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Quote of the Day

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The purpose of life is not to be happy.* It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”


*I understand what he means by stating that happiness is not our purpose. He is referring to the selfish happiness that comes from self-serving aims. But our purpose is to to be happy in life. We are to find happiness in our usefulness, honorableness, compassion, and in our every effort to make a difference with the  life we have been given. We are to be happy in everything we do to bless others.

Quote for Always: Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Find your passion and live it out each day. Years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bow lines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Quote of the Day

John Edgar Wideman, Philadelphia Fire

“Sometimes I’ve thought of myself, of you, of ourselves, as walled cities, each of us a fortress, a citadel, pinpoints of something that is the inverse of light, all of us in our profusion spread like a map of stars, each of us fixed in our place on a canvas immense beyond knowing; except that we know the immensity must be there to frame our loneliness, to separate us as far as we are separate, each from each, in the darkness.”

Thoughts for the Day: Growing Pains…


“Choosing one path means abandoning others – if you try to follow every possible path you will end up following none.”

“The hurting is there to test you, to help you grow.”

Your Greatest Ally

“Instead of seeing yourself as your greatest enemy, see yourself as your greatest ally. Because no one knows you better than you do.”

~ A1chemist (me)

Paulo Coelho – Quote of the Moment

Paulo Coelho

Man improves himself as he follows his path; if he stands still, waiting to improve before he makes a decision, he’ll never move.

(Unpublished Saying)

It is God, all God that I saw this quote today. This morning, I was thinking about the person I am right now and felt somewhat dismayed by the gravity of improvements I feel I need to make. Within myself, I wondered if I should just stop and try to make these improvements before I keep moving … make sure I am completely in order first. I laughed to myself, because I realized I was thinking with a perfectionist’s mindset. And yet, even though I knew I wouldn’t be able to be perfect, I figured I could at least try to become as close to perfection as possible before moving on to new experiences.

I know I am not the only one who is tempted to yield to such thinking. There is a security when you feel completely prepared for everything. (God, do I crave that security!). But I was so blessed by Coelho’s quote. And I feel it is so true, or at least in my own life it has been true.

Often when I stall, I get stuck there, likely because I become so fixated on my faults that they end up staying with me. Like I wrote in a previous post… the car analogy. When you’re driving, you subconsciously direct the car toward the point upon which your eyes fixate. It is the same in life. When you fixate upon a point, you begin to reposition your life to get there. So my stalling for perfection and fixation on my faults only keeps me right there at this point. I can’t move past them because I have stopped moving altogether.

We have to keep moving, with our eyes focused ahead on the person we want to be. When we focus on our future, better selves, we will position our entire lives to become the person we want to be.

So Lord, I have decided to keep walking.