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When a person finds themselves predisposed to complaining about how little they are regarded by others, let them reflect how little they have contributed to the happiness of others. – Samuel Johnson

When Did You Last

Realize that if you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it. – Anthony J. D’Angelo

Focus on You

When you consistently maintain a positive frame of mind, you’ll become known as a problem-solver rather than a complainer. People avoid complainers. They seek out problem-solvers. – Joseph Sommerville

Be the Change

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters. – Albert Einstein

Harmony makes small things grow, lack of it makes great things decay. – Sallust

Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things . . . I am tempted to think . . . there are no little things . . . – Bruce Barton

Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.  – William Hazlitt

virtue (n) an example of moral goodness or excellence.

harmony (n) a virtue; agreement in action, opinion, feeling, etc.; accord; a pleasing combination of parts in a whole; compatibility

Be grateful for and celebrate the beauty in all things because beauty is everywhere; and ignore all limitations and boundaries wherever they are found, because they are illusion. – David F. Sanders

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. – Gandhi

In our interactions with others, gentleness, kindness, and respect are the source of harmony. – Buddha

John 8:32

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

but
if it doesn’t set well,
declare it
negativity,
dismiss it,
and add it to your
colossal tower of baggage . . .
which has been rendered invisible

Do not confuse baggage with luggage.

Luggage travels well.

Baggage does not.

a bill of goods?

definition: an attempt to persuade someone to accept something untrue or undesirable; lie; deception; misrepresentation; deceit.

Do you believe any of the following?

Poor choices, outright mistakes or failures, regardless of outcome, are to be excused, never admitted to, or used to serve as a warning to others including “loved” ones.

Mistakes, failure, or lack are badges of honor to be worn in public with pride.

Those of demonstrated lack of character are entitled to relationship with or the benefits of those of demonstrated character.

Perfect worlds, fairy tales, have-not subculture, or counterculture is culture and must be subscribed to when not to your benefit.

Level of expectation (over inflated, unrealistic, or low) does not determine the outcome.

If you’ve answered yes to any of these, you have been sold a bill of goods.

Take heart.

Those who are less than will stay the course.

Those who are more will make a course correction.

Happy trails

You don’t get in life what you want;

You get in life what you are.

– Les Brown

If

1. an attractive appearance and

2. a friendly demeanor

are key to being approached

and

If, at a very basic level, a man can determine whether or not he wants to move forward based on her hair, skin, and weight

for Sheree

The Miller, His Son, and Their Ass

A MILLER and his son were driving their Ass to a neighboring fair to sell him.

They had not gone far when they met with a troop of women collected round a well, talking and laughing. “Look there,” cried one of them, “did you ever see such fellows, to be trudging along the road on foot when they might ride?’ The old man hearing this, quickly made his son mount the Ass, and continued to walk along merrily by his side.

Presently they came up to a group of old men in earnest debate. “There,” said one of them, “it proves what I was a-saying. What respect is shown to old age in these days? Do you see that idle lad riding while his old father has to walk? Get down, you young scapegrace, and let the old man rest his weary limbs.” Upon this the old man made his son dismount, and got up himself.

In this manner they had not proceeded far when they met a company of women and children: “Why, you lazy old fellow,” cried several tongues at once, “how can you ride upon the beast, while that poor little lad there can hardly keep pace by the side of you?’ The good-natured Miller immediately took up his son behind him.

They had now almost reached the town. “Pray, honest friend,” said a citizen, “is that Ass your own?’ “Yes,” replied the old man. “O, one would not have thought so,” said the other, “by the way you load him. Why, you two fellows are better able to carry the poor beast than he you.” “Anything to please you,” said the old man; “we can but try.”

So, alighting with his son, they tied the legs of the Ass together and with the help of a pole endeavored to carry him on their shoulders over a bridge near the entrance to the town. This entertaining sight brought the people in crowds to laugh at it, till the Ass, not liking the noise nor the strange handling that he was subject to, broke the cords that bound him and, tumbling off the pole, fell into the river.

Upon this, the old man, vexed and ashamed, made the best of his way home again, convinced that by endeavoring to please everybody he had pleased nobody, and lost his Ass in the bargain.

Moral: Try to please all and you will please none.

When you know your own voice and use it, you will put people off even if that is truly not your intent.

You must choose. Do you prefer to speak your truth or to make lots of friends?

Hint: speaking your truth will garner you like-minded friends. These are diamonds and absolutely the best kind 🙂

If you desire high quality, you must be high quality.

Neither a degree, the latest fashions, nor perfect etiquette equal high quality.

Focus on your femininity, your character, and your disposition.

Take care.

Your life will perfectly reflect their quality . . . or the lack thereof.

And you never know who’s watching.

(n) one that aids another in achieving an end;

negatively, one who aids another in self-destructive, immature, or wrong behavior by providing support, excuses, or by shielding the person from the consequences of their behavior.

Enabling is often confused with love and/or protection. It is neither. It is weakness.

Enabling may win favor or a reprieve. Unfortunately, it ultimately garners disrespect.

Enabling not only broadcasts

desperation,

insecurity,

and a lack of character

but also encourages the other person to remain wrong, undeveloped, and thus, insignificant.

No one loves or respects the person who allows him to hang himself.

Select realistic, right standards and stand firm in them.

And

Be especially careful of what you accept, support, and defend.