Dream Walking

Dream_Walking

The regret of not knowing what might have been may be the most painful part of dying, yet procrastination is completely curable.

“If we are unwilling to walk into our dreams, we are left with only a postcard bearing the inscription, ‘Wish you were here!’”  —Paul Mark Sutherland

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Lost Horizon?

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“We’ll never notice a new horizon until we know the one we see.” 
—Paul Mark Sutherland

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Creating a Creative You

Here is a pretty neat Infographic on creativity. While there are obviously more than 29 ways to spark and/or maintain creativity, this is a great go-to list.

Here’s how I used it. Rather than just read it, acknowledge it, and move on. I pensively read the entire list of 29, and as I passed each one, if I heard myself saying to myself, “yea, I do that,” I would then eliminate that one. When I finished, all that I had NOT eliminated became a valuable list of real time creativity generators.

Give it a go. You just might be pleasantly surprised. And a big thank you to Islam Abudaoud for creating this simple yet valuable graphic.

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Don’t forget to give something today!

Whose Life Is This

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The Holstee Manifesto

You can read the story of the Holstee Manifesto HEREWe thank them for their vision, commitment, and inspiration.

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More Than Hackneyed Happy-Talk

85-Year-Old Graduates From College—And Finds A Job

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The employment market being what it is for newly minted college graduates, Willadene Zedan would stand out at Saturday’s commencement at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, if only for the fact that she’ll begin the job of her dreams just four days later: Accompanying a local doctor on house calls to the homebound elderly.

But Zedan, at the age of 85, is already the reluctant celebrity of Marian’s class of 2013. She’s proof that it’s never too late to do the things you didn’t get to do in the prime of life and that “lifelong learning” is more than hackneyed happy-talk.

In the days leading up to graduation, with exams and papers behind her, Zedan did not head for the beach with a six-pack to celebrate as other undergraduates might. Rather she toiled in the kitchen of the home she shares with one of her daughters, Elizabeth Zedan, a minister, and her son-in-law, Thomas Richardson, chairman of Marian’s chemistry department.

With five children, 15 grandchildren (one a nursing student at Marian, despite having four children of her own) and 26 great-grandchildren assembling for the big event, Zedan was preparing a banquet. “If I demanded the whole bunch of them show up, it’s the least I can do,” she says. “Some way to insist on a family reunion, isn’t it?”…

Click HERE to read the rest of this inspirational story.

The author of this story is Jane Gross who is a contributor to “nextavenue, where grown-ups keep growing” by PBS.

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I love stories about people who just keep going and keep growing. Congrats to you, Willadene Zedan.

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We’re Never Too Old …Or Young

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Here’s the link to the interesting story.

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Why Not You

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Why Not You?
Today, many will awaken with a fresh sense of inspiration.
Why not you?
Today, many will open their eyes to the beauty that surrounds them.
Why not you?
Today, many will choose to leave the ghost of yesterday behind
and seize the immeasurable power of today.
Why not you?
Today, many will break through the barriers of the past
by looking at the blessings of the present.
Why not you?
Today, for many the burden of self doubt and insecurity
will be lifted by the security and confidence of empowerment.
Why not you?
Today, many will rise above their believed limitations
and make contact with their powerful innate strength.
Why not you?
Today, many will choose to live in such a manner
that they will be a positive role model for their children.
Why not you?
Today, many will choose to free themselves
from the personal imprisonment of their bad habits.
Why not you?
Today, many will choose to live free
of conditions and rules governing their own happiness.
Why not you?
Today, many will find abundance in simplicity.
Why not you?
Today, many will be confronted by difficult moral choices and they
will choose to do what is right instead of what is beneficial.
Why not you?
Today, many will decide to no longer sit back with a victim mentality, but to take charge of their lives and make positive changes.
Why not you?
Today, many will take the action necessary to make a difference.
Why not you?
Today, many will make the commitment to be a better mother,
father, son, daughter, student, teacher, worker, boss,
brother, sister, and so much more.
Why not you?
Today is a new day!
Many will seize this day.
Many will live it to the fullest.
Why not you?
—Steve Maraboli

Becoming Positive

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Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive, because your words become your behaviors.
Keep your behaviors positive, because your behaviors become your habits.
Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values.
Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny.

                                                                           —Mahatma Gandhi

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So Many Thorns

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If I knew you and you knew me,
If both of us could clearly see.
And with an inner sight divine,
The meaning of your heart and mine.
I’m sure that we would differ less,
And clasp our hands in friendliness.
Our thoughts would pleasantly agree,
If I knew you and you knew me.

If I knew you and you knew me, 
As each one knows his own self, we
Could look each other in the face,
And see therein a truer grace. 
Life has so many hidden woes, 
So many thorns for every rose.
The “why” of things our hearts would see, 
If I knew you and you knew me. 
                        —Nixon Waterman 

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