Struggle vs. Faith

“I never really had the classic struggle. I had faith.”
~ Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr.,
Golden Globe Awards (2x), Tony Award,
Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor
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That’s the Moment to Rejoice

“That moment when you think you just can’t take it anymore, that’s the moment
to rejoice as that is when your body & mind grow stronger to carry you through.”
~ Nicole Curtis,
Investor, Realtor, Author
& House Restorer, Host – Rehab Addict

Just Because One Thing Went Wrong

“The world doesn’t end just because one thing goes wrong.”
~ Shelley Duvall,
Actress, Producer, Writer, Narrator Singer,
& Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress (1977)

Everyone Has Highs & Lows

“Everyone has highs and lows that they have to learn from,
but every morning I start off with a good head on my shoulders,
saying to myself, ‘It’s going to be a good day!’.”
~ Lindsay Lohan,
Actress, Businesswoman, Fashion Designer, Singer, Kids Choice Award (2006), Capri Awards (2007),
Teen Choice Award (4X), MTV Movie Award (3X), Hollywood Film Festival Award (2X),
Radio Disney Music Awards (2004) & 2nd SoHu Fashion Achievement Awards (2014)

This is When You Lose

“Really, you don’t lose until you stop trying.”
~ Laurence ‘Mr. T’ Tureaud,
Actor, Bodyguard, Television Personality & Retired Professional Wrestler

Victorious Thinking

“Victory starts in your thinking. You can’t think the same way and expect different results.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor of Lakewood Church, Motivational Speaker & Author

The Favor and Blessing on Your Life

“They are jealous of the favor and blessing on your life. Take it as a compliment.
They don’t talk about average people. They talk about exceptional people.
They don’t talk about people that aren’t doing anything.
They talk about people who are taking new ground;
people that are making a difference — people that stand out”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor of Lakewood Church, Motivational Speaker & Author

Standing Adversity

“Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man;
but for one man who can stand prosperity,
there are a hundred that will stand adversity.”
~ Elvis Aaron Presley,
Musician, Singer & Actor

How You Wait

“Patience is not just about waiting for something…
it’s about how you wait, or your attitude while waiting.”

~ Joyce Meyer,
Author, Speaker & Philanthropist

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

Adversity’s Special Moments

“Sometimes when you have adversity it brings along special moments in life.”
~ Vinny Testaverde,
National Football League (NFL) Quarterback (21 seasons), Heisman Trophy (1986), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1987–1992),
Cleveland Browns (1993–1995), Baltimore Ravens (1996–1997), New York Jets (1998–2003), Dallas Cowboys (2004),
New York Jets (2005), New England Patriots (2006), Carolina Panthers (2007), Pro Bowl (1996 & 1998),
Maxwell Award (1986), Davey O’Brien Award (1986), Walter Camp Award (1986), Sporting News Player of the Year (1986),
UPI Player of the Year (1986) & Consensus All-American (1986)

To Make it Through Challenges

“In life we face challenges and
oftentimes we need one another to make it through.”
~ Priscilla Marie ‘Cece’ Winans Love,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Talk Show Host, Speaker,
Author, Dove Awards (23X) Stellar Awards (15X) & Grammy Awards (12X)

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)

If You Don’t, Then Who Will, Sweetie?

“Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.
Keep trying, hold on and always, always, always believe in yourself,
because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie?”
~ Marilyn Monroe
a.k.a. Norma Jeane Mortenson,
Actress, Model, Singer & Film Producer

A Beautiful Challenge

“Life is a beautiful struggle, but life is worth living.”
~ Jaeson Ma,
Entrepreneur, Producer, Writer, Musician, Missionary,
Media Executive, Music Artist, Inspirational Speaker & Author.

Just Hang in There Long Enough

“I think if you just hang in there long enough
and keep doing what you know is your sweet spot,
I think the world eventually catches up to you.”
~ Courtney B. Vance,
Actor, Author, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor …,
Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, Clarence Derwent Award,

If We Would Just Hang on Long Enough

” God has promised to every single one of us that
even in our hardest times,
if we would just hang on long enough,
the blessing will come.”
~ Beth Moore,
Evangelist, Author, Bible Teacher
& Founder – Living Proof Ministries

One Step Closer to the Dream

“Every setback means you’re one step closer
to seeing the dream come to pass.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor, Motivational Speaker & Author

Your Freedom

“It’s time for your freedom.”
~ Kenneth Copeland,
Singer, Author, Co-Founder – Kenneth Copeland Ministries
& Co-Founder – Believer’s Voice of Victory

Don’t Allow Negative Feelings to Defeat You

“You can either give in to negative feelings or fight them,
and I’m of the belief that you should fight them.”
~ Dr. Ruth Westheimer,
Sex Therapist, Media Personality,
Actress, Voice Actress & Author

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 …”

Completely Broke (Temporarily)

“When I got out of Yale Drama School,
I was completely broke.”
~ Courtney B. Vance,
Actor, Author, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor …,
Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, Clarence Derwent Award,

That Book, It’s My Life

“Inside that book, it’s my life-all the places
where I’m hurting or I laughed
or I cried or I prayed.
And I’ve had to pray a lot!”
~ June Carter Cash,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Dancer, Comedian, Author,
Grammy Awards (5X) & Christian Music Hall of Fame (2009)

Control the Flames

“Walking through this life is really walking through fire.
As you get older, you realize there are fire extinguishers.
You do have an ability to control the flames.”
~ Chaka Khan,
Singer, Songwriter, Activist & Grammy Awards (10x)

Encouraged to Persevere

“I have always been one to encourage perseverance.”
~ Christina Aguilera,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Television Personality, Television Producer & Philanthropist

Strength to Not Surrender

“Strength does not come from winning.
Your struggles develop your strengths.
When you go through hardships
and decide not to surrender,
that is strength.”
~ Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Actor, Producer, Businessman, Investor, Author,
Philanthropist, Activist, Politician,
Professional Bodybuilder & 38th Governor of California (2003-2011)

Walking Away

“Most of the time, people say negative things for a reaction,
and I can’t even bear to give them the satisfaction.
So, there’s something that I gain from feeling
like I’m the bigger person, from walking away
from a situation.”
~ Selena Gomez,
Actress, Singer, Executive Producer, Fashion Designer,
Philanthropist, ALMA Award, American Music Award,
Billboard Women in Music Award, iHeartRadio Music Award,
MTV Video Music Award, Teen Choice Awards (15x) & &Guinness World Records(9)

Whistle in a Barely Audible Way

“If the pressure is getting to you, whistle in a barely audible way.
It’s the best way I know of to let go of tension.
Music gets your mind off the situation, and
the act of whistling melts the tension out of your body.”
~ Fuzzy Zoeller,
a.k.a. Frank Urban Zoeller, Jr.
Professional Golfer, PGA Tour (10x),
PGA Tour Champion (2x), Masters Tournament (1979),
US Open (1084) & Bob Jones Award (1985)

A Most Satisfying Victory

“The life of the individual is a continuous combat with errors and obstacles,
and no victory is more satisfying than the one achieved against opposition.”
~ Gustav Stresemann,
Politician and Statesman

Proud to Be a Nerd

“Somebody called me a nerd. That’s not a word that I’m
used to hearing. I was proud of it…
It’s like a badge of honor to me,
knowing where I came from.”
~ Malcolm Mitchell,
NFL Football Player & Author

Looking Like a Winner

“Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner.
Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence
can give you a mental edge that results in victory.”
~ Diane Arbus,
Photographer

The Real Problem Is …

'Attitude ' Quote by Joyce Meyer

“Is your problem really your problem,
or is your ATTITUDE toward your problem the real problem?”

~ Joyce Meyer,
Author, Speaker & Philanthropist

Your Victorious Life

“A victorious life begins in your mind.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor of Lakewood Church, Motivational Speaker & Author

A Grateful Heart

“Your grateful heart opens the door for many more blessings to come.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder, Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

Our Challenges’ Discoveries

“Challenges make you discover things
about yourself that you never really knew.”
~ 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)
Drama Desk Award & Outer Critics Circle Award – Outstanding Actress in a Play
Academy & Golden Globe Awards – Best Actress nominee (Sounder, 1972), Continue reading “Our Challenges’ Discoveries”

Difficult Victories, Happiest Wins

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“The more difficult the victory,
the greater the happiness in winning.”
~ Pele
a.k.a Edson Arantes do Nascimento,
Footballer, Humanitarian, FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur (2013),
France Football’s Football Player of the Century (1999),
Player of the Century (1999), IOC Athlete of the Century (1999),
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1997)
Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (1994), Knight of the Order of Rio Branco (1967)
Commander of the Order of Rio Branco (1969) & Brasil Postage Stamp (1969),

The Sweetest Satisfaction

“Success is the sweetest revenge.”
~ Vanessa Lynn Williams ,
Singer, Actress, Producer, Fashion Designer,
former Fashion Model & Miss America (1984)

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

Seems Impossible, Doesn’t It?

“It always seems impossible until its done.”
~ Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela,
Activist, Politician, Philanthropist, Lawyer,
1st President of South Africa, Philanthropist
Nobel Peace Prize Awardee(1993) & Presidential Medal of Freedom Awardee

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

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

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

Dream Crushers

“All I can tell you, really, is if you get to the point where someone is telling you that you are not great or not good enough,
just follow your heart and don’t let anybody crush your dream.”
~ Patti LaBelle,
Singer, Songwriter, & Actress
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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”

Hard to Beat

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
~ Babe Ruth
a.k.a George Herman Ruth, Jr.
,
All-Star (2x)
World Series Champion (7x)
AL MVP (1923)
AL Batting Champion (1924)
AL home run champion (12×)
AL RBI champion (6×)
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Spend Life Well

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“Life well-spent is long.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci,
Polymath: Painter, Sculptor, Architect, Musician,
Mathematician, Engineer, Inventor, Anatomist,
Geologist, Cartographer, Botanist, & Writer

A Million, or Ten

“It doesn’t matter … if a million people
tell you what you can’t do,
or if ten million people tell you, “No.”.
If you get one “Yes.”, from God, that’s ALL you need.”
~ Tyler Perry a.k.a Emmitt Perry Jr.,
Actor, Author, Playwright, Producer, Director & Songwriter

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)

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

Supreme Efforts

“It was a supreme effort to fit in with that group.
I didn’t connect with them. To please was work.”
~ France Nguyen Van Nga a.k.a. France Nuyen,
Actress & Psychological Counselor

Ignored, Laughed At & Fought: Winners

“First they IGNORE you, then they LAUGH at you,
then they FIGHT you, then you WIN.”
~ Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi,
Civil Rights Activist, Nonviolence Activist
& Leader of Indian Nationalism

Emphasize the Positivity

“The trick is in what one emphasizes.
We either make ourselves miserable,
or we make ourselves strong.
The amount of work is the same.
~ Carlos Castaneda,
Anthropologist

Punctuality, Order & Diligence

“I never could have done what I have done
without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence,
without the determination to concentrate myself
on one subject at a time.”

Charles Dickens
1812-1870, Novelist

Soar High

Good afternoon, Everyone!  A sage quote, as follows:

“As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.”

Marian Anderson

Illusions

“The forces you are struggling with, that you feel are holding you back – are illusions.
They are not real – they never have been. See only the good that you desire in your mind.”

~ Bob Proctor,
Speaker & Author