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Published 06/16/10
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 John Wooden, Book of Ecclesiastes, William Arthur Ward,
Book of 2 Corinthians, Buddhist meditation, Book of Proverbs


Dear Readers,

I think the hardest muscle to exercise is Self-Control. It sometimes requires
great discipline not to let our emotions envelope us in a cyclone of reaction.
It is, however, a skill that successful, happy people possess. John Wooden,
perhaps the greatest college basketball coach of all time, who led UCLA to 10
national championships, recently died. He spent his entire professional life
teaching his athletes and anyone else he ever encountered, life skills like self-
control. When I was in sports broadcasting, I had the joy of interviewing him.
Mere moments passed before I began receiving my personal instruction on
life from this passionate master. Did he never get angry as a coach? Oh my,
yes. But he was famous for his self-control. You'll like the poem he wrote -
it's featured on today's site - clever, sincere and thoughtful. Like he was.

- Lisa

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                                                                If success is your great goal,
                                                                You must practice Self-Control.
                                                                Use common sense in all you
                                                                Controlling emotions is helpful
                                                                I knew a fish who took the bait.
                                                                Good judgment gone, the hook
                                                                he ate.
                                                                My friend was fried upon the
                                                                With Self-Control, he'd be here

Excerpted from "Inch and Miles,"
by John Wooden (1910-2010)
and Steve Jamison


As dead flies give perfume a bad smell,
so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.

If a ruler's anger rises against you,
do not leave your post;
calmness can lay great errors to rest.

Ecclesiastes 10:1, 4
The Holy Bible
New International Version

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Flying off at the handle causes humans
and hammers to lose their heads
and their effectiveness.

William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)
Inspirational writer


We put no stumbling block in anyone's path, so that our ministry
will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend
ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hard-
ships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots...
in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the
Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful
speech and the power of God...

2 Corinthians 6:3-7
The Holy Bible
New International Version


A meditation for embracing and nourishing positive emotions:

Breathing in, I am aware that I am breathing in.
Breathing out, I smile to my breath.

Breathing in, I experience calm in me.
Breathing out, I smile to the calm in me.

Breathing in, I experience joy in me.
Breathing out, I smile to the joy in me.

Breathing in, I experience equanimity in me.
Breathing out, I smile to the equanimity in me.

Breathing in, I experience openness in me.
Breathing out, I smile to the openness in me.

Breathing in, I experience happiness in me.
Breathing out, I smile to the happiness in me.

Zen Buddhist Meditation

The Last Word:

A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension,
but a patient man calms a quarrel.

Proverbs 15:18
The Holy Bible
New International Version
































































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

There's only one corner of the universe
you can be certain of improving,
and that's your own self.

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
English writer, humanist


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