Saturday, August 29, 2009


Proverb is a saying or phrase designed by wise men who acquired knowledge and wisdom. They have the intellectual virtue by which they judge in light of reason in the highest order. As the great author puts it, “We only find wisdom in older people, for they have had the years of experience to "see the larger picture", so to speak. They have encountered many kinds of people throughout their lives, they have been deceived before, lied to, have been pleasantly or unpleasantly surprised by things they weren't aware of, they've made mistakes, have had time to reflect upon their mistakes and the mistakes of their friends, associates, and family, and they have come to learn and understand that they knew very little when they thought they knew a lot, and so they know something about human limitations, which they didn't quite appreciate when they were younger. And so they understand something about human nature and human frailty, and they are able to give us advice on whom we ought to be careful of, whom we can trust, what to expect in the future, etc.”

Proverbs cannot be bettered, contradicted, and though it is abandoned, it cannot be falsified. It is a saying which prescribes norms, imparts a lesson or simply reflects standard norms, traditions and beliefs applicable to all.

As you venture into the journey of life, think about that you are building your own life the only one you ever had. So it is with you who will decide whether you will put up less than the best or give your best shot. “Our life today is the result of our past attitudes and choices. Our life tomorrow will be the result of our attitudes and choices we make today. Let’s build our life wisely.”

We can take the road from nothing to anything. If we sacrifice and work hard we can climb the mountain top of success, to the very top.

“Two little words that can make the difference: START NOW”. “The act of taking the first step is what separates the winners from the losers”. “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step and be willing to launch in faith, with no guarantees of success. This is the mark of personal greatness”.

“Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal”. “When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life or in the life of another”.

The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars. Every place is the center of the universe, and when your intentions are good, the genius in you will captivate the world.

"All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible". "Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends." “If you know what you’re aiming at, it greatly improves your odds of hitting your target.” Better still, “if you want to hit the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target”.

“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound. Rebuild those plans and set sail once more toward your coveted goal. Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment”. “All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps, a fourth step in a continuing line. Many a man has taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first”. YOU MUST HAVE CONSISTENCY!

“Take everything into consideration before making any decision. You need to look at all decisions you make from a variety of angles in order to assess their outcomes, and be sensitive to all the ramifications. Never enough time to do it once, always enough time to do it twice”. Remember the phrase: Ready, Aim, Fire. Not ready, fire, aim.”

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated”. “Failure is often merely a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent”. “Don’t give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying”. “In life, you won’t fail unless you stop trying”. “Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way”. “It is by attempting to reach the top at a single leap that so much misery is caused in the world.”

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made”. “Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy”. We reform others unconsciously when we walk uprightly. A life live with integrity, even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune, is a shining star in whose light others may follow in the years to come. "In other words, when we realize that everything we do matters, that every choice we make has consequences, we see ourselves rightly as stars linked in a constellation of community. We discover what it might mean and what it might take to act with integrity...Be something like a star--whole and radiant and linked to other stars--within the shimmering and glorious constellation of community."

As you take the road to success you can choose to go slowly but surely, or quickly but uncertainly. There are many temptations around you constantly seeking to get your attention and trying to distract and divert your focus and concentration. This is where you have to be firmed and strong with your conviction not to be drawn to temptation. Continue with what you have started and be consistently determined to stick with it no matter what it costs, and that is the only way to succeed. “Time and Patience would bring the snail to Jerusalem.”

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