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[Quotes] What to Do?

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive”

–Howard Thurman

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Conditions are never just right.  People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing.”
— William Feather

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[Quote] Being Self-Taught

“Very few men are wise by their own counsel, or learned by their own teaching.  For he that was only taught by himself had a fool for his master” –Ben Johnson
It is a strange facet of the Western culture to value self-reliance so much.  With the age of the internet comes the anonymous sharing of a vast wealth of information.  How does one effectively share experience in the digital age?  Many times, I feel like I want to call someone for a recipe rather than going to allrecipes.com.  How can I learn how to clean my house’s boiler heater or fix my car from YouTube?  Believe me, I’ve tried both unsuccessfully.
I would like to be less independent.  Isn’t that strange to hear?  Doesn’t that feel like laziness?  I think it is feeling more and more like true connectedness and community.

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[Quote] The Mind is Powerful!

Our best friends and our worst enemies are our thoughts.  A thought can do us more good than a doctor or a banker or a faithful friend.  It can also do us more harm than a brick.

–Frank Crane

How true this is!  How many times have I been prevented from doing something simply because of a doubtful or fearful thought?  How powerful and empowering are ‘true’ and ‘right’ thoughts about our self and others!

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[Quote] Living in the Present

Men spend their lives in anticipation, in determining to be vastly happy at some period when they have time.  But the present time has one advantage over every other — it is our own.  Past opportunities are gone, future have not come.

–Charles C. Colton

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[Quote] Challenging the Status Quo

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true really was true, there would be little hope of advance.

–Orville Wright

How different would all our lives be if Mr. Wright hadn’t challenged assumptions about the possibility of flight?

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Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said.  A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made.  Or a garden planted.  Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.  It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away.  The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said.  The lawn cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.

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