Falling Apart, Falling Together

“I believe that everything happens for a reason.
… and sometimes good things fall apart
so better things can fall together.”
~ Marilyn Monroe
a.k.a. Norma Jeane Mortenson,
Actress, Model, Singer and Film Producer

Persistent, Unshakeable Gratitude

“Opportunities, relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned
to be grateful, no matter what happened in my life..”

~ Oprah Winfrey,
Chairwoman & CEO of Harpo Productions,
Chairwoman, CEO & CCO of Oprah Winfrey Network,
Television Host, Producer, Author, Actress & Philanthropist

Happiness Can Creep Up on You!

tears of joy,
“Even when there are times that we’re not happy,
happiness will creep in.”
~ Dyan Cannon,
a.k.a Samille Diane Friesen
Film & Television Actress, Director, Screenwriter, Editor, Producer,
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress,
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress,
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture,
& Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress

Past Successes

“Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them.
They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures,
and on the next action steps they need to take
to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals
rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.”
~ Jack Canfield,
Author, Motivational Speaker, Corporate Trainer, Entrepreneur,
Founder & CEO of The Canfield Training Group, Founder of The Foundation for Self-Esteem,
& Guinness World Record – 7 New York Times Best-sellers Listed simultaneously.

A Wildfire of Kindness

“When you are kind to someone in trouble,
you hope they’ll remember
and be kind to someone else,
and it’ll become like a wildfire.”
~ Whoopi Goldberg
a.k.a. Caryn Elaine Johnson,
Actress, Comedienne & Television Host
Academy/Oscar Award, Drama Desk Award, Daytime Emmy Award (2x)
Golden Globe Award (2x), Grammy Award, BAFTA Award,
Tony Award, People’s Choice Award (3x)
American Comedy Award (2x), Mark Twain Award for American Humor,
Women in Film Crystal Award, Honorary Member of Harlem Globetrotters,
Hans Christian Anderson Award & Ride of Fame Award

Succeeding through Failing

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.”
~ Julie Andrews a.k.a.,
Film and Stage Actress, Singer, Author, Theatre Director & Dancer
Academy Award (2X), BAFTA Awardee, David di Donatello Awards (2x),
Disney Legends Awardee, Drama Desk Awardee, Emmy Award (2x),
Golden Globe (5x), Golden Plate Awardee, Grammy Awards (3x),
Hasty Pudding Theatrical Awardee, Hollywood Walk of Fame Awardee,
Kennedy Center Honors Awardee, Laurel Awards (4x), People’s Choice Award,
Prince Ranier Award, San Sebastian International Film Festival Awardee,
Screen Actors Guild Award, Society of Singers Awardee, Theatre World Award,
UCLA George & Ira Gershwin Award and Women in Film Awardee

The Manicured, Romantic, Happy Believer

“I believe in manicures.
I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick.
I believe in pink.
I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner.
I believe in kissing, kissing a lot.
I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.
I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.
and
I believe in miracles.”

~ Audrey Hepburn,
Actress and Humanitarian

Creating Solutions

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

Throwing in The Towel?

“The biggest mistake that people make is
they give up too soon, and they throw in the towel.
Becoming a successful leader has a lot to do with
realizing how strong you are.
The human body, the human mind and
the human heart can take a lot.
Fight through bad times in business,
and you’ll be surprised you can
work through it usually.
But people give up too soon,
and they don’t realize how much more
they can put into it without giving up.”
~ Tilman J. Fertitta,
Owner, Chairman & CEO of Fertitta Entertainment
(Landry’s & Golden Nugget)

Launching Pads Are Made of the Lowest Points

“Your lowest points are launching pads to God’s greatest promotions.”
~ Joseph Prince,
Author, Co-Founder & Pastor of New Creation Church

The Chemistry for Miracles

“But, I think my mistakes became the chemistry for my miracles.
I think that my tests became my testimonies.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author & Filmmaker

Mistakes: Opportunities to Overcome

“I don’t remember any mistakes, only opportunities to overcome problems.””
~ James Sorenson,,
Founder – Sorenson Companies & Philanthropist

You vs. Circumstances

“Do not let circumstances control you.
You change your circumstances.”
~ Jackie Chan,
Actor, Martial Artist, Film Director, Producer, Stuntman,
Singer, Clothier, Restaurateur, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist,
Founder – Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation &
Founder – Dragon’s Heart Foundation

Keepers of The Joy

“In life, we will always encounter difficult people.
Don’t allow them to frustrate you or steal your joy.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder, Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

Life is Like An Iceberg

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“Life is like an iceberg. Ninety percent is under the water, invisible to the naked eye.
The only way to understand the supernatural world is through the Bible.
I don’t know how I existed without knowing God, or living in His love 24/7,
or experiencing His peace no matter what the circumstances, or gaining His wisdom in all of life’s choices.
I can honestly say, “I now have no fear of lack, sickness, or even death.””
~ Sid Roth,
Founder – Sid Roth’s It’s Supernatural!, Author, Talk Show Host & Telly Award (2010)

Our Lifestyle Choices: Coding Our Results

“Epigenetic research reveals that our lifestyle choices —
the foods we eat, the supplements we take, the exercise we pursue,
and even the emotional content of our daily experiences —
are all involved in orchestrating chemical reactions
that activate or deactivate parts of our genome
that will either code for outcomes that
threaten health and pave the way for disease
or create an internal environment
conducive to longevity and disease resistance.”
~ Joseph M. Mercola ,
Osteopathic Physician,
Entrepreneur & Natural Health Expert

Lacking the Faith

“It’s a lack of faith
that makes people afraid
of meeting challenges,
and I believe in myself.”
~ Muhammad Ali
a.k.a Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.
,
Boxer & Heavyweight Champion of the World (1964-1979, 3X)

Sticky Values

“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested,
they’re not values: they’re hobbies.”
~ Jon Stewart
a.k.a Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz
,
Comedian, Writer, Producer, Director, Actor, Media Critic,
& Television Host, The Daily Show (1999-2015)

Created to Endure & Flourish

Israel, sunset.
“Israel was not created in order to disappear – Israel will endure and flourish.
It is the child of hope and the home of the brave.
It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success.
It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.”
~ John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States (1961-1963)

Let It Slide, or Cook With It!

“I think the secret to happiness is having a Teflon soul.
Whatever comes your way, you either let it slide or you cook with it.”
~ Diane Lane,
Actress, National Society of Film Critics Award,
New York Film Critics Circle Award & Women in Film Crystal Award

Elements of My Universe

“Every time I start chasing my tail, and I’m trying to control all these elements of my universe, I pray,
‘I’m not in control of any of this. I can just do the best I can.
Please guide me. Please help me figure how I can move through this in the way You would have me.'”
~ Cheryl Ladd,
Actress, Singer and Author

Anyone Can

“Anyone can give up; it’s the easiest thing in the world to do.
But to hold it together, when everyone else would understand
if you fell apart, that’s true strength.”
~ Author Unknown,
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Enjoy the Roses Amidst the Thorns

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“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns,
or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
~ Abraham Lincoln,
16th President of the United States
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“You and I are strong enough to
not allow the ‘thorns’ of life
to keep us from enjoying life’s ‘roses’.”
~ Michelle ‘Chaella’ Boddie,
Blogger, Visual Artist,
Christmas Decor Stylist & Website Design Editor

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To Laugh at It

“Life is tough; and if you have the ability
to laugh at it, you have the ability to enjoy it.”
~ Salma Hayek,
Actress, Director, Producer
Glamour ‘Woman of the Year Award’ recipient (2001)
Producers Guild of America Celebration of Diversity Award recipient (2003)
Time ’25 Most Influential Hispanics’ recipient (2005) Continue reading “To Laugh at It”

Out of the Nightmare

“If I didn’t mould my reality then,
I’d still be in the ghetto,
where people like me are supposed to stay.
You have to dream your way out of the nightmare.”
~ will.i.am
a.k.a William James Adams
,
Founder of i.am Angel,
Director of Creative Innovation for Intel (2011),
Founder of The Back-Eyed Peas,
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur,
Actor, DJ, Record Producer, Philanthropist,
Grammy Awards (7), American Music Awards(8), Billboard Music Award,
Daytime Emmy Awards (2), Latin Grammy Award, Television Rack Awards (10),
Teen Choice Award, MTV Video Music Awards (2) and World Music Awards (3)

Being Calm

“PEACE:
It does not mean
to be in a place where there is
no noise, trouble or hard work.
It means to be in the midst of those things
and still be calm in your heart.”
~ Unknown,

Minor Troubles?

“A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles.”
~ Mignon McLaughlin,
Journalist, Author,
Writer (Redbook, Cosmopolitan & other magazines),
Copy Editor + Managing Editor (Glamour)

A Laugh Can Do It

“I have seen what a laugh can do.
It can transform almost unbearable tears
into something bearable, even hopeful.”
~ Leslie Townes Hope, KBE, KC*SG, KSS,
a.k.a Bob Hope

Comedian, Vaudevillian, Actor, Singer,
Dancer, Athlete, & Author
Academy Awards (1940, 1944, 1952, 1959, & 1965)
Congressional Gold Medal (1962), Presidential Medal of Freedom (1969)
Kennedy Center (1985), Television Hall of Fame (1987),
Ronald Reagan Freedom Award (1997)

Walk the Tightrope, Smiling

“A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance
to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.”
~ William Arthur Ward,
Author, Educator & Motivational Speaker

The Best Antidote!

“Good humor is a tonic for mind and body.
It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression.
It is a business asset.
It attracts and keeps friends.
It lightens human burdens.
It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.”
~ Grenville Kleiser,
Author & Public Speaking Instructor

Every Human’s Life

“Every man’s life
ends the same way.
It is only the details
of how he lived
and how he died
that distinguish one man from another.”
~ Ernest Miller Hemingway,
Author, Journalist
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, recipient (1953)
Nobel Prize in Literature, recipient (1954)

Do You Count Your Blessings?

“Gratitude: Counting your blessings
and seeing the beauty in this world
Before, During and Following life’s storms.”
~ Unknown

A Nobler & Stronger Soul

Quote 'Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler & stronger than it was before.' by James Buckham
“Trials, temptations, disappointments — all these are helps instead of hindrances,
if one uses them rightly.
They not only test the fiber of character, yet strengthen it.
Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy.
Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit
makes a soul nobler & stronger
than it was before.”
~ James Buckham

The Absence of Problems? Really?

““Sometimes life knocks you on your a__… get up, get up, get up!!! Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” .”
~ Steve Maraboli,
Author & Speaker

Defeated, Yet Not Finished

“A man is not finished when he is defeated.
He is finished when he quits.”
~ Richard Nixon
37th President of the United States (1969-1974),
U.S. Representative, Senator, &
36th Vice President of the United States (1953-1961)

Ever-Resilient America

“It’s never paid to bet against America.
We come through things,
… its not always a smooth ride.”
~ Warren Edward Buffett,
Business Magnate, Investor, Philanthropist &
Founder of the Buffett Foundation

99% Sold Out

“I’ve been so fortunate because I never really had ups and downs as far as my career.
Ninety-nine percent of the time, I’ve been sold out all over the world.”
~ Tony Bennett,
a.k.a. Anthony Dominick “Tony” Benedetto

Singer, Artist/Painter &
Founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

Even Better Than Your Heart’s Desire!

“Life has all sorts of hills and valleys,
and sometimes
you don’t end up doing what you had your heart set out on,
but sometimes that’s even better!”
~ Ruth Buzzi,
Comedienne and Actress
of Theatre, Film, and Television

Fall 7, Stand 8

“Fall seven times, Stand up eight.”
~ Japanese Proverb

Beyond the Mistakes

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes.
It is best to admit them quickly,
and get on with improving your other innovations.”
~ Steve Jobs,
Entrepreneur, Marketer, Inventor, &
Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of Apple, Inc.
Founder & CEO of  NeXT, Disney Legend (2013, posthumously)
Grammy Trustees Award (2012), California Hall of Fame (2007)
‘Most Powerful Person in Business’ by Fortune Magazine (2007)
Entrepreneur of the Decade’ by Inc. Magazine (1989)
Jefferson Award for Public Service (1987) & National Medal of Technology (1985)

Afterglow of Satisfaction

“Happiness does not come from doing easy work
but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes
after the achievement of a difficult task
that demanded our best.
~ Theodore Isaac Rubin,
Psychiatrist & Author

Having Nothing, Having Everything

“Two things define you:
your patience when you have nothing, and
your attitude when you have everything.”
~ Luciane,
HomeBunch Founder, Editor & Blogger,
Houzz Writer & Interior Décor Entrepreneur

Let’s Metamorphose

“Certain caterpillars metamorphose into butterflies; their greatest state.
When the caterpillar-existence ends,
the Creator’s planned, delightful butterfly-existence begins.
Similarly, humans can become their greatest self
by following our Creator’s complete plan.”
~ Michelle ‘Chaella’ Boddie

Achievement Muscles

Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve.  Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It's a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment.
“Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve.
Every obstacle is simply a course to develop
his achievement muscle. It’s a strengthening of
his powers of accomplishment.”

~ Eric Butterworth,
Educator

Surrounded by Solutions

“You are surrounded
by simple, obvious solutions
that can dramatically increase
your income, power, influence and success.
The problem is, you just don’t see them.”

~ Jay Abraham

Business Executive, Conference Speaker, Author & Founder – Abraham Group

Obstacles & Opportunities

“What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an opportunity.”

~ J. Sidlow Baxter
1903-1999, Author and Theologian

The Power of a Cookie

“You can be miserable before you have a cookie
 and you can be miserable after you eat a cookie, …
 you cannot be miserable while you are eating a cookie.”

~ Ina Garten
Author, and Host of Barefoot Contessa

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Cures, Fears and Worries

“Seventy percent of all patients who come to physicians
could cure themselves if they got rid of their fears and worries.”

~ Dale Carnegie

Darkness Reveals Stars

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Essayist, Lecturer, and Poet

Look for the ‘stars’ in a ‘dark’ circumstance; you’ll see them if you look for them.
Sometimes solutions do not become obvious (& ‘visible’) until the darkest moments.

Dwelling on Misfortunes Can Be Harmful

“The longer we dwell on our misfortunes,
the greater is their power to harm us.”

Voltaire
a.k.a. Francois-Marie Arouet
Writer, Philosopher, Playwright & Historian

Problems Do Have Answers

“Believe that problems do have answers,
that they can be overcome, and that we can solve them.”

~ Dr. Norman Vincent Peale,
Author and Minister

One’s Outlook on Circumstances

Good day, Everyone!  Enlightening quote, as follows:

“The mind is its own place,
and in itself can make a paradise from adversity,
or create a prison from blessing.”

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

Happiness is Found Along the Way

Good day, All!  What a dynamic quote!:

“Happiness is to be found along the way, not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it is too late. Today, this hour, this minute is the day, the hour, the minute for each of us to sense the fact that life is good, with all of its trials and troubles, and perhaps more interesting because of them.”

Robert R. Updegraff