“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein
I hope that my achievements in life shall be these – that I will have fought for what was right and fair, that I will have risked for that which mattered, and that I will have given help to those who were in need, that I will have left the earth a better place for what I’ve done and who I’ve been. – C. Hoppe
This beautiful face belongs to Ann Nixon Cooper She is better known, I suppose, as the Oldest American Voter. The southern lady hails from Atlanta, Georgia, and is currently the one person I’d most want to sit down and talk with.
Not just because of the history that she has lived through and not just because of her longevity. Sure, I’d love to hear her first-hand accounts of the different Presidential terms she’s seen, the wars, the moments that shaped our nation and our world. And I would hang on her every word when she spoke of her favorite foods and drinks. Obviously the lady is onto something the experts only think they know.
After all, she’s outliving all of them!
The main reason I’d love to sit down and visit with her is her smile and her attitude. She exudes the warmth, strength, charm, and loveliness that you’d expect from a southern lady.
When asked about the secret to her longevity, Ann Nixon Cooper gave us our quote of the day: “Being Cheerful had a lot to do with it I’ve always been a happy person, a giggling person – a wide-mouthed person!”
Oh, I love her all right.
Photo Credit: The History Makers
“Better Keep yourself clean and bright. You’re the window through which you must see the world.” – George Bernard Shaw
This George Bernard Shaw quote is an excellent reminder that everything – absolutely everything – begins and ends with us. It’s a reminder to keep our thoughts and hearts as clean and free from worries, anxieties, and negativity as we possibly can.
This is one of those great inspirational and motivational quotes that is worth – not just writing down…. but memorizing!
It’s not something I’m particularly fond of doing, but I do (every now and then) reflect on mistakes I’ve made – whether they were in the past year, the past day….or if I’m in really rare form, in the past hour. No, I’m not a pessimist. And I’m definitely not a sadist – I’m a realist. A realist who has come to realize that our greatest lessons lie in the text books of our mistakes.
If you were to think back over some of your own beauts, you’d find lessons that were learned, whether you even realized it at the time or not. Maybe you nearly made yourself sick-and-or-nuts by trying to do too much. You realized what you were doing, scaled back and learned a very valuable lesson.
Maybe you misspelled a word in a blog post and were called out by a human spell checker. Perhaps the bite of their words caused you to double check your’s forevermore.
Maybe one of your biggest mistakes was a big fat jump into the wrong conclusion and the lesson, “Look before you leap” has stayed with you since. (Make no mistake about it….excuse the pun….this lesson is a great one!)
So, the next time you make a mistake, don’t kick yourself around 4 counties. Don’t stew in your own juices, and most certainly don’t call yourself hateful names.
Rather, take yourself out for a Latte (or Frappuccino if the weather’s warm) and toast yourself for a brand new lesson. You won’t be celebrating the mistake – you’ll be celebrating the lesson it taught and the wisdom you’ve gained. Said another way, you’ll be toasting to self growth – so, go ahead and have a cookie, too.
Hold each mistake accountable for itself – demand your lesson!
*** By the by, a warm and wonderfully friendly woman recently e-mailed me asking if she could use one of my Quote graphics on the site (I believe it was on one of the Quotes pages). She said she had trouble finding images for her posts and would love to use one I’d made about Eagerness. I told her exactly what I’m telling you now – I’d be honored for you to use any of the ones I’ve done, as long as you give an active link back to Self Help Daily on your blog or web site. I’m making more that’ll be popping up all over the site – all I ask if for a link back.
Does that make me a link desperado? I guess you could bet your sweet a href it does.