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29/11/2008

“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.” Viktor E. Frankl

Hello world: Welcome to Mirth and Motivation!

Hello world: Welcome to Mirth and Motivation!

 

Respite Reminder: I'm Taking My Own Advice. Will Check in occasionally. Back in August!

Respite Reminder: I’m Taking My Own Advice. Will Check in Occasionally. Back in August!

Welcome to Mirth and Motivation! This is a Lifestyle/Motivational blog offering an eclectic mix of mirthful and motivational pieces: Life Tips / Advice, Affirmations/Wellness, Women’s Lives, Food, Travel, Interviews, Inspirational posts, Reviews, Peace, AND Social Media ruminations on people, places, and events that shape our lives. I invite you to stay awhile, read some posts, and share your thoughts with this growing online blog community.

I started this blog 10+ years ago, as a way to help agents/staff at the company I worked for stay motivated. After the market crashed and downsized, I decided to keep it going. The main goal was to encourage myself and others to keep moving forward. It has been a long and rewarding journey.

Over the years, I have learned a lot about blogging, its many positives, and pitfalls, and how important it is to stay focused on our own Why or raison d’être.  We can choose to focus on one of the fundamental rules of blogging which is to make connections with others by adding value through our message/content, comments, and social interactions. We can also choose to turn our attention elsewhere. It is entirely up to us. One thing I know for sure is that if your heart is invested in what you blog about, you will stay the course. Remember to stay true to who you are and why you blog. It can’t just be about monetization. Add value. Help others. Stay encouraged.

Another thing I know for sure is that we all want to be heard, appreciated and respected; I know that empowering messages are far more appealing than incendiary angling for blog attention. If your blogosphere surfing brings you here, relax, kick back, and share a positive tidbit on your worldview.

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Motivation Mondays: Power of STORYTELLING

02/09/2019

“Humanity’s legacy of stories and storytelling is the most precious we have. All wisdom is in our stories and songs. A story is how we construct our experiences…” Doris Lessing

Motivation Mondays: STORYTELLING

Motivation Mondays: The Power of STORYTELLING

Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger. Ben Okri
Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it. Hannah Arendt
When we want mood experiences, we go to concerts or museums. When we want a meaningful emotional experience, we go to the storyteller. Robert McKee
I am a person who believes in asking questions, in not conforming for the sake of conforming. I am deeply dissatisfied – about so many things, about injustice, about the way the world works – and in some ways, my dissatisfaction drives my storytelling. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I love creating partnerships; I love not having to bear the entire burden of the creative storytelling, and when I have unions like with George Lucas and Peter Jackson, it’s really great; not only do I benefit, but the project is better for it. Steven Spielberg

The Power of StoryTelling: Stories are rooted in all cultures and we are all storytellers. Our mediums or media might vary but, we have stories in us that we have accumulated over the years through our life experiences and exposure to books, movies, songs, and other people’s tales.  We routinely share our stories with others and they inform our decision making and the arc of our life choices. It is impossible to live in this world without exposure to stories because we create them every day through our interactions and communication with others.  Stories inform/educate, inspire, motivate, heal and entertain us. Our experiential stories form an important foundation that guide and empower us on our life path.  Stories are shared through the written word, movies, music, visual art forms including Digital storytelling and the oldest form of storytelling, the Oral Tradition – the spoken word passed down through the ages by family members and professional storytellers or  Griots.

As far back as I can remember, stories have always been a huge part of my life. I read, saw and heard them from an early age; I heard stories told to gatherings of relatives in front of a burning fireplace during the harmattan season in my grandfather’s compound, read many children and older books filled with stories, and saw and heard my share of movies and music filled with stories of love, loss, and inspiration. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of being read to and being part of a gathering of friends and family at a reading or night of storytelling. We have all had our experience with stories and we continue to create new ones every day.  Aesop’s Fables have been a big part of my story reading experience and I have included several pithy stories here for your enjoyment.  Do you remember your earliest encounter with the world of storytelling? What was the most moving story you ever read, heard or saw?

READ: Reflections: On Storytelling…
Musings: Lessons Learned From Stories…
Reflections: Happiness Is Life As A Lounging Cat…

Check out: National Storytelling Festival Oct 4-6, 2019
National Storytelling Summit July  23-26, 2020

THE DONKEY AND HIS MASTERS: There was a donkey who worked for a gardener. Because the gardener made the donkey work very hard but gave him very little food, the donkey prayed to Zeus to take him away from the gardener and give him to another master, so Zeus sent Hermes to sell the donkey to a potter. The donkey also found this situation unbearable, since he was forced to carry even heavier loads than before. He called upon Zeus again, and this time Zeus arranged for the donkey to be purchased by a tanner. When the donkey saw the kind of work the tanner did, he said, ‘Oh, it would have been better for me to have kept on working for my previous masters in a state of starvation! Now I have ended up in a place where I won’t even get a proper burial after I die.’ Gratitude for where we are in life is important because the grass might not be greener elsewhere.  Some stories shared from Aesopica

THE OLD WOMAN AND HER DOCTOR: An old woman suffering from an eye ailment summoned a doctor who charged a certain fee. She told him that if he cured her, she would pay him the specified fee, but if he didn’t cure her, she wouldn’t pay him anything. The doctor began the cure, visiting the woman every day. He would smear an ointment on her eyes, and while the ointment prevented her from seeing, he would take some object from her house and carry it away. He did the same thing day after day. The woman saw that her property was being diminished with each passing day and by the time she was cured, all her household goods were gone. The doctor asked her for the agreed-upon fee since she was now able to see clearly, and he summoned witnesses to their agreement. The woman protested, ‘I can’t see a thing! Even when my eyes were ailing, I was able to see the many things which I had in my home. Now, when you claim I am cured, I can’t see any of them!’ The fable shows that by their own actions, wicked people can unwittingly serve as witnesses against themselves in a court of law.

THE FARMER AND HIS SONS: A farmer who was about to die wanted his sons to be knowledgeable about the farm, so he summoned them and said, ‘My children, there is a treasure buried in one of my vineyards.’ After he died, his sons took plows and mattocks and dug up the entire farm. They did not find any treasure, but the vineyard paid them back with a greatly increased harvest. Thus they learned that man’s greatest treasure consists of work.

The Honest Woodcutter: The Greek version of the story tells of a woodcutter who accidentally dropped his ax into a river and, because this was his only means of livelihood, sat down and wept. Taking pity on him, the god Hermes (also known as Mercury) dived into the water and returned with a golden ax. “Was this what you had lost?”, Hermes asked, but the woodcutter said it was not, and returned the same answer when a silver ax was brought to the surface. Only when his own tool is produced does he claim it. Impressed by his honesty, the god allows him to keep all three. Hearing of the man’s good fortune, an envious neighbor threw his own ax into the river and wailed for its return. When Hermes appeared and offered him a golden ax, the man greedily claimed it but was denied both that and the return of his own ax. Dishonesty and greedy don’t always yield expected returns. Wikipedia

THE TREES ELECT A KING: The trees came together so that they could anoint a king to rule over them. ‘Please be our ruler,’ they said to the olive tree. The olive tree said in reply, ‘Why would I abandon the richness of my oil, which is valued by both gods and mortals, in order to become the leader of the trees?’ They came to the fig tree and said, ‘Agree to rule over us.’ The fig tree answered, ‘Why would I relinquish my sweetness and delightful fruit in order to become the leader of the trees?’ They came to the vine, hoping that the vine might rule over them, but the vine answered, ‘Why would I relinquish the wine which brings joy both to God and to mankind?’ And so the vine refused to be their leader. The trees then said to the thorn bush, ‘Rule over us.’ The thorn bush replied, ‘If indeed you have resolved to make me your king, come and rest under my shadow, and if you refuse, a fire will come forth from the thorn bush and devour the cedars.‘  Everything has a price. Aesopica index

 

“Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact.” Robert McKee

Motivation Mondays: STORYTELLING

Motivation Mondays: The Power of STORYTELLING


Storynomics: How to Create a Story That Inspires with Robert McKee

I don’t think there’s a subject matter that can’t absorb 3-D; that can’t tolerate the addition of depth as a storytelling technique. Martin Scorsese
True character is revealed in the choices a human being makes under pressure – the greater the pressure, the deeper the revelation, the truer the choice to the character’s essential nature. Robert McKee
Because storytelling, and visual storytelling, was put in the hands of everybody, and we have all now become storytellers. LeVar Burton
Storytelling is an essential human activity. The harder the situation, the more essential it is. Tim O’Brien
Storytelling is a very old human skill that gives us an evolutionary advantage. If you can tell young people how you kill an emu, acted out in song or dance, or that Uncle George was eaten by a croc over there, don’t go there to swim, then those young people don’t have to find out by trial and error. Margaret Atwood

The Wisdom of Storytelling: We learn and inform through storytelling. Stories are our greatest repository of history, hope, and heritage. They bring the past back to life and give us much to expect for the future. When we share our stories, we add to the body of knowledge that exists in the world. All of history, beliefs, and traditions come from gathered stories, and we continue to add to that well of wisdom on a daily basis.  Don’t forget to celebrate the next World Storytelling Day on March 20, 2020. Come later back for more on this post.

READ: On Fiction: Six Stories in Six Words – Honoring Hemingway
Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee
Life: Full of Surprises…
THE CROW AND THE WATER JAR: A thirsty crow noticed a huge jar and saw that at the very bottom there was a little bit of water. For a long time, the crow tried to spill the water out so that it would run over the ground and allow her to satisfy her tremendous thirst. After exerting herself for some time in vain, the crow grew frustrated and applied all her cunning with unexpected ingenuity: as she tossed little stones into the jar, the water rose of its own accord until she was able to take a drink. This fable shows us that thoughtfulness is superior to brute strength since this is the way that the crow was able to carry her task to its conclusion. From Aesopica

THE LION AND THE FARMER’S DAUGHTER: A story about a lion and a young woman, which teaches us not to indulge our desires. A lion who had fallen in love with a young woman went to the woman’s father to ask for her hand in marriage. The father was afraid to refuse the lion’s offer, but asked him first to have his teeth and claws taken out; otherwise, the lion could only arouse his daughter’s terror. The lion was so in love with the woman that he agreed to the bargain. When the lion came back and approached the farmer, now naked and defenseless, the farmer clubbed him to death. If you follow your enemies’ advice, you will run into danger.

THE BOY WHO CRIED ‘WOLF’: There was a boy tending the sheep who would continually go up to the embankment and shout, ‘Help, there’s a wolf!’ The farmers would all come running only to find out that what the boy said was not true. Then one day there really was a wolf but when the boy shouted, they didn’t believe him and no one came to his aid. The whole flock was eaten by the wolf. The story shows that this is how liars are rewarded: even if they tell the truth, no one believes them

Wolf in Sheep’s clothing: A wolf once decided to change his nature by changing his appearance, and thus get plenty to eat. He put on a sheepskin and accompanied the flock to the pasture. The shepherd was fooled by the disguise. When night fell, the shepherd shut up the wolf in the fold with the rest of the sheep and as the fence was placed across the entrance, the sheepfold was securely closed off. But when the shepherd wanted a sheep for his supper, he took his knife and killed the wolf. Changing your clothes doesn’t change your character and could get you in trouble.

Chanticleer: The cock, Chanticleer, lives with his three wives in an enclosure on a rich man’s farm. He is forewarned in a dream of his capture by a predator but is inclined to disregard it, against the persuasion of his favorite, Pinte, who has already caught sight of Renart, the wolf, lurking in the cabbage patch. Eventually, the two creatures meet and Renart overcomes the cock’s initial fear by describing the great admiration he had for the singing of Chanticleer’s father. If the son is to equal his father, he explains, he must shut his eyes as he stretches his neck to crow. But when Chanticleer obliges, the fox seizes him and makes a run for the woods with the farmworkers and a mastiff in pursuit. Chanticleer now advises the fox to turn round and defy them, but when he opens his mouth to do so Chanticleer flies up to safety in a tree. Both then blame themselves for the gullibility their pride has led them into. Wikipedia

 

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AUG

08/01   –  National Girlfriend Day,
08/04  –   04 FriendshipDay, 0/7 Lighthouse Day
08/11 –   12 World Elephant Day, 15 Natl Relaxation Day
08/18   –  19 World Photography Day, 23 Remembrance Day
08/25 –    26 Women’s Equality Day, 26 MTV Awards

 

SEPT

09/01   –  College Colors Day, 02 Labor Day, 07 Read a Book Day
09/08  –   08 Grandparents Day, Int’l Literacy Day, 10 Suicide Prevention Day, 11 Patriot Day
09/15 –    15 Batman Day, 18 Aids and Aging Awareness Day, 21 Int’l Day of Peace
09/22   –  22  Emmy Awards, 23 Start of Fall, 25 Comic Book Day, 28 Int’l Day for Universal Info Access
09/29 –    29 Start of Rosh Hashanah, National Coffee Day,  30 Int’l Podcast and Translation Day

 

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Motivation Mondays: The Golden Rule

05/08/2019

“Do not impose on others what you do not wish for yourself.” Confucius

Motivation Mondays: The Golden Rule

Motivation Mondays: The Golden Rule

Treat others as you would like others to treat you (positive or directive form)
Do not treat others in ways that you would not like to be treated (negative or prohibitive form)
What you wish upon others, you wish upon yourself (empathic or responsive form) Wikipedia

The Golden Rule: As far back as I can remember, the maxim or ethic of reciprocity, which is what we also call the Golden Rule, has been a topic of discussion in my household and in other social circles. What is so complicated about such a simple and straightforward bit of wisdom advice? Why do so many ignore it?  If we look at the many paths to spiritual growth, there is some version of this principle included in the guiding rules or dictates of every single one of them. Whether you believe in any of them is not entirely the focus here because the idea of wanting to be treated with dignity and respect is a universal human desire. This universal principle also applies to our planet and all life forms in it. It is easy to forget that when we live by the tenets of the Golden Rule, we must apply that belief to not just our human interactions but, to all interactions including how we treat our earth, our planet, and all that sustains the world we inhabit.
Insights on Resistance: We all want to be treated well even as some of us dish out pain and suffering to others. We all want to be heard and understood yet, some give short shrift to the idea because they see it as idealistic and untenable. Another argument is that rules are arbitrary and force us to comply with situations that might not be within our capacity to honor and adopt. Some dismiss it as religious piety and a challenge for most humans to follow. Perhaps… but can we start with the basics? Why not just consider our humanity in all our interactions.
READ:- The Golden Rule

A Story: “The Old Man and His Grandson” A Brothers Grimm fairy tale
There was once a very old man, whose eyes had become dim, his ears dull of hearing, his knees trembled, and when he sat at table he could hardly hold the spoon, and spilled the broth upon the table-cloth or let it run out of his mouth. His son and his son’s wife were disgusted at this, so the old grandfather, at last, had to sit in the corner behind the stove, and they gave him his food in an earthenware bowl, and not even enough of it. And he used to look towards the table with his eyes full of tears. Once, too, his trembling hands could not hold the bowl, and it fell to the ground and broke. The young wife scolded him, but he said nothing and only sighed. Then they brought him a wooden bowl for a few half-pence, out of which he had to eat. They were once sitting thus when the little grandson of four years old began to gather together some bits of wood upon the ground. “What are you doing there?” asked the father. “I am making a little trough,” answered the child, “for father and mother to eat out of when I am big.”

The man and his wife looked at each other for a while and presently began to cry. Then they took the old grandfather to the table, and henceforth always let him eat with them, and likewise said nothing if he did spill a little of anything. via Wikiversity

 

“I’m raising three children. I’m teaching my kids what it means, the Golden Rule, to treat people like you want to be treated.” Andrew Gillum

Motivation Mondays: The Golden Rule

Motivation Mondays: The Golden Rule

Listening to wise scriptures, austerity, sacrifice, respectful faith, social welfare, forgiveness, purity of intent, compassion, truth, and self-control—are the ten wealth of character (self). O king aim for these, may you be steadfast in these qualities. These are the basis of prosperity and rightful living… Hence, (keeping these in mind), by self-control and by making dharma (right conduct) your main focus, treat others as you treat yourself. Mahābhārata Shānti-Parva 167:9 Source Wiki

How would you define the Golden Rule in your own words? I think our individual interpretation of the term would probably provide some insight into our own moral compass. Do you have difficulty formulating a version you can live with? Do you see it as a rule that applies to others but not necessarily to you? Have you added a set of terms and conditions wherein the Golden Rule kicks in only if certain conditions you value are met? If you are having trouble thinking about your version, here are a few to consider: Some well-regarded philosophers weighed in with their versions – Avoid doing what you would blame others for doing.” Thales “What you do not want to happen to you, do not do it yourself either. ” Sextus the Pythagorean “Do not do to others that which angers you when they do it to you.” Isocrates. Do any of these ring a bell? I bet they do. When we act with disdain towards others, we are forgetting how maddening the same attitude will make us feel.

Do we all fall short? Of course! To err is human and to forgive is divine. I would add that to err is a vital and dynamic human quality because our errors teach us great life lessons. If you have never made a mistake or dropped the ball in your life you need to chill out. The Golden Rule is not a strict, rigid dictate that sends us to into a dark hole. It is a guide on living and a reminder that our actions bear fruit. When we treat others with dignity and respect, the same is reflected back to o=us and vise versa. Perfection is not required but some effort is necessary. There are times when we are so focused on our needs that we become irascible and inattentive. Being in the frame of mind where we give others their due requires not only self-awareness but effort. If we remind ourselves about the way we like to be treated, we would be reminded that others would appreciate the same. Fair and equal treatment.

READ: The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant
Other versions of same are here and here

 

The Golden Rule By Allen Steble via poemhunter

Do to others
What you would want done for you
Help others
That they may help you too
Feed those who are hungry
So when you are hungry
You also may be fed
Clothe those who are naked
So they may clothe you when you are helpless and cold
Shed light where there is darkness
So that light may prevail through your darkness
Be cool
Live by the golden rule
Do to other
What you want done for you

 

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JUL

07/01   –  01 SUMMER, 06 D-Day,
07/07  –   07 World Chocolate Day
07/14 –   18 Nelson Mandela Day,
07/21   –  24 International Self-care Day
07/28 –    28 Parents Day, 30 Against Trafficking Day

AUG

08/01   –  National Girlfriend Day,
08/04  –   04 FriendshipDay, 0/7 Lighthouse Day
08/11 –   12 World Elephant Day, 15 Natl Relaxation Day
08/18   –  19 World Photography Day, 23 Remembrance Day
08/25 –    26 Women’s Equality Day, 26 MTV Awards

 

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Motivation Mondays: 100 July 4th Quotes – Independence Day

01/07/2019

“Freedom is not won on the battlefields. The chance for freedom is won there. The final battle is won or lost in our hearts and minds.” Helen Gahagan Douglas

Motivation Mondays: 100 July 4th Quotes for Independence Day

Motivation Mondays: 100 July 4th Quotes for Independence Day

What does July 4th mean to you?  Happy 243rd Independence Day!: As we gear up to celebrate this very important day in American history, I can’t help but stop to reflect on why this truly matters. 243 years ago, on July 4, 1776, the forefathers commemorated the adoption of the Declaration of Independence; it was an auspicious day filled with optimism for the future of this newly birthed, great nation. It signified the birth of the United States of America and the liberation of her original thirteen colonies from British rule. The actual legal separation occurred on the 2nd but, the 4th is the date the documents were ratified and, like life, the circuitous journey that many took to this new land in search of a new life reached a milestone. Let us not forget that this is a nation built on the backs of millions of immigrants who had a dream of a better life; of gaining personal freedom.

Becoming independent, whether as a nation or an individual, is often fraught with challenges, yet, many stay the course. Why? Because freedom, liberty, and a chance at life to enjoy all of our inalienable rights is worth fighting for. The road to freedom has never been an easy one for any group and so, as we celebrate today with our drinks, food and fireworks, lets remember all who came before us. Let’s lift our glasses and toast those brave souls who stood their ground so the rest of us could enjoy this special day without fear or acrimony. Happy Independence Day. Stay Safe. Drink less. Stay Informed.

READ:- Motivation Mondays: Optimism. Life. Independence Day

 

Freedom lies in being bold. Robert Frost
America, to me, is freedom. Willie Nelson
With freedom comes responsibility. Eleanor Roosevelt
Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better. Albert Camus
We do as much, we eat as much, we want as much. Sojourner Truth
The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history. Woodrow Wilson
In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. President George Washington
Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness. Louis D. Brandeis
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. Elmer Davis
For you have been called to live in freedom. Use your freedom to serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13
There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America. William J. Clinton
I’d like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free. Rosa Parks
We will stand by the right, we will stand by the true, we will live, we will die for the red, white, and blue. Unknown
I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs. Frederick Douglass
No other date on the calendar more potently symbolizes all that our nation stands for than the Fourth of July. Mac Thornberry
Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong. James Bryce
The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor, and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly. John F. Kennedy
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. Nelson Mandela
We are free, truly free, when we don’t need to rent our arms to anybody in order to be able to lift a piece of bread to our mouths. Ricardo Flores Magon
Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change. Stephen Covey
America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. Harry S. Truman
I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it’s marked by the blood of those who died defending it. John Thune
The United States is the only country with a known birthday…. There is no ‘Republican,’ no ‘Democrat,’ on the Fourth of July — all are Americans. James G. Blaine
We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense. Barack Obama

 

Whoever walked behind anyone to freedom? If we can’t go hand in hand, I don’t want to go.” Hazel Scott

Motivation Mondays: 100 July 4th Quotes for Independence Day

Motivation Mondays: 100 July 4th Quotes for Independence Day

 

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Respite Reminder: I’m Taking My Own Advice. Will Check in Occasionally. Back in August!

Why does Independence Day give us an opportunity to dream BIGGER and aim for huge goals? Before I moved to the USA, my impression of it was of a nation where everything seemed larger than life. Americans have big personalities, big cars, big houses and a huge belief in the greatness of this nation. While some might disagree with this observation, it is what many on the outside see and that becomes an attraction to folks who imagine pushing the boundaries of their lives. In so many nations around the world, there are strict social hierarchies that make it almost impossible to move between socioeconomic classes. If you are born into a certain group or class, your path is X. While there are some who are able to push beyond those boundaries, not enough can do so and that makes the USA a fascinating country to move to. Of course, moving here offers no guarantees but, there are many who have been able to transcend the limitations they experienced in their native lands. The point is that we can adopt the same big dreams in our lives, and in our native lands and support leaders who want the best for all their people. If our leaders’ dreams are not altruistic and only self-serving, nothing will change. But we can do our bit by dreaming bigger too and by embracing the process it takes to reach our goals.

READ:- Motivation Mondays: Dream BIGGER – Independence Day

 

America is another name for opportunity. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Liberty is the breath of life to nations. George Bernard Shaw
I think patriotism is like charity—it begins at home. Henry James
From every mountainside, let freedom ring. Martin Luther King Jr.
With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy? Oscar Wilde
One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one nation forevermore! Oliver Wendell Holmes
Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit. Fanny Lewald
The American flag is the symbol of our freedom, national pride, and history. Mike Fitzpatrick
We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. William Faulkner
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government. Edward Abbey
I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! Patrick Henry
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. Elmer Davis
Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility. Oprah Winfrey
Freedom is fragile and must be protected. To sacrifice it, even as a temporary measure, is to betray it. Germaine Greer
Have you ever read the Declaration of Independence…? If you have, you will know that it is not a Fourth of July oration. The Declaration of Independence was a document preliminary to war. Woodrow Wilson
I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit. Theodore Roosevelt
America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact — the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, a responsible government, and human equality. Adlai Stevenson
The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice! Dwight D. Eisenhower
Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country. Sinclair Lewis
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. John F. Kennedy
That is the truly beautiful and encouraging aspect of freedom; no one struggles for it just for himself. Ronald Reagan
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. Thomas Paine
This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith. Lyndon B. Johnson
Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. George Washington
Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without plowing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Frederick Douglass

 

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Tubman

Motivation Mondays: 100 July 4th Quotes for Independence Day

Motivation Mondays: 100 July 4th Quotes for Independence Day

What does celebrating Independence Day really mean?  While it might mean slightly different things to different people,  there are a few fundamental meanings attached to why we honor the day; Independence Day means we fought to provide a safe haven for our kids and loved ones, we want to maintain a democratic process, and we don’t live in a war zone or suffer through restrictions like food rations. The picnics, BBQ outings, and other gatherings we enjoy on this day remind us of the importance of our personal freedom; our right to congregate and enjoy a meal with others without being under siege. Many countries remain at war with each other in small and large ways… so this day truly matters. We must remember that even with the daily challenges we face here, inequalities, bigotry, job loss and such, we are fortunate in America, and we must remember to treat this day with reverence and gratitude for the Freedom and Peace we enjoy.

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Independence now and forever. Daniel Webster
Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. Kahlil Gibran
Where liberty dwells, there is my country. Benjamin Franklin
Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country. Marquis de Lafayette
If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else. Clarence Darrow
America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination. Harry S. Truman
I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it. Voltaire
Hail! Independence, hail! Heaven’s next best gift, To that of life and an immortal soul! James Thomson
We need an America with the wisdom of experience. But we must not let America grow old in spirit. Hubert H. Humphrey
Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one. Benjamin Franklin
True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Liberty is the great parent of science and of virtue, and a nation will be great in both always in proportion as it is free. Thomas Jefferson
So, Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism E. M. Forster
I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true. Wendell Willkie
Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. Frederick Douglass
…O let freemen be our sons; And let future Washingtons Rise, to lead their valiant ones, Till there’s war no more. John Pierpont
In every human breast, God has implanted a principle, which we call love of freedom; it is impatient of oppression and pants for deliverance. Phillis Wheatley
America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens. President George W. Bush
Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. Woodrow Wilson
I always have the most fun on the Fourth of July. You don’t have to exchange any gifts. You just go to the beach and watch fireworks. It’s always fun. James Lafferty
Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. Gloria Steinem
It will be celebrated with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.” John Adams
The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. Denis Waitley
The Declaration of Independence! The interest which in that paper has survived the occasion upon which it was issued; the interest which is of every age and every clime; the interest which quickens with the lapse of years, spreads as it grows old, and brightens as it recedes, is in the principles which it proclaims. John Quincy Adams
You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. Erma Bombeck

 

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for JUN – JUL 2019 are:

JUN

06/01   –  01 Canada Day, 04 Independence Day,
06/09  –   09 Tony Awards, 13 St Anthony
06/16 –   16 Father’s Day, 19 Juneteenth, 20 World Refugee Day, 21 International Yoga Day,
06/23   –  24 St John the Baptist, 26 Against Illicit Trafficking, 
06/30 –    30 BET Awards

JUL

07/01   –  01 SUMMER, 06 D-Day,
07/07  –   07 World Chocolate Day
07/14 –   18 Nelson Mandela Day,
07/21   –  24 International Self-care Day
07/28 –    28 Parents Day, 30 Against Trafficking Day

 

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