Overcome Your Fears

Don’t let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things.  Believe in yourself.  Do what you love.  And most importantly, be kind to others, even if you don’t like them.  – Stacy London

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.  – Nelson Mandela

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.  – Mark Twain 

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Pain and Life

To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it.  (Charlie Chaplin) 

Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.  (Joseph Campbell)

Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life.  I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have — life itself.  (Walter Anderson) 

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Attitude Is Your Paintbrush by James Moore

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I agree with the author’s premise.  There are many situations we cannot change in our life.  However, our attitude has a huge impact on our emotions and how we deal with those uncontrollable events.

The book contains numerous examples of people who are satisfied with their life situations, even though they are suffering from grief, life threatening illnesses, and other tragic events.  Their stories demonstrated practical applications for each of the lessons taught in this book.

We may not be able to change our circumstances, but we can change our life by living out the following attitudes:  gratitude, confidence, perseverance, open-mindedness, faith, commitment, hope, compassion, determination, humility, joy, trust, and ownership.