Willian Arthur Ward
“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.”
“Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. Love me and I may be forced to love you.”
“A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.”
“Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.”
“A mature person is one who is, does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably.”
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience by which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.”
“The rate at which a person can mature is directly proportional to the embarrassment he can tolerate.”
“In 20 or 30 years, you'll be able to hold in your hand as much computing knowledge as exists now in the whole city, or even the whole world.”
“Maturity begins to grow when you can sense your concern for others outweighing your concern for yourself.”
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”
“Love life, engage in it, give it all you've got. love it with a passion, because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it”
“I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.”
“I don't know if I continue, even today, always liking myself, but what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes - it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, 'well, if I'd known better I'd have done better,' that's all. So you say to people who you think you may have injured, 'I'm sorry,' and then you say to yourself, 'I'm sorry.' If we all hold on to the mistake, we can't see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can't see what we're capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one's own self. I think that young men and women are so caught by the way they see themselves. Now mind you. When a larger society sees them as unattractive, as threats, as too black or too white or too poor or too fat or too thin or too sexual or too asexual, that's rough. But you can overcome that. The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don't have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach.”
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it destination full of hope.”
“Love builds up the broken wall, and straightens the crooked path, love keeps the stars in the firmament and imposes rhythm on the ocean tides, each of us is created of it and I suspect each of us was created for it”
Abigail Van Buren
“Maturity is: The ability to stick with a job until it's finished; The ability to do a job without being supervised; The ability to carry money without spending it; and The ability to bear an injustice without wanting to get even”
“The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back.”
“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.”
“The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.”
“I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down...”
Lucinda December 2010.
Some of the best people I have known in my life were 3 special mature women and they gave me great advice nurtured me and scolded me when I was wrong, but always with love and support. They made me a better person by knowing them because of them and who they were and of course how much they helped me. Since then I always try to do my best for others when needed and have tried to pass on some of their and my mature knowledge, wisdom and support.
An old friend of mine died at 52 she was a a great mother figure to me in so many ways and a friend till the end and one day I asked her how could I ever repay her for she had done for me. She said, darling just look after your own child well when you have one, your family and your friends, just be there for them give them your knowledge in good times and bad and do what I have tried to do for you, its then that you will have paid me back!
So that's what I have tried to do ever since.
Maturity is a great thing used wisely!
Great stuff and advice folks from great people, I love it!
Love Lucinda XXX