Quote of the Week: 25th September 2011

We haven’t had Quote Of The Week for a while.  (The formatting’s a bit odd as I copied it from an email and it wouldn’t ‘go’ how I wanted it!)

As we get older we sometimes begin to doubt our ability to
“make a difference” in the world.  It is at these times that
our hopes are boosted by the remarkable achievements of
other “seniors” who have found the courage to take on
challenges that would make many of us wither.

Harold Schlumberg of Century Village Boca is such a person:

“I have often been asked, ‘What do you do now you’re retired?’ Well… I am fortunate to have a chemical engineering background and one of the things I enjoy most is converting beer, wine and whiskey into urine. It’s rewarding, uplifting, satisfying and fulfilling. I do it every day and I really enjoy it” Harold should be an inspiration to us all!

Here’s another you might like.  It’s from the character Hazel in an Episode of this week’s Emmerdale:

“A man travels the world in search of what he needs, then returns home to find it.”  It’s similar to a passage from my ‘Bible’ How to Stop Worrying And Start Living by Dale Carnegie.

A young man had a breakdown.  He felt like ending it all, but – in desperation – decided to take a trip to Florida in the hope that it might somehow make things ‘better’.  His father handed him an envelope as he left and told him not to open it until he got there. The man found he felt even more wretched there than at home, and eventually opened the letter. It said,

“Son, you are 1500 miles from home and you don’t feel any different, do you?  I knew you wouldn’t, because you took with you the one thing that is the cause of all your trouble … yourself. There is nothing wrong with either your body or your mind. It is not the situations you have met that have thrown you; it is what you think of these situations.  ‘As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.’ When you realise that, son, come home, for you will be cured.” 

It’s what we think that really determines our appreciation of life.  It’s good to be reminded of that sometimes, isn’t it?

And just to send you off with a smile on your face, here’s a couple from my favourite Quoter, Twitter’s GreySkyThinking Gwyn Grey:

“Failure is not an option. It’s inevitable.”

“A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. Then 10,596,238 more. I wouldn’t bother if I were you.”

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