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You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality in the mind next to honor. Aristotle

Today is the first day of the rest of our life. That statement may mean different things to different people. To me, it means opportunities are here and what we do with them is up to us.

We are fortunate if we have loved ones we can spend time with even if that time is over the internet or phone. It is nice to get together but we are fortunate to be able to connect with others without meeting in person. We are able to move around the world and stay in touch.

Just because we live in the same area does not mean we are close. It takes effort to stay in touch with people by phone or by visiting them. If we are lucky we have a close loving family regardless of how far apart we are in miles.

They say we have the life we have today because of the decisions we’ve made and the actions we’ve taken. This is good news, it means we can change things if we want to. It means we can make things better where we are. We may realize that the life we have is not the life we dreamed of, but better in ways we couldn’t conceive of and that didn’t seem important, but are incredibly important and rewarding.

We always have choices to make, are we living our own life and making happen what we want to happen or are we waiting for permission? Who is going to give us permission to do the things we want to do? Who will tell us it’s okay to write our book because? It’s okay to start that business, learn to paint, sing, dance, or play an instrument? Whatever it is we’ve longed to do, there comes a point where it is now or never.

I chastise myself all the time why didn’t I start blogging and publishing my writing back in …. I have a lot of years I can go back to. There was always a reason in my own mind that made sense. Where will I get the time? It isn’t about the time; it’s how we use the time. Daniel Steele had 7 children and has written 179 books. Obviously, it is possible to raise children and write at the same time.

We have seasons in our life and I may be happier being a new writer at my age than being an accomplished writer at my age. There is so much to look forward to, there is so much to accomplish instead of already having accomplished it. This may be the gift of being a late bloomer, finding a new passion, or finally getting to the passion we’ve always had.

I know that people only do what they know to do. Not what they say they know, not what they think they should know… People do only what they know how to do. So I have patience. I pray that people will have patience with themselves and learn more. Maya Angelou

Often times we are hard on ourselves because we aren’t… We aren’t someone else and we will never be someone else, we are us, we have gifts, we have things we can do, and we have what we have done. We need to be like flowers in the garden where we all bloom but we are not wishing we are the rose if we are the sunflower or the peony if we are the bluebell. What if we are not a flower, we may be the oak tree or the grass.

We can all be a blessing to someone. Can we love and encourage, inspire, and make someone’s life better? In our corner of the world can we do the best we can? We cannot all do great things, but can we all do things with great love?

Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is. Anne Frank

Press on – nothing can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Perseverance and determination alone are omnipotent. Calvin Coolidge

Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known. Garrison Keillor

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