Posts Tagged ‘Thoughts’

“One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.” –Henry Miller

Have you ever noticed that you are more excited about making plans for a trip, or something else you are going to do, than actually partaking in the event?

Years ago hubby and I went on a cruise to Grand Cayman and Mexico. The months leading up to our departure I felt so excited. Just thinking about the fun we were going to have and talking about the trip to others gave me a feeling of great happiness and excitement. In fact, I was so excited that I had an upset stomach the night before the cruise. My stomach didn’t get back to normal until about four hours after the ship set sail. The trip was fun, the people onboard were friendly, and the food was great, but my feelings did not match the level of excitement I felt before reaching our first destination. I’ve noticed this reaction about other things too. Sometimes, it’s like the idea of a thing is much more exciting than the actual doing. Maybe there is something to this quote (from the movie “Peaceful Warrior”) – “It’s the journey, not the destination.” And yes, I did come away from that experience with a new perspective.

The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” –Don Williams Jr.

“Go as far as you can see, and when you get there, you will always be able to see further.” –Zig Ziglar

Has your perspective changed lately? If not, maybe it’s time for a new experience.

It helps, I think, to consider ourselves on a very long journey: the main thing is to keep the faith, to endure, to help each other when we stumble or tire, to weep and press on. –Mary Caroline Richards



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We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us. — Marcel Proust


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Your time is limited. Don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And, most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. –Steve Jobs

Transcript of Steve Jobs’ address:

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We learn courageous action by going forward whenever fear urges us back. A little boy was asked how he learned to skate. “By getting up every time I fell down,” he answered. –David Seabury

Why, oh why, do we fall down?

Could the answer really be that simple? Stuff happens. Is it all about the learning process? Is it all just about growth? I don’t know. But I do know that although we stumble, and sometimes fall, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and keep on going. True, it’s not always easy. What are your thoughts?

The difficulties and struggles of today are but the price we must pay for the accomplishments and victories of tomorrow. –William J. H. Boetcker


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“First learn stand…then learn fly…nature’s rule..Daniel-san, not mine.” — Mr. Miyagi (The Karate Kid movie)

Do you remember the “wax-on, wax-off” lesson from the movie The Karate Kid?

Let me refresh your memory. Mr. Miyagi agrees to teach Daniel karate, but to Daniel all it seems like he’s doing is chores. There is a scene where Daniel is fed up with Mr. Miyagi ordering him to “wax on” and “wax off,” sanding the floor, and painting the fence and the house when he’s supposed to be learning karate. In reality, Daniel was learning karate all along. You can say this is how life is. We don’t realize that what does not make sense today will make sense in the future. I’m not saying that everything we go through in life will make sense to us — just some things.

Karate Kid Lesson (Daniel gets fed up)

We may have/had several Mr. Miyagi’s (teachers and mentors) in our lives, or we may be getting our lessons from the school of life. Or both. In life there will be things we go through, lessons we learn, that we didn’t ask for or want.

When I was 12 years old my grandfather gave me a typewriter for Christmas. I didn’t know how to type but still I was happy to get it. Two years later my father decided that I should go to summer school to learn how to type. Needless to say, I wasn’t exactly thrilled about it but decided to go into it with a positive attitude. Well, I took the class and at the end received a grade of “D.” Not so good. My father didn’t think so either. Summer wasn’t over and another session of the typing class was being offered. He sent me back to take that typing course over again. I was not a happy camper. At the time, I didn’t think learning to type was such a big deal. This time when I finished the course my grade was a “B.” Two summers after taking that course I was able to use my typing skills to get a summer job working as a clerk-typist at a branch of the American Embassy in downtown Madrid, Spain. I spent two summer’s working in that position. It was a great experience. To this day, typing still continues to benefit me.

Think about your own life. What experiences have you had that didn’t make sense to you at the time, but made sense to you later?

UPDATE (17 May 10): The remake of “The Karate Kid” opens in theaters on June 11, 2010. The movie stars Jaden Smith (Will Smith’s son) and Jackie Chan. If the movie trailer is any indication, it looks like this new version will be just as good as the first. Check out the movie trailer:

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“Everything you want in life has a price connected to it. There’s a price to pay if you want to make things better, a price to pay just for leaving things as they are, a price for everything.” –Harry Browne

Think about your life. What price have you paid to get it?

When I was a child (around 10 or 11) I decided that I wanted to learn how to play the guitar. I expressed this desire to my parents. After they had some time to think about it, they sat me down for a talk. My parents told me they were willing to buy me a guitar (and send me to guitar lessons) on the condition that I practice every day. The choice was mine. I thought about it and decided I didn’t want to pay the price.

“Every luxury must be paid for, and everything is a luxury, starting with being in the world.” –Cesare Pavese

Let’s pretend for just a moment that I had decided to put in the time and effort to learn how to play the guitar, and I got really, really good at it. I got so good at it that I ended up in a famous band touring around the world. I made tons of money, partied with other famous people, stayed in the finest hotels, didn’t have to clean up after myself, and didn’t have to cook a meal.

That may sound pretty great to you. At the time I made the decision not to learn to play the guitar the only “price” I saw was one of time/fun. If it turned out I didn’t like it (the guitar lessons), I would still have to keep it up for who knows how long. I knew my parents. This wasn’t like wanting a dog and promising you are going to feed it, take care of it, and clean up it’s poop — and then getting the dog and not doing it. This was serious. This would be enforced.

Think about it — Everything has it’s price. You pay for the choices you make in life. And you can pay for choices you don’t make (like natural disasters, accidents, getting robbed, etc.), and for what you choose not to do (for example, getting an education, unprotected sex, saving for a rainy day, learning a new thing, etc.). Some of the ways in which we pay are with our time, freedom, money, trust, peace of mind, health, relationships, privacy, sweat (hard work) and tears.

“No matter what we want of life we have to give up something in order to get it.” –Raymond Holliwell

Seriously think about it. Let’s look at actors/authors/performers. They had to deal with rejection numerous times. No one becomes an overnight success. (A good rags to riches story is that of author J. K. Rowling, of the “Harry Potter” series. You can read about some of her life/struggle here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._K._Rowling.) I’ve heard actors say they prepare themselves for a role by studying for the part. The other day my hubby told me of one great actor who said to prepare for a role he moves away from his family for 3 months. He does this so he can be alone to study for his upcoming role and to live “in character.” Now let’s add to the list. Think for a moment about the life of a singer/musician. It’s easy to see the rewards. What price do you think they pay?

Here are some things I can think of. Time. I know one thing involved is many, many hours of practice. If they go on tour, that’s large amounts of time away from the comfort of their home, their family and friends. Relationships are sacrificed. Maybe in part it’s due to the lack of time and nuturing a relationship needs. For some, the price of fame also includes the loss of their privacy. Who wants to have to wear a disguise just to go to the store? Photographers are constantly following celebrities and taking photos of them at times when they don’t necessarily want to be photographed. And then there are the constant rumors that go around about their lives. Plus, moments that I think any of us would want kept quiet are broadcasted and written about for the whole world to know. Haven’t we heard enough stories and seen enough photos of Jennifer Anniston, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie? We keep hearing in the news about all these men cheating on their wives. Do we really need to know who’s zooming who? Is it any of our business?

Not long ago I saw this woman on tv who was living a very extravagant lifestyle — courtesy of her hubby. She said when she realized her hubby was cheating, she decided to turn a blind eye to it because of the lifestyle they lived. She loved the lifestyle (and the shopping) and didn’t want to give it up.

“You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.” –Andrew Jackson

Everything has a price to pay. Are you willing to pay it?

“A price has to be paid for success. Almost invariably those who have reached the summits worked harder and longer, studied and planned more assiduously, practiced more self-denial, overcame more difficulties than those of us who have not risen so far.” –B. C. Forbes

Paul Weller – Everything has a price to pay

Other quotes on paying a price:

“When you want something, you have to be willing to pay your dues.” –Les Brown

“If you are determined enough and willing to pay the price, you can get it done.” –Mike Ditka

“There is no victory at bargain basement prices.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Nature cannot be tricked or cheated. She will give up to you the object of your struggles only after you have paid her price.” –Napoleon Hill

“Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent’s pressure, and the temporary failures.” –Vince Lombardi

“Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.” –Vince Lombardi

“Albert Einstein when asked what he considered to be the most powerful force in the universe answered: Compound interest! What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.” –Mignon McLaughlin

“Take what you want, God said to man, and pay for it.” –Spanish Proverb

“Before the reward there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy.” –Ralph Ransom

“For every promise, there is price to pay.” –Jim Rohn

“How do you go from where you are to where you want to be? I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal, and you have to be willing to work for it.” –Jim Valvano

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“Life is a shit sandwich. But if you’ve got enough bread, you don’t taste the shit.” –Jonathan Winters

“Life is like a shit sandwich. The more bread (money) you have, the less shit you have to eat.” –my father

Life Is Not Always Fair

Life is not always fair,
It will have its ups and downs,
And the good times and the bad.

Life can be exciting and filled with joy,
Or life can be hard and filled with fright.

Life can be filled with many feelings,
The feelings could be confusing at times,
And at other times be clear.

Life will include many decisions,
And some will be major,
But most will be minor.

The decisions made during your life
Will take you down many paths.

The pathway of life you choose to take,
Will determine whether
Or not you will have
A good or bad life.

The decisions you make will
Carve your future and
The decisions you make can
Either help you or hurt you.

–author unknown

“Life is a compromise of what your ego wants to do, what experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do.” — Bruce Crampton

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