Things to Ponder and Quotes
 Every journey begins with a decision. 

Ask...Will this matter to me in 5 years?  If so, think about it more... if not, move on.
You’ve already made the choice, now you just have to understand why you made it. 
- The Matrix

Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.

Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two "wolves" inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather..."Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.”
-Marianne Williamson 

The Invitation

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon...
I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us to
be careful
be realistic
remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
 and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments.

Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Other people don't determine your potential... 

God allows enough struggle to ensure change... 

I have a project for you....Life.
Your RUNWAY....The world.
There will be challenges...
Win them
There will be disappointments...
Learn from them
Expect ...Anything
And remember, in the end,
There will always be...
A twist
- Karasaun 

Praise your way through it! 

Remember to forgive yourself 

True beauty is revealed when you feel good about yourself 

Mourning is a season...when something dies, don't die with it 

Live so you have no regrets, just great experiences! 

Twenty Dollars 

A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. 
In the room of 200, he asked. "Who would like this $20 bill?"  Hands started going up.
He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you - but first, let me do this." 

He proceeded to crumple the 20 dollar note up. He then asked. "Who still 
wants it?" Still the hands were up in the air.   "Well," he replied, "what if I do this?"
He dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe.
He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. "Now, who still wants it?" 

Still the hands went into the air.  
"My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. 

No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not 
decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are 
dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and  
the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless; but no 
matter what happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. 
Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to  
those who love you. The worth of our lives comes, not in what we do or who we 
know, but by ...WHO WE ARE. 

You are special - don't ever forget it." 
Author Unknown 

Thoughts become Words
Words become Actions
Actions become Character

God sees your potential 


I never saw a wild thing
sorry for itself
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
without ever having felt sorry for itself
-D.H. Lawrence 

Think of an idea to change the world and put it into action...
- from the movie Pay It Forward 

Change your thinking
Change your choices
Change your life.
What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?
Dream it... Do it!
"If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves." 
-Thomas Edison 

Love as though you have never been hurt before.
Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away!
Take Time

Take time to think ~ it is the source of power. 
Take time to read ~ it is the foundation of wisdom.
Take time to play ~ it is the secret of staying young.
Take time to be quiet ~ it is the opportunity to seek God.
Take time to be aware ~ it is the opportunity to help others.
Take time to love and be loved ~ it is God's greatest gift.
Take time to laugh ~ it is the music of the soul.
Take time to be friendly ~ it is the road to happiness.
Take time to dream ~ it is what the future is made of.
Take time to pray ~ it is the greatest power on earth
-Author Unknown
"Every human being is intended to have a character of his own; to be what no others are, and to do what no other can do." 
-William Ellery Channing 

"This is my life. It is my one time to be me. I want to experience every good thing. This is your day. Take in all the good life has to give. " 
-Maya Angelou 

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." 
-Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) 

"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these." 
-George Washington Carver 

"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward"
-Vernon Law
There's no limit to what you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit! 

Be the change you want to see!
Remember to laugh often and laugh out loud!
Happy moments, praise God.
Difficult moments, seek God.
Quiet moments, worship God.
Painful moments, trust God.
Every moment, thank God.
If God brings you to it…God will bring you through it.
When you can’t trace God’s hand, trust His Heart.
The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor!
Seek God first, not last!
Be proactive ~ not reactive ~ you’ll always have a better result!
To laugh often and much 
to experience the respect of intelligent people, 
the affection of children, and the appreciation of honest critics 
to endure the betrayal of false friends
to appreciate beauty
to see the best in others
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived 
this is to have succeeded.
Be Happy…
Have a sense of wonder
Stay inspired
Help others
Love your work
Read books
Limit television
Stay close to friends and family

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched. They must be felt with the heart.
-Helen Keller
The first handshake in life is greatest of all:
the clasp of an infant fist around a parent's finger.
-Mark Beltaire

The Truth In A Jar

A professor stood before his Philosophy 101 class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full? They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He then asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous - - yes. 

The professor then produced a pitcher of water from under the table and proceeded to pour the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. 

"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things - - your family, your partner, your health, your children, your friends, your favorite passions - - things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full." "The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else - - the small stuff." 

"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out dancing. 

"Take care of the golf balls first - - the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

The world steps aside to let any man pass if he knows where he is going.

-Author Unknown


Drop the leashes that hold you back and see what you really can do. 



The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip. 

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world. 
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners. 
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America. 
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize. 
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress. 
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners. 

How did you do?  The point is none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners. 

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one: 

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school. 
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time. 
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile. 
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special. 
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with. 

Easier?   The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.  

-Charles Schultz


Have you thanked the people who have made a difference in your life?   


What you wear doesn't define you
What you do doesn't define you
Your success and failures don't define you
It's what you believe that defines you.
What do you believe?


If you want your dreams to come true, you mustn't oversleep.
Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.
The best vitamin for making friends is B-1.
The quality of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. 
The heaviest thing you can carry is a grudge.
One should keep their words soft and sweet in case one has to eat them.
One thing you can give and still keep:  your word.
One thing you can't recycle is wasted time.
You lie the loudest when you lie to yourself.
Ideas won't work unless 'I' do. 
Your mind is like a parachute.  It functions only 20 when open. 
The 10 commandments are not multiple choice.
It is never too late to become all God can make you.  


You are never given a wish or a dream without also being given the ability to make it come true.


Live Simply
Love Generously
Care Deeply
Speak Kindly


Organization of Life

You cannot manage time, but you can manage how you use your time.
  Productivity/working hard was once a useful measure of success.  Today
 productivity and organizing your life is all about working smart and
 leveraging that scarce resource of time for maximum results.


Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride. 
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
Take naps.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you. 
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body. 
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Be loyal.
Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them 
gently, every once in a while.


"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way
 you cope with it is what makes the difference."


Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.
- Irving Berlin


Sometimes the Lord calms the storm.
Sometimes He lets the storm rage and He calms His child.

Talk to yourself like you'd like others to talk to you
Treat yourself like you'd like to be treated.
- Leesa  

If you want to learn something, read about it;
If you want to understand something, write about it;
If you want to master something, teach it.
- Yogi Bhajan