Monthly Archives: July 2012

Solving Problems

A problem clearly stated is a problem half solved.
Dorthea Brande

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a creative mind to spot wrong questions.
Sir Anthony Jay

One of the greatest things I love in regard to golf or life in general is how you respond to the question: Do you choose the problem or do you choose the answer? The second you choose the answer, you don’t have a problem.
Susan Anton

The best time to tackle a minor problem is before it grows up.
Hermine Hartley

Learning to solve problems is like learning to play baseball. You learn to throw, to catch, to bat, to run bases, to make plays and to execute all sorts of refinements of these basic skills. You do not learn to play baseball. You learn these basic skills separately, and you put them together in new combinations every game.
Edward Hodnett


Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.
Dale Carnegie

Anything can happen if you keep working.
Andre Agassi

The longer you wait to decide what you want to do, the more time you’re wasting. It’s up to you to want something so badly that your passion shows through in your actions. Your actions, not your words, will do the shouting for you.
Derek Jeter

Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
Dan Gable

There exists the Law of the Fallow Field. Simply stated, this Law holds that if nothing positive is planted in the garden, it will always revert to weeds. So, we have to continually plant each growing season exactly what it is we expect to grow. If nothing of value is planted, nothing of value will be harvested.
Brian Cavanaugh

Fun with Children

You can do anything with children if you only play with them.
Otto Von Bismarck

Take a poll tonight at dinner: “What’s the most fun we’ve had as a family in the past month? In the past year? Ever?” Look for the reasons why and put a date on the calendar to do each again.
Paul Lewis

My mother has a contagious playfulness and constantly finds little ways to celebrate life. My siblings and I will never forget how she woke us up while it was still dark so we could quietly walk in the first snowfall, and how she taught us to make magic winter treats out of snow and maple syrup.
Karenna Schiff

A family that plays together, stays together.

What children love most is seeing their parents letting go and having fun. Tickling games, silly stories, dancing, singing and just goofing around all bring shrieks of laughter from young children.
Dr. Paul Donahue

Faith in God

The important thing is not the size of your faith – it is the One behind your faith – God Himself.
Oral Roberts

I don’t know what God is doing. He knows. We do not understand, but one thing I’m sure, He doesn’t make a mistake.
Mother Teresa

Not one of us finds it easy to put our problems into God’s hands completely. But only in that way does our trust in Him grow.
Catherine Marshall

Without my faith, I’d be in real bad shape. Faith gives a man hope and hope is what life is all about.
Tom Landry

No one who enters upon this office can fail to recognize how every President of the United States has placed special reliance upon his faith in God. Every President has taken comfort and courage when told that the Lord “will be with thee. He will not fail thee nor forsake thee. Fear not – neither be thou dismayed.”
John F. Kennedy

Serving Others

Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that served others.
Marianne Williamson

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
1 Peter 4:10

When you make the stew and someone else gets the strokes, remember your role: to serve and to give.
Charles Swindoll

The purpose of life is to serve, to show compassion and to help others.
Albert Schweitzer

The great hindrance in spiritual life is that we will look for the big things to do. “Jesus took a towel . . . and began to wash the disciples’ feet.”
Oswald Chambers

A Happy Marriage

To develop the principle of wholeheartedness in marriage, go the second mile in the little, everyday things. Life demands this, because our lives are merely the totality of countless little things.
Catherine Marshall

Never go to bed angry. Say what annoys you, then finish with “I love you.” Trust me, it makes the morning brighter.
Joan Rivers

Perhaps most endearing is my dad’s great belly laugh when my irreverent mom tells a joke. In this, he taught me an equally important and valuable lesson – to love and enjoy my spouse in things big and small.
Jennifer Granholm

The basic remedy for most couples is for each to give more to the other.
Dr. Theodore Rubin

It takes two people to have a marriage, but only one is necessary to change it. We end up feeling helpless in our marriages because we can’t control our partners. The truth is that we need only learn to control ourselves.
Melvyn Kinder and Connell Cowan

Judging Others

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
Mother Teresa

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Luke 6:37

I would rather bite my tongue till it bleed, than pass judgment upon any man. We should leave judgment to God, for out of the habit of sitting in judgment upon one’s neighbor grow self-satisfaction and arrogance, which are of the devil.

We evaluate our friends with a Godlike justice, but we want them to evaluate us with a Godlike compassion.
Sydney Harris

Turn your attention upon yourself and beware of judging the deeds of other men, for in judging others a man labors vainly, often makes mistakes, and easily sins; whereas, in judging and taking stock of himself he does something that is always profitable.
Thomas à Kempis