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Dr. Lori's Column - Inspirations

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

- Author Unknown


Maturity involves the synthesis of all you've learned. It's the time of the soul, the essence of all you are. Just as adolescence unleashed the mind, childhood the heart, and the birth cycle the body, maturity brings out the soul. It's time to preparing, stop searching - and to start teaching, doing, producing. The rehearsals are over, the show is on.

- Gabrielle Roth


Youth is not a time of life, it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination.

Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.

You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hopes, as old as your despair.

- B. Ullman


The ultimate measure of a person is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand in times of challenge and controversy.

-Martin Luther King


The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

- Lao-Tzu

Listen to the mustn'ts, child,
listen to the don'ts.
Listen to the shouldn'ts,
the impossibles, the won'ts.
Listen to the never haves,
then listen close to me -
Anything can happen, child,
ANYTHING can be.

- Shel Silverstein


Remember: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

- Eleanor Roosevelt


When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

- Harriet Beecher Stowe


We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.

- Victor F. Frankl,
Holocost Survivor


There is no shortage of good days. It is good lives that are hard to come by. A life of days lived in the senses is not enough. The life of sensation is the life of greed; it requires more and more. The life of the spirit requires less and less; time is ample and its passage is sweet.

- Annie Dillard


Things we can learn from a dog:

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Let others know when they've invaded your territory

Take naps and always stretch before rising.

Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.

Be loyal.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent,
sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

- Author Unknown


The trick is what one emphasizes.
We either make ourselves miserable
or we make ourselves strong.
The amount of work is the same...

- Carlos Castaneda


The fields were parched and brown,
The crops lay wilting from thirst.
Local ministers called for an hour of PRAYER
on the town square,
asking everyone to bring an object
The townspeople filled the square
with anxious faces
A variety of objects clutched
in prayerful hands -
Holy books... sacred objects...

When the hour ended,
as if on magical command,
a SOFT RAIN began to fall.
Cheers swept the crowd
as they held their
treasured objects high
One faith symbol seemed
to overshadow all the others:
A 9 year-old child
had brought an

- Laverne W. Hall


What most people don't know is that
There are angels whose only job is
To make sure you don't get too comfy
And fall asleep
And miss your life.

- Author Unknown


I am not perfect.
Never have been, never will be.
So I don't always wear the right clothes
and I don't always use the right fork.
My memory sometimes fails me.
I don't look like a fashion model.
I can't always do what people expect of me.
I am a human. I am imperfect.
But there is no one else like me
in the whole wide world.

- Author Unknown

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