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Tuesday, April 13, 2010


The first sign of a cold inspires concern, but what about the thoughts of despair that come with it?  If our thoughts create our reality, maybe it's time to nurture them the same way we do our bodies... there are some to nurse back to health, some we to get rid of, and some that  just need a cast and some time.  I was trying to figure out how to take care of these things that are created in my mind... how do I keep my head in check?  There are so many things I hear from people each day that become thoughts... and many times they are harmful. 

 In the words of Robert Burns:
 "I pick my favourite quotations and store them in my mind as ready armour, offensive or defensive, amid the struggle of this turbulent existence." 
I have decided, (in Lauraland), that quotes are the equivalent of medicine for the mind. They can help heal negative thoughts, change thoughts that are harmful to the spirit and help create new thoughts that inspire.  I mean, it may seem cheesy, but you just can't think or hear too many good things, in fact maybe we aren't hearing enough.  I have found that it's healthy to make sure we are supplementing our daily intake with enough positive thoughts to meet the happy requirement, which in my humble opinion is infinite.  I guess this blog with the line I find each day, is my own form of a daily vitamin for my thoughts... keeping my thoughts healthy, bright and active!  So for today, rather than just using one line, I'm giving a power dose of multi-quotes for the day...  a mental immune booster :-)  Think up!! (Like drink up, but also think up, as in think positive, do you get it?... *joke credit to Lelia Broussard, hehe) 

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”~ Albert Einstein

"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."~ Buddha

"Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop."~ Usman B. Asif

"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding about ourselves."~ Carl Jung

"You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink. "~ G.K. Chesterton

"First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination." ~ Napoleon Hill

"Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness."~ James Thurber

"The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers." ~M. Scott Peck

"Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die."~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation. "~ Brian Tracy
"The day, water, sun, moon, night - I do not have to purchase these things with money."~ Plautus

"Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing."~ Arundhati Roy

"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude." ~ Denis Waitley

"I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge -- myth is more potent than history -- dreams are more powerful than facts -- hope always triumphs over experience -- laughter is the cure for grief -- love is stronger than death."~ Robert Fulghum

"Hope is the bedrock of this nation; the belief that our destiny will not be written for us, but by us; by all those men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is; who have courage to remake the world as it should be."~ Barack Obama

"Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally."~ Eckhart Tolle

"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."~ Mohandas K. Gandhi

"Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each, is to succeed."~ Corita Kent

"People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success."~ Norman Vincent Peale

"You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore."~ Christopher Columbus

"I am somebody. I am me. I like being me. And I don't need anybody to make me somebody."~ Louis L'Amore

"To get up each morning with the resolve to be happy . . . is to set our own conditions to the events of each day. To do this is to condition circumstances instead of being conditioned by them."~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there!"~ Will Rogers

"Hearts will never be practical until they are made unbreakable."~ Wizard of Oz

"We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own."~ Ben Sweetland

"You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith."~ Mary Manin Morrissey

Today's (kind of musical) Silver Lining(s):

"Don’t waste your time on jealousy, sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind, the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself."

"Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t, Maybe you’ll divorce at 40, Maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. What ever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either, Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s."

"Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room. "

"Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them."

"Do not read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly."

"Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life, the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t." 
"Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young." Everybody's Free~ Baz Luhrmann 

1 comment:

  1. I thoroughly enjoy reading your blogs..you inspire me to be more positive in my daily life. I always feel so much better after reading your positive outlook on everything. You really are a talented writer and should really consider starting a newspaper article "Positive Proverbs by Laura" =)