Grace Under Pressure

Photo: Steven Gaal  

Discontent is the first necessity of progress.”  ~Thomas A. Edison
(-How can I make this better?  What can I do to find a solution?)
"The starting point of all achievement is desire."  ~Napoleon Hill
(-Don't wish; plan, then act!)
"The secret to success is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes."  ~Benjamin Disraeli
(-Nothing comes without some sacrifice; Be willing to let go and adapt.)
"There are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going."  ~Beverly Sills
(-Effort in equals results out.  Be honest in your assessment of work being done towards goals.)
"Success... is the ability to work towards your goal in spite of total disaster."  ~Winston Churchill
(-Deal with your own "disasters" with grace and confidence. If you don't feel like you have it... fake it!)
Seeing a trend here...?  Learn from the advice of successful people; There is value awaiting you with some hard work and a positive mindset. With so many bemoaning the ecomomy and it's "difficulties", it's easy to get caught up in the complaining.  But, in truth, adversity is often the best teacher, and many new ideas come from times of change.  Are you mired in negative thinking, or looking to this time as one of solutions, oppportunity for change and renewed creativity?  And work hard, but don't forget to enjoy time off with simple pleasures, finding new ways to enjoy them as well.
As the old UK poster from World War II advised; "Remain calm and carry on!"


  1. Wonderful sentiments. They make one think. Mabye your comments after the quotes will help me think more positively, take some risks, and hopefully find the solutions I so much desire. Thank you. By the way, a beautiful blog.

  2. I love the title of the post. Beautiful sentiments.... Life is filled with adventures and some work and some may not but with GRACE one is able to move on...

  3. @Mike: thanks, I'm glad to hear it, as that was my intention. hope it helps you. I know that consciously altering my mindset has produced many positive results.
    @YogaSavy: thanks so much! this is the thought I have been using when faced with 'challenges/adventures'. I find that it sets the tone for my reaction to anything that comes my way.
    thanks both for your great comments!

  4. Tonight, I re-read all the comments I have made on your post, AND, more importantly, I read your responses. Thanks for taking the time to give me such positive feedback.

    You are indeed a wise person. I have gotten a lot out of reading your posts and your responses. Thanks for your encouragement.

    Today, I said something that was in my heart. I did not get a response, but at least I did not get any verbal negativity. I realize I just have to give the other person time to find her way. Maybe soon, the lines of gentle communication will open up.

    Thanks for your Waldo comment. It helps put things in perspective. And thanks for your further thoughts on Honoring Your Spirit.

  5. Thank you MikeB. It's gratifying to know that. And I'm happy to see that you are, indeed, quite brave. In going forward, try to learn to let things just 'be' , as they are, without judgement. And remember we are all on this same journey.
    And on that thought, I use the words of Walt Whitman, from 'The Song Of Myself:
    "I am large, I contain multitudes."
    and on just 'being':
    I exist as I am, that is enough. ~Walt Whitman
    and on the unknown:
    "The future is no more uncertain than the present." ~ Walt Whitman
    ~wishing you peace.

  6. I am trying to let things just "be" in certain circumstances. Today, I did just that to keep peace in the family. Thank you for the Walt Whitman quotes; they are quite timely and pertinent to my current situation. I appreciate your feedback very much. The Internet has become an amazing tool for thought-provoking communication among people who have never met in person, hasn't it.

  7. yes, it has. and happy to have 'met' you.
    thank you!