The formula for personal happiness

Personal happiness is a feeling, not a circumstance.

Happiness is more than just fun or pleasure. It’s a more durable sense of well-being.

Our personal happiness depends not on what happens to us but on what happens within us.

It’s the way we choose to think about ourselves and our lives.

Gratitude and people are the most important factors which dictate our personal happiness.

Gratitude is all about being grateful for everything we have.

With people, it’s all about rewarding personal relationships.

Spending quality time with people whose company we enjoy is essential for our personal happiness. Equally avoiding those people who would make our lives difficult will increase our quality of life.

So the formula for personal happiness is actually quite simple.

  • Appreciate what you’ve got;
  • Don’t fret over things you haven’t got;
  • And enjoy the time you spend with your family and friends.

It takes discipline and practice to think positively. However, the ability to maintain a positive mental attitude is essential to our personal happiness.

So go on; start today. Be happy. Life’s far too short for a negative state of mind.

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25 funny witty quotes that will seriously tickle you

I always get the best reaction with blog posts that are full of content to make you smile. And funny witty quotes are particularly popular with readers.

With that in mind, I’ve been trawling my journals looking for funny witty quotes which I’ve noted for posterity, and which I hope you’ll enjoy now, dear reader.

So, here are 25 funny witty quotes that I’m confident will tickle you. Certainly, they tickled me and made me smile.

They’re all by Authors Unknown but they’re razor-sharp and funny nevertheless.

So go on take a few minutes right now to have a laugh and enjoy them all.

Funny witty quotes:

  1. ‘Be yourself is the worst piece of advice you can give to some people.
  2. Some people just need a sympathetic pat on the head, with a hammer.
  3. HIM: How is it your single? HER: Surely you mean you’re?
  4. Arguing with a fool serves only to prove that there are two.
  5. Only dead fish go with the flow.
  6. The only reason I’m fat is because a tiny body couldn’t hold this much personality.
  7. Life is not a fairy tale. If you lose your shoe at midnight you’re drunk.
  8. There are only two rules in life. No 1: Never ever give out all the information.
  9. You never realize how weird you are until you have a kid who acts just like you.
  10. If you have nothing to be grateful for, check your pulse.
  11. Chocolate doesn’t ask silly questions. Chocolate understands.
  12. I’ve learned so much from my mistakes I’m thinking of making a few more.
  13. I started out with nothing and I still have most of it.
  14. We mature with damage, not with years.
  15. Life is short. So smile while you still have teeth.
  16. Common sense is like deodorant. The people who need it most never use it.
  17. Sarcasm is not an attitude. It’s an art.
  18. I have an irrational fear of wasting a good outfit on an insignificant day.
  19. Whoever said that nothing is impossible has never tried slamming a revolving door.
  20. The only time a woman is helpless is when her nail polish is drying. Otherwise, watch out.
  21. The first thing you lose on a diet is your sense of humour.
  22. Everyone has the right to be stupid but you’re abusing the privilege.
  23. If you don’t like the way I drive then stay off the sidewalk.
  24. If at first, you don’t succeed then skydiving’s not for you.
  25. 129% of people exaggerate.

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11 of the best quotes you will read today

Dear Reader, Are you in need of some inspiration? We all need a little occasionally, don’t we? So here are 11 of the best quotes you’ll read today.

Best quotes you will read today:

  1. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. ~Theodore Roosevelt
  2. Even the greatest was once a beginner. Don’t be afraid to take that first step. ~Author Unknown
  3. It’s your attitude, not your aptitude that determines your altitude. ~Zig Ziglar
  4. We cannot change the cards we’re dealt; just how we play the hand. ~Randy Pausch
  5. You have to have confidence in your ability and then be tough enough to follow through. ~Rosalyn Carter
  6. If you’re doing your best, you won’t have time to worry about failure. ~H. Jackson Brown Jr
  7. The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem. ~Theodore Rubin
  8. You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere. ~Lee Iacocca
  9. It is frequently a misfortune to have very brilliant men in charge of affairs. They expect too much of ordinary men. ~Thucydides
  10. Live your life in the creative space and go where others have not yet been; to the fields, the grazing cows have yet to find. ~Alan Alda
  11. What I have learned is that a whole lot of people with degrees don’t know a damn thing and a lot of people with no degrees are brilliant. ~John Henrik Clarke

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To find a job you’ll love start with these questions

Most people, if they’re lucky enough to have a job, are in jobs for which they have little or no passion.

They just do whatever they have to do to ensure they have a regular income. It’s a living but it’s hardly a life, wouldn’t you agree?

If you’d like to find a job you’ll love doing then start by asking yourself some searching questions like these:-

Questions to ask yourself:

  1. What activity gives you a genuine buzz?
  2. What activity would you regard as more fun than work?
  3. Do you have a genuine talent for some particular activity?
  4. What activity makes your eyes sparkle with enthusiasm?
  5. What would you do as a hobby if you couldn’t make a living at it?
  6. In which activity would you not have to be asked twice to participate?
  7. In what activity would you be so absorbed that you’d completely lose track of time?
  8. For what activity would you willingly rise early, knowing that this was on your day’s agenda? 

Why the answers are important:

The answers to these questions will help you to identify the activity for which you have passion and enthusiasm.

If you can identify a job that consists primarily of activities consistent with the answers to these questions, then the chances are that you’ll have found the job you’ll love to do.

And as the saying goes, find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.

Now, getting that job won’t be that easy, of course.

However, knowing what you really want is the first step on the road to success.

If you have a real talent for your work then you’re likely to enjoy what you do. If you enjoy what you do, then you’re likely to do it well. Do it well and people will notice. And once people begin to notice you for the work you do then your career will start going places, potentially to places beyond your wildest dreams.

Finding a job for which you have a passion really can lead you to success.

So go on, start reflecting on these questions and then ask yourself, is what I’m doing now consistent with the answers? A negative conclusion would imply that it’s time to make some changes.

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The way to discover your true potential

What’s the best way to discover your true potential? That’s an interesting question.

Have you ever considered what your true potential might be dear reader?

Have you ever thought you might have some hidden depths about which even you cannot be sure?

Certainly, many people underestimate their ability or simply allow negative thinking to stop them from exploring all they can be.

It’s easy for us to think that we don’t have much to offer in terms of ability.

We all worry about being ‘found out‘ at times. We all experience self-doubt. That’s natural but we must keep any self-doubt under control.

Negative thinking is like the weeds in your garden. If you’re not careful the weeds take over and your garden suffers. Well, your mind is just like a garden.

And like a garden, you must tend it well.

Nourish your mind with learning. Be inspired by books, films, songs, and inspirational videos and audio programs by the great thinkers of our time. Encourage healthy thoughts and an even healthier outlook.

Let me remind you, dear reader, that you do have enormous potential.

Human beings have unlimited capacity to develop as many skills as necessary.

Unfortunately, far too many people go through life with their potential untapped. And that’s sad, wouldn’t you agree?

The world needs all the skills and ideas it can get.  You have the capacity for ideas in abundance. The world needs your full potential.

Do you need a little help to discover your full potential? If so, don’t worry. You’re not alone. There are plenty of people just like you but help is at hand.

Discover your true potential:

The late, great Jim Rohn was one of the great philosophical thinkers of our time. Certainly when it comes to personal development. I’ve read all his books, watched his videos and listened to his audio programs. And I still do frequently. I find his work truly inspirational.

In the following video, Jim Rohn offers some words of wisdom on how to go about discovering your true potential in life.

This video is truly inspiring and worth a few minutes of your time. Anything by Jim Rohn is well worth your time, in my opinion.

I think Jim Rohn was one of the best motivational speakers I’ve ever heard. He has a homespun, folksy philosophy but please don’t be fooled. His messages are simple but powerful. So listen and learn.

Jim Rohn’s simple messages resonate with people as much today as they did when he made his speeches originally.

If you only have time to listen to one motivational speaker then Jim Rohn is undoubtedly the one to whom I always turn and I recommend you do too.

Recommendations for your library:

As I said earlier, Jim Rohn is one of the best motivational speakers I’ve ever heard and he’s been a big influence on me, that’s for sure.

He’s produced many books, videos and audio programs over the years and they will all add value to your library.

Two I can strongly recommend you add to your personal reference library are:-

  1. Seven Strategies for Wealth & Happiness by Jim Rohn
  2. The Art of Exceptional Living by Jim Rohn

I purchased both of these a couple of years ago and I still use them constantly as sources of inspiration and motivation.

Purchasing these items represents money well spent for me, and I’ve found them enormously useful. I strongly recommend them to you.

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The real cost of television? The answer will surprise you

The real cost of television

Have you ever considered what the real cost of television is and the effect it has on your life?

When you’ve worked hard all day, I’m sure you find it so easy when you arrive home in the evening, to have a bite to eat and then relax in front of the television. You just passively watch whatever’s on offer because it’s your time now, right?

If you’ve worked hard all day, you deserve a rest, surely?

Anyway, you’ve got a nice television, and it cost you a lot of money, right?

So, of course, you want to make the most of it, don’t you?

If you’ve spent all that money, why would you want to waste such a fine piece of technology by not using it? Surely that’s a reasonable argument?

Opportunity cost:

Well, it’s an argument, of course, but have you ever given serious thought to the real cost of that television to you?

How much do you think it actually costs?

Now, I’m not referring to the price tag in the store when you purchased your television, though even that’s not insignificant.

I’m referring to the opportunity cost of the time wasted passively watching television.

Never forget, time is money.

And time wasted watching television could have been used doing something that would have been far more profitable for you, at least in the long term.

Deep down, I suspect, in your heart, you know that dear reader, don’t you? Nevertheless, knowing and acting on the knowledge you possess are two different things.

The importance of time:

How often do you hear people say things like, I’d love to earn more money; I’d love to have a better job; I’d love to learn another language; I’d love to learn to play the piano; and so on? Then you’ll hear them say if only I had the time.

Do you recognise yourself anywhere there, dear reader?

The simple fact is that when it comes to time, we all have exactly the same amount, 168 hours each week. It all comes down to how you choose to use and prioritize your time.

Time is a resource, like any other:

Successful people recognise that time is their most precious resource and they use it wisely.

People who succeed have a genuine sense of purpose and they’re very focused on their goals. They know what they want and they have a plan as to how they’ll get it.

Do you have a genuine sense of purpose, dear reader?

Have you got a clear idea in terms of where you’re going?

Do you know what it is you want out of life?

Life can be better:

Perhaps life is something that’s just happening to you and you’re just going with the flow?

That’s an acceptable strategy if you’re willing to accept whatever life throws at you.

However, you must ask yourself: Are you really happy with your life and the share of life’s pie you’ve been given so far, or do you want more?

Well, let me tell you this, dear reader. For things to improve, you must first learn to use your time wisely.

Remember: Time is more important than money because you can always get more money, but you can’t get more time.

Secondly, you need a clear sense of direction and your own plan for how you’ll get to where you want to go. Without direction and a plan, you’ll be destined to be used as part of someone else’s plan.

However, that’ll only be for as long as you can serve some useful purpose for them.

Once you no longer serve any purpose for them you’ll cease to be part of their plan. And then you’ll be scratching around looking for another way to earn a living.

The world is an unforgiving place, that’s for sure.

Be a person of value:

Work is just doing stuff for other people in exchange for money.

However, we don’t just get paid for the hour. Our pay is dictated by the value we put into that hour.

The more value we can add the more we’ll earn.

And to add more value we must be increasing our knowledge and skills constantly.

We reap what we sow.

If we fail to reap, we cannot sow.

And how can you reap if you spend your life passively watching television? Time wasted cannot be recovered.

You’ll get out what you put it:

In my experience, we get out of life exactly what we put in. The more we put in the more we’ll get out.

The obvious question is, how can you get more out of life?

If you’re happy to go through life passively watching television but struggling to make a decent living then that’s fine, if that’s what you want. Just keep doing what you’re doing. Waste as much of your time as you like.

However, if you want more than that then it’s time to start designing the life you want and avoiding time-wasters like television.

It’s time to decide where you’re going; and what you want out of life. It’s time to develop your plan for success. And above all, it’s time to stop wasting your time.

You can be a winner. Anybody can.

However, it does require some effort on your part and a clear sense of direction though. That’s a given.

A great source of inspiration:

And if you’re going to be a winner, in addition to using your time wisely, you’ll also need a constant source of inspiration to keep you motivated.

One of my greatest sources of inspiration is the late, great, business philosopher Jim Rohn.

You’ll find plenty of videos featuring Jim Rohn on YouTube.

However, you might also consider buying one of Jim Rohn’s books or even an audio recording to listen to in your car or on your smartphone or iPad.

One Jim Rohn book (also available as an audio recording) that I can highly recommend is The Art of Exceptional Living.

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101 Quotes on self-improvement to inspire you

In seeking quotes on self-improvement, perhaps you’re looking for a better life.

Well, life doesn’t have to be as it is now. It can be something much closer to what you’d like it to be. And with a little effort on your part, you can make it happen.

Remember you’re not defined by your past. That serves only as a series of lessons. The future is yours to create and it all starts with self-improvement.

Self-improvement is just a process whereby you decide what it is you want; you decide what skills you’ll need to develop in order to get what you want; you work out how you can get those skills, and then you set some goals and start improving the quality of your life and that of your loved ones.

It can be done. People do it all the time. And so can you.

Learn more and you’ll earn more.

You’ll need a little inspiration to motivate you and keep you going. Motivational quotes are useful because they help you acquire ideas on getting started and they’re beneficial in helping you realize your dreams and goals.

So here are 101 quotes on self-improvement to inspire you and propel you along the road to make your dreams a reality.

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Quotes on self-improvement (1-20):

  1. Let us cultivate our garden. ~Voltaire
  2. If you can dream it, you can do it. ~Walt Disney
  3. Good things happen to those who hustle. ~Chuck Noll
  4. You will never win if you never begin. ~Helen Rowland
  5. If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. ~Milton Berle
  6. If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time. ~Zig Ziglar
  7. All things are difficult before they are easy. ~Thomas Fuller
  8. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. ~Mark Twain
  9. Work harder on yourself than you do on your job. ~Jim Rohn
  10. He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior. ~Confucius
  11. You just can’t beat the person who never gives up. ~Babe Ruth
  12. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. ~Theodore Roosevelt
  13. Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there. ~Bo Jackson
  14. Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. ~Carol Burnett
  15. It is never too late to be what you might have been. ~George Eliot
  16. You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind. ~Joyce Meyer
  17. My purpose: to lift your spirit and to motivate you. ~Mavis Staples
  18. The dreaming has to be backed up by the doing. ~Carrie Wilkerson
  19. Problems are not Stop Signs, they are guidelines. ~Robert H. Schuller
  20. The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work. ~Harry Golden

Quotes on self-improvement (21-40):

  1. Nothing will work unless you do. ~Maya Angelou
  2. The only journey is the one within. ~Rainer Maria Rilke
  3. Either you run the day or the day runs you. ~Jim Rohn
  4. You don’t have to get it right the first time. ~Barbara Sher
  5. Life has no limitations, except the ones you make. ~Les Brown
  6. Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds. ~Gordon B. Hinckley
  7. Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star. ~W. Clement Stone
  8. The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch. ~Jim Rohn
  9. If you’re not doing what you love, you’re wasting your time. ~Zig Ziglar
  10. There is no such thing as failure. There are only results. ~Tony Robbins
  11. If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree. ~Jim Rohn
  12. Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality. ~Les Brown
  13. Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. ~Arthur Ashe
  14. The time is now. Stop hitting the snooze button on your life. ~Mel Robbins
  15. We will always tend to fulfil our own expectations of ourselves. ~Brian Tracy
  16. In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. ~Nikos Kazantzakis
  17. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you don’t stop. ~Confucius
  18. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. ~Charles R. Swindoll
  19. A barrier is a limitation only when you perceive it as one. ~Stephen Richards
  20. When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go. ~Carol Burnett

Quotes on self-improvement (41-55):

  1. The first step in solving a problem is to recognize that it does exist. ~Zig Ziglar
  2. Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority. ~Tom Hopkins
  3. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. ~Les Brown
  4. You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. ~Zig Ziglar
  5. The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  6. Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practised every day. ~Jim Rohn
  7. Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. ~Tony Robbins
  8. I never see failure as failure, but only as the game I must play and win. ~Tom Hopkins
  9. Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other. ~Walter Elliot
  10. The difference between being mediocre and achieving excellence is you. ~Stephen Richards
  11. Become addicted to constant and never-ending self-improvement. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo
  12. The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare. ~Bobby Knight
  13. If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always be where you’ve always been. ~TD Jakes
  14. How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable? ~Seth Godin
  15. You are essentially who you create yourself to be, and all that occurs in your life is the result of your own making. ~Stephen Richards

Quotes on self-improvement (56-70):

  1. Opportunity does not knock it presents itself when you beat down the door. ~Kyle Chandler
  2. Don’t compare yourself to others. Compare yourself to the person you were yesterday. ~Anonymous
  3. When you play it too safe, you’re taking the biggest risk of your life. Time is the only wealth we’re given. ~Barbara Sher
  4. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. ~Samuel Beckett
  5. Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work. ~H. L. Hunt
  6. You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plough right ahead. ~George Lucas
  7. Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more. ~Tony Robbins
  8. I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often. ~Brian Tracy
  9. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  10. Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay. ~Simone de Beauvoir
  11. A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success. ~Joyce Brothers
  12. If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes. ~John Wooden
  13. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. ~William James
  14. I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. ~Jimmy Dean
  15. Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. ~Vince Lombardi

Quotes on self-improvement (71-85):

  1. Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. ~Robert Louis Stevenson
  2. There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. ~Aldous Huxley
  3. I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ ~Muhammad Ali
  4. Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. ~Martin Luther
  5. Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start. ~Nido Qubein
  6. Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret to success. ~Swami Sivananda
  7. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ~Thomas A. Edison
  8. Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them. ~Ann Landers
  9. Nothing ever comes to one that is worth having, except as a result of hard work. ~Booker T. Washington
  10. Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. ~Jim Rohn
  11. Become addicted to constant and never-ending self-improvement. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo
  12. The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become. ~Jim Rohn
  13. Outstanding people have one thing in common: An absolute sense of mission. ~Zig Ziglar
  14. It doesn’t matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going. ~Brian Tracy
  15. If there is one lesson I’ve learned from failure and success, it’s this. I am not the outcome. I am never the result. I am only the effort. ~Kamal Ravikant

Quotes on self-improvement (86-95):

  1. You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight. ~Jim Rohn
  2. Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong. ~Ella Fitzgerald
  3. If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success. ~John D. Rockefeller
  4. Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time. ~Jim Rohn
  5. It is not as much about who you used to be, as it is about who you choose to be. ~Sanhita Baruah
  6. If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. ~Jim Rohn
  7. If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards. ~Bear Bryant
  8. My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style. ~Maya Angelou
  9. No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, and become a better version of yourself. ~Madonna
  10. We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment. ~Jim Rohn

Quotes on self-improvement (96-101):

  1. If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results. ~Tony Robbins
  2. Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning are where the miracle process all begins. ~Jim Rohn
  3. Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. ~Brian Tracy
  4. You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour. ~Jim Rohn
  5. Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. ~Brian Tracy
  6. You are your greatest asset. Put your time, effort and money into training, grooming, and encouraging your greatest asset. ~Tom Hopkins

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40 Quotes by Eckhart Tolle to inspire you

As I read his book The Power of Now recently, I thought it would be interesting to explore some quotes by Eckhart Tolle.

Eckhart Tolle, or Ulrich Leonard Tölle as he was born, is a German-born spiritual teacher and self-help author of books such as The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment.

After being recommended by Oprah Winfrey, The Power of Now reached The New York Times Best Seller list in 2000. Its success meant that it was soon followed by A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose.

It’s always interesting to listen to successful people, so here are 40 quotes by Eckhart Tolle that I hope you will find inspiring.

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Quotes by Eckhart Tolle (1-15):

  1. The only thing you ever have is now.
  2. You’re not a problem that needs solving.
  3. Life’s an adventure. It’s not a package tour.
  4. You are the universe, you aren’t in the universe.
  5. Power over others is weakness disguised as strength.
  6. If you’re not living this moment, you’re not really living.
  7. Being at ease with not knowing is crucial for answers to come to you.
  8. The more you live in the present moment, the more the fear of death disappears.
  9. To realize that you are not your thoughts is when you begin to awaken spiritually.
  10. Many people identify their sense of self with the problems they have or think they have.
  11. It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.
  12. If small things have the power to disturb you, then who you think you are is exactly that: small.
  13. If there are people you haven’t forgiven, you’re not going to really awaken. You have to let go.
  14. When the dog looks at you, the dog is not thinking about what kind of a person you are. The dog is not judging you.
  15. The ‘soul’ is one of the words you can use to talk about your innermost being, the essence of who you are.

Quotes by Eckhart Tolle (16-25):

  1. Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.
  2. If you live only in one culture for the first 20 years of your life, you become conditioned without knowing it.
  3. Thought can be so seductive and hypnotic that it absorbs your attention totally, so you become your thoughts.
  4. People don’t realize that now is all there ever is; there is no past or future except as a memory or anticipation in your mind.
  5. Discontent, blaming, complaining, and self-pity cannot serve as a foundation for a good future, no matter how much effort you make.
  6. The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.
  7. People look to time in expectation that it will eventually make them happy, but you cannot find true happiness by looking toward the future.
  8. If the structures of the human mind remain unchanged, we will always end up re-creating the same world, the same evils, the same dysfunction.
  9. Many people in this world are still so identified with every thought that arises in their heads. There is not the slightest space of awareness there.
  10. Acceptance looks like a passive state, but in reality, it brings something entirely new into this world. That peace, a subtle energy vibration, is consciousness.

Quotes by Eckhart Tolle (26-30):

  1. Don’t wait to be successful at some future point. Have a successful relationship with the present moment and be fully present in whatever you are doing. That is success.
  2. Dogmas are collective conceptual prisons. And the strange thing is that people love their prison cells because they give them a sense of security and a false sense of ‘I know.’ Nothing has inflicted more suffering on humanity than its dogmas.
  3. The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. To put it more accurately, you usually don’t use it at all. It uses you.
  4. Thinking is a wonderful tool if it’s applied. Thinking, however, cannot become the master. Thinking is a very bad master. If you’re dominated by thinking then your life becomes very restricted.
  5. Most humans are never fully present in the now because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.

Quotes by Eckhart Tolle (31-35):

  1. Your entire life only happens in this moment. The present moment is life itself. Yet, people live as if the opposite were true and treat the present moment as a stepping stone to the next moment – a means to an end.
  2. People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind then becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgments, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on.
  3. There is a fine balance between honouring the past and losing yourself in it. For example, you can acknowledge and learn from mistakes you made, and then move on and refocus on the now. It is called forgiving yourself.
  4. In the West, as well as some other parts of the world, the personal sense of ego tends to predominate, whereas in other areas, there is a more collective sense of ego. This collective ego emphasizes the ‘we’ rather than the ‘I.’
  5. Thoughts are fine when you don’t confuse them with who you are, and then thoughts are not a problem. Thinking is a wonderful tool to create things in this world. It only becomes problematic and a source of suffering when you confuse thinking with who you are.

Quotes by Eckhart Tolle (36-40):

  1. So many people have this idea: I want to achieve something great or be somebody great. And they neglect the step that leads to greatness. They don’t honour this step at this moment because they have this idea of some future moment where they are going to be great.
  2. To complain is always non-acceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself into a victim. When you speak out, you are in your power. So change the situation by taking action or by speaking out if necessary or possible; leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.
  3. Any action is often better than no action, especially if you have been stuck in an unhappy situation for a long time. If it is a mistake, at least you learn something, in which case it’s no longer a mistake. If you remain stuck, you learn nothing.
  4. In the egoic state, your sense of self, your identity, is derived from your thinking mind – in other words, what your mind tells you about yourself: the storyline of you, the memories, the expectations, all the thoughts that go through your head continuously and the emotions that reflect those thoughts. All those things make up your sense of self.
  5. Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your ‘here and now’ intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation; change it; or accept it totally. If you want to take responsibility for your life, you must choose one of those three options, and you must choose now. Then accept the consequences.

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7 inspirational quotes about parenting

Today, let’s explore some inspirational quotes about parenting.

Can there possibly be any activity in life that is more important than parenting? I don’t think so.

Yet it is often undervalued in the modern age, or so it seems. Children are the future, so surely they should be our priority?

Far too many people seem to regard parenting as an inconvenience, to fit in around careers, lifestyles, and a burning desire for personal fulfilment.

It’s increasingly common to see young children accompanying adults on crowded commuter trains far too early in the morning, as parents rush to deposit them at a nursery or with a childminder before the working day begins.

These little people will be the next generation. They’re the people who will carry the baton forward to build a better tomorrow, so how they’re brought up matters greatly, particularly in those all-important preschool years, which are critical to their development.

Make your children your priority:

Is it such a good idea to leave them with someone who couldn’t possibly have their best interests at heart in the way that every parent should? You can decide for yourself, dear reader, but I must say, I doubt it.

I think that children, once we have them, should always be our priority over everything else.

Their best interests should always take precedence, surely? That’s easier said than done I know and inevitably there must be some balance and compromise, of course.

However there’s no more important job than being a parent and there’s no greater satisfaction than seeing that little bundle of joy turn into a decent, civilized and well-adjusted adult.

I have had many fine experiences in my life but being a parent has been the best of them all.

It hasn’t been easy, and I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way. However, the rewards have been well worth any sacrifices I’ve had to make.

Our children are our legacy:

Let us not forget that our children are the real legacy we give to the world. They’re the gift that will keep on giving if only in terms of their contributions to society throughout their lifetime.

Here are seven inspirational quotes about parenting to help you reflect on the importance of being a parent.

Quotes about parenting:

  1. When you hold your baby in your arms the first time and you think of all the things you can say and do to influence him [or her], it’s a tremendous responsibility. What you do with him [or her] can influence not only him [or her] but everyone he [or she] meets and not for a day or a month or a year but for time and eternity. ~Rose Kennedy
  2. To be a good father and mother requires that the parents defer many of their own needs and desires in favour of the needs of their children. As a consequence of this sacrifice, conscientious parents develop a nobility of character and learn to put into practice the selfless truths taught by the Savior himself. ~James E. Faust
  3. Every word, facial expression, gesture, or action on the part of a parent gives the child some message about self-worth. It is sad that so many parents don’t realize what messages they are sending. ~Virginia Satir
  4. There are times as a parent when you realize that your job is not to be the parent you always imagined you’d be, the parent you always wished you had. Your job is to be the parent your child needs, given the particulars of his or her own life and nature. ~Ayelet Waldman
  5. At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents. ~Jane D. Hull
  6. Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. ~Robert Fulghum
  7. It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men [or women]. ~Frederick Douglass

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50 quotes about life’s journey to inspire you

Looking for some quotes about life’s journey, dear reader? Well, I’ve pulled together 50 such quotes from my own written work.

These are my observations about life and reflect my personal experience.

Now your experiences will be different, and you may disagree with some of these quotes.

If that’s the case, then that’s fine. I don’t have a monopoly on understanding life’s mysteries.

However, I can tell you, the older you get the better you see through much of the nonsense we’re subjected to, particularly from sections of the media.

Anyway, I hope you’ll find at least some of these quotes interesting and perhaps you can work a couple of them into your day.

Enjoy them all and please feel free to pass them on.

Quotes about life’s journey (1-20):

  1. On Spaceship Earth, we’re all crew.
  2. People believe what they want to believe.
  3. There can be no progress without change.
  4. Life is life, and we cope with it as best we can.
  5. You can be the reason someone smiles today.
  6. Choices always have consequences. Choose wisely.
  7. Forget being the best and focus on doing your best.
  8. You can listen to the wise or let adversity teach you.
  9. Focus on where you’re going, not where you’ve been.
  10. Arguing with a fool is pointless. It’s a waste of your time.
  11. It’s not the truth; it’s what people believe that matters.
  12. Bad things happen because good people do nothing.
  13. No one’s superior and no one’s inferior. So, stay humble.
  14. Saying isn’t doing and it’s doing that will make a difference.
  15. The casual use of profane language never reflects well on anyone.
  16. Be the person you choose to be. You don’t need anyone’s permission.
  17. What your family could or couldn’t afford does not define who you are.
  18. Other people’s problems are opportunities for fleet-footed entrepreneurs.
  19. Never again will you be as young as you are today. So, enjoy life while you can.
  20. Political power is the result of like-minded people working together in numbers.

Quotes about life’s journey (21-35):

  1. Life will teach you more lessons than school ever did. Lessons you’ll never forget.
  2. Your life experience will be dictated by the choices you make. So, make good ones.
  3. Loneliness doesn’t come from being alone. It comes from the feeling that no one cares.
  4. Income does not determine your wealth if you keep spending more than you earn.
  5. If people are talking complete nonsense, don’t be afraid to challenge it and push back
  6. You won’t regret the things you didn’t buy but you may regret the things you didn’t do.
  7. A good heart beats an attractive face. Looks will fade but a good heart will always be a good heart.
  8. If you keep trying, you can learn how to. Keep walking east and eventually, you will see the sunrise.
  9. If they’re teaching what to think rather than how to think then it’s not education, it’s indoctrination.
  10. Never complain. No one cares. People have enough problems of their own without worrying about yours.
  11. If your life isn’t all you’d like it to be then it’s time to make some changes. It won’t change unless you do.
  12. We live in an age where pretence must take precedence over fact. Where lies must be accepted as the truth.
  13. Life is a series of moments, and every moment should be cherished as if it’s your last because one day it will be.
  14. For society to function well, we must all add value. We cannot expect others to make our contribution for us.
  15. Never be afraid to challenge anything you know to be wrong. Bad ideas take hold when good people fail to act.

Quotes about life’s journey (36-45):

  1. Life’s short and passes in the blink of an eye. So don’t waste any of it arguing with strangers on Twitter.
  2. Lives can be changed with enterprise, determination, and hard work. Being born poor doesn’t mean you have to die poor.
  3. Remember the media and celebrities work on the basis that we’re all easily conned. Just because it’s on television doesn’t mean it’s true.
  4. Regardless of anything they may suggest to the contrary, no politician will ever do anything that will improve your life significantly. That’s your responsibility.
  5. You’d better protect your interests because everyone with an agenda wants the world to run in a way that suits them, not you.
  6. In life, stuff happens. If education is to be useful, the focus should be on preparing young people for dealing with stuff when it happens.
  7. You can let life happen and accept whatever comes your way or you can go out there and get what you want but it won’t happen by accident.
  8. Mistakes are an essential part of our education. They provide us with lessons we’ll never forget, and that valuable commodity known as experience.
  9. If you think the priority for politicians is the best interests of the people, then think again. The priority for politicians is their best interests.
  10. Doing nothing is doing something and it has consequences. Think carefully before you do nothing, it might just lead to an outcome you don’t want.

Quotes about life’s journey (46-50):

  1. Evil prospers when good people do nothing. A quiet life comes at a price, and that price may be far greater than you realise. If it matters to you, defend it.
  2. You’ll never please everyone, so don’t waste your energy trying. Do the best you can with whatever you have. Some will appreciate your efforts, some won’t. That’s life.
  3. Politicians want power more than they want the truth. They’ll knowingly subvert the truth if they think it will lead them to power. So, judge politicians with a sceptical ear.
  4. Never forget that everyone you meet is a potential recruiting sergeant for someone else. And you never know when someone else might be looking for someone just like you.
  5. It’s perfectly reasonable for you to do what you believe is best for you, regardless of what anyone else might feel about it. It’s your life and you must look after your interests because no one else will.

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