To keep the body in good health is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom, and keep our mind strong and clear. Water surrounds the lotus flower, but does not wet its petals. – Buddha

All the world cries, ‘Where is the man who will save us?’ Don’t look so far for this man, you have him at hand. This man–it is you, it is I, it is each one of us! How to constitute oneself a man? Nothing harder if one knows not how to will it; nothing easier if one wills it. -Alexandre Dumas.

“The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.”  – Socrates

I think Socrates hit it pretty much on the head with this one.  Then again, he never missed when he took aim, did he?


Quote of the Day: Tranquility

A James Allen Quote on the Importance of Remaining Calm

Quote About Tranquility

“The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater his success, his influence, his power for good.  Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.” – James Allen

When we think of power, influence, and success, “tranquility” isn’t one of the first words to spring to mind, is it?  I’m not sure it’d even make the top 100, let alone the top 10.

Then James Allen comes along with a quote that makes you realize that tranquility and calmness are at the very core of power.

Mr. Allen wasn’t the only great mind to realize the importance of calmness.  How did the great Rudyard Kipling begin his infamous poem “If?”  - If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs… He went on to (beautifully) lay out many keys to success that fit through the keyhole of “If” but where did he start?

With keeping your head – being calm and tranquil.

When we fly off the handle, ranting and raving, we aren’t being strong and we certainly aren’t inviting success. We’re just being a sideshow or as Opie once said about Barney, we’re being a “sight.”  The fewer Barney moments we have, the better.

Also See: If, by Rudyard Kilpling

Life is short,

Break the rules,

Forgive quickly,

Love truly,

Laugh uncontrollably,

And never regret anything that made you smile.

Life may not be the party we hoped for,

But while we’re here, we should dance!