Calling on the Patriotic Heritage

“And to me, that’s why the civil rights era is about the future, not about the past,
because it’s great lessons of how citizens can organize
to call on the patriotic heritage of the country
to tackle some of our most intractable problems
and we need to do that again.”
~ Taylor Branch,
Author, Historian, Public Speaker, MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (1991),
National Humanities Medal (1999) & Dayton Literary Peace Prize Lifetime Achievement Award (2008)
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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

What You Spoke from Your Heart

“Today, you are a picture of what you spoke
from your heart in the past.”
~ Gloria Copeland,
Author, Co-Founder – Kenneth Copeland Ministries
& Co-Founder – Believer’s Voice of Victory

Look Back at Life with No What-Ifs

“We should all aim to look back at life with no what-ifs
and be proud of what we’ve achieved.”
~ Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson,
Business Magnate & Investor

Six Months Later!

“I hate housework! You make the beds, you do the dishes
and six months later you have to start all over again.”
~ Joan Rivers
a.k.a Joan Alexandra Molinsky,
Actress, Comedian, Writer, Producer,
Television Host & Emmy Award Winner

It’s Where You’re Going

Ella Fitzgerald, photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1940
Ella Fitzgerald, photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1940

“It isn’t where you came from, its where you’re going that counts.”
~ Ella Fitzgerald ,
Jazz Singer,
a.k.a the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella
~ Image via Wikimedia Commons

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Living in the Present Tense

“Winners live in the present tense.
People who come up short are consumed with future or past.
I want to be living in the now.”
~ Alex Rodriguez,
Professional Baseball Shortstop/Third Baseman:
Seattle Mariners (1994–2000), Texas Rangers (2001–2003), New York Yankees (2004–2013, 2015–2016)
All-Star (14x: 1996–1998, 2000–2008, 2010, 2011), World Series Champion (2009), AL MVP (3X: 2003, 2005, 2007),
Gold Glove Award (2X: 2002, 2003), Silver Slugger Award (10X: 1996, 1998–2003, 2005, 2007, 2008),
AL Hank Aaron Award (2001–2003, 2007) & Grand Slams with 25.

Use Failure Like a Stepping Stone

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone.
Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes,
but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy,
or any of your time, or any of your space.”
~ Johnny Cash,
Singer-Songwriter, Guitarist, Actor & Author

Putting Yourself Twenty Years Ahead

“Instead of looking at the past,
I put myself ahead twenty years
and try to look at what I need to do now
in order to get there then.”
~ Diana Ross,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Record Singer & Author

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

A Better Tomorrow

“You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about the bitter yesterdays.
Let the pass, pass. Your best days are just ahead!”
~ Dr. Cindy Trimm,
Author & Executive Life Coach

Are You Looking Through the Windshield or the Rear-View Mirror?

“Look at life through the windshield, not the rear-view
mirror. The past doesn’t have a future, but you do.”
~ Byrd Baggett,
Author

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

Stronger Than Memories

“Our dreams must be stronger than our memories.
We must be pulled by our dreams, rather than pushed by our memories”

~ Jesse Jackson,
Civil Rights Activist, Baptist Minister
& Shadow U.S. Senator (District of Columbia, 1991-1997)

The Right Answer

“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer.
Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”
~ John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States (1961-1963)

Prisoners of the Past

“The past is a great place
and I don’t want to erase it or to regret it,
yet I don’t want to be its prisoner either.”
~ Mick Jagger a.k.a Sir Michael Philip Jagger,
a Founder & Member of the Rolling Stones,
Singer, Songwriter, Music and Film Producer

Tomorrows, Todays & Yesterdays

Yesterday, Tomorrow
“Dream of your Tomorrows, of your future,
planning for them as you enjoy your Todays.
Your Todays were the Tomorrows
you once dreamed of and planned for,
during your Yesterdays (that were Todays).
Yesterday, you dreamed this day;
you dreamed your ‘Today’.
Yes, yesterday you dreamed of this day, 
while it was still called ‘Tomorrow’. 
So, dream of your ‘Tomorrows’ of your future,
planning for them while you enjoy ‘This Day’,
that you visualized during your Yesterdays!”
~ Michelle ‘Chaella’ Boddie

History, Mystery & The Present

“Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery,
today is God’s gift, that’s why we call it the present.”
~ Joan Alexandra Molinsky a.k.a Joan Rivers,
Actress, Comedian, Writer, Producer,
Television Host & Emmy Award Winner