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Being Appreciative

Music washer away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
            Berthold Auerbach

Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.
            Albert Einstein’s Princeton University office

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
            Psalm 118

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Being Your Best

Blossom where you land.
            Message on a tea bag tag

Beauty is as beauty does.

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
            John Wooden

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Being Blessed

We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.

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Being Giving

What we are born with is God’s gift to us.  What we do with it is our gift to God.

We live by what we get but we make a life by what we give.

There is a destiny that makes us brothers
None goes his way alone.
And all that we send into the life of others
Comes back into our own.

The great use of life is to spend it, for something that outlasts it.
            William James

Make a gift of your life and lift all mankind by being kind, considerate, forgiving, and compassionate at all times, in all places, and under all conditions, with everyone as well as yourself. 
That is the greatest gift anyone can give.
            David Hawkins

Serenity isn't freedom from the storm, it is peace within the storm. 
If you continually give then you will continually have.
       From the Crystal Meth Anonymous Support Site

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Being Happy

Admit errors.
Avoid mistakes.
Listen to advice.
Keep your temper.
Shoulder the blame.
Make the best of things.
Maintain high standards.
Think first and act accordingly.
Put the needs of others before your own.

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Being Hopeful

Nothing can be done without hope or confidence.
            Helen Keller

Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed.
            Tom Clancy

Hope is the feeling that the feeling you have isn’t permanent.
            Jean Kerr

If you expect the worst, you will get the worst. 
And if you expect the best, you will get the best.
            Norman Vincent Peale

Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.
            John Updike

Hope is the ability to hear the music of the future.
            Jeannette Lawrensen

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Being Humble

Live simply that others may simply live.

Unpracticed to faun, or to seek the power,
By doctrines fashioned to the varying hour;
For other aims his heart had learned to prize,
More skilled to raise the retched than to rise.
            Oliver Goldsmith

He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to live kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
            Micah 6:8

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Being Humorous

How do you make God laugh?  Make Plans.
            Caroline Rhea

I’m an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.
            Mark Twain

If you want the rainbow, you gotta put us with the rain.
            Dolly Parton

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Being Inclusive

He drew a circle that shut me out
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in.
            Edwin Markham

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Being Involved

We can’t all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.
            Will Rogers

I am only one, but I am one.
I can’t do everything, but I can do something. 
What I can do I ought to do, and what I ought to do by the grace of God I will  do.
            Edward Everett Hale

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Being Kind

Be kind.  Everyone you meet is carrying a heavy burden.
            Ian MacLaren

Be kind to unkind people; they probably need it most.
            Ashleigh Brilliant

God dwells in all, and the way we treat people is the way we treat God.
            Dale Turner

Let me no wrong or idle word unthinking say;
Set thou a seal upon my lips just for today.
            James Whitcomb Riley

No act of kindness, no matter how  small, is ever wasted
            AESOP – The Lion and the Mouse

You can never do kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
            Ralph Waldo Emerson

A kindly word was in my mind
I never set it free.
It died from lack of exercise
And made its tomb in me.

Kindness is more important than wisdom.  The recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.
            Theodore Isaac Rubin

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Being a Listener

It’s amazing what you can see when you listen.
            Yogi Bera

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Being Loving

Those who love bring God and the world together.
            Martin Buber

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Being Open

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
            Marcel Proust

It is magnificent to grow old – if only one stays young.

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Being Present

It is not by your actions that you will be saved, but by your being.
            Meister Eckhart

Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.
            Ben Franklin

Each day comes bearing its own gifts.

Nothing is started until it’s begun.

The tragedy of life is not what happens to us,  but what we miss.
            Normal Cousins

It’s not what we’d do with a million
If riches should e’er be our lot,
But what we are doing at present
With the dollars and quarters we’ve got.

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may.
Old time is still a-flying.
And this same flower that smiles today,
Tomorrow will be dying.
            Robert Herrick

Life is what’s happening while we are busy making other plans.
            John Lennon

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Being Responsive

Lost somewhere between sunrise and sunset two golden hours, set with 60 diamond minutes. 
No reward is offered for they are lost forever.
            Horace Mann

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Being of Service

I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.
            Albert Schweitzer

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Being Sharing

A sorrow shared is a sorrow halved, and a joy shared is a joy doubled.
            A German proverb

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Being a Smile

The world is like a mirror
Reflecting what you do
If you smile right out at others
They’ll smile right back at you.

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Being Thankful

Thanks is just a little word
No bigger than a minute
But there’s a world of meaning
and appreciation in it.

Peace is seeing a sunset and knowing who to thank.

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Being Truthful

If you add to the truth you subtract from it.

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Being Visionary

Thus, the task is, not so much to see what no one has yet seen; but to think what nobody has yet thought, about that which everybody sees.
            Erwin Schrödinger

Plan ahead – it wasn’t raining when Noah build the ark.

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Being Wise

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

Be content with a little light, so it be your own.
            Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sixty years ago I knew everything. 
Now I know nothing. 
Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
            Will Durant

Man’s interruptions are God’s opportunities.

It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

We open the mind as we open the mouth, with the hope that we will close it on something solid.
            G.K. Chesterton

Never judge a day by the weather.

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Give some people an inch and they will think they are a ruler.

Nothing is evil, lest thinking make it so.

Impart your faith without imposing it on others.

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.
            Martin Buber

Here is a test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: 
If you are alive, it isn’t.
            Richard Bach

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
            George Eliot

Worry is the darkroom where negatives are developed.
            Judy Sankey

Be determined; aim high.
            Sir Edmund Hillary

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Anything not worth doing is worth not doing well. 
Think about it.
            Elias Schwartz

Imagination is more important than information.
            Albert Einstein

What is essential is invisible to the eye.
            Antonine de Saint-Exupery

The eye with which I see God is the very same eye with which God sees me.
            Meister Eckhart

Your mind is like a parachute. 
It works much better when it’s open!
            Kurek Ashley

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