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Quote: Going/Getting Through It

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Quote: Success is Not Over-Rated

 

Quote: “To Do … or Not to Do”

I am reminded that the decision to do nothing … is still a decision…

“You can do nothing, and be nothing.
Or, you can do something,
and be something.”
Richard. Vincent. Rose.

3 Quotes: 1 Direction

Hi Friends:

Here are 3 quotes, all from “today,” which I either used, made up, or found:

The first one I have said many times, and, frankly, I think someone else “said it first,” but I’m not sure who.

However … once again, I used it today:

“If you follow the crowd … you’ll end up where they end up.”

Later today … I made this one up, so I’m sure it’s an original:

“Your entire body will end up where your steps take you.”

Tonight, I was writing on behalf of someone else:

I use a “flash-drive” to save material I get from one location, to “save it” until I get to another location. Often, it’s something I write at School, or something I’m working on at home, to take to School. I also have any number of small notes, in particular “sticky notes” of ideas I transfer from one location to another. To keep these together, and to protect them, I often put these small notes in a “sandwich bag,” in order to protect them, and to keep them separate in my “lunch bag,” which is one of those large insulated bags, with the zippered pouch in front. I also use this same sandwich bag to transport my flash drive from home to School, and vice-versa.

Tonight, I was working off of the flash drive, to complete something I needed to have prepared for School tomorrow. So, when I went to my lunch bag, that front zippered pouch, and pulled out the sandwich bag with the flash drive … as I reached in and pulled out the flash drive … this little note came out … somehow, stuck to my finger. It was a “small note” I had received, I don’t know when, at the end of a dinner at a Chinese restaurant. You know what I’m talking about …

You just never know where you will receive inspiration from … you just always have to “be on the lookout” …

I don’t know … it had to, at least, been months ago … maybe years ago … but, today … tonight … it just stuck to my finger …
Here’s what was written:

“If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.”

Blessings,
Richard. Vincent. Rose.

Wealth Stored for the Righteous-Part 10

If there has been a common thread which continues to run throughout this series, it would be this statement from Hebrews 13:5: “Be content with what you have.”
God gives us a little to see how we handle it. How we handle it will determine if He gives us more. In other words, He gives us a little, so see what we would do if He gave us a lot.

Another common thread is the discussion of how important it is, how we “handle things.” Perhaps the most important characteristic we show to the world is “how we handle things.” Good things. Bad things. Honestly, I don’t know which circumstance reveals our character more: When we have less than we need … Or, when we have more than we need. When all is said and done … how people will remember us … will be largely based upon two things: How we “handled things,” and how we treated others. This is because both of these characteristics will be based upon how we mirror, or not-the image of Christ. How His influence … influenced us …. or, whether we allowed “others” (this can be both people and things) to influence us.

I guess it really is just a simple matter, this “influence,” of what you allow to control you. One of the great quotes I’ve ever heard is from my Pastor in Georgia:
“What you attach yourself to, you become a part of.”
It is, simply put, just a matter of control.
What we allow to influence us has the power … great power … to control us.

We try to write as much about how important it is how we act when things are going well, as when things are not going well. Especially, when true heartache is involved. Again, I can honestly say, from a Christian life standpoint, I’m not sure which is a harder test: Success or poverty. There are many quotes I could use, but the one from Dr. David Jeremiah I still love, how it is circumstances which reveal, not change, character. Or, from Dr. Martin Luther King, about how the true test of a man’s character is not when he is on the mountaintop, but when he is in the deep valley. Both valid. Both powerful. Both true.

I must say this: It is just a matter of control. Of who, or what, we allow to influence us. When we were kids, and boy this made us mad more often than not … our parents would always try to warn us about friends we had, people we were hanging out with … we hated that … and, let’s be honest, often we felt hate toward them (even though we didn’t really understand “hate” at the time) for trying to keep us away from who or what they thought would be a bad influence on us.
I wonder why that was?
Why did our parents, and sometimes our friends, and sometimes our teachers, try to warn us about what would happen if we continued to “hang out” with certain people? Or, try to stop us from doing certain things?
Why was that?

Has the principle behind such a warning changed? Have bad influences suddenly become ok for us to be around? Oh, yeah … I forgot … we are “all grown up now,” so we can’t be influenced by people or things anymore …

I just came in from outside, checking on a flower garden. We have been so busy this summer with work going on around the house, that, especially with equipment all around the house and yard, we haven’t mowed the grass in a month. I examined a new flower garden which I started earlier this summer, before the work began. If I don’t act right away … and yank those weeds out of the garden … get them out of there, away from the flowers … those weeds will take over the whole garden! Just the weeds being there, right now, have already hindered the growth of some really beautiful flowers … if I don’t act fast … and the bad weeds are already starting to influence the young, impressionable flowers … if I don’t act fast … if I don’t remove those weeds … if I don’t get them away from the flowers … if I don’t remove the weeds from the flowers … the weeds will take over … completely … the weeds will take over … will take complete control of the flowers … will take complete control of the garden … the flowers, with all their potential of being so beautiful … so beautiful, so lovely … will be destroyed … And, in so doing, the weeds will destroy the entire garden …

I “hate” to tell you this … but, I must: The weeds won’t mind a bit that the garden is destroyed. In fact … yes … even though God created the weeds, too … In fact … it seems that the entire reason for the existence of the weeds … is to “take over” …

Funny … as with so many things … we see it and warn our children … we see it and “yank out those weeds” in the garden … yet … now that we are “all grown up,” we can’t see it in our adult lives …

As a side note, some of the flowers in the “new garden” were transplanted, full grown, from an area which was overtaken by grass, trees, and weeds. They did well, even there, but I wanted them to have the opportunity to reach their full potential, so I “got them out of there” and put them in a special, newly cultivated area. They were even blooming at the time, and they never lost their blooms … they transplanted so well … what a great spot for them now! However … since I haven’t taken the time, in a while, to “weed” their new surroundings … even though they were strong, beautiful, full-grown flowers … if I don’t get those weeds away from them … as strong … as beautiful … as full-grown as they are … they won’t last much longer … not as long as those weeds are allowed to influence them … and, their environment.

I think there is a lesson in there, somewhere!
Guess what I’ll be doing tomorrow? And … that goes for the older, well established garden, too!
I weeded it early … but, not often … and, even though it is an old, well-established, vibrant, “growing wildly” flower garden … making it through a few cold, snow-filled winters … if I don’t “yank those weeds” out of its environment, we all know what will happen to it, as well.

Please note that both of these gardens, both young and old … are facing this new “enemy,” well capable of their destruction … during the summer … during the days of sunshine, when the sun is at its brightest …

Which further confirms my question of whether it is more difficult during bleak times … or sunny times?

I guess it just depends on what or who (and if I don’t get out there, that will be me) is allowed to influence their environment …

Remember that, sometimes, the greatest action, the action which results in, causes, and influences the most action … is inaction.

Blessings,
Richard. Vincent. Rose.

 

Success Quotes: Michael Jordan

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.

MJ looking at basketball

If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.

If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.

The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can’t let yourself be beat because of lack of effort.

My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.’

If you put forth the effort, good things will be bestowed upon you.

Limits, like fear, is often an illusion.

I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.

I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.

I’ve never been afraid to fail.

I built my talents on the shoulders of someone else’s talent.

There is no 'i' in team but there is in win.

There is no ‘i’ in team but there is in win.

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.

Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.

Sometimes you need to get hit in the head to realize that you’re in a fight.

I never thought a role model should be negative.

I will not quit this game because of what the media has done to me.

I'm not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat.

I’m not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat.

I think the players win the championship, and the organization has something to do with it, don’t get me wrong. But don’t try to put the organization above the players.

My body could stand the crutches but my mind couldn’t stand the sideline.

If you quit ONCE it becomes a habit. Never quit!!!

Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard work.

To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail.

Winning isn't always championships.

Winning isn’t always championships.

The minute you get away from fundamentals – whether its proper technique, work ethic or mental preparation – the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you’re doing.

The key to success is failure.

The best come from the worst.

If I had been playing for money I would have complained a long time ago that I was underpaid.

If you do the work you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life.

If you do the work you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life.

“If it turns out that my best wasn’t good enough, at least I won’t look back and say that I was afraid to try.”

“You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.”

Success isn’t something you chase. It is something you have to put forth the effort for constantly; then maybe it’ll come when you least expect it.

The good part about being famous is being able to help people.

I want to win.

I want to win.

 

 

 

 

Quotes: John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton- “Lord Acton”

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Among all the causes which degrade and demoralize men, power is the most constant and the most active.

And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that.

And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that.

By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes is his duty against the influence of authority and majorities, custom and opinion.
Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.
Liberty becomes a question of morals more than of politics.
Authority that does not exist for Liberty is not authority but force.
Liberty is the prevention of control by others. This requires self-control.

Liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right to do what we ought.

Liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right to do what we ought.

The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern: every class is unfit to govern. It is easier to find people fit to govern themselves than people fit to govern others.
A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last. Both do the same thing; only at different times.
Learn as much by writing as by reading.
At all times sincere friends of freedom have been rare.

Limitation is essential to authority. A government is legitimate only if it is effectively limited.

Limitation is essential to authority. A government is legitimate only if it is effectively limited.

Men cannot be made good by the state, but they can easily be made bad.
Government rules the present. Literature rules the future.
Moral precepts are constant through the ages and not obedient to circumstances.
There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.

Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral laws are written on the table of eternity.

Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral laws are written on the table of eternity.

Bureaucracy is undoubtedly the weapon and sign of a despotic government, inasmuch as it gives whatever government it serves, despotic power. Bureaucracy tries to establish so many administrative maxims that the minister is as narrowly controlled and guided as the judge.
Towns were the nursery of freedom.
The will of the people cannot make just that which is unjust.
It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority.
A public man has no right to let his actions be determined by particular interests. He does the same thing as a judge who accepts a bribe. Like a judge he must consider what is right, not what is advantageous to a party or class.

There are many things the government can't do ... it must leave them to the enterprise of others.  It cannot feed the people.  It cannot enrich the people.  It cannot teach the people.

There are many things the government can’t do … it must leave them to the enterprise of others. It cannot feed the people. It cannot enrich the people. It cannot teach the people.