The Blessed Influence

“Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.” – George Eliot The whole point of developing character, developing skills and gaining competency in the affairs of the world is to allow for the unveiling of your soul. Your soul longs for expression, not for selfish purposes, but to extend its influence …

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Your True Purpose

"Still more apparent does the working of this principle become when for the word 'idea' I substitute the word 'purpose.' Purpose at once suggests the notion that the person whom it actuates is in motion toward an end; and a person moving toward an end, like a rifle-ball toward a target, is less easily managed and directed than when he is standing …

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Called to the Window

"Facts are ventriloquists' dummies. Sitting on a wise man's knee they may be made to utter words of wisdom; elsewhere, they say nothing, or talk nonsense, or indulge in sheer diabolism." ~ Aldous Huxley Facts are helpful in that they provide clothing for the invisible spirit of inspiration. They mull about in the subconscious mind …

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The Invisible Bridge

A Covered Bridge at Lucerne by Henry W. Longfellow PRINCE HENRY. God's blessing on the architects who build The bridges o'er swift rivers and abysses Before impassable to human feet, No less than on the builders of cathedrals, Whose massive walls are bridges thrown across The dark and terrible abyss of Death. Well has the …

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The Highest Courage

"The highest courage is not the heroic effort of an hour but the sustained courage that meets trial, sorrow, suffering, disappointment, hope deferred, misunderstanding day after day, week after week, and year after year, and stands serene and steadfast with a smile. It is in remaining strong under all conditions. Long after the rebel lips …

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Remorse and Forgiveness

When such as I cast out remorse So great a sweetness flows into the breast We must laugh and we must sing, We are blest by everything, Everything we look upon is blessed. ~ William Butler Yeats Vain regrets about the past are meaningless. They shackle you to the past, deflect the currents of forgiveness …

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The Discriminating Powers of the Mind

"A multitude of causes unknown to former times are now acting with a combined force to blunt the discriminating powers of the mind, and unfitting it for all voluntary exertion to reduce it to a state of almost savage torpor." ~ William Wordsworth Reactions to challenging those within your sphere of influence to think outside …

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