Wilferd is definitely one of our
favorites--he had such a healthy, celebratory outlook on life that
had to share it and try to teach others how to look at the beauty and
wonder of this life we live.
His major focus was on the art of
living, and several of his books were on that very topic.
He received the George Washington Medal from Freedom's Foundation at
Valley Forge, "for
outstanding achievement in bringing about a
better understanding of the American way of life."
enthusiasm is contagious, as you'll see in his words here.
key to unlocking the treasures in the art of living,
the secret of
new dimensions to your life,
is simply this: Hold an
adventurous mental attitude. When you look at even the humdrum
with an adventurous attitude,
things with the brilliant light
of newness. The dull becomes bright. The
darkness is lighted
up. You cannot become bored when you approach
then there is the thrill of creatively sowing ideas and inspiration into
the minds of others. Often our contributions will actually change
lives by sharing appreciation, courage, love, and joy. Carry
the ideal of being a creative sower, that you are on the side of growth,
plenty, peace, and progress. Make it a point to scatter creative
seeds every day of your life!
exercises the whole person. It exercises the body--it gives
arms and legs a workout. It stimulates the flow of blood;
the lungs. It is gentle and relaxing. It exercises the
up the brain cells. It fills them with oxygen; drives out the cobwebs.
A famous scientist says he does his best
on the two miles of sidewalk between his home and office.
Walking exercises the emotions. It gives you a chance
and enjoy the world. Open your eyes to beauty. See
the homes, the
trees, the gardens. See the shining faces
children. Listen for
the church chimes, singing birds
laughter of happy people.
a bundle of mysteries. Finding and conquering yourself is a
lifetime task. There are unplumbed depths in you full of the rich
ore of personal discovery. Explore yourself! There is power
in you--the power to change yourself
and to change the world; the power
to create plans, projects, movements for the common good; the power to
inspire and serve.
greatest power is the power to be. To be more loving.
more courageous. To be more joyous. To be more
To be more sensitive. To be more aware. To
be more forgiving.
To be more tolerant. To be more
humble. To be more patient.
To be more helpful. . . . To be
a greater human being.
world knows the perfect tune for harmony and peace among people.
There is no secret about it. It is as old as the ages.
Seers, prophets and sages have extolled it. The perfect tune
the expression of love and good will. All that is needed
is that people transcend their differences so that the perfect tune
may be played
on the heartstrings of all people everywhere.
the decent people of the world. . . . believe that this is a beautiful
and that it is made for love and not for hate; for peace and
for freedom and not slavery; for order and not riot;
compassion and not violence; for happiness and not misery.
artist Nature splashes color across the vast canvas of the sky with
radiance and splendor of sunrise and sunset.
She arches rainbows
against the passing storm, creates flowers and foliage,
woods on fire with the beauty of turning leaves
and touches mountaintops
with snow crystals.
will is not a single quality. It is a composite
of all the
qualities of the spirit, applied to daily living.
The well-known maxim,
"While there is life there is hope,"
deeper meaning in reverse: "While there is hope
there is life."
Hope comes first, life follows. Hope gives
power to life.
Hope rouses life to continue, to expand,
to grow, to reach out, to go on.
Hope sees a light where there isn't any.
Hope lights candles in millions of
Hope is the miracle medicine of the mind. It
inspires the will to live.
Hope is the physician's
Hope is man's shield and buckler against
"Hope," wrote Alexander Pope,
"springs eternal in the human breast."
long as it does man will triumph and move forward.
Hope never sounds retreat. Hope keeps the
Hope revives ideals, renews dreams,
Hope scales the peak, wrestles with the
impossible, achieves the highest aim.
"The word which God has written on the
brow of every man,"
wrote Victor Hugo, "is Hope."
As long as man has hope no situation is hopeless.
miracles by giving courage. Many ideas have failed to be realized
because people lacked the courage to see them through. Promising
have been abandoned because people were afraid. Cheer
people on. Instill courage in their hearts.
constantly pounding you from the outside with millions of hammer blows,
but you have the last word as to how those blows will change you.
Humans alone, of all the creatures of earth, can change their own
Humans alone are the architects of their destiny.
William James declared
that the greatest revolution in his generation
was the discovery that human beings,
by changing the inner attitudes of
their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.
home to find beauty. Open your eyes to a new appreciation of your
the furniture, the wallpaper, the pictures on the
walls, the woodwork,
the view from a window, the flowers in the garden.
Open yourself to a new awareness of the love in the faces of those
with whom your home is shared.
Those who would
practice the art of tolerance must guard well
against an attitude of
superiority, smugness, indifference, and coldness.
are tolerance turned wrong side out!
is ninety-nine percent mental attitude. It calls for love,
optimism, confidence, serenity, poise, faith, courage, cheerfulness,
imagination, initiative, tolerance, honesty, humility, patience and
the grace of God you are what you are;
glory in your selfhood, accept
yourself and go on from there.
gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself,
to forgive yourself, for
only as we have the right attitude
toward ourselves can we have the
right attitude toward others.
I like the old proverb: "It
is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."
We need to create a moral and spiritual equivalent to the supernova
on our earth, a super-creativity which will abolish war,
conquer hunger, poverty, disease, and crime.
Light illuminates, penetrates the darkness, shows the way ahead.
Light is synonymous with creativity. It is explosive mental
It is the mind aflame, the heart aglow, the spirit
It is God at work through you.
with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful,
planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the
and their feet on the ground. Walk with those who have
with zest to help and lift, to create and contribute.
their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better
when you found it. . . . Associate with the creative people
find them. Make friends with them, go where they are,
them, listen to them, be open and receptive to them,
let them inspire
you. Catch their attitudes, their way of thinking and living.
found that inspiration is the spark which starts the engine of
Be aware, sensitive, and alert to inspiration, and
when it comes put it to work.
Keep your spiritual antenna reaching
for nothing great was ever accomplished without it.
take a firm grip on positive attitudes of thought.
You hold right
thoughts in your mind just as your hand grips a golf club.
keep both feet on the ground. You stand for the highest and the
and strive to fill your life with the goodness of God.
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