I Prayed, All Unafraid

“Dear God, I prayed, all unafraid (as we’re inclined to do),
I do not need a handsome man, but let him be like You;
I do not need one big and strong, nor yet so very tall,
nor need he be some genius, or wealthy, Lord, at all;
but let his head be high, dear God, and let his eye be clear,
his shoulders straight, whate’er his state, whate’er his earthly sphere;
and let his face have character, a ruggedness of soul,
and let his whole life show, dear God, a singleness of goal;
then when he comes (as he will come) with quiet eyes aglow,
I’ll understand that he’s the man I prayed for long ago.”
~ Ruth Bell Graham,
Philanthropist, Poet, Author & Painter
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Natural Problem Solvers

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

They Don’t Always Dream Your Dream

“The thing you have to be prepared for is that
other people don’t always dream your dream.”
~ Linda Ronstadt,
Grammy Awards (11X), American Music Awards (3X), Academy of Country Music Awards (2X),
Emmy Award (1989), ALMA Award, Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2011),
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2016), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2014),
National Medal of Arts and Humanities Award (2014) & Consecutive Platinum Albums (8)

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

Creating Something from Nothing

Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame

“To create something from nothing is one of the greatest feelings,
and I would – I don’t know,
I wish it upon everybody. It’s heaven.”
~ Prince,
a.k.a. Prince Rogers Nelson,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Instrumentalist, Actor, Director, Philanthropist,
Academy Award (1985), American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (2x), Brit Awards (7x),
Boston Society of Film Critics Award (2016), Golden Globe Award (2007),
American Music Award (4x), Grammy Award (7x), Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame (2016),
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2004) & UK Music Hall of Fame (2006)

A Broom-Handle Mic

“I was a shy kid with a broom handle
that I pretended was a microphone.”
~ Patti LaBelle,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Grammy Awards (1992, 1999), NAACP Image Awards (1986, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006 (2x))
Grammy Hall of Fame (2004), Hollywood Walk of Fame, World Music Awards – Legend Award (2005), Soul Train Music Awards – Heritage Award (1995),
Essence Awards – Triumphant Spirit Award (1998), BET Walk of Fame Award (2001), Lady of Soul Awards – Lena Horne Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), Continue reading “A Broom-Handle Mic”

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

A New Year of Never-Been Things

“And now we welcome the
New Year,  full of things that have never been.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke.,
a.k.a. René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke
Poet & Novelist

Problem-Creating Thinking

“We can’t solve problems
by using the same kind of thinking
we used when we created them.”
~ Albert Einstein,
Theoretical Physicist, Nobel Prize for Physics (1921),
Barnard Medal (1920), Nobel Prize in Physics (1921),
Matteucci Medal (1921), ForMemRS (1921), Copley Medal (1925),
Gold Medal – Royal Astronomical Society (1926), Max Planck Medal (1929),
& Time Person of the Century (1999)

Envision That Which Is Not

“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not,
and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation.”
~ J.K. Rowling,
Novelist, Screenwriter & Philanthropist

Doing Away with Fear

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear;
knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
~ Rosa Parks,
Activist

Everyday Epiphanies

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies,
those transcendent moments of awe
that change forever how we experience life and the world.

~ John Milton
Poet, Polemicist, Man of Letters
& Civil Servant – Commonwealth of England

These Are My Best Years

“I used to think that my best years were my twenties.
But now I have the home of my dreams, the man of my dreams,
my daughter is grown, my mother is happy.
These are my best years. My sixties are my best years.
Age ain’t nothing but a number. It’s your attitude that counts.”
~ Monica Kaufman Pearson,
Television Broadcast Journalist, News Anchor (WSB-TV Atlanta, 37 yrs),
Radio Host, Guest Lecturer, College Instructor, Columnist & Emmy Awards (33X)

Her Greatest Beauty Secret

“My greatest beauty secret is being happy with myself.
I don’t use special creams or treatments – I’ll use a little bit of everything.
It’s a mistake to think you are what you put on yourself.
I believe that a lot of how you look
is to do with how you feel about yourself and your life.
Happiness is the greatest beauty secret.”
~ Tina Turner,
Recording Artist, Dancer, Actress & Author,

The Common Things of Life

“When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way,
you will command the attention of the world.”
~ George Washington Carver,
Botanist and Inventor

Life is Worth Living

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“I woke up and realized life is great
and people are awesome
and life is worth living.”
~ Hulk Hogan,
a.k.a Terry Gene Bollea,
Professional Wrestler, Actor, Television Personality,
Entrepreneur & Rock Bassist.

Attitudes

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchilll,
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)

Your Body is Listening

“Your body hears everything your mind says.”
~ Naomi Judd,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Activist,
Author & Motivational Speaker

Your Vision, Dream, Goal, Heart’s Desire: Your PLAN

“Don’t call it a dream.  Call it a plan.”
~ Author Unknown,

Don’t Walk Around with FEAR

“I don’t walk around with fear.
I walk around with strength. I believe in cause and effect.”
~ Melanie Griffith,
Actress & Philanthropist

Positive Surroundings

“I think it’s important to get your surroundings, as well as yourself,
into a positive state – meaning surround yourself with positive people,
not the kind who are negative and jealous of everything you do.”
~ Heidi Klum.,
Supermodel, Television Personality, Businesswoman, Fashion Designer, Singer,
Television Producer, Author, Actress, Philanthropist & Crystal Cross Award (2014)

Valuing Life’s Important Things

“I think I value things more correctly.
I hope I look at my life in a way that makes sense.”
~ Oded Fehr,
Actor

Your Future Lives in Your Mouth

“By your words, you form your destiny –
what you say within yourself determines the end promise of your life!
Your future lives in your mouth!”
~ Paula White-Cain,
Senior Pastor, Television Host, Author &
Co-Founder of Without Walls International Church (1991)

Nice Conversations

“You have to enjoy life.
Always be surrounded by people that you like,
people who have a nice conversation.
There are so many positive things to think about.”
~ Sophia Loren
a.k.a Sofia Villani Scicolone,

Actress, Best Foreign Actress BAFTA Award winner,
Best Actress Academy Award winner, César Award winner,
Golden Ariel Award winner, and Grammy Award-winner