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[Quote No.52152] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"[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
'Self-Help Stuff That Works'
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[Quote No.52172] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"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.52176] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"[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.52260] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"[A true story - with a message about the power of imagination and practice!] - 18 Holes in His Mind - Major James Nesmeth had a dream of improving his golf game - and he developed a unique method of achieving his goal. Until he devised this method, he was just your average weekend golfer, shooting in mid- to low-nineties. Then, for seven years, he completely quit the game. Never touched a club. Never set foot on a fairway. Ironically, it was during this seven-year break from the game that Major Nesmeth came up with his amazingly effective technique for improving his game - a technique we can all learn from. In fact, the first time he set foot on a golf course after his hiatus from the game, he shot an astonishing 74! He had cut 20 strokes off his average without having swung a golf club in seven years! Unbelievable. Not only that, but his physical condition had actually deteriorated during those seven years. What was Major Nesmeth's secret? Visualization. You see, Major Nesmeth had spent those seven years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. During those seven years, he was imprisoned in a cage that was approximately four and one-half feet high and five feet long. During almost the entire time he was imprisoned, he saw no one, talked to no one and experienced no physical activity. During the first few months he did virtually nothing but hope and pray for his release. Then he realized he had to find some way to occupy his mind or he would lose his sanity and probably his life. That's when he learned to visualize. In his mind, he selected his favorite golf course and started playing golf. Every day, he played a full 18 holes at the imaginary country club of his dreams. He experienced everything to the last detail. He saw himself dressed in his golfing clothes. He smelled the fragrance of the trees and the freshly trimmed grass. He experienced different weather conditions - windy spring days, overcast winter days, and sunny summer mornings. In his imagination, every detail of the tee, the individual blades of grass, the trees, the singing birds, the scampering squirrels and the lay of the course became totally real. He felt the grip of the club in his hands. He instructed himself as he practiced smoothing out his down-swing and the follow-through on his shot. Then he watched the ball arc down the exact center of the fairway, bounce a couple of times and roll to the exact spot he had selected, all in his mind. In the real world, he was in no hurry. He had no place to go. So in his mind he took every step on his way to the ball, just as if he were physically on the course. It took him just as long in imaginary time to play 18 holes as it would have taken in reality. Not a detail was omitted. Not once did he ever miss a shot, never a hook or a slice, never a missed putt. Seven days a week. Four hours a day. Eighteen holes. Seven years. Twenty strokes off. Shot a 74." -
'A 2nd Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul'
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[Quote No.52267] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"[A true story - with a message about the power of imagination and practice!] - Imaging [Imagining and Visualizing] - Do your believe our imagination has much to do with success? Arnold Schwarzenegger won the [body-building] title of Mr. Universe seven times. But he didn't keep his title by only pumping iron. As part of his workout routine, he would frequently go into the corner of the gym and visualize himself winning the title again. [He later went on to also become very successful in business, film acting and American politics.] Jack Nicklaus, the great professional golfer, explained his imaging technique. He said ‘First I 'see' the ball where I want it to finish - nice and white and sitting up high on the bright green grass. Then the scene quickly changes, and I 'see' the ball going there; its path, trajectory and shape, even its behavior on the landing. Then,’ says Nicklaus, ‘there's sort of a fade-out, and the next scene shows me making the kind of swing that will turn the previous images into reality.’ I recall hearing the story of a prisoner of war [Major James Nesmeth] who spent his years of solitary confinement playing golf - on the course of his mind. When he was released and returned to California, one of his first desires was to head for the nearest golfing facility. He was totally shocked at how his game had improved. Without question, his imagination had greatly enhanced his physical skills. Today, practice ‘seeing’ yourself winning." - Neil Eskelin

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[Quote No.52270] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"[A true story - with a message about the power of imagination and practice!] - Mind's Eye - In his book, ‘Psycho-Cybernetics,’ Dr. Maxwell Maltz tells of an experiment that showed how mental practice can actually improve our skills. The test involved the ability to sink basketball free throws. Maltz says that ‘One group of students actually practiced throwing the ball every day for twenty days.’ Their efforts were recorded on the first and last day. A second group, that was also tested on the first and last day, engaged in no sort of practice between their tests. A third group was scored on the first day, then spent 20 minutes every day ‘imagining’ that they were throwing the ball at the basket. When they missed, they would imagine that they corrected their aim accordingly. The final results showed that the first group (which practiced 20 minutes a day) improved their scoring ability by 24 percent. The second group (with no practice) showed no improvement. The third group (who practiced only in their mind) improved in scoring by 23 percent. Changing your mind's eye will have a positive effect on your physical eye." - Neil Eskelin

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[Quote No.52278] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"It is always our own self that we find [at each moment and] at the end of the journey." - Ella Maillart
Swiss travel writer
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[Quote No.52279] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves." - Edmund Hillary
New Zealand mountaineer, who on 29 May 1953, with Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
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[Quote No.52315] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"[Individualism:] Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality." - Erich Fromm
(1900 - 1980) Psychoanalyst
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[Quote No.52404] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"Your level of success will seldom exceed your level of personal development!" - Jim Rohn

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[Quote No.52430] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"[A true story - with a message about finding and expressing your true self, your unique potential, your individualism.] - The Golden Buddha - In the fall of 1988 my wife Georgia and I were invited to give a presentation of self-esteem and peak performance at a conference in Hong Kong. Since we had never been to the Far East before, we decided to extend our trip and visit Thailand. When we arrived in Bangkok, we decided to take a tour of the city's most famous Buddhist temples. Along with our interpreter and driver, Georgia and I visited numerous Buddhist temples that day, but after a while they all began to blur in our memories. However, there was one temple that left an indelible impression in our hearts and minds. It is called the Temple of the Golden Buddha. The temple itself is very small, probably no larger than thirty feet by thirty feet. But as we entered, we were stunned by the presence of a ten-and-a- half-foot tall, solid-gold Buddha. It weighs over two-and-a- half tons and is valued at approximately one hundred and ninety-six million dollars! It was quite an awesome sight - the kindly gentle, yet imposing solid-gold Buddha smiling down at us. As we immersed ourselves in the normal sightseeing tasks(taking pictures while oohing and ahhing over the statue), I walked over to a glass case that contained a large piece of clay about eight inches thick and twelve inches wide. Next to the glass case was a typewritten page describing the history of this magnificent piece of art. Back in 1957 a group of monks from a monastery had to relocate a clay Buddha from their temple to a new location. The monastery was to be relocated to make room for the development of a highway through Bangkok. When the crane began to lift the giant idol, the weight of it was so tremendous that it began to crack. What's more, rain began to fall. The head monk, who was concerned about damage to the sacred Buddha, decided to lower the statue back to the ground and cover it with a large canvas tarp to protect it from the rain. Later that evening the head monk went to check on the Buddha. He shined his flashlight under the tarp to see if the Buddha was staying dry. As the light reached the crack, he noticed a little gleam shining back and thought it strange. As he took a closer look at this gleam of light, he wondered if there might be something underneath the clay. He went to fetch a chisel and hammer from the monastery and began to chip away at the clay. As he knocked off shards of clay, the little gleam grew brighter and bigger. Many hours of labor went by before the monk stood face to face with the extraordinary solid-gold Buddha. Historians believe that several hundred years before the head monk's discovery, the Burmese army was about to invade Thailand (then called Siam). The Siamese monks realizing that their country would soon be attacked, covered their precious golden Buddha with an outer covering of clay in order to keep their treasure from being looted by the Burmese. Unfortunately, it appears that the Burmese slaughtered all the Siamese monks, and the well-kept secret of the golden Buddha remained intact until that fateful day in 1957. As we flew home on Cathay Pacific Airlines I began to think to myself, ‘We are all like the clay Buddha covered with a shell of hardness created out of fear, and yet underneath each of us is a 'golden Buddha,' a 'golden Christ' or a 'golden essence,' which is our real self. Somewhere along the way, between the ages of two and nine, we begin to cover up our 'golden essence,' our natural self. Much like the monk with the hammer and the chisel, our task now is to discover our true essence once again!’ " - Jack Canfield
'Chicken Soup for the Soul'
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[Quote No.52432] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"[Poem:]

'Build a Better World'

Build a better world said God, and I asked how?
The world is such a vast place and so complicated now,
I am small and useless, what can I do?
God in all His wisdom said, 'Just build a better you.'

" - Unknown

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[Quote No.52433] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"[A story - with a message about improving yourself to improve the world.] - Changing the World - When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn't change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn't change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family. Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world." - Unknown

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[Quote No.52482] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"[Poem:-]

'I Choose The Mountain'

The low lands call
I am tempted to answer
They are offering me a free dwelling
Without having to conquer

The massive mountain makes its move
Beckoning me to ascend
A much more difficult path
To get up the slippery bend

I cannot choose both
I have a choice to make
I must be wise
This will determine my fate

I choose, I choose the mountain
With all its stress and strain
Because only by climbing
Can I rise above the plane

I choose the mountain
And I will never stop climbing
I choose the mountain
And I shall forever be ascending

I choose the mountain

" - Howard Simon
[http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/i-choose-the-mountain/ ]
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[Quote No.52501] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"...I am a part of all that I have met..." - Alfred Lord Tennyson
A line from his poem, 'Ulysses'.
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[Quote No.52504] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield!!" - Alfred Lord Tennyson
The last line of his poem, 'Ulysses'.
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[Quote No.52514] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"[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.52518] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"[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.52526] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"The difficulties which I meet with in order to realize my existence are precisely what awaken and mobilize my activities, my capacities [my growth to become my best 'self', my evolution, my self-actualization]! " - Jose Gasset

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[Quote No.52553] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"[Poem: about the content of a person's character is more important than their appearance, wealth or social 'position'!]

'A Man's A Man For A' That'

Is there for honest Poverty
That hings his head, an' a' that;
The coward slave-we pass him by,
We dare be poor for a' that!
For a' that, an' a' that.
Our toils obscure an' a' that,
The rank is but the guinea's stamp,
The Man's the gowd for a' that.

What though on hamely fare we dine,
Wear hoddin grey, an' a that;
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine;
A Man's a Man for a' that:
For a' that, and a' that,
Their tinsel show, an' a' that;
The honest man, tho' e'er sae poor,
Is king o' men for a' that.

Ye see yon birkie, ca'd a lord,
Wha struts, an' stares, an' a' that;
Tho' hundreds worship at his word,
He's but a coof for a' that:
For a' that, an' a' that,
His ribband, star, an' a' that:
The man o' independent mind
He looks an' laughs at a' that.

A prince can mak a belted knight,
A marquis, duke, an' a' that;
But an honest man's abon his might,
Gude faith, he maunna fa' that!
For a' that, an' a' that,
Their dignities an' a' that;
The pith o' sense, an' pride o' worth,
Are higher rank than a' that.

Then let us pray that come it may,
(As come it will for a' that,)
That Sense and Worth, o'er a' the earth,
Shall bear the gree, an' a' that.
For a' that, an' a' that,
It's coming yet for a' that,
That Man to Man, the world o'er,
Shall brothers be for a' that.

" - Robert Burns
Birkie=cool, young guy
Coof=idiot
E'er=ever
Fa'=fall; or lot, portion; or to get; suit; claim
Gie=give
Gowd=gold
Gude=good
Hoddin=the motion of a sage countryman riding on a cart-horse
Mak=make
Maunna=mustn't
Sae=so Wha=who
Yon=yonder
[http://www.robertburns.org/works/496.shtml ]

This has been set to music, and you may have heard it sung. It is written in Ayrshire dialect, and English, but the sentiments expressed are universal.

In Verse One, Burns is saying that wealth, or lack of it, and social class should not be the measure of a man's true worth. 'The rank is but the guinea's stamp' means that a person cannot be given a price. The man's character is the true gold.

Verse Two continues the theme. We may wear ordinary clothes, and eat simple food, but appearance is just a show, like tinsel. Honesty is worth more than fancy clothes.

Now Verse Three might have got Burns into some trouble in Edinburgh. The birkie (cool young guy) who struts around, and has the title of Lord, is only a coof (an idiot). The man who learns to think for himself is worth much more than that.

Verse Four continues this theme. Princes can hand out titles at will, but honesty and pure goodness are worth much more. Self respect doesn't come from inherited wealth or titles.

Verse Five is a prayer that Sense and Worth shall eventually agree with all mankind. Burns imagines a future world in which all people will live as brothers, in mutual trust and respect. 'It's coming yet, for a' that'.
[refer http://allpoetry.com/A-Man's-A-Man-For-A'-That ]

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[Quote No.52591] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"[Poem: about learning empathy and compassion, and other important virtues, as 'the blessings in disguise' or 'the silver linings' of adversity, problems, pains, frustrations, challenges, mistakes, etc.]

'Hymn to Adversity'

Daughter of Jove, relentless power,
Thou tamer of the human breast,
Whose iron scourge and torturing hour
The bad affright, afflict the best!
Bound in thy adamantine chain
The proud are taught to taste of pain,
And purple tyrants vainly groan
With pangs unfelt before, unpitied and alone.

When first thy Sire to send on earth
Virtue, his darling child, design’d,
To thee he gave the heavenly birth
And bade to form her infant mind.
Stern, rugged Nurse! thy rigid lore
With patience many a year she bore;
What sorrow was, thou bad’st her know,
And from her own she learn’d to melt at others’ woe.

Scared at thy frown terrific, fly
Self-pleasing Folly’s idle brood,
Wild Laughter, Noise, and thoughtless Joy,
And leave us leisure to be good.
Light they disperse, and with them go
The summer Friend, the flattering Foe;
By vain Prosperity received,
To her they vow their truth, and are again believed.

Wisdom in sable garb array’d
Immersed in rapturous thought profound,
And Melancholy, silent maid,
With leaden eye, that loves the ground,
Still on thy solemn steps attend:
Warm Charity, the general friend,
With Justice, to herself severe,
And Pity dropping soft the sadly-pleasing tear.

O! gently on thy suppliant’s head
Dread Goddess, lay thy chastening hand!
Not in thy Gorgon terrors clad,
Nor circled with the vengeful band
(As by the impious thou art seen)
With thundering voice, and threatening mien,
With screaming Horror’s funeral cry,
Despair, and fell Disease, and ghastly Poverty;-

Thy form benign, O Goddess, wear,
Thy milder influence impart,
Thy philosophic train be there
To soften, not to wound my heart.
The generous spark extinct revive,
Teach me to love and to forgive
Exact my own defects to scan,
What others are to feel, and know myself a Man.

" - Thomas Gray
(1716 – 1771), English poet, letter-writer, classical scholar and professor at Cambridge University
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[Quote No.52607] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"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 take another step towards becoming your best self and realising your full positive potential. 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.52631] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"[Occasionally we all feel like...] My soul is a broken field, plowed by pain! [These feelings are all part of developing empathy and compassion for others and ourselves and testing ideas to learn what works to give us greater choice and control over our lives and happiness in a process of self-evolution and 'the getting of wisdom' for the good of all!]" - Sara Teasdale

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[Quote No.52649] Need Area: Mind > Evolve
"[Poem: about character and ethics]

'My Creed'

To live as gently as I can;
To be, no matter where, a man;
To take what comes of good or ill
And cling to faith and honor still;
To do my best, and let that stand
The record of my brain and hand;
And then, should failure come to me,
Still work and hope for victory.
To have no secret place wherein
I stoop unseen to shame and sin;
To be the same when I’m alone
As when my every deed is known;
To live undaunted, unafraid
Of any step that I have made;
To be without pretense or sham;
Exactly what men think I am.
To leave some simple mark behind
To keep my having lived in mind;
If enmity to aught I show,
To be an honest, generous foe,
To play my little part, nor whine
That greater honors are not mine.
This, I believe is all I need
For my philosophy and creed.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet
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"[Poem:- about learning from mistakes and turning lemons into lemonade]

'Hard Knocks'

I'm not the man to say that failure's sweet,
Nor tell a chap to laugh when things go wrong;
I know it hurts to have to take defeat
An' no one likes to loose before a throng;
It isn't very pleasant not to win
When you have done the very best you could;
But if you're down, get up and buckle in -
A lickin' often does a fellow good.

I've seen some chaps who never knew their power
Until somebody knocked 'em to the floor;
I've known men who discovered in an hour
A courage they had never shown before.
I've seen 'em rise from failure to the top
By doin' things they hadn't understood
Before the day disaster made 'em drop -
A lickin' often does a fellow good.

Success is not the teacher, wise an' true,
That gruff old failure is, remember that;
She's much too apt to make a fool of you,
Which isn’t true of blows that knock you flat.
Hard knocks are painful things an' hard to bear,
An' most of us would dodge 'em if we could;
There’s something mighty broadening in care -
A lickin’ often does a fellow good.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet
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"[Poem: about ethics and morality, character and self-esteem - liking and respecting oneself.]

'Myself'

I have to live with myself and so
I want to be fit for myself to know.
I want to be able as days go by,
always to look myself straight in the eye;
I don’t want to stand with the setting sun
and hate myself for the things I have done.
I don’t want to keep on a closet shelf
a lot of secrets about myself
and fool myself as I come and go
into thinking no one else will ever know
the kind of person I really am,
I don’t want to dress up myself in sham.
I want to go out with my head erect
I want to deserve all men’s respect;
but here in the struggle for fame and wealth
I want to be able to like myself.
I don’t want to look at myself and know
I am bluster and bluff and empty show.
I never can hide myself from me;
I see what others may never see;
I know what others may never know,
I never can fool myself and so,
whatever happens I want to be
self respecting and conscience free.

" - Edgar Albert Guest
(1881 - 1959) American author and poet
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"[Poem: about ethics and morality, character and self-esteem - liking and respecting oneself and contributing to the good of all.]

'What Will Matter?'

Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.

There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten
will pass to someone else.

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations
and jealousies will finally disappear.
So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.

It won't matter where you came from
or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end.
It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter?
How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought
but what you built, not what you got but what you gave.

What will matter is not your success
but your significance.

What will matter is not what you learned
but what you taught.

What will matter is every act of integrity,
compassion, courage, or sacrifice
that enriched, empowered or encouraged others
to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence
but your character.

What will matter is not how many people you knew,
but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone.

What will matter is not your memories
but the memories that live in those who loved you.

What will matter is how long you will be remembered,
by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident.
It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice.

Choose to live a life that matters.

" - Michael Josephson

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"[Poem: about ethics and morality, character and self-esteem, service and leadership]

'The Bridge Builder'

An old man going a lone highway,
Came, at the evening, cold and grey,
To a chasm, vast, and deep, and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
The sullen stream had no fears for him;
But he turned, when safe on the other side,
And built a bridge to span the tide.

'Old Man,' said a fellow pilgrim, near,
'You are wasting your strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day;
You never again must pass this way;
You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide -
Why build you this bridge at eventide?'

The builder lifted his old grey head:
'Good friend, in the path I have come,' he said
'There followeth after me today
A youth, whose feet must pass this way.
This Chasm, which has been naught to me,
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He to must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him.'

" - Will Allen Dromgoole

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"[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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"Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself!" - Rumi
(1207 – 1273), Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi was a Persian poet, Islamic dervish, Sufi mystic and jurist.
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"[There is value to the negatives in life:] Emergencies [adversity, problems, difficulties, challenges, mistakes, etc] have always been necessary to [spur imagination and] progress. It was darkness which produced the lamp. It was fog that produced the compass. It was hunger that drove us to exploration." - Victor Hugo

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"[Poem: about how adversity, challenges, problems, pain, mistakes, etc give us the opportunity to grow in sympathy and in skills and become better!]

'Along The Road'

I walked a mile with Pleasure;
She chattered all the way,
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with Sorrow
And ne'er a word said she;
But oh, the things I learned from her
When Sorrow walked with me!

" - Robert Browning Hamilton

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"[Life-skilled:-] Whom do I call educated?

First, those who manage well the circumstances which they encounter day by day and those who possess a judgment which is accurate in meeting occasions as they arise and rarely miss the expedient course of action.

Next, those who are decent and honorable in their intercourse with all men, bearing easily and good-naturedly what is unpleasant and offensive in others, and being as agreeable and reasonable to their associates as it is humanly possible to be.

Furthermore, those who hold their pleasures always under control and are not ultimately overcome by their misfortunes, bearing up under them bravely and in a manner worthy of our common nature.

Finally, and most important of all, those who are not spoiled by their successes, who do not desert their true selves, but hold their ground steadfastly as wise and sober-minded men, rejoicing no more in the good things that have come to them through chance than in the which, through their own nature and intelligence, are theirs since birth.

Those who have a character which is in accord, not with one of these things, but with all of them -- these I maintain are educated and whole men [and women] possessed of all the virtues of a man [or woman].

" - Socrates

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"Our deeds are recorded even to the smallest detail. The recording 'angel' is no myth; it is found in ourselves. It is the law of habit. We spend our lives writing our own biographies. Every act, word, and thought leaves an impression and a tendency that makes repetition easy. We are prone to imitate those about us but most of all we imitate ourselves. The doing of a thing once makes it easier to do it again in the same way; and the repetition becomes a habit, which is almost impossible to break. Habits determine character, therefore right character consists of right habit making." - Unknown

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"[Poem:- about memories, habits and character]

'A Builder's Lesson'

'How shall I a habit break?'
As you did that habit make.
As you gathered, you must lose;
As you yielded, now refuse.
Thread by thread the strands we twist
Till they bind us neck and wrist;
Thread by thread the patient hand
Must untwine ere free we stand.
As we builded, stone by stone,
We must toil unhelped, alone,
Till the wall is overthrown.

But remember, as we try,
Lighter every test goes by;
Wading in, the stream grows deep
Toward the center's downward sweep;
Backward turn, each step ashore
Shallower is than that before.

Ah, the precious years we waste
Leveling what we raised in haste;
Doing what must be undone
Ere content or love be won!
First across the gulf we cast
Kite-borne threads, till lines are passed,
And habit builds the bridge at last!

" - John Boyle O'Reilly
(1844 – 1890) Irish-born poet, journalist and fiction writer.
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"[Poem: about facing the adversities as necessary and even beneficial as they teach how to be and travel better in the future.]

'Rabbi Ben Ezra'

...

Then, welcome each rebuff
That turns earth's smoothness rough,
Each sting that bids nor sit nor stand but go!
Be our joys three-parts pain!
Strive, and hold cheap the strain;
Learn, nor account the pang; dare, never grudge the throe!

...

" - Robert Browning
(1812–1889), English poet.
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"When we long for life without difficulties [adversities, challenges, problems, mistakes, pain, etc], remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure [and that these difficulties show us where we can improve and give us opportunities to better understand, experiment with and perfect methods to overcome these weaknesses in ourselves for the betterment of all in the future]!!" - Peter Marshall

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"[Poem:- about the importance 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!]

'Blessed Are They'

...

Yea, truly, though joy's note be sweet,
Life does not thrill to joy alone.
The harp is incomplete
That has no deeper tone.

Unclouded sunshine overmuch
Falls vainly on the barren plain;
But fruitful is the touch
Of sunshine after rain!

Who only scans the heavens by day
Their story but half reads, and mars;
Let him learn how to say,
'The night is full of stars!'

...

" - Rossiter Worthington Raymond
(1840 – 1918) American mining engineer, legal scholar and author. At his memorial, the President of Lehigh University described him as 'one of the most remarkable cases of versatility that our country has ever seen - sailor, soldier, engineer, lawyer, orator, editor, novelist, story-teller, poet, biblical critic, theologian, teacher, chess-player - he was superior in each capacity. What he did, he always did well.'
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"[Poem: about one interpretation of the eternal goal of all of life for all things, living and not!]

'An Essay on Man: Epistle II'

...

Th' eternal art educing good from ill

...

" - Alexander Pope
(1688–1744), English poet. [Educe = verb - bring out or develop (something latent or potential)].
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"Life's like a play; it's not the length but the excellence of the acting that matters!" - Seneca

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"[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 which help us grow in wisdom and compassion.]

'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 people's differing ideals, values, goals]

'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 through difficulties. If life were all easy, we should degenerate into weaklings - into human mush. Use it or lose it! 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]

'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 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.]

'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 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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"[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 individualism, living up to your best potential especially in your vocation-career and being grateful without envying others who are also unique and valuable but in some different ways to you.]

'To One Who Sighed'

You cannot sing? Well, others can.
You do not dance? but others do.
And ever since the world began
There have been certain folk like you
Who cannot dance, and cannot sing,
Nor weave a play nor write a book.

But you can sew? Most anything?
And are quite expert as a cook?
And you can draw a little bit,
Amuse your friends with pen and ink?
You make folk laugh - this you admit.
You have a lot of gifts, I think.

Oh, foolish one, to sigh and fret
Because you're not as some folk are.
Suppose a plant, of mignonette
Withered because 'twas not a star!
Be what you are, dear girl, with pride.
Accept your limits with good grace;

The world is varied, very wide;
For each of us there is a place.
Within your sphere be quite content,
Be proud of work that is your own,
And to life's complex instrument
With sweetness add your mite of tone.

" - 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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