Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Measure of Your Success

No person can succeed without helping people.
Robert Schuller

Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.
Danny Thomas

Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
Ann Landers

Success is not the sum of our possessions, but of how we help others.
George Bush

Size is not the measure of a man’s worth, unless you are talking about the size of his heart.
Wilt Chamberlain

The Power of Listening

Listening well is an even greater accomplishment than speaking well. If your interest is focused, you will gain the greatest possible advantage from any encounter.
Napoleon Hill

The more you listen to someone else, the more they are inclined to listen to you.
Robert Dedman

When we listen, we’re telling the people around us that we value them. We’re telling them that we respect them. We’re telling them that we care deeply about their thoughts and feelings, and that we esteem their perspective on the world.
Mary Lou Retton

You are educated when you have the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence.
Robert Frost

You can learn so much from listening, watching and asking questions. I still do that with people I’ve just met and friends I’ve known for years. Even if I’m dealing with a person whose opinions I disagree with, I’ll look into his eyes and I’ll never interrupt him when he’s speaking.
Derek Jeter

Leisure

A man who loves life intensely must be always jealous of the few exquisite moments of leisure that he has. His hours of fishing must be as sacred as his hours of business.
Lin Yutang

Don’t overorganize your free time. Use leisure time for spur-of-the-moment impulses.
Alexander Martin

When we lack the proper time for the simple pleasures of life, then we have missed the purpose of life.
Ed Hayes

If you are losing your leisure, look out! You are losing your soul.
Logan Smith

Here are several suggestions for adding “zip” to your leisure:
Begin jogging and/or an exercise program.
Buy a bicycle and start pedaling.
Enroll in a local art class.
Take up a new hobby.
Dig around in the soil, plant a small garden.
Charles Swindoll

Help Others

Reaching out to others puts our priorities in perspective, and helps us to appreciate the comforts of home which we so often take for granted.
Judy Ford

The best generosity is that which is quick.
Egyptian proverb

There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.
Henry Van Dyke

Our own rough edges become smooth as we help a friend smooth her edges.
Sue Ebaugh

Take care of the poor. By becoming faithful over a few, you will become a ruler over many. When you are called to visit a poor patient, imagine you hear a voice sounding in your ears, “Take care of him, and I will repay thee.”
Benjamin Rush

Time with Children

When I was a boy scout, Dad would come camping with our troop and freeze his butt off. He didn’t know much about camping, but he would just be there. I learned that’s what’s important about being a father.
John Tesh

Your kids are young only once, and if you miss them the first time, you don’t get a second chance. When I’m home, I’m home and I try to do things with my kids that they’ll always remember.
Paul Azinger

If you don’t eat at least one meal with your children, you give up your best opportunity to teach concern for the needs of others. The family meal is an excellent forum to learn about listening to others, taking turns and, in general, constraining instinctual needs in a social context.
Dr. Lawrence Hatterer

Changing diapers doesn’t sound like much fun, but it’s a great time to interact with the baby one-on-one, to rub her soft belly, tickle her knees, kiss her tiny fingers.
Armin Brott

I remember the times in my boyhood when my father took me to his store in the Bronx on Saturdays, coming home in the well-lit train through snowstorms in the dark winter night, buying the Sunday paper early, the city edition, and the two of us sitting together reading it on the way home, his joy in having me there, wordless moments when I felt seen and heard and valued by my father.
Samuel Osherson

It’s the Little Things

Everybody is looking for instant success, but it doesn’t work that way. You build a successful life one day at a time.
Lou Holtz

If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.
James Clarke

It is inbred in us that we have to do exceptional things for God, but we do not. We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things, to be holy in mean streets, among mean people.
Oswald Chambers

Do your best every day and your life will gradually expand into satisfying fullness.
Horatio Dresser

Winning results from an assembly of small elements over time. “Small bites” helps you rebound from setbacks, because you don’t get overwhelmed by how daunting the task seems. Your goal is firmly in mind, but you focus on the little things you must do to win today.
Joe Torre

God Gives Us Power

God always gives us strength enough, and sense enough, for everything that He wants us to do.
John Ruskin

The joy of the LORD is your strength.
Nehemiah 8:10

The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.
C.S. Lewis

God never gives strength for tomorrow, or for the next hour, but only for the strain of the minute.
Oswald Chambers

You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.
Deuteronomy 8:17-18