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[Quote No.51795] Need Area: Fun > General
"Your life is a reflection of your thoughts. If you change your thinking, you change your life!" - Brian Tracy

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[Quote No.51829] Need Area: Fun > General
"Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." - Viktor E. Frankl

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[Quote No.51862] Need Area: Fun > General
"A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search for truth and perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life." - Lewis Mumford

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[Quote No.51927] Need Area: Fun > General
"[A story - with a message about being happier and handling anger through distraction from and mentally replacing the attention from the thing that caused the anger rather than focusing even more time and energy on it:] - Easy Does It! - For years, psychology gurus have recommended blowing off steam when you're angry -- as long as no one is harmed. We've been told that hitting a punching bag or throwing our fist into a pillow will help alleviate the tension. Well, new research indicates that the opposite effect may occur. Your quick-release steam valve may actually increase your anger. In a study conducted by psychologists from Iowa State University and Case Western Reserve, 700 college students who were insulted by an unseen partner, were placed in a situation where they could direct a blast of noise at the person they believe insulted them. The control group tried to let off steam by hitting a punching bag for two minutes. It didn't matter. In fact, their responses became even more angry. The findings were reported in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. I am convinced the best way to reduce anger is to take a few deep breaths and let negative feelings dissipate slowly. Blowing your top -- even if no one hears you -- is tough on your nervous system!" - Neil Eskelin

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[Quote No.51930] Need Area: Fun > General
"[A story - with a message about anger, the need and ability to control it and the damage that it does:] - Fence - There was a little boy with a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, to hammer a nail in the back fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Then it gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, 'You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won't matter how many times you say 'I'm sorry', the wound is still there!'" - Unknown

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"Life isn't how to [just] survive the storm, it's about how to dance in the rain." - Taylor Swift
American Singer-Songwriter
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[Quote No.52022] Need Area: Fun > General
"[A story - with a message about optimism versus pessimism.] - The World's Most Communicative Disease! - There is a funny story in circulation about an optimistic farmer who couldn't wait to greet each new day with a resounding, ‘Good morning, God!’ He lived near a woman whose morning greeting was more like, ‘Good God... morning?’ They were each a trial to the other. Where he saw opportunity, she saw problems. Where he was satisfied, she was discontented. One bright morning he exclaimed, ‘Look at the beautiful sky! Did you see that glorious sunrise?’ ‘Yeah,’ she countered. ‘It'll probably get so hot the crops will scorch!’ During an afternoon shower, he commented, ‘Isn't this wonderful? Mother Nature is giving the corn a drink today!’ ‘And if it doesn't stop before too long,’ came the sour reply, ‘we'll wish we'd taken out flood insurance on the crops!’ Convinced that he could instill some awe and wonder in her hardened attitude, he bought a remarkable dog. Not just any mutt, but the most expensive, highly-trained and gifted dog he could find. The animal was exquisite! It could perform remarkable and impossible feats which, the farmer thought, would surely amaze even his neighbor. So he invited her to watch his dog perform. ‘Fetch!’ he commanded, as he tossed a stick out into a lake, where it bobbed up and down in the rippling water. The dog bounded after the stick, walked ON the water, and retrieved it. ‘What do you think of that?’ he asked, smiling. ‘Hmmm,’ she frowned. ‘Can't swim, can he?’ Sometimes I think that negative thoughts are the world's most communicative diseases. More catching than any known virus, and just as deadly. But an attitude of awe and wonder can be just as contagious! Which will you be spreading today?" - Steve Goodier

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[Quote No.52029] Need Area: Fun > General
"[A true story - with a message about making the best of each day.] - Peggy's Paper Dolls - Brian scanned the walls of the same corridor that had become so familiar to him over the past few years. As he entered through door number thirty-two, a tremendous wave of emotion swept over him, and he had to fight not to drown in it. His sister's face lit up with a vibrant smile and that special twinkle in her eyes, as it always did whenever she saw him. Peggy was seven years old. She charmed everyone that knew her with her undying enthusiasm. She would talk non-stop to a listening ear, and she seldom cried. Peggy was dying of cancer. Brian was at the hospital constantly, knowing that his little sister had only a short time to live. His average life as a sixteen-year old had taken a traumatic turn for the worst upon the diagnosis. He loved his sister more than anything, and found himself becoming enraged that she, such a sweet and innocent girl, should be inflicted with such a horrible disease. Brimming with creativity, Peggy amazed Brian. She had a collection of paper dolls that she had made. All sixty-two were tacked behind her bed. Brian would ask her about the dolls, but she would always just smile, and say happily that they were her friends. He would be saddened by the fact that Peggy could not have the normal life of a seven-year-old, and make her own friends. It would only dishearten him more to watch her play with the other sick children. Each day that passed was like a ticking time bomb for Brian. Peggy grew physically weaker by the day, but her spirit remained strong. Each one of her smiles pierced his heart. She would ask him why he looked so sad, for he found it difficult to smile, though he pretended that everything was all right. When he wasn't at the hospital, he would spend most of his time at home, alone in his room. There were times when he would bang his head uncontrollably against the wall until it hurt. He would cry, shamelessly, and throw mad fits for no reason. His life was falling apart, almost as if it was him that was dying. It was two weeks after Peggy's eighth birthday that she passed away. Though expected, it broke Brian's heart. No amount of anticipation could have prepared him for the silence that was Peggy's passing. As Brian forced himself to walk through door number thirty-two in the cancer ward one last time, he almost expected to see Peggy sitting on her bed. He prayed that he would see her face light up, just like it always had. It was only the emptiness and coldness of the bed that greeted him, though. He wanted to scream and smash the table lamp on the floor. He wanted to do anything to escape from the silence. Silence was a foreign entity with Peggy around, but she was gone, and its presence was so thick that it suffocated him Then he saw the tiny paper dolls smiling back at him from the wall. Brian found a shoe box to put them in, unable to throw them away. One by one he removed them from the wall, seeing for the first time the inscriptions on the back of each: Terrah, Ivy, Nicole, Amy, Justin, Chris...and on and on. There was one name that stuck in his mind: Jesse. Jesse had been Peggy's first and best friend at the hospital. Jesse had died about one year ago. Then Brian began to recognize more names, and he realized why they seemed so familiar. Peggy's paper dolls were all the children that had died since she had arrived. When Brian finally pulled the sixty-second doll off the wall with a quivering hand, he realized that there was one that had not been there before. It was purple, Peggy's favourite colour, with a wide crayon smile. As Brian turned the doll over and read the back, he was snapped out of his state of denial, realizing for the first time that his sister was not coming back. Tears flooded his eyes as the name, scrawled in crayon, ‘Peggy’, screamed at him. She had known. In his head he could hear the sweet voice that he had known for so long, but for the first time, he understood her. All the time he had been inconspicuous, pretending that everything would turn out all right, for her benefit. (Or maybe it was for his own sake?). All along, she knew that she was going to die, yet not once did she say that it wasn't fair. As the memories of Peggy reeled through Brian's head, he realized that he could not remember a time when she had been truly unhappy. Peggy, only a child, had accepted her disease and death as a part of her life. She faced most people's worst fear with courage, and the determination to make each day that she lived worthwhile. The dolls were a means of remembrance and symbols of life. Instead of mourning the ones that she had loved, she remembered all the joy that they had brought her. Viewing life through Peggy's eyes, Brian saw that she didn't want to be known as the girl that died of cancer, but as the girl that shone like the sun. From his perspective, each day had escorted his sister one step closer to death. Through Peggy's eyes, each day of her life gave her one more day to shine. Wrapped up in his own sense of loss, Brian had let her illness eat away at his own mentality. Instead of being a big brother, he had given up, and now it was too late. He could have shared her life with her, if he'd only realized. Brian looked down at the small paper doll in his hand through salty tears, and he realized that it was not too late. He could still follow in her footsteps, and learn how to seek out the best in any situation. Suddenly he felt the odd sensation of a smile. Though choked with sobs and heartache, it paved the path for more smiles in his life, that he may never have had the courage to find had it not been for Peggy's attitude. He had never realized that he knew so little about his sister, but most importantly, that he would learn so much from her, the bravest girl on earth. From that day on, Brian learned not to dwell upon life's downsides, but to search for the positives that were sometimes hidden in the shadows of his fears. So often do people live for the future and for what ‘will be’, that they forget and take for granted ‘what is’. Peggy understood that the present was a gift. Every day, she would open her gift to discover all of the splendor and happiness that it had to offer! To realize the value of the present is only half of the battle. It is having the courage and the determination to live within it that wins it. Peggy was gone, but her memory, her heart, and all that was expressed through one child's paper dolls remained." - Casey-Jo Timson

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[Quote No.52034] Need Area: Fun > General
"[A story - with a message about valuing comfort above all else destroys a person's ability to achieve anything else, because there is always a price in comfort that must be persistently paid throughout the process to achieve anything.] - Courage or Comfort - Once there was a beautiful bird, more beautiful than any other. It was powerful and free, and possessed great courage. This bird was fearless, going wherever it wanted. It also was very proud of its spectacular plumage of vibrant colors. One day the bird decided to pluck its own feathers, one by one, to make a beautiful nest in which it could rest with comfort and security. Now the bird can no longer fly!" - Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR
Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, TOR (Third Order Franciscan). He has authored a number of books including the excellent 'More Sower's Seeds', where this story is found.
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[Quote No.52037] Need Area: Fun > General
"[A story - with a message about the damage we continue doing to ourselves if we don't forgive ourselves for not knowing enough to protect ourselves from others' bad behavior.] - Are Your Potatoes Heavy? - A teacher once told each of her students to bring a clear plastic bag and a sack of potatoes to school. Then, for every person who had hurt them and they had not learnt to protect themselves from that person or people like them doing it again, she got them to chose a potato, write that person's name on it and date it for the day they hurt them, and put it in the plastic bag. Very quickly some of their bags became quite heavy. They were then told to carry the bag with the potatoes, representing their unresolved and therefore potential future repeat problems, everywhere for one week, putting it beside their bed at night, on the car seat when driving, next to their desk at work. The hassle of lugging this around with them made it clear what a weight they were carrying emotionally, and how they had to pay attention to it all the time. Naturally, the condition of the potatoes deteriorated to a nasty, smelly slime. This was a great metaphor for the price we pay for keeping alive our pain from others' selfish acts and our fear we may allow them to do it to us again! Too often we think of forgiveness as a gift to the other person, when learning and then forgiving our past selves - for our ignorance that allowed others to hurt us clearly - should be something we give to ourselves as we become wiser with our social life-skills including how we choose and treat our associates so that our fears and future burdens are not multiplied!" - Unknown

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[Quote No.52039] Need Area: Fun > General
"[A story - with a message about forgetting the past hurts but not the lessons that have made you a better person.] - Leaving the City of Regret - I had not really planned on taking a trip this time of year, and yet I found myself packing rather hurriedly. This trip was going to be unpleasant and I knew in advance that no real good would come of it. I'm talking about my annual 'Guilt Trip.' I got tickets to fly there on Wish I Had airlines. It was an extremely short flight. I got my baggage, which I could not check. I chose to carry it myself all the way. It was weighted down with a thousand memories of what might have been. No one greeted me as I entered the terminal to the Regret City International Airport. I say international because people from all over the world come to this dismal town. As I checked into the Last Resort Hotel, I noticed that they would be hosting the year's most important event, the Annual Pity Party. I wasn't going to miss that great social occasion. Many of the towns leading citizens would be there. First, there would be the Done family, you know, Should Have, Would Have and Could Have. Then came the I Had family. You probably know ol' Wish and his clan. Of course, the Opportunities would be present, Missed and Lost. The biggest family would be the Yesterday's. There are far too many of them to count, but each one would have a very sad story to share. Then Shattered Dreams would surely make an appearance. And It's Their Fault would regale us with stories (excuses) about how things had failed in his life, and each story would be loudly applauded by Don't Blame Me and I Couldn't Help It. Well, to make a long story short, I went to this depressing party knowing that there would be no real benefit in doing so. And, as usual, I became very depressed. But as I thought about all of the stories of failures brought back from the past, it occurred to me that all of this trip and subsequent 'pity party' could be cancelled by ME! I started to truly realize that I did not have to be there. I didn't have to be depressed. One thing kept going through my mind, I CAN'T CHANGE YESTERDAY, BUT I DO HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE TODAY A WONDERFUL DAY. I can be happy, joyous, fulfilled, encouraged, as well as encouraging. Knowing this, I left the City of Regret immediately and left no forwarding address. Am I sorry for mistakes I've made in the past? YES! But there is no physical way to undo them. So, if you're planning a trip back to the City of Regret, please cancel all your reservations now. Instead, take a trip to a place called, Starting Again. I liked it so much that I have now taken up permanent residence there. My neighbors, the I Forgive Myselfs and the New Starts are so very helpful. By the way, you don't have to carry around heavy baggage, because the load is lifted from your shoulders upon arrival. Congratulations in finding this great town. If you can find it -- it's in your own heart -- please look me up. I live on I Can Do It street." - Larry Harp

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[Quote No.52053] Need Area: Fun > General
"Count your life by smiles." - John Lennon

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[Quote No.52057] Need Area: Fun > General
"You were born with wings. Why prefer to crawl through life? " - Rumi
Persian poet
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[Quote No.52060] Need Area: Fun > General
"[A story - with a message about what we focus on affects our emotions, especially our happiness.] - Find a Release - Open your eyes. What do you see? Do you see the crowds of people walking around? Look at their faces. Curious looks, snobs, anger, expressionless looks, looks of concentration. Did you notice the person that was smiling at you? Look again. See the trees waving to you in greetings? Concentrate now on your hearing. What do you hear? Traffic? Discussions on the latest gossip? People on the cellular phones that are trying to compete with the noise? Cursing and swearing? Or the radio / television of your neighbors? But do you hear the songs of praises the birds in the day sings for you, or the lullaby the insects orchestrate for you in the night? Now smell the air. Exhausts? Odours you feel repulsive? Smell again. Concentrate this time. You will find the fragrance of the perfect blossom. Focus your senses to your skin. Feel the heat? The humidity? But did you not also notice the breeze that is gently trying to cool you? Feel the frost of the winter, biting through all your insulation. Again feel the warmth that the sun is wrapping around you in a warm embrace. And the warmth that is already within you that your heart is circulating. There is always comfort around us if you know where to look. There is too much distractions in this society. Focus your senses in the correct way and you will find a release." - K.C. Leong

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[Quote No.52061] Need Area: Fun > General
"[A story - with a message about jealousy, envy and thinking the grass is greener or the windows are more golden elsewhere.] - Golden Windows - There was a small boy living on a farm which seemed like so far away from every where. He needed to get up before sunrise every morning to start his chores and out again later to do the evening ones. During sunrise he would take a break and climb up on the fence so in the distance he could see the house with golden windows. He thought how great it would be to live there and his mind would wander to imagine the modern equipment and appliances that might exist in the house. 'If they could afford golden windows, then there must have other nice things.' He then promised himself, 'Some day I will go there and see this wonderful place.' Then one morning his father told him to stay at home and his father would do the chores. Knowing that this was his chance, he packed a sandwich and headed across the field towards the house with the golden windows. As the afternoon went on, he began to realize how he misjudged the distance and something else was very wrong. As he approached the house, he saw no golden windows but instead a place with in bad need of a painting surrounded by a broken down fence. He went to the tattered screen door and knocked. A small boy very close to his age opened the door. He asked him if he had seen the house with the golden windows. The boy said 'Sure, I know.' and invited him to sit on the porch. As he sat there, he looked back from where he just came where the sunset turned the windows on his home to gold." - Leo Hallan

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[Quote No.52063] Need Area: Fun > General
"A Happiness Gene? The 'Pursuit of Happiness,' is guaranteed by the Declaration of Independence. It also may be inherited. Dr. David Lykken, professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota, reported on a major new study of twins. He says, 'We found that identical twins who begin life as a single egg that divides and who therefore have the same genetic blueprint, have very similar happiness scores.' It's as if we have a built-in happiness thermostat, set at the factory by our genes. A low setting means we're grumpy and a high setting means we're cheerful. Some medical experts point to the MRIs of a happy person's brain that glows like a light bulb. Does that mean that some people are doomed for the grump-pile of life? Not at all. Like correcting a bicycle that has a natural tendency to pull to the left, you can take charge and correct the error. Dr. Lykken is convinced you can rise above your fixed set point of happiness by 25 percent or more -- by attacking the big three: depression, irritability and fearfulness. What's the key? Fill your life with a steady diet of small, simple, [cheap or free] pleasures. [Remember that one definition of depression is too low a rate of positive experiences so to overcome depression increase your rate of positive experiences!]" - Neil Eskelin

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[Quote No.52064] Need Area: Fun > General
"[A story - with a message about ensuring that each day you enjoy the journey of your life.] - Happiness on Hold - We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough and we'll be more content when they are. After that, we're frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, or when we retire. The truth is, there's no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges, that you could use to postpone being happy. It's best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy right now anyway. Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have...and remember that time waits for no one. So, stop waiting --until your car or home is paid off, --until you get a new car or home, --until your kids leave the house, --until you go back to school, --until you lose ten pounds, --until you gain ten pounds, --until you finish school, --until you get a divorce, --until you get married, --until you have kids, --until you retire, --until spring, --until summer, --until autumn, --until winter, --until you die! There is no better time than right now to be happy. Happiness is mostly in the journey, not just in the destination." - Unknown

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[Quote No.52066] Need Area: Fun > General
"[A true story - with a message about discovering and then having more pleasurable experiences.] - How Happy Are You Right Now? - ('Perhaps if one really knew when one was happy one would know the things that were necessary for one's life.' - Joanna Field) How happy are you right now? Do you even know? Most women know what makes their parents, partners, or children happy. But when it comes to an awareness about the little, specific things in life that brings a smile to our faces and contentment to our own hearts, we often come up short. In 1926 a young Englishwoman, Joanna Field, began to feel that she was not living a truly authentic life, that she did not know what made her truly happy. To remedy this she kept a journal in order to discover what specifically triggered the feeling of delight in her daily life. The journal, 'A Life of One's Own', was published in 1934. It was written, she confided, in the spirit of a detective who searches through the minutiae of the mundane in hopes of finding clues for what was missing in her life. What is missing from many of our days is a true sense that we are enjoying the lives we are living. It is difficult to experience moments of happiness if we are not aware of what it is we genuinely love. We must learn to savour small, authentic moments that bring us contentment. Experiment with a new cookie recipe. Take the time to slowly arrange a bouquet of flowers in order to appreciate their colours, fragrance and beauty. Sip a cup of tea on the front stoop in the sunshine. Pause for five minutes to pet a purring cat. Simple pleasures waiting to be enjoyed. Simple pleasures often overlooked. Joanna Field discovered that she delighted in red shoes, good food, sudden bursts of laughter, reading in French, answering letters, loitering in a crowd at a fair and 'a new idea when it is grasped.' Let us each grasp a new idea this year. Let us grasp the awareness of what it is that makes us truly happy. Let us consider our personal preferences and learn how to recognize, then embrace, moments of happiness that are uniquely our own." - Patricia Hope

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[Quote No.52069] Need Area: Fun > General
"[Poem: 'Do A Kindness, Quick']

Are you almost disgusted with life, little man?
I'll tell you a wonderful trick,
That will bring you contentment, if anything can,
Do something for somebody, quick!

Are you awfully tired with play, little girl?
Wearied, discouraged, and sick, -
I'll tell you the loveliest game in the world,
Do something for somebody quick!

Though it rains like the rain of the flood, little man,
And the clouds are forbidding and thick,
You can make the sun shine in your soul, little man,
Do something for somebody, quick!

Though the stars are like brass overhead, little girl,
And the walks like a well-heated brick,
And our earthly affairs in a terrible whirl,
Do something for somebody, quick!

" - Unknown

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[Quote No.52072] Need Area: Fun > General
"Decide to be happy today, Come what may!" - Seymour@imagi-natives.com

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"[Toast:] May You ... May you find happiness in every direction your paths take you. May you never lose your sense of wonder, and may you hold on to the sense of humor you use to brighten the lives of everyone who knows you. May you go beyond the ordinary steps and discover extraordinary results. May you keep on trying to reach for your stars. May you never forget how wonderful you are. May you always be patient with the problems of life, and know that any clouds will eventually give way to the sunlight of your most hoped-for days. May you be rewarded with friendships that get better and better, and with love that blesses your life forever. May you meet every challenge you are faced with, recognize every golden opportunity, and be blessed with the knowledge that you have the ability to make every day special. May you have enough material wealth to meet your needs, while never forgetting the real treasures of life are the loved ones and friends who are invaluable to the end. May you search for serenity, and discover it was within you all along. May you be strong enough to keep your hopes and dreams alive. May you always be gentle enough to understand. May you know that you hold tomorrow within your hands, and that the way there will be shared with the makings of what will be your most wonderful memories. And may you always remember, each step along the way... You are loved more than words can ever begin to say." - R.L. Keith

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"[A story - with a message about the true meaning of personal peace.] - Peace - There once was a King who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The King looked at all the pictures, but there were only two he really liked and he had to choose between them. One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror, for peaceful towering mountains were all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace. The other picture had mountains too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell and in which lightening played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all. But when the King looked, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest... perfect peace. Which picture do you think won the prize? The King chose the second picture. 'Because,' explained the King, 'peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace.' " - Unknown

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"[A true story - with a message about whether more money and things will really make you happier or if other goals should have greater priority.] - Results from the World Happiness Survey - World you believe it, Bangladesh is the happiest nation in the world! The United States, on the other hand, is a sad story: it ranks only 46th in the World Happiness Survey. That's way behind India, the fifth happiest place in the world, and others including Ghana and Latvia, Croatia and Estonia. Research led by London School of Economics [LSE] professors into the link between personal spending power and the perceived quality of life has conclusively proved that money can buy everything but happiness. The study revealed that people in Bangladesh, one of the poorest countries in the world, derive far more happiness from their small incomes than, for example, the British (32nd on the list) do from their relatively large bank balances. In fact, people in most rich countries including Austria, Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, Japan and others are much unhappier than their poorer counterparts in countries like the Dominican Republic and Armenia. Most unfortunate, however, are Russians and people in some other parts of the former Soviet Union. They are neither rich nor happy, indicates the World Happiness Survey. Slovenia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Bulgaria and Moldova follow the United States in the list to bring up the rear. The study shows that although the British have twice as much money to spend in real terms compared with 40 years ago, their perceived quality of life has not improved. Earlier surveys revealed that many Britons thought money could bring happiness. The new study shows that such a link still exists in poor countries because a small increase in income can mean large improvements in lifestyle. However, beyond a certain income-level that direct relationship breaks down. According to the research, happiness in rich countries now is far more dependent on close personal relationships, good health and job satisfaction. 'People in Britain are generally less happy than they were ten years ago. Two-thirds would rather see the environment improved than have more economic growth and personal spending money,' said Robert Worcester, visiting professor of government at the LSE and co-author of the study. The researchers have concluded that although Britons are rich compared with most other countries, many suffer from an emotional poverty caused by consumerism and the breakdown of family life. 'We are being seduced by an economic juggernaut and our personal needs are not being met,' said Nic Marks, a social sciences researcher at Surrey University who also worked on the report!" - Unknown

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"[A story - with a message about not being jealous or envious of others.] - The Sorrow Tree - So it was that when the Hasidic pilgrims vied for those among them who had endured the most suffering, who was most entitled to complain, the Zadock [righteous-priest] told them the story of the Sorrow Tree. On the Day of Judgment, each person will be allowed to hang one's unhappiness and sufferings on a branch of the great Tree of Sorrows. After all have found a limb from which their miseries may dangle, they may all walk slowly around the tree. Each person is to search for a set of sufferings that he or she would prefer to those he or she has hung on the tree. In the end, each one freely chooses to reclaim his or her own assortment of sorrows rather than those of another. Each person leaves the Tree of Sorrows wiser that when he or she arrived." - 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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"[A true story - with a message about not judging others just by their behaviour and especially not being envious or jealous of other's 'happy appearance' for many suffer silently!] - The Story of a Clown - A certain man made an appointment to see a psychologist. He arrived at the psychologist's office and said to him, 'Doctor, I always feel depressed. No matter what I do I still feel depressed. I just don't know what to do.' The psychologist looked at him and said, 'Come with me to the window.' The man followed and then the psychologist pointed outside and said, 'Do you see that tent over there in the distance? Well, there is a circus in town and it is really good. There are lots of acts to watch, specially the clown acts. And there is one clown in particular who is extremely funny. He will make you rock with laughter over and over again. Go and see that clown and I guarantee that you will not have reason to be depressed again!' The man turned to the psychologist with sad eyes and said, 'Doctor, I am that clown!'" - Unknown
There are two real clowns that this story is supposed to be about, depending on who tells the story. Some believe the clown was George L. Fox, a great American clown who suffered from depression for most of his life. Most however believe it was the clown, Joseph Grimaldi, the very clown that all clowns are called 'joeys' after, and that he spoke to his barber, not a psychologist. A more recent and very sad example of this objective appearance differing from their subjective experience is the highly successful comedian Robin William's suicide in 2014.
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"[A story - with a message about enjoying each moment.] - Cliffhanger - One day while walking through the wilderness a man stumbled upon a vicious tiger. He ran but soon came to the edge of a high cliff. Desperate to save himself, he climbed down a vine and dangled over the fatal precipice. As he hung there, two mice appeared from a hole in the cliff and began gnawing on the vine. Suddenly, he noticed on the vine a plump wild strawberry. He plucked it and popped it in his mouth. It was incredibly delicious!" - Zen parable

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"[A true story - with a message about true wealth.] - How to Tell When You're Rich - When I was a kid in Minnesota, watermelon was a delicacy. One of my father's buddies, Bernie, was a prosperous fruit-and-vegetable wholesaler, who operated a warehouse in St. Paul. Every summer, when the first watermelons rolled in, Bernie would call. Dad and I would go to Bernie's warehouse and take up our positions. We'd sit on the edge of the dock, feet dangling, and lean over, minimizing the volume of juice we were about to spill on ourselves. Bernie would take his machete, crack our first watermelon, hand us both a big piece and sit down next to us. Then we'd bury our faces in watermelon, eating only the heart - the reddest, juiciest, firmest, most seed-free, most perfect part - and throw away the rest. Bernie was my father's idea of a rich man. I always thought it was because he was such a successful businessman. Years later, I realized that what my father admired about Bernie's wealth was less its substance than its application. Bernie knew how to stop working, get together with friends and eat only the heart of the watermelon. What I learned from Bernie is that being rich is a state of mind. Some of us, no matter how much money we have, will never be free enough to eat only the heart of the watermelon. Others are rich without ever being more than a pay-check ahead. If you don't take the time to dangle your feet over the dock and chomp into life's small pleasures, your career is probably overwhelming your life. For many years, I forgot that lesson I'd learned as a kid on the loading dock. I was too busy making all the money I could. Well, I've relearned it. I hope I have time left to enjoy the accomplishments of others and to take pleasure in the day. That's the heart of the watermelon. I have learned again to throw the rest away. Finally, I am rich!" - Harvey Mackay
(1932 - ), Harvey Mackay is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, author, and syndicated columnist with Universal Uclick. Quote from the book, 'A 4th Course of Chicken Soup for the Soul'.
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"[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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"[Song Lyrics: 'There Is Sunshine In A Smile']

Life is a mixture of sunshine and rain,
Laughter and pleasure, teardrops and pain.
All days can't be bright, but it's certainly true,
There was never a cloud, the sun didn't shine through.

" - Karen West
These are some lyrics from her song, 'There Is Sunshine In A Smile'.
(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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"[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.52157] Need Area: Fun > General
"[A true story - with a message about the importance of recreation and taking time to relax.] - Balance - Once the great Anthony of the Desert was relaxing with his disciples outside his hut when a hunter came by. The hunter was surprised to see Anthony relaxing, and rebuffed him for taking it easy. It was not his idea of what a holy monk should be doing. Anthony replied, 'Bend your bow and shoot an arrow.' And the hunter did so. 'Bend it again and shoot another arrow,' said Anthony. The hunter did so, again and again. The hunter finally said, 'Abba Anthony, if I keep my bow always stretched, it will break.' 'So it is with the monk,' replied Anthony. 'If we push ourselves beyond measure, we will break. It is right from time to time to relax our efforts.' " - 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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"The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way." - Unknown

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"When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often times we look so long at the closed door that we don't see the one which has been opened for us." - Unknown

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"[A story - with a message about the importance of laughter.] - Humor Can Save Your Life - The story goes that a certain court jester went too far one day and insulted his king. The king became so infuriated he sentenced the jester to be executed. His court prayed upon the king to have mercy for this man who had served him well for so many years. After a time, the king relented only enough to give the jester his choice as to how he would like to die. True to form, the jester replied, ‘If it's all the same to you, my Lord, I'd like to die of old age.’ Certainly in this case, a good sense of humor saved the man's life. It's true for us as well. We may not be faced with a situation where our wit will save us from an execution, but our sense of humor and the ability to laugh at things has proven health benefits that extend and improve our quality of life. Norman Cousins, in his book 'Anatomy of an Illness', wrote about how he cured himself of cancer by laughing a good part of each day. He rented films of comedies and watched them for hours on end in his hospital room. He had nothing to lose since he'd been diagnosed as terminal. His ‘experiment’ turned out to be a classic example of the healing powers of laughter. If it worked for Cousins with a life-threatening illness, it can work for us to enhance and protect our good health. We should laugh often and heartily. It's good for our digestion and our disposition. Besides, life's too important to take seriously!" - Michael Angier
Founder of Success Networks.
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"Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness [action, persistence and success] in our lives: where we focus our attention!!" - Greg Anderson
US basketball player, NBA forward/center for San Antonio Spurs and Atlanta Hawks
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"Good things happen every day. We only have to notice." - Anne Wilson Schaef

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"[A story - with a message about self-control and self-discipline through focus, distraction and moving on:] - On the Muddy Road - Tanzan and Ekido were once traveling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was falling. As they came around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross at an intersection. ‘Come on, girl,’ said Tanzan at once. Lifting her in his arms, he carried her over the mud. Ekido did not speak until that night when they reached a lodging temple. The he could no longer restrain himself. ‘We monks don't go near females,’ he told Tanzan, ‘especially not young and lovely ones. It is dangerous. Why did you do that?’ ‘I left the girl there,’ said Tanzan. ‘Are you still carrying her?’" - Unknown

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[Quote No.52291] Need Area: Fun > General
"[In every situation in life there is the objective situation and there is the subjective way we see and talk about it to ourselves and others.] You always have a choice of your self-talk. Ask yourself, 'What can I think about now that will improve the way I am feeling?' You can always think, 'The more challenging a situation, the more I can grow from it.' The more skilled you are about creating positive self-talk in challenging situations, the easier it will be for you to handle new challenges in the future." - Rabbi Zelig Pliskin
From his book, 'Conversations With Yourself', pp.78-9.
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"I've learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances." - Martha Washington
Martha Dandridge Custis Washington was the wife of George Washington, the first president of the United States.
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"[Happy, positive optimists versus Unhappy, negative pessimists:] People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for." - Harper Lee
As spoken by the key character Atticus, who is the main lawyer, in her novel, 'To Kill A Mockingbird'.
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"A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition." - William Ward

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"The art of living . . . is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging to the past and known on the other. It consists of [mindfulness -] being completely sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive." - Alan W. Watts
'The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety', published 1951.
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"The art of living consists of knowing what to pay attention to [focus on], and what to ignore." - Dr. Mardy Grothe

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"Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself!!" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"[A story - with a message about pleasure and pain and serving others.] - The Secrets of Heaven and Hell - The old monk sat by the side of the road. With his eyes closed, his legs crossed and his hands folded in his lap, he sat. In deep meditation, he sat. Suddenly his zazen was interrupted by the harsh and demanding voice of a samurai warrior. ‘Old man! Teach me about heaven and hell!’ At first, as though he had not heard, there was no perceptible response from the monk. But gradually he began to open his eyes, the faintest hint of a smile playing around the corners of his mouth as the samurai stood there, waiting impatiently, growing more and more agitated with each passing second. ‘You wish to know the secrets of heaven and hell?’ replied the monk at last. ‘You who are so unkempt. You whose hands and feet are covered with dirt. You whose hair is uncombed, whose breath is foul, whose sword is all rusty and neglected. You who are ugly and whose mother dresses you funny. You would ask me of heaven and hell?’ The samurai uttered a vile curse. He drew his sword and raised it high above his head. His face turned to crimson and the veins on his neck stood out in bold relief as he prepared to sever the monk's head from its shoulders. ‘That is hell,’ said the old monk gently, just as the sword began its descent. In that fraction of a second, the samurai was overcome with amazement, awe, compassion and love for this gentle being who had dared to risk his very life to give him such a teaching. He stopped his sword in mid-flight and his eyes filled with grateful tears. ‘And that,’ said the monk, ‘is heaven.’" - Fr. John W. Groff Jr.
'A 3rd Serving of Chicken Soup for the Soul'
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"[A story - with a message about the importance of taking the time to get rest, relaxation and recreation in order to refresh, re-energise and be at one's best.] - Busy - Once upon a time a very strong woodcutter asked for a job from a timber merchant, and he got it. The pay was very good and so were the working conditions. For that reason, the woodcutter was determined to do his best. His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he was supposed to work. The first day, the woodcutter cut down 18 trees. ‘Congratulations,’ the boss said. ‘Go on that way!’ Very motivated by the boss’s words, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he only could cut down 15 trees. The third day he tried even harder, but he only could cut down 10 trees. Day after day he was bringing less and less trees. ‘I must be losing my strength’, the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on. ‘When was the last time you sharpened your axe?’ the boss asked. ‘Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees...’" - Stephen Covey
'7 Habits of Highly Effective People'
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"Your level of success [happiness and fun] will seldom exceed your level of personal development." - Jim Rohn

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"I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright. I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more. I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive. I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger. I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting. I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess. I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye." - Ed Solomon

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"Deep roots are not reached by the frost." - J. R. R. Tolkien
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. A line from the 'All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter' poem, which appears twice in 'The Lord of the Rings' first volume, 'The Fellowship of the Ring'.
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"[Poem: about taking time to enjoy the journey of our life and 'stop and smell the roses'.]

'Leisure'

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this is if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

" - William Henry Davies

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Based on Shaolin Chin-Na Seize and Control Methods
Comprehensively Covers Over 130 Types of Attack
Lavishly Illustrated With Over 1300 illustrations
Accredited Training for Australian Security Qualifications
National Quality Council Approved