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On Today's Theme:
It occurs to me that a glad heart makes a person feel successful.
Tracing the word "glad" back to its Old English roots, it means
shining and smooth.
A glad heart does shine, and its gladness
makes its owner's life smoother. Today we associate gladness
with joy, delight, satisfaction and appreciation, all the feelings
a successful person experiences.
The Lord makes it very clear
that His children are promised holy success because His word
He goes beyond just saying that we shall be glad;
He promises that the very earth will sing to us and the very
trees will clap for us. It's hard to imagine receiving sweeter
applause for anything else at which we might succeed.
Successful is what you feel like when your
life's actions make your heart truly glad.
- Lisa Bowman
For just as the rain and snow descend from heaven and will not
return there, rather it waters the earth and causes it to produce and
sprout, and gives seed to the sower and food to the eater, so shall
my word that emanates from My mouth, it will not return to Me
unfulfilled unless I have accomplished what I desired
and brought success where I sent it.
For in gladness shall you go out and in peace shall you arrive, the
mountains and hills will break out in glad song before you,
and all the trees of the field will clap hands.
Isaiah 55: 10-12
The Stone Edition Tanach
We must learn not to disassociate the airy flower from the earthly root,
for the flower that is cut off from its root fades, and its seeds are barren,
whereas the root, secure in mother earth, and produce flower after
flower and bring their fruit to maturity.
A system of Jewish theosophy and mysticism
That man is successful who has lived well, laughed often,
and loved much, who has gained the respect of intelligent
men and the love of children; who had filled his niche and
accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he
found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or
a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth's
beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best
in others and gave the best he had.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
Scottish novelist and poet
Six foibles need to be overcome in order to achieve
success: drowsiness, indolence, fear, anger,
slovenliness and verbosity.
Ancient Sanskrit verse
Sanskrit is an ancient classical language of India
and is the language of Hinduism
Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter.
And think that even such a result is no trifle.
Marcus Aurelius (121-180)
Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher
Balance is key to your ability to savor life. Balance does not require
you to do anything better or faster than anyone else. It requires only
that you make a conscious effort to enjoy what you are doing, and that
you learn to be present in every aspect of life, for some portion of each
day that you are alive. Rest. Work. Play. Serve. Learn. Teach. Give. Re-
ceive. A little bit of this. A little bit of that. Stop. Go. Speak. Listen.
Cry some more. Understand some more. Pray some more. Re-
joice even more. Balance in the key to enlightenment.
Enlightenment is the key to self-value and self-worth.
Excerpted from "One Day My Soul Just Opened Up,"
by Iyanla Vanzant
Simon and Schuster, 1998
And now, the Last Word:
So may your roots find water, good earth, work to
do. May you
blossom, lavish and profuse. Never forget
that the heart is
Go and dance your hour on the lawn.
Excerpted from the poem, "Prelude"
"Bless The Day,"
by June Cotner
Kodansha International, 1998
...And will you succeed?
You will indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
Theodor Suess Geisel, aka Dr. Suess (1904-1991)
American writer and cartoonist
Book of Isaiah;