Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.
This amazing video shows the inspiring transformation of Arthur Boorman, a veteran of the Gulf War who had been disabled for 15 years. He was told by doctors that he would never be able to walk on his own again. But did that stop him from trying? No. Arthur fell many times but never gave up and he proved the doctors wrong. He shows us all, that through hard work and determination, we can accomplish anything we put our minds to.
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The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.—Hans Hofmann
When I met my wife 10 years ago, she was a minimalist and I was, well, the opposite. I was an impulsive consumer, always “wanting” and “needing” the latest and greatest. I held on to things both physical and emotional. I kept things, like clothes that I hadn’t worn in years, because I thought maybe one day I would want to wear them again or they would come back in style. I held onto emotional stuff mainly because I wasn’t even aware of the harm it was doing to me. I held grudges, anger and resentment and had a lot of trouble letting go. I was always “busy” mostly because I was disorganized, I couldn’t say NO and I always wanted to please everyone. As the years went on, my wife fortunately started rubbing off on me and showed me lots of easy ways to simplify my life.
Looking back over the past 10 years I realized that everyone can benefit from her lessons, so I put together this list. Simplifying your life is a process of eliminating everything that is not essential, getting rid of clutter, both emotional and physical, and reducing excess and complexities. This in turn reduces stress and frees up time and space, so you can do the things you actually want to do and help you on the road to a more meaningful life. Even small changes in our environment, thoughts, habits and attitude can make a big difference in our lives. Funny thing is, this started as a list of 100 easy ways to simplify your life, but instead I decided that the first step to simplifying your life would be to cut down this list. So here are the top 25 ways that worked for me, let us know what works for you. Continue reading »
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For me, it always goes back to something I learned in basketball. There’s winning and there’s losing, and in life you have to know they both will happen. But what’s never been acceptable to me is quitting. —Magic Johnson in the ESPN film The Announcement
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A more peaceful way to live is to decide consciously which battles are worth fighting and which are better left alone… Is it really important… that you confront someone simply because… he or she has made a minor mistake?… Does a small scratch on your car really warrant a suit in small claims court?… These and thousands of other small things are what many people spend their lives fighting about… If you don’t want to ‘sweat the small stuff,’ it’s critical that you choose your battles wisely.
— Richard Carlson, author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.”
— Charles Swindoll
Last Friday April 29, my wife and I set out on an adventure. We terminated the lease on our apartment, put everything we had left in a 10′ x 10′ storage locker, returned our leased car and headed out of town with two small suitcases our laptops and a camera. We started in Los Angeles on our 30 day U.S.A. Amtrak Rail Pass, heading south through San Antonio and Austin and New Orleans which is where we are now. We leave tomorrow for Chicago then to Michigan, Indianapolis, Washington DC, Providence Rhode Island, Boston, Portland Maine, Philadelphia, Connecticut and ending in New York.
When we left last week we thought we would have enough time to continue posting here, but quickly realized that it wasn’t realistic during our busy travel. So for now we are going to take a short break, but we will be back soon with more inspiration. We will continue to post occasionally on Facebook and Twitter so please “follow” and “Like” us.
We posted this quote when we first launched this blog but feel it is again appropriate for this next adventure.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
— Lao Tzu
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.
— Mother Teresa, humanitarian