Everyday Epiphanies

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies,
those transcendent moments of awe
that change forever how we experience life and the world.

~ John Milton
Poet, Polemicist, Man of Letters
& Civil Servant – Commonwealth of England

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For Your Blessings, …

“Be true to yourself,
help others,
make each day your masterpiece,
make friendship a fine art,
drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible,
build a shelter against a rainy day,
give thanks for your blessings and
pray for guidance every day.”
~ John Wooden,
Basketball Player, UCLA Head Coach (1948–1975), Author,
Lecturer, The Sporting News “Greatest Coach of All Time” (2009)

If …, You’ll End Up Having More

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Oprah Gail Winfrey,
Chairwoman & CEO of Harpo Productions,
Chairwoman, CEO & CCO of Oprah Winfrey Network,
Television Host, Producer, Author, Actress & Philanthropist

Thankfulness: The Beginning of Gratitude

“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude.
Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness.
Thankfulness may consist merely of words.
Gratitude is shown in acts.”
~ Henri Frederic Amiel,
Moral Philosopher, Poet & Critic

When You Rise, Give Thanks

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks
for the light,
for your life,
for your strength.
Give thanks
for your food and
for the joy of living.
If you see no reason to give thanks,
the fault lies in yourself.”
~ Tecumseh,
Shawnee Warrior & Chief, Orator & Founder – Prophetstown

Limitations Inspire Creativity

“… out of limitations comes creativity.”
~ Debbie Allen
a.k.a. Deborrah Kaye Allen
,
Actress, Choreographer, Dancer, Film Director,
Television Director, Television Producer
Primetime Emmy Award (1982, 1983, 1991), Golden Globe Award (1982)

Energy for Thankfulness & Giving

“Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit
our energies to giving thanks and just giving.”
~ Amy Grant,
Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Author, Media Personality,
Grammy Awards (6X), Gospel Music Association Dove Awards (22X)
& Hollywood Walk of Fame (star)

Less Than 100% Perfect

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“I wish there were two of me and 48-hour days
so I could get everything done.
But for me, I have to not try and think that everything
has to be 100% perfect all the time
and leave room for error.
As long as my kids feel loved and a priority,
everything really is secondary.”
~ Jessica Alba,
Actress, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Not Being Perfect

“It’s been hard, but I’ve finally
come to the realization that it’s okay to not be perfect.”
~ Jessica Simpson,
Singer, Actress & Philanthropist

Realize Your Own Value

“We many times sell ourselves short,
not only in relationships
but throughout our own lives.
Hopefully, we come around at some point
and realize our own value.”
~ Jennifer Nettles,
Singer, Songwriter & Musician

Being Honest One Moment at a Time

“It is a full time job being honest one moment at a time,
remembering to love, to honor, to respect.
It is a practice, a discipline, worthy of every moment.”
~ Jasmine Guy,
Actress, Director, Singer & Dancer
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A Mountain So High …

“I think when you begin to think of yourself as having achieved something,
then there’s nothing left for you to work towards.
I want to believe that there is a mountain so high
that I will spend my entire life striving to reach the top of it.”
~ Cicely Tyson,
Actress, Fashion Model, Tony Award – Best Actress in a Play (2013),
BFCA and SAG Awards (The Help, 2011), SAG Award nominations (4x, The Help, 2011)
NAACP’s Spingarn Medal (2010), Primetime Emmy Awards nominee (12x) Continue reading “A Mountain So High …”

Don’t Block Your Blessings

“Don’t block your blessings. Don’t let doubt stop you
from getting where you want to be.”
~ Jennifer Hudson,
Singer, Actress, Spokesperson, Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award,
Screen Actors Guild Award , Grammy Award (2x),
Daytime Emmy & Hollywood Walk of Fame (Star)

You’re Nearly Through. You’re SO Close!

“RISE UP, BELOVED”, cries JESUS. “You are NEARLY through transition. You are SO close.
Don’t lie down on the battlefield, now, when you are SO close to victory.
I AM your strength, I AM your future, I AM your purpose, I AM your Deliverer.
You shall surely see My goodness in the land of the living.
Your harvest is upon you.”
~ Wendy Alec,
Co-Founder, President & CEO – GOD TV, Writer, TV Producer,
Film Maker, Director – WarBoys Entertainment London,
Global Platinum Award (2016), Gold Awards (2X), Angel Awards (20X),giv
Outstanding Contribution to Literature Award, Best Fiction Award,
& Outstanding Fiction Writer (Exceptional Writers Awards)

When Things Aren’t Perfect

“You have to be reasonable with yourself
and not feel guilty when things aren’t perfect.”
~ Jaclyn Smith ,
Actress, Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Award (1989) & Businesswoman

Nothing in My Life That’s So UGH

“I don’t regret what I’ve been through.
I’ve had ups and downs, super highs and some really low lows.
I’ve been so blessed that I could never say, ‘I wish this didn’t happen.’
It’s part of who I am. There’s nothing in my life that’s so ugh.”
~ Jennifer Lynn Lopez
Actress, Author, Fashion Designer,
Dancer, Producer & Singer

Mistakes: Learn From Them & Move Forward

“Like everyone else, I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life.
The only way I know how to handle them is to learn from them and move forward.”
~ Alex Rodriguez,
Professional Baseball Shortstop/Third Baseman:
Seattle Mariners (1994–2000), Texas Rangers (2001–2003), New York Yankees (2004–2013, 2015–2016)
All-Star (14x: 1996–1998, 2000–2008, 2010, 2011), World Series Champion (2009), AL MVP (3X: 2003, 2005, 2007),
Gold Glove Award (2X: 2002, 2003), Silver Slugger Award (10X: 1996, 1998–2003, 2005, 2007, 2008),
AL Hank Aaron Award (2001–2003, 2007) & Grand Slams with 25.

What Comes Out is Going to Impress

“I can give you the King’s English and then I can take it to the street,
but do both or do one and don’t do one knowing only the street.
That’s going to hold you back because what comes out is going to impress people,
and it will impress them negatively.”
~ Angela Bassett,
Actress, Author, Saturn Award, Image Awards (5x),
Golden Globe  & Black Reel Award

Completely Broke (Temporarily)

“When I got out of Yale Drama School,
I was completely broke.”
~ Courtney B. Vance,
Actor, Author, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor …,
Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, Clarence Derwent Award,

Failing All the Time

“My mantra is: Realize you’re going to fail all the time, and accept it.
That doesn’t mean I’m not frightened of it.”
~ Mark Burnett,
Television & Film Executive Producer, Author, President – MGM Television and Digital Group,
Emmy Awards (12x), Producers Guild of America Awards (5x),
Critics’ Choice Television Awards (7x), People’s Choice Awards (6x)

The Soul of a Singer

“I have the soul of a singer and do splendidly in the shower but the world will never hear it.
Basically, I’m the only Irish person who can’t carry a tune.”
~ Roma Downey,
Actress, Producer, & President – LightWorkers Media,

Angels Along Your Way

“I could not have made it this far
had there not been angels along the way.”
~ Della Reese
a.k.a. Delloreese Patricia Early,
Nightclub, Jazz, Gospel Singer, Pop Singer, Film Actress,
Television Actress, Talk-show Hostess & Ordained Minister