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When they tell you to grow up,
they mean stop growing.

Tom Robbins

   

It is the mind which creates the world around us, and even though we stand side by side in the same meadow, my eyes will never see what is beheld by yours, my heart will never stir to the emotions with which yours is touched.

George Gissing

      

We think too small, like the frog at the bottom of the well.  It thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well.  If it surfaced, it would have an entirely different view.

Mao Tse-Tung

  

The unhappiness we experience is not so much a result of the difficulties encountered along our journey as it is of our misperception of how life instructs us.  We may see a failed relationship as an indictment of our self-worth when it is really a lesson in using better judgment, in valuing ourselves more, in expressing greater appreciation for our partner--lessons to prepare us for a more loving and fulfilling union.  If we are passed over for a much-anticipated promotion, it may be just the push we need to get more training or to venture out on our own as an entrepreneur.  As we rise to meet the challenges that are a natural part of living, we awaken to our many undiscovered gifts, to our inner power and our purpose.

Susan L. Taylor

   

A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead and dreams of a faraway place.  A traveler on the plane sees the farmhouse and dreams of home.

Carl Burns

Inside yourself or outside, you never have to change what you see, only the way you see it.

Thaddeus Golas

   
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Question 1: If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already (three deaf, two blind, one mentally retarded) and she had syphilis, would you recommend that she have an abortion?

Read the next question before moving down to the answer of this one.

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Candidate A: Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologists. He's had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.

Candidate B: He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks a quart of whisky every  evening.

Candidate C: He is a decorated war hero. He's a vegetarian, doesn't smoke, drinks an occasional beer and hasn't had any extramarital affairs.

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Every person takes the limits of his or her own
field of vision for the limits of the world.

Arthur Schopenhauer
  
The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass,
it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.

Henry Miller
  

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what
is essential is invisible to the eye.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

  

Whether it's a pebble in a riverbed or a soaring mountain peak, I see everything
in the world as the handiwork of the Lord.  When I paint, I try to represent the
beauty of God's creation in my art.  Many modern painters see the world
as a jumble of random lines and shapes with no divine beauty or order, and their
works reflect their viewpoint.  Because I see God's peacefulness, serenity,
and contentment, I work to capture those feelings on the canvas.
My vision of God defines my vision of the world.

Thomas Kinkade

  

To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower:
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

William Blake

  

Familiar as the voice of the mind is to each, the highest merit we ascribe
to Moses, Plato, and Milton is, that they set at naught books and traditions,
and spoke not what others but what they thought.  People should learn to
detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across their minds from
within, more than the luster of the firmament of bards and sages.  Yet they
dismiss without notice their thought, because it is theirs.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

  

Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of
our attitude and expectations.  If we feel that our environment could
stand some improvement, we can bring about that change for the
better by improving our attitude.  The world plays no favorites.  It's
impersonal.  It doesn't care who succeeds and who fails.  Nor does
it care if we change.  Our attitude toward life doesn't affect the
world and the people in it nearly as much as it affects us.

Earl Nightingale

  

A flower unblown; a book unread;
A tree with fruit unharvested;
A path untrod; a house whose rooms
Lack yet the heart's divine perfumes;
A landscape whose wide border lies
In silent shade beneath the skies;
A wondrous fountain yet unsealed;
A casket with its gifts concealed--
This is the Year that for you waits
Beyond tomorrow's mystic gates.

Horatio Nelson Powers

  

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
The Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune.

William Wordsworth

  

Leonardo da Vinci, one of the greatest creative thinkers of all time,
strongly recommended the habit of meditation in the dark.  He wrote:
"For I have found in my own experience that it is of no small benefit,
when you lie in bed in the dark, to recall in imagination, one after another,
the outlines of the form you have been studying."  He often awoke to find
his problems solved.  Da Vinci would often stand silent and motionless
before a painting for hours, without using his brush,
as though waiting for spiritual guidance.


Wilferd A. Peterson

  

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If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people,
with all the existing human ratios remaining the same,
it would look something like the following:

There would be:

57 Asians
21 Europeans
14 from the Western Hemisphere,
both north and south
8 Africans

52 would be female
48 would be male

70 would be non-white
30 would be white

70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian

89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual

6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth
and all 6 would be from the United States.

80 would live in substandard housing

70 would be unable to read

50 would suffer from malnutrition

1 would be near death
1 would be near birth

1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education

1 would own a computer

When one considers our world from such a
compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding
and education becomes glaringly apparent.

thanks, noelle

  

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It amazes me, and I know the wind will surely someday blow it all away
It amazes me, and I'm so very grateful that You made the world this way

John Denver

  

We believe we can change things according to our wishes because
that's the only happy solution we can see. We don't think
of what usually happens and what is also a happy solution;
things don't change, but by and by our wishes change.

Marcel Proust

  

Before we set our hearts too much upon
anything, let us examine how happy
they are who already possess it.

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

  
 

The world is round and the place which may
seem like the end, may also be only the beginning.

Ivy Baker Priest

   

What makes us discontented with our condition is the
absurdly exaggerated idea we have of the happiness of others.

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There are defeats more triumphant than victories.

Michel de Montaigne
   

The wealth of the soul is the only true wealth.

Lucian

   

One is never as fortunate or as unfortunate as one imagines.

Francois la Rochefoucauld

   
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Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt
Candidate B is Winston Churchill
Candidate C is Adolph Hitler

And the answer to the abortion question:  If you said yes, you just killed Ludwig von Beethoven.

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Imagine seeing God in your boss.  In the woman in the next cubicle.
In the driver in front of you on the freeway.  In the neighbor who
doesn't mow his lawn.  In the loud guy on the subway selling candy bars.
   Imagine seeing only the good in your spouse.  In the husband who
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nags too often and never stops talking long enough to listen.
   Imagine seeing only the good in your children.  In the toddler who
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   Imagine seeing God in the cancer verdict you just got.  Or in the layoff
notice.  Or in the pregnancy test that came back positive. . . or negative.
   What if you focused your magnifying glass on the good in everything
that looks and feels dead in your life, in the marriage you want to give up
on, in the job that bores you, in the person in the mirror?
   Whatever I see through that magnifying glass grows bigger.
   It's up to me to decide where to aim the lens.

Regina Brett
Be the Miracle
   

The brighter you are the more you have to learn.

Don Herold
 

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I learned about attitudes.  In Bangkok they say mah-pen-lai.  I heard people
say, "mah-pen-lai" all over the place.  I wondered, "What's this mah-pen-lai
stuff?"  Finally, when I got acquainted with some Thai people, I said, "There's
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I went to see my father in the hospital about a week before he died.  He had
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"I still enjoy being alive," he responded.  "Sometimes it's easier to breathe and
then I really enjoy just quietly taking a breath.  I still enjoy reading the comics
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One reason I can be more tolerant than most is that as a therapist
I have the advantage of information about my patients that most
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Articles and book excerpts on perspective:

Affirmations:  Creating Our Positive Outlook      Barry Bitman
You're a Beautiful Person      tom walsh

A Worn-Out Creed     Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Born with Love      Marianne Williamson

A Creed of the Open Road      Ralph Waldo Trine

Differences      Iyanla Vanzant

Do One Thing Different      Bill O'Hanlon

Forgiveness      Wayne Dyer

Good and Bad      Benjamin Hoff

Gratitude:  Why and for What?     Bernie Siegel

Gratitude Is Larger Than Life      Melody Beattie

Gratitude      Sarah Ban Breathnach

His Kind of Odds      Robert Fulghum

How Do We Deal with Setbacks?      Gary Egeberg

Being Impressive      tom walsh

Is Love an Art?      Erich Fromm

Keeping It Together      Rachel Naomi Remen

from Letters to a Young Poet      Rainer Maria Rilke

Mermaids      Robert Fulghum

Positive Expectancy      Bill O'Hanlon

Pruning a Tree      Bernie Siegel

Think of What You Have      Richard Carlson

You Control Your Attitude      Jeff Keller

The Broken Pot      author unknown

Call "Time Out" and Adjust Your Course      Jeff Keller

Change Your Pace      Hilton Gregory

The Christmas Alone      tom walsh

Dealing with Disappointment      Colin Clews

Depression Is a Spiritual Issue      Frederick Zappone

Do I Really Need This?  Wants vs. Needs      Jane Mullikin

Embracing the Everyday      Susie Michelle Cortwright

Fireworks, Barney, and Santa Claus:  An Unholy Trio      Gene Curry

How Do You Handle a Bad Day?      Robert Taylor

Happiness      Bob Williams

Living with the Heart of a Child      Joe Mazzella

How to Develop a Healthy Perspective      Jeff Keller

I Can't      tom walsh

I Just Don't See It      Gail Pursell Elliott

It's Your Life to Live      tom walsh

Re-Energize Your Journal Writing      Michael Boyter

Letting Go vs. Giving Up   Louise Morganti Kaelin

An Open Letter to Limp Bizkit      tom walsh

The Power of Goalsetting      Julie Jordan Scott

The Precious Present      Spencer Johnson

Put Joy in Your Life--You're Never Too Old!      Susana Bouquet

The Rainy Days      tom walsh

Redefining Retirement      Henry Fenwick

Regrets, I Have a Few. . . .      Robert Knowlton

Sacred or Scared?      Gail Pursell Elliott

Snowy Day Gifts      Joe Mazzella

Still Don't Know What You Want to Be?      Valerie Young

A Teaching on Heaven and Hell

I Want to Be Six      Author Unknown

A Story about Ugly      Author Unknown

What's Wrong with Grown-Ups?

What's Your View?      Ray Whiting

Where I Am      tom walsh

Whose Standards?      Robert Taylor

In the Wink of an Eye      Lewis Frost

You Never Know      Helaine Iris

Your Greatest Strength      Author Unknown