Hidden Gold Somewhere in All of Us


“Often we are not aware of how close we are to that which we need but we think we do not have. In His grace, God has placed some hidden gold somewhere in all of us that meets our need at a desperate moment.”
~ Ravi Zacharias,
Christian Apologist, Author, Radio Host, Scholar &
Founder & Chairman of the Board – Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

Light in The Darkness

“Way Maker
Miracle worker
Promise keeper
Light in the darkness
My God
That is who you are
You are here
Touching every heart
I worship you
I worship you
You are here
Healing every heart
I worship you
I worship you
You are here
Turning lives around
I worship you
I worship you
You are here
Mending every heart
I worship you
I worship you”
~ Osinachi “Sinach ” Joseph
Singer, Songwriter & Senior Worship Leader
~

Temporary Processes, Permanent Promises

“The process is temporary, but the promise is permanent.”
~ Samuel Rodriguez,
Founder & President – National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference,
Evangelist, Pastor, Movie Producer, Civil Rights Activist, Television Personality & Author

The Storm Will When Sunshine Cannot

“The storm will reveal what the sunshine can’t. Storms reveal what has been concealed.
You asked God to show you. He sent the storm so you could see.”
~ KD Bowe,
Network Radio & Syndication Broadcaster, Owner – KDB Productions,
Signature Voice-Over Artist, Atlanta Falcon’s In-Stadium Announcer
~ K.D. Bowe

Sing in the Desert, Dance in the Promise-Land

“You have to learn to sing in the ‘desert’,
before you can dance in the ‘promise land’.”
~ Samuel Rodriguez,
Founder & President – National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference,
Evangelist, Pastor, Movie Producer, Civil Rights Activist, Television Personality & Author

When Life Throws Rocks

“When life throws you rocks, build an alter.”
~ Samuel Rodriguez,
Founder & President – National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference,
Evangelist, Pastor, Movie Producer, Civil Rights Activist, Television Personality & Author

Your Greatest Pains & Your Greatest Strengths

“In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.”
~ Drew Blyth Barrymore,
Actress, Author, Screenwriter,
Film Director, Producer, Model
and United Nations Ambassador

A Positive Outlook

“You need to be able to manage stress because hard times will come,
and a positive outlook is what gets you through.”
~ Marie Osmond,
Singer, Actress, Doll Designer, Co-Founder – Children’s Miracle Network,
Sewing Machine Entrepreneur, Embroidery Entrepreneur & Author

Caterpillar-Thoughts or A Butterfly-Life

“You can’t think caterpillar-thoughts and live a butterfly-life. “
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor – Lakewood Church, Motivational Speaker, Author & Executive Producer

The Church Must Be One

“The Church must be one because a fragmented Church is not much help to a fragmented world.”
~ Justo L. Gonzalez
Historian, Theologian, Author, Co-Founder – Apuntes, Co-Founder – Association for Hispanic Theological Education,
Co-Founder – Hispanic Theological Initiative & Washington Theological Consortium Ecumenism Award
~

A Sense of Humor Helps

“If you don’t have a sense of humor, you probably don’t have any sense at all.
A sense of humor reduces people and problems to their proper proportions.”
~ Canon J. John
Speaker, Storyteller, Evangelist, Social Activist & Author
~

When the Going Goes Tough

“When the going gets tough, I’m not always sure what you do.
I’m not saying that I know how to fix everything when the going gets tough, but I do know this: when the going goes tough, you don’t quit,
and you don’t fold up, and you don’t go in the other direction.”
~ John Madden
Football Coach, Sportscaster, Super Bowl XI winner, Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award (2002), Pro Football Hall of Fame (2006), Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame (1991), Yahoo Sports Top 50 All Time Network Television Sports Announcers, California Hall of Fame (2009), NSSA National Sportscaster of the Year (1984), NSSA Hall of Fame inductee (2010) & Emmy Awards (16X)

Tribulation without Stain

“God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it,
not without pain but without stain.”
~ C.S. Lewis
a.k.a. Clive Staples Lewis
,
Novelist, Poet, Academic, Medievalist, Literary Critic,
Essayist, Lay Theologian, Broadcaster, Lecturer, & Christian Apologist
~ Image via NAME HERE

Spotlighting with Celebrity

“A celebrity can help put a spotlight on a problem, a crisis and a need.”
~ Sela Ward,
Actress, Author, Producer, Spokesperson, Philanthropist, Prime-time Emmy Awards (2X) & Golden Globe Award

Pressures & Needs

“Drinking intensifies all your pressures and your needs.”
~ Desi Arnaz,
a.k.a. Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III,
Actor, Musician, Television Producer, Author,
Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars (2x) & Golden Globe Award (1956)

It’s Not Like the End of the World

“Sure, I suffered a lot. But it’s not like the end of the world and
it’s not who I am. I lead quite a pleasant life and
I’m able to divorce a perceived reality from my actual experience of life.
I find forgiveness to be really healthy.”
~ Ben Affleck,
a.k.a. Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt
Actor, Director, Producer Screenwriter, Academy Awards (2X), Golden Globe Awards (3X),
BAFTA Awards (2X), Screen Actors Guild Awards (2X), Humanitarian, Philanthropist,
Directors Guild Award, Producers Guild Award, Co-Founder – Eastern Congo Initiative , Co-Owners –Pearl Street Films

 

That Color on Purpose

“People are valuable regardless of the color of their skin.
You can be open about it and talk about it. You don’t have to pretend that you are not different,
but you can learn about those differences God didn’t say, ‘Ooh, I made you brown on accident.’
He made them that color on purpose. And if you do not have friendships with other races,
then ask God to bring you some. He will.”
~ Nicole C. Mullen,
Singer, Songwriter & Choreographer.

Just Because One Thing Went Wrong

“The world doesn’t end just because one thing goes wrong.”
~ Shelley Duvall,
Actress, Producer, Writer, Narrator Singer,
& Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress (1977)

Like You Have an ‘S’ on Your Chest

“People love that you’re human and that we’re frail and we face the same situations.
Honesty tends to communicate with people better than standing up there like you have an ‘S’ on your chest.”
~ TobyMac,
a.k.a. Toby McKeehan
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Author,
American Music Awards (2012), Billboard Music Awards (2X),
Grammy Awards (3X), GMA Dove Awards (19X)

Healing On a Public Stage

“Prayer and encouraging words change things. We’re all human. We all go through stuff.
The hardest part about being a celebrity is having to heal on a public stage. That’s the worst.
Imagine going through a scandal, or a divorce, or a death in the family, and running into fans on the street.
Because of where my heart is, my instinct is to put my sadness aside,
and give them a smile or a hug, no matter how bad I’m feeling.
And the appreciation of fans can refuel your spiritual tank in those situations.
But until you’re famous, people don’t realize how difficult that is.”
~ Al B. Sure!,
a.k.a Albert Joseph Brown III
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Radio Host, Record Executive,
Sony Innovators Talent Search  (1987), American Music Award – Best New R&B Artist,
Soul Train Award Award – Best New Artist, New York Music Awards,

Challenges & Lessons

“Everyone has challenges and lessons to learn – we wouldn’t be who we are without them.”
~ Sean Combs,
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Record Executive, Actor, Entrepreneur,
Grammy Awards (3X), MTV Video Music Awards (2X), Philanthropist,
Founder – Sean John, Founder – Daddy’s House Social Programs,
Council of Fashion Designers of America Award (2004) & NAACP Image Awards (2009),

Everyone Has Highs & Lows

“Everyone has highs and lows that they have to learn from,
but every morning I start off with a good head on my shoulders,
saying to myself, ‘It’s going to be a good day!’.”
~ Lindsay Lohan,
Actress, Businesswoman, Fashion Designer, Singer, Kids Choice Award (2006), Capri Awards (2007),
Teen Choice Award (4X), MTV Movie Award (3X), Hollywood Film Festival Award (2X),
Radio Disney Music Awards (2004) & 2nd SoHu Fashion Achievement Awards (2014)

This is When You Lose

“Really, you don’t lose until you stop trying.”
~ Laurence ‘Mr. T’ Tureaud,
Actor, Bodyguard, Television Personality & Retired Professional Wrestler

Focus on Your Answer

“Look forward and focus on your answered prayer and breakthrough
instead of focusing on the difficulties of today.”
~ Lisa Osteen Comes,
Associate Pastor – Lakewood Church & Author

The Size of Your Battle

“The size of your battle often times determines the size of your blessing.
So many people have had battle after battle, now get ready for blessing after blessing after blessing.”
~ Taketa Williams,
Pastor & Author

Divine Answers & Solutions

“God has answers and solutions. God has more answers than you have questions.
God has more provision than you have need, and God has more solutions than you have problems.”
~ Sarah Bowling,
Bible Teacher, International Speaker, Author, Pastor, Global Humanitarian & Founder – Saving Moses

Crises: Motivation for Innovation

“Crises provides the motivation for innovation. It is a call to change the way you do life.
The most important challenge will be to change yourself as well as to reinvent yourself in the process!
Go ahead! Make the change! Your future self will thank you!”
~ Juanita Bynum,
Singer, Author & Pastor

Enhancing Everything About You

“By taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are and what you’ve achieved
– and perhaps learned through a few mistakes, stumbles and losses
– you actually can enhance everything about you. Self-acknowledgment and appreciation
are what give you the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments.”
~ Jack Canfield,
Author, Motivational Speaker, Seminar Leader,
Corporate Trainer & Entrepreneur

Standing Adversity

“Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man;
but for one man who can stand prosperity,
there are a hundred that will stand adversity.”
~ Elvis Aaron Presley,
Musician, Singer & Actor

Others Are Going Through It, Too

“Just because you don’t know if other people are experiencing the same thing as you are,
it doesn’t mean that it’s not happening. Everybody doesn’t necessarily share everything.
Just know that what you’re going through, other people are going through it, too.”
~ Tyra Lynne Banks,
Television Personality, Talk Show Host, Producer,
Author, Actress, and Model

Life is a Gift

“To me, life is a gift, and it’s a blessing to just be alive.
And each person should learn what a gift it is to be alive no matter how tough things get.”
~ Tony Bennett
a.k.a Anthony Dominick Benedetto,
Singer, Artist/Painter &
Founder, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

A Sense of Humor Can Save You

“It’s good to be able to laugh at yourself
and the problems you face in life. Sense of humor can save you.”
~ Margaret Cho,
Stand-Up Comedian, Actress, Fashion Designer, Author & Singer-Songwriter.

Crying is Feeling

“I suppose I’ve always done my share of crying, especially when there’s no other way to contain my feelings.
I know that men ain’t supposed to cry, but I think that’s wrong.
Crying has always been a way for me to get things out which are buried deep, deep down.
When I sing, I often cry. Crying is feeling, and feeling is being human. Oh yes, I cry.”
~ Ray Charles,
Singer-Songwriter, Musician & Composer

Concentrate on the Solutions

“I think, at some level, if we concentrate on problems
as opposed to solutions, then you just create more problems.”
~ Suzanne de Passe,
Emmy Awards (2x), NAACP Image Awards, Golden Globe Award, Peabody Award, Syracuse University George Arents Award (2010),
Essence’s Hollywood Women of Power Visionary Award (2008), Savannah Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award (2008),
Black Enterprise Top 50 Hollywood Power Brokers (2007),
Center for The Advancement of Women Changing the Landscape for Women Honoree (2007), Jackie Robinson Foundation Trailblazer Award (2006),
Ebony Magazine Madame C. J. Walker Award (2004), Los Angeles Urban League Whitney M. Young Award (2003),
American Women in Radio and Television Silver Satellite Award (1999),
Revlon Business Woman of the Year Award (1994), Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame (1990), Essence Award (1989),
Women in Film Crystal Award (1988), Candace Award, National Coalition of 100 Black Women (1983, 1989)

Sometimes Life Hits You

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick.
Don’t lose faith.”
~ Steve Jobs,
Entrepreneur, Marketer, Inventor, &
Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of Apple, Inc.
Founder & CEO of  NeXT, Disney Legend (2013, posthumously)
Grammy Trustees Award (2012), California Hall of Fame (2007)
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Strength from Distress

“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.”
~Leonardo da Vinci,
Polymath: Painter, Sculptor, Architect, Musician,
Mathematician, Engineer, Inventor, Anatomist,
Geologist, Cartographer, Botanist, & Writer

A Battle with Our Name On It

“We all have a battle with our name on it, and until
we embrace the reality of the battle, we will miss the beauty of the victory.”
~ John Gray,
Comedian, Author, Speaker, Actor, Singer,
Associate Pastor – Lakewood Church, Playwright &
Senior Pastor – Redemption Church

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Adversity’s Special Moments

“Sometimes when you have adversity it brings along special moments in life.”
~ Vinny Testaverde,
National Football League (NFL) Quarterback (21 seasons), Heisman Trophy (1986), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1987–1992),
Cleveland Browns (1993–1995), Baltimore Ravens (1996–1997), New York Jets (1998–2003), Dallas Cowboys (2004),
New York Jets (2005), New England Patriots (2006), Carolina Panthers (2007), Pro Bowl (1996 & 1998),
Maxwell Award (1986), Davey O’Brien Award (1986), Walter Camp Award (1986), Sporting News Player of the Year (1986),
UPI Player of the Year (1986) & Consensus All-American (1986)

Life: A Lot of Colors & Situations

” Life is an awful lot of colors and situations to be handled.”
~ Diahann Carroll,
Actor, Advocate, Dancer, Model, Singer, Author, Philanthropist,
Tony Award (1962), Golden Globe Award (1969) & Television Academy Hall of Fame (2011)

Nothing Will Be Able to Defeat You

“Once you truly see that the very Spirit and power of Jesus resides on the inside of you,
NOTHING – no amount of debt, no disease, no problem of any kind –
will be able to defeat you.”
~ Kenneth Copeland,
Author, Singer, Co-Founder – Kenneth Copeland Ministries
& Co-Founder – Believer’s Voice of Victory

A Crisis, A Miracle

“Your crisis is God’s opportunity for a miracle.”
~ Marilyn Hickey,
Founder – Marilyn Hickey Ministries International
& Today with Marilyn & Sarah

Knowing You Are Loved

“If you enter this world knowing you are loved
and you leave this world knowing the same,
then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.”
~ Michael Jackson,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Dancer & Actor.

An Appreciation for the Downs & the Ups

“I’ve had 60 years of ups and downs, and all of the downs that I’ve had, I’m happy that I’ve had them because it’s taught me to appreciate all the ups.”
~ Patti LaBelle,
Singer, Songwriter, & Actress
~ Image via NAME HERE

You Don’t Have to Settle for It

“… if you don’t like the situation you’re in,
you don’t have to settle for it.”
~ Macy Gray,
Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Record Producer, Actress, Black Reel Award (2011),
Brit Award (2x), Grammy Award (2001), MTV Video Music Award (2x)
& Pollstar Concert Industry Award (2001)

Thinkers Reap the Greatest Rewards

“The people who think — the people who solve problems
or entertain or inform — in a creative fashion
are the ones who reap the greatest rewards.”
~ Anthony R. Michalski,
Publisher & Curator

If We Would Just Hang on Long Enough

” God has promised to every single one of us that
even in our hardest times,
if we would just hang on long enough,
the blessing will come.”
~ Beth Moore,
Evangelist, Author, Bible Teacher
& Founder – Living Proof Ministries

Solutions & Promises

“There is nothing that you will face for which
God has not already provided a solution or promise.”
~ IV Hilliard,
Senior Pastor & Founder – New Light Christian Center

A Tarzan Yell at B.G.

“I was once asked to do my Tarzan yell at Bergdorf Goodman,
and a guard burst in with a gun!
Now, I only do it under controlled circumstances.”
~ Carol Burnett,
Actress, Comedienne, Singer & Writer,

Your Freedom

“It’s time for your freedom.”
~ Kenneth Copeland,
Singer, Author, Co-Founder – Kenneth Copeland Ministries
& Co-Founder – Believer’s Voice of Victory

Problem-Creating Thinking

“We can’t solve problems
by using the same kind of thinking
we used when we created them.”
~ Albert Einstein,
Theoretical Physicist, Nobel Prize for Physics (1921),
Barnard Medal (1920), Nobel Prize in Physics (1921),
Matteucci Medal (1921), ForMemRS (1921), Copley Medal (1925),
Gold Medal – Royal Astronomical Society (1926), Max Planck Medal (1929),
& Time Person of the Century (1999)

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

Overcoming Tough Things

“I think everybody has tragedy in their life. Everybody has hurdles in their life.
Everybody has tough things to overcome.
My kids say to me, ‘This isn’t fair.’ I said, ‘Life isn’t fair.’
Everybody has their issues. It’s how you handle your issues that distinguishes you.”
~ Maria Owings Shriver,
Journalist, Author,
First Lady of California (November 2003-January 2011)
Peabody Award Winner, Emmy Awards Winner,
& Academy of Television Art & Sciences Award Winner

That Book, It’s My Life

“Inside that book, it’s my life-all the places
where I’m hurting or I laughed
or I cried or I prayed.
And I’ve had to pray a lot!”
~ June Carter Cash,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Dancer, Comedian, Author,
Grammy Awards (5X) & Christian Music Hall of Fame (2009)

Laughing at Obstacles

“Don’t take yourself too seriously. Know when to laugh at yourself,
and find a way to laugh at obstacles that inevitably present themselves.
~ Halle Berry,
Actress, Model & Film Producer

Control the Flames

“Walking through this life is really walking through fire.
As you get older, you realize there are fire extinguishers.
You do have an ability to control the flames.”
~ Chaka Khan,
Singer, Songwriter, Activist & Grammy Awards (10x)

Strength to Not Surrender

“Strength does not come from winning.
Your struggles develop your strengths.
When you go through hardships
and decide not to surrender,
that is strength.”
~ Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Actor, Producer, Businessman, Investor, Author,
Philanthropist, Activist, Politician,
Professional Bodybuilder & 38th Governor of California (2003-2011)

Whistle in a Barely Audible Way

“If the pressure is getting to you, whistle in a barely audible way.
It’s the best way I know of to let go of tension.
Music gets your mind off the situation, and
the act of whistling melts the tension out of your body.”
~ Fuzzy Zoeller,
a.k.a. Frank Urban Zoeller, Jr.
Professional Golfer, PGA Tour (10x),
PGA Tour Champion (2x), Masters Tournament (1979),
US Open (1084) & Bob Jones Award (1985)

When We Call Him

“Oh, I have never walked on water, and I have never calmed a storm.
Sometimes I’m hiding away from the madness around me
Like a child who’s afraid of the dark, but when I call on Jesus,
All things are possible; I can mount on wings like eagles’ and soar.
When I call on Jesus, mountains are gonna fall
’cause He’ll move Heaven and Earth to come rescue me, when I call.
Weary brother, broken daughter,
Widowed, widowed lover, you’re not alone.
If you’re tired and scared of the madness around you,
If you can’t find the strength to carry on
call Him in the morning, in the afternoon time
late in the evening. He’ll be there.
When your heart is broken,
And you feel discouraged,
You can just remember that He said
He’ll be there.”
~ Nicole C. Mullen,
Singer, Songwriter & Choreographer.

Look at Life in the Best Way You Can

“I think beauty comes from within.
If you’re happy and look at life in the best way you can,
even when there are problems,
it can make you beautiful on the outside.”
~ Faith Hill,
Singer, Actress & Record Producer

The Christmases in Our Lives

Christmas Family Together Joyful Good Memories or Bad
“It’s true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers.
But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life,
you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories.
Those memories, good and bad, are really what help
to keep a family together over the long haul.”
~ Caroline Kennedy,
Author, Attorney, Diplomat &
United States Ambassador to Japan

Precious in the Shade & the Sunshine

“But friendship is precious, not only in the shade,
yet in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement
the greater part of life is sunshine.”
~ Thomas Jefferson,
United States Minister to France (May 1785 – September 1789,
1st United States Secretary of State (March 1790 – December 1793)
2nd Vice President of the United States (March 1797 – March 1801)
3rd President of the United States (March 1801 – March 1809)
Founder – University of Virginia

Gifts, Talent & Ability

“I believe that God has put gifts and talents and ability on the inside of every one of us.
When you develop that and you believe in yourself,
you believe that you’re a person of influence, a person of purpose,
I believe you can rise up out of any situation.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Founder – Lakewood Church TV,
Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church & Author

Two Primary Choices

“There are two primary choices in life:
to accept conditions as they exist
or accept the responsibility for changing them.

~ Denis Waitley,
Motivational Speaker,
Consultant & Author

When You Overcome

“If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort,
eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.”
~ Patrick James “Pat” Riley ,
Professional Basketball Executive, Miami Heat Team President (1995- ), Motivational Speaker, Author,
Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), NBA Championships (2012 & 2013: Miami Heat)
Head Coach (1995-2003 & 2005-2008), NBA All-Star Game Head Coach (9x)
NBA Coach of the Year (1989–90: Los Angeles Lakers, 1992–93: New York Knicks & 1996–97: Miami Heat)
10 Greatest Coaches in NBA History Award (1996) & Los Angeles Lakers’ Championship Team Player (1972)

Our Best, Always


“Always Do Your Best.
Your best is going to change from moment to moment;
it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick.
Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will
avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.”
~ Don Miguel Ruiz,
Author & Teacher
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Dedicated & Passionate

“Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success
if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”
~ Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela,
Activist, Politician, Philanthropist, Lawyer,
1st President of South Africa, Philanthropist
Nobel Peace Prize Awardee(1993) & Presidential Medal of Freedom Awardee

Reinventing the Self

“When things are bad, it’s the best time to reinvent yourself.”
~ George Lopez,
Comedian, Actor, Talk Show Host, Imagen Vision Award (2003),
Latino Spirit Award for Excellence in Television (2003),
National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Award,
& One of “The Top 25 Hispanics in America” by Time (2005)

Of Every Relationship & Every Institution.

… a clear, meaningful purpose and compelling ethical principles evoked from all participants
should be the essence of every relationship, and every institution.”
~ Dee Ward Hock,
Founder & former CEO of Visa

Never Let It Define the Future

“We embrace and respect our past,
(even if it was … up)
but we never let it define our future .”
~ Dwayne Douglas Johnson
a.k.a. The Rock,
Professional Wrestler, Actor, Author
& Founder of the Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation

Difficult Victories, Happiest Wins

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“The more difficult the victory,
the greater the happiness in winning.”
~ Pele
a.k.a Edson Arantes do Nascimento,
Footballer, Humanitarian, FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur (2013),
France Football’s Football Player of the Century (1999),
Player of the Century (1999), IOC Athlete of the Century (1999),
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1997)
Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (1994), Knight of the Order of Rio Branco (1967)
Commander of the Order of Rio Branco (1969) & Brasil Postage Stamp (1969),

Falling Apart, Falling Together

“I believe that everything happens for a reason.
… and sometimes good things fall apart
so better things can fall together.”
~ Marilyn Monroe
a.k.a. Norma Jeane Mortenson,
Actress, Model, Singer and Film Producer

Persistent, Unshakeable Gratitude

“Opportunities, relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned
to be grateful, no matter what happened in my life..”

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

Happiness Can Creep Up on You!

tears of joy,
“Even when there are times that we’re not happy,
happiness will creep in.”
~ Dyan Cannon,
a.k.a Samille Diane Friesen
Film & Television Actress, Director, Screenwriter, Editor, Producer,
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress,
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress,
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture,
& Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress

Past Successes

“Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them.
They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures,
and on the next action steps they need to take
to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals
rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.”
~ Jack Canfield,
Author, Motivational Speaker, Corporate Trainer, Entrepreneur,
Founder & CEO of The Canfield Training Group, Founder of The Foundation for Self-Esteem,
& Guinness World Record – 7 New York Times Best-sellers Listed simultaneously.

A Wildfire of Kindness

“When you are kind to someone in trouble,
you hope they’ll remember
and be kind to someone else,
and it’ll become like a wildfire.”
~ Whoopi Goldberg
a.k.a. Caryn Elaine Johnson,
Actress, Comedienne & Television Host
Academy/Oscar Award, Drama Desk Award, Daytime Emmy Award (2x)
Golden Globe Award (2x), Grammy Award, BAFTA Award,
Tony Award, People’s Choice Award (3x)
American Comedy Award (2x), Mark Twain Award for American Humor,
Women in Film Crystal Award, Honorary Member of Harlem Globetrotters,
Hans Christian Anderson Award & Ride of Fame Award

The Manicured, Romantic, Happy Believer

“I believe in manicures.
I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick.
I believe in pink.
I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner.
I believe in kissing, kissing a lot.
I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.
I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.
and
I believe in miracles.”

~ Audrey Hepburn,
Actress and Humanitarian

Creating Solutions

“We cannot solve our problems
with the same thinking
that we used when we created them.”
~ Albert Einstein,
Theoretical Physicist, Nobel Prize for Physics (1921),
Barnard Medal (1920), Matteucci Medal (1921), ForMemRS (1921),
Copley Medal (1925), Gold Medal – Royal Astronomical Society (1926),
Max Planck Medal (1929) & Time Person of the Century (1999)

A Kindness Destiny

“Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society.
It is a goal and an essential part of my life – a kind of destiny.
Whoever is in distress can call on me. I will come running wherever they are.”
~ Diana Frances Windsor,
Princess of Wales

Launching Pads Are Made of the Lowest Points

“Your lowest points are launching pads to God’s greatest promotions.”
~ Joseph Prince,
Author, Co-Founder & Pastor of New Creation Church

The Attitude of Choice

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing:
the last of the human freedoms —
to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one’s own way.”
~ Viktor Emil Frankl
Neurologist, Psychiatrist, Holocaust Survivor & Author
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The Chemistry for Miracles

“But, I think my mistakes became the chemistry for my miracles.
I think that my tests became my testimonies.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author & Filmmaker

So Much Fun!

“When I see myself on film it makes me smile; I mean making a good living doing what I enjoy is so much fun. I just hope that everyone has the chance to enjoy life like I do.”
~ Adrienne Barbeau,
Actress & Author

Mistakes: Opportunities to Overcome

“I don’t remember any mistakes, only opportunities to overcome problems.””
~ James Sorenson,,
Founder – Sorenson Companies & Philanthropist

You vs. Circumstances

“Do not let circumstances control you.
You change your circumstances.”
~ Jackie Chan,
Actor, Martial Artist, Film Director, Producer, Stuntman,
Singer, Clothier, Restaurateur, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist,
Founder – Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation &
Founder – Dragon’s Heart Foundation

Keepers of The Joy

“In life, we will always encounter difficult people.
Don’t allow them to frustrate you or steal your joy.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder, Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

Life is Like An Iceberg

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“Life is like an iceberg. Ninety percent is under the water, invisible to the naked eye.
The only way to understand the supernatural world is through the Bible.
I don’t know how I existed without knowing God, or living in His love 24/7,
or experiencing His peace no matter what the circumstances, or gaining His wisdom in all of life’s choices.
I can honestly say, “I now have no fear of lack, sickness, or even death.””
~ Sid Roth,
Founder – Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural!, Author, Talk Show Host & Telly Award (2010)

Our Lifestyle Choices: Coding Our Results

“Epigenetic research reveals that our lifestyle choices —
the foods we eat, the supplements we take, the exercise we pursue,
and even the emotional content of our daily experiences —
are all involved in orchestrating chemical reactions
that activate or deactivate parts of our genome
that will either code for outcomes that
threaten health and pave the way for disease
or create an internal environment
conducive to longevity and disease resistance.”
~ Joseph M. Mercola ,
Osteopathic Physician,
Entrepreneur & Natural Health Expert

Lacking the Faith

“It’s a lack of faith
that makes people afraid
of meeting challenges,
and I believe in myself.”
~ Muhammad Ali
a.k.a Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.
,
Boxer & Heavyweight Champion of the World (1964-1979, 3X)

Sticky Values

“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested,
they’re not values: they’re hobbies.”
~ Jon Stewart
a.k.a Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz
,
Comedian, Writer, Producer, Director, Actor, Media Critic,
& Television Host, The Daily Show (1999-2015)

Let It Slide, or Cook With It!

“I think the secret to happiness is having a Teflon soul.
Whatever comes your way, you either let it slide or you cook with it.”
~ Diane Lane,
Actress, National Society of Film Critics Award,
New York Film Critics Circle Award & Women in Film Crystal Award

An Idea, Problems or Wrongs!


“You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right.
If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.”
~ Steve Jobs,
Entrepreneur, Marketer, Inventor, &
Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of Apple, Inc.
Founder & CEO of NeXT, Disney Legend (2013, posthumously)
Grammy Trustees Award (2012), California Hall of Fame (2007)
‘Most Powerful Person in Business’ by Fortune Magazine (2007)
Entrepreneur of the Decade’ by Inc. Magazine (1989)
Jefferson Award for Public Service (1987) & National Medal of Technology (1985)

Elements of My Universe

“Every time I start chasing my tail, and I’m trying to control all these elements of my universe, I pray,
‘I’m not in control of any of this. I can just do the best I can.
Please guide me. Please help me figure how I can move through this in the way You would have me.'”
~ Cheryl Ladd,
Actress, Singer and Author

Anyone Can

“Anyone can give up; it’s the easiest thing in the world to do.
But to hold it together, when everyone else would understand
if you fell apart, that’s true strength.”
~ Author Unknown,
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Creators or Chameleons

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“People generally fall into one of three groups:
the few who make things happen,
the many who watch things happen,
and the overwhelming majority who have no notion of what happens.
Every person is either a creator of fact
or a creature of circumstance.
He either puts color into his environment,
or, like a chameleon, takes color from his environment.” 
~ Myles Munroe,
Inspirational / Motivational Speaker,
Founder of Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI),
Founder of Myles Munroe International (MMI),
CEO & Chairman of International Third World Leaders Association,
President of the International Leadership Training Institute &
Author

Enjoy the Roses Amidst the Thorns

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“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns,
or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
~ Abraham Lincoln,
16th President of the United States
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“You and I are strong enough to
not allow the ‘thorns’ of life
to keep us from enjoying life’s ‘roses’.”
~ Michelle ‘Chaella’ Boddie,
Blogger, Visual Artist,
Christmas Decor Stylist & Website Design Editor

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To Laugh at It

“Life is tough; and if you have the ability
to laugh at it, you have the ability to enjoy it.”
~ Salma Hayek,
Actress, Director, Producer
Glamour ‘Woman of the Year Award’ recipient (2001)
Producers Guild of America Celebration of Diversity Award recipient (2003)
Time ’25 Most Influential Hispanics’ recipient (2005) Continue reading “To Laugh at It”

Out of the Nightmare

“If I didn’t mould my reality then,
I’d still be in the ghetto,
where people like me are supposed to stay.
You have to dream your way out of the nightmare.”
~ will.i.am
a.k.a William James Adams
,
Founder of i.am Angel,
Director of Creative Innovation for Intel (2011),
Founder of The Back-Eyed Peas,
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur,
Actor, DJ, Record Producer, Philanthropist,
Grammy Awards (7), American Music Awards(8), Billboard Music Award,
Daytime Emmy Awards (2), Latin Grammy Award, Television Rack Awards (10),
Teen Choice Award, MTV Video Music Awards (2) and World Music Awards (3)

Being Calm

“PEACE:
It does not mean
to be in a place where there is
no noise, trouble or hard work.
It means to be in the midst of those things
and still be calm in your heart.”
~ Unknown,

“Let Go & Move Forward!”

“The truth is,
unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself,
unless you forgive the situation,
unless you realize that the situation is over,
you cannot move forward.”
~ Steve Maraboli,
Author

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“Sometimes we think we need to hold on, when we really need to let go!
Let go of the negative energy, events or people,
set some boundaries and start your new day!”
~ Jennifer Gayle

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Minor Troubles?

“A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles.”
~ Mignon McLaughlin,
Journalist, Author,
Writer (Redbook, Cosmopolitan & other magazines),
Copy Editor + Managing Editor (Glamour)

A Laugh Can Do It

“I have seen what a laugh can do.
It can transform almost unbearable tears
into something bearable, even hopeful.”
~ Leslie Townes Hope, KBE, KC*SG, KSS,
a.k.a Bob Hope

Comedian, Vaudevillian, Actor, Singer,
Dancer, Athlete, & Author
Academy Awards (1940, 1944, 1952, 1959, & 1965)
Congressional Gold Medal (1962), Presidential Medal of Freedom (1969)
Kennedy Center (1985), Television Hall of Fame (1987),
Ronald Reagan Freedom Award (1997)

Walk the Tightrope, Smiling

“A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance
to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.”
~ William Arthur Ward,
Author, Educator & Motivational Speaker

The Best Antidote!

“Good humor is a tonic for mind and body.
It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression.
It is a business asset.
It attracts and keeps friends.
It lightens human burdens.
It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.”
~ Grenville Kleiser,
Author & Public Speaking Instructor

Every Human’s Life

“Every man’s life
ends the same way.
It is only the details
of how he lived
and how he died
that distinguish one man from another.”
~ Ernest Miller Hemingway,
Author, Journalist
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, recipient (1953)
Nobel Prize in Literature, recipient (1954)

Take the Step, Please

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“Take the first step,
and your mind will mobilize all its forces to your aid.
The first essential is that you begin.
Once the battle is started, all that is within
and without you will come to your assistance.”
~ Robert Collier,
Author

Storm Stability

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“Celebrity hits like a bomb.
So, you have to find what makes you stable in the storm.
Then, no matter what’s happening around you,
no matter what the hype or the publicity,
you can still manage to make leaps in your work as an artist.”
~ Jimmy Smits,
Actor, Co-Founder – National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts,
Primetime Emmy Award (1990), Screen Actors Guild Awards (1995),
Golden Globe Awards (1996), Satellite Awards (1998),
ALMA Awards (2006) & Saturn Awards (2009)