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If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.

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- Katharine Hepburn

Now I wouldn't advocate breaking the law, but sometimes, you just have to really let loose and have some fun.



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We will either find a way, or make one.

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Hannibal

There are always going to be people that will say it cannot be done.The naysayers, the disbelievers, the ones with no drive or ambition are the ones that try to dissuade others from accomplishing something special.There is society and life in general that seem to stand in the way of progress, possibility, logic even.Sometimes it may even seem like fate and the universe are against you, holding you back and subverting all you efforts.And for the pessimistic personalities, it could even be said that existence itself is against you.Well, sometimes that may seem very true.

But it doesn’t have to be.Finding a way to make the impossible possible is hard, extremely hard.Achievement takes original thinking, imagination, courage, resolve.I can’t really imagine what went through Hannibal’s mind when he realized that to keep Carthage free he had to defeat Rome.That would have been a tall order for anyone.Now I’ve never had to invade an ancient military superpower, but I’ve had some pre…

The best revenge is massive success.

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- Frank Sinatra

To me, it's a waste of time trying to tear down and destroy your opponents or enemies, because that does nothing to build you up. For my effort, I'd rather work on myself and be the best Me I can be. What do you think? Is it better to try and bring someone else down, or build yourself up?
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A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.

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- Arnold H. Glasow. When things are really down and everywhere you look is dispair and hopelessness, look for one of your true friends. They'll be there for you.
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Frustration

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What do you do when your mind gets so frazzled you can’t think straight?We’ve all been there, that point in time when even though you know how to do something, your brain just refuses to function properly.You might find yourself standing there with your pen in hand, notebook at the ready and you find it difficult to spell the word ‘what’, or you’re patting yourself down, checking your pockets for your phone while you are actually holding it in your other hand.Or even worse, you’re trying to explain something to someone and you can’t seem to form a coherent thought, even though you know the material like the back of your hand.You try and try, but nothing works, for the moment you are just stuck.
Frustration for me at least, comes from trying to do too much, too fast, or something I know is difficult without enough preparation time.It happens; we’ve all done things and made it a success even when we were under the gun or short on time.So why is this time different?In my opinion, I think …

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.

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- Dalai Lama

Being kind should be the first thought in people's minds, not the last.





To go with the Dalai Lama's statement, I found this video.  I think it speaks for itself:







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We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit.

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-Aristotle
Discipline is the personal force that drives you toward making a habit, sticking to it and achieving your goals.I was asked recently what it is about me that fuels my personal discipline.For me the answer might be easier to answer than others.At the very core of my discipline is the desire to change, to improve, be better than I am right now.Also, the steadfast knowledge that no one, No One, will do it for me, no matter how nicely I ask.Making the attempt to succeed a success and not allowing myself to accept that failure is a reason to stop are also powerful motivators to solidifying my discipline.
Now I will admit, I was in the military and that helped a lot when it comes to discipline, however, I did have a strong-willed nature before that.I guess having to work since I was 15 years old to make sure I had my own clothes helps a little too.But you know anyone can learn discipline.Whether it’s adding things to your life in baby steps, or jumping in completely with a total s…

Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light.

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- George Washington

I thought it fitting to supply a quote from our first president on Presidents day.  I think that striving for truth has value, not only in proving you to be an honest person, but also to expose honest people to you.  What do you think?


Majestic Lake

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I saw this picture and just had to share it!


The greatest crime in the world is not developing your potential. When you do what you do best, you are helping not only yourself, but the world.

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- Roger Williams

I've always worried that I'm not living up to my potential.  Sometimes I realize I'm not trying as hard as I should and other times I know I'm pushing too hard.  I guess it's a matter of finding balance without complacency.  What do you think?

Expect the Unexpected

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It’s funny how some clichés still have the power to make you think.Life as we know it has twists and turns that effect the course of our journey.We all know this, but sometimes, the unexpected hits us when we least expect it.Now I know that sounds ridiculous, you might be asking yourself, ‘how can we expect something when we are least likely to see it coming?’Well, that’s a great question and if I had the answer to that I’d probably be a billionaire.What I do know is how you adapt and overcome those unexpected happenings is really what makes the difference.Our US Marines use that mantra often; Adapt and Overcome.I would say that the more you experience, the more you can apply those lessons to new and possibly unexpected scenarios.
Today I woke up in pain.Don’t ask me how I did it, but I must have pulled a muscle or pinched a nerve in my neck.It hurt like hell, actually it still bothers me and it’s been about three hours now.Anyway, I wasn’t really expecting to deal with an injury today…

Nobody says you must laugh, but a sense of humor can help you overlook the unattractive, tolerate the unpleasant, cope with the unexpected, and smile through the day.

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-Ann Landers

A sense of humor can get you through a lot.  Sometimes things get very serious and that's when you need a good laugh the most.

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.

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-Sir Edmund Hillary
Achievement can be considered the pinnacle of effort.That which you have strived for, worked for, endured much, promised little and sacrificed to accomplish all becomes secondary to the pride and joy that comes with Achievement.You’ve done it!All feats, great and small bring with them a sense of satisfaction.Once you’ve experienced that sense of wonder and awe at your own abilities you will finally understand what it means to be self-reliant, resilient, and persistent.Picking a goal and powering through what life gives you to accomplish that goal has no substitute.
Once you have reached that level of accomplishment and know what it takes to get there, you must push yourself even further.You may have heard the old cliché “don’t rest on your laurels.”Well basically that means you need to keep challenging yourself.If you don’t, your achievement will fade.I believe a fundamental goal in life should be to continually strive and push yourself to achieve ever greater accomp…

Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.

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Hennry Wadsworth Longfellow

Sometimes, we make a quick judgment about someone and decide they just aren’t worth our time.Their disposition and demeanor seem to be so outside our comfort zone we can’t relate.It may be however, that we’ve only misinterpreted them.People sometimes present themselves as hard and unlikable simply because they are unhappy.That doesn’t mean they’re not worth knowing.



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Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.

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Joanne Kathleen Rowling
Recovering from something traumatic, stressful, tiresome, profound or troubling can take a lot of time and effort.It is possible.Understanding, Acceptance and Perseverance can lead to recovery.As simple as it is to say those steps, it’s infinitely harder to actually take them.But Understanding is about having knowledge and wisdom together and using them concurrently.What do you think?

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

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In your life, you will be confronted with a myriad of choices and decisions.  I doubt it’s possible to accurately equate just how many choices you will make in your lifetime, but I think it’s safe to say out of the ones you’ve already made you’ve probably made some pretty big mistakes.  I’m not talking about the minor, insignificant ones.  You know, “Oh, I took a wrong turn and now we have to sit in traffic” or “Oops, I burned the toast.”  I’m talking about the whoppers.  The huge ones that change the course of your life and make you re-evaluate everything, or almost everything. 
You must understand, though, mistakes may feel like the end of the world, but they are not.  Granted some people make massive mistakes that take years to recover from.  Other people seem to never learn from their mistakes and are doomed to repeat them, over and over and over.  Sometimes, those nagging, backbreaking, sorrowful mistakes make you question your value and worth.  Sometimes those mistakes make you …

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined.

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Words once spoken by Henry David Thoreau
To me, that statement has special meaning.I’m a dreamer first and foremost.Yes I can get things done and be routinely diligent in my responsibilities, but left to my own devices I’d have my head in the clouds.So actually following my dreams to make my life what I’ve always imagined is a great thought to live by.What do you think?

PS: Originally found this picture from the following url:http://www.everything-beautiful.com/dream/there's a great poem that goes along with it.  Check it out!

Take Time to Play

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There is always work to be done.It doesn’t go away and barring any of us winning the lottery, we’ll probably only live a life of pampered luxury in our dreams.But you know what, that’s okay.Real honest work can give us a sense of purpose, fulfillment and self-respect that is extremely important to our self-worth and self-esteem.Sometimes, however, work, whether it be a 9-5er, the struggle against a disability, trying to cope with loss, dealing with someone with a mental disability, or your own, and life in general, you just have to let go and have fun. Play is just as important as work.Not just relaxing and putting aside work for a moment, but actual, real Play.Now playing for enjoyment can mean different things to different people and that’s fine.Getting something positive out of the endeavor is the real value here.If you like sports, play one.If you like puzzles, put one together, if you like board games, go for it.Even trying something new can be a great way to find a release throug…

The Final Frontier

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Captain Kirk would say that Space is the Final Frontier, and for a kick ass Sci-Fi show, I’d say he’s right.  But in real life, I think that the Mind is the Final Frontier, but also the true beginning of life.  Think about it, can you not think?  Throughout your entire life, you live inside your mind.  Your senses tell you of the outside world, but you interpret that stimulus, thereby forming your impressions of the world.  Now I’ve said before that if you change your perspective, you change the world.  That is so very true, but that change begins with the Mind.  Your consciousness is truly your own, and uniquely yours.  Sure, you might have similarities to some, or many, but no one is exactly like you.  For some, these ideas are not new.  For others these concepts have never dawned on them.  But guess what, it’s in the Mind’s eye that you draw meaning. They say you can’t change anyone, only yourself.  I totally believe that is true.  I’ve had people ask me advice, wonder what they sho…