Thanks Mom! I Got the Message!

Morning Folks!!

In the month since my mom passed I have been keenly aware of things. I believe the spirit is very stong for a certain period after one's death. So without going into it I follow certain paths to their ends. I am guided to these paths by pure accident. Or so it would seem.

One such path led me to an interesting blog post and I am going to paste it below. Great words of wisdom.

If you truly want to change your life, you must first change your mind.  You must free it from the restrictive thinking that holds you back.

Here are 50 thought-provoking quotes gathered from our sister site, Everyday Life Lessons, and from our blog archive that will help tweak your thinking and set your mind free.

  1. You are only destined to become one person – the person you decide to be.

  2. Do good and feel good.  Do bad and feel bad.  It’s that simple.

  3. You are what you do today, not what you say you’ll do tomorrow.

  4. We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us.

  5. Ultimately, it’s not what you do every once in a while; it’s what you dedicate yourself to on a regular basis that makes the difference.

  6. Stay true to yourself.  Never be ashamed of doing what feels right.  Decide what you think is right and stick to it.

  7. If you don’t stand for anything, you will remain forever on your knees.

  8. No amount of money will make you happy if you aren’t happy with yourself.

  9. You know you’ve made the right decision when there is peace in your heart.

  10. Don’t worry if your goals seem crazy to other people; oftentimes the crazy ideas are the ones that have the greatest impact.

  11. If you’re thinking like everyone else, then you aren’t thinking.  (ReadThinking, Fast and Slow.)

  12. Control your own destiny or someone else will try for you.

  13. Sometimes standing up to your friends can be just as difficult as standing up to your enemies.

  14. The unhappiest people in this world are the people who care the most about what everyone else thinks.

  15. When people undermine your dreams, predict your doom, or criticize you, remember, they’re telling you their story, not yours.

  16. There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally.

  17. No one in the world was ever you before, with your particular gifts and abilities and possibilities.

  18. Your greatest task isn’t to find love, but to discover and destroy all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

  19. A loving, happy person lives in a loving, happy world.  A hateful, miserable person lives in a hateful, miserable world.  The world around you reflects YOU.

  20. Worry gives small things a big shadow.

  21. Focus your conscious mind on things you desire not things you fear.  Doing so brings dreams to life.

  22. It’s not the mistakes and failures you have to worry about, it’s the opportunities you miss when you don’t even try that hurt the most.

  23. It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one over and over again.

  24. To get something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done.

  25. The harder thing to do and the right thing to do are usually the same thing.

  26. Our problems are really our blessings if we use them to grow stronger. (Read 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)

  27. Anyone can run away; it’s super easy.  Facing problems and working through them, that’s what makes you strong.

  28. When you have two good options, always go with the one that scares you the most, because that’s the one that’s going to help you grow.

  29. Courage is being scared to death, and then taking the next step anyway.

  30. Sometimes our greatest insight comes from our failure, not from our accomplishments.

  31. You need to screw up to learn.  You need to experience it all to create greatness.

  32. Just because you don’t understand something now doesn’t mean the explanation doesn’t exist.

  33. Not knowing everything about your future is a good thing.

  34. Don’t worry about what you can’t control and you may liberate yourself.

  35. People of average ability often achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit.  Most people succeed simply because they are determined to.

  36. Temporary happiness isn’t worth long-term pain.

  37. Patience can be bitter, but the seeds you plant now will bear sweet fruit.

  38. The less you expect, the more pleasant life gets.

  39. The more you are in a state of gratitude, the more you will attract things to be grateful for.

  40. The things you take for granted, someone else is praying for.

  41. It usually isn’t what you have or where you are or what you’re doing that makes you happy.  It’s how you think about it all.

  42. Do not dwell so much on creating your perfect life that you forget to live.

  43. You are not in competition with anybody except yourself; plan to outdo your past not other people.

  44. To admit that you were wrong is to declare that you are wiser now than you were before.

  45. Humans see what they want to see.

  46. If you spend too much time judging yourself, you won’t have any time to love yourself or anyone else.  (Read The Mastery of Love.)

  47. At the end of the day, you can either focus on what’s tearing you apart or what’s holding you together.

  48. Look through the front windshield and not the rearview mirror.

  49. You don’t get to choose how you are going to die, or when.  But you canchoose how you are going to live, right now.

  50. Be done with regrets; they are an excuse for people who have failed.  You still have a chance

Rick Schwartz

17 thoughts on “Thanks Mom! I Got the Message!

  1. Scott Alliy

    Great thoughts and words to live by especially in these trying times. Great country and much on the Horizon to look forward to. The nation has been humbled many have given up, lost hope. I am reminded of a quote I heard some years ago.

    “Commitment means doing what you said you would long after the moment you said it has passed”

    Thx for sharing this valuable thought provoking info.

  2. Jeff Schneider

    Hello Rick,

    Many early sellers will deeply regret their impatience in hindsight. My favorite guiding lite is :

    ” Patience can be bitter, but the seeds you plant now will bear sweet fruit. ”

    Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger)

  3. Ramahn

    #39 is a really good one. My pastor spoke about it this past Sunday.
    #48 & 11 are good too. Required reading is what this entire list should be. Thanks for sharing Rick.

  4. Joshua

    “The grass is always greener where you water it.”

    I can’t find who said it

    Great post – thank you!

  5. Altaf

    Hello Rick,
    Lovely collection! Thanks for sharing with us. All is in your mind set. Give your mind space & time you will be successful with effective action. It is that simple! Gratefully, Altaf

  6. I dont lurk I observe

    People will judge you negatively or positively for whatever reasons, intentions, agendas, etc. But who’s a better judge than G-D. what makes them think they can even come close to judging someone when they can’t even judge themselves.

    P.s your love for your mom and how you took care of her needs financially and emotionally may not seem like anything big to you because it is how you are, But I wonder how the people that speak of your character treat their moms.

  7. Richard St Cyr

    Leaders across the globe should look at the example Nelson Mandela set with his life and forgiveness. In my opinion this was a GREAT MAN !!!


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    My condolences on your Mom’s passing. I felt the spirits of both my parents when they past away. Mine have been gone for awhile. I have found they are still there when I need them. Life is good. Great post.

    Richard K.

  9. Rhonda

    Thanks your post touched my soul. I decided to copy and give to my children.
    Sorry to hear about your mother she must have been a great women. She has
    a wonderful son.

    Thanks for all your wisdom,

  10. HowieCrosby

    Hi Rick, thanks for sharing a vast range thoughts and quotes where one can use to promote a more positive lifestyle.

    I’m old enough to use many above and I think to tofully entail full detail of these thoughts, one would need to have good moral values.

  11. Sanjeev

    Rick, I want to extend my sincere condolences on your moms passing and hope and pray that her soul rests in peace.

    Appreciate the wonderful and meaningful quotes that you have shared with us. One can truly live a divine life if they can follow even some of these fully in their lives. Regards

  12. Sergiu Strat

    Thank you Rick! I should have this as a daily reminder: Don’t worry if your goals seem crazy to other people; oftentimes the crazy ideas are the ones that have the greatest impact.


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