Posts Tagged ‘motivation’

“Elegance is not about being noticed, it’s about being remembered.” – Unknown

He helped me carry my items. He opened the door for me. He smiled and treated me with respect.

He is remembered.

Do not lose elegance. Do not bury grace. Do not allow chivalry to die.

Give them life and allow them to regain the strength and fervor they once had.

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“Every Day Deserves A Chance” by Max Lucado

 

“Brighten your day by envisioning God running toward you.

When His patriarchs trusted, God blessed. When Peter preached or Paul wrote or Thomas believed, God smiled. But He never ran.

That verb was reserved for the story of the prodigal son. “But when He was still a great way off, His father saw Him and had compassion, and ran and fell on His neck and kissed Him.” – Luke 15:20 nkjv

God runs when He sees the son coming home from the pig trough. When the addict steps out of the alley. When the teen walks away from the party. When the ladder-climbing executive pushes back from the desk, the spiritist turns from idols, the materialist from stuff, the atheist from disbelief, and the elitist from self promotion…

When prodigals trudge up the path, God can’t sit still. Heaven’s throne room echoes with the sound of slapping sandals and pounding feet, and angels watch in silence as God embraces His child.

You turn toward God, and He runs toward you.”

 

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
– Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

 

 

We all have those beautiful people in our lives.

A mother.

A friend.

A teacher.

A dad.

A grandparent.

A sister.

A brother.

A salesclerk.

A study buddy.

A librarian.

A neighbor.

A someone.

They are beautiful because they know pain and yet they love. They know failure and yet they run again. They know abandonment and yet they offer acceptance.

They do this to the ones they love. The ones they don’t. They do it to you.

That’s why they are beautiful.

Because they know all the hard stuff we do, and yet they allow it to make them better.

“Successful people don’t have fewer problems.

They have determined that nothing will stop them from going forward.”

– Ben Carson (Gifted Hands)

 

 

 

We want easy roads.

I don’t get it.

We want a painless life.

I don’t get it.

We want effortless success.

I don’t get it.

If hard things build muscle, an easy life must produce a wimp. Tawny, ripped integrity; or puny, flabby wimp.

Gimme the hard things.

Run on, my friend.

We hate this feeling.

It stands between us and our dreams. Our missions. Our goals. Our purposes. Our destinies.  

You know that feeling.

We all do.

Fear.

Time freezes. Your heart stops. Then starts. And beats at insane speeds. Your palms grow sweaty. Your ears ring. Reality and fact retreat, anxiety controls. Fear grows, spreads, and holds you in the clutches of its steel fist.

It’s do or die.

Just do it!

The scariest moment is the one right before you start.

So just do it.

And watch fear as it spins into adrenaline. Adrenaline twists into energy. Energy generates excitement. And excitement grows into enthusiasm. You will find yourself doing what you always dreamed of.

Just do it.