“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein
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
“At the center of your being you have the answer; You know who you are and you know what you want.” – Lao Tzu
Sometimes we look everywhere for the answer, as it lies waiting to be found – inside us. Click HERE for more affirmations as well as thoughts about… well, thoughts.
Hermessianex was a Greek poet who lived so long ago that Christ wasn’t even born yet. In fact, he lived about 400 years before His birth.
I’ve searched for information about Hermessianex high and low, but apparently this is all we know about him: He was Greek. He was a poet.
I became interested in him after I read (and loved) one of his quotes: “As Within, So Without.” The man didn’t mince words, did he?
Many of us, whether we’re parents, teachers, self help publishers, coaches, or saviors of the world use a multitude of words about attitude, character, and self worth. I, personally, have logged endless hours of talking with my daughters over the years as well as written long-winded posts and articles. Blah blah blah blah coffee blah blah blah chocolate blah blah drink more green tea blah blah blah save polar bears blah blah blah baseball…. (I do me SO well.)
We point out the fact that we become what we think about. We harp on the fact that our habits make us who we are. We most definitely drive home the importance of having a positive attitude. We whip out every conceivable power verb and colorful modifier we can think of.
While we’re talking in circles, the simple, beautiful truth rests in history. Four words say everything we’ve tried to say – and say it so much better.
As within, so without.
Thank you, Hermessianex. We all need those words. All 4 of them.
“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!