Various quotes on the subject of Life
I AM THE DECISIVE ELEMENT
I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
I possess tremendous power to make a life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture, or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.
In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de –escalated, and a person humanized or dehumanized.
If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming. ~ Goethe
“The best technique for reinforcing our own knowledge is by teaching what we have learned. This is true of the interactions we have with people. When we extend love and gratitude we are both teaching and reinforcing the ideas within ourselves. However, when we demonstrate hatred, fear, jealousy, despair or anger we are only reinforcing those traits within ourselves; we in essence poison our own well. What the ego projects and demonstrates, it keeps to itself.” ~ Chris W Metz, The Road Out Of The Abyss
“To find enlightenment we must affirm our belief we are a loving person. What do loving people do? They live in a state of gratitude. How do we feel when we are thankful for everything? We begin to see the magic and wonder in our life, the small blessings along with the large. We cannot fake these types of feelings or attitudes; it would be foolish to think we could fool ourselves. If we affirm to ourselves we are a loving person and then ignore opportunities to express that belief in our lives than the affirmation or belief is hollow.” ~ Chris W Metz, The Road Out Of The Abyss
“At times we may find it difficult to rid ourselves of pessimism. By feeling this way our beliefs create the conditions to receive more of the same. The best technique for shifting doubt and pessimism to optimism is through gratitude, it washes away negativity by displacing it. This is best illustrated by the water the flowers not the weeds philosophy. To water those aspects of life we are thankful for assist their growth going forward. Withholding the water of thought and recognition from the undesirable aspects of life allows them to wither away and die. Searching life for all that is good effectively dispels the dark emotions. We should always be thankful for many things such as family, friends, shelter, food, etc.. When all else fails we can always be thankful for the wonderful gift of life and the many experiences it provides.” ~ Chris W Metz, The Road Out Of The Abyss
“If we examine the differences between the pessimist and the optimist, we find the pessimist looks upon misfortune as usual and customary. They regard luck as temporary and abnormal, searching always for the next calamity. The optimist regards misfortune as unusual and temporary expecting their good luck to continue. Even the optimist will experience circumstances inducing negativity, however by focusing on the positive aspects of life, negative feelings will be fleeting.” ~ Chris W Metz, The Road Out Of The Abyss
“When you make a decision to change your life for the better, not everyone’s going to be supportive. A lot of people don’t like change, even if it’s really good. Big changes involve breaking of habits, routines, and often require lots of work. These things all go against security, familiarity, and the comfort of knowing. Don’t get discouraged. Inspire them instead.” ~ Doe Zantamata
“When you remember me, it means you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are. It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand between us. It means that if we meet again, you will know me. It means that even after I die, you can still see my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart.” ~ Frederick Buechner
"When we move towards love, fear grips our souls, because to love, means to die, to die into each other. And to die into each other, is a far greater death than ordinary death. But to die into each other, is to awaken to each other as well. And to awaken to each other, is a far greater life than ordinary life." ~ Teal