Words of Wisdom No. 21

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The inspiration behind this month’s Words of Wisdom comes from a little book I was gifted earlier this year ‘My Mother Used to Say. . .’.  Enclosed is a beautiful collection of material wisdom from parent’s of the famous and not-so-famous.

I’m sure each of us could recall times were we have valued and used advice that has been handed down from our parents or grandparents.  Perhaps its a line, a phrase or an old saying that is comes back to our memory at the times we need it most.  Below is a testament to the old adage that mum’s (or parents!) always know best.

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My father always used to say, ‘Life is full of small beginnings.’
– Andrea Corr

Ma mère a toujours dit, ’Regarde toujours devant, jamais – derrière.’
(Always look forward, never backwards.)
– Pierre Cardin

My mother always used to say, ‘Never be turned by the flattering tounge.’
– Bernard Farrell

My parents you sed to say, ‘You are judged in life by what you give, not by what you get.’
– David Jamilly

My mother used to say,
‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again.’
-Pauline Latham OBE

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My mother’s fravourite saying was, ‘The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.’
– Sir Gerry Robinson

My mother used to say, ‘Before ever passing comment on someone try to walk a mile in their shoes.’
– Esther McVey

My mother:
‘It was she who taught me to get up every day and keep going;
To look for the best in people even when they saw the worst in me;
To be grateful for every day and greet it with a smile;
To believe I could do or be anything I put my mind to if I was willing to make the requisite effort;
To believe that, in the end, love and kindness would prevail over cruelty and selfishness.’
– Bill Clinton

My mum used to say,
‘Education is your passport to life,
once you’ve got it no one can
take it away from you.’
– Baroness Floella Benjamin

My mother Bernadette always used to give me this good advice:’Love many, trust few, always paddle your own canoe.’
– Patricia Scanlan

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Words of Wisdom No. 20

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There is something wonderful about experiencing new challenges and hitting the curve-balls life throws at you.  Like all trying experiences there is a time at the end when you can look back and learn from each experience.  Perhaps you have a better understanding of how you could have handled situations differently or perhaps you can look back and realise the decisions you made were for the very best.  It is during these emotionally-tough and oftentimes, mentally-challenging times that I have found you always learn who your true friends are.

Sometimes, its during these challenging times that you realize just how lucky you are to have such a good, strong supporting group around you or may even be a timely reminder that you need to spread your wings and enlarge your group of assoicates to include individuals who possess a more positive outlook on life.

Not only is this a timely reminder of the importance of who you surround yourself with but also of the friendship you share with others.  Admist our busy schedules do we set aside regular time to catch-up and relax with those who we love?  Do we offer support and strength when we see a friend struggling?  Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a warm embrace or a spontanious ‘I love you!’

 

There comes a point in your life when you realize who really matters, who never did, and who always will.
– Unknown

A friend is someone who can see the truth and pain in you even when you are fooling everyone else.
– Unknown

Friendship isn’t about whom you have known the longest… It’s about who came, and never left your side…
– Unknown

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True friendship is not about being inseperable.  Its about being separated and knowing nothing will change.
– Unknown

You can make it, but it’s easier if you don’t have to do it alone.
– Betty Ford
The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.
– Elizabeth Foley

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Words of Wisdom No. 19

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There is a famous proverb that goes somewhere on the lines of “what a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”  It could not be truer that your thoughts reflect who you are as a person.   Just look back 10 years ago to your secret dreams, hopes and desires.  More often than not those inner thoughts, shared or unshared have impacted your present life in some way, shape or form.

Below is a collection of my fravourite lines on how your thoughts today, will ultimately impact tomorrows actions.

A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.
– Mahatma Gandhi

Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.

– Brian Adams

Nurture your mind with great thoughts.

– Benjamin Disraeli

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Entertain thoughts that give life. And when a thought or resentment, or hurt, or fear comes your way, have another thought that is more powerful — a thought that is love.

– Mary Manin Morrissey

The game of life is the game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy.

– Florence Shinn

We know not of the future, and cannot plan for it much. But we can hold our spirits and our bodies so pure and high, we may cherish such thoughts and ideals, and dream such dreams of lofty purpose, that we can determine and know what manner of men we will be whenever and wherever the hour stricks that calls to noble action…, No man becomes suddenly different from his habit and cherished thought.

– Joshua L. Chamberlain

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Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.

– Mahatma Gandhi

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts, therefore guard accordingly and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue, and reasonable nature.

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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Words of Wisdom No. 17

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For the year 2013 there will be a variation to the usual words of wisdom posts.  This year there will be a theme for each post.  Quite similar to the 14th of February post last year, in which we focused on the subject of love.

The month of January has brought about many changes in my life.  One of these significant alterations has been the loss of quietness and the opportunity to bask in pure silence.  Dare I say, a luxury which country living affords.  I took for granted the special times of silence: driving to work early on a quiet, dusty road, now replaced by the hustle and bustle of the highways and congested traffic.  The hushed moments of an evening, as the birds and wildlife took their rest is now replaced by late night traffic, trams and noisy neighbours.

Since my move from country living to city life I now am more observant of the times when quietness replaces noise in contrast to silence replacing sound.

Why not this week, set aside a few minutes each day to mediate and relish the silence?

“I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.”
― Chaim Potok

“We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Silence is holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking. This is the great paradox.”
― Nicholas Sparks

In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I don’t want to be married just to be married. I can’t think of anything lonelier than spending the rest of my life with someone I can’t talk to, or worse, someone I can’t be silent with.”
― Mary Ann Shaffer

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“My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.”
― Edith Sitwell

“Silence is a source of Great Strength.”
― Lao Tzu

“Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you’re alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.”
― Norton Juster,

“Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it. – Amir”
― Khaled Hosseini

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“You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging leaping from their mouths. Silence? No.”
― Alison McGhee

“In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.”
― Mother Teresa

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Words of Wisdom No. 16

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Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
-Saint Francis of Assisi

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Don’t wait for something big to occur. Start where you are, with what you have, and that will always lead you into something greater.
-Mary Manin Morrissey

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Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.
-Anne Sullivan

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You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.
― Henry David Thoreau

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Fear less, hope more;
Whine less, breathe more;
Talk less, say more;
Hate less, love more;
And all good things are yours.
-Swedish Proverb

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Life is a preparation for the future; and the best preparation for the future is to live as if there were none.
― Albert Einstein

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“I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of the day that is given me to live.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh

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“We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives.”
― Maya Angelou

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We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves, otherwise we harden.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe