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Every decision is a balancing act: Effort vs Reward.
Making the decision to change, to go down a difficult path, means your reasons to succeed have outweighed your excuses to fail. I’m still struggling with this myself, but every step in the right direction makes my resolve stronger for the next time.
I’ve read several books and articles about highly successful people and there’s one overwhelmingly common element: they WON’T give up, and they refuse to listen to even one million “No’s,” or one million voices saying “you’ll never succeed,” all they know is ‘try again’.
We can only be responsible for our own paths, our own results, our own successes or failures. In the end, reaching your goal will be that much more meaningful because it wasn’t easy. The day I literally made it to the top of this mountain, healthy enough to return to snow skiing at 53 years old, was the day I quit listening to my own voice that said “you’re too old and overweight to get back in shape.” Now all I hear is “what’s next?!”
Fireworks, picnics and flags are images I typically associate with this holiday, but just celebrating as a matter of routine feels empty. So I really appreciate the author of this article for recounting the meaningful events that have occurred on July 4 over several generations.
Frankly, it was disheartening to notice that the first 6 pages on Google Search for “Independence Day” brought up the latest movie instead of historical references. As we stare down ISIS wanting to remove all our rights to exist as individuals, as women, and as a nation, let’s appreciate the work of our proud, brave military at the forefront of the battle to protect the American spirit of freedom.
Happy birthday, America! The Fourth of July means more than you may realize.
THREE…. TWO….. ONE: Happy New Year!!
Now it’s time to start up a 100 new countdown clocks. Whether it’s anticipating a happy event, or dreading a deadline, we can all be characterized by the quantity and quality of the virtual meters ticking away in our minds, driving our decisions and actions each day.
But a countdown implies an ending, and that Time is something you lose. As a hopeless optimist, I reject this concept by taking on a different perspective: starting at 1 and counting UP. Make each day a step towards a path with no visible end, where the milestones that sometimes overwhelm us are simply points along the way of a much greater journey.
I see Time as something you gain… in fact it can be captured and held within us through memories, through friendships. I also respect Time, knowing it isn’t guaranteed and that it can be downright cruel. But everything is relative, and all things look different from different perspectives. Whether we live 10 years or a 100 years, humans are so infinitesimally small on the cosmic scale, we hardly show up. On the other hand, a mayfly only lives for a day, so next to them we seem to last forever. Which brings me to this quote from my newest favorite movie:
“Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”
― John Green,
Embrace each new day as a fresh start, and know that when you count up, the possibilities are limitless. Never assume you’re at the end of your road any more than you should assume you have an eternity to get there.
Life leaves it’s mark on us, sometimes in beautiful ways, sometimes not. Here’s a woman who found out perfection took away her uniqueness, and that it was their unique experiences that her husband cherished:
Of course we should do our best to be healthy, and I’m all for optimizing our best physical features, preferably using an all-natural approach. But whatever changes you’re going for, be sure it’s for YOU– this is again one of the first necessary components to developing and projecting confidence, our sexiest characteristic!
We are all works in progress…. how we turn out depends on who’s holding the brush
I struggled to feel who I really am, all my life, because people tell me who they wanted me to be all my life. Obedient, virtuous, smart, hardworking, neat, as a kid; later on I was expected to be gracious, independent, demure and even submissive, not to my husband, but to all elders and figures of authority. I did as I was told most of my life, until I failed, then I was blamed, miserably, and I saw then, nobody really cared if you had been an angel before you fell.
I struggled to be obedient, when I saw that I had to bend the rules in order to be happy. I struggled to be respectful to elders, when they were mocking me; I struggled to be the submissive employee when my superiors usurped the credit I deserved. I even struggled to find my place in society, in religion, and…
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“Self-delusion is pulling in your stomach when you step on the scales.”
Author, Paul Sweeney
Your action for today is to ask yourself if you are ignoring something in your life that you hope will go away by itself. If there is, take the first step today to do something about it.
Have an extraordinary day!
Joyce White Nelson
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