Never Taking it for Granted

“There’s so much to appreciate about my life every single day,
and I make a big point of taking time to smell the roses
and noticing how lucky I am.
I never want to take that for granted.”
~ Josie Maran,
Model, Actress, Entrepreneur
& Founder -Josie Maran Cosmetics
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Comfy in This Skin

“After all these years, I’ve done well and I’m cool.
I feel comfortable in my skin, I’ve saved some paper,
everybody’s healthy, my kids are beautiful and smart,
doing different things, it’s all good.”
~ Eddie Murphy,
Comedian, Actor, Writer, Singer, Producer & Philanthropist

Love & Knowledge

“The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.”
~ Bertrand Russell,
Philosopher, Logician, Mathematician, Historian, Writer,
Social Critic, Political Activist & Nobel Laureate

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

The Good Fortune of Others

“One of the sanest, surest and most generous joys of
life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.”
~ Archibald Rutledge,
Poet, Educator & Author

A Grateful Heart

“Your grateful heart opens the door for many more blessings to come.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder, Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

Wake Up Expecting Things to Be Good!

Dolly Parton on stage at the Grand Ole Opry during a live
Dolly Parton on stage at the Grand Ole Opry during a live broadcast in Nashville, Tenn. April 23, 2005.
“When I wake up, I expect things to be good.
If they’re not, then I try to set about trying to make them as good as I can
’cause I know I’m gonna have to live that day anyway.
So why not try to make the most of it if you can?
Some days, they pan out a little better than others,
but you still gotta always just try.
~ Dolly Parton,
Singer-Songwriter, Actress, Author, Businesswoman, Humanitarian,
Grammy Awards (8X), Grammy Nominee (46X), Academy Award Nominee (2X),
Country Music Association Awards (10X), Academy of Country Music Awards (7X),
American Music Awards (3X), & Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award
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He Stuck With

“Everything that I have is by the grace of God, understand that.
It’s a gift…. I didn’t always stick with Him, but He stuck with me.”
~ Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr.,
Golden Globe Awards recipient (2x), Tony Award,
Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor

Time, Spirit & Knowledge

“For some people the definition of success is attaining a lot of material things. For others it’s fame or fortune.
For me, success means being fulfilled and leading a balanced life. I feel that I have truly been blessed in all areas of my life
and the only true thing to do is to give back. I compare it to tithing, … I’m tithing of my time, spirit and knowledge.”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.

Undoing Ourselves

“Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.
We must purposely be kind and generous,
or we miss the best part of existence.
The heart which goes out of itself gets large and full.
This is the great secret of the inner life.
We do ourselves the most good doing something for others.”
~ Horace Mann,
Educator, College President & Politician

Floodgates of Goodness

“I made a commitment to completely cut out drinking
and anything that might hamper me from getting my mind and body together.
And the floodgates of goodness have opened upon me-spiritually and financially.”
~ Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr.,
Golden Globe Awards recipient (2x), Tony Award,
Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor

It’s Not a Good Deal, With a Bad Person

“You can’t make a good deal with a bad person.”
~ Warren Edward Buffett,
Business Magnate, Investor, Philanthropist & Founder of the Buffett Foundation

Wishing Joy

“When you wish someone joy,
you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness…
all the good things.”
~ Maya Angelou,
Poet, Civil Rights Activist, Dancer,
Film Producer, Television Producer, Playwright,
Film Director, Author, Actress, and Professor

Emphasize the Positivity

“The trick is in what one emphasizes.
We either make ourselves miserable,
or we make ourselves strong.
The amount of work is the same.
~ Carlos Castaneda,
Anthropologist

99% Sold Out

“I’ve been so fortunate because I never really had ups and downs as far as my career.
Ninety-nine percent of the time, I’ve been sold out all over the world.”
~ Tony Bennett,
a.k.a. Anthony Dominick “Tony” Benedetto

Singer, Artist/Painter &
Founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

Giving and Receiving Hands

” God has given us two hands,
one to receive with and the other to give with.
We are not cisterns made for hoarding;
we are channels made for sharing.”
~ William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr.,
Evangelist, Orator & Author

Speak What Is True, Integrity Carries Through

Bill Cosby, Comedian, Author, Producer, Musician & Activist
William Henry “Bill” Cosby, Jr., Actor, Comedian, Author, Producer, Musician, and Activist
“If you speak your mind and if it is true,
what you’re saying,
then I think the integrity
of what you’re saying carries through.”

~ Bill Cosby