James‬ ‭3:13-18‬
“If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.”

"You can work through anything as long as you are not destroying yourself or each other. That means emotionally, physically, financially, or spiritually. Make nothing off limits to discuss. Never shame or mock each other for the things you do that make you happy. Write down why you fell in love and read it every year on your anniversary (or more often). Write love letters to each other often. Make each other first. When kids arrive, it will be easy to fall into a frenzy of making them the only focus of your life…do not forget the love that produced them. You must keep that love alive and strong to feed them love. Spouse comes first. Each of you will continue to grow. Bring the other one with you. Be the one that welcomes that growth. Don’t think that the other one will hold the relationship together. Both of you should assume it’s up to you so that you are both working on it. Be passionate about cleaning house, preparing meals, and taking care of your home. This is required of everyone daily, make it fun and happy and do it together. Do not complain about your partner to anyone. Love them for who they are. Make love even when you are not in the mood. Trust each other. Give each other the benefit of the doubt always. Be transparent. Have nothing to hide. Be proud of each other. Have a life outside of each other, but share it through conversation. Pamper and adore each other. Go to counseling now before you need it so that you are both open to working on the relationship together. Disagree with respect to each other’s feelings. Be open to change and accepting of differences. Print this and refer to it daily."

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. Humility is thinking more of others.”
Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here for? 

"What is our life? Our life is looking forward or it’s looking back. That's it! And that’s our life. Where's the moment? What is it we're so afraid of?"
-Ricky Roma (Al Pacino), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), play/screenplay by David Mamet

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker

“Let a man walk 10 miles steadily on a hot summer’s day along a dusty English road, and he will soon discover why beer was invented.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton, writer and philosopher

Don't walk behind me;
I may not lead.
Don't walk in front of me;
I may not follow.
Walk beside me that we may be as one.
-Ute Tribe

There can never be peace between nations until it is first known that
true peace is within the souls of men
-Oglala Sioux

Peace comes within the souls of men,
when they realize their oneness with the Universe,
when they realize it is really everywhere...
it is within each one of us.
-Black Elk, Lakota Medicine Man

The greatest strength is gentleness
-Iroquois Tribe

We're like the water. If we're the lake- as I see you in me-I'm in you. We're the great mirror. We're nothing but the reflection of each other.
-Ruby Plenty Chiefs

The Eyes of the Future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time. – Terry Tempest Williams

"Everyone thinks about changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself."
–Leo Tolstoy

“The key to the future of the world is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known.”
–Pete Seeger

Dr. Herbert Benson on Mindfulness: "the repetition of a sound, word, phrase prayer, or movement, and the passive setting aside of intruding thoughts and returning to the repetition."

Educator Morgan Brent: “Imaginal hygiene is the inner art of self-managing the imagination, to defend it from forces that compromise, pollute, colonize, shrink, and sterilize it, and to cultivate those that illuminate, expand, and nourish it.”

“Atlanta is unique to me,” Killer Mike said. “You got poor black people, but I also saw this: I saw black doctors, lawyers, educators. All you gotta do is want to be it to see it, and once you see something it can be a reality.”

Harry S. Truman: “Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home–but not for housing. They are strong for labor–but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights. They favor minimum wage–the smaller the minimum wage the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all–but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine–for people who can afford them. They consider electrical power a great blessing–but only when the private power companies get their rake-off. They think American standard of living is a fine thing–so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people. And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.”

"Eddie Mason has Desire, Character, Determination, Faith, Pride, Will, Focus, Respect, Discipline and Passion printed in bold, white letters across the front windows of his fitness center. Each of the front doors bears the statement “Get your mind right.”

“I’m creative. I’m not re-creative,” Mr. Byrd told the Detroit Free Press in 1999. “I don’t follow what everybody else does. One of the proverbs my father used to say is, ‘If you’re not first, be among the first.’ Everything I’ve done others have tried to copy.”
Jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd

"Probably the greatest advice that I've ever been given and the only advice that I've ever found to be true in all of coaching, I think we mentioned it to both John and Jim ... the coaching advice is, `Get ahead, stay ahead."
–Jack Harbaugh

"What if? That's why I never use that word, if. To me if doesn't count. If.”
“It didn’t happen. I don’t use the words ‘what might have happened.’”
–Mariano Rivera, best closer of all time, on his 19-year career with the Yankees

“We don’t quit. We don’t cower. We don’t run.  We endure and conquer.”
–Kobe Bryant after tearing Achilles tendon, 2013 

“Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.”
–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749—1832)

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”
–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749—1832)

"Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time."
–Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)

“This was where the origins of it all, you know… we didn’t create it, we’re part of the world that just keeps reinventing itself. This is awesome history right here I would love to have this record.”

“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.”
–Carl Sagan

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
–Howard Thurman, an author, philosopher, theologian, educator and civil rights leader

“People who were not only vaguely unhappy in certain ways, but they sensed a kind of incongruity about why they were unhappy, and were beginning to wonder what values and assumptions were leading them to be unhappy and then facing the rather unpleasant fact that there’s very little to replace those in this culture.”
–David Foster Wallace on characters in Infinite Jest

“Much was lost in the transition to modernity: craftsmanship, a deep appreciation of beauty, community, silence and, above all, a sense of spiritual purpose.”
–Morris Berman

“Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money, then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health, and then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived.”
–Dalai Lama, when asked what surprises him most

“Whatever you do, big or small, do it well or don’t do it at all.”
–Chuck Brown (1936-2012)

“It does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop.”
–Wisdom of Confucius

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