Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.” It is so easy to get caught in the habitual trap of measuring others against yourself, your skills, your knowledge, and even your possessions. Honestly, this is a lowly way to live. You are better than that! You and I can see that we have something to learn from every man, woman and child, no matter where they come from. Discipline yourself to think well of everyone and learn from them. Do not allow yourself to puffed up in pride and to set yourself above others. Setting yourself up, actually lowers your position.
Please share the valuable lessons you have learned from those who seemed “small.”
You don’t have to climb over other people to get to the top.
If you’re in an organization or field that requires that….get out! We want to be people who are always lifting, building and serving those around us. Do not tear others down to make yourself seem better or feel better. You and I travel on a higher road than that! If you desire to really ascend, then you must serve more. We must stop tearing others down, falsely assuming it improves our position.
The true measure of our success will be determined by the quality and quantity of our service!
The best rewards in life are reserved for those who live with complete honesty and integrity.
We live in a world that is filled with lying and deceit, where it seems that almost everyone is out to get you, and you can’t trust anybody. But even in a crowd of liars and cheats, we must remain honest.
Honesty will triumph. Integrity will lead the way!
Do not lower your standards, no matter how bad it all gets. There is far more at stake, than just temporal things. Stay true in the darkness. Let your high personal standards dictate how you live, so that there is no need for any to worry about your behavior, whether in a crowd of thieves or completely alone.
There are not enough soldiers, government officials or police officers in the world to control human behavior, and babysit the masses. Control must come from within!
Change…. a very constant part of life.
Change can be bad, if you’re floundering around without any clarity about who you are and where you are going. That’s like a ship without a rudder, driven about by the waves and the wind, always changing direction and location, because it has no clear destination. In this sense, we need to be unchanging and consistent in purpose, and passion, and moving forward toward our most noble objectives.
Ironically, though, as we move consistently along the path of growth and progress, WE are going to change and improve. You and I will learn new principles and have new experiences that will change us for the better. That kind of change is great. Cicero said, “No sensible man ever imputes inconsistency to another for changing his mind.” We ought to be changing, because we are growing. You and I have NO BUSINESS being the same as we are today, in a few years from now.
It’s a rather simple formula: the bigger you become, the smaller your problems will be. Life is often hard, simply because we are too soft. The more we discipline ourselves to grow and improve, the more capable and qualified we will be to handle life’s challenges and obstacles. But if we are too easy on ourselves, then life will be hard on us.
CAVI is an acronym I love to use. It stands for Consistent And Vigorous Improvement. When we live by CAVI principles and habits everyday, life is so much more enjoyable, fulfilling and exciting. Reach Upward!
Please share examples of how this has been true for you.
Have you ever failed at something because of ignorance? And then realized that you could have prevented the mistake if you had just learned a lesson that was easily accessible in a book, or from a mentor? I know I have. We don’t have to make all the mistakes ourselves; others have already made them for us. THANK YOU PEOPLE!
But we cannot learn from others’ mistakes unless we are constantly seeking knowledge and wisdom. We must read, study, ask and find all the answers we can BEFORE we make the important decisions in life. Too many of us get caught in the winter storms of life without our winter gear, all because of ignorance. Do your homework. Prepare yourself in every way. And then go it for with all you’ve got!
What are some of the lessons you wish you had known beforehand? Please share.
In our world of ultra-communication, there are so many voices beckoning to us. Many are villains. They entice us to buy things that we do not need and that are of little value. They convince us that going to debt to obtain it, is no big deal. Other voices entice to pornography and immorality. There is a beckoning call to the use of alcohol and drugs and violence. There is even an evil voice of apathy and indifference toward those things that matter most in life.
All these voices are subtle and deceptive, concealing the tragic consequences that surely follow those who succumb to their lure. Be ever watchful and on guard.
I hope you have noticed that there is a pretentious, peacocking pageant going on all around us. Maybe you’ve even been caught up in it a time or two… or three, or four, or more.
The egotistical desire to compare and compete with our neighbors and peers will retard our personal development and growth. It keeps us bound to the earth just like a peacock, and prevents us from really soaring in life.
My advice….GET OUT OF THE PAGEANT! Live independent of the opinions of others and live your life on purpose! Reach upward and stop looking laterally for approval and praise. This great fable illustrates this principle so well.
YOU ARE AWESOME!
Do you believe that? Well, it’s true and you are the first person that must believe it.
Your level of confidence affects everything else you do, whether in school, sports, relationships or work.
The higher your self confidence, the better your results, period. Plus, you’ll obviously feel better about yourself and enjoy life more.
So how do you develop a healthy feeling of self confidence? Listen Now.
I wanted to share these two great poems that have inspired and encouraged me to be better. Keeping perspective during difficult times is so important, because it directly influences the way we respond. How we view trials often determines how we use them. We can use our challenges to learn and grow, or to shrink and shrivel. We have the power to choose… to become bitter or to become better. You and I have seen the results of both of those choices. Decide today that you will rise above life’s challenges by choosing to grow stronger and wiser because of them.
Let these two poems reach you, teach you and touch you. Enjoy and share!
The tree that never had to fight
For sun and sky and air and light,
But stood out in the open plain
And always got its share of rain,
Never became a forest king
But lived and died a scrubby thing.
The man who never had to toil
To gain and farm his patch of soil,
Who never had to win his share
Of sun and sky and light and air,
Never became a manly man
But lived and died as he began.
Good timber does not grow with ease:
The stronger wind, the stronger trees;
The further sky, the greater length;
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow.
Where thickest lies the forest growth,
We find the patriarchs of both.
And they hold counsel with the stars
Whose broken branches show the scars
Of many winds and much of strife.
This is the common law of life.
The Oak Tree
|by Johnny Ray Ryder Jr
|A mighty wind blew night and day
It stole the oak tree’s leaves away
Then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark
Until the oak was tired and stark
But still the oak tree held its ground
While other trees fell all around
The weary wind gave up and spoke.
How can you still be standing Oak?
The oak tree said, I know that you
Can break each branch of mine in two
Carry every leaf away
Shake my limbs, and make me sway
But I have roots stretched in the earth
Growing stronger since my birth
You’ll never touch them, for you see
They are the deepest part of me
Until today, I wasn’t sure
Of just how much I could endure
But now I’ve found, with thanks to you
I’m stronger than I ever knew