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There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue these.

There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue these. – Michael Nolan What does that mean? To me, the quote is about having ADD. Everything around me is shiny. Everything around me catches my eye. If I don’t keep it together, I get side tracked […]

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We are not trying to entertain the critics. I’ll take my chances with the public.

We are not trying to entertain the critics. I’ll take my chances with the public. – Walt Disney What does that mean? I think this is a great way to live our lives. No matter what we do, there will always be critics, people who don’t like what we are doing. So what. The most certain […]

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Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost. – Robert Schuller What does that mean? This quote is urging us to go against a basic force of human nature. If you drop one thing, what do you look at, the one you dropped, or all the things you didn’t drop? Just […]

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The opponent of peace of mind is not something external, but within us.

The opponent of peace of mind is not something external, but within us. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? Everyone I know is looking for peace of mind. If they have none, they want some. If they have some, they want more. And I include myself in that group. How about you? The thing that we […]

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True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.

True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future. – Seneca What does that mean? This quote is about relaxing and being ‘in the moment.’ How often do we hurry to get here or there? How often do we rush to finish something so that we can then rush to work on […]

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Don’t make excuses for why you can’t get it done. Focus on all the reasons why you must make it happen.

Don’t make excuses for why you can’t get it done. Focus on all the reasons why you must make it happen. – Ralph Marston What does that mean? This is a line from a much longer text, about 6 tweets long. The full text will be attached at the bottom of the post, and this is the […]

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If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. – Wayne Dyer What does that mean? This is another twisted quote chiastic. It says change the look, and how you look will change. We all see things through our own filters. We often see what we expect to see. If […]

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A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials. – Seneca What does that mean? Back in the time of this quote, gemstones were polished by grinding. Cutting and cleaving, as we know them today, had yet to be invented. If you wanted something shiny, you ground it to the basic […]

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The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable.

The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable. – Seneca What does that mean? Anxious. Nervous. Worried. The future can be a scary thing. However, being anxious doesn’t make it any less scary. Nor does it change the possibility that things will turn out in a less-than-pleasant manner. Worrying about what the future will […]

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Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.

Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular. – Tony Robbins What does that mean? This is the longer version of the quote: “One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their […]

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If you are depressed, you are living in the Past. If you are anxious, living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the moment.

If you are depressed, you are living in the Past. If you are anxious, living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the moment. – Lao Tzu also attributed to Junia Bretas (see comments for details) What does that mean? This quote is a favorite of mine, even if I can’t find a solid […]

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The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.

The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired. –  Seneca What does that mean? To me, this quote is about our focus and about what is truly important in our lives. The quote contrasts the definition of ‘good things’ in times of […]

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That which you resist, stays.

That which you resist, stays. – David R. Hawkins What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, suggested by a reader. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the quote in context, so I’m not sure exactly what it means. However, it is similar to other quotes I have heard, and I’ll use that as a basis […]

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If you put your happiness in temporary things – your happiness will be temporary.

If you put your happiness in temporary things – your happiness will be temporary. – Nick Vujicic What does that mean? There are things in our lives that last a long time. Then there are things like cookies. Consider my favorite kind, the chocolate chip cookie. Having a couple (or a couple dozen) cookies will make […]

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We feel most small, we feel most challenged when we’re only focusing on ourselves.

We feel most small, we feel most challenged when we’re only focusing on ourselves. – Tony Robbins and here What does that mean? This quote caught my attention as it reminded me of some of the discussions on one of my other posts. Some of them were feeling very sorry for themselves, and that was a big part […]

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