The Power of a Smile

I have witnessed the softening of the hardest of hearts by a simple smile.
Goldie Hawn

No one who smiles is homely.
Robert Half

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
Joseph Addison

As long as you live, keep smiling because it brightens everybody’s day.
Vin Scully

The humble daisy by the wayside has cheered many load-weary travelers. Common birds bring joy and gladness to many hearts as they fill the air with sweet song. Be the best of which you are capable. Try each day to make a smile grow where nary a one grew before. And with each low descending sun there will be at least two people in the world who will be glad and one of them will be you.
John Price

Certainty of God’s Love

God loves us not because we are lovable, but because He is love.
C.S. Lewis

The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

God does not judge us by our success. He loves each person the same. Your value and mine does not come from what we do, the clothes we wear, the house we live in or the type of car we drive. Our value comes from the fact that God made us and loves us.
Billy Graham

We were made not primarily that we may love God, though we were made for that too, but that God may love us, that we may become objects in which the Divine love may rest “well pleased.”
C.S. Lewis

The Power of Commitment

Dedication requires fulfilling commitments long after the sentiment in which they were made is gone.
Phil Gramm

Talent is cheap; dedication is expensive. It will cost you your life.
Irving Stone

Many, many times, the kids with less talent become the better athletes because they’re more dedicated to achieving their full potential.
Red Auerbach

A lot of people don’t realize that about 98 percent of the running I put in is anything but glamorous: 2 percent joyful participation, 98 percent dedication. It’s a tough formula. Getting out in the forest in the biting cold and the flattening heat, and putting in kilometer after kilometer.
Rob de Castella

At some point, you say to yourself, “I want to be the best.” But when you honestly make that commitment, you have to realize all the dedication and time that it takes.
Raymond Floyd

Ask the Question

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
Sir Francis Bacon

Asking dumb questions is easier than correcting dumb mistakes.
Anonymous

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reasoning for existing. Never lose a holy curiosity.
Albert Einstein

He who is ashamed of asking is ashamed of learning.
Danish Proverb

“How do you know so much about everything?” was asked of a wise and intelligent man; and the answer was “By never being afraid or ashamed to ask questions as to anything of which I was ignorant.”
John Abbott

Giving

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
Joseph Campbell

To be able to give away riches is mandatory if you wish to possess them. This is the only way that you will be truly rich.
Muhammad Ali

Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability.
2 Corinthians 8:2-3

When people ask me how I’d like to be remembered, I usually say, “As a giver and not a taker.”
Robert Dedman

I hope that what you give me comes not from your surplus but it is the fruit of a sacrifice made for the love of God. You must give what costs you, go without something you like, then you will truly be brothers to the poor who are deprived of even the things they need.
Mother Teresa

Character Test

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Watch a man in times of adversity to discover what kind of man he is; for then at last words of truth are drawn from the depths of his heart, and the mask is torn off.
Lucretius

If you have not been tested by fire, you do not know who you are.
Laurie Beth Jones

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.
Albert Camus

The great moments, when the world cheers, are not the moments that count. The ones that count are when it’s just you, and people have stopped believing in you. Those are the moments that define you.
Bob Greene

The Power of Self-Discipline

Self discipline is that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another.
Joseph Addison

I define discipline as the ability to make and keep promises and to honor commitments.
Stephen Covey

Don’t put things off. Get in the habit every day of doing the more unpleasant things first. This not only eliminates the stress but leaves the rest of the day for more pleasant things.
Rick Pitino

Developing self-control often requires painful learning experiences, but the result is well worth the effort.
Zig Ziglar

Being disciplined about your schedule is one of the simplest ways to get a jump on your goals and make room for the truly important things in life – your family, friends, hobbies and faith – that are so vital to your happiness and well-being.
Mary Lou Retton