Wisdom I Wish I Had at 18

Fasten your seatbelts and prepare for departure!

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When you value how valuable you are, the world will reflect it back to you.

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Bird poop and shade fall from the same tree- it's all in how you look at it.

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If you want something- ask for it. This will greatly increase your chances of actually getting what you want. Most people can't read your mind, and you should never expect them to. That's why we were given the power of language.

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Make it a priority to spend at least one hour a day doing something that you enjoy- just for you and no one else.

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30 minutes of quiet time spent listening and not thinking or worrying. It centers the soul and brings balance to your life.

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30 minutes of exercise a day. Preferably something that makes you sweat. You will feel better, look better, and have more energy.

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Eat more fruits and vegetables and less sugar and fat.

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Always try to keep an open mind. You don't have to change your views, but be willing to consider all possibilities and then form an educated logical opinion.

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Never try to reason with the unreasonable. It is futile.

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You always know what to do. You just need to begin!

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Take the time to write down some goals you would like to accomplish. Write down four courses of action to begin working on each goal. Try to do at least one action for one goal each day.

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Listen to music you love! Don't be afraid to tap your foot and really let yourself go......

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Eat one thing that is completely delicious everyday.

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Set your priorities. It's more important to call your parents than it is to change the sheets.

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Study a foreign language. Visit that country.

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If you love someone- Don't be afraid to show it.

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Actions ALWAYS speak louder than words.

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Let kindness rule your heart and your lips.

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Thoughts are the seeds of action. Monitor your thoughts. Try to keep it positive.

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Appearances are temporary. Don't get too caught up in your genetics.

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If something or someone is bothering you- be honest about why and do what you can to ameliorate the situation.

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Know that God loves you just the way you are. He created you. If He wanted you to be diffferent, you would be.

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Man plans and God laughs. It's nice to have a plan but don't be a slave to your schedule.

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Be tolerant. Don't try to force your views or methods on others. If it's working for you, that's good enough. Their way might work better for them.

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Don't take anything personal. Usually it has little to do with you.

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Be generous. You can aquire possessions, but you really can own nothing. So long as you have what you need, don't need what you don't have.

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In the spirit of LOVE!

Merry Christmas!

Jewel

Christian One Liners  


Don't let your worries get the best of you; Remember, Moses started out as a basket case. 
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Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited Until you try to sit in their pews. 
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Many folks want to serve God, But only as advisers. 
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It is easier to preach ten sermons Than it is to live one. 
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The good Lord didn't create anything without a purpose, But mosquitoes come close. 
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When you get to your wit's end, You'll find God lives there. 
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People are funny; they want the front of the bus, Middle of the road, And back of the church. 
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Opportunity may knock once, But temptation bangs on the front door forever. 
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Quit griping about your church; If it was perfect, you couldn't belong. 
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If a church wants a better pastor, It only needs to pray for the one it has. 
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We're called to be witnesses, not lawyers or Judges. 
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God Himself doesn't propose to judge a man until he is dead. So why should you? 
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Some minds are like concrete Thoroughly mixed up and permanently set. 
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Peace starts with a smile. 
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I don't know why some people change churches; What difference does it make which one you stay home from? 
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A lot of church members singing 'Standing on the Promises' Are just sitting on the premises. 
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Be ye fishers of men. You catch 'em - He'll clean 'em. 
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Stop, Drop, and Roll won't work in Hell. 
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Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous. 
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Don't put a question mark where God put a period. 
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Don't wait for 6 strong men to take you to church. 
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Forbidden fruits create many jams. 
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God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called. 
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God grades on the cross, not the curve. 
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God loves everyone, But probably prefers 'fruits of the spirit' over 'religious nuts!' 
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God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage. 
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He who angers you, controls you! 
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If God is your Co-pilot, swap seats! 
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Prayer: 
Don't give God instructions, just report for duty! 
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The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us. 
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The Will of God never takes you to where the Grace of God will not protect you. 
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We don't change the message, The message changes us. 
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You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him. 
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The best mathematical equation I have ever seen: 1 cross + 3 nails = 4 given. 
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If this blessed you in a profound way today, Share it with a few friends to bless them! 
I bet someone else will LOVE it too.

There is no greater treasure than a good friend! 

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain.

December 7, 2009
Next Post date: January 4, 2010

THE MAN AND HIS SHADOW

Fables, Ivan Kriloff, 1768-1844

There was a certain original man who desired to catch his own shadow. He makes a step or two toward it, but it moves away from him. He quickens his pace; it does the same. A last he takes to running; but the quicker he goes, the quicker runs the shadow also, utterly refusing to give itself up, just as if it had been a treasure. But see! our eccentric friend suddenly turns round, and walks away from it. And presently he looks behind him; now the shadow runs after him. Ladies fair, I have often observed ... that Fortune treats us in a similar way. One man tries with all his might to seize the goddess, and only loses his time and his trouble. Another seems, to all appearance, to be running out of her sight; but, no: she herself takes a pleasure in pursuing him.

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Three things make the superman and they are the greatest gifts of divine generosity: a fertile mind, a deep understanding, and a cultivated taste. A great advantage to have a good imagination; but a greater, to be able to think straight. To have a mind for what is good! Genius should not have its being in the spine, where it would be more steady, than ready. Straight thinking, is the fruit of reason. At twenty years desire rules us, at thirty, expediency, at forty, judgement. There are minds, that radiate light, like the eyes of the lynx, which in the greatest darkness see most clearly. then there are those born for the occasion, who always strike upon what is most fitting: much awaits them, and a well-blessed harvest. But good taste lends flavor to all life.

- Baltasar Gracian

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In one word, a saint, for that is to say everything at once. For virtue is the bond of all the perfections, and the heart of all life's satisfactions. It makes a man sensible, alert, far-seeing, understanding, wise, courageous, considerate, upright, joyous, welcomed, thuthful, and a universal idol. And three are the S's that make for happiness: saintliness, sanity and sapience. Virtue is the sun of our lesser world, the sky over which is a good conscience. It is so beautiful, that it finds favor of God, and of man. There is nothing lovely without virute: and nothing hateful without vice: for virtue is the essence of wisdom, and all else is folly: capacity, and greatness must be measured in terms of virtue, and not in those of fortune. Virtue alone is sufficient unto itself: and it, only, makes a man worth loving in life, and in death, worth remembering.

- Baltasar Gracian

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At Christmas
A man is at his finest towards the finish of the year;
He is almost what he should be when the Christmas season's here;
Then he's thinking more of others than he's thought the months before,
And the laughter of his children is a joy worth toiling for.
He is less a selfish creature than at any other time;
When the Christmas spirit rules him he comes close to the sublime...
... - Edgar Guest

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Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself...
~Norman Wesley Brooks, "Let Every Day Be Christmas," 1976

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Remember
This December,
That love weighs more than gold!
~Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

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Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money. ~Author Unknown

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