Thought About Retiring

“Sure, I’ve thought about retiring, but in my mind,
if you can’t sing the song anymore, change the song and sing a different one!”
~ Johnny Mathis,
Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Author, Philanthropist, Grammy Hall of Fame (3X), Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2003),
Society of Singers Lifetime Achievement Award (2006), Hit Parade Hall of Fame (2007), Great American Songbook Hall of Fame (2014),
Founder – Jon Mat Records, Inc., Founder – Global Records, Inc. Founder – Rojon Productions, Inc.,
San Francisco State University Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree (2017)
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Sneaky Sin

“Sin is SNEAKY, because sin promises to please and to satisfy,
but it only serves to enslave and to dominate.
It’s sort of like the Pandora’s Box: just get a sample and you’re hooked!”
~ Dale C. Bronner,
Founder & Pastor – Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral
Author, Co-Author, Writer, Co-Owner – Bronner Brothers Manufacturing Company
Conference Speaker & Leadership Trainer

I Can Do That!

“My first job was being a page at ‘The Tonight Show.’
I saw Jack Paar come out one night and sit on the edge of his desk
and talk about what he’d done the night before. I thought,
‘I can do that!’ I used to do that on a street corner in the Bronx with all my buddies.”
~ Regis Philbin,
a.k.a. Regis Francis Xavier Philbin,
Media Personality, Actor, Author, Singer, Daytime Emmy Awards (4x),
Walter Camp Distinguished American Award (2003), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (2003),
Guinness World Record for “Most Hours on Camera” (2004, 2008, 2009),
National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame (2006), Television Hall of Fame (2006),
Golden Mike’s Broadcast Legend Award (2010) & Disney Legends Award (2011)

We Created Our ‘Today’, Yesterday

“The seeds you are harvesting today, were planted
by the words of your mouth yesterday.”
~ Kenneth Copeland,
Singer, Author, Co-Founder – Kenneth Copeland Ministries
& Co-Founder – Believer’s Voice of Victory

The Heart’s Desires & Undesired Thoughts

“Take a thought, GIVE IT time. Take a thought, give it TIME.”
Yet:
“Any thought you don’t want to manifest into your life, don’t speak it.
Don’t speak it. Don’t SPEAK it. DON’T speak it.
A thought unspoken will die unborn.”
~ Dale C. Bronner,
Founder & Pastor, Word of Faith Worship Center & Author

Something Bigger Was Waiting

“I always felt like something bigger was waiting for me out there.”
~ Jonathan Cain,
Musician, Singer, Songwriter & Author

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

The World’s Richest Prizes

“The world is awarding its richest prizes to the thinkers.
Matter is powerless, passive, inert. Mind is force, energy, power.
Mind shapes and controls matter.
Every form which matter takes
is but the expression of some pre-existing thought.”
~ Charles F. Haanel,
Author, Philosopher & Businessman

We Need Quiet Time

“We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly –
spending quiet time alone
gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself
and create order.”
~ Susan L. Taylor,
Editor, Writer & Journalist, Editor-In-Chief – Essence (1981-2000)

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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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

Natural Problem Solvers

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

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

Dressed to Kill, In My Own Mind

“Your kids can say some cruel things to you at times. For example,
Nicole, Miles and Sofie are standing there in the room and
I’m dressed to kill in my own mind.
They’ll say to me,
‘Dad, you’re not going out there looking like that are you?’
If that doesn’t kill a star, I don’t know what does!”
~ Lionel Richie,
Singer, Songwriter, Actor Record Producer,
Pianist, Saxophonist, Breast Cancer Activist,
Grammy Awards (4x), Golden Globe Award (1986) & Academy Award (1986)

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”

Make Each ‘Today’ Your Best Day So Far

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“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Essayist, Lecturer and Poet
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Christmas is A Tonic

“Christmas is a tonic for our souls.
It moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves.
It directs our thoughts to giving.”
~ B. C. Forbes,
a.k.a. Bertie Charles Forbes
Founder & Editor-in-Chief – Forbes Magazine,
Founder – Investors League

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

A Mountain So High …

“I think when you begin to think of yourself as having achieved something,
then there’s nothing left for you to work towards.
I want to believe that there is a mountain so high
that I will spend my entire life striving to reach the top of it.”
~ 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) Continue reading “A Mountain So High …”

Being Right to the Fellow Men

“I always kind of thought, “I want to be a good person,
I want to be right to my fellow men and love them like we’re supposed to.””
~ Gladys Knight,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress & Businesswoman

What You Have: Left or Lost

“Always look at what you have left.
Never look at what you have lost.”
~ Dr. Robert Harold Schuller,
Pastor, Motivational Speaker, Author
& Founder of the Crystal Cathedral