Saturday, July 17, 2010

Priorities need to be established and focused on to accomplish your goals.


Prioritize your
Activities by


"It's not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred with the sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause and who, at best knows the triumph of high achievement and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."
(Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919, 26th US President and 1906 Nobel Peace Prize-winner.)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Wallace Stevens

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird 

Among twenty snowy mountains, 
The only moving thing Was the eye of the blackbird. 
I was of three minds, 
Like a tree In which there are three blackbirds. 
The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.
It was a small part of the pantomime. 
A man and a woman Are one. 
A man and a woman and a blackbird Are one. 
I do not know which to prefer, 
The beauty of inflections Or the beauty of innuendoes, 
The blackbird whistling Or just after. 
Icicles filled the long window With barbaric glass. 
The shadow of the blackbird Crossed it, to and fro. 
The mood Traced in the shadow An indecipherable cause. 
On thin men of Haddam, 
Why do you imagine golden birds? 
Do you not see how the blackbird 
Walks around the feet Of the women about you? 
I know noble accents And lucid, 
escapable rhythms; 
But I know, too, 
That the blackbird is involved In what I know. 
When the blackbird flew out of sight, 
It marked the edge Of one of many circles. 
At the sight of blackbirds Flying in a green light, 
Even the bawds of euphony Would cry out sharply. 
 He rode over Connecticut In a glass coach. 
Once, a fear pierced him, 
In that he mistook The shadow of his equipage For blackbirds. 
The river is moving. The blackbird must be flying. 
It was evening all afternoon.
It was snowing And it was going to snow. 
The blackbird sat In the cedar-limbs.

-Wallace Stevens

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Self-Respect is an empowering emotion that can be cultivated.

—Thoreau said,

"What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate."

"Man is the artificer of his own happiness." — Journal, 21 January 1838

Have a clear idea of the person you wish to be then begin acting like you are already that person, show compassion and do random acts of kindness if that is your goal. Start now, where you are with the tools at hand.