The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
– Samuel Johnson

The best way to get the last word is to apologize.
– Anon.

If
you want to go beyond the body, learn to use it in a loving way. Think
and speak well of yourself and others. Be positive, constructive,
helpful. Don’t look for problems. Don’t dwell on what seems missing.
Give love at every opportunity. Bring it to yourself when you are sad.
Bring it to others when they are doubting or negative. Be the presence
of love in the world. That is what you are. Everything else is an
illusion.
– Paul Ferrini, Miracle of Love

Expecting the
world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little
like expecting the bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian.
– Dennis Wholey

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
– Joseph Campbell

Often
people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more
things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they
will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must
first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to
have what you want.
– Margaret Young

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If you have the
ability to complain about something, you also have the ability to take
the positive action that will make it better. And taking positive
action is infinitely more effective than merely complaining.

If
you have cause to get angry, then you also can turn the energy of that
anger in a positive direction. You can then resolve the situation in a
way that is peaceful and valuable for all concerned.

If you have
reason to be frustrated, you also have the motivation necessary to get
beyond whatever is frustrating you. Whether you work to eliminate the
cause of your frustration or grow beyond it, no frustration ever has to
continue troubling you.

If you have experienced disappointment,
you also have learned a valuable lesson. Go forward, apply what you
have learned, and transform your disappointment into a positive turning
point.

If you have known loss and sadness, then you also have
gained a profound understanding of how very precious life is. Take the
opportunity, for which you’ve paid so dearly, to raise yourself to a
whole new level of meaning and fulfillment.

If you face a
difficult challenge, you also have the opportunity to grow stronger,
more capable, wise, experienced and resilient. Embrace those
opportunities, for in them you will find the sweet substance of life.

– Ralph Marston

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We are born into the World
Like a blank canvas
And every person that crosses our path
Takes up the brush
And makes their mark
Upon our surface
So it is that we develop
But we must realize there comes a day
That we must take up the brush
And finish the work
For only we can determine
If we are to be
Just another painting
Or a Masterpiece

– Javan

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