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No doubt about it, this 4th of July represents “Shock and Awe.”

May these unfamiliar quotes bring hope and peace to your heart today.

“The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!

–Dwight D. Eisenhower

“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his (tyrant) government.”

–Edward Abbey

“Life without Liberty is like a body without Spirit.”

–Kahlil Gibran

“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”

–William Faulkner

“Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

–Abraham Lincoln

“Whoever keeps my Word will never see death.”

–Christ, Son of the Living God

Happy Fourth of July to You!


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Being successful is not about what you do, but about who you are to others.

“We are all here for some special reason.  Stop being a prisoner of your past.  Become the architect of your future.”

–Robin Sharma

“There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.”

–G.K. Chesterton

“Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.”

–Zig Ziglar

Success is all encompassing.  Make this a successful day!

–yours truly


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This bright image brings to mind a practice to identify the seasonal elements in one’s life.  The elements or kigo incorporate the hopes, sorrows and joys of livingThis practice is best suited for going somewhere quiet outside and breathing in the season.  As soon as you relax your mind, write down the words and scenes under three categories:  Daily life, animals and earth.  Keep writing to fill one or two items under each category.  Then begin to write a Haiku associated with the words and scenes you have jotted down and even mention an image to depict your Haiku…you will be amazed at what you discover about the seasonal elements in your life.

The life of Bruce Lee is worth noting here.   Here are some of his life quotes:

“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”

“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life.  There are no limits.  There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”

“Real living is living for others.”

“Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.”

If you decide to practice this kigo experience, do share your results.


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“Do you wish to rise?  Begin by descending.  You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds?  Lay first the foundation of humility.”

–Augustine of Hippo

It’s true…we do not rise up in the morning by ourselves…each day, we rise up in faith.