Gems of inspiration & Wisdom...
These first two quotes I happened into while reviewing a few things on our website:
"The greatest mistake [we] can make in life is to be continually fearing [we'll] make one."
"This one step - choosing a goal and staying to it - changes everything."
I neglected to include the origin of these quotes and, in the process of refreshing the page looking for their respective authors, happened into all these other gems of wisdom which resonated with particular clarity and are universally appropriate for all our lives. I've organized them along a few observed themes (I never did find the authors of those first two quotes...).
Start with Self...
“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us." - John Dryden
"I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition." - Martha Washington
"Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success." - Dr. Joyce Brothers
"What you get by reaching your destination is not nearly as important as what you will become by reaching your destination." - Zig Ziglar
"Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person we become." - Jim Rohn
Seek to make a difference...
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller
"Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end." - Scott Adams
Persistence is key...
"Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them." - Orison Swett Marden
"The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible -- and achieve it, generation after generation." - Pearl S. Buck
"Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit." - Conrad Hilton
"What we think or what we know or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do" - John Ruskin
"Fortune sides with him who dares." - Virgil
So in the end, in the grand scheme of our lives, why does any of this matter? Why do we seek improvement and growth. What value is walking a narrow path of stewardship and just action over gliding down an easy, wide path in pursuit of power, material possession, and security to the exclusion of all other considerations?
We are spiritual beings who matter. Someone cares. Maybe not someone we can immediately access from our physical plane of existence, but our entire awareness of self: Soul, Heart, Mind, Body is endowed with a natural intelligence and capacity for empowering ourselves and others. Are we open to receiving that knowledge and love with humility? Can we reach out with such love, in stewardship, without bitterness or judgment to our world? Yes, we certainly can. Our life awaits, and is, in the words of Helen Keller:
"...either a daring adventure or nothing."