Woodrow Wilson, 1914, July 4th: Every idea must be started by somebody

“The most patriotic man
is sometimes the man who goes in the direction that he thinks right
even when he sees half the world against him.

It is the dictate of patriotism to sacrifice yourself
if you think that is the path of honor and of duty.

Do not blame others if they do not agree with you.

… the days of 1776. Those gentlemen did not attach their names to the
Declaration of Independence on this table expecting a holiday on the next day,
and that 4th of July was not itself a holiday.

All the rest of the world was against them
and smiled with cynical incredulity at the audacious undertaking.

Do you think that if they could see this great Nation now they would regret anything
that they then did to draw the gaze of a hostile world upon them?

Every idea must be started by somebody,

and it is a lonely thing to start anything.

Yet if it is in you, you must start it
if you have a man’s blood in you
and if you love the country
that you profess to be working for.”

Woodrow Wilson, Presidential Address, 1914 July 4th

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Freedom. And the responsibility that comes with it

Independence Day weekend.
A time for celebration:
Parades. Barbecue with friends. Fireworks.

And a time for reflections.
Reflecting on freedom.
The responsibility that comes with it.
Its cost…

And remembering John Adams’ words of wisdom:

“July, 1776, will be the most memorable in the history of America.
I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations
as the great anniversary festival…. with pomp and parade,

with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations,
from one end of this continent to the other,
from this time forward forevermore.

I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure
that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration
and support and defend these States.

Yet, through all the gloom,
I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory.”
John Adams, letter to wife Abigail, 1776 July 3rd, Philadelphia

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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.

It turns what we have into enough and more.

It turns denial into acceptance,

chaos to order,

confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast,

a house into a home,

a stranger into a friend.

Gratitude makes sense of our past,

brings peace for today,

and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

Melody Beattie

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New Year’s Day.

New Year’s Day. A fresh
start. A new chapter in life
waiting to be written.

New questions to be asked,
embraced, and loved.

Answers to be discovered
and then lived in this
transformative year of delight
and self-discovery.

Today carve out a quiet
interlude for yourself
in which to dream,
pen in hand.

Only dreams
give birth to change.

Sarah Ban Breathnach.


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Imagine… living life in peace

“Imagine all the people living life in peace.

You may say I’m a dreamer,

but I’m not the only one.

I hope someday you’ll join us,

and the world will be as one.”

John Lennon

Flipper and Sunny

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If you have built castles in the air – Henry David Thoreau

Last week I was at an out-of-town conference.
During this annual meeting, panel members from different regions of the state discuss
issues and share ideas on how to make our communities safer for children.

A remarkable success story
A woman in her early twenty’s, spoke of her difficult childhood.
Her love of books and education.
And how that helped her to “come out of darkness.” She looked around the room and
told us how much difference people like us have made in her life.

She spoke of her dream of being a judge someday. And wanting to help others as much
as she was helped.

Of course it was gratifying to hear our time and effort make a difference.
Hearing her speak with such confidence about her dreams, about where she wanted
to go with her life – THAT was inspiring!

Hope this inspires you to dream . Then to put the foundation under it.
(aka start working on achieving them.)

If one advances confidently
in the direction of his dreams

and endeavors
to live the life
which he has imagined,

he will meet with a success.

If you have built castles in the air,
your work need not be lost.

That is where they should be.
Now put the foundations under them.
Henry David Thoreau


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A better way of looking at motivation?

We think of motivation as the fuel that gives us energy.
It’s what gives us the ability to live up to our ideals.
And keeps us going in the direction of our dreams.

But how do we stay motivated?!

One of the funnier quotes I found on motivation comes
from Zig Ziglar:

“People often tell me that motivation doesn’t last,
and I tell them that bathing doesn’t either.

That’s why I recommend it daily.”


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Because someday…

We all lead busy lives.
And we are short on time. Short on patience.
Compassion and understanding – we need more of both.
For others. As well as for ourselves.

George Washington Carver:

How far you go in life
depends on your
being tender with the young,

compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving,

and tolerant of the weak
and the strong.

Because someday

in life

you will have been

all of these.

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Complain? Smile? The choice is ours

The other day a friend gave me a book – one of my favorite kinds of gift.
Appropriately named Inspiration, the book is a collection of positive, inspiring,
and motivational quotes.

It talks about seeing the bright, positive side of things.
To be an optimist is not about seeing the world through rose-colored glasses.
It’s not about ignoring reality.

Optimism is about trying to bring out the best in those around us.
And ourselves.
It’s about being open to all that life has to offer.
The following quote, by William Arthur Ward, best describes optimism.

Real optimism is aware of problems
but recognizes solutions;

knows about difficulties
but believes they can be overcome;

sees the negatives,
but accentuates the positives;

is exposed to the worst
but expects the best;

has reason to complain,
but chooses to smile.


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Speak your truth quietly and clearly

A while back, I was looking for some good inspirational words,
and someone read me a paragraph from Desiderata.

I loved it and I asked for a copy.

Will share some with you:

“Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
they too have their story.

Be yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.

And whatever your labor and aspirations,
Strive to be happy.”




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