Life: How Precious it Really Is

“The more I grow, and the older I get, the more I am enjoying my life and know how precious it really is.”
~ Yolanda Adams
Gospel Singer, Record Producer, Actress, Radio Host, Author,
Grammy Awards (5X), Stellar Gospel Music Awards (16X), Dove Awards (4X),
American Music Award, NAACP Image Awards(7X), Soul Train Music Award & BET Awards(5X).

Keep Your Mind & Heart Focused

“As you keep your mind and heart focused in the right direction, approaching each day with faith and gratitude,
I believe you will be empowered to live life to the fullest and enjoy the abundant life He has promised you!”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor – Lakewood Church, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder – Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

Every Day, One Day at a Time, is Thanksgiving

“I am grateful to have my life back and for the friends and family who never gave up on me,
for a God who was there when I was ready to find Him.
I am grateful for so much, that every day, one day at a time, is Thanksgiving.”
~ Andrew Zimmern
Culinary Expert, Chef, Restaurateur, Television Personality, Radio Personality,
Director, Producer, Entrepreneur, Food Critic, Journalist, Teacher, Author
James Beard Award for Outstanding TV Food Personality (4X) & Effie Award (2010)

Something We Should All Celebrate Every Day

“We’re getting ready to sit down at the table and have Thanksgiving,
and there’s people that are not with their families.
There are people that are in dangerous areas, putting their lives on the line
to keep our country free, and I think that’s something we should all celebrate every day.”
~ Guy Fieri,
Restaurateur, Author, Television Host, Hunt & Ryde Winery Owner & Emmy Award
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How to Treat Failure

“Unless you treat failure as part of the journey,
you’re never going to get anywhere.”
~ Tom Selleck,
Actor, Film Producer, Co-Founder of the Character Counts Coalition,
Honorary Doctorate for Outstanding Character and Ethic- Pepperdine University (2000),
Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1986), Golden Apple Awards (1983),
People’s Choice Award (1984 & 1985 (2x)), Emmy Award (1984), Golden Globe Award (1985),
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (2010)

Noticing Your Life’s ‘Good Things’

“If you are seeing good, you are seeing God. …
When something good happens, you’re seeing God.
Make sure you thank Him for it; make sure you give Him the credit.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor – Lakewood Church, Motivational Speaker, Author & Executive Producer

Stand, Even When It’s Unpopular

“Make decisions that speak truth to power and stand even when it is unpopular.
In fact, especially when it is unpopular. Stand for the true principles of life, liberty, choice,
and the pursuit of happiness to which we are entitled.”
~ Alfre Woodard,
Co-Founder – Artists for a New South Africa,
Emmy Award (4X), Golden Globe Award & Screen Actors Guild Awards (3X)
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Have Faith & Hope

“I want people to know that God is a good God.
He does want to answer prayers; all we have to do is have faith and hope.
Sometimes life is hard, but God helps us get through.”
~ Dodie Osteen,
Co-Founder – Lakewood Church, Speaker & Author

Love: The Continual Growing

“Keep a conscious intent for your sonata, for your start up, your suspension bridge, for your space station.
Remember, our real work in this life is the continual growing into how to love and how to receive love.
You guys are finally free to go and do. So go, make stuff. Make just laws. Make films.
Make sustainable foods, renewable energy. Make love. Make peace.”
~ Alfre Woodard,
Co-Founder – Artists for a New South Africa,
Emmy Award (4X), Golden Globe Award & Screen Actors Guild Awards (3X)
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Wrong Believing & Right Believing

“If we’re honest, we all have some measure of wrong believing in our lives.
If you don’t believe this, all you need to do is ask yourself,
‘Have I often felt anxious, worried, or fearful that the worst
would happen to me and my loved ones?

What you believe is very powerful. If you have toxic emotions of fear, guilt and depression,
it is because you have wrong thinking, and you have wrong thinking because of wrong believing.

Wrong believing puts people in a prison. Even though there are no physical shackles,
wrong believing causes its inmates to behave as though they were incarcerated in a
maximum-security penitentiary. What you believe is powerful.


If you can change what you believe, you can change your life!”
~ Joseph Prince,
Author, Co-Founder & Pastor – New Creation Church

They Teach Him Something Every Day

“I love my kids so much. They teach me something every day;
it always brings richness to my work, and even more in life.”
~ Blair Underwood,
Actor (Television, Film & Stage), Director, Philanthropist,
1993 Humanitarian Award (1993), NAACP Image Awards (3X) & Grammy Award

The Advice & Experiences of the Amazing, Smart Ones

“I’ve learned that while I’d be a fool not to stay open to the advice and experiences of the smart, amazing people in my life, I also need to listen to what I have to say.”
~ Alicia Keys
a.k.a. Alicia Augello Cook,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer & Actress

Those Plastic Surgery Shows

“God gave us intestines for a reason. I’m not keen on surgery. It’s too extreme.
All it took was one of those plastic surgery shows to see how violent it is.”
~ Kirstie Alley,
Actress, Comedian, Spokes-Model & Founder – Organic Liaison

Excellent Life Management

“God will not mis-manage your life.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor – Lakewood Church, Motivational Speaker, Author & Executive Producer

What’s In Your Spirit?

“What you put into your spirit, mind and life
is what will come out in the time of trouble.
Ask yourself, “Am I allowing negative input into my life?”
Replace anything negative with something positive.”
~ Lisa Osteen Comes,
Associate Pastor – Lakewood Church & Author

Gifts & Blessings

“If you’re given gifts or blessings in your life, it’s up to you to help the guy coming up behind you.”
~ 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)

Having It All

“The secret to having it all, is knowing that you already do!”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert & Philanthropist.

Life & Aging

“Age is just a number. Life and aging are the greatest gifts that we could possibly ever have.”
~ 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)
Drama Desk Award & Outer Critics Circle Award – Outstanding Actress in a Play
Academy & Golden Globe Awards – Best Actress nominee (Sounder, 1972), Continue reading “Life & Aging”

The Lens Through Which We See

“Paradigms are powerful because they create the lens through which we see the world…
If you want small changes in your life, work on your attitude. But if you want big and primary changes, work on your paradigm.”
~ Stephen Covey,
Author, Professional Speaker, Professor, Consultant, Businessman & Management Expert
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Life’s Victories & Failures, Joys & Pains

“I’m telling people life is full of ups and downs, victories and failures, joys and pains, good and ugly,
and someday it’s all going to come to something beautiful.
Sometimes we don’t understand. Sometimes it’s to develop us or to focus us.
But it’s all for a reason. … When I look at my life and how far I’ve come,
I have to say it’s a masterpiece. I’m blessed through it all.”
~ Deitrick Haddon,
Singer, Songwriter, Arranger, Producer, Pastor, Actor & Pianist
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Living Your Life Randomly?

“God did not randomly create you.
You should not randomly live your life.
~ Tiphani Montgomery,
Speaker, Social Entrepreneur, Author, Founder – Millions Conference & Co-Founder – The BestSellers Project

Nothing Has Brought Me More Peace & Contentment

“A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life.
Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than simply being a good husband and father.”
~ Frank Abagnale,
Security Consultant, Lecturer, Businessman & Author
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Change

“Change is the law of life, and those who look
only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
~ John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States (1961-1963)

Life Has Been a Dream

“My life has been a dream. If someone had to write a story about it, it would seem a little unreal.
It’s the kind of story I would read and say, ‘Nah, that’s not possible.'”

~ Ralph Lauren,
Designer & Founder, Ralph Lauren Corp.

Construct Your Life, Construct Your Future

“Your words are building blocks of which you construct your life and future.”
~ Charles Capps,
Farmer, Land Developer, Preacher, Teacher & Author

Your Prayers Answered in Wondrous Ways

“Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways.
The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.”
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach,
Author

They’re Not All Addicts

“People who are homeless, they’re not all addicts. A lot of times, they’re just people who,
through something like losing their job or losing someone in their life, ended up on the streets.
So much of our time is spent in cars that sometimes you need to look out of those windows.
And you see that a dollar, 50 cents, whatever you have, may not mean much to you,
but it means everything to people who are hungry and who are in need.”
~ 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)

Choose Your Thoughts

“You want to become aware of your thoughts and choose your thoughts carefully
and you want to have fun with this, because you are the masterpiece of your own life.
You are the Michelangelo of your own life. The David you are sculpting is you.”
~ Dr. Joe Vitale,
Author, Marketing Specialist & President of Hypnotic Marketing, Inc

Having No Lack

“Prosperity can be defined as “having no lack”.
Not lacking in any area of your life.
This includes family, work, friends, etc. It’s never just about the money.
The moment we make prosperity only about money is the moment we start to lose.”
~ Jonathan Hinshaw
Co-Founder – EBWAY Creative & Founder – Revenue Love

Your Shared Future

“A ring means a commitment. But more than that, it means that you’ve talked about
your shared future and have decided together on a shared vision of it.”
~ Patti Stanger,
Businesswoman, Matchmaker, Author &
Founder & CEO – Millionaire’s Club International, Inc.

Advancing an Ideology

“Murdering the innocent
to advance an ideology
is wrong every time everywhere.”
~ George W. Bush,
Politician, Businessman, 46th Governor of Texas (1995-2000) & 43rd President of the United States (2001-2009)

Squandering Your Time

“Dost thou love Life, then do not squander Time,
for that’s the Stuff Life is made of.”
~ Ben Franklin,
a Founding Father of the United States,
Polymath, Author, Printer, Political Theorist,
Politician, Postmaster, Scientist, Inventor,
Humorist, Civic Activist, Statesman & Diplomat

Victorious Thinking

“Victory starts in your thinking. You can’t think the same way and expect different results.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor of Lakewood Church, Motivational Speaker & Author

The Favor and Blessing on Your Life

“They are jealous of the favor and blessing on your life. Take it as a compliment.
They don’t talk about average people. They talk about exceptional people.
They don’t talk about people that aren’t doing anything.
They talk about people who are taking new ground;
people that are making a difference — people that stand out”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor of Lakewood Church, Motivational Speaker & Author

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

Fungi: Mostly Ignored

“Fungi are the cause of many outbreaks of disease, but are mostly ignored.
Fungi can cause a number of life threatening diseases …
Many people, scientists among them, are largely unaware.”
~ American Academy of Microbiology – 2007
Because fungal diseases mimic other diseases, fungal diagnoses are delayed.
“Talk to your doctor about the possibility of a fungal infection,
if you’re not getting better.”
~ Center for Disease Control (CDC) – 2018

Doctor’s Fungal Protocol

Completely Forgiven

“Knowing that you are completely forgiven destroys the power of sin in your life.”
~ Joseph Prince,
Author, Co-Founder & Pastor of New Creation Church

Glorious & Powerful

“We should all do what we can in our daily lives to remember that we are glorious and powerful.”
~ Tracee Ellis Ross,
Actress, Model, Comedian, Director & Television Host

Your Purpose & Your Unique Talent

“Everyone has a purpose in life and a unique talent to give to others.
When we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience
the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.”
~ Kallam Anji Reddy,
Entrepreneur, Founder-Chairman – Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Chairman – Dr. Reddy’s Foundation (DRF),
Padma Shri Award (2001) & Padmabhushan Award (2011)

Glamorized Youth & Marginalized Old Age

“Society may glamorize youth and marginalize old age,
but your season of life doesn’t limit God.
But in order to have confidence that God will fulfill your dream,
you must know that it was born of His Spirit:”
~ Jentezen Franklin,
Senior Pastor of Free Chapel, & Author

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.

Choose Positivity

“In this life, I’m always going to choose the positive.”
~ Gloria Estefan
a.k.a Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Hotelier, Restaurateur, Writer,
Grammy Awards (7X), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Las Vegas Walk of Fame,
The Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor (1993)
Hispanic Heritage Award, MTV Video Music Award, ACE Awards (2X)
National Music Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award (1993),
American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, BMI Songwriter of the Year,
Songwriters Hall of Fame (2X) Billboard Spirit of Hope Award (2011)
Caribbean American Mover and Shakers Lifetime Achievement Award (2014).

A Great Family

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“I come from a great family. I’ve seen family life
and I know how wonderful, and how nurturing it can be.
~ Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE
Actor, Director, Writer & Diplomat
British Academy Film Award Winner, Academy Award (Oscar) Winner,
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE),
Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award Winner & Grammy Award Winner

Whole-Hearted

I’m wholehearted about whatever I do.
~ Melinda Gates,
Philanthropist & Co-Founder – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Life Is a Process

“Life is a process, and you just take it a day at a time,
and you can’t live in tomorrow, and you can’t reach back and be in yesterday.
No matter how much you want to, you just have what’s right there in front of you.”
~ Amy Grant,
Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Author, Media Personality,
Grammy Awards (6X), Gospel Music Association Dove Awards (22X)
& Hollywood Walk of Fame (star)

Blind, Furious Optimism

“I believe any success in life is made by going into an area with a blind, furious optimism.”
~ Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone,
Actor, Screenwriter, Producer & Director

Be Your Own Advocate

“Be your own advocate [in] every aspect of your life.”
~ Starlet Jones,
Lawyer, Journalist, Talk Show Host, Writer, Author, Fashion Designer

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)
Continue reading “Sometimes Life Hits You”

What We Get & What We Give

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill,
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom ( 1940-1945 ) & (1951–1955),
Non-academic Historian, Writer, Artist,
Nobel Prize in Literature (1953) &
Honorary Citizen of the United States (1963)

Every One of His Creatures

“I believe that… every one of God’s creatures was created equal.
I believe that everyone should be treated equal,
that’s the way I was raised and that’s the way I live my life.”

~ Paula Deen,
Celebrity Chef & Cooking Show Host, Restaurateur,
Author & Daytime Emmy Award (2007)

Take Time for Yourself, Too!

“It’s okay to take time for yourself. We give so much of ourselves to others and
we need to be fueled both physically and mentally.
If we are in balance, it helps us in all our interactions.”
~ Faith Hill,
Singer, Actress & Record Producer

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)

To Make it Through Challenges

“In life we face challenges and
oftentimes we need one another to make it through.”
~ Priscilla Marie ‘Cece’ Winans Love,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Talk Show Host, Speaker,
Author, Dove Awards (23X) Stellar Awards (15X) & Grammy Awards (12X)

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)

Her Da Da’s Admiration

“She’s so wonderful. Just seeing her evolve into a little person
has definitely been one of the highlights of my life. She’s just really fun.”
~ Carter Oosterhouse,
Carpenter, Television Host, Model, Author, Founder – Carter’s Kids,
Co-Founder – Bonobo Winery, Co-Founder – SmartHouse

Somewhere, Sometime, Someone Helped

“If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone
gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction.
Remember, also, that you are indebted to life
until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.”
~ Melinda Gates,
Philanthropist & Co-Founder – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

A Beautiful Challenge

“Life is a beautiful struggle, but life is worth living.”
~ Jaeson Ma,
Entrepreneur, Producer, Writer, Musician, Missionary,
Media Executive, Music Artist, Inspirational Speaker & Author.

The Possibilities in My Future

 

“I’m grateful for all of my friends,
my family and the life that I have,
and the possibilities in my future.”
~ Raquel Welch,
Actress, Singer, Author & Golden Globe Award (1974)

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,

A Burning Desire to Do

“If you’re bored with life —-
if you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things —-
you don’t have enough goals.”
~ Louis Leo “Lou” Holtz ,
Motivational Speaker, Football Player (1956-1957), Head Football Coach:
[William & Mary (1969–1971), North Carolina State University (1972–1975),
University of Arkansas (1977–1983), University of Minnesota (1984–1985),
University of Notre Dame (1986–1996), University of South Carolina (1999–2004)],
Fiesta Bowl (Notre Dame, 1988), NFL’s New York Jets Coach (1976),
ESPN Football Analyst (2005-) & College Football Hall of Fame (2008)

Life Together in the Years to Come

“If you’re going to get engaged make sure you’ve talked
to your partner about life together in the years to come.”
~ Patti Stanger,
Businesswoman, Matchmaker, Author &
Founder & CEO – Millionaire’s Club International, Inc

Carve Out Your Life

“You have to create your life.
You have to carve it, like a sculpture.”
~ William Shatner,
Actor, Author, Producer, Director, Musician, Screenwriter, Celebrity Pitchman &
Owner, Trader, Breeder, Rider, and Aficionado of Horses

Thriving in the Middle of the Pain

“It was such a blessing to find myself thriving
in the middle of the pain. Unless you find a way to do that,
there’s always going to be this fake illusion that once you get there–
wherever “there” is for you–you’ll be happy.
But that’s just not life. If you can’t find happiness in the ugliness,
you’re not going to find it in beauty, either.”
~ Joanna Gaines,
Co-Owner, Co-Founder & Lead Designer – Magnolia Homes,
& Co-Star – Fixer Upper

An Instant of Life Captured for Eternity

“A photograph can be an instant of life
captured for eternity
that will never cease looking back at you.”
~ Brigitte Bardot,
Actress, Model, Singer, Dancer, Author, Animal Rights Activist,
Legion of Honour Award (1985) & Founder – Brigitte Bardot Foundation