Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
I love this quote from English author Charles Dickens No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for someone else as it applies to those people you get joy from seeing or talking to, simply because they make you smile or feel good. Novelist Dickens lived from 1812 to 1870. He wrote A Tale of Two Cities,A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, and The Pickwick Papers.
On how to live
Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.
Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant with the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these.
In matters of style swim with the current; in matters of principle stand like a rock.
Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it.
On helping others
There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.
—Booker T. Washington
Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and happier.
Help others get ahead. You will always stand taller with someone else on your shoulders.
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for someone else.
After the verb "To Love"… "To Help" is the most beautiful verb in the world.
—Bertha Von Suttner
Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.
—Alice Mackenzie Swaim
If something appears to be a block, then it can be a stepping stone. All the force that is pulling against you can be changed to lift you.
The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
—Allan K. Chalmers
The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.
On thinking positive
If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.
On the human condition
Our hearts are not pure; our hearts are filled with need and greed as much as with love and grace, and we wrestle with our hearts all the time. The wrestling is who we are. How we wrestle is who we are. What we want to be is never what we are. Not yet. Maybe that’s why we have these relentless engines in our chests, driving us forward toward what we might be.
—Brian Doyle in Orion
I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.
The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.
Fear of failure and fear of the unknown are always defeated by faith. Having faith in yourself, in the process of change, and in the new direction that change sets will reveal your own inner core of steel.
Hone your skills for work and family and you hone them for living life to the fullest