One Thought A Day: May, 2012

May 31, 2012: “I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.” ~Chuang-tzu

May 30, 2012: Listening to someone else speak is one of the hardest things we as human beings need to do because all we want to do is listen to ourselves.

May 29, 2012: Sometimes, in order for things to get better, you need to take a step away from them.

May 28, 2012: Creativity will get you major brownie points. Click here to see what I mean.

May 27, 2012: “Be wise because the world needs more wisdom. And if you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise and then just behave like they would.” ~Neil Gaiman in his Commencement Speech to the 2012 Graduating class of the University of Arts (click here for the entire speech; well worth it!)

May 26, 2012: Saying “I love you” can produce giggles.

May 25, 2012: When things finally go your way, just sit back, experience, and enjoy.

May 24, 2012: Once your mind gets hooked on an idea it seems like the whole world is in on it.

May 23, 2012: No, things don’t always go your way. It’s called life.

May 22, 2012: Sometimes you need to go away so you can come back.

May 21, 2012: Shut up and listen. How can we listen if we’re doing all the talking?

May 20, 2012: When you realize you need to do something, the feeling takes over your entire body so you know that if you don’t do it you will feel worse in the morning.

May 19, 2012: “Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” ~Herman Hesse

May 18, 2012: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” ~Dr. Seuss (see more quotes here)

May 17, 2012: Bored? Read.

May 16, 2012: “Virtues don’t come through simply thinking about them. You have to ‘exercise them.’ Aristotle’s promise is this: if you want a virtue, act as if you already have it and then it will be yours. Change comes through action. Act first, then become.” ~ from “Want to Feel Like a Man? Then Act Like One,” The Art of Manliness

May 15, 2012: Just because we live in a secular world doesn’t mean there is no God; many people have just forgotten how to find Him.

May 14, 2012: “Why do you always seek man’s approval? You’re always wondering: ‘Do I look pretty enough? Do I sound smart enough?’ With a shadow of insecurity hovering above you, you’re always trying to keep others interested. Meanwhile, you give yourself away while ignoring your gut. Don’t be controlled by the amount of attention and approval you receive, and stop being ashamed of yourself. Your worth can’t come from who you’re with, what you wear, or what others think of you.
Are you scared to admit your own self-worth? Do you keep your true beauty, gifts, and talents so locked away and hidden from the world that you can’t truly see how amazing you are? Are you afraid of shining so brightly that the light will scare others away? Do not shy away from who you are because you fear abandonment or the negative opinions of other. You take scraps from the world but I have given you everything you need, deep within you. Everyone’s light is different and some brighter than others. But do not be scared of your own light, for it was put in you so that others who are blinded by their own darkness could see your light.
Why are you scared and sad? Why do you belittle yourself and dim your own light? Your light was made to shine – that is its purpose. Your self-worth is within you and has been given to you for a purpose. Your beauty – God’s beauty – was given for a great reason as well. The darkness had tried to extinguish this beauty within, but it cannot. It will not be put out.
At times, you allow your insecurities to overpower you, and your thoughts run wild. But with Jesus’ love you can control any vice, wickedness, or evil weapon that comes against you. It’s time to rise up, unafraid of who you are. Embrace it. Do not lower yourself or hide, because the power of my love and grace will always be there to catch you and show you the way. I will catch you, but will you let me?
Deep down you know who you are and what you are supposed to do. Stop lowering yourself to the world and start rising to heaven. Even though it might seem so far away, it truly is all around you. Heaven is watching, praying, and cheering you on. You have a whole army of angels and saints wanting you to succeed in your battle. But the biggest battle of all will be with yourself. Know who you are and what you are not. You are a beloved daughter of Jesus, He who is God.” ~ from How To Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul by Jason and Chrystalina Evert (Chapter 21: “Testify,” p. 287)

May 13, 2012: “My business is to create.  It doesn’t even matter what you do.” ~ from P.S. I Love You (an abbreviated William Blake quote)

May 12, 2012: The human soul is like a bubble: very fragile, but if you are very gentle, you can touch it without it breaking.

May 11, 2012: If things don’t go your way, laugh about it.

May 10, 2012: Don’t let new information frighten you; rather, use it to face your fears.

May 9, 2012: Stress = Amount of time to do something/Number of things to do, where the ‘Amount of time to do something’ is less than the ‘Number of things to do.’ Stress is always a negative number.

May 8, 2012: Don’t be afraid to hope in case you are disappointed; be afraid not to hope in the case that nothing changes.

May 7, 2012: “[…] art requires effort.” ~from Quilters by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek

May 6, 2012: “Art isn’t subjective. Interpretation is.” ~Mike Berube

May 5, 2012: Face your fears head on; they’re much scarier if you try going in the back way.

May 4, 2012: May the 4th be with you!

May 3, 2012: Family is those people who you feel most like yourself around.

May 2, 2012: It feels good to surprise people with well-wishing.

May 1, 2012: All it takes is one negative thought to create negative energy in a room.

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