100 Things to Remember
Your presence is a present to the world. You're unique and one of a kind. Your life can be what you want it to be. Take the days just one at a time.
Count your blessings, not your troubles. You'll make it through whatever comes along. Within you are so many answers. Understand, have courage, be strong.
Don't put limits on yourself. So many dreams are waiting to be realized. Decisions are too important to leave to chance. Reach for your peak, your goal, your prize.
Nothing wastes more energy than worrying. The longer one carries a problem, the heavier it gets. Don't take things too seriously. Live a life of serenity, not a life of regrets.
Think about getting rich: friendships are priceless, time is invaluable, health is wealth, and love is a treasure. Have a nest egg of beautiful memories that you can dip into from time to time to ease any sorrows. Have the kind of remembrances that raise you up with their worth and keep you there with their wonder. And have a secret supply of hopes on hand to help you plan your tomorrows.
Share your good fortune with the people who are at the center of the circle of your life. If you invest in your dreams, it's impossible to overpay. Give away smiles, and watch them come back to you a hundred times over. Spend your twenty-four hours wisely and well each day.
Stuff your pockets with kindness and optimism; there is nothing more precious in the world. It's really kind of funny: Someday, you'll look back on your life, and you'll realize that the riches you prized...had absolutely nothing to do with money.
Let the children be happy. Teach them to fill their hearts with feelings of wonder and to be full of courage and hope. Nothing is more important than the sharing of this moment in time. Hold their kite strings, make their hearts sing, make their smiles shine.
Reflect their inner and outer beauty. Encourage them to be in less of a hurry. Show them that you have the patience of a saint, and try to have the understanding of one, too. Admire them. Inspire them. And tell them in untold ways what they mean to you.
If you sometimes feel like you don't fit in, join the club. Don't keep your inner voice silent; let yourself hear it. Be on good terms with the person who lives inside of you. It doesn't cost anything to be a free spirit.
If your self-esteem falls overboard, throw out a rescue line. Pull yourself back together, wherever you're at. Don't be your own worst critic; be your own best ally. Because you're worth it, that's why. And that's that.
Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow.
Many of us have roadmaps we envision for the courses we think our lives should take. It's important to get headed in the right direction, but don't get so caught up in the concerns over your destination that you forget to delight in the scenery of each new day. Remember that some of the secret joys of living are not found by rushing from point A to point B, but by inventing some imaginary letters along the way.
This is a magnificent journey you're on. Don't be afraid to explore unfamiliar territory. If you do happen to get lost, you will stumble across some of the most interesting discoveries you will ever make. Wander down roads you've never taken before or ones you'll never chance upon again. Life isn't a travel guide to follow. It's an adventure to undertake.
Be creative. You're the artist here. You're the one who can brush away the clouds and make the sun shine. Paint your own picture, choose your own colors. And forget all that business about having to stay between the lines.
Find the pace of life that works best for you. Always marching to someone else's beat is like living a charade. Don't be too bored with one pace, or too overextended with another. Get in step with your own parade.
You're an original, an individual, a masterpiece. Celebrate that; don't let your uniqueness make you shy. Don't be someone other than the wonder you are. Every star is important to the sky.
Do your part for the planet. Do all the things you know you "should" do. Our grandchildren's children will either have words of praise for our efforts and our foresight, or words that condemn us for forgetting that they must live here long after we are gone. Don't overlook the obvious: This is not a dress rehearsal. This is the real thing. Our presence has an impact, but our precautions do, too. And the environment means the world to us.
Greet the day with an enthusiastic welcome. Just watch...and it will respond accordingly. Acknowledge that sure, some things may be impossible. But you'll have to take it to the limit to see.
The darkest hour is the best time to see the stars. Keep your spirits up; you'll find that optimism is very refreshing. The wisest people on earth are those who have a hard time recalling their worries...and an easy time remembering their blessings.
Time can't take away anything that has already been given: Your treasures from days gone by are treasures still; your most precious memories will always be. We learn, as we go along, that life is not one big, beautiful jewel we can hold--or lose--in our hands. Each one of us is an hourglass. And in the course of our lives, we get to keep the diamonds that cone our way among the passing sands.
If you're going to do it, do it like you mean it. Just realize that it can be good or bad to go to the extreme. If you're willing to risk it all, maybe you can have it all. But you'd better make sure you're dreaming the right dream.
Don't give up. You may not know success if you stop trying one attempt too soon. Try to get better in some way, each and every day. They say that room for improvement is always our biggest room.
Follow your hopes and dreams while you can. While the desire is burning. When the chance comes your way. Don't be a ship that stays in the harbor, never straying from its safety. Don't get tangled up with "maybe...maybe someday." Too many folks will tell you that if you spend your whole life waiting, "someday" arrives too little, too late. Maybe it's already a little later than it seems. If you really want to do it, do it while you can. Be brave...and sail away on your dreams.
Unlike any other creature on earth, we alone are capable of imagining the worst. Rather than simply dealing with reality, we can create mountains impossible to cross. That's no way to go through life! Those who think that "Murphy's Law" is the governing rule are always going to find themselves at a loss.
Don't take troubles--yours or those of the world--to sleep with you. Pay attention to the news, but don't pay homage to it. When they're taken all together, problems have a contagious way of compounding. Find a way to turn off the day. Make sure you have a private place where you can get away from it all--a sanctuary in the midst of your surroundings.
Don't feel like you have to choose between traditional choices. Whether to be a big fish in a little pond or a little fish in a big pond may not have an ounce of relevance to what your spirit wants to do. Maybe you need to be a speckled trout in a wilderness river or a flying fish in a tropical sea. Pigeonholes are for pigeons...not for people like you.
If your pursuit of wealth causes you to sacrifice any aspect of your health, your priorities are turned around. Your physical condition is your compass; it will tell you if you are headed in the right direction or if you're going astray. It's not your checkbook, but you who is counted on to be there for the people in your world. Be farsighted. Weigh the differences. Think of the prices to pay.
Resist the urge to take anything for granted. Changes always come along, some for the better, some for the worse. The people who manage to make it through the turns in the road understand this, and they take their place in the driver's seat, headed for tomorrow, secure in the knowledge that nothing is more natural than change. And the natural way is the only way it works.
The best way to handle the future is to be like a carpenter on a job. First, make sure the work on the foundation is all through. Then, just show up on time, bring along all the tools you'll need, and keep a level head about you.
Share your magic with the people who share your memories. Have feelings that run very deep. Be in touch with the people who live in your heart. Be a caring person who plays for keeps.
The secret of life is to make the best of whatever comes along. Make every day fresh and new. Go in search of knowledge and experience. Let your questions and your answers reconcile. And do your best to remember...The best kind of learning curve is an educated smile.
To really know what success means, earn it. Don't rely on some elevator to get you there. The easiest lessons to remember are the ones you learn the hard way. The higher the floor you want to reach, the more important it is to take the stairs.
One of the injustices of life is being judged by others, when those judges might be guilty, too. Don't scrutinize people with a microscope; view them from a comfortable distance. And allow some room for compassion in the space that lies between you.
Everyone has an agenda. Maybe it will help if you remember that. To better understand a person involves being aware of the depth of their needs. People are like clocks. And here's the interesting part of it: You can look them in the face and get an idea of what's going on at the time, but the essential thing is figuring out what makes them tick.
Go out of your way to be good to an older person. You'll discover that you can make somebody's entire day with a smile, a phone call, some fresh-picked daisies, or whatever it is you've got.
Our elders have so much to give to those who listen, but they are the ones who deserve to receive. Don't pass up the chance to brighten their lives. An old adage reminds us that they need only a little, but they need that little--a lot.
If you're hurting, get on the path to healing. Feel comfortable with inevitable moments of doubt. Build on your past strength and move towards your highest hopes. The answers are there to search for and seek out.
You'll figure out what to do when difficulties arise. Problems come and go as naturally as the seasons. One solution to remember is that it can sometimes be better to do the wrong thing for the right cause--than the right thing for the wrong reason.
In the story of your life, write the best book you can. Have pages on understanding and tales of overcoming hardships. Fill your story with romance, adventure, poetry, and laughter. Make each chapter reflect time well spent. Meet your obligations, but take time to greet your aspirations. If you live up to your potential, you'll never have to live down any disappointment.
Don't let life's opportunities slip through your fingers. There are so many challenges you can find. There are so many goals worth fighting for. One of the best is peace of mind.
There are choices ahead which could change your life. Unfortunately, no crystal ball has any forecast to impart. But centuries of wisdom have never improved on the advice: Just listen...to your heart.
Admire your accomplishments. Large or small, tremendous or tiny, they contribute to the well-being of this world. A little light somewhere makes a brighter light everywhere. A speck of sand can turn into a pearl.
Enjoy the questions as much as the answers. Offset what's wrong by making twice as many things right. Don't insist on everything being predictable. Life is full of surprises, and surprises are full of life.
Remember that a little love goes a long way. Remember, that a lot...goes forever. Remember that friendship is a wise investment. Life's treasures are people...together.
Realize that it's never too late. Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way. Have health and hope and happiness. Take the time to wish upon a star.
And don't ever forget--for even a day--how very special you are!
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