Here are some great little excerpts from a great little book, about dealing with life's changes and problems, and moving ahead in a positive way. Two little mice, named Hem and Haw eventually learn these life lessons when their "cheese" had been moved from where they were used to finding it:
The Handwriting on the Wall
Change happens - They keep moving the cheese.
Anticipate change - Get ready for the cheese to move.
What would you do if you were not afraid?
Monitor change - Smell the cheese often so you know when it is getting old.
Movement in a new direction helps you find new cheese.
When you move beyond your fear, you feel free.
Imagining myself enjoying new cheese even before I find it, leads me to it.
Adapt to change quickly - The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you find new cheese.
It is safer to search in the maze than remain in a cheeseless situtation.
Old beliefs do not lead you to new cheese.
Change - Move with the cheese.
When you see that you can find and enjoy new cheese, you can change your course.
Noticing small changes early helps you adapt to bigger changes that are to come.
The biggest inhibitor to change lies within yourself, and nothing gets better until you change.
Enjoy Change! Savor the adventure and the taste of new cheese!
Be ready to quickly change again and again - They keep moving the cheese.
This is a compilation of thoughts and quotes that I have found or written recently, as well as many that I've collected throughout the years. Most thoughts are posted randomly, as I feel inspired. A listing of quotes can be found alphabetically (check the 2008 and 2009 archives listing), or by source.
Feel free to suggest additions!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
1. You must labor each day as if your life hung in the balance.
2. You must learn that with patience you can control your destiny.
3. You must chart your course with care or you will drift forever.
4. You must prepare for darkness while traveling in the sunlight.
5. You must smile in the face of adversity until it surrenders.
6. You must realize that plans are only dreams without action.
7. You must sweep cobwebs from your mind before they imprison you.
8. You must lighten your load if you would reach your destination.
9. You must never forget that it is always later than you think.
10. You must enjoy the journey, find joy and happiness along the way.
Posted by The Youngs at 4:43 PM
A Variation on the Children's Story by Watty Piper
I guess I love to hear stories of triumph over a terrific challenge, overcoming, improving, achieving, not giving up. I was reminded the other day of this simple children's story that is so full of wisdom. So, here it is - try reading it with your more experienced, adult eyes and see what you get out of it.
A little steam engine had a long train of cars to pull.
She went along very well till she came to a steep hill. But then, no matter how hard she tried, she could not move the long train of cars.
She pulled and she pulled. She puffed and she puffed. She backed and started off again. Choo! Choo!
But no! the cars would not go up the hill.
At last she left the train and started up the track alone. Do you think she had stopped working? No, indeed! She was going for help.
"Surely I can find someone to help me," she thought.
Over the hill and up the track went the little steam engine. Choo, choo! Choo, choo! Choo, choo! Choo!
Pretty soon she saw a big steam engine standing on a side track. He looked very big and strong. Running alongside, she looked up and said:
"Will you help me over the hill with my train of cars? It is so long and heavy I can't get it over."
The big steam engine looked down at the little steam engine. The he said:
"Don't you see that I am through my day's work? I have been rubbed and scoured ready for my next run. No, I cannot help you,"
The little steam engine was sorry, but she went on, Choo, choo! Choo, choo! Choo, choo! Choo, choo!
Soon she came to a second big steam engine standing on a side track. He was puffing and puffing, as if he were tired.
"That big steam engine may help me," thought the little steam engine. She ran alongside and asked:
"Will you help me bring my train of cars over the hill? It is so long and so heavy that I can't get it over."
The second big steam engine answered:
"I have just come in from a long, long run. Don't you see how tired I am? Can't you get some other engine to help you this time?
"I'll try," said the little steam engine, and off she went. Choo, choo! Choo, choo! Choo, choo!
After a while she came to a little steam engine just like herself. She ran alongside and said:
"Will you help me over the hill with my train of cars? It is so long and so heavy that I can't get it over."
"Yes, indeed!" said this little steam engine. "I'll be glad to help you, if I can."
So the little steam engines started back to where the train of cars had been standing. Both little steam engines went to the head of the train, one behind the other.
Puff, puff! Chug, choo! Off they started!
Slowly the cars began to move. Slowly they climbed the steep hill. As they climbed, each little steam engine began to sing:
"I-think-I-can! I-think-I-can! I-think-I-can!--"
And they did! Very soon they were over the hill and going down the other side.
Now they were on the plain again; and the little steam engine could pull her train herself. So she thanked the little engine who had come to help her, and said good-by.
And she went merrily on her way, singing:
"I-thought-I-could! I-thought-I-could! I-thought-I-could!"
This version varies somewhat from the original, wherein the Little Engine pulled her load over the hill all by herself, mustering her own strength. There are good lessons from both of these, either way.
Posted by The Youngs at 4:02 PM
Monday, October 25, 2010
1. Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right.
2. Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.
3. Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
4. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas.
5. Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
6. I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn't need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about?
7. If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.
8. If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person's point of view and see things from that person's angle as well as from your own.
9. Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.
10. My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.
11. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
12. One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do.
13. Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.
14. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.
15. There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.
16. There is no man living that can not do more than he thinks he can.
17. Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.
18. Time and money spent in helping men to do more for themselves is far better than mere giving.
19. When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
20. Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
21. You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.
22. Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.
Posted by The Youngs at 5:05 PM
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Happiness is what we're all about, right? Almost everything we do is the pursuit of our own (and others') happiness in some way or another.
Why then does it sometimes seem so hard to achieve? So elusive?
I believe the answer lies within each of us. It depends on our approach to achieving happiness. Does happiness mean the absence of conflict, trials and sorrow? Or does it mean a successful way of managing the way we deal with conflict, trials and sorrow? We cannot control what happens to us, but we can control how we react to it.
Or does it mean being content with what we have and counting our blessings more often than our problems?
Finding joy in simple things?
Focusing on what really matters?
Taking good care of our physical and spiritual needs?
Loving and giving service to others?
Having realistic expectations from life, ourselves and others?
A combination of all the above?
Easier said than done? Sure it is.
Worth pursuing? Sure it is.
Those who know me know that I am a quote-monger. I love to collect and share them. So here I must share what I think are some of the best quotes on happiness:
Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. - Sir James Matthew Barrie
Don’t Worry. Be Happy. - Bobby McFerrin
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. - Abraham Lincoln
Everything you need for a happy life is within yourself. – Unknown
That load becomes light which is cheerfully borne. - Ovid
Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling. - Margaret Lee Runbeck
The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. - Benjamin Franklin
The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not on our circumstances. - Martha Washington
Health and cheerfulness mutually beget each other. - Joseph Addison
The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well being becomes. – Dalai Lama
It is only possible to live happily-ever-after on a day-to-day basis. - Margaret Bonano
Be happy. It's one way of being wise. - Colette
Happy people plan actions, they don't plan results. - Dennis Wholey
A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness. - Bernard de Fontenelle
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. - Buddha
Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it. - Fyodor Dostoevsky
May we never let the things we can't have, or don't have, or shouldn't have, spoil our enjoyment of the things we do have and can have. As we value our happiness let us not forget it, for one of the greatest lessons in life is learning to be happy without the things we cannot or should not have. - Richard Paul Evans
If you want to be happy, put your effort into controlling the sail, not the wind. - Unknown
I found this great quote from a blog by Mormon Guy that I thought worth sharing:
"When I was struggling to see the good things in life, I often listed the good things that God had done for me. I counted my blessings, outlined the talents and gifts He had given me, and named the people who loved me and supported me. I tried to see difficult things in life with an optimistic spin.
But, as time has progressed, I’ve realized that true happiness in life doesn’t come from blessings, talents, gifts, or even people. I could have all those things and feel awful. True happiness is linked to my knowledge of God and my actions in life.
“And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it” (Mosiah 2:41).
Today, my life is amazing. I’ve learned the truth about happiness – that it’s based on making good decisions in life. Today I’m truly, sincerely, and completely happy. My life is not amazing due to the things I am given by circumstance or others. Life is amazing because of what I do with what I get. Because of how I think and see the world. Because of the changes I have made. Because of who I am."
Those are great insights from someone who has learned well how to be happy. So I say to you and to me:
Come on, get happy!
Pharrell William's "Happy"
Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry Be Happy"
The Science of Happiness
Posted by The Youngs at 11:55 AM
Thursday, October 7, 2010
So much is said in two days during the LDS General Conference that is uplifting, inspiring and instructive. No two people would mention all the same things that touched them or that they felt to be noteworthy.
That being said, here are some things that touched me:
14 Fundamentals in Following the Prophet by Ezra Taft Benson: quoted by two of the speakers separately, Elder Claudio R. M. Costa and Elder Kevin R. Duncan, these points are guideposts for anyone who believes in the latter-day restored gospel.
“First: The prophet is the only man who speaks for the Lord in everything.
“Second: The living prophet is more vital to us than the standard works.
“Third: The living prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet.
“Fourth: The prophet will never lead the Church astray.
“Fifth: The prophet is not required to have any particular earthly training or credentials to speak on any subject or act on any matter at any time.
“Sixth: The prophet does not have to say ‘Thus saith the Lord’ to give us scripture.
“Seventh: The prophet tells us what we need to know, not always what we want to know.
“Eighth: The prophet is not limited by men’s reasoning.
“Ninth: The prophet can receive revelation on any matter, temporal or spiritual.
“Tenth: The prophet may be involved in civic matters.
“Eleventh: The two groups who have the greatest difficulty in following the prophet are the proud who are learned and the proud who are rich.
“Twelfth: The prophet will not necessarily be popular with the world or the worldly.
“Thirteenth: The prophet and his counselors make up the First Presidency—the highest quorum in the Church.
“Fourteenth: [Follow]...the living prophet and the First Presidency...and be blessed; reject them and suffer.”
Elder David M. McConkie:
"How to be Effective in Gospel Teaching"
1. Immerse yourself in the scriptures
2. Apply in your life the things that you learn
3. Seek Heaven's help
4. Act in accordance with spiritual promptings
President Uchtdorf: You gotta love this guy - he always speaks to me:
"Focus your life on things that matter most".
"Reduce your speed when experiencing turbulence"
"We would do well to slow down a little"
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" - Leonarda da Vinci
"4 Key Relationships:"
1. God - we need to have quality time alone with him
2. Family - family love is spelled T-I-M-E.
3. Fellowmen - serve others
4. Ourselves - get to know yourself better
Pres. Boyd K. Packer: Huh, funny, for some reason his talk wasn't at all explosive or insensitive to me. On the contrary, I was inspired by his forthrightness, and especially took comfort from his promise of how we will be assisted in our life struggles, all in the simple words of:
"Angels will guide you".
I noticed the plural tense. There are many angels, both earthly and heavenly, that are there to guide us. We need to notice them and rely on their assistance.
I have since found some very inspiring messages from those who understand and appreciate the full meaning of Pres. Packer's talk, interestingly, on a blog titled (Gay)Mormon Guy. You should check it out at gaymormonguy.blogspot.com, "President Packer's Talk...", October 7, 2010 entry.
I may not struggle in the same way this guy does, but I also support Pres. Packer.
Elder Richard C. Edgley: "Faith is a choice. It must be sought after and developed."
Elder Richard G. Scott: "When protected through self-control, righteous character will be protected through eternity."
"You get what you pay for in faith and obedience"
Pres. Henry B. Eyring: "Trust God" - so simple, so powerful.
Sis. Mary N. Cook: "Make sure you have both hands on the rod"
Elder Dallin H. Oaks: Re: Joseph Smith - "He could do nothing save he was humble and faithful."
Pres. Monson: "Sincerely giving thanks unlocks the doors of heaven."
"Notice that the Savior gave thanks (when feeding the multitude) and a miracle followed."
Elder David A. Bednar: "Keeping the commandments and performing the holy habits of praying and reading scriptures are pre-requisities tto receiving the Holy Ghost."
Joshua 1:9 - "Be strong and of a good courage. Be not afraid..."
Elder Per Malm: "Beware of the things that can destroy from the inside out." (example of the hollow tree)
Elder Mervyn B. Arnold told a story of a cow that broke through a fence into a wheat field and died from eating too much and bloating. After so many attempts to keep the cow out of the field, and finding the cow dead, the boy cried out "You stupid cow!" (How many times have I felt that way in trying to prevent my kids from choosing wrong, and yet sometimes to no avail, it seems. I guess we all are stupid cows sometimes...)
Elder Russell M. Ballard: "It begins with prayer. Sincere, fervent and constant communication with the Creator. Fervent prayer is key to finding strength."
Philippians 4:13 (Paul) -"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
As always a great conference. These are messages of strength and guidance from some wonderful, earthly angels. Listen and live.
Posted by The Youngs at 9:42 PM