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Time For Joy by Ruth Fishel
 A New Day and  Each Day A New Beginning- Hazelden
and a variety of other sources

If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life,
your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars...


Do not compare yourself with others, for you are a unique and wonderful creation.  Make your own beautiful footprints in the snow.   -Barbara Kimball

To be nobody but yourself - in a world which is, doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.  - E.E. Cummings

Thought for the day:
  I am full of joy in the discovery that I am okay just the way I am.  Today I can accept all of me, and that is a miracle.

The best mirror is an old friend.    -English Proverb

Thought for the day:  If you would only be praised by true friends, you miss half their caring.

Today I felt pass over me....A breath of wind from the wings of madness.  -Charles Baudelaire

Thought for the day:  You need not go through anything alone......ever!

Pain is no evil.  Unless it conquers us. -Charles Kingsle

Thought for the day:  Don't give pain the power to destroy you.

Often times nothing profits more than self-esteem, grounded on what is just and right.  -John Milton

Thought for the day:  We gain self-love by becoming free of self.

Be still and listen to the stillness within.   -Darlene Larson
Thought for the day:  The process is simple, if I want to follow it.  The answers await me if I truly want them.  I need only sit quietly and ask. And then I will sit quietly some more.

Jealousy sees things always with magnifying glasses which make little things large, of dwarfs giants, of suspicions truths.      -Cervantes

Thought for the day:  When you see a character flaw in another, learn what you can from it-about yourself.

The more faithfully you listen to the voice within you, the better you will hear what is sounding outside.  And only he who listens can speak. -Dag Hammarskjold

Thought for the day:  Don't compare your insides to other people's outsides.

Anger conquers when unresolved.   -Anonymous

Thought for the day:  My feelings frequent my being, always.  They steer my behavior.  They reflect my attitudes.  They hint at my closeness to God.

...we do not always like what is good for us in this world.    -Eleanor Roosevelt

Thought for the day:  Change means growth.  It's a time for celebration, not dread.  It means I am ready to move ahead-that I have "passed" the current

In character, in manners, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.  -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Thought for the day:  Simple solutions work best for "complicated" people.


Love builds highways out of dead ends.  Louis Gittner

Thought for the day:  Today I will find someone who needs my love.  Today I will share my strength, hope and experience so that someone else can be reborn.


There is no heavier burden than an unfulfilled potential.  -Charles Schulz

Thought for the day:  The more self-aware you become, the freer you are to make your own choices.

What is defeat?  Nothing but education, nothing but the first step toward something better. -Wendell Phillips

Thought for the day:  I grow and learn from everything that happens.  Today I am keeping my eyes open and my head clear so that I don't have to make the same mistake twice.

If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.  -An Ancient Expression

Thought for the day:  Light is shining on my path today as I face in the direction of love and goodness.  One step at a time it is leading me exactly where I need to be.

Some of the best lessons we ever learn, we learn from our mistakes and failures... The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future. -Tryon Edwards

Thought for the day:  What we do after we make a mistake is more important than the original error.

What is a cynic?  A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.  -Oscar Wilde

Thought for the day:  The behavioral armor that protects, also deprives.

Fear is the darkroom in which all of your negatives are developed.  -Unknown

Thought for the day:  Fears are negatives that need not be developed.

I used to think I'd never know the difference between serenity and depression because depression subdued me. - S.H.

Thought for the day:  I will let the serene moments wash over me.  I will cherish them.  They soften me.  And the blows of today's tumultuous storm will be lessened.

A dream is the bearer of a new possibility, the enlarged horizon, the great hope. - Howard Thurman

It is not length of life, but depth of life that matters.  Ralph Waldo Emerson



When our myths, dreams, and ideals are shattered, our world topples. -Kathleen Casey Thiesen

I will look with excitement at my toppling world.  It signifies growth-intellectual, emotional and spiritual.  Old ideals will bind me-I will dare to dream new dreams and go where they lead with confidence.

There are people who always find a hair in their plate of soup for the simple reason that, when they sit down before it, they shake their head until one falls in.    - Friedrick Hebbel

Thought for the day:  I am responsible for my own actions and the consequences thereof.

We can build upon foundations anywhere if they are well and firmly laid.  -Ivy Compton-Burnett

Thought for the day:  My actions today are the key.  They tell who I am at this moment.  Who I become is up to me.  The strength of my foundation depends on it.

I do not want to die...until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown. -Kathe Kollwitz

Thought for the day:  I will have a dream today.  In my dream is my direction.

...if we listen to the way that we speak to ourselves when we make mistakes, we may be able to hear whether or not we are nurturing or destroying ourselves and our self-esteem. -Marsha Sinetar

Thought for the day:  Today I am listening to my self-talk with a gentle, non-judgmental ear.  It is okay to make mistakes today.  I am giving myself
positive messages with permission to accept both my victories and defeats.

This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.  -Francis Bacon

Thought for the day:  Quiet the disturbance; remember the priorities.

What a strange pattern the shuttle of life can weave.   - Frances Marion

Thought for the day:  There is something special going on in my life today.  I will give everybody and every event my full attention.

Anyone can carry his burden, however heavy, until nightfall.  Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. - Robert Louis Stevenson

Thought for the day:  Negative projections can become self-fulfilling prophecies.



Take a minute today to reflect, show compassion, and give hope to others around you.   Show someone a kindness, acknowledge a person's presence that
you have passed by every day that you have never acknowledged before, give someone a hug, tell someone you love them. Take just 1 minute out of your day to stop, close your eyes, fill yourself with gratitude, and just be.  This minute will never come again.  You never may be the last
minute you ever get.  -Traci

Nothing is as real as a dream! The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away!  -Tom Clancy

Love doesn't just sit there like a stone, it has to be made, like brick; re-made all the time, made new.  -Ursula K. LeGuin


Thought for the day: I will look around me today at others, and I will remember, my growth and theirs depends on loving and being loved. I will reach out. I can make love new.

It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
-John Wooden



Thought for the day: Learning to say "I don't know" is a key to open-mindedness, growth, and knowledge.

When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.  - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Have Courage to Act - Not React



Knowledge without action is the greatest self-con of all.  -Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse

Thought for the day: Today I know that I am being guided and protected on my path for growth and freedom. All the positive energy in the universe is working for my greatest good. All I have to do is put one foot in front of the other.

"Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality the cost becomes prohibitive."  - William Frank Buckley, Jr.

We have what we seek. It is there all the time, and if we give it time, it will make itself known to us.  -Thomas Merton

Thought for the day: Today I will slow down and wait for my answers. I will stop rushing and struggling to find them. They will make themselves known when I am ready to hear them. By just knowing they are here and that they will appear in their time, I can relax.


Hearts are made to hurt, a little. That's what makes them strong.  Traci H.

Do not follow where the path leads. Rather go where there is no path and leave a trail.

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.  - Norman Cousins



It doesn't matter who you love, or how you love, but that you love.  - Rod McKuen

Time may make us rugged, ragged round the edges, but know and understand that love is still the safest place to land.   -Rod McKuen 1998



The bottom line is that I am responsible for my own well-being, my own happiness.  The choices and decisions I make regarding my life directly influence the quality of my days.   -Kathleen Andrus

Thought for the day:  I will accept responsibility for my actions, but not for the outcome of a situation; that is all that's requested of me.  It is one of the assignments of life, and homework is forthcoming.



Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.  -Robert Louis Stevenson

Thought for the day:  Strive for a quiet mind.

Always repenting of wrongs done will never bring my heart to rest.  -Chi K'ang

Thought for the day:  Today I will do all that I am capable of doing at this time in my life to free myself of past mistakes.  And then I will let go and live in my now....fully enjoying today.

If anything is certain, it is that change is certain. The world we are planning for today will not exist in this form tomorrow. -Philip (Bayard) Crosby (b. 1926), American writer, author

I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others.  -Thomas Jefferson



Thought for the day:  When I try to manage others, I'm not in control but out of control.

The problem is not that we too rarely fulfill our desires, but that we so often do, and are still left wanting.  -Joel Goldsmith

Thought for the day:  Today I will take the time and quiet I need to find that place of peace and happiness within me.  Whatever happens outside of me will never replace that which I can find within me wherever I am.

Only man clogs his happiness with care, destroying what is with thoughts of what may be.  -John Dryden

Thought for the day:  Let us live, let us enjoy, let us create---today.



Calamities can bring growth and Enlightenment
Each day a bird would shelter in the withered branches of a tree that stood in the middle of a vast deserted plain. One day a whirlwind uprooted the tree, forcing the poor bird to fly a hundred miles in search of shelter -- till it finally came to a forest of fruit-laden trees.
And he concluded: "If the withered tree had survived, nothing would have induced the bird to give up its security and fly."
Imagination has always had powers of resurrection that no science can match  -Ingrid Bengis

Thought for the day:  My imagination will serve me today.  It will offer me the ideas and the courage I need to go forth.
When a woman has love, she is no longer at the mercy of forces greater than herself, for she, herself, becomes the powerful force.  -Veronica Casey


Thought for the day:  Love breeds love.  I will shower it upon myself and others and relish the growing sense of self that emerges

When one door of happiness closes, another one opens.  But often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.   -Helen Keller

Thought for the day:  Today is a day of opportunities.  I am open and ready to find them all, knowing that I am receiving all the guidance I need to move forward and be happy.
In the wind and the rain and the sea is release;
In the field and the forest I find my peace;
In solitude, musing, I discover my soul;
By the love in friendships, I am again made whole.

Happiness is not a state to arrive at but a manner of traveling.   -Margaret Lee Runbeck

Thought for the day:  Be responsible for your own happiness.

What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal. -Albert Pike (1809-91)


Many persons have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness.  It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy
purpose.   -Helen Keller

Thought for the day:  Today I will spend some time putting my own needs aside to help someone else.  It is good to know that I can be filled with such good feelings and I get so much when I give of myself.

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice.  It is not to be waited for, it is to be achieved!


Unsinkable Soul 

Deep within our selves, deep down to the very fibers of our spirits exist an Unsinkable Soul. Unsinkable for the trials and sacrifices that it has had to endure in this thing we call our life time. So many times, storm clouds and the ripping of Thunder has griped our very lives. To the point where we just want to stop what we `re doing and allow the Darkness to swallow every thing we stand for. 

Its times like this, times when our Souls are Venerable and weak from the many Battles that are fought in this war our Souls have to struggle against. 
Times as this our soul gathers all its strength and become stronger to fight off every thing that is thrown our way. It has become stronger with every blow that is Cast upon the fibers that have been spoken of. To the point where it has become a Warrior that will not know defeat. Casting its own brand of punishment onto those that dare threaten its existence. 

Darkness and the Flashes of Lightning, can and will always be seen in the future. For there is many more Battles that lay before us in this ongoing struggle of ours. But no longer will we stand aside and allow out Souls and our spirits be covered in a sea of Misery and pain. For ours Souls are unsinkable for every Challenge and Journey that is placed before out paths of life     -Lost Wolves 38



Often when we're being tough and strong, we're scared.  It takes a lot of courage to allow ourselves to be vulnerable, to be soft.      Dudley Martineau

Thought for the day:  Rewards will be forthcoming when I am honest.

If you don't like who you are and what you are and what your world is reflecting, look to see what you are building and creating and what you have decided to accumulate or decided to make part of your life.
-David Spangler

Thought for the day:  Today I know that whatever is in my life I have put there and therefore I can let it go as well.  Today I have faith and trust that I can take an honest look at what needs to be changed in my life.



Love is a force.  It is not a result; it is a cause.  It is not a product; it produces.  It is a power, like money, or steam or electricity.  It is valueless unless you can give something else by means of it.   -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Thought for the day:  Every day is a gift-giving holiday, if I will but make it so.

Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all. -Ovid

Thought for the day:  Needless worry can be silenced by accepting the things we cannot change.

The hopeful man sees success where others see failure, sunshine where others see shadow and storm.  -O.S. Marsden



Thought for the day:  Yesterday's liabilities can become today's assets.

Life is not always what one wants it to be, but to make the best of it as it is, is the only way of being happy.     -Jennie Jerome Churchill

Thought for the day:  I can take life as it is, and trust that it is just right, just what it needs to be.  The big picture guarantees me lasting happiness.  Today's experiences will move me a step closer.

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape 100 days of sorrow.  -Chinese Proverb

Today was like a shadow.  It lurked behind me.  It's now gone forever.  Why is it that time is such a difficult thing to befriend?   -Mary Casey

Thought for the day:  I will take today in my arms and love it.  I will love all it offers; it is a friend bearing gifts galore.

You don't get to choose how you're going to die or when. You only get to chose how you're going to live.
 - Joan Baez

With each new day I put away the past and discover the new beginnings I have been given.  -Angela L. Wozniak

Thought for the day:  This day awaits my full presence.  I will be the recipient of its gifts.

There were many ways of breaking a heart.  Stories were full of hearts broken by love, but what really broke a heart was taking away its dream--whatever that dream might be.   -Pearl S. Buck

Thought for the day:  Today's dreams and experiences are points on the road map of my life.  I won't let them pass, unnoticed.



The clearer the path, the easier it is to see the holes in it.   -Frank Seymore

Thought for the day:  I no longer want to repeat the same mistakes over and over again.  Today I take the time to slow down and examine the source of my
difficulties so that I can move on a clear path with freedom.

That kind of life is most happy which affords us most opportunities of gaining our esteem.  -Samuel Johnson

Thought for the day:  The way we feel about ourselves depends greatly on the choices we make.

To cheat oneself out of love is the most terrible deception; it is an eternal loss for which there is no reparation, either in time or in eternity.   Soren Kierkegaard

Thought for the day:  Perhaps the love is there, but we're afraid to let it in.

There are sounds to seasons.  There are sounds to places, and there are sounds to every time in one's life.  Alison Wyrley Birch

Thought for the day:  I will listen to the music of today.  I will get in tune, in rhythm.  I am needed for the concert's beauty.



Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.   Helen Keller

Thought for the day:  A special series of events has been planned for me today.  I shall not miss it.

I like my friend for what is in her heart, not for the way she does things. -Sandra K. Lamberson

Thought for the day:  Behavior generally reveals attitudes which are of the mind and frequently in conflict with the heart.  I will strive for congruence.  I will let my heart lead the way.  It will not only find the good in others, it will imitate it.


Tears are like rain.  They loosen up our soil so we can grow in different directions.   -Virginia Casey

Thought for the day:  Tears nurture the inner me.  They soften my rooted-ness to old behavior.  They lessen my resistance to new growth.



What we expect, believe and picture, we usually get.  - Ruth Ross

Thought for the day:  Today I know I am worthy of having success in my life.  I am listening to what I tell myself with gentleness and love, putting a stop to any self-talk that does not make me feel good about myself.

Miracles are instantaneous-they cannot be summoned, but come of themselves, usually at unlikely moments and to those who least expect them. -Katherine Anne Porter-

Thought for the day:  Coincidences are sometimes miracles of God, who prefers to remain anonymous.

Care is no cure, but rather corrosive for things that are not to be remedied.  -William Shakespeare

Thought for the day:  When you release someone with love, you free yourself.


Anger conquers when unresolved.    Anonymous

Thought for the day:  My feelings frequent my being, always.  They steer my behavior.  They reflect my attitudes.  They hint at my closeness to God.

Each of us ... every soul ... is a battleground for a struggle, not so much  between good and evil, but between our real self and the false or phantom selves created by our conditioned mind ~ Chief Dan George

For all the sadness of closure, there is a new and joyful unfolding in the process of becoming. -Mary Casey

Thought for the day:  I am moving and changing and growing, at the right pace.  The process can be trusted.  What is right for me will come to me.  I will let the joy of becoming warm me.

Fire and sword are but slow engines of destruction in comparison with the babbler.  -Sir Richard Steele

Thought for the day:  No matter what the motive, gossip is always hurtful to all concerned.

Every now and then take a good look at something not made with hands - a mountain, a star, the turn of a stream.  There will come to you wisdom, and patience, and solace, and above all the assurance that you are not alone in the world. -Sidney Lovett




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