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The 08/05/13 Joy Jar

6 Aug

Summer has returned to Seattle and moi had sparkling lemonade. That got moi thinking about why some folk just seem to make an impression. There is that ‘X’ factor called personality. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is a wonderful personality, which moi is working on.

It’s beauty that captures your attention; personality which captures your heart.
Oscar Wilde

Everything we know by heart enriches us and helps us find ourselves. If it should get in the way of finding ourselves, it is because we have no personality.
Nadia Boulanger

Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book; a personality which, by birth and quality, is pledged to the doctrines there set forth, and which exists to see and state things so, and not otherwise.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

An individual’s self-concept is the core of his personality. It affects every aspect of human behavior: the ability to learn, the capacity to grow and change. A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success in life.
Dr. Joyce Brothers

We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
Albert Einstein

A person however learned and qualified in his life’s work in whom gratitude is absent, is devoid of that beauty of character which makes personality fragrant.
Hazarat Inayat Khan

Let your personality, and sense of humor shine through, that’s whats makes you, you. Even God had a sense of humor. Just take a look around you…
Nishan Panwar

Attractiveness and magnetism of man’s personality is the result of his inner radiance.
Yagur Veda

The 08/04/13 Joy Jar

4 Aug

Moi’s computer is dying and it is an XP machine and Microsoft will no longer be supporting XP. Moi would love to call the softies a group of money-grubbing weasels because she and countless others love our XP. So moi is on the hunt for a new computer and has started researching systems and brands. She hopes to have her new machine by September 1. Still, moi loved XP, the operating system for techno-idiots. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is embracing change even if it was forced upon you by money-grubbing weasels.

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.
Viktor E. Frankl

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.
C. S. Lewis

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.
Anatole France

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Leo Tolstoy

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
Winston Churchill

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
Lao Tzu

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
Wayne Dyer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Reinhold Niebuhr

The 07/26/13 Joy Jar

26 Jul

The older moi gets the more she really doesn’t like drama and bad news. To the extent possible she tries to eliminate those toxic influences from her life. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is good news.

Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life – all areas of life. The really good news is that anyone can develop both honesty and integrity.
Zig Ziglar

It is the merit of a general to impart good news, and to conceal the truth.

When good news about the market hits the front page of the New York Times, sell.
Bernard Baruch

A wise person once said, The bad news is that you cant have it all. The good news is that when you know whats really important, you dont want it all anyway.

To evangelize is to spread the good news that Jesus Christ died for our sins and was raised from the dead according to the Scriptures, and that as the reigning Lord he now offers the forgiveness of sins and the liberating gift of the Spirit to all who repent and believe.
John Stott

“You will find that the truth is often unpopular and the contest between agreeable fancy and disagreeable fact is unequal. For, in the vernacular, we Americans are suckers for good news.”
Adlai E. Stevenson

“There is good news from Washington today. Congress is deadlocked and can’t act.”
Will Rogers

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
Anne Frank

The 07/25/13 Joy Jar

25 Jul

Moi read this story, Hassel Junior Barber, NY Homeless Man, Finds Wallet Containing $485 And Does ‘The Right Thing’ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/24/hassel-junior-barber_n_3644789.html
and she began thinking about how some folk have the character to do the right thing even when it is costly. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is doing the right thing even when it costs one.

Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.
Victor Hugo

“Doing whats right is never easy … You think you’re right, but you lose track of what you were trying to do all along and then there’s blood and screaming and death.Doing a bad thing for a good end just sours the good.”
Janice Hardy, Blue Fire

“If you boil it down, just because someone else does the wrong thing we are not exempt from doing what’s right.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

“Doing what’s right is seldom easy.”
Janice Hardy, The Shifter

“They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions… but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters”
Albert Einstein

“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”
Frederick Douglass

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to
succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” C.S. Lewis

The 07/22/13 Joy Jar

22 Jul

Moi walked down Pine Street in Seattle tonight to take the bus. This is the portion of the street where Macys is on one corner and Mc Donalds is on the other. Between them are a bumper crop of lost souls. The Scientologists were outside their storefront, sitting at table, trying to get some one, any one to take their personality test. There were the teens with baggy pants and the adult vultures scoping their next prey. Moi thought about how important it was to have a life of purpose. Today’s deposit into ‘Joy Jar’ is a life of purpose.

“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

“It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters,”
Amit Ray

“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.”
Robert F. Kennedy

“Every job from the heart is, ultimately, of equal value. The nurse injects the syringe; the writer slides the pen; the farmer plows the dirt; the comedian draws the laughter. Monetary income is the perfect deceiver of a man’s true worth.”
Criss Jami

“Living in a way that reflects one’s values is not just about what you do, it is also about how you do things.”
Deborah Day

“If life is not a celebration, why remember it ? If life — mine or that of my fellow man — is not an offering to the other, what are we doing on this earth?”
Elie Wiesel, Open Heart

“Stop comparing yourself with anybody. Compare yourself with yourself, for yourself and by yourself. We are uniquely pottered and purposed by our maker!”
Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

“Look, the job of life is to turn your negatives into positives”
Michka Assayas, Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas

The 07/21/13 Joy Jar

21 Jul

When the sun is shining as it has been during this Seattle summer, it is easy to be happy. Really, people are as happy as they choose to be. Marc and Angel Hack Life: Practical Tips for Productive Living is a blog that looks on the positive side of things. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is choosing to be happy.

Marc and Angel Hack Life
Post written by: Angel Chernoff
75 Happiness Quotes to Live By
Here are 75 happiness quotes gathered from our sister site, Everyday Life Lessons, to brighten your day and move your mindset in a positive direction.
1.Smile every chance you get.  Not because life has been easy, perfect, or exactly as you had anticipated, but because you choose to be happy and grateful for all the good things you do have and all the problems you know you don’t have.
2.Never let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life.
3.Tell the negativity committee that meets inside your head to sit down and shut up.  (Read Learned Optimism.)
4.A bad attitude is like a flat tire, you can’t get very far until you change it.
5.In a world where you can be anything you want, BE YOURSELF.
6.The more you love your decisions, the less you need others to love them.
7.It’s important to make someone happy, and it’s important to start with yourself.
8.Life is not about making others happy.  Life is about sharing your happiness with others.
9.Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design into the present.
10.If you settle for just anything, you’ll never know what you’re truly worthy of.
11.Sometimes life gives you two options: losing yourself or losing someone else.  Regardless of the situation, don’t lose yourself.
12.If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, you do have a pretty big problem.
13.Whatever someone did to you in the past has no power over the present.  Only you give it power.
14.Don’t worry too much about people who don’t worry about you.
15.Know your worth!  When you give yourself to someone who doesn’t respect you, you surrender pieces of your soul that you’ll never get back.
16.Sometimes you’ve got to emotionally let go of the things that once meant a lot to you, so you can move beyond the past and the pains they bring you, and open the next chapter in your life.
17.If you want to get over a problem, stop mulling it over and talking about it.  Your mind affects your mouth, and your mouth affects your mind.  It’s nearly impossible to move beyond something when you’re obsessing over it.
18.If it is detrimental to you emotionally, physically and spiritually, what choice do you have but to let go and flourish with self-respect.
19.Saying goodbye is one of the most painful ways to solve a problem.  But sometimes it’s necessary.
20.Moving on doesn’t mean forgetting, it means you choose happiness over hurt.
21.Stop looking at what you have lost, so you can see what you have.
22.Someone else is happy with far less than what you have.
23.Talk about your blessings more than you talk about your problems.
24.Sometimes people throw away something good for something better, only to find out later that good was actually good enough and better never even came close.
25.In life, you get what you put in.  Everything comes back around.
26.You can never change the past nor control the future, but you can change the mood of the day by touching someone’s heart with your smile.
27.The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love you give.
28.Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
29.It’s nice to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s also important to make sure you haven’t lost track of the things that money can’t buy.
30.You don’t need a lot of money to lead a rich life.  Good friends and a loving family are worth their weight in gold.
31.You will never fully believe in yourself if you keep comparing yourself to everyone else.  Instead, compare yourself to who you were yesterday.  (Read Authentic Happiness.)
32.You won’t always be punished FOR your anger, but you will always be punished BY your anger.
33.Give yourself permission to immediately walk away from anything that gives you bad vibes.  There is no need to explain or make sense of it.  Just trust what you feel.
34.One of the greatest freedoms is truly not caring what everyone else thinks of you.
35.As long as you are worried about what others think of you, you are owned by them.  Only when you require no approval from outside yourself can you own yourself.
36.Don’t let anyone walk through your mind with their dirty feet.
37.It hurts the most when you start pretending it doesn’t.
38.You are responsible for how you feel no matter what someone does to you. Remember, you are always in control of your thoughts so choose to feel confident and adequate rather than angry and insecure.
39.Being kind to yourself in thoughts, words and actions is as important as being kind to others.
40.Death is not the greatest loss in life; the greatest loss is what dies inside while you’re still alive.
41.Only when we begin to be awake do we realize just how asleep we have been.
42.You are always free to do something that makes you smile.
43.You define your own life.  Don’t let other people write your life’s story for you.
44.Don’t be afraid of change.  Oftentimes you will lose something good, and then gain something even better.
45.Worry is a massive waste of time and energy.  It doesn’t change anything.  All it does is steal your joy and hinder your ability to make positive changes.
46.If you want to be happy and bright, let go of your need to always be right.
47.In life, you usually get what you ask for and it rarely comes in the package you think it’s supposed to come in.
48.If you don’t like something, change it.  If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.
49.Life does NOT have to be perfect to be wonderful.
50.You look the best when you wear your smile.  There is no beauty like the one that comes from inside you.
51.Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness.
52.The time spent on hating is the time lost for living a peaceful, happy life.  It is a habit that controls what you see, what you say, what you do, and ultimately what you become.
53.Sometimes you need to be alone to reflect on life.  Take time out to take care of yourself.  You deserve it.
54.The good things we build end up building us.
55.You cannot change what you refuse to confront.
56.The difference between who you are and who you want to be, is what you do.
57.If you want your life to change, your choices and actions must change.  Every day brings a chance to start over.
58.Good things don’t come to those who wait.  Good things come to those who pursue the goals and dreams they believe in.
59.Don’t make a decision based solely on popularity. Just because other people are doing it doesn’t mean it’s the best choice for you.
60.Following all the rules leaves a completed checklist.  Following your heart achieves a completed you.  (Read The Happiness Project.)
61.Knowing yourself is one thing, but truly believing and living as yourself is another.  With so much social conditioning in our society, we sometimes forget who we are.  Don’t lose yourself out there.
62.Of all the things that can be stolen from you – your possessions, your youth, your health, your words, your rights – what no one can ever take from you is your freedom to choose what you will believe in, and who and what your heart will love.
63.When you find yourself cocooned in isolation and despair and cannot find your way out of the darkness, remember that this is similar to the place where caterpillars go to grow their wings.
64.Take all the time you need to heal emotionally.  Moving on doesn’t take a day; it takes lots of little steps to be able to break free of your broken self.
65.When you can forgive, yourself and others, and stop the imprisonment, you’re creating the love of your life.
66.What you believe has more power than what you dream or wish or hope for.  You become what you believe.
67.Keep your heart open to dreams.  For as long as there’s a dream, there is hope, and as long as there is hope, there is joy in living.
68.When you try to control everything, you enjoy nothing.  Sometimes you just need to relax, breathe, let go, and just live in the moment.
69.Even though you cannot control everything that happens, you can control your attitude toward what happens.  And in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.
70.Life will never be perfect, no matter how hard you try.  Even if you pour your heart and soul into it, you will never have that perfection you seek.  There will always be broken hearts, there will always be days where nothing goes right.  But you must accept and learn that even the most imperfect things will always be made better with love and laughter.  (Read Stumbling on Happiness.)
71.Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.
72.Satisfaction is not always the fulfillment of what you want; it is the realization of how blessed you are for what you have.
73.Sometimes you just have to look back at your past and smile about how far you’ve come.
74.Just because it didn’t last forever, doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth your while.
75.It’s not that everything will be easy or exactly as you had expected, but you must just choose to be grateful for all that you have, and happy that you got a chance to live this life, no matter how it turns out.

The 07/20/13 Joy Jar

20 Jul

Moi has always been a fan of Charles Barkley. She liked him when he was a player and still likes him as he comments on whatever. He is true to himself and whether you agree or disagree with him, he is still true to himself. Here are some Charles Barkley quotes:

I’m not a role model… Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.
Charles Barkley

Poor people cannot rely on the government to come to help you in times of need. You have to get your education. Then nobody can control your destiny.
Charles Barkley

I think you have an obligation to be honest.
Charles Barkley

We’re not all supposed to think alike.
Charles Barkley

Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is being true to one’s self.

“It’s time to care; it’s time to take responsibility; it’s time to lead; it’s time for a change; it’s time to be true to our greatest self; it’s time to stop blaming others.”
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“A lot of the conflict you have in your life exists simply because you’re not living in alignment; you’re not be being true to yourself.”
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished.”
Deng Ming-Dao, Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony

“Just keep being true to yourself, if you’re passionate about something go for it. Don’t sacrifice anything, just have fun.”
Blake Lewis

“Your perceptions are derived from your feelings and your ability to be yourself, to own and trust yourself, and to say what you feel, even when it may be diametrically opposed to everyone eles’s opinion. You may be called the Devil Incarnate. You may feel like cow pies are being thrown at you. Sometimes that is part of being true to yourself.”
Barbara Marciniak, Family of Light: Pleiadian Tales and Lessons in Living

“To find your true identity within the will of Tze Yo Tzuh…that is the highest of all freedoms.”
Gene Luen Yang, American Born Chinese

“Because no matter what they say, you always have a choice. You just don’t always have the guts to make it.”
Ray N. Kuili, Awakening

“Whatever you do don’t let anybody talk you into doing something about the way you look ever.”
John Casablancas

“I’d rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I’m not”
Kurt Cobain

The 07/15/13 Joy Jar

15 Jul

No one is ever promised a rose garden, what you get is a chance to live as long as one is still breathing. Each day, moi gives thanks to God that she has another day to try and get it right and to try and be better. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is positive thinking.

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
Abraham Lincoln

In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.
Dalai Lama

Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.
Michael Jordan

Like success, failure is many things to many people. With Positive Mental Attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order and prepare to try again.
W. Clement Stone

It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.
Robert H. Schuller

People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?
Nhat Hanh

A lot of times people look at the negative side of what they feel they can’t do. I always look on the positive side of what I can do.
Chuck Norris

Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event.
Brian Tracy

Positive anything is better than negative nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

The 07/08/13 Joy Jar

8 Jul

Moi did not get the slur OLD FART without reason. What was once a slur is now a badge of honor. So it is with principles as opposed to the thought fashion of the moment. What was once a slur, about sticking to one’s principles will over time become a badge of honor. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar is sticking to one’s principles.

Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.
Abraham Lincoln

There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.
Stephen Covey

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
Thomas Paine

To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.
Margaret Thatcher

Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles.
Jawaharlal Nehru

Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.
Victor Hugo

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The 07/01/13 Joy Jar

1 Jul


Today is the first day of July. The year is over half completed. Moi began the exercise of the ‘Joy Jar’ when that Mayan end of the world thing went belly up. She was grateful that she was still standing. Bet many of you were grateful as well. So, to ‘cultivate an attitude of gratitude’ moi puts something in the ‘Joy Jar’ every day. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ comes form Smart Office Pro:


31 inspiring quotes for July


01 Jul


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Inspirational and motivational quotes for July 2011.


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It is the small decisions you and I make every day that create our destiny.”
– Anthony Robbins


The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention.”
– Japanese proverb


Work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice, and poverty.”
– Voltaire


A fall into a ditch makes you wiser.”
– Chinese proverb


Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.”
– Aldous Huxley


We never reflect how pleasant it is to ask for nothing.”
– Seneca


That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly.”
– Thomas Paine


There is always room at the top.”
– Daniel Webster


There is more happiness in doing your own path without excellence than in doing another’s path well.”
– the Bhagavad Gita


Those that are afraid of bad luck will never know good.”
– Russian proverb


A certain amount of opposition is a great help to you. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.”
– John Neal


Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.”
– Christopher Morley


It takes a strong fish to swim against the current. Even a dead one can float with it.”
– John Crowe


All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous act without benefit of experience.”
– Henry Miller


Whenever you take a step forward, you are bound to disturb something.”
– Indira Gandhi


No great thing is created suddenly.”
– Epictetus


Call on God, but row away from the rocks.”
– Indian proverb


Work like you don’t need the money.”
– Mark Twain


What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
– Napoleon Hill


Success is the child of audacity.”
– Benjamin Disraeli


What we hope to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.”
– Samuel Johnson


Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going!”
– Jim Ryun


I’ve got something inside me, peasantlike and stubborn, and I’m in it till the end of the race.”
– Truman Capote


What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


We do our best that we know how at the moment, and if it doesn’t turn out, we modify it.”


People who are afraid to fail can never experience the joys of success.”
– Pete Zafra


Accept  and expect positive things and that is what you will receive.”
– Lori Hard


If you don’t quit, and don’t cheat, and don’t run home when trouble arrives, you can only win.”
– Shelley Long


A professional is a person who can do his best at a time when he doesn’t particularly feel like it.”
– Alistair Cooke


Never let your work drive you. Master it and keep it in complete control.”
– Booker T. Washington


Follow your dream as long as you live… for wasting time is an abomination of the spirit.”
– Plato