Inspirations to Focus and
Comfort You Along the Way
p. 2 of 10

Collected by Peter K. Gerlach, MSW

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        These observations are gifts from women and men on the common Path which touched someone enough to quote them. My warm thanks to Jeanne McLennan for collecting and contributing these, as she models, coaches, and inspires Living on Purpose.

        If you browse here, gift yourself with deliberation and reflection. Breathe well. Imagine you have enough time, and notice with interest and appreciation how you react to each of these. See what happens if you say them out loud, or read them slowly to someone you trust to listen. There is no best way, there is only awareness ...

        Enjoy ...

Pray to God, but row for the shore.

                           --  Russian Proverb

 You donít always get what you ask for, but
 you never get what you donít ask forÖ
... unless itís contagious!

                            -- Franklin Broude

Formula for the good life:

 Living in the place you Belong,
 with the People you Love,  
Doing the Right Work,
on Purpose.

                                                From: Repacking Your Bags  
                                            By Leider and Shapiro

Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.

                                        -- Washington Irving

"We cannot ever really love anybody with whom we never laugh."

- Agnes Repplier

Life is a grindstone.
Whether it grinds a person down
 or polishes a person up
 depends on what one is made of.

                                                            -- Old proverb

  Fatigue makes cowards of us all.

                      -- Vince Lombardi

        This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.  I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.  I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.  I rejoice in life for its own sake.  Life is no brief candle to me.  It is a sort of splendid torch which Iíve got ahold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to further generations.

                                                         -- George Bernard Shaw

Mere longevity is a good thing
for those who watch Life from the side lines.
 For those who play the game, an hour may be a year,
 a single day's work an achievement for eternity.

                                                                 -- Gabriel Heatter


"Success at the expense of faith and family really is failure"

  -- Byrd Baggett, The Book of Excellence


Making a living is necessary and often satisfying:
 eventually, making a difference becomes more important.

          -- David Campbell

The problem isnít the problem -
 the problem is the attitude about the problem.

            -- Kelly Young, age 19


He that gives good advice, builds with one hand;
 he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both;
 but he that gives good admonition and bad example,
 builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.

-- Francis Bacon


The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous,
the sensible man almost nothing.

-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Restlessness is discontent, and
 discontent is the first necessity of progress.

                                 -- Thomas Edison


What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.

                                                     -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


The secret of success is constancy of purpose.

-- Benjamin Disraeli

  A bend in the road is not the end of the road ...
unless you fail to make the turn.

-- Anon

    If the Creator had a purpose in equipping us with a neck,
he surely meant us to stick it out.

          -- Arthur Koestler, British writer (b. 1905)


Everyone who's taken a shower has an idea.
 It's the person who gets out of the shower,
 dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.

                                 -- Nolan Bushnell


They may forget what you said but
they will never forget how you made them feel.

-- Carl Buehner


One must have chaos in one's self
in order to give birth to a dancing star.

            -- Fredrick Nietzsche


Whether you believe you can or you canít, youíre right.

-- Henry Ford


"Men occasionally stumble into knowledge: but
most of them pick themselves up
 and hurry off as if nothing had happened."

 -- Winston Churchill

  "I don't know the key to success, but
 the key to failure is trying to please everybody."

-- Bill Cosby


"Do what you know in you heart is right,
 for you will be criticized anyway."

-- Eleanor Roosevelt

  A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities,
 and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.

 -- Harry Truman


An object in possession seldom retains
 the same charm that it had in pursuit.

-- Unknown


The capacity to care is the thing which
 gives life its deepest meaning and significance.

             -- Pablo Casals


Everybody sooner or later sits down to a banquet of consequences.

 -- Robert Lewis Stevenson

People judge you by your actions, not your intentions.
You may have a heart of gold, but so does a hard-boiled egg.

                     -- Good Reading

What lies behind us and what lies before us
 are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

                                                    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

BE the change in the world you want to see

- Mahatma Ghandi 

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