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- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

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Friday, October 21, 2011

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Daily Renewal

Question: I try to meditate, listen to audio books, and read the bible. However, I cannot keep myself in that changed state. I just keep sliding back into what I don't want. I go back to doing things that I hate. Please help me with this. I am tired of living in circles.

My reply:

Know that you can never permanently "solve" or "fix" what you are describing - it is the nature of life.

Dealing with those situations will always require a daily effort - a daily re-commitment to your values, daily meditation, daily renewal.

People often say that motivation doesn't last.
Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
- Zig Ziglar

What Ziglar said about motivation applies equally to inspiration.

May the world be kind to you, and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Read Change Your Sad to Glad.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

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Pay It Forward - Everyone

There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody.
You built a factory out there? Good for you.

But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did.

Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea? God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.
- Elizabeth Warren

Thank you,

Friday, October 14, 2011

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News of Cancer

Question: I wondered if you had a quote that I can forward onto a friend who is very distressed having heard that two close relatives have been diagnosed with cancer?

My answer:

Consider what emotions you are trying to convey - sympathy? get well soon? your friendship and support? strength in hard times? spiritual comfort?

I hope you can find the perfect quote to match your feelings on one of these pages
Comforting Quotes
Quotes for Strength in Hard Times
Get Well Soon Quotes
There are lots more quotes at Daily Inspirational Quotes.

My own personal choice would be The Serenity Prayer.

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
- Reinhold Niebuhr

May the world be kind to you, and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie
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Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC on Sunday, October 16, 2011.

Watch a virtual tour of the memorial.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.
Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it.
Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.
- Martin Luther King Jr.

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.
He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

See more Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

Watch the famous Martin Luther King, Jr. "I have a dream" speech.

See Remembering Martin by Andre Chevalier.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

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Steve Jobs - Great Failures on the Path to Great Success

Steve Jobs (1955-2011) will be remembered as a technologist-celebrity who defined personal electronics. He will also be remembered as a man who experienced devastating failures on the road to his great success.

Steve was a college drop-out before he started Apple. The Apple I was a dismal failure before the Apple II was introduced. In 1985, after Apple's star had fallen, Jobs was fired by the board-of-directors of Apple - the low point of his career in being ousted from the company he founded.

Following his exit from Apple, Job's Pixar Animation Studios and its The Toy Story movie was a success, but his NeXT computer was a commercial failure. However NeXT did provide a path for Job's re-entry to Apple with its acquisition of NeXT in 1996.

Apple's golden years began in 1997 as Jobs became its CEO once again. The iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad virtually define personal electronics - and they simply wouldn't exist without Steve Jobs. Yet let us not forget the failures on his path that led Steve Jobs to his great success.

Life and Death: Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005 (video)

Steve Jobs' Three Rules of Life

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

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I Dream This Day of Wondrous Things
by Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I Dream This Day of Wondrous Things,
of Peace and Hope and Pride.
I Dance My Dance with Life Today,
I'm Filled with Love Inside.

My Loved One

by Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are my ground and you are my rainbow.
You are my butterfly and you are my ecstasy.
You are the start of my journeys and always my destination.
You are my home - the place to which I always return.

The Beauty Does Not Live Out There
by Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The tears, the smiles, the pain, the ease; today is what I’ve got.
I change not fact, but what I see, with Joy I cast my lot.
The beauty does not live out there; the beauty’s in my eyes.
The scene may change, the cast may leave; the beauty never dies.

My Chosen Family
by Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are my family, but we don't share blood.
You are my family by choice.
The most powerful bond is the one that we choose.
I choose you as my friend, and rejoice.

My Heart is Reaching Out to Yours
by Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I cannot share your tears or loss.
I cannot know the pain you feel.
My heart is reaching out to yours
to touch what words can never heal.

See more poems - more poems about life, more love poems.