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Ageing

Having recently celebrated another birthday I thought I would go and see what I have in my collections in regards to getting older.  And these are a few of the quotes that I came up with.

For some of us, age has a way of creeping up on us; and this first quote would seem to indicate the way age can come upon some of us.

 

“Time has laid his hand upon my heart, gently not smiting it; but as a Harper lays his open palm upon his harp to deaden its vibrations.”

Henry W Longfellow

The next one I have found is in point form and has some funny but true points.  I have had it in my collection for a long time now. And is titled –

You Know You Are Getting Old When . . .

Everything hurts, . . . And what doesn’t hurt, doesn’t work.

The gleam in your eye is the sun on your bifocals .

You feel like the morning after, but you haven’t been anywhere!

Your little black book only has names ending in M.D.

You get winded playing cards

You join a health club, but don’t go.

Your children begin to look middle age.

A dripping tap causes an uncontrollable urge.

You know all the answers, but nobody asks the questions!

You look forward to a dull evening.

You need glasses to find your glasses

You turn out the light for economy, instead of romance.

You sit in a rocking chair, but can’t make it go.

Your knee’s buckle, but your belt won’t!

Your back goes out more times than you do.

You put your Bra on back to front, and it fits better.

Your house is too big and your medicine cabinet is not big enough

You sink your teeth into a steak, and they stay there!

Your birthday cake sinks under the weight of the candles.

And when the candles are lit, the fire brigade comes

I hope you had a bit of a laugh at some of the points made in this quote, I know I did.  And some of them I can relate to. . . Can you?

While not directly relating to ageing these next couple of quotes remind us that there is a purpose to how we live our lives and the way we look at our lives. First is one from Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“Life is a journey, not a destination.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Looking at this quote it reminds me that my life is not the focus of my life.  It what happens along the way.  The experiences I have and how my life impacts on others that is what should be important to each of us.  Perhaps that is why I like our next and final quote for today.  From Thomas S Monson we have this –

“Life’s journey is not traveled on a freeway devoid of obstacles, pitfalls and snares. Rather it is a pathway marked by forks and turnings. Decisions are constantly before us.  To make them wisely, courage is needed; the courage to say no, the courage to say yes.  Decisions do determine destiny.”

Thomas S Monson

Decisions not only effect our destinies, they can effect how we enjoy our lives and how we impact those around us. Whether it be a positive impact or a negative one, it is our choice.

But that’s enough from me for now. So I will bid all adieu for now. Till next time.

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Quote of The Day

In looking through my quote collection I have found that I have a large number of quotes dealing with enthusiasm.  So I would like to share a few of them with you today.  It is possible that the ones I share with you I may have already done so in previous posts, so I ask your tolerance if I have posted these before in previous posts.

Unfortunately I have not recorded the source of these two quotes, but all I can tell you is that they both define what Enthusiasm is. Firstly –

 

“Enthusiasm is an emotion.”

Secondly –

Enthusiasm is not merely a figure of speech, it is a vital force that you can harness and use with profit.”

Well that is it for now I will share more quotes on enthusiasm over the next few posts.  So have an enthusiastic day people, until next time.

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Quote of The Day

I was looking through some quotes that my eldest son had given me as a present a few years ago and I came across a couple that I would like to share with you all.

The first is from a writer that my eldest son likes a lot.  And who has written a number of books and was a well known speaker on BBC radio during the 2nd World War. Better known as C.S. Lewis, Clive Staples Lewis a former atheist wrote many books, among the better known ones are the Narnia Chronicles (The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe etc).

However among the quotes that my son sent me this one stood out to me, this one deals with testing belief.  This quote comes from his book – ‘A Grief Observed’, printed in 1961.

 

“You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.  It is easy for you to believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as you are merely using it to cord a box.  But suppose that you had to hang by that rope over a precipice.  Wouldn’t you then first discover how much you really trusted it? . . . Only a real risk test the reality of a belief.

Clive Staples Lewis

Next is a quote dealing with Crisis.  This come from a book called ‘The Different Drum’, by Morgan Scott Peck (1936 – 2005), who was an American psychiatrist and best selling author , who’s first book, ‘The Road Less Traveled’, sold over ten million books.

“It may seem strange that we should want to look at our lives as an everyday crisis.  But I am reminded of the Chinese word for crisis, which consists of two characters: one represents “danger” and the other “hidden opportunity.”  Certainly we should like our lives to be one of daily opportunity . . . Contrary to what many might believe, the healthy life is hardly one marked by an absence of crisis.  In fact an individual’s psychological health is distinguished by how early he or she can meet crisis.”

M Scott Peck

It might be just me, but I think that these two quotes go together and they look at the same thing in different ways.  Testing our beliefs can bring us to a crisis and help us to understand who we are and our place in life & society and can help us to work out where we want to go with our lives.

Anyway that’s all from me today, have fun and take care.  Until next time.

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Quote of the Day

First off an apology as I din’t get to post yesterday due to family & other commitments.  And since i didn’t get to post yesterday you get a double dose today.

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and this weekend is our General Conference weekend where our leaders give us guidence and direction.  the folowing quote is from an article in a church magazine called the “Ensign.” The  article was written by Joseph B Wirthlin, an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The article is entitled “Finding A Safe harbour” and can be found in the May 2000 issue of the above magazine on page 59.

“In our own storms in life the Savior is our solace and our sanctuary.  If we seek peace, we must come unto Him…The gospel gives us that harbor of enduring safety and security.  The living prophet and the apostles today are as lighthouses in the storm.  Steer towards the light of the restored gospel and the inspired teachings of those who represent the Lord on earth.”

 Joseph B Wirthlin

Next  I would like you to about what you want most in life as the next quote gives an idea in how you can achieve it.  Unfortunately I cannot tell you who said it, but it does contain a lot of truth.

“We become what we think . .  . . . Always.”

So I hope you find value in these two quotes.  Until tomorrow.

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Quote of The Day

Our quote for today deals with thinking.  Something that I think I have posted before but it is a personal favorite of mine so here it is again.

 

“Thinking is the hardest thing we do, that is probly why so few indulge in it.”

 

Give it some thought people, it will help you with all that you do.  Another one tomorrow, till then, Adieu.

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Thinking – Or What Thought Can Do

The Thinking Man sculpture at Musée Rodin in Paris

The Thinking Man sculpture at Musée Rodin in Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the things I have noticed throughout my life is the amount of thinking or thought people give to what they do with their lives. Most people don’t think or give a great deal of thought to what they do. Most of them just either go with the flow or react to what happens around them. Instead of giving thought to what they wanted to do.
So my theme for today is about thinking. As a martial artist one of the earliest things I learned was this:

“Think before you act, act before you think.”

In other words, learn how to react to a given set of circumstances, so that when those circumstances came you would not have to think about what to do as you already knew how to react to them.
One of my favourite quotes on this theme is:

“Thinking is the hardest thing we do, that is probably why so few indulge in it.”

This goes along with what I was saying earlier about people not giving a lot of thought to what they do with their lives.

“We become what we think . . . . . . always.”

And in the same vein, this one relates, in a way, to the sort of people and situations that we often find ourselves involved with or in.

“You attract the things you give a great deal of thought to.”

Whether you think positive or negative thoughts, the most dominant type of thought is the sort of thing that you will have to face or be involved in.
When I need to do some deep or heavy thinking I always use this, or approach my subject matter with the contents of this next quote.

“I keep six honest serving men; they taught me all I know. Their names are; what, where, when, why, how and who”.

I have always found it very easy and helpful to use these six words as a basis for my thinking. And the thing I like most about them is that they always approach each problem or challenge in a manner that will help you to resolve or reach a solution in a more positive manner than any other way.
To finish off our theme for today here is a poem by a gentleman by the name of Walter D Wintle.

The Man Who thinks He Can

If you think you beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don’t
If you like to win, but think you can’t
It’s almost a cinch, you won’t
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost

For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you’re outclassed, you are.
You’ve got to think high to rise.

You’ve got to be sure of yourself before you can win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later to the man who thinks he can!

Walter D Wintle

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