A Daily Thought for Rhonda and Kevin   



(January 30th, 2003)

"Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway."

Eleanor Roosevelt
1884-1962, Former First Lady 




A Possibilitarian...

(January 29th, 2003)

"Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities - always see them, for they're always there."

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
1898-1993, Author of "The Power of Positive Thinking" 



Hindu Wisdom...

(January 18th, 2003)

"Our peace of mind increases in spite of suffering; we become braver and more enterprising; we understand more clearly the difference between what is everlasting and what is not; we learn how to distinguish between what is our duty and what is not. Our pride melts away and we become humble. Our worldly attachments diminish and, likewise, the evil within us diminishes from day to day."

Mahatma Gandhi
1869-1948, Indian Political Leader 



New Years...

(January 1st, 2003)

Buddhist Wisdom

"Ajita asked: "What is it that smothers the world and makes it so hard to see? What is it that pollutes the world and seems to threaten it?"

The Buddha answered: "It is ignorance that smothers, and it is carelessness and greed that make it invisible. The hunger of craving pollutes the world, and the pain of suffering causes the greatest fear."

Sutta Nipata




(December 25th, 2002)

"Let Us Keep Christmas
Whatever else be lost among the years,
Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing;
Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears,
Let us hold close one day, remembering
It's poignant meaning for the hearts of men.
Let us get back our childlike faith again."

Grace Noll Crowell
1877-1969, Poet   




(December 5th, 2002)

"You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind."

Dale Carnegie
1888-1955, Speaker and Author   



Just Do It...

(December 2nd, 2002)

"When we see ourselves in a situation which must be endured and gone through, it is best to make up our minds to it, meet it with firmness, and accommodate everything to it in the best way practicable. This lessens the evil, while fretting and fuming only serves to increase your own torments."

Thomas Jefferson
1743-1826, 3rd U.S. President   




(December 1st, 2002)

"And the cow crunching with depress'd head surpasses any statue,
And a mouse is miracle enough to stagger sextillions of infidels."

Walt Whitman
1819-1892, Poet, Journalist, Editor, Author of Leaves of Grass   




(November 30th, 2002)

"Most people are about as happy as they make up
their minds to be."

Abraham Lincoln
1809-1865, Sixteenth President   



Why Not?...

(November 29th, 2002)

"Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream of things that never were and say why not."

John F. Kennedy
1917-1963, Former U.S. President   



Game of Life...

Happy Thanksgiving!

(November 28th, 2002)

"The game of life is the game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy."

Florence Shinn
1871-1940, Writer   



Today's Deeds...

(November 27th, 2002)

"The deeds you do today may be the only sermon some people will hear today."

St. Francis of Assisi
1182-1226, Italian Preacher   



Give Your Best...

(November 26th, 2002)

"Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it."

George Halas
1895-1983, Pro Football Coach   




(November 23rd, 2002)

"If we pray, we will believe in right,
If we believe, we will love with might...
If we love, we will serve with sincerity,
f we serve, we will learn true charity..."

Rodney Erb
 , Husband, Father, Author, Poet, Businessman   


Not Be Forgotten...

(November 19th, 2002)

"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing."

Benjamin Franklin
1706-1790, US Statesman and Scientist   



(November 14th, 2002)

"Maturity begins when we're content to feel we're right about something, without feeling the necessity to prove someone else is wrong."

Sydney J. Harris
1917-1986, Syndicated Columnist   



(November 13th, 2002)

"Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome."

Arthur Ashe
1943-1993, Professional Tennis Player   


Great Dying Words...

(November 9th, 2002)

"I do not regret the journey. We took risks; we knew we took them. Things have come out against us. Therefore we have no cause for complaint."

Captain Scott
1868-1912, taken from his journal, written while freezing to death in the Antarctic   



Patience & Perseverence...

(November 8th, 2002)

"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."

John Quincy Adams
1767-1848, 6th U.S. President   



Before You Speak...

(November 7th, 2002)

"Before you speak, ask yourself, is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?"

Sai Baba



Stay Centered...

(November 6th, 2002)

"Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free; Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate."

Chuang Tsu


One Door Closes...

(November 5th, 2002)

"When one door closes another one opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us."

Alexander Graham Bell
1847-1922, Inventor and Teacher of the Deaf   



Quality of Life...

(October 30th, 2002)

"No person was ever honored for what they received. Honor has been the reward for what they gave."

Calvin Coolidge
1872-1933, Former President of the United States   


Quality of Life...

(October 24th, 2002)

"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor."

Vince Lombardi
1913-1970, Championship Winning Football Coach   


Live to Forgive...

(October 23rd, 2002)

"Intense love does not measure,
It just gives unselfishly forever...
If we really want to truly love to truly live,
We must learn how to sincerely forgive..."

Rodney Erb
 , Husband, Father, Author, Poet, Businessman   


Few Things...

(October 22nd, 2002)

"Few things are harder to put up with than a good example."

Mark Twain
1835-1910, Writer   


The Secret...

(October 21st, 2002)

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one."

Mark Twain
1835-1910, Writer   


The Will to Win...

(October 20th, 2002)

"It's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference."

Paul "Bear" Bryant
1913-1983, American College Football Coach   


Believing is First...

(October 19th, 2002)

"Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning."

Mahatma Gandhi
1869-1948, Indian Political Leader   


Power of Positive Thinking...

(October 18th, 2002)

"People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the
first secret of success."

Norman Vincent Peale
1898-1993, Speaker and Author   


How to Treat People...

(October 17th, 2002)

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
1749-1832, German Poet and Novelist   


Listen First...

(October 16th, 2002)

"Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen from the start,
For God speaks in the silence of the heart...
If you are humble, nothing will touch you near or far,
Neither praise or disgrace because you know who you are..."

Rodney Erb
 , Husband, Father, Author, Poet, Businessman   



Team Work...

(October 15th, 2002)

"Time is so precious, we must always take care,
To be conscious of each other's private despair...
We each have our own challenges to master,
By working together they can be conquered mush faster..."

Rodney Erb
 , Husband, Father, Author, Poet, Businessman   


God's Spiritual Gift...

(October 14th, 2002)

"When two become one, 'tis a wonderful thing,
All the angels in heaven in unison sing...
Accepting another person from God as your gift,
Will provide forevermore your spiritual uplift..."

Rodney Erb
 , Husband, Father, Author, Poet, Businessman   


One Extraordinary Man...

(October 13th, 2002)

"One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man."

Elbert Hubbard
1856-1915, Author and Publisher   


Get Well...

(October 12th, 2002)

"Get well and have a great day,
That is what your friends sincerely want to say...
Thank God for each breath of life,
And your gain will be His sacrifice..."

Rodney Erb
 , Husband, Father, Author, Poet, Businessman   


Peace is Sweet...

(October 11th, 2002)

"In every heart is love divine,
A parable of joy in perfect rhyme...
Peace is the source of it's eternel beat,
Calm is what makes our life so sweet..."

Rodney Erb
 , Husband, Father, Author, Poet, Businessman   


Sweet Love...

(October 10th, 2002)

"She waits for me with perfect devotion,
Captures my heart and all it's emotion...
The days and years not always sunny,
Our love now sweeter than the purest honey..."

Rodney Erb
 , Husband, Father, Author, Poet, Businessman  


Only Two Infinites...

(October 9th, 2002)

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

Albert Einstein 
1879-1955, Physicist, Creator of the Theory of Relativity, E=mc˛


Being Defeated...

(October 8th, 2002)

"Being defeated is only a temporary condition; giving up is what makes it permanent."

Marilyn vos Savant
Author and Advice Columnist


Never Dog It...

(October 7th, 2002)

"The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it."

Wayne Gretzky
January 26, 1961, Canadian Hockey Player who led the Edmonton Oilers to four Stanley Cup Championships


Absence of Health...

(October 6th, 2002)

"When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself; art cannot become manifest; strength cannot be exerted; wealth is useless, and reason is powerless."

Ardmore Herophiles
300 B.C., Father of Anatomy


Give No Medicine...

(October 5th, 2002)

"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease."

Thomas Edison
1847-1931, America's greatest inventive mind (patented 1093: light bulb, phonograph, microphone, carbon telephone transmitter, motion-picture camera, et. al.)


Doctor Inside...

(October 4th, 2002)

"Every patient carries her or his own doctor inside."

Albert Schweitzer
1875-1965, M.D., Alsatian medical missionary, theologian and musician



(October 3rd, 2002)

"Make the most of today. Translate your good intentions into actual deeds."

Grenville Kleiser
1868-1953, Writer



(October 2nd, 2002)

"I have often been afraid, but I would not give in to it. I made myself act as though I was not afraid and gradually my fear disappeared."

Theodore Roosevelt
1858-1919, Former American President



Your Right...

(October 1st, 2002)

"Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible.  This power becomes available to you just as soon as you can change your

Dr. Maxwell Maltz
1899-1975, Author



A Tight Place...

(September 30th, 2002)

"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, never give up then, for that is just the time that the tide will turn."

Harriet Beecher Stowe
1811-1896, Writer and Abolitionist




(September 29th, 2002)

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any."

Alice Walker
Pulitzer Prize winning author of "The Color Purple"



Avoiding Danger...

(September 28th, 2002)

"Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold."

Helen Keller
1880-1968, Social Reformer and Writer



Give as We Receive...

(September 27th, 2002)

"We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers."

4 BC - 65 AD, Roman Philosopher 



Dream of Things that Never Were...

(September 26th, 2002)

"The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by obvious realities. We need men
and women who can dream of things that never were."

John F. Kennedy
1917-1963, 35th President of the United States


A Lie...

(September 25th, 2002)

"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."

Sir Winston Churchill


One's Best...

(September 24th, 2002)

"If a man does his best, what else is there?"

General George S. Patton



(September 23rd, 2002)

"Any man's life will be filled with constant and unexpected encouragement if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day."

Booker T. Washington
1856-1915, Educator and Author


Think Positively...

(September 22nd, 2002)

"Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience."

Eddie Rickenbacker
1890-1973, Decorated Aviator and Businessman 



(September 21st, 2002)

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."

Albert Einstein
1879-1955, Physicist, Creator of the Theory of Relativity, E=mc˛



(September 20th, 2002)

"Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever."

Napoleon Bonaparte


Moral Indignation...

(September 19th, 2002)

"Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo."

H. G. Wells



(September 18th, 2002)

"The more that is given the less people will work for themselves, and the less they work the more their poverty will increase."

Leo Tolstoy
1828-1910, Writer and Author of "War and Peace" 



(September 17th, 2002)

"Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures, peace is our gift to each other."

Elie Wiesel
1928- , Writer and 1986 Nobel Peace Prize Winner 


Inner Peace...

(September 16th, 2002)

"Without inner peace, it is impossible to have world peace."

Dalai Lama
1935- , Humanitarian and 1989 Nobel Peace Prize Winner 


A Chance...

(September 15th, 2002)

"All we are saying is give peace a chance."

John Lennon
1940-1980, Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Peace Activist, Member of the Beatles 



(September 14th, 2002)

"Nothing that I can do will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice I can help the greatest of all causes - goodwill among men and peace on earth."

Albert Einstein
1879-1955, Physicist, Creator of the Theory of Relativity, E=mc˛



(September 13th, 2002)

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

Eleanor Roosevelt
1884-1962, Humanitarian, United Nations diplomat and first lady 


A Second Wind...

(September 12th, 2002)

"Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second. Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you."

William James
1842-1910, Psychologist and Author 



(September 11th, 2002)

"Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people."

Jawaharlal Nehru
Indian Statesman and Prime Minister 


A Splendid Torch...

(September 10th, 2002)

"Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."

George Bernard Shaw
1856-1950, Irish-Born Writer 


The Miracle Worker...

(September 9th, 2002)

"Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold."

Helen Keller
1880-1968, Social Reformer and Writer (The Miracle Worker) 


True Self Worth...

(September 8th, 2002)

"True self worth, success and wealth can only come about from responsible
love, caring and compassionate thoughts and actions."

Ty Metsker
Child Development, Family and Individual Counselor 


Faith in the Process...

(September 7th, 2002)

"I am sustained by a sense of the worthwhileness of what I am doing; a trust in the good faith of the process which created and sustains me. That process I call God."

Upton Sinclair
1878-1968, Social Reformer and Novelist (Author of "The Jungle" - 1906) 


The Birth of a Dream...

(September 6th, 2002)

"Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.."

James Allen
1829-1902, Inventor, great-grandnephew of Ethan Allen


The Criticality of Health...

(September 5th, 2002)

"When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself; art cannot become manifest; strength cannot be exerted; wealth is useless, and reason is powerless."

Ardmore Herophiles
M.D., 300 B.C., Father of Anatomy and physician to Alexander the Great


You Can't Stumble Sitting...

(September 4th, 2002)

"Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps
when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on
something sitting down."

Charles F. Kettering
1876-1958, Engineer and Inventor




(September 3rd, 2002)

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal."

Henry Ford
1863-1947, Founder of Ford Motor Company



The Hand We're Dealt...

(September 2nd, 2002)

"Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her. But once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game."

1694-1778, Historian and Writer


His Aim Was On Target...

(September 1st, 2002)

"I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach.."

Upton Sinclair
1878-1968, Social Reformer and Novelist (Author of "The Jungle" - 1906) 




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