20 March 2018      

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Unloving Situations (an excerpt)
Iyanla Vanzant

Today Is Yesterday's Tomorrow
Jim Rohn

Responsibility
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Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

John Wooden

My view is that to sit back and let fate play its hand out and never influence it is not the way people were meant to operate.

John Glenn

People judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold, but so has a hard-boiled egg.

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Unloving Situations
Iyanla Vanzant

It is not loving to stay in a place or an experience where you are happy sometimes, sad most of the time.  It is not loving to convince yourself that it is okay to stay in a place where you are not loved, honored, and valued the way your heart tells you you deserve to be.  It is not self-loving, or is it loving to others involved, to allow yourself to be mentally, emotionally, or physically abused in hope that things can, or will, get better.  When you participate in actions and activities that are not loving toward you, you are helping them do things that hurt you, and that is not a loving thing to do.

It is easy to convince yourself that you must stay where you are because you have no place else to go; or because you know things could be worse, or because you know things could get better.  It is easy to overlook things that eat away at your sense of self, your sense of value, your sense of well-being.  As easy as it may be to blame someone else, to try to ignore what you feel, to call your pain a sacrifice for love, you are not being loving or wise to do so.  Eventually, you will be held responsible for everything you experience and how you have responded to it.

Love does not ask us to lose ourselves, harm ourselves, or sacrifice ourselves for its sake.  Love offers to us, measure for measure, what we offer it.  

If you are being dishonored, disrespected, physically harmed for the love you give, you must ask yourself, "Am I really giving love, or am I simply afraid to leave?"

Until today, you may have participated in being unloving toward yourself.  Just for today, allow yourself to stand in the truth, honor and peace of love.  Ask yourself, "Am I receiving all that I am giving?"  If not, ask yourself, "Why not?"

Today I am devoted to loving myself, honoring myself,
and removing myself from unloving experiences.

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Today is Yesterday's Tomorrow
Jim Rohn

The problem with waiting until tomorrow is that when it finally arrives, it is called today.  Today is yesterday's tomorrow.  The question is what did we do with its opportunity?  All too often we will waste tomorrow as we wasted yesterday, and as we are wasting today.  All that could have been accomplished can easily elude us, despite our intentions, until we inevitably discover that the things that might have been have slipped from our embrace a single, unused day at a time.

Each of us must pause frequently to remind ourselves that the clock is ticking.  The same clock that began to tick from the moment we drew our first breath will also someday cease.

Time is the great equalizer of all mankind.  It has taken away the best and the worst of us without regard for either.  Time offers opportunity but demands a sense of urgency.

When the game of life I finally over, there is no second chance to correct our errors.  The clock that is ticking away the moments of our lives does not care about winners and losers.  It does not care about who succeeds or who fails.  It does not care about excuses, fairness or equality.  The only essential issue is how we played the game.

Regardless of a person's current age, there is a sense of urgency that should drive them into action now--this very moment.  We should be constantly aware of the value of each and every moment of our lives--moments that seem so insignificant that their loss often goes unnoticed.

We still have all the time we need.  We still have lots of chances--lots of opportunities--lots of years to show what we can do.  For most of us, there will be a tomorrow, a next week, a next month, and a next year.  But unless we develop a sense of urgency, those brief windows of time will be sadly wasted, as were the weeks and months and years before them.  There isn't an endless supply!

So, as you think of your dreams and goals of your future tomorrow, begin today to take those very important first steps to making them all come to life.

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Excerpted from the book The Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle.  Reproduced with permission from the Jim Rohn Weekly E-zine.

   

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I shall open my eyes and ears.  Once every day I shall simply stare at a tree,
a flower, a cloud, or a person.  I shall not then be concerned at all to ask
what they are but simply be glad that they are.  I shall joyfully allow them
their "divine, magical, and ecstatic" existence.

Clyde S. Kilby

   

 
Responsibility
an excerpt

I cannot live my life fully if I do not accept the responsibility that I have for my actions, my words, my reactions, my plans, the ways I treat other people.  Our society teaches us often that we aren't responsible for things, that they're other people's fault, that we don't have to take responsibility if we don't want to.  But we do have to do so if we want to live happy and fulfilling lives.  Without recognizing, accepting, and living up to our responsibilities, we end up as empty shells of people, wondering why the world is treating us poorly.

The good news, though, is that we can start to take responsibility and live up to it at any moment in our lives, no matter what our circumstances.  And once we do that, we start feeling better about ourselves, we gain more confidence and self-respect, and we start to learn more and better ways of dealing with life and living in all its pain and glory.

There are several types of responsibility that we need to be aware of.  The first is the responsibility for our own lives, for being aware that we ourselves--and no one else--are responsible for ourselves and our own happiness.  We can't go through life moaning about how unfair life is or whining about how others get more or better chances than we do.  We have to face life full on and if we don't see chances, we need to make them.  And if we don't know how to make them, we need to learn how--and there are plenty of books and programs out there that can teach us how to do just that.  Money problems?  Learn about money and how to make more of it and how to budget it and save it.  Relationship problems?  Learn how to deal with people more effectively; learn about your own unrealistic expectations of others that may be keeping you from having deep and fulfilling relationships.
   

The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life
is the source from which self-respect springs.

Joan Didion

   
It can be very easy to decide that all of our problems are caused by outside sources, and that we're not responsible for our own misery or unhappiness.  When we stop blaming others, though, that doesn't mean that we start blaming ourselves.  The blame game is a destructive one, and it doesn't help us to grow or advance at all.  Taking responsibility for ourselves doesn't mean that we beat ourselves up for our mistakes--rather, it means that we carefully and thoughtfully examine where we are and how we are, and then make decisions about how we're going to adjust our paths.  Mistakes?  Don't cry over them or waste time worrying about them--fix them.  And then move on.  Only when we do this are we being responsible for and about ourselves.

It's also important that we live up to the responsibilities that arise in our worlds, making sure that we fulfill our duties and obligations to others.  There are other people on this planet, and just as we depend on them, they should be able to depend on us.  We depend on dairy farmers to get milk to distributors; we depend on people to make and repair our roads; we depend on agencies to regulate things that need to be regulated, such as foods and air pollution.  In the same way, people depend upon us, and it's our responsibility to make sure that we don't let them down.

Of course, many people take on far too much responsibility, seeing themselves as responsible for much, much more than they really are responsible for.  They feel themselves to be responsible for the success of every endeavor, even those that are really the responsibility of others, but they're not.  They feel that they're responsible to make sure that other people's problems turn out okay, but they're not.  They feel that they're responsible to make sure that everything is and turns out perfect, yet they're not.  These people are often running themselves ragged, setting standards that are impossibly high to meet, and dooming themselves to a life full of self-created frustration and annoyance.
    

The best years of your life are the ones in which you
decide your problems are your own.  You do not blame
them on your mother, the ecology, or the president.
You realize that you control your own destiny.

Albert Ellis

    
We are responsible for our lives and our own attitudes.  I've heard many a student tell me, "Of course I see the world as hopeless--life's given me plenty of messages that tell me it's hopeless."  Yet I see others who get those same messages and who see beauty, wonder, and hope instead of frustration and hopelessness.  Whatever messages life is giving us, we are responsible for the interpretation of those messages and our own reactions to them.  We often lean on others when things go badly, and that can be very helpful--we can demonstrate responsibility by asking for help, as contradictory as that may sound.  Seeking the aid of another person is a strategy that can help us to see hope and to keep our spirits high, and that's definitely a responsible action.
   

I am responsible.  Although I may not be able to prevent the worst
from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the
inevitable misfortunes that darken life.  Bad things do
happen; how I respond to them defines my character.

Walter Anderson

   
Learning responsibility is one of the most important tasks that we can undertake, and living up to our responsibilities in all their different forms is definitely something that can help us to define ourselves as human beings.  Our responsibilities to our neighbors, our families, our co-workers, our planet, and ourselves are as important as anything else in our lives, and making sure that we fulfill them can help us to keep our lives on an even keel, and to make our lives something that we're proud of when we look back on what we have done and what we haven't done.

   
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expressed in words; it is
expressed in the choices one
makes. . . In the long run, we
shape our lives and we shape
ourselves.  The process never
ends until we die.  And the
choices we make are
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Eleanor Roosevelt

  
The thing wrong with the world is that people don't have instructions.  We were told almost three hundred years ago that people would be coming to us and asking for our instructions.  We were told that back in the 1700s that there'd be a day when white people would be coming to us, asking for instructions and finding out the way we think.

Indians joke that when they see a white man coming, they see a question mark walking down the road.  That's not one of the things I laugh about.  I feel for the ones who feel lost.  I tell them to use common sense and listen.  The Creator has the answers.  A lot of people are searching for what they don't have.  They're searching for the wisdom of a whole way of life.  So they come to the Indians.  That's why I say it's in the prophecies that they are coming to us, because they are wanting to learn our way of life, what it is all about.  It's true, I get a lot of people, even college people, who want to know how to be a "Human Being."  We don't laugh at the white people, Most of the Indians can't laugh because even they haven't been brought up in the Longhouse like I have.  They've got to learn too.  Even some of the chiefs have had to learn and I don't know
how much they have learned.

Leon Shenandoah
   

  

Every thought which enters the mind, every word we utter, every deed
we perform, makes its impression upon the inmost fiber of our being and
the result of these impressions is our character.  The study of books, of
music, or of the fine arts is not essential to a lofty character. It rests
with the worker whether a rude piece of marble shall be squared into a
horse-block or carved into an Apollo, a Psyche, or a Venus di Milo.  It is
yours, if you choose, to develop a spiritual form more beautiful than any
of these, instinct with immortal life, refulgent with all the glory of character.

Orison Swett Marden

    

  

   

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