“Life, as it is called, is for most of us one long postponement.”

 
Henry Miller

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When I can drive a car…

When I get my degree…

When I find Mister Right or Miss Perfect…

When I have kids…

When I have a better job or salary…

When the kids leave home…

When I retire…

When… fill your own excuse here ______________________

When… when…when will you stop making excusessss?

“Chance favors those in motion”

  • James H. Austin , Professor of Neurology and Author
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    I believe this is so true… Do something, go somewhere, meet new and different people, work on a project, learn something new and move it, move it.

    Did you move it recently?  

    Whatever you think you should be moving…

    May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home.

    May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam.

    May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures.

    May all life’s passing seasons bring the best to you and yours.

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    “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot”

    Michael Altshuler

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    A lot of people talk about time management. There is no such thing as time management. We cannot manage time. We can only manage ourselves.Time manages itself very well without us.

    We should talk about life management in relation with the time that is given to each one of us. This starts with checking on our priorities.

    Did you clarify your priorities recently?

    “Time to live with your priorities in mind and stop wishing things were different.”

    “It’s time to start living and stop waiting”

    Stephen Lafond

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    Will you take time to live this coming week-end?

    Will you take time to do something for yourself?

    Will you take time to do something for someone else?

    It’s time for action! 

      

    P.S. Sometimes relaxation is the right thing to do…

     

    “Let today be a day to spend time alone in nature, if possible. Take a walk as far from the hustle and bustle as you can. Take off your shoes and walk barefoot in the grass to reconnect with nature.”

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    Did you ever add up the time you spend browsing the net, going on Facebook, Youtube and Linkedin?

    According to recent surveys, more than 500 million people spend 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook.  700 billion minutes…

    The Internet can save us a lot of time when we search for something useful for our job or for school. We can also pay our bills, do our banking online and do a lot of other useful tasks. There are lots of benefits of using the web but we must discipline ourselves to use our time wisely. It is tempting to go on the Internet and spend an hour to look at random stuff.  We must check our habits and set boundaries to avoid wasting precious time.

    We all have 168 hours every week. How many of these hours do you invest or waste on the Web?

    Donna Karan had planned to be a stay-at-home mom, but when her boss and mentor, Anne Klein, passed away, Donna stepped up and created a line just days after her daughter was born. And guess what?   It has been a huge success…

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    “You’ve gotta to live in the moment, be prepared for anything at any time in your life”

  • Donna Karan
  • Founder DKNY

    Life is similar to lying in bed; it’s easier to hit snooze and delay what you must do.

    Whenever you get that hit-the-snooze feeling, try do go against your natural response, try to get out of your comfort zone. Sometimes it is as hard to  do what we must do as it is to get out of bed in the morning.

    No more delay. No more hesitation. Stand up and start your life.

    Are you ready?

    “Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, … you’re wasting your life.”

    Jackie Robinson

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    Do you prefer to watch “So You Think You Can Dance” or take dancing lessons with your partner?

    Do you prefer to watch ” Property Virgins” or to invest your time taking care of  your own property?

    Do you prefer to watch a “NHL game” or to go play hockey with your friends?

    Do you prefer to live your life or watch other people live their own?

    Personally I prefer the acting part…because life is in the living.

    What do you prefer?

    “To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.”

    Theodore H. White

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     This is risky business! But when we are convinced that our ideas are the right ones, we must fight for them. Just think of Galileo, Martin Luther, Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King…

    “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”

    “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

    Mother Teresa

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    When we jugde people, we waste our time and we hurt other people’s feelings. I have never seen any good coming out of it when I found myself guilty of judging others. I have never seen any good when I witness others judging others.

    So my question to you is; why do we keep falling in this trap?

    “To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there.”

    Kofi Annan

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    It’s not always easy to choose because we must take responsibility for our choices. In my opinion, when we choose for ourselves, we increase our own personal  freedom  and we cannot blame others for what happens or what doesn’t happen to us.

    Another difficulty with choosing is that when we say YES to one thing, we are saying NO to another thing because our time and space are limited.

     

     

    “Old age is always fifteen years older than I am.”

     Oliver Wendell Holmes

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    This is exactly the way I always felt…but didn’t find a way to express it…in a polite way.

    Well said Oliver!

    “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of the dream”

    Eleanor Roosevelt

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    The beauty of the dream is what keeps us going when the going gets tough. In the face of many obstacles, it is what gives us the strength and what tests our resolution to persevere all the way until the end.

    “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”

    Confucius

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    We are so good at making  life complicated. Don’t you find it amazing that we can send people on the moon and bring them back and yet,  so many of us have a hard dealing with their  day to day lives?

    The more we practice being thankful, the more we experience the feeling of gratitude and thankfulness.

    The action precedes the feeling.

    Stephen Lafond

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    Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”
     

    Helen Keller

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    Helen Keller was not born blind and deaf; it was not until she was 19 months old that she contracted an illness described by doctors as “an acute congestion of the stomach and the brain”, which might have been scarlet fever or meningitis. The illness did not last for a particularly long time, but it left her deaf and blind.

    For the rest of her life, she has learned many lessons even with what most of us would consider severe handicaps.

    “Nothing purchased can come close to the renewed sense of gratitude for having family and friends”

    Courtland Milloy

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    “All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim and have fixed their gaze on a goal that is high; one that sometimes seems impossible.”
     Orison Swett Marden
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    The chinese people have a proverb that goes like this;
    “A journey of a 1000 miles begins with a first step”
    There is a lot of controversy about this confucean proverb but it really doesn’t matter because the principle remains the same.
    We have to actually start doing something to get somewhere. I believe that when we start something and persevere, there is a conspiracy in the universe to make us succeed. I can’t explain it ,I can’t prove it , I only witness it over and over again in the lives of many people for whom the odds were against them.
    Sometimes we just need a kick in the right place to get started, and keep persevering when the obstacles will appear in our way.

    According to internet guru Clay Shirky, Americans watch roughly two hundred billion hours (200 000 000 000) of TV every year. That represents about 2000 Wikipedias’ projects worth of free time annually assuming that it took one hundred  million hours (100 000 000) of human thought to build it.

    ( Source, Cognitive Surplus, by Clay Shirky, 2010, The Penguin Press).

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    If we could recuperate only half of these hours doing something more useful for our society, we would recuperate 28,6 billion days.

    What do you think?

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    The problem with waiting until tomorrow is that when it finally arrives, it is called today. Today is yesterday’s tomorrow. The question is what did we do with its opportunity? All too often we will waste tomorrow as we wasted yesterday, and as we are wasting today. All that could have been accomplished can easily elude us, despite our intentions, until we inevitably discover that the things that might have been have slipped from our embrace a single, unused day at a time.

    Each of us must pause frequently to remind ourselves that the clock is ticking. The same clock that began to tick from the moment we drew our first breath will also someday cease.

    Time is the great equalizer of all mankind. It has taken away the best and the worst of us without regard for either. Time offers opportunity but demands a sense of urgency.

    When the game of life is finally over, there is no second chance to correct our errors. The clock that is ticking away the moments of our lives does not care about winners and losers. It does not care about who succeeds or who fails. It does not care about excuses, fairness or equality. The only essential issue is how we played the game.

    Regardless of a person’s current age, there is a sense of urgency that should drive them into action now—this very moment. We should be constantly aware of the value of each and every moment of our lives—moments that seem so insignificant that their loss often goes unnoticed.

    We still have all the time we need. We still have lots of chances, lots of opportunities, lots of years to show what we can do. For most of us, there will be a tomorrow, a next week, a next month, and a next year. But unless we develop a sense of urgency, those brief windows of time will be sadly wasted, as were the weeks and months and years before them. There isn’t an endless supply!

    So, as you think of your dreams and goals of your future tomorrow, begin today to take those very important first steps to making them all come to life.

    Jim Rohn

    “To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”
     

    Elbert Hubbard

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    Try to remember that we never made any statue to honor Critics.

    ” All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone. “

    Blaise Pascal

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    While others are filling their time with entertainment and escapism,   people who are aware of the value of their time are studying and improving their craft. Having more knowledge, data, background and intelligence will always give you the upper hand in any situation.

     Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. 

    Mark Twain (1835–1910) 
    American humorist and writer 

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    Whenever someone is trying to discourage you by saying you are crazy, do not believe them!

    For when they say you are crazy, there is a real possibility that you are on something reaaaalllly good.

    Did you know that some critics said that Wayne Gretzky was too small and too slow to make it in the NHL. But, by the end of his 24 year career as a player, “The Great One” had amassed 60 records, including the record of the most goals : 894 in 1 487 games.

    Oh by the way, does anyone remember the names of the critics?

    Drama coaches told Lucille Ball she had “no talent for acting”. But she refused to give up a dream and became one of America’s beloved stars of her generation.

    Who were those drama coaches again?

    Trust your instincts and follow your heart!

    “It is our choices … that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

     J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)

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    All the abilities and talents in the world will not bring us anything if there is no action.

    Action involves choices.

    With choices come risks, and with risks come uncertainty.

    But who can live a life without any risk?

    “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”

     Thomas Jefferson

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    It is always better to think in terms of possibilities instead of regrets.

    “Adventure is a state of mind – and spirit. It comes with faith, for with complete faith, there is no fear of what faces you in life or death.”

    Jacqueline Cochran, aviator

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    When we fly or board a plane, it is really an act of faith because if just one thing goes wrong at 10, 20 or 30 000 feet… and that’s the end of us. But what an adventure it is to take off and relinquish control over our destiny. I like every minute of this state of mind. We can experience a similar feeling on a roller coaster ride, in a hot-air balloon or with skydiving.

    These are one of the ways to live life to the fullest among many more.

    Do you like to give up control over your life and experience an intense feeling of adventure?

     

    “Adopt the pace of Nature; her secret is patience”

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Nature will eventually fix everything… even if we  are not here anymore… especially if we are not here anymore.

    Don’t you think we’re taking this whole Social Media thing a bit too seriously?

    Who wants to be on their deathbed  and say” I wish I had more Twitter followers.”

    How many Facebook “friends” and Linked In “professional contacts” will attend your funeral?

    When my wife wants to get my attention, she asks me; “who will be sitting in the front row at your funeral.”    “Your iPhone, your iPad , your laptop?”

    Don’t get me wrong! These are great tools of communication, but how much is too much?

    Let’s try to put things in perspective.

    My passion or obsession is with time and I wonder, if recently, I have been overindulging and over- investing my very limited time on those platforms.

    Let’s put down all our latest gadgets and gizmos, let’s play with our kids, let’s spend time with our wives and husbands, girlfriends or boyfriends while we can.