Friday, November 27, 2009

Cartoon Moose Wisdom

Well, if you can't believe what you read in a comic book, what can you believe?

Bullwinkle the Moose

Hokey Smokes! Happy 50th to Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle as well as Mr. Peabody and his boy Sherman, Aesop's Fables, Dudley Doright, and Fractured Fairy Tales! Thanks for influencing both my sense of humor and outlook on life in a very good way.


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Fred De Witt Van Amburgh on Gratitude

None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.

Fred De Witt Van Amburgh


Melody Beattie on Gratitude

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Melody Beattie


Robert Quillen on Gratitude

If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.

Robert Quillen


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Jim Rohn on Perspective

Everyday, you've got to stand guard at the door of your mind.

Jim Rohn


Russell Ackoff on Perspective

All of our (social) problems arise out of doing the wrong thing righter. The more efficient you are at doing the wrong thing, the wronger you become. It is much better to do the right thing wronger than the wrong thing righter! If you do the right thing wrong and correct it, you get better!

Russell Ackoff
Business visionary and father of systems thinking

Source: Kare Anderson on facebook

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Paul Johannes Tillich on Perspective

Language... has created the word "loneliness" to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word "solitude" to express the glory of being alone.

Paul Johannes Tillich


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe on Magic

Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thank you, Carl Ballantine!


Phyllis Diller on Frustration

My recipe for dealing with anger and frustration: set the kitchen timer for twenty minutes, cry, rant, and rave, and at the sound of the bell, simmer down and go about business as usual.

Phyllis Diller


Clarence Clemons on Soul

The calm mind allows one to connect with the inner self, the Soul, the very source of our being. That's where the music lives. That's where my music comes from.

Clarence Clemons


John F. Kennedy on Remembrance

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Henri Nouwen on Friendship

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.

Henri Nouwen

To remember and honor my Dad's friend since high school, Bobby Loar, and their friendship.


Mother Teresa on Perspective

Keep in mind that our community is not composed of those who are already saints, but of those who are trying to become saints. Therefore let us be extremely patient with each other's faults and failures.

Mother Teresa


Lyndon Johnson on Community

The American city should be a collection of communities where every member has a right to belong. It should be a place where every man feels safe on his streets and in the house of his friends. It should be a place where each individual's dignity and self-respect is strengthened by the respect and affection of his neighbors. It should be a place where each of us can find the satisfaction and warmth which comes from being a member of the community of man. This is what man sought at the dawn of civilization. It is what we seek today.

Lyndon Johnson


George Bernard Shaw on Community

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.

George Bernard Shaw


Frederick Beucher on Community

The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.

Frederick Beucher


Children's Story Widsom: The Little Red Hen

The Little Red Hen

Once upon a time, there was a little red hen who lived on a farm. She was friends with a lazy dog, a sleepy cat, and a noisy yellow duck.

One day the little red hen found some seeds on the ground. The little red hen had an idea. She would plant the seeds.

The little red hen asked her friends, "Who will help me plant the seeds?"

"Not I," barked the lazy dog.
"Not I," purred the sleepy cat.
"Not I," quacked the noisy yellow duck.

"Then I will," said the little red hen . So the little red hen planted the seeds all by herself.

When the seeds had grown, the little red hen asked her friends, "Who will help me cut the wheat?"

"Not I," barked the lazy dog.
"Not I," purred the sleepy cat.
"Not I," quacked the noisy yellow duck..

"Then I will," said the little red hen. So the little red hen cut the wheat all by herself.

When all the wheat was cut, the little red hen asked her friends, "Who will help me take the wheat to the mill to be ground into flour?"

"Not I," barked the lazy dog.
"Not I," purred the sleepy cat.
"Not I," quacked the noisy yellow duck.

"Then I will," said the little red hen. So the little red hen brought the wheat to the mill all by herself, ground the wheat into flour, and carried the heavy sack of flour back to the farm.

The tired little red hen asked her friends, "Who will help me bake the bread?"

"Not I," barked the lazy dog.
"Not I," purred the sleepy cat.
"Not I," quacked the noisy yellow duck.

"Then I will," said the little red hen. So the little red hen baked the bread all by herself.

When the bread was finished, the tired little red hen asked her friends, "Who will help me eat the bread?"

"I will," barked the lazy dog.
"I will," purred the sleepy cat.
"I will," quacked the noisy yellow duck.

"No!" said the little red hen. "I will."

And the little red hen ate the bread all by herself.

An old, old parable originating in Europe.


Benjamin Disraeili on Perspective

Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.

Bejamin Disraeli


Tony Robbins on Perspective

What if you began to realize that everything happens for you (in the end for your greater good) not to you? Hmmm.

Anthony Robbins


Friday, November 6, 2009

James Yorke on Options

The most successful people are those who are good at plan B.

James Yorke


Proverb Wisdom

It doesn't work to leap a twenty-foot chasm in two ten-foot jumps.

American Proverb


Proverb Wisdom

Insanity is doing the same thing in the same way & expecting a different outcome.

Chinese Proverb

Linda Foor on Communication

If you're talking while I'm talking, you're not listening.

Linda Foor

James Baldwin on Hatred

I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.

James Baldwin


William James on Relating

Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.

William James


Thursday, November 5, 2009

David Brinkley on Resilience

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.

David Brinkley


Sitcom Wisdom on Reba

You've got to be stronger than the nonsense life throws at you.

Brock (Christopher Rich) to daughter Kyra (Scarlet Pomers) on handling her first break-up.

Kevin Abbot, writer
Reba, Happy Pills, April 30, 2004
20th Century Fox Television

Sunday, November 1, 2009