Chasing the High of Instant Gratification

“When we chase the high of instant gratification,
we make choices that for many reasons are irresponsible
and based on poor reasoning . . . or no reasoning at all. ”
~ DeVon Franklin,
TV Producer, Author, Speaker, Spiritual Success Coach & Founder – Franklin Entertainment

True Friends

true friends, pets, cat and dog,
“I’m ready to listen when you’re ready to talk.”

true friends, pets, dog and cat,
“You’re gonna be O.K.”
“The fellowship of true friends who can hear you out,
share your joys, help carry your burdens,
and correctly counsel you is priceless.”
~ Ezra Taft Benson,
Farmer, United States Secretary of Agriculture (1953-1961),
President – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1985-1994),
Boy Scouts of America Awards: Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope
& Silver Buffalo & International Scouting Award Bronze Wolf
 Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay & Image by StockSnap from Pixabay

Being Your Best

“The man who has done his level best… is a success,
even though the world may write him down a failure.”
~ B. C. Forbes,
a.k.a. Bertie Charles Forbes
Founder & Editor-in-Chief – Forbes Magazine,
Founder – Investors League

Experiences Beyond Your Imagination

“What’s in front of you is a whole world of experiences beyond your imagination.
Put yourself, and your growth and development, first.”
~ Phylicia Rashad,
Actress, Singer, Stage Director, NAACP Image Award,
Tony Award (2004) & Drama Desk Award

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Strength from Distress

“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.”
~Leonardo da Vinci,
Polymath: Painter, Sculptor, Architect, Musician,
Mathematician, Engineer, Inventor, Anatomist,
Geologist, Cartographer, Botanist, & Writer

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)

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

Is the Counsel Wise?

“Don’t follow any advice, no matter how good,
until you feel as deeply in your spirit
as you think in your mind
that the counsel is wise.”
~ Joan Rivers
a.k.a Joan Alexandra Molinsky,
Actress, Comedian, Writer, Producer,
Television Host & Emmy Award Winner

Oppose Those Stifling Fears

“Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation.
I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure.
Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins.”
~ Charles Stanley,
Founder & President – In Touch Ministries, Senior Pastor – First Baptist Church,
Theologian, Author & Photographer

Your Impression of You

“I’ve certainly experienced racism, but it has not made a great impact on me.
I have always thought, as I got older and older, I was more in charge of who I was.
What someone thought about me or said about me
made less of an impression on me at very vulnerable times.”
~ Robert Guillaume,
Actor: Stage, TV & Voice, Emmy Award (2X), Grammy Award (1995),
St. Louis Walk of Fame Star, Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (1984)

The Subtleties of Everything We Do, Think & Say

“Everything you do,
every thought you have,
every word you say
creates a memory
that you will hold
in your body.
It’s imprinted on you
and affects you in subtle ways –
ways you are not always aware of.
With that in mind,
be very conscious and selective.”
~ Phylicia Rashad,
Actress, Singer, Stage Director, NAACP Image Award,
Tony Award (2004) & Drama Desk Award

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Love’s Call

“Love calls on you to do things you don’t want to do sometimes.
It calls on you to care for people you wouldn’t typically want to care for.
It causes you to go fishing with folks you don’t want to be around.”
~ Larnelle Harris,
Singer, Songwriter, Grammy Awards (5X) & Dove Awards (11X)

Natural Problem Solvers

“Guys are natural problem solvers – they like to have strategies.”
~ Chadwick Boseman,
Actor, Director & Writer

Jealousy Is …

“Jealousy… is a mental cancer.”
~ B. C. Forbes,
a.k.a. Bertie Charles Forbes
Founder & Editor-in-Chief – Forbes Magazine,
Founder – Investors League

The Chance for Longevity

“Balance provides the chance for longevity.
You can be a champion at work and at home.”
~ Tony Dungy,
Analyst – NBC Football Night in America, National Spokesman – All Pro Dad, Pro Football Hall of Fame (2016),
NFL Head Coach – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2001), NFL Head Coach – Indianapolis Colts (2002-2008)
Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award (2007), IWU’s Society of World Changers (2008),
President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (2007)

Our Blunders in History

Statue of Liberty, American flag, quote by Gloria Estefan,
“As an immigrant I appreciate, far more than the average American,
the liberties we have in this country.
Silence is a big enemy of morality.
I don’t want our blunders in history to get repeated.”
~ 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, Continue reading “Our Blunders in History”