long. It was bad for me to do this.' 'No,' his friend replied, 'This is good!' 'What do you mean, 'This is good'? How could it be good that I sent my friend to jail for a year?' 'If I had not been in jail, I would have been with you.'" - Unknown

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[Quote No.51985] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the [good] possibilities - always see them, for they are always there! " - Norman Vincent Peale

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[Quote No.51997] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[Poem:]

Lord of the far horizons,
Give us the eyes to see:
Over the verge of the sundown,
The beauty that is to be!

" - Bliss Carman

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[Quote No.52019] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[A story - with a message about not letting fear get the better of our imagination, allowing it to catastrophize and wallow in the most unrealistically pessimistic, worst case scenario, which adversely affects our capacity to cope with what really happens.] - Wanna Borrow a Jack? - One day I went to a lawyer friend for advice. ‘I'm in real trouble,’ I said. ‘My neighbors across the road are going on vacation for a month and instead of boarding their dogs they are going to keep them locked up and a woman is coming to feed them - if she doesn't forget - and meanwhile they'll be lonely and bark all day and howl all night and I won't be able to sleep and I'll either have to call the SPCA to haul them away or I'll go berserk and go over there and shoot them and then when my neighbors return they'll go berserk and come over and shoot me . . .’ My lawyer patted back a delicate yawn. ‘Let me tell you a story,’ he said. ‘And don't stop me if you've heard it - because it will do you good to hear it again.’ ‘A fellow was speeding down a country road late at night and BANG! went a tire. He got out and looked and - drat it - he had no jack. Then he said to himself. 'Well, I'll just walk to the nearest farmhouse and borrow a jack!' He saw a light in the distance and said, 'Well, I'm in luck; the farmer's up. I'll just knock on the door and say I'm in trouble, would you please lend me a jack? And he'll say, why sure, neighbor, help yourself - but bring it back.' ‘He walked on a little farther and the light went out so he said to himself, 'Now he's gone to bed and he'll be annoyed because I'm bothering him - so he'll probably want some money for his jack. And I'll say, all right, it isn't very neighborly - but I'll give you a quarter. And he'll say, do you think you can get me out of bed in the middle of the night and then offer me a quarter? Give me a dollar of get yourself a jack somewhere else.' ‘By the time the fellow had worked himself into a lather. He turned into the gate and muttered. 'A dollar! All right, I'll give you a dollar. But not a cent more! A poor devil has an accident and all the needs is a jack. You probably won't let me have one no matter what I give you. That's the kind of guy you are.' ‘Which brought him to the door and he knocked - angrily, loudly. The farmer stuck his head out the window above the door and hollered down, 'Who's there? What do you want?' The fellow stopped pounding on the door and yelled up, 'You and your damn jack! You know what you can do with it!’ When I stopped laughing, I started thinking, and I said, ‘Is that what I've been doing?’ ‘Right,’ he said, ‘and you'd be surprised how many people come to a lawyer for advice and, instead of calmly stating the facts, start building up a big imaginary fight - what he'll say to his partner, what she'll say to her husband, or how they'll tell the Old Man off about his will. So I tell them the story about the jack and they cool off. ‘The next time I hear from them, one tells me that partner was glad to meet him halfway; the gal says she can't understand it - her husband was so reasonable she thought she must have gotten somebody else on the phone; the relatives found out the Old Man had already been asking a lawyer how he could give everything to them before he died, to save them inheritance tax.’ I thought, ‘How true! Most of us go through life bumping into obstacles we could easily by-pass; spoiling for a fight and lashing out in blind rages at fancied wrongs and imaginary foes. And we don't even realize what we are doing until someone startles us one day with a vivid word like a lightning flash on a dark night.’ Well, the other night I was driving home from the city. I was late for dinner and I hadn't phone my wife. As I crawled along in a line of cars I became more and more frustrated and angry. I'll tell her I was caught in the heavy weekend traffic and she'll say, 'Why didn't you phone me before you left town?’ Then I'll say, 'What difference does it make anyway - I'm here!' And she'll say, 'Yes, and I'm here, too, and I've been here all day waiting to hear from you!' And I'll say, 'I suppose I haven't' anything else to do but call you up every hour on the hour and make like a lovebird!' And she'll say, 'You mean like a wolf, but you wouldn't be calling me!’ By this time I am turning into the drive and I am plenty steamed up. As I jumped out and slammed the car door, my wife flung open the window upstairs. ‘All right!’ I shouted up to her, ‘Say it!’ ‘I will,’ she cooed softly. ‘Wanta borrow a jack?’" - J.P. McEvoy

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[Quote No.52058] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"Still round the corner, there may wait, A new road or a secret gate." - J.R.R. Tolkien

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[Quote No.52093] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[A story - with a message about knowing what you really want...] - What Will My Reward Be? - One day a fisherman was lying on a beautiful beach, with his fishing pole propped up in the sand and his solitary line cast out into the sparkling blue surf. He was enjoying the warmth of the afternoon sun and the prospect of catching a fish. About that time, a businessman came walking down the beach, trying to relieve some of the stress of his workday. He noticed the fisherman sitting on the beach and decided to find out why this fisherman was fishing instead of working harder to make a living for himself and his family. 'You aren't going to catch many fish that way,' said the businessman to the fisherman. 'You should be working rather than lying on the beach!' The fisherman looked up at the businessman, smiled and replied, 'And what will my reward be?' 'Well, you can get bigger nets and catch more fish!' was the businessman's answer. 'And then what will my reward be?' asked the fisherman, still smiling. The businessman replied, 'You will make money and you'll be able to buy a boat, which will then result in larger catches of fish!' 'And then what will my reward be?' asked the fisherman again. The businessman was beginning to get a little irritated with the fisherman's questions. 'You can buy a bigger boat, and hire some people to work for you!' he said. 'And then what will my reward be?' repeated the fisherman. The businessman was getting angry. 'Don't you understand? You can build up a fleet of fishing boats, sail all over the world, and let all your employees catch fish for you!' Once again the fisherman asked, 'And then what will my reward be?' The businessman was red with rage and shouted at the fisherman, 'Don't you understand that you can become so rich that you will never have to work for your living again! You can spend all the rest of your days sitting on this beach, looking at the sunset. You won't have a care in the world!' The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said, 'And what do you think I'm doing right now?'" - Unknown

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[Quote No.52094] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[Song Lyrics: - all things including bad times are temporary - 'The Little White Cloud That Cried']

Have faith in all kinds of weather,
For the sun will always shine,
Do your best and always remember,
The dark clouds pass with time!

" - Johnnie Ray
A verse from the 1951 best-selling song, 'The Little White Cloud That Cried'. Words and music by Johnnie Ray. Found on 'Johnnie Ray-16 Most Requested Songs'-Columbia Legacy CT 46095. (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://ntl.matrix.com.br/pfilho/html/lyrics/l/little_white_cloud_that_cried.txt ]

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[Quote No.52149] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"When thinking about the future, be sure you don't overlook the blessings of today." - Seymour@imagi-natives.com

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[Quote No.52155] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[A story - with a message about how we see our lives and how this effects our behaviour and feelings.] - The Man of La Mancha - 'The Man of La Mancha', a musical made in 1972, is based on the story 'Don Quixote' by Miguel de Cervantes. It's an entertaining story, but it's also profound. Don Quixote sees the world as a quest, as an adventure, and he sees a poor kitchen maid as a lady of unsurpassed beauty and chastity. He dreams the impossible dream, he fights the unbeatable foe, he looks at life as a challenge to do good in the face of evil and make the world a better place. He wants to dedicate his victories to the kitchen maid, his Lady. She is bitter about life, full of anger. ‘Why do you do these things?’ she asks him. ‘What things?’ She bursts out in frustration, ‘It's ridiculous, the things you do!’ He answers simply, ‘I come into a world of iron to make a world of gold.’ ‘The world's a dung heap,’ she says, ‘and we are maggots that crawl on it.’ Two different stories, same objective reality. Yet one lives in a life of nobility and beauty and adventure, and the other lives in filth and misery and hatred. What kind of story do you live? Is it heroic? Or is it weak? Do you have a sense of destiny? Or do you have a sense of emptiness? What do you think is your destiny? The destiny of Earth? The destiny of the human race? The story you tell yourself -- the myth within which you live your life -- strongly affects your feelings and the ultimate outcome of your life. And it can change! You can change it deliberately!" - Adam Khan
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[Quote No.52173] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"If I can learn from my yesterdays and apply those lessons today, then my tomorrows will be better! [If I can learn from my past and apply those lessons in the present, then my future will be better!] " - Seymour@imagi-natives.com

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[Quote No.52179] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[Song Lyrics: 'The Rose']

Just remember in the winter far beneath the bitter snows,
Lies the seed that with the sun's love, in the spring becomes the rose!

" - Bette Midler
Also known by her informal stage name 'The Divine Miss M', she is an American singer-songwriter, actress, comedian, film producer and entrepreneur.
(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.)
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[Quote No.52331] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"We are always looking to the future; the present does not [and realistically can never completely] satisfy us. Our ideal, whatever it may be, lies further on. " - Ezra Hall Gillett
(1823–1875), American clergyman and author.
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[Quote No.52359] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[Song lyrics:- 'Seasons Of My Heart']

Winter comes but the spring is close behind

" - Johnny Cash
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[Quote No.52414] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"A Simple Mental Maneuver That Will Bring You Up: Here's a simple question you can ask when your mind isn't otherwise engaged in something. Ask yourself, 'What can I look forward to?' And don’t just ask it once. After you get an answer, ask yourself what else you could look forward to? And what else? It helps you feel better and get more done when you have things to look forward to. And it's a fairly common mistake many of us make to actually have legitimate things to look forward to without looking forward to them because you’re too busy dealing with day-to-day problems. That’s why this is a good question to ask. It lifts you out of your narrow focus, which is naturally dominated by a negative bias if left unchecked, and lets you look ahead to something pleasant. You daydream sometimes anyway, right? While driving, showering, walking to and from places, closing your eyes at the end of the day. Take advantage of these brief moments and ask yourself what you can look forward to. And don't ignore the small things in the short term. Go ahead and imagine the long-range big goals or events, but also think about the near future. When you get home from work, what is something you could look forward to, even a little? This weekend, what is one thing that will happen or that you can make happen that you can look forward to? Think about it, and then enjoy that nice feeling, even for a moment. It has a residual effect on your mood." - Adam Khan
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[Quote No.52453] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears!" - Rudyard Kipling

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[Quote No.52499] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[Poem:- about enjoying each moment and living hopefully.]

'Life'

Life, believe, is not a dream
So dark as sages say;
Oft a little morning rain
Foretells a pleasant day.
Sometimes there are clouds of gloom,
But these are transient all;
If the shower will make the roses bloom,
O why lament its fall?

Rapidly, merrily,
Life's sunny hours flit by,
Gratefully, cheerily,
Enjoy them as they fly!

What though Death at times steps in
And calls our Best away?
What though sorrow seems to win,
O'er hope, a heavy sway?
Yet hope again elastic springs,
Unconquered, though she fell;
Still buoyant are her golden wings,
Still strong to bear us well.
Manfully, fearlessly,
The day of trial bear,
For gloriously, victoriously,
Can courage quell despair!

" - Charlotte Bronte

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[Quote No.52515] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[Poem:- about how our dreams about the future change us.]

'A Walk'

My eyes already touch the sunny hill.
going far beyond the road I have begun,
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it has an inner light, even from a distance -

and changes us, even if we do not reach it,
into something else, which, hardly sensing it,
we already are; a gesture waves us on
answering our own wave...
but what we feel is the wind in our faces.

" - Rainer Maria Rilke
Translated by Robert Bly
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[Quote No.52549] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"Hope is the most practical of all impractical things." - Carrie Newcomer
American folk singer-songwriter and author. Her albums include 'Betty’s Diner', 'The Gathering of Spirits', and 'A Permeable Life', which has an accompanying book of poetry and essays. [Refer http://carrienewcomer.tumblr.com/post/104409158479/paradox ]
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[Quote No.52558] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[Fear is often considered merely False Evidence Appearing Real:] Fear of the Inexplicable: But fear of the inexplicable has not alone impoverished the existence of the individual ...it is shyness before any sort of new, unforeseeable experience with which one does not think oneself able to cope. But only someone who is ready for everything, who excludes nothing, not even the most enigmatical, will live ...as something alive and will himself draw exhaustively from his own existence. ...We have no reason to mistrust our world, for it is not against us. Has it terrors, they are our terrors; has it abysses, those abuses belong to us; are dangers at hand, we must try to love them. And if only we arrange our life according to that principle which counsels us that we must always hold to the difficult, then that which now still seems to us the most alien will become what we most trust and find most faithful. How should we be able to forget those ancient myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us." - Rainer Maria Rilke

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[Quote No.52573] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[Fear as in False Evidence Appearing Real and]... Ignorance made me forlorn ... [forlorn - adjective - 1. desolate or dreary; unhappy or miserable, as in feeling, condition, or appearance. 2. lonely and sad; forsaken. 3. expressive of hopelessness; despairing: 'forlorn glances.' 4. bereft; destitute: 'forlorn of comfort.']" - Allen Ginsberg
American poet and leading apostle of the beat generation. His first published work, 'Howl and Other Poems' (1956), sparked the San Francisco Renaissance and defined the generation of the '50s with an authority and vision that had not occurred in the United States since T. S. Eliot captured the anxiety of the 1920s in 'The Waste Land'. This quote is a line from his poem, 'Father Death Blues'.
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[Quote No.52610] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"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.52663] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[Poem:- about being skeptical of anything unproven - especially unreasonably fearful or pessimistic criticism - and being willing to put it to the test!]

'It Couldn’t Be Done'

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That 'maybe it couldn’t,' but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so ‘till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with a trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done and he did it.

Somebody Scoffed: 'Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it;'
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you one by one
The dangers that wait to assail you.

But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go at it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That 'cannot be done' and you’ll do it.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet
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[Quote No.52740] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[Poem:]

'A Song of the Future'

Sail fast, sail fast,
Ark of my hopes, Ark of my dreams;
Sweep lordly o'er the drowned Past,
Fly glittering through the sun's strange beams;
Sail fast, sail fast.
Breaths of new buds from off some drying lea
With news about the Future scent the sea:
My brain is beating like the heart of Haste:
I'll loose me a bird upon this Present waste;
Go, trembling song,
And stay not long; oh, stay not long:
Thou'rt only a gray and sober dove,
But thine eye is faith and thy wing is love.

" - Sidney Lanier
(1842 – 1881), Sidney Clopton Lanier was an American musician, poet and author. He fought in the Civil War, primarily in the tidewater region of Virginia, where he served in the Confederate signal corps. Later, he and his brother Clifford served as pilots aboard English blockade runners.
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[Quote No.52786] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"8. How much pain [fear] have cost us the evils which have never happened. " - Thomas Jefferson
From 'Thomas Jefferson's Decalogue For The Practical Life'. Found in a letter from him at his home 'Monticello', dated February 21, 1825.
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[Quote No.52827] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[Poem:]

'Desiderata' (Latin: 'Things Desired')

...

...do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

...


" - 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.52879] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[Poem: about how everything is temporary and will end in the future. So if something is good focus on it and make the most of it now and fix it well in your memory. And if something is not good, look forward gratefully to when it will end and try not to think about it much more and distract yourself to help the time pass quicker.]

'This, Too, Will Pass'

This, too, will pass.
O heart, say it over and over,
Out of your deepest sorrow,
out of your deepest grief,
No hurt can last forever --
Perhaps tomorrow will bring relief.

This, too, will pass.
It will spend itself --
Its fury will die as the wind dies down
with the setting sun;
Assuaged and calm, you will rest again,
Forgetting a thing that is done.

Repeat it again and again,
O heart, for your comfort;
This, too, will pass
as surely as passed before
The old forgotten pain, and the other sorrows
That once you bore.

As certain as stars at night,
or dawn after darkness,
Inherent as the lift of the blowing grass,
Whatever your despair or your frustration --
This, too, will pass.

" - Grace Noll Crowell

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[Quote No.52904] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[Poem:- about hope and anticipating future success while persistently working in the present to achieve it]

'When My Ship Comes In'

Somewhere, out on the blue seas sailing,
Where the winds dance and spin;
Beyond the reach of my eager hailing,
Over the breakers' din;
Out where the dark storm-clouds are lifting,
Out where the blinding fog is drifting,
Out where the treacherous sand is shifting,
My ship is coming in.

Oh, I have watched till my eyes were aching,
Day after weary day;
Oh, I have hoped till my heart was breaking,
While the long nights ebbed away;
Could I but know where the waves had tossed her,
Could I but know what storms had crossed her,
Could I but know where the winds had lost her,
Out in the twilight gray!

But though the storms her course have altered,
Surely the port she'll win;
Never my faith in my ship has faltered,
I know she is coming in.
For through the restless ways of her roaming,
Through the mad rush of the wild waves foaming,
Through the white crest of the billows combing,
My ship is coming in.

Breasting the tides where the gulls are flying,
Swiftly she's coming in;
Shallows and deeps and rocks defying,
Bravely she's coming in;
Precious the love she will bring to bless me,
Snowy the arms she will bring to caress me,
In the proud purple of kings she will dress me.
My ship that is coming in.

White in the sunshine her sails will be gleaming,
See, where my ship comes in;
At mast-head and peak her colors streaming,
Proudly she 's sailing in;
Love, hope, and joy on her decks are cheering.
Music will welcome her glad appearing.
And my heart will sing at her stately nearing,
When my ship comes in.

" - Robert Jones Burdette
(1844 – 1914) American humorist and clergyman.
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[Quote No.52906] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[Poem:- about the importance of persistent hope]

'Never Despair'

Never despair! Let the feeble in spirit
Bow like the willow that stoops to the blast.
Droop not in peril! 'T is manhood's true merit
Nobly to struggle and hope to the last.

When by the sunshine of fortune forsaken
Faint sinks the heart of the feeble with fear,
Stand like the oak of the forest-unshaken,
Never despair - Boys - oh! never despair.

Never despair! Though adversity rages,
Fiercely and fell as the surge on the shore,
Firm as the rock of the ocean for ages,
Stem the rude torrent till danger is o'er.

Fate with its whirlwind our joys may all sever,
True to ourselves, we have nothing to fear.
Be this our hope and our anchor for ever -
Never despair - Boys - oh! never despair.

" - William Smith O'Brien
(1803 – 1864) Irish Nationalist and Member of Parliament (MP) and leader of the Young Ireland movement. He was convicted of sedition for his part in the Young Irelander Rebellion of 1848, but his sentence of death was commuted to deportation to Van Diemen's Land. In 1854, he was released on the condition of exile from Ireland, and he lived in Brussels for two years. In 1856 O'Brien was pardoned and returned to Ireland, but he was never active again in politics. [These lines were sent to Thomas Francis Meagher by William Smith O'Brien, the evening of Monday, October 8, 1848, the day on which sentence of death was passed upon him.]
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[Quote No.52940] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[Poem:- about the value of facing what you fear]

'The Dreaded Task'

I found the task that I had dreaded so
Was not so difficult when once begun;
It was the dread itself that was the foe,
And dread once conquered means a victory won.

" - Margaret E. Bruner

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[Quote No.52961] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[Poem: about how all things are temporary. So if something is good then make the most of it now while it lasts and focus on it and fix it in your memory. And if something is less than good then take comfort that it will not last forever and anticipate its end and distract yourself from experiencing it so the time will pass quicker.]

'This Too Shall Pass Away'

Once in Persia reigned a King,
Who upon his signet ring
Graved a maxim true and wise,
Which, if held before his eyes,
Gave him counsel at a glance,
Fit for every change and chance.
Solemn words, and these are they;
'Even this shall pass away.'

Trains of camels through the sand
Brought him gems from Samarcand;
Fleets of galleys through the seas
Brought him pearls to match with these;
But he counted not his gain,
Treasures of mine or main;
'What is wealth?' the king would say;
'Even this shall pass away.'

Mid the revels of his court,
At the zenith of his sport,
When the palms of all his guests,
Burned with clapping at his jests,
He, amid his figs and wine;
Cried, 'O loving friends of mine;
Pleasures come, but not to stay;
Even this shall pass away.'

Lady, fairest ever seen,
Was the bride he crowned his queen.
Pillowed on his marriage bed,
Softly to his soul he said:
Though no bridegroom ever pressed;
Fairer bosom to his breast,
Mortal flesh must come to clay -
'Even this shall pass away.'

Fighting on a furious field,
Once a javelin pierced his shield;
Soldiers, with a loud lament,
Bore him bleeding to his tent.
Groaning from his tortured side,
'Pain is hard to bear,' he cried;
'But with patience, day by day,
Even this shall pass away.'

Towering in the public square,
Twenty cubits in the air,
Rose his statue carved in stone.
Then the king, disguised, unknown,
Stood before his sculptured name,
Musing meekly: 'What is fame?
Fame is but a slow decay;
Even this shall pass away.'

Struck with palsy, sore and old,
Waiting at the Gates of Gold,
Said he with his dying breath,
'Life is done, but what is death?'
Then, in answer to the king,
Fell a sun beam on his ring,
'Even this shall pass away.'

" - Theodore Tilton
(1835 – 1907) American newspaper editor, poet and abolitionist.
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[Quote No.52967] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[Poem: about the dangers of losing hope and becoming only negative]

'The Pessimist'

The pessimist's a cheerless man;
To him the world's a place
Of anxious thoughts and clouds and gloom;
Smiles visit not his face.

Though brightest sunshine floods the earth,
And flowers are all ablow,
He spreads depression where he can
By dismal tales of woe.

The pessimist's a hopeless man,
He's full of doubt and fear;
No radiant visions come to him
Of glad days drawing near.

The pessimist's a joyless man,
He finds no sweet delight
In making this a happier world,
In fighting for the right.

He views the future with alarm,
He sees no light ahead;
Most wretched of all men is he,
Because his hope is dead.

" - Unknown

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[Quote No.52979] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[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 and then we can be grateful for them. For example greater wisdom and compassion. We can even anticipate this in our future challenges.]

'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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[Quote No.52991] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[Poem:- about formally re-imagining and re-setting goals and plans each year, for example with New Year's Resolutions.]

'Resolve'

As the dead year is clasped by a dead December,
So let your dead sins with your dead days lie.
A new life is yours, and a new hope. Remember,
We build our own ladders to climb to the sky.
Stand out in the sunlight of Promise, forgetting
Whatever the Past held of sorrow or wrong.
We waste half our strength in a useless regretting;
We sit by old tombs in the dark too long.

Have you missed in your aim? Well, the mark is still shining.
Did you faint in the race? Well, take breath for the next.
Did the clouds drive you back? But see yonder their lining.
Were you tempted and fell? Let it serve for a text.
As each year hurries by let it join that procession
Of skeleton shapes that march down to the Past,
While you take your place in the line of Progression,
With your eyes on the heavens, your face to the blast.

I tell you the future can hold no terrors
For any sad soul while the stars revolve,
If he will stand firm on the grave of his errors,
And instead of regretting, resolve, resolve.
It is never too late to begin rebuilding,
Though all into ruins your life seems hurled,
For see how the light of the New Year is gilding
The wan, worn face of the bruised old world.

" - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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[Quote No.53033] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[Poem:- about the value of hoping and expecting the future to get better]

'Faith for Tomorrow'

'Tomorrow, friend, will be another day,'
A seer wise of old was wont to say
To him who came at eventide, in grief,
Because the day had borne no fruitful sheaf.

O Lord of Life, that each of us might learn
From vain todays and yesterdays to turn,
To face the future with a hope newborn
That what we hope for cometh with the morn!

" - Thomas Curtis Clark
Early twentieth century American modernist poet who lived in Chicago before and after the start of the 1900's. [refer https://lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/literarynetworks/files/2014/01/MLAClarkLongSo.pdf ]
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[Quote No.53036] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[Poem:- about persisting through all problems, challenges, etc., like the old saying; 'What cannot be cured, must be endured' - and the best made of the situation.]

'Endurance'

How much the heart may bear, and yet not break!
How much the flesh may suffer, and not die!
I question much if any pain or ache
Of soul or body brings our end more nigh:
Death chooses his own time; till that is sworn,
All evils may be borne.

We shrink and shudder at the surgeon's knife,
Each nerve recoiling from the cruel steel
Whose edge seems searching for the quivering life;
Yet to our sense the bitter pangs reveal,
That still, although the trembling flesh be torn,
This also can be borne.

We see a sorrow rising in our way,
And try to flee from the approaching ill;
We seek some small escape: we weep and pray;
But when the blow falls, then our hearts are still;
Not that the pain is of its sharpness shorn,
But that it can be borne.

We wind our life about another life;
We hold it closer, dearer than our own:
Anon it faints and fails in deathly strife,
Leaving us stunned and stricken and alone;
But ah! we do not die with those we mourn,
This also can be borne.

Behold, we live through all things, - famine, thirst,
Bereavement, pain; all grief and misery,
All woe and sorrow; life inflicts its worst
On soul and body, - but we can not die.
Though we be sick, and tired, and faint, and worn,
Lo, all things can be borne!

" - Elizabeth Akers Allen

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[Quote No.53060] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[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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[Quote No.53110] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[Poem: about being optimistic and keeping hope for a better tomorrow alive]

'Here's Hopin''

Year ain't been the very best; -
Purty hard by trouble pressed;
But the rough way leads to rest, -
Here's hopin'!

Maybe craps way short; the rills
Couldn't turn the silent mills;
But the light's behind the hills, -
Here's hopin'!

Where we planted roses sweet
Thorns come up an' pricked the feet;
But this old world's hard to beat, -
Here's hopin'!

P'r'aps the buildin' that we planned
'Gainst the cyclone couldn't stand;
But, thank God we've got the land, -
Here's hopin'!

Maybe flowers we hoped to save
Have been scattered on a grave;
But the heart's still beatin' brave, -
Here's hopin'!

That we'll see the mornin' light -
That the very darkest night
Can't hide heaven from our sight, -
Here's hopin'!

" - Frank Lebby Stanton
(1857 – 1927), frequently credited as Frank L. Stanton, Frank Stanton or F. L. Stanton, was an American lyricist. He was also the initial columnist for the Atlanta Constitution and became the first poet laureate of the State of Georgia, a post to which he was appointed by Governor Clifford Walker in 1925 and which Stanton held until his death. [Purty=pretty, rills=very small streams, mill=A watermill is a structure that uses a water wheel or turbine to drive a mechanical process such as flour, lumber or textile production, or metal shaping - rolling, grinding or wire drawing]
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[Quote No.53120] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[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 anticipating the satisfaction you will 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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[Quote No.53147] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[Poem: about hope]

'Be Hopeful'

Be hopeful, friend, when clouds are dark and days are gloomy, dreary,
Be hopeful even when the heart is sick and sad and weary.

Be hopeful when it seems your plans are all opposed and thwarted;
Go not upon life's battlefield despondent and fainthearted.

And, friends, be hopeful of yourself. Do bygone follies haunt you?
Forget them and begin afresh. And let no hindrance daunt you.

Though unimportant your career may seem as you begin it,
Press on, for victory's ahead. Be hopeful, friend, and win it.

" - Strickland Gillilan
(1869–1954) American poet and humorist.
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[Quote No.53177] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[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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[Quote No.53195] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[Poem:]

'Hope'

Our lives, discoloured with our present woes,
May still grow white and shine with happier hours.
So the pure limped stream, when foul with stains
Of rushing torrents and descending rains,
Works itself clear, and as it runs refines,
till by degrees the floating mirror shines;
Reflects each flower that on the border grows,
And a new heaven in it's fair bosom shows.

" - Joseph Addison
(1672 – 1719) English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician.
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[Quote No.53210] Need Area: Fun > Anticipation
"[Poem: about dreams, persistence and hope!]

'The Dreams Ahead'

What would we do in this world of ours
Were it not for the dreams ahead?
For thorns are mixed with the blooming flowers
No matter which path we tread.

And each of us has his golden goal,
Stretching far into the years;
And ever he climbs with a hopeful soul,
With alternate smiles and tears.

That dream ahead is what holds him up
Through the storms of a ceaseless fight;
When his lips are pressed to the wormwood's cup
And clouds shut out the light.

To some it's a dream of high estate;
To some it's a dream of wealth;
To some it's a dream of a truce with Fate
In a constant search for health.

To some it's a dream of home and wife;
To some it's a crown above;
The dreams ahead are what make each life -
The dreams - and faith - and love!

" - Edwin Carlile Litsey
(1874-1970), American poet and writer. In 1954 he was appointed Poet Laureate of Kentucky.
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