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

“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,

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

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,

Taking the Time to Raise Them

“I know I did the right thing
by taking time off to raise my son.”
~ Arsenio Hall,
Comedian, Actor, Talk Show Host,
NAACP Image Award (1988) & American Comedy Award (1989)

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,

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

Do YOU Believe in Your Abilities?

“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities!
Without a humble, yet reasonable confidence
in your own powers
you cannot be successful or happy.”
~ Dr. Norman Vincent Peale,
Author & Minister

The New Day

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”
~ Anna Eleanor Roosevelt,
First Lady of the United States (March 4, 1933-April 12, 1945) & Politician

The Greatest Step You’ll Take

“Ask, Believe, Receive –
just three simple steps to create what you want.
However, very often the second step, believe,
can be the most difficult one.
And yet it is the greatest step you will ever take.
Believing contains no doubt.
Believing does not waiver.
Believing is absolute faith.
Believing remains steadfast
despite what is happening in the outside world.
When you master believing,
you have mastered your life.”
~ Rhonda Byrne,
Author, Television Writer & Producer

The Greatest Beauty

“I always say that kindness is the greatest beauty that you can have.”
~ Andie MacDowell,
Actress & Model

Thinking YOU CAN

“I didn’t see myself any different from my white counterparts in school.
I just didn’t! I thought I could do what they did.
And what I didn’t do well,
I thought people were going to give me the opportunity to do well,
because maybe they saw my talent,
so they would give me a chance.
I had no idea that they would see me completely different.”
~ Viola Davis,
Actress & Producer