Tag Archives: Attitude

The 12/18/13 Joy Jar

20 Dec

It is just a few days until Christmas and moi will be celebrating Christmas and reflecting upon the end of the ‘Joy Jar’ exercise. Aside from persistence and of course, gratitude – the purpose of the exercise; moi learned focus on a task. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is focus.

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.
Aristotle Onassis

I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
Dalai Lama

When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance.
Joel Osteen

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Mark Twain

Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.
Denis Waitley

That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.
Steve Jobs

One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.
Tony Robbins

It is wise to direct your anger towards problems – not people; to focus your energies on answers – not excuses.
William Arthur Ward

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
Alexander Graham Bell

The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.
Brian Tracy

Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.
Tony Robbins

I try to look on all the great things God’s done, and not focus on the negative. It’s a perspective.
Joel Osteen

When trouble comes, focus on God’s ability to care for you.
Charles Stanley

The 12/17/13 Joy Jar

18 Dec

As moi winds down the ‘Joy Jar’ exercise, one of the great lessons of choosing gratitude is inner peace. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is inner peace.

“The best fighter is never angry.”
Lao Tzu

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
Buddha

“We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”
Dalai Lama XIV

“Nothing external to you has any power over you.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.”
Eckhart Tolle

“Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.”
Gerald G. Jampolsky, Love Is Letting Go of Fear

You were born a child of light’s wonderful secret— you return to the beauty you
“You were born a child of light’s wonderful secret— you return to the beauty you have always been.”
Aberjhani, Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black

“Peace is the number one beautiful ornament you can wear, I really believe that. They say you should always wear a smile, but I don’t believe that you should “always” wear a smile, seriously, you’re going to look stupid! But peace, you should always carry peace within you, its the most beautifying thing you could ever have or do. Peace makes your heart beautiful and it makes you look beautiful, too. You want to have perfect physical posture when you stand, sit, and walk, and peace is the perfect posture of the soul, really. Try perfect posture outside as well as inside. Peace creates grace and grace gives peace.”
C. JoyBell C.

“Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, or by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, we must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate things and find God there.”
Meister Eckhart

“Happiness can only be achieved by looking inward & learning to enjoy whatever life has and this requires transforming greed into gratitude.”
John Chrysostom

“Having inner peace means committing to letting go of self-criticism and self-doubt.”
Sanaya Roman, Living with Joy: Keys to Personal Power and Spiritual Transformation

“When people speak of great men, they think of men like Napoleon – men of violence. Rarely do they think of peaceful men. But contrast the reception they will receive when they return home from their battles. Napoleon will arrive in pomp and in power, a man who’s achieved the very summit of earthly ambition. And yet his dreams will be haunted by the oppressions of war. William Wilberforce, however, will return to his family, lay his head on his pillow and remember: the slave trade is no more.”
Charles Fox

My faith helps me understand that circumstances don’t dictate my happiness, my inner peace.
Denzel Washington

The 12/16/13 Joy Jar

16 Dec

Christmas is just over a week away and the ‘Joy Jar’ exercise officially ends on Christmas Day. The ‘Joy Jar’ exercise is really like Christmas – it is a Spirit and it will last a lifetime. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the Spirit of Christmas.

Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world – stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death – and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is the image and brightness of the Eternal Love? Then you can keep Christmas.
Henry Van Dyke

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.
Hamilton Wright Mabie

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.
Oren Arnold

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
Calvin Coolidge

Good news from heaven the angels bring,
Glad tidings to the earth they sing:
To us this day a child is given,
To crown us with the joy of heaven.
Martin Luther

I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.
Harlan Miller

If I were a medical man, I should prescribe a holiday to any patient who considered his work important.
Bertrand Russell

May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility
Mary Anne Radmacher

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Wishing you happiness.
Helen Keller

There is no ideal Christmas; only the one Christmas you decide to make as a reflection of your values, desires, affections, traditions.
Bill McKibben

This is my wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays!
D.M. Dellinger