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Seek patience
and passion
in equal amounts.

Patience alone
will not build the temple.

Passion alone
will destroy its walls.

~ Maya Angelou ~

Most people lose even before the game begins because they have resigned themselves to their “fate”. Many lose because they give up quite early on in the game. Many others lose because they act in a frenzy and cannot get their moves together, because of having a bad coach, having too many coaches or being a bad student.

The common feature of all losers though is that they lack the one characteristic which is crucial in this game – PATIENCE.

If something doesn’t go your way or how you plan it, don’t be discouraged – maybe its just not time yet, or the way it is supposed to be. We all have a tendency to question ourselves and our actions when things do not go our way. The truth is, some things simply cannot be explained.

Some will tell you that things occur as a result of a higher order, divine power. If you are religious, always keep in mind that God is always in control and that everything happens for a reason – and a very wise one.

There is a saying that, in relationships, people sometimes change so that you can learn to let go; things go wrong so that you learn to appreciate them when they’re right, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.

Take everything in strides, live life one day at a time. Do not question the outcome of your actions. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future , for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering.

Infinite patience brings immediate results”
— Wayne Dyer

I love this quote because it reminds me that emotional fitness is one of the most important lessons to be learned.

Patience isn’t often included in the list of primary attributes we look for in leaders and yet to me, it is an underpinning of good leadership.

Ben Franklin once said, “He that can have patience, can have what he will”

Note that he didn’t say, “can have what he will”…NOW.

The following story explains well about patience.

There was a monk who was very impatient. You may wonder, why would a monk be impatient? Don’t they become monks so that they don’t have to deal with the world? Yes, that’s true. So imagine how impatient this monk was…

The more he tried, the more impatient he became, so he decided that he must get away altogether, to learn to be patient. So he built himself a little home deep in the woods, far away from civilization.

Years later, a man was traveling in those woods and met him. The man was amazed to find anyone living so far away from the rest of the world, so he asked the monk why he was there all by himself.

The monk said that he was there to learn to be patient.

The traveler asked how long he had been there, and the monk replied: seven ( 7 ) years.

Stunned, the traveler asked, “If there is no one around to bother you, how will you know when you are patient?”

Annoyed, the monk replied, “Get away from me, I have no time for you.”


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Recently I read a fabulous book – Happy for No Reason – 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out by Marci Shimoff, where she explains the following.

1. Why some people are happier than others regardless of their circumstances
2. What fundamental “laws” to follow to be happy for no reason
3. How to develop “21 happiness habits” that will raise your basic happiness “set-point.”
At the beginning of the book, she explains that finding 100 happy people in this world itself was a big task for her, but she did not give up. She interviewed 1000s of people and finally she listed 100 Happy people.

Marci interviewed those 100 people whom she refers to as the Happy 100. Their qualities included:
1. Having a sense of lightness or buoyancy
2. Feeling alive, vital, energetic
3. Having a sense of flow, openness
4. Feeling love and compassion for yourself and others
5. Having passion about your life and purpose
6. Feeling gratitude, forgiveness
7. Being at peace with live
8. Being full present in the moment

Happiness should be a journey, not a destination. This book will help you believe and achieve just that.

Happy for No Reason: Happiness Quotes
• This joy that I have – the world didn’t’t give it, the world can’t take it away. – Shirley Caesar
• Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.
• Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. – J. M. Barrie
• It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis. – Margaret Bonnano
• Our business is to be happy. – His Holiness the Dalai Lama
• Happiness for any reason is just another form of misery. – The
• Things do not change we change. – Henry David Thoreau
• Who is rich? He who is happy with his lot. – The Talmud
• We first make our habits, and then our habits make us. – John Dryden
• Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
• If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.– Maya Angelou
• The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you are in control of your own destiny. – Dr. Albert Ellis
• We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
– His Holiness the Dalai Lama
• The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven.
– John Milton
• What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner. – Colette
• I would rather have eyes that cannot see; ears that cannot hear; lips that cannot speak, than a heart that cannot love. – Robert Tizon
• The heavens and the earth are there; the sun, the moon, and the stars, fire and lightning and the winds – the whole universe dwells within our heart. – adapted from the Upanishads
• If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.
– Meister Eckhart
• Appreciation and gratitude are a must if you choose to become the architect of increased happiness and your own fulfillment. – Doc Childre
• To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.–
Robert Mueller
• A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.
– John Locke
• Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are. – Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
• There is vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action…Keep the channel open. – Martha Graham
• We will be in tune with our bodies only if we truly love and honor them. We can’t be in good communication with the enemy. – Harriet Lerner
• There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as thought everything is a miracle. – Albert Einstein
• To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do this, you need
to experience solitude…because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions.
– Deepak Chopra
• The winds of grace are always blowing, but you have to raise the sail. – Sri Ramakrishna
• There are two great days in a person’s life—the day we are born and the day we discover why.
– William Barclay
• When we learn to say a deep, passionate yes to the things that really matter, then peace begins to settle onto our lives like golden sunlight sifting to a forest floor. – Thomas Kinkaide
• The important thing is not to think much but to love much; and so do that which best stirs you to love. – St. Teresa
• When you follow your bliss….doors will open where you would not have thought there would be
doors; and where there wouldn’t’t be a door for anyone else. – Joseph Campbell
• 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
• Whoever is happy will make others happy, too. – Mark Twain
• You become the average of the five people you associate with most. – Jim Rohn
• You have to do it by yourself, And you can’t do it alone. – Martin Rutte
• Human beings are more alike than we are un-alike…try to spread your giving of yourself…to people who may not even look like you. You belong to everybody, and everybody belongs to you.
– Maya Angelou
• When there is light in the soul, there is beauty in the person. When there is beauty in the person, there is harmony in the house. When there is harmony in the house, there is order in the nation.
When there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world.
– Chinese proverb

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The modern fairy tale ending is the reverse of the traditional one: A woman does not wait for Prince Charming to bring her happiness; she lives happily ever after only by refusing to wait for him — or by actually rejecting him. It is those who persist in hoping for a Prince Charming who are setting themselves up for disillusionment and unhappiness.
– Susan Faludi
Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy — because we will always want to have something else or something more.
– David Steindl-Rast
The basic thing is that everyone wants happiness, no one wants suffering. And happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors. If your own mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy.
– Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.
– Buddha
Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves.
– Helen Keller
Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
– Nathaniel Hawthorne
The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.
– M. Scott Peck
Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.
– James M. Barrie
What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner. -Colette
It’s pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness. Poverty and wealth have both failed. ~Frank McKinney Kin Hubbard
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
– Helen Keller
People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.
– Ramona L. Anderson
Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations.
– Edward de Bono
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
There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year’s course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.
– Carl Jung
The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this?
– Henry David Thoreau
Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
– Benjamin Disraeli
Happiness? That’s nothing more than health and a poor memory.
~Albert Schweitzer
There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.
~Salvador Dali
The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.
~George Bernard Shaw
It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth — and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up — that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
– Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.
– Zig Ziglar
What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.
– Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
Some other quotes:
Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.
We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.
Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.
Happiness is not the absence of problems but the ability to deal with them.
It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.
There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.
To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.
Nothing can bring you happiness but yourself.
Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it. ~Fyodor Dostoevsky
What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner. ~Colette
Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want. ~Margaret Young
There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second. ~Logan Pearsall
We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. ~Frederick Keonig
Happiness is a direction, not a place. ~Sydney J. Harris

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Last year while searching for some meaningful life quotations, I found the following quotations on internet. I dont know how to thank the person who framed these, but I can say that these quotations are really very well suited and meaningful.
At the beginning it was very simple and easy, but the more I thought about these, the more I understood that life is easy to live if we can understand it well.

1. I’ve learned that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them.
2. I’ve learned that no matter how much I care, some people just don’t care back.
3. I’ve learned that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.
4. I’ve learned that it’s not what you have in your life but who you have in your life that counts
5. I’ve learned that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.
6. I’ve learned that it’s taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.
7. I’ve learned that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.
8. I’ve learned that you can keep going long after you think you can’t.
9. I’ve learned that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.
10. I’ve learned that either you control your attitude or it controls you.
11. I’ve learned that learning to forgive takes practice.
12. I’ve learned that there are people who love you dearly, but just don’t know how to show it.
13. I’ve learned that just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.
14. I’ve learned that it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself
15. I’ve learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn’t stop for your grief.

From picture above:
The most difficult phase of life is not when no one understands you, it is when you don’t understand yourself.

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Hello world!

Welcome to my blog.

This is my first post, so let me start this with a wonderful quotations by Groucho Marx.

Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.

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