"THOUGHTS OF THE DAY"<br />SEPTEMBER 1998 - DECEMBER 1998 | Motivating and Inspiring


December 30, 1998
" A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed."
--- Henrik Ibsen --- Sent to us by Toni Palmer --- EnglandDecember 30, 1998
" To reach your dreams, the crucial step is to realize
That you don't know the meaning of the word, NO!"
--- Paul Stuart Wichansky --- New JerseyDecember 28, 1998
" If you don't consciously manage and control your time and money
By written goals,
Time and money will control and manage you
By subconscious impulse."
--- Clint PearmanDecember 28, 1998
" There is no future
There is no past
I live each moment as my last
There is only us
There is only this
Forget regret or life is your's to miss
No other road
No other way
--- Jonathan Larson --- Sent in by Ignacio --- TexasDecember 25, 1998
" Life is the first gift,
Love the second,
And Understanding the third."
--- Marge Piercy --- Sent in by Martha Varzaly --- PennsylvaniaDecember 25, 1998
" In the pursuit of happiness, you need look no further
Than the beating hearts of your family."
--- Chris, Age 20 --- ArizonaDecember 23, 1998
" The more you live, the less you die."
--- Sarah --- OhioDecember 23, 1998
" I am not free to determine truth...
Truth existed before my birth and will do so after my passing.
What I am free to do is to pursue it, to seek it, to earnestly desire it.
Then, when the Spirit of God reveals it to me...
To hold it, to cherish it, to share it with others."
--- Bruce Bremer, ETC(SS), USNDecember 21, 1998
" Good things happen to good people
Who do the right things at the right time all the time."
--- Unknown --- Submitted by Brian HouchinDecember 21, 1998
" It is easy to complicate the simple.
But a great man can simplify the complicated."
--- WindyGDecember 18, 1998
" During childhood we live to prepare for adulthood and eternity.
During adulthood we live to enjoy or regret
What we did during childhood, as we continue preparing for eternity.
During eternity we live to enjoy or regret
What we did to the point of death."
--- Ian Makgabana --- Botswana, AfricaDecember 18, 1998
" What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.
They are but trifles, to be sure; but,
Scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable."
--- Joseph Addison (1672-1719) --- Sent in by Ray Leduc --- Ontario, CanadaDecember 16, 1998
" It's not what happens to us,
But our response to what happens to us that counts."
--- Stephen R. Covey --- Sent in by MichelleDecember 16, 1998
" Remember God is still on the throne
Even when we think He went to get a midnight snack."
--- Maria Leavens --- TennesseeDecember 14, 1998
" Love not only makes the world go round
Love is what makes the ride worthwhile."
--- F.P. Jones --- Sent in by Kirk Scherz --- WashingtonDecember 14, 1998
" I saw the angel in the stone and carved to set it free."
--- Michelangelo --- Submitted by Alexis --- CanadaDecember 11, 1998
" It has begun to occur to me that life is a stage that I am going through."
--- Elle Goodman --- Sent in by Katie, Age 19 --- KentuckyDecember 11, 1998
" The greatest people who ever lived would love to be you
Because you have the opportunity to be even greater."
--- Author Unknown
--- Sent in by Shannon Marcotte --- New HampshireDecember 9, 1998
" It is easy to love someone. Or it should be, at least.
But loving someone has it's risks - you risk fulfilling God's plan.
You risk enriching your life. You risk making someone else feel special.
You risk being hurt. You risk tears. You risk experiencing life.
And loving someone is not always easy.
For sometimes, loving someone means leaving them in God's hands.
It means watching someone hurting and not being able to hold their hand.
But it can also mean getting a smile or a hug.
Love is so hard and at the same time so easy.
You must risk everything and yet risk nothing to love.
Loving someone is never in vain, it is never wrong.
For just as we can only become real through love, so it is for all people.
We need to love and be loved.
It is never wrong to be real."
--- Copyright © 1998 Angele Gauvreau --- CanadaDecember 9, 1998
" I need not be somebody else to be a somebody. I need only be me."
--- WindyG --- SingaporeDecember 7, 1998
" Adolescence is like a house on moving day - only a temporary mess."
--- Julius Warren --- Sent in by Kirk Scherz --- WashingtonDecember 7, 1998
" It has been suggested that living on the edge of chaos
Is a prerequisite for change,
With change being the driving force of life.
But to affect real change,
A person must take risks that could lead to destruction,
Simply put, if your life isn't a little scary
Maybe you aren't living to your potential."
--- Jewel Kilcher --- Sent in by Rich Long --- IndianaDecember 4, 1998
" Be careful what you think
Because your life is shaped by what you think."
--- Jannie Putter --- South AfricaDecember 4, 1998
" What is now proved, was once only imagined."
--- William Blake --- Sent in by John O'Neill --- TexasDecember 2, 1998
" To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance."
--- Oscar Wilde --- Sent in from Sue --- AustraliaDecember 2, 1998
" Show me a child with a DREAM, and I'll paint you a picture of HOPE.
Show me a child without a DREAM, and I have no picture to paint."
--- Ty Howard --- MarylandNovember 30, 1998
" If you try to change or "fix" a persons character,
In most cases, you only cripple their natural beauty."
--- Lori Hard ---- CaliforniaNovember 30, 1998
" Fear always springs from ignorance."
--- Ralph Waldo Emerson --- Contributed by Keith Lowry --- TexasNovember 27, 1998
" Expect people to be better than they are,
It helps them to become better.
But don't be disappointed when they are not;
It helps them to keep trying."
--- Merry Browne --- Sent in by Laura A. Hoof --- Wisconsin
--- Author's name supplied by Jennifer, Age 18 --- Florida --- 7/99

November 27, 1998
" Never keep score in the game of life...
Live happily."
--- Sean Kevin Atabay --- CaliforniaNovember 25, 1998
" We are born with potential, but driven to succeed."
--- Mike Murcia --- IndianaNovember 23, 1998
" I believe that we cannot live better
Than seeking to become still better than we are."
--- Socrates --- Sent in by Kristen --- VirginiaNovember 23, 1998
" If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me,
This ship might as well be closed for any other business.
I do the best I know how - the very best I can;
And I mean to keep doing so until the end.
If the end brings me out all right,
What is said against me won't amount to anything.
If the end brings me out wrong,
Ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference."
--- Abraham Lincoln - 1866 --- From Marzio Apolloni --- Ontario, CanadaNovember 20, 1998
" Time is not measured by a watch...
But by moments."
--- PinkskyNovember 20, 1998
" No one can control your mind
If you have not put your mind under their control."
--- Samuel O. Adeola --- NigeriaNovember 18, 1998
" Practice Integrity until you get it right."
--- Bruce Bremer --- U.S. Submarine ServiceNovember 18, 1998
" Leaders are like kites.
They fly against the wind, not with it."
--- Lucas Melott --- TexasNovember 16, 1998
" Communication is to a relationship what breathing is to maintaining life."
--- Virginia Satir --- Sent in by Kirk ScherzNovember 16, 1998
" A dream is just a dream, unless you make it come true."
--- Michael Landon Moody --- TennesseeNovember 13, 1998
" The journey is the destination."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent to us by Arbie AllenNovember 13, 1998
" Let me live today like there is no tomorrow,
regardless of how many tomorrows I may or may not see."
--- David Gethings --- New JerseyNovember 11, 1998
" Advice is like castor oil, easy to give, but dreadful to take."
--- Josh Billings --- Sent in by Kirk ScherzNovember 11, 1998
" Before you give someone a piece of your mind
Make sure you have enough to get by on."
--- Lydia London --- Ontario, CanadaNovember 9, 1998
" The Six P Principle:
Prior Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance"
--- This was told to me by a Vietnam War Veteran
--- Sent in by Mark Sillars --- Perth, Western Australia
--- Verbiage adjustment compliments of Mike Ziegler --- IndianaNovember 9, 1998
" If you work hard 90% of the time, you can beat anyone.
It's the 10% that is the dog fight."
--- Paul Bui, WMAS --- Contributed by Sally Nguyen --- VirginiaNovember 6, 1998
" People do not attract that which they want,
But that which they are."
--- James Allen --- Sent in AnonymouslyNovember 6, 1998
" We travel to learn...
(To) catch some inspiration from heights above our own."
--- Maria Mitchell --- Contributed by Martha Varzaly --- PennsylvaniaNovember 4, 1998
" The tragedy of life is not that it is so short...
But that we take so long to begin living it."
--- Anonymous --- Sent in by Randy M. --- CaliforniaNovember 4, 1998
" Life is what we make it,
Always has been,
Always will be."
--- Grandma Moses --- Sent in by Sue --- AustraliaNovember 2, 1998

When will we teach our children in school what they are?
We should say to each of them :

"Do you know what you are?
You are a marvel.
You are unique.
In all of the world there is no other child exactly like you.
In the millions of years that have passed
There has never been another child like you.
And look at your body -- what a wonder it is !!!
Your legs, your arms, your cunning fingers, the way you move !
You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven.
You have the capacity for anything.
Yes, you are a marvel.
And when you grow up, can you then harm another,
Who, like you, is a marvel?"
--- Tamara RobinsonNovember 2, 1998
" The minute is passing ;
No matter how hard you try,
You can never bring it back."
--- KatieOctober 30, 1998
" Good enough seldom is."
--- Dan Yovich --- IndianaOctober 30, 1998
On Brevity...
" The most valuable of all talents is that of
Never using two words when one will do."
--- Thomas Jefferson --- Contributed by Keith Lowry --- TexasOctober 28, 1998
" My friends are my estate. "
--- Emily Dickinson --- Contributed by Brandi NunneryOctober 28, 1998
" Being empathetic is more helpful than feeling guilty."
--- Lori Hard --- CaliforniaOctober 26, 1998
" Nothing prevents us from being natural
So much as the desire to appear so."
--- Sent by Jody C. Burnett --- California October 26, 1998
" To think that anyone can succeed
Without first experiencing some kind of failure
Is completely naive."
--- Pete Zafra --- CaliforniaOctober 23, 1998
On dignity and respect:

" Being treated with dignity and respect is not my God given right.
I have to earn it every day I am on the planet,
Through my attitudes and behavior."
--- Louis F. Marut --- New JerseyOctober 23, 1998
" You long for things to be simple,
But if they were, what would you do?"
--- Stacey Haskins --- Ontario, CanadaOctober 21, 1998
" If you believe that winning isn't everything,
Why is second place the first loser?"
--- Michael Carrel --- MichiganOctober 21, 1998
" He who nourishes an individual's growth,
Will harvest wild success."
--- KPhillips --- PennsylvaniaOctober 19, 1998
" Work to become, not to acquire."
--- Confucius --- Submitted by Troy Moore --- MichiganOctober 19, 1998
" Do not ridicule or mock your elders.
Much too soon you will know how it feels."
--- Ron BechtlofftOctober 16, 1998
" One day, there will be no borders,
No boundaries, no flags and no countries,
And the only passport will be the Heart."
--- Tamara RobinsonOctober 16, 1998
" What you think is what you say.
What you say is what you do.
What you do is who you are.
Who you are is your destiny.
Everyday think your way to your destiny!"
--- Deanette SchmidtOctober 14, 1998
" Leftovers in their less visible form are called memories,
Stored in the refrigerator of the mind and the cupboard of the heart."
--- Robert Fulghum --- Contributed by Kirk Scherz --- WashingtonOctober 14, 1998
" I have learned that if you must leave a place
That you have lived in and loved,
And where all of your yesterdays are buried deep --
Leave it any way except slow;
Leave it the fastest way you can.
Never turn back and believe that an hour you remember
Is a better hour because it is dead.
Past years seem safe ones, vanquished ones,
While the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance.
The cloud clears though, as you enter it.
I have learned this, but like everyone,
I learned it late."
--- Beryl Markham
--- Kindly sent in by Sandi Murdock --- WashingtonOctober 12, 1998
" All the memories are of stopping and staying awhile.
I realize that I have driven too fast through life,
Carrying in my baggage too much impatience and apprehension,
Missing too many chances and passing too many people in the dust."
--- Life on the Road by Charles Kuralt,
--- Sent in by Mark Anderson --- New JerseyOctober 12, 1998
Subject: Music within us
" The stone is our heart, the sling is our instrument."
--- By Terry Burton --- IndianaOctober 9, 1998
" To acquire knowledge, one must study;
But to acquire wisdom, one must observe."
--- Marilyn vos Savant
--- Sent in by Chen Fawn Meng --- MalaysiaOctober 7, 1998
" The key to true happiness is having realistic expectations;
A cigar is just a cigar, and a job is just a paycheck."
--- Author Unknown
--- Sent to us by KH KOH --- SingaporeOctober 7, 1998
" A champion is someone who gets up even when they can't."
--- Author Unknown
--- Sent in by Margaret, Age 14 --- Illinois & Wes Wright --- TexasOctober 5, 1998
" Love can never be repaid.
It can only be passed on."
--- Pastor Rueben Groeller
--- Contributed by Cary Kent --- MinnesotaOctober 5, 1998
" Sometimes a hard cookie is worth a chipped tooth. "
--- James L. ChamberlainOctober 2, 1998
" The way life treats you is a merciless mirror image
Of your attitude toward life."
--- Unknown --- Sent in by DRLooper --- North CarolinaOctober 2, 1998
" A smile can brighten the darkest day."
--- Karen Ahrens --- Horssen, The NetherlandsSeptember 25, 1998
" Man is made or unmade by himself;
In the armory of thought
He forges weapons by which he destroys himself;
He also fashions the tools
With which he builds for himself
Heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace..."
--- Doug RobinsonSeptember 25, 1998
" We are all unique in our goals and beliefs.
Diversity brings beauty to our existence."
--- Lori Hard --- CaliforniaSeptember 21, 1998
" In the time required on average for you to condemn a person
Who fails to satisfy your religious, moral, or personal expectations,
Another of your brain cells is irreplaceably lost.

Although there isn't a direct relationship between these two facts,
It does make one wonder
If perhaps there might not be something better
You could be doing with the brain cells you have left.."
--- R.B. Fairchild's Misanthropic Philosophy of the Week
--- Sent in by Carly B., Age 16 --- CaliforniaSeptember 21, 1998
" I know of no more encouraging fact
Than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life
By conscious endeavor. "
--- H. D. Thoreau --- Contributed by Naomi Sena --- CaliforniaSeptember 18, 1998
" More than any other human problem,
Loneliness, the absence of meaningful human connection,
Drains the joy and sense of purpose from our lives.

It explains why people go to shopping centers
Who have no intention of shopping ...
They just need to be somewhere where other people are,
Hoping that among the hundreds of strangers passing by,
They will find one familiar friendly face.

It explains why people come home from work or school
And immediately switch on the television.
They are not interested in the program; much of time,
They do not even know what is on.
But they are desperate for the sound
Of another human voice in their lives."
--- Harold Kushner
--- Submitted by Mark Anderson --- New JerseySeptember 18, 1998
" Creativity?
The 'stuff' that happens between the 'hmm' and the 'AHA'."
--- Dan Yovich --- Purdue University, IndianaSeptember 16, 1998
" You cannot teach people anything.
You can only help them discover it within themselves."
--- Galileo --- Contributed by MeghanSeptember 14, 1998
" The difference between a flower and a weed is a judgement!"
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Fran Sawyer --- FloridaSeptember 11, 1998
" The wise man in a storm prays to God,
Not for safety from danger,
But for deliverance from fear."
--- Ralph Waldo Emerson
--- Contributed by Laureen M., Age 14 --- WashingtonSeptember 11, 1998
" I'd rather be a failure at something I enjoy
Than to be a success at something I hate."
--- George Burns
--- Contributed by Ron Obringer --- PennsylvaniaSeptember 9, 1998
" The challenge with raising children
Is that they don't come with owners manuals
And the parts keep changing. "
--- W.H. Mertz IIISeptember 7, 1998
" The means for which we live
Have outdistanced the ends for which we live.
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.
We have guided missiles and misguided men."
--- Martin Luther King Jr. --- Sent in by Mark Anderson --- New JerseySeptember 7, 1998
" War does not determine who is right,
But who is left!"
--- Andrew Goligowski --- MinnesotaSeptember 4, 1998
Luke: "I don't believe it."
Yoda: "That, is why you fail."
--- Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back
--- Sent in by Chris Ducat --- WisconsinSeptember 4, 1998
" Next time you're feeling perfect...
Try walking on water!"
--- Author Unknown
--- Sent in by Susanne Duncan --- GermanySeptember 2, 1998
" Don't just aspire to something better,
BE something better.
Make the change, right now."
--- Chad King --- TexasSeptember 2, 1998
" Never take a NO from somebody
That is not empowered to say YES."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Roger Mageau --- Ontario,Canada