A Chapter of Life
“Life is like a book with many different chapters.
Some tell of tragedy, others of triumph. Some chapters are dull and ordinary, others intense and exciting.
The key to being a success in life is to never stop on a difficult page, to never quit on a tough chapter.
Champions have the courage to keep turning the pages because they know a better chapter lies ahead.” (Author Unknown, Bits & Pieces)
“Do more than exist – live.
Do more than touch – feel.
Do more than look – observe.
Do more than read – absorb.
Do more than hear – listen.
Do more than listen – understand.” (John H. Rhoades)
“Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences. I was a child, and I knew a dozen different ways of getting out of our property and into the lane, ways that would not involve walking down our drive.” (Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane)
“People do what people see.
They forget your words but follow your footsteps.” (John Maxwell)
“Without realizing it, we fill important places in each other’s lives. It’s that way with the guy at the corner grocery, the mechanic at the local garage, the family doctor, teachers, neighbors, coworkers. Good people who are always ‘there,’ who can be relied upon in small, important ways. People who teach us, bless us, encourage us, support us, uplift us in the dailiness of life. We never tell them. I don’t know why, but we don’t.
And, of course, we fill that role ourselves. There are those who depend on us, watch us, learn from us, take from us. And we never know.
You may never have proof of your importance, but you are more important than you think. There are always those who couldn’t do without you. The rub is that you don’t always know who.” (Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten)
“Love is sometimes shown in the things you don’t say, don’t keep track of and don’t notice. The greatest kindness is often shown in letting things go. None of us is perfect, but we can all be perfect friends and perfect partners by allowing those that we love to be imperfect. Give those around you the ‘break’ that you hope the world will give you on your own ‘bad day’ and you’ll never, ever regret it.” (Neale Donald Walsch)
“Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.” (John Jakes)