Don’t Kick The Habit – Be Excellent!

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”

~ Aristotle

 

Aristotle (384 – 322 BC), one of ancient Greece’s most revered philosophers, was from northern Greece, and probably the most famous of Plato’s students. He tutored Alexander the Great, son of Philip of Macedon who united ancient Greece. That connection allowed him the means to publish many books on different topics – that survive to this very day! He is revered among Christian and Muslim thinkers alike. Continue reading “Don’t Kick The Habit – Be Excellent!”

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Hey! What’s Your Legacy?

“Use your life to create a legacy that after you’re gone, will be remembered, talked about, and of great benefit to others until the very last on this earth are no more.”

~ Nonnie Jules

Nonnie Jules is a self-published author of several books, each of which, are great reads. In addition, she is the founder and President of the international literary community Rave Reviews Book Clubwhich offers authors and readers an opportunity to share their passion for good writing and story-telling. In addition, she offers author services such as blog tours to promote authors’ books and absolutely terrific book trailers. If that wasn’t enough, Jules has a husband and two daughters to care for. I feel blessed to have Nonnie Jules as a close friend and colleague. I found this quote on her blog site “BOOKS BY NONNIE”, along with many other pearls of wisdom under “Quotes By Nonnie”. Continue reading “Hey! What’s Your Legacy?”

No Good Deeds Go Unpunished?

“I’m convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.”

~ Maya Angelou

Again, I turn to Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014) for inspiration around the idea of ‘doing good’ in this life. As a modern American icon in several artistic fields and winner of many well-deserved awards, Angelou spoke to us from the perspective of a life that was not easy from the time she was a child. Because of her intellect, she was able to glean understandings about the important things in life and utilized her many talents to school us to live our lives well. Continue reading “No Good Deeds Go Unpunished?”

What Are They Saying About You?

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”

~ Abraham Lincoln

The 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865) served four years during the American Civil War until he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. A lawyer by training, Lincoln led the North during the bloodiest conflict in US history and in so doing, he preserved the Union, strengthened the federal government, abolished slavery and modernized the economy. He is considered by many experts to be among the three greatest US presidents! Continue reading “What Are They Saying About You?”

If Not Courage, What Do You Have?

“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”

~ Maya Angelou

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  Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014) is one of the most celebrated women, black or white, in American history. This multitalented woman achieved excellence in everything she put her mind and heart into. She won awards internationally as an author, poet, and made significant contributions in the fields of screenwriting, acting, singing and directing. Being raised amid racism and victimized sexually as a child gave her a burning desire to right social wrongs, so she became a social activist and good friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Maya Angelou’s life was a model of courage and inspiration. Continue reading “If Not Courage, What Do You Have?”

What Winners Have That Losers Don’t!

” Winners view ticking clocks as precious time, and work fervently to accomplish much before the sun goes down.

Losers view ticking clocks as the means to get them closer to the end of their 8-hour work day.”

~ Nonnie Jules

My close friend and colleague, Nonnie Jules, at Rave Reviews Book Club, always inspires me to be the very best I can be, both in my personal life and my professional life as a writer at Fiora Books and administrator at Rave Reviews. She is the founder and President of our book club, an excellent writer in her own right, as well as a loving mother and wife. I do not know anyone who dedicates more hours in any given day to promote the well-being of others. This quote, along with many other pearls of wisdom, can be found at Quotes By Nonnie. Continue reading “What Winners Have That Losers Don’t!”

How Disabled Are We?

“My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically.”

~ Stephen Hawking

Born in 1942 and suffering from early onset ALS, English scientist and author, Stephen Hawking, has gradually become paralyzed over the years. Today, he speaks with the help of a device attached to his cheek muscle. The disease, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, began to manifest itself during his university years, but it did not stop him from becoming one of the world’s most renowned cosmologists. He described himself as both determined and obstinate while he doggedly struggled to maintain a normal life as the disease worsened. He became a popular scientific writer with his best-selling book,  A Brief History Of Time. Continue reading “How Disabled Are We?”