Doing More

 “Do More… Do more than exist—live. Do more than hear—listen. Do more than agree—cooperate. Do more than talk—communicate. Do more than grow—bloom. Do more than spend—invest. Do more than think—create. Do more than work—excel. Do more than share—give. Do more than decide—discern. Do more than consider—commit. Do more than forgive—forget. Do more than help—serve. Do more than coexist—reconcile. Do more than sing—worship. Do more than think—plan. Do more than dream—do. Do more than see—perceive. Do more than read—apply. Do more than receive—reciprocate. Do more than choose—focus. Do more than wish—believe. Do more than advise—help. Do more than speak—impart. Do more than encourage—inspire. Do more than add—multiply. Do more than change—improve. Do more than reach—stretch. Do more than ponder—pray. Do more than just live—live for Jesus.” 
~ John Mason,
Author
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Are They Trustworthy?

“The best way to find out if you can trust somebody
is to trust them.”
~ Ernest Miller Hemingway,
Author, Journalist
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, recipient (1953)
Nobel Prize in Literature, recipient (1954)

The True & The Good

“You cannot really have the world and hold on to it.
It is all too temporary and the more you try to hold on to it,
the more it actually holds you.
By contrast, the more you hold onto the true and the good,
the more you are free to truly live.”
~ Ravi Zacharias,
Christian Apologist, Author, Radio Host, Scholar &
Founder & Chairman of the Board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

Doing What is Right

“You know sometimes you just have to stand your ground.
You know when you KNOW that what you’re doing is … right.
Then, you have to really be true to your path and true to yourself.”
~ Gina Torres,
Actress (Television, Film & Voice) & ALMA Award (2001)

The Best of Good Moments

“I live in the moment. The moment is the most important thing.
That’s my entire philosophy: Make the best of the good moments.”
~ Rita Moreno,
Actress, Dancer, Singer,
Academy Award (1961), Golden Globe Award (1961), Joseph Jefferson Award (1968)
Grammy Award  (1972), Tony Award  (1975), Emmy Award  (1977),
Emmy Award  (1978), Sarah Siddons Award (1985),
Library of Congress Living Legends Award (2000), International Latin Music Hall of Fame (2001),
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2004), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, California Hall of Fame (2007),
National Medal of Arts (2009), Hispanic Organization of Latin Actresses – Lifetime Achievement Award (2010),
Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award (2013) &
Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award (2015)

Honest Communication

“Honest communication is built on truth and integrity
and upon respect of the one for the other.”
~ Benjamin E. Mays,
President – Morehouse College (August 1940 – July 1967), Minister, Author,
Civil Rights Icon & Schomburg Honor Roll of Race Relations Inductee,
Amistad Award – American Missionary Association (1968), Merrick-Moore-Spaulding Award (1968)
Myrtle Wreath Award – Atlanta Chapter, Hadassah (1969),
Religious Leaders Award – National Conference of Christians and Jews (1970),
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The Fundamental Key to Success

“The fundamental key to success is
what you believe is true for yourself.”

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

Christmas’ Spirit of Love

“My brothers and sisters, may the spirit of love
which comes at Christmastime
fill our homes and our lives
and linger there long after the tree is down
and the lights are put away for another year.”
~ Thomas Spencer Monson,
Author

Rainbows Love

rainbows, love, sign, flood, water, covenant,
“I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be cut off
by the water of the flood, neither shall there again be a flood to destroy the earth.”
God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you
and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations;
I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant
between Me and the earth. It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth,
that the bow will be seen in the cloud, and I will remember My covenant,
which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh;
and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh.
When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember
the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh
that is on the earth.”
~ Genesis 9:11-16,
New American Standard Bible

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Truly Love from The Soul

“Let us dream of tomorrow where we can truly love from the soul,
and know love as the ultimate truth
at the heart of all creation.”
~ Michael Jackson,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Dancer & Actor.

Sacred Secrets That Shame

“You are not alone if you have sacred secrets that shame you
from participating in the great things God has planned for you,
… it is time for you to confess to God the truth of your secret
so that He can free you from your past.”
~ Serita Jakes,
Author, Speaker & Potter’s House Executive Director:
God’s Leading Ladies Life Enrichment Program,
Distinctively Debs Youth Program & Starting Over

Loving, Laughing & Giving


“Another fresh, new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!”
~ William Arthur Ward,
Author, Educator & Motivational Speaker

Little Miracles

“God surrounded me with
people of faith, people of strong faith,
people of power, spiritual power, and
I saw little miracles
happen in their lives.
By it happening in their lives,
I started believing it could happen to me.”
~ Natalie Cole,
Singer, Songwriter & Actress

The Bud of Victory

“The bud of victory is always in the truth.”
~ Benjamin Harrison
Lawyer, Colonel of the 70th Volunteer Infantry
& President of the United States (1889-1893)

It’s a Romantic Process

“Peace is very much like love. It is a romantic process — you have to be living it,
you have to invest in it, you have to trust it.
As you cannot impose love, so you cannot impose peace.”
~ Shimon Peres,
a.k.a Szymon Perski
President of Israel (2007-2014)
‘Israel’s First Social Media President’
Prime Minister of Israel (11.4.95 – 6.18.96) and (9.13.84 – 10.20.86)
Polyglot, Songwriter, Poet, Author
Founder, Peres Center for Peace (1996) a.k.a. Peres Center for Peace and Innovation (2016)
Co-Founder of Kibbutz Alumot, Legion of Honor Commander (1957)
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Like the Sun

“Truth is like the sun;
you can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.”
~ Elvis Aaron Presley,
Musician, Singer & Actor

Living Values

“What I’ve learned, first of all, is to live your values.
It’s easy to put words on paper. What we had to do was demonstrate our values.“
~ Mary Barra,
CEO, General Motors

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)

Truth is Always Stronger

“Any euphemism ceases to be euphemistic after a time
and the true meaning begins to show through. It’s a losing game.”
~ Joseph Wood Krutch.,
Writer, Critic, & Naturalist

Style-of-Life Lies

“Euphemisms persist (for some people) because lying
is an indispensable part of making life tolerable.”
~ Bergen Evans,
Professor of English, TV Show Host,
& George Foster Peabody Award (1957)