Category Archives: optimism

Believe It then Be It

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”~ Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States Some very “New Age-y” words of wisdom from Teddy in honor of Presidents’ Day here in the US.   But this isn’t so much New … Continue reading

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Hang in There, Baby

“He conquers who endures.” ~Aurus Persius Flaccus No one like the Romans for giving good advice. It’s not that Rome was all that wonderful, though it produced many many wonderful things, but any wisdom that’s still around after 2000 years … Continue reading

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Stumbling Block or Stepping Stone?

“A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt But to the realist it’s just something that has to be dealt with, sooner than later.  Now I like to think of myself as an … Continue reading

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Don’t Give in to Low Expectations

“That is still the case in this country for too many students, the soft bigotry of low expectations. If you don’t expect them to learn, if you don’t expect them to succeed – then it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.” ~Tavis … Continue reading

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Good Old Grit

Over time, grit is what separates fruitful lives from aimlessness.”~ Joel Ortberg When I was in college, one of the women who was in our group of friends nicknamed me Grit.  I don’t really think it was an affectionate nickname, … Continue reading

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Getting Rid of the Negative

I know what I want to write about today, but when I went looking for a good quote to launch off from, I couldn’t find one, or at least one that was helpful. I want to talk about rooting out … Continue reading

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Sowing What We’ll Reap

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”~ Robert Louis Stevenson The more I read Robert Louis Stevenson, the more I love him. Lately the world has been a discouraging place, and then … Continue reading

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Affirmation for July 20, 2009

I set goals that only seem impossible. But I achieve them by setting them and acting on them. Today I wanted an affirmation that honored the moon landing, 40 years ago today.  I remember going to my grandmother’s house to … Continue reading

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Affirmation for July 11, 2009

I am enjoying my life. Bet you laughed when you read that one, didn’t you?  I laughed writing it.  Sometimes it is so difficult to enjoy our lives.  But why not enjoy it? Even on the darkest days or periods, … Continue reading

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Words of Wisdom for July 10, 2009

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.  ~~Franklin D. Roosevelt I’ve heard this saying countless times, and I’ve foumd them attributed to Roosevelt, so I’ve put that here.  But I have to … Continue reading

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