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Published 10-20-10

Tzvi Freeman, Jack R. Bickford, Barney Hamady, Jean Guitton


Dear Readers,

Easiest way to run into something unyielding is to be looking back
instead of forward. We can be our own worst critic, or we can take
a good look around us, see where we are, and then begin right
then and there, looking forward to growth and success.

- Lisa

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Mockery is the prime weapon of the dark impulses within Man.
It is the prime obstacle to moving forward and upward -
the thought that perhaps people will say,
“Why are you behaving today differently than you did yesterday?
Weren't you good enough then? Are you really so great today?”

And the most powerful mocker is the one within your own self.

When you start something you know is good and right,
and you hear a voice inside saying:

“Hold it! Who do you think you are to take on such a lofty noble path?
Hypocrite! Don’t you remember what you were involved in just a moment ago?”

Know that what you did a moment ago is irrelevant.
All that matters is what you will do right now.

Any voice that holds you back from moving forward,
no matter how justified it may sound -
any such voice is a voice of destruction and decay,
not of growth and life.

Tzvi Freeman
Based on teachings of Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Courtesy of


Any fact facing us is not as important
as our attitude toward it,
for that determines our successes or failure.


The first step is to fill your life with positive faith
that will help you through anything. The second
is to begin where you are.

Excerpts from "The American Dreams,"
by James R. Bickford


... In fact, your limitation is the very flash point or open door
through which the power and strength of God enters your life
and reveals itself. If you did everything perfectly, you
wouldn't need God. You'd be God.

God uses weak people to change the world. Every great
leader in the Bible, from Abraham to King David, from
the disciples to the Apostle Paul, had severe shortcomings
and limitations which provided the opportunity for God's
power to show itself. Hudson Taylor said, "All God's
giants were weak people." ...

Excerpted from "Making Life Work When Life is Working You,"
by Barney Hamady
Tate Publishing and Enterprises, 2009

The Last Word:

We are all primary numbers,
divisible only by ourselves.

Jean Guitton (1901-1999)
French Catholic philosopher






























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

What we are is God's gift to us.
What we become is our gift to God.

Eleanor Powell (1912-1982)
Film actress and dancing star


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