The Influence of the Human Spirit

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit.
We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”
~ Wilma Rudolph,
Sprinter, Olympic Games Gold Medal 1960 Rome 100 M , Olympic Games Gold Medal 1960 Rome 200 M, Olympic Games Gold medal 1960 Rome,
Olympic Games Bronze Medal 1956 Melbourne, United Press International Athlete of the Year (1960),
Associated Press Woman Athlete of the Year (1960 & 1961), James E. Sullivan Award (1960), Babe Didrikson Zaharias Award (1962),
National Sports Award (1993), Fraternal Order of Eagles Award, Black Sports Hall of Fame (1973), U.S. National Track and Field Hall of Fame (1974),
U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame (1983), National Women’s Hall of Fame (1994), National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame (2001)
& U.S. Postal Service Distinguished Americans Postage Stamp (2004)
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It is a Calamity Not to Dream

“The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals.
The tragedy lies in not having any goals to reach.
It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled,
but it is a calamity not to dream.”
~ Benjamin E. Mays,
President – Morehouse College (August 1940 – July 1967), Minister,
Civil Rights Icon & Schomburg Honor Roll of Race Relations Inductee,

The Day of the Dreamer Has Come

“We have come to know that thinking is a spiritual process,
that vision and imagination precede action and event —
that the day of the dreamer has come.”
~ Anthony R. Michalski,
Publisher & Curator

Motherhood is Absolutely Amazing

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“Motherhood is a dream. It really is absolutely amazing.”
~ Jessica Simpson,
Singer, Actress & Philanthropist

It Was Just a Dream

“I can’t believe this is happening to me.
The weirdest thing is it was just a dream,
and now it’s actually real.
It’s hard to believe sometimes.”
~ Carrie Underwood,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Grammy Awards (7X), Billboard Music Awards (10X),
Academy of Country Music Awards (14X), American Music Awards (12X),
CMA Awards (8X) & Guinness World Record

Writes Them Down & Puts Them in Bible

“Every year for New Years
I write down all of my goals and dreams
and put them in my Bible.
At the end of the year
I go and pull the paper out and
check this off and check that off.”
~ Nene Leakes,
a.k.a. Linnethia Monique Johnson,
Television Personality, Actress, Presenter, Author & Fashion DesigneR

Shrinking Dreams to Fit Incomes

“While most people are shrinking their dreams, constantly, to fit within their income circle,
2% of the population are finding ways to increase their income to fit their dreams’ circle.”
~ Dani Johnson,
Author, Speaker, TV Host, Radio Host & Entrepreneur

One Step Closer to the Dream

“Every setback means you’re one step closer
to seeing the dream come to pass.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor, Motivational Speaker & Author

Your Golden Dream

“You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream.
You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.”
~ Diana Ross,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Record Singer & Author

They Don’t Always Dream Your Dream

“The thing you have to be prepared for is that
other people don’t always dream your dream.”
~ Linda Ronstadt,
Grammy Awards (11X), American Music Awards (3X), Academy of Country Music Awards (2X),
Emmy Award (1989), ALMA Award, Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2011),
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2016), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2014),
National Medal of Arts and Humanities Award (2014) & Consecutive Platinum Albums (8)

A Broom-Handle Mic

“I was a shy kid with a broom handle
that I pretended was a microphone.”
~ Patti LaBelle,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Grammy Awards (1992, 1999), NAACP Image Awards (1986, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006 (2x))
Grammy Hall of Fame (2004), Hollywood Walk of Fame, World Music Awards – Legend Award (2005), Soul Train Music Awards – Heritage Award (1995),
Essence Awards – Triumphant Spirit Award (1998), BET Walk of Fame Award (2001), Lady of Soul Awards – Lena Horne Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), Continue reading “A Broom-Handle Mic”

A New Year of Never-Been Things

“And now we welcome the
New Year,  full of things that have never been.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke.,
a.k.a. René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke
Poet & Novelist

These Are My Best Years

“I used to think that my best years were my twenties.
But now I have the home of my dreams, the man of my dreams,
my daughter is grown, my mother is happy.
These are my best years. My sixties are my best years.
Age ain’t nothing but a number. It’s your attitude that counts.”
~ Monica Kaufman Pearson,
Television Broadcast Journalist, News Anchor (WSB-TV Atlanta, 37 yrs),
Radio Host, Guest Lecturer, College Instructor, Columnist & Emmy Awards (33X)

Reaching for a Dream

“This is for all of you out there …, reaching for a dream – don’t ever give up!
Never ever listen to anyone, when they try to discourage you, because they do that, believe me!”
~ Mariah Carey,
Singer, Song-writer, Actress, Record Producer & Philanthropist

Bigger-Than-You Dreams

“God puts dreams in your heart
that are bigger than you
so that you will rely on Him and His power.”
~ Tony Evans,
Founder & Senior Pastor – Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship,
Founder & President – The Urban Alternative,
Former Chaplain – Dallas Cowboys, Chaplain – Dallas Mavericks,
Radio Broadcaster – The Alternative, & Television Broadcaster

A Culture of Narcissism

“Self-admiration has created a culture of narcissism and a “love gap” that diminishes us.
What the world needs most is a love that is the polar opposite of narcissism.
A love that is selfless and self-abandoning.
A love that does not ask,
“What’s in it for me?” but “What’s in it for those I am privileged to know?”
A love that isn’t about being served but serving others.
Your dreams come alive when you are preoccupied with making other people’s dreams come true.
That is where real happiness is found.”
~ Mark Chironna,
Pastor, Life Coach & Author

Your Vision, Dream, Goal, Heart’s Desire: Your PLAN

“Don’t call it a dream.  Call it a plan.”
~ Author Unknown,

He Recognized Destiny Calling

“I was a wife and a mother, and I was completely fulfilled.
But my husband recognized the signals in me which said,
“I’ve been doing enough gardening, I’ve cooked enough good dinners,
I’ve sat around the house and mooned about what more interior decoration
I can get my fingers into.”
It’s a curious thing with actors and actresses,
but suddenly the alarm goes off.
My husband is a very sensitive person to my moods
and he recognized the fact that I had to get on with something.
‘Mame’ came along out-of-the-blue, just at this time.
Now isn’t that a miracle?”
~ Angela Lansbury
a.k.a Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury,
Actress, Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Writer
Golden Globe Awards (6x), Tony Awards (5x),
& Grammy Award

Actress, singer, Songwriter, Producer, Writer

Without a Nickel, Without a Dream

“A broke man is not a man without a nickel,
but a man without a dream.”
~ Jesse Duplantis,
Pastor, Covenant Church | Co-Founder, Jesse Duplantis Ministries (JDM)
TV Host | Co-Founder, Christians United for Israel (CUFI)
Co-Founder, Covenant Compassion Center (CCC)

Bursting at The DREAMS

“It’s God’s will that you live a life filled with dreams;
a life filled with ‘calling’ and ‘purpose’. Our life should be
bursting at the dreams. Dreams are God’s GPS System,
giving us hints of God’s Kingdom AND His will in Heaven and here, on Earth.
~ Phil Munsey,
Chairman of Champions Network of Churches, Pastor & Author

Thinking Even BIGGER

“Corporate America was hurling offers at her.
Thinking even bigger, wanting even more,
she had dreams of starting a Martha Stewart magazine
and starring in her own regularly-scheduled
Martha Stewart television show.
Martha saw herself as
Betty Crocker, Julia Child, Miss Manners,
Emily Post, and Rupert Murdoch
all rolled into one juicy pie.”
~ Jerry Oppenheimer,
Author, Biographer, Journalist, Investigative Reporter,
Television News Producer & Documentary Producer.

We CAN Make Our Dreams Come True

“From my mother I learned
the value of prayer,
how to have dreams
and
believe I could make them come true.”
~ Ronald Reagan,
Actor, Sports Announcer, Politician, 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975), &
40th President of the United States (1/20/1981–1/20/1989)

When We Possess a Vision

“Dreams can become a reality when we possess a vision that is
characterized by the willingness to work hard, a desire for excellence,
and a belief in our right and our responsibility
to be equal members of society.”

~ Janet Jackson,
Singer, Songwriter, Dancer, Actress & Author