Pressure usually represents opportunity.
— Jimmy Connors
I like added pressure. It makes me work harder.
— Mary Lou Retton
Pressure is neither good nor bad. You can convert pressure into negative tension and worry – or positive expectation and enthusiasm. It’s a choice you make yourself.
— Edge Keynote
You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life.
— James Bilkey
It’s important that you don’t fear pressure: You should embrace it. It brings out the best in all of us. You want it every day of your working life. You want to feel that each day you are under a microscope, that you are involved in something that’s important.
— Rick Pitino
For ongoing optimal energy, invest in something you love every day. Even a few minutes of pure bliss can keep you uplifted. Let’s face it, you’ll never find the time to do as you wish; you have to make the time – maybe in little chunks.
— Suzanne Zoglio
Pampering yourself is a requirement for peace and happiness.
— Susyn Reeve
Schedule a day of pampering. You need time to yourself to relax, refresh and rejuvenate. Do what you love, whether it’s a manicure or a massage or a bike ride or a round of golf. The money invested is well worth the decreased stress level you will experience.
— Laura Stack
You need regular time to be alone, to reflect, to sit quietly. You also need time to talk privately with your spouse or friends. For a short break, go to the bedroom for a nap or soak in the tub. A fifteen-minute time-out can revitalize you.
— Judy Ford
There are a lot of burned-out moms losing the joy of being a parent because they feel guilty about taking the time to receive. Moms feel like they are supposed to sacrifice everything for their families, and I understand that point of view. But, at the same time, if you’re not taking time to receive – body, soul and spirit – eventually you won’t have anything more to give.
— Lisa Whelchel
We will always have time for the things we put first.
— Liane Steele
Try to make decisions based on your priorities, not your pressures.
— Patrick Morley
It is impossible to do everything people want you to do. You have just enough time to do God’s will. If you can’t get it all done, it means you’re trying to do more than God intended for you to do.
— Rick Warren
There’s no such thing as not enough time if you’re doing what you want to do.
— Robert Half
People who are consistent winners manage their challenges in hierarchical fashion. They set priorities and they live those priorities. They commit to managing their time in such a way that they do not spend time grinding along on priority number two or three or four if priority number one needs their attention.
— Phillip McGraw
Listen to your children at play. Their laughter will wash the years away from you.
Play is a prime moment maximizer – not to mention a great stress reducer. Playing with your children helps you relax, restores your emotional energy and makes your kids happy.
— Paul Lewis
Let the children laugh and be glad. Allow them genuine laughter now. Laugh with them, till tears run down your faces – till a memory of pure delight and precious relationship is established within them, indestructible, personal and forever.
— Walter Wangerin
You will always be your child’s favorite toy.
— Vicki Lansky
How you spend your time reveals your priorities. You always have time for the things you put first.
— Taro Gold
When your schedule leaves your brain drained and stressed to exhaustion, it’s time to give up something. Delegate. Say no. Be brutal. It’s like cleaning out a closet – after a while, it gets easier to get rid of things. You discover that you really didn’t need them anyway.
— Marilyn Ruman
We all find time to do what we really want to do.
— William Feather
I win Player of the Year, and 48 hours later I’m in Bucharest seeing street kids. I mean, how important is golf when you see something like that?
— Betsy King
I often let football become more than a career to me – it was sometimes an obsession. As I began to understand what the Bible taught about loving God and my family, it helped me put football in perspective. While it didn’t mean I wanted to win any less, I realized whatever I did or didn’t accomplish as coach of the Cowboys wasn’t the most important thing in my life. And that helped take some of the pressure off.
— Tom Landry
Laughter dulls the sharpest pain and flattens out the greatest stress. To share it is to give a gift of health.
— Barbara Johnson
Once you get people laughing, they’re listening and you can tell them almost anything.
— Herbert Gardner
Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.
— Bob Newhart
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
— Victor Hugo
A sense of humor can help you overlook the unattractive, tolerate the unpleasant, cope with the unexpected and smile through the unbearable.
— Moshe Waldoks
God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed it is the purest of human pleasures.
— Sir Francis Bacon
Everything stress is, gardening is not. Stress is hurried and harried; gardening has the pace of nature’s season-long rhythms. Stress is feeling powerless and victimized; gardening is control over both your food supply and your immediate environment. As you garden, you are healed – body and mind, heart and soul.
— William Gottlieb
The kiss of sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth –
One is nearer God’s Heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
— Dorothy Gurney
When in these fresh mornings I go into my garden before anyone is awake, I go for the time being into perfect happiness. In this hour divinely fresh and still, the fair face of every flower salutes me with a silent joy that fills me with infinite content; each gives me its color, its grace, its perfume, and enriches me with the consummation of its beauty.
— Celia Thaxter
There’s nothing like the unending delights of a garden. No matter how small my garden is, to me it is a place of tremendous peace and inspiration. I find that gardening releases my mind to drift away from whatever has been bugging me. I try to create a beautiful landscape, and I want my garden to inspire feelings of tranquility in the people who see it, just as it does for me.
— Angela Landsbury