"MOTIVATION"
AUGUST 1999 - DECEMBER 1999

December 29, 1999
" Achievement comes when you decide to live your possibilities."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Kim Faram --- Australia
December 27, 1999
" You cannot set out in life to correct what is wrong in this world today
Until you have taken care of life's matters at home."
--- Copyright 1999 Joe Perez --- Texas
December 24, 1999
" Beliefs that do not cause you to grow outward,
Are only slogans that will shrivel you inward."
--- Copyright 1999 Jack Franklin --- Tennessee
December 22, 1999
" The greatest regrets in our lives
Are the risks we did not take.
If you think something will make you happy, go for it.
Remember that you pass this way only once!"
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Serene Yang --- Malaysia
December 20, 1999
Two Things Not to Worry About

" In my life, I have found there are two things about which I should never worry. First, I shouldn't worry about the things I can't change. If I can't change them, worry is certainly most foolish and useless. Second, I shouldn't worry about the things I can change. If I can change them, then taking action will accomplish far more than wasting my energies in worry. Besides, it is my belief that, 9 times out of 10, worrying about something does more danger than the thing itself. Give worry its rightful place - out of your life."
--- Source Unknown ---Sent in by Andrew Ho --- Malaysia
December 17, 1999
" When nothing is going your way,
Think of others that are not as fortunate as you are."
--- Kimberly Pickard --- North Carolina
December 17, 1999
" Life is a series of moving seasons...
moving stages...moving dreams...
We must move with it."
--- Danielle Steel --- Sent in by Cecilia Menon --- United Arab Emirates
December 15, 1999
" Is good to be important,
But is more important to be good."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Jose R.A. --- Texas
December 15, 1999
" The adversity we face today
Will plant the seed that feeds us forever more."
--- Dunstan VI --- Sent in by Michael Story --- Indiana
December 13, 1999
" I am happy because I am content.
And I am content because I am happy."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by J. Suresh --- Singapore
December 13, 1999
" When the chips are down, fry some more."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Ryan Marshall --- Northern Ireland
December 10, 1999
" Freedom is not the chance to do as you please,
It is the opportunity to do what is right."
--- Peter Marshall --- Sent in by Christy Newman --- Tennessee
December 10, 1999
Don't Ever

" Don't ever be reluctant
to show your feelings
when you're happy, give in to it...
When you're not, live with it.

Don't ever be afraid to try to
make things better
you might be surprised at the results.

Don't ever take the weight of the world
on your shoulders.

Don't ever feel threatened by the future
take life one day at a time.

Don't ever feel guilty about the past
what's done is done.
Learn from any mistakes you might have made.

Don't ever feel that you are alone
there is always somebody there
for you to reach out to.

Don't ever forget that you can achieve
so many of the things you can imagine.
It's not as hard as it seems.

Don't ever stop loving
Don't ever stop believing,
Don't ever stop Dreaming your Dreams."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Andrew Ho --- Malaysia

December 8, 1999
" The great thing in this world is not so much where we are,
But in what direction we are moving."
--- Oliver Wendell Holmes --- Sent in by Concitta Cavin --- Illinois
December 8, 1999
" Each day holds the spark that ignites the fire of future fulfillment.
Will you put that spark out or add the fuel which lights into brilliant flames?"
--- Copyright 1998 Mary Blu --- New York
December 6, 1999
" We are never given dreams without also being given
The power to make them come true."
--- Anonymous --- Sent in by Serene Yang --- Malaysia
December 6, 1999
" There is more in us than we know.
If we can be made to see it, perhaps, for the rest of our lives,
We will be unwilling to settle for less."
--- Kurt Hahn (founder of Outward Bound) --- Sent in by Chris Deines
December 3, 1999
" Opportunity is the discovery of possibility."
--- Author Unknown --- Karen Wadson --- Canada
December 3, 1999
" You know you are climbing out of the abyss of despair and loneliness
When you look for love and inspiration wherever it may be found."
--- Copyright 1999 Konrad Williams --- Georgia
December 1, 1999
" It's not where you've been, nor where you come from,
But what you are doing today for tomorrow.
Your actions are what create the image that society interprets."
--- Copyright 1999 Daniel Higgins-Ruiz
November 29, 1999
" And sometimes when you turn, there is a shoulder to lean upon,
A smile to believe in, a hand to hold.
A tear to speak for, a hug to live for,
A twinkle to kiss and a wrinkle to touch.
Those are the times your faith in the world is restored,
The soul has a fresh lease on life.
Those are the times worth living for,
Those are the tiny moments of Glory in our everyday lives!"
--- Copyright 1999 Nirvikar Dahiya --- India
November 24, 1999
" The recipe of friendship:
1 cup of sharing,
2 cups of caring,
1 cup of forgiveness
And hugs of tenderness.
Mix all these together... to make friends forever."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Serene Yang --- Malaysia
November 22, 1999
" Though no one can go back and make a brand new start,
Anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."
--- Carl Bard --- Sent in by Teresa Meyer --- Western Australia
--- Author's name supplied by Colleen P. Kulikowski --- New York

November 19, 1999
Following Footprints

As I walked through the dark, rugged canyons;
As I struggled up peaks of great height,
Which are found on the route I was traveling
On this trip we've been taught to call life.

There were times that I stumbled and staggered
There were times that I felt so alone,
That I sat in the dark with my bruises,
And longed for my family and home.

When I stopped for a rest, on a hilltop,
And looked back at the path where I'd been;
In the dust of the trail I had trodden,
Only one set of footprints was seen.

Then one day, I met with a companion
Who would share my great load every day.
And he said if I wanted him with me,
He would stay by my side all the way.

Soon the sun in the canyon was brighter,
And the view from the peaks was sublime
As the dust of the pathway behind me
Showed a new set of prints next to mine.

Now no trail could rise up too steeply,
And precipitous cliffs held no fear,
For my strength and my courage were boundless;
When my friend and companion was near.

Till one day when the sunshine had vanished,
And the clouds scudded low like a flood,
The small rivers of rain on the hillside
Turned the dust of the trail into mud.

In the mud was but one set of footprints!
I'm deserted and once more alone!
And the weight of my pack seemed to crush me
For I thought my companion was gone.

Look! You see how his footprints have vanished?
On this day; my most lonely and low.
Then a soft voice replied from beside me,
"When you're carried, your own prints don't show."
--- Versified by Owen D. Baker --- New Zealand
November 19, 1999
" Enthusiasm is the optimism that fuels life."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Karen Wadson --- Canada
November 17, 1999
" A candle burns brightest in a dark room."
--- Jean-Paul Hebert --- Canada
November 15, 1999
" It is your Hopes and Dreams that make a day a success!"
--- Shawna Armstrong --- Virginia
November 12, 1999
" You have not lived a perfect day
Unless you've done something for someone
Who will never be able to repay you."
--- Ruth Smeltzer --- Sent in by Ian --- Florida
November 10, 1999
" In the long run you hit only what you aim at,
Therefore AIM HIGH."
--- Henry David Thoreau --- Sent in by Michelle Kozempa --- Ohio
November 8, 1999
" My barn burnt down...but now I can see the moon."
--- Zen --- Sent in by Amanda --- New York
November 5, 1999
" Never allow anyone to rain on your parade
And thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day.
Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains,
No character, are required to set up in the fault-finding business.
Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it.
Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days
Combating the menial forces of hate, jealousy, and envy.
Guard your fragile life carefully!
Only God can create a flower,
But any foolish child can pull it to pieces."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Charlie Owens --- Minnesota
November 3, 1999
" When I fall on my face from time to time,
I try not to worry because I'm still going forward!"
--- Linda Aucoin --- Canada
November 1, 1999
" There is little difference in people,
But that little difference makes a big difference.
The little difference is attitude.
The big difference is whether it is positive or negative."
--- W.Clement Stone--- Sent in by Larry Josephs --- Minnesota
October 29, 1999
" Team--Together Everyone Achieves More!!!"
--- Unknown --- Sent in by Dawn Lofton --- Louisiana
October 27, 1999
" The effects of the choices that we make today will be felt tomorrow.
Reach inside and see the potential that sits in your hand.
The power that you see is all within you
And the courage to deal with the effects of your decisions
Lies in the beating of your heart."
--- Copyright 1999 Zach Bradley --- Ohio
October 25, 1999
" Nothing can stand against persistence;
Even a mountain will be worn down over time."
--- Brett Gosnell --- Nebraska
October 22, 1999
" Life is what you make it, so make it the very best."
--- Copyright 1977 Thomas Aquinas Burke --- Ohio
October 20, 1999
" What you have done with your life so far isn't as important to me
As what you are going to do with the rest of it. "
--- From a poem written for a dear friend, Connie
--- Copyright Joe Rhone --- Pennsylvania

October 18, 1999
" A mosquito doesn't even get a pat on it's back
Until it starts working."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Murtaza Merali --- Kenya
October 15, 1999
" A team that won't be beat, can't be beat!"
--- Herbert Allen, circa 1973 --- Sent in by Charles Kreger --- Texas
October 13, 1999
" Set your standards high
You deserve the best.
Try for what you want
And never settle for less.
Believe in yourself
No matter what you choose.
Keep a winning attitude
And you can never lose.
Think about your destination
But don't worry if you stray
Because the most important thing
Is that you've learned along the way.
Take all that you've become
To be all that you can be.
Soar above the clouds
And let your dreams set you free."
--- Copyright Jullian K. Hunt --- Sent in by Joe Perez --- Texas
October 11, 1999
" Life is difficult.
As soon as we accept that to be a fact,
Life ceases to be so difficult."
--- Attributed to M. Scott Peck, M.D. --- Sent in by ARHIII --- Texas
October 8, 1999
" Age is a number;
Old is in your head."
--- Heidi Namken
October 6, 1999
" It's not about fitting in,
It's about carrying on."
--- Chris Lenton --- Michigan
October 4, 1999
" We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed.
As in filling a vessel drop by drop,
There is at last a drop which makes it run over;
So in a series of kindness',
There is at last one which makes the heart run over."
--- Samuel Johnson --- Sent in by Sharon Ogden --- Kentucky
September 29, 1999
" The road to success is not a path you find but a trail you blaze."
--- Robert Brault --- Sent in by Joan Brault
September 27, 1999
" Stop thinking of excuses to fail...
And think of reasons to succeed."
--- A line said by the tv character Charlene in a 'Designing Women' episode
--- Sent in by John S. --- Arizona

September 24, 1999
" Life is full of ups and downs.
The trick is to enjoy the ups and have courage during the downs."
--- Author Unknown --- Contributed by Kim Faram --- Australia
September 24, 1999
" Love doesn't make the world go round.
Love is what makes the ride worth while."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Chris Daleske --- South Carolina
September 22, 1999
" Man may come and man may go
But the character of a truly great man remains forever."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Abdul Mengal --- Pakistan
September 22, 1999
" Make sure you are running to something, not away from something."
--- My Dad --- Sent in by Heather --- Wisconsin
September 20, 1999
Life

" Flying in your dreams and
Dancing in the calm sea,
Life will give you
A sense of color
Using only your
Imagination."
--- Copyright Awida Ocasio
--- Sent in by Cynthia Ramirez --- Puerto Rico

September 20, 1999
" You can please someone every time.
You can please everyone sometimes.
But you can't please everyone, every time."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Conrad Jenkins --- Virginia
September 17, 1999
" Winning is easy; it's deciding to become a winner that is hard!"
--- Flint Pattison --- Oklahoma
September 17, 1999
" Ability without effort is a waste,
Yet ability combined with effort is achievement."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Sara K. --- Texas
September 15, 1999
" Doubt whom you will - but never yourself."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Kirk Scherz --- Washington
September 13, 1999
" Marinate your kids with love every day.
That way, by the time they are a teenager, they will be nice and juicy!"
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Barb Cooke --- Canada
September 13, 1999
" The decided mind is the most powerful force in the universe."
--- M. E. Hamel, Master's Thesis 1996 --- Submitted by Liz Hamel
September 10, 1999
" If you asked me what I came into this world to do,
I will tell you I came to live out loud."
--- Emile Zola --- Sent in by Sumerlin Larsen --- Washington
September 8, 1999
" If you accomplish good things without trying,
Think what a little effort will get you."
--- Adam Birnbaum --- Virginia
September 3, 1999
" Live for today,
Learn from yesterday
And look to tomorrow."
--- From a magazine --- Sent in by Thomas McArthur --- Scotland
September 1, 1999
" Making a change is difficult.
Having confidence in the change
Will make the change seem easy."
--- Dennis A.Pulchinski --- Illinois
August 30, 1999
" The difficult can be done immediately.
The impossible takes a little longer."
--- The Army Corps of Engineers --- Sent in by Rich Nice --- California
August 27, 1999
" When we make a committed decision to change,
We switch roles from slave to master."
--- Steve Wharton --- United Kingdom
August 25, 1999
" Never confuse someone else's inability to do something
With its inability to be done."
--- Steve Maraboli --- New York
August 23, 1999
" I'm a student of life for life."
--- Ray Roth --- Canada
August 20, 1999
" Now is the most precious time.
Seize it, live it, because it shall never come again!"
--- Author Unknown --- Quoted by Captain Jean-Luc Piccard
--- Submitted by J. Mark Stephens --- Louisiana

August 18, 1999
" Resiliency is the art of learning to repeatedly refuse to do anything else
Other than rise again after ANY and ALL set-backs!"
--- Brian G. Jett --- Kentucky
August 16, 1999
" We are unlimited beings
Experiencing life in a physical body
Subject to the ceilings of our imagination."
--- Steve Wharton --- United Kingdom
August 13, 1999
" Take time to enjoy the beauties of nature.
This costs little and would do much to lighten your burdens."
--- Lori Hard --- Nevada
August 11, 1999
" Those who have the will to win, cannot be beaten."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Randy --- Delaware
August 9, 1999
" There is a special place in life, that needs my humble skill.
A certain job I'm meant to do, which no one else can fulfill.
There is a special place in life, a goal I must attain.
A dream that I must follow, because I won't be back again."
--- Author Unknown --- Sent in by Shawn S.--- Michigan
August 6, 1999
" We attract hearts by qualities we display;
We retain them by qualities we possess."
--- Jean Baptiste Anoino Suard --- Sent in by Kirk Scherz --- Washington
August 4, 1999
" Some people claim that they would rather be lucky than good.
I have found that the more I prepare, the luckier I get."
--- Gary Player --- Sent in by Gary Schenkel --- Michigan