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I saw a quote today on the pages of my Gratitude Journal. (As an aside, I really recommend a gratitude journal to help you increase your gratitude for the good things in life, especially in light of not-so-good experiences that we all inevitably have.) I like the quote, so I’m sharing with you.

“Gratitude among friends is like credit among tradesmen: it keeps business up, and maintains commerce. And we pay not because it is just to discharge our debts, but that we might the more easily find lenders on another occasion.”

–Francois, Duc de la Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist

I am grateful for my friends and try to tell them. For whom are you grateful?


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My dad sent me a quote in a note in the mail. It read “Time that you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” I like that. I often,have a hars time taking the time to do things that aren’t “productive,” like watching a movie. Two hours of time, I think. What else could I do with that time. But my dad makea a great point: it’s okay to take time to do things simply because we enjoy them.

What will you do with your time today?

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Quote of the Day

Fall Seven Times, Stand Up Eight.

– Japanese Proverb

My daughter, who is 11 months old, lives by this proverb as she has been learning to walk. It is inspiring to watch her determination and perseverance. And it is paying off — she is now walking around like a toddler. Go Sarah!

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Quote of the Day

If you are going through hell, keep going.

-Winston Churchill

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Quote of the Day

Never let life’s hardships disturb you … no one can avoid problems, not even saints or sages.
– Nichiren Daishonen

Have a good weekend!

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I was thinking about the direction from flight attendants about oxygen masks in an emergency. They always say something like:

In the event of an emergency, an oxygen mask will drop from the panel above your head. Put on your oxygen mask first, then help others around you to put on their oxygen masks.

The order of taking care is apparently very important during an in-flight emergency. It makes sense: if you don’t have any oxygen, you certainly can’t help someone else stay alive.

I think this instruction is equally important in every day life. If you don’t take care of yourself, then you can’t take care of others. So many of us neglect our own needs, as if we are martyrs for our spouse, children, friends, and co-workers. But we do a dis-service not only to ourselves, but to all those other people that we care about.

Remember that you are an important person in your own life, as well as in the lives of other people, and you deserve to be taken care of, just like they do.

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“Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.”

–Benjamin Franklin, American author, statesman and inventor

The only way to avoid failure is to stop trying. Without trying, you cannot grow. What would you do if you did not fear failure? Then do it.

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