How Life Is – My Favorite Poems

Life has dealt a rough hand to someone really close to me. Although there has been no change in my life but the differences are all too apparent.

I am in no condition to write but did not want to miss this week. So, I decided to share 3 of my favorite poems with you.

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF- Thinking by Walter Wintle

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If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,
For out in the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will.
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are,
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But soon or late the man who wins,
Is the man who thinks he can.

Lesson: The importance of self-belief is evident in life’s small and big successes. Fake it till you make it. True for a smile and self-confidence.

DON’T SETTLE – The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Lesson: Never ever be afraid to do what you want to even if it’s not a popular path.

NEVER GIVE UP – Don’t Quit by Anonymous

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When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill;
When the funds are low and the debts are high-
When you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit:
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit!

Don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns.
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out!
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow-
You may succeed with another blow!

Success is failure turned inside out-
The silver tints of the clouds of doubt;
And you can never tell how close you are-
It may be near when it seems so far.
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit:
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit!

Lesson: It is in the times of deep worry that success seems so elusive. But don’t give up even though you want to. Success is just near the corner. Go for it and live it up.

 What are your favorite poems? Share with me in comments. I really need some good recommendations.

P.S. – Our June Gratitude Challenge is going on full force. Participants have already started noticing the benefits. You can know more about our FREE challenge here. 😀

100 Small Ideas for a Majestic Life

1. Get up at 5 am.
2. Meditate.
3. Learn from everything.
4. Learn from everyone.
5. Read “The 4 hour workweek”.
6. Help others.
7. Talk to your friends.
8. Give someone a surprise gift.
9. Exercise.
10. Write.
11. Take risks.
12. Sell something.
13. Be comfortable with not being comfortable.
14. Be assertive.
15. Agree to disagree.
16. Limit distractions.
17. Learn to speed read.
18. Learn investing.
19. Save first, spend later.
20. Give before you spend.
21. Learn to manage money.
22. Do something for your country.
23. Do something for poor.
24. Do something for yourself.
25. Think positive thoughts.26. Embrace non-perfectionism.
27. Learn to accept an apology.
28. Say sorry.
29. Say thank you.
30. Say Congratulations.
31. Make 3 very very very very good friends.
32. Talk to God.
33. Listen to Him.
34. Make time to learn.
35. Create rather than consume.
36. Take a walk.
37. Learn about your partner.
38. Make a happy life.
39. Learn swimming.
40. Read “The 7 habits of highly effective people”.
41. Meet like-minded people.
42. Meet people who are different from you.
43. Seek a mentor.
44. Make 2 more friends.
45. Start a journal.
46. Plan your day.
47. Plan your week.
48. Plan your year.
49. Keep space for surprises.
50. Read about minimalism.

51. Be vulnerable.
52. Read “ZenHabits”.
53. Be insane (sometimes)
54. Eat less food.
55. Smile.
56. Be grateful.
57. Watch less TV.
58. Spend 5 minutes with yourself daily.
59. Cook something.
60. Read “The Road Less Travelled”.
61. Say “I love you” to your parents.
62. Find people who inspire you.
63. Find your purpose.
64. Volunteer for a NGO.
65. Spread goodness.
66. Stop engaging in mindless gossip.
67. Know your strengths.
68. Work on them each day.
69. Read “Live Your Legend”
70. Forgive.
71. Ask.
72. Say no.
73. Make a life not a living.
74. Be a leader.
75. Be a mentor.
76. Mess things up.
77. DO all you want to.
78. Make a bucket list.
79. Get coached.
80. Be kind.
81. Talent is overrated. Believe in practice.
82. Read something you don’t like.
83. Read “Sophie’s world”.
84. Run a marathon.
85. Spend a few minutes every day with someone below 6 or above 60 years of age.
86. Don’t hate anyone.
87. Focus on the small things. They make up 99% of your life.
88. Don’t do anything just because you have to. Find something you love.
89. Travel alone once.
90. Get out of your comfort zone.
91. Believe in yourself.
92. Dance. Sing. Even if you are not good at it.
93. Believe in your ideas.
94. Build your willpower.
95. Meet people smarter than you.
96. Accept help and love.
97. Let people learn. Don’t try to give someone else’s exam.
98. Make people laugh.
99. Be spiritual.
100. Live 100%.

What are some of the small ideas that can spark a revolution? Share in the comments below.

P.S. – Our June Gratitude Challenge is going on full force. Participants have already started noticing the benefits. You can know more about our FREE challenge here. 😀

101 Most Inspiring Quotes of All Time

Quotes often pack up so much of mind boggling information in one sentence that reading them gives most of us some “aha” moments, an opportunity to smile hard, dream big and live life once again.

This is what I needed today. Something to cheer me up. Some wise words ringing so loud in my head that I forget everything else.

So I came up with a list of my own, something I could refer to afterwards also. For easy referral, they are classified into different categories.

Quotes on life
Quotes on purpose
Quotes on passion
Quotes on courage
Quotes on happiness
Quotes on failure
Quotes on change

QUOTES ON LIFE

  1. If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. – Tony Robbins
  2. The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. – Chinese Proverb
  3. You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles. – C. JoyBell C.
  4. Success is a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don’t quit when you’re tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired. – Robert Strauss
  5. Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. – Mark Twain
  6. One of the most important keys to Success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you don’t feel like doing it. – Unknown
  7. Good things come to those who wait… greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen.- Unknown
  8. My life is my message.- Gandhi
  9. We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better. – C. JoyBell C.
  10. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily. – Zig Ziglar
  11. It is our choices, which show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. – J. K Rowling
  12. You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else. – Albert Einstein
  13. Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. – Swami Vivekananda
  14. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. – Mark Twain
  15. Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. – Oliver Wendell Holmes
  16. Realize that now, in this moment of time, you are creating. You are creating your next moment. That is what’s real. – Sara Paddison
  17. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt

  18. I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It’s because of them I’m doing it myself. – Albert Einstein
  19. Lose yourself in your hard work and determination to realize your true potential. – Life lessons from a rose
  20. We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

QUOTES ON PURPOSE

  1. You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. – Christopher Columbus
  2. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. – Mahatma Gandhi
  3. Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. – Mark Twain
  4. I want to live my life in such a way that when I get out of bed in the morning, the devil says, “aw shit, he’s up! – Steve Maraboli
  5. Life is filled with unanswered questions, but it is the courage to seek those answers that continues to give meaning to life. You can spend your life wallowing in despair, wondering why you were the one who was led towards the road strewn with pain, or you can be grateful that you are strong enough to survive it. – J.D. Stroube
  6. I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all. – Leo Rosten
  7. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. – Steve Jobs
  8. Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you’re alive, it isn’t. – Richard Bach
  9. Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life… Therein he cannot be re­placed, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it. – Viktor Frankl
  10. “A man said to the universe: ‘Sir, I exist!’
    ‘However,’ replied the universe.
    ‘The fact has not created in me
    A sense of obligation.” – Stephen Crane
  11. Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it.
    But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know. – Lauren Oliver

QUOTES ON PASSION

  1. I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. – Albert Einstein
  2. If you can dream it, you can achieve it. – Zig Ziglar
  3. You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.- Steve Jobs
  4. There is only one way to succeed in anything and that is to give everything. – Vince Lombardi
  5. The saddest people I’ve ever met in life are the ones who don’t care deeply about anything at all. Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand, and without them, any happiness is only temporary, because there’s nothing to make it last. – Nicholas Sparks
  6. There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. – Roger Staubach
  7. You become what you believe. – Oprah Winfrey
  8. If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. – Vincent Van Gogh
  9. The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. – Ayn Rand
  10. Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. – Steve Jobs

  11. I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. – Jimmy Dean
  12. At first dreams seem impossible, then improbable, then inevitable.- Christopher Reeve
  13. Remembering you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.- Steve Jobs.
  14. Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who are alive.- Howard Thurman
  15. All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney
  16. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.- Henry David Thoreau
  17. No matter where you are in life right now, no matter who you are, no matter how old you are – it is never too late to be who you are meant to be. – Esther & Jerry Hicks
  18. I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.- Tony Robbins
  19. I believe you are your work. Don’t trade the stuff of your life, time, for nothing more than dollars. That’s a rotten bargain. – Rita Mae Brown
  20. Make no small plans for they have no power to stir the soul. – Niccolo Machiavelli
  21. History shows us that the people who end up changing the world – the great political, social, scientific, technological, artistic, even sports revolutionaries – are always nuts, until they are right, and then they are geniuses. – John Eliot

QUOTES ON COURAGE AND DETERMINATION

  1. Fall seven times and stand up eight. -Japanese Proverb
  2. There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. – Beverly Sills
  3. A year from now you may wish you had started today. – Karen Lamb
  4. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference. – Robert Frost
  5. You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. – Beverly Sills
  6. I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan
  7. I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. – Florence Nightingale
  8. Eighty percent of success is showing up. – Woody Allen
  9. I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.- Thomas A. Edison
  10. Do one thing every day that scares you.- Eleanor Roosevelt
  11. It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.- Leonardo da Vinci
  12. Let it be a lesson in determination and how not “giving in” and “giving up” in life will eventually take you to great heights. – Life lessons from a rose
  13. Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. – Winston Churchill
  14. It is never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot
  15. You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore. – William Faulkner

QUOTES ON HAPPINESS

  1. When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. – John Lennon
  2. What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. – Bob Dylan
  3. It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about. – Dale Carnegie
  4. Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. – Thich Nhat Hanh
  5. There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality. – Seneca
  6. Happiness is acceptance. – Unknown
  7. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. – Dr. Seuss
  8. Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. – Robert A. Heinlein
  9. Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.- Ernest Hemingway
  10. There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.- Stephen Chbosky

QUOTES ON FAILURE

  1. Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.- Winston Churchill
  2. Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever. – Lance Armstrong
  3. Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure. – Napolean Hill
  4. If you fell down yesterday, stand up today. – H.G. Wells
  5. Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. – Paulo Coelho
  6. When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal. Napoleon Hill
  7. Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.- Henry Ford
  8. Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.- Eleanor Roosevelt
  9. Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.- F. Scott Fitzgerald
  10. Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. – Coco Chanel
  11. You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. – Maya Angelou

  12. I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. –Michael Jordan
  13. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.- Paulo Coelho
  14. Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.- Jack Canfield
  15. Win as you are used to it, lose as you like it.

QUOTES ON NEW BEGINNINGS/CHANGES

  1. Be the change that you wish to see in the world.- Mahatma Gandhi
  2. All great changes are preceded by chaos. – Deepak Chopra
  3. They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. – Andy Warhol
  4. Learn the lesson to always be in touch with the flower inside you. Let it guide you through all your difficulties and take you on the path to make a difference. – Life lessons from a rose
  5. Change is not pleasant, but change is constant. Only when we change and grow, we’ll see a world we never know. – From Wisdom of The Orange Woodpecker
  6. For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
    And next year’s words await another voice.
    And to make an end is to make a beginning. – T.S. Eliot
  7. You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you. – Sri Ram
  8. Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. – Barack Obama
  9. Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change. – Jim Rohn

 

What are some of your favorite quotes?

Life Lessons From a Rose

I am a rose. Today I invite you to witness a beautiful journey, a journey of my amazingly brilliant life.

Once, a seed was sown by some nice man. The seed after being immersed in soil for so long-lost its existence to the soil. It lost its identity and individuality. It lost hope to be a symbol of life tomorrow and forever.

Lose yourself in your hard work and determination to realize your true potential.

Then one fine day, roots emerged from the seed. It became the way I survived. It quickly claimed its position to be my survival mechanism. It stored water for me.

Similarly in life, always have a support system to encourage you when you are disheartened and to celebrate your many successes with you.

Gradually the shoot came out of the seed. Not because of its strength, but its persistence.

Let it be a lesson in determination and how not “giving in” and “giving up” in life will eventually take you to great heights.

Then my shoot sprouted into brilliant green leaves and adorable buds. And surrounded by all those thorns, I begin to shape my life.

I dance on thorns all my life and yet am called the king of flowers.

I want to teach you all not to forget to bloom and spread beauty all around even if life is just not fair.

I stay on the plant for a limited time and people love me, care for me. But as soon as I wither and get separated from the tree, my beauty diminishes for most people. I am no longer a thing of beauty.

Learn the lesson to always be in touch with the flower inside you. Let it guide you through all your difficulties and take you on the path to make a difference.

Summing up my life in a few words, I would like to quote George William Curtis, “The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.” Always give yourself to people who need you and mostly to your desires.

There is only one way to succeed in anything and that is to give everything. – Vince Lombardi

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A beautiful rose in my balcony

LIFE LESSONS FROM A ROSE

  1. Work hard and have faith in your abilities

  2. Have a group of people who act as your support system and do not let you fail.

  3. Don’t give up. Try it in different ways until it is done.

  4. Embrace failures and be a success in spite them. Never give hope. There’s always another chance.

  5. Be in touch with yourself. You lose that and you lose you. Game over.

  6. “There is only one way to succeed in anything and that is to give everything.” – Vince Lombardi
    Give it  your everything. Everything it takes to get the task done. Every. Damn. Thing.

What did you learn from a rose?