The Adversity Advantage

All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me. You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.
Walt Disney

A worldly loss often turns into spiritual gain.
Hazrat Khan

Difficult times have helped me understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way and that many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.
Isak Dinesen

Adversity is the diamond dust heaven polishes its jewels with.
Robert Leighton

If those tough times hadn’t happened, who’s to say I’d be playing in the NFL. It really helped my determination, drive and character. Everybody has overcome something in their lives. It’s all about how you take those challenges and use them for the better.
Michael Lehan

The Power of Enthusiasm

Those folks who succeed simply remain enthusiastic longer than those who fail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enthusiasm is the breath of genius.
Earl of Beaconsfield

Man is so made that whenever anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.
Jean de la Fontaine

Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.
John Wesley

Keep excited – it’s more fun working toward something than just waiting around for nothing in particular to happen.
Jack Nicklaus

Today Is the Day

I will work when failures seek rest. I will act now for now is all I have. Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed. I am not a failure. I will act now. Success will not wait.
Og Mandino

Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
Reginna Brett

Now, gentlemen, let us do something today which the world may talk of hereafter.
Cuthbert Collingwood

Why should we need extra time in which to enjoy ourselves? If we expect to enjoy our life, we will have to learn to be joyful in all of it, not just at stated intervals when we can get time or when we have nothing else to do.
Laura Ingalls Wilder

I will forget the happenings of the day that is gone, where they were good or bad, and greet the new sun with confidence that this will be the best day of my life.
Og Mandino

Duty

Treading the hard path of duty will be noticed and will lead to high places.
Abraham Lincoln

The path of duty lies in the thing nearby, but people seek it in things far off.
Chinese proverb

Duty does not have to be dull. Love can make it beautiful and fill it with life.
Thomas Merton

There is happiness to be found in the most disagreeable duty when you realize you’re getting it out of the way.
Ella Wilcox

More will sometimes be demanded of you than is reasonable. Bear it meekly, and exhaust your time and strength in performing your duties, rather than in vindicating your rights.
Horace Mann

Faith Required

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The one thing that will guarantee the successful conclusion of a doubtful undertaking is faith that you can do it.
William James

As long as we wait until we can do God’s work, we will remain in a holding pattern, because God’s work requires faith in Him, not faith in our abilities.
David Young

Never wait for a miracle. Go after your dream. Do your part to the very best of your ability, and ask God to make up the difference. He won’t act until we step out in faith.
John Maxwell

God’s blessings don’t necessarily come through the kindness of others. In fact, it is often in spite of a lack of others’ kindness that God is able to perform the most mighty deeds. The miracle begins when we remove the training wheels of dependency on others.
T.D. Jakes

The Best Book

The word of God tends to make large-minded, noble-hearted men.
Henry Ward Beecher

I have made it a practice for several years to read the Bible through in the course of every year. I usually devote to this reading the first hour after I rise in the morning.
John Quincy Adams

A knowledge of the Bible is essential to a rich and meaningful life.
Billy Graham

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
Psalm 119:105

The word of God is the Christian soul’s best weapon, and it is essential to have it with him always. In doubt it decide; in consultation it directs; in anxiety it reassures; in sorrow it comforts; in failure it encourages; in defense it protects; in offense it is mightier than the mighty.
Wilfred Grenfell

The Importance of the Families

If you think too much about the pursuit of material things, you’re going to hurt those youngsters you’re working so hard to buy material things for.
John Wooden

A man should never neglect his family for business.
Walt Disney

Women are realizing now that it’s hard to be Super Woman. It isn’t so great to double your family’s income, if it means you have to turn your back on your family and your home.
Martha Stewart

All five of our children live within ten minutes of Barbara and me and that’s more important to me than twenty trophies for winning Majors. And if it wasn’t that way in our family, I’d trade all those trophies if I could make it that way.
Jack Nicklaus

I have so much fun being at home, getting up in the morning, making breakfast, taking my kids to school, going to school activities. That’s where my life is right now.
Payne Stewart, shortly before he was killed in a plane crash