Monday, 21 June 2010 22:35

Thoughts on Hope

Written by Jeanne Lambrecht

Hope is like oxygen, it is necessary for our survival. It is desperately challenging to do what is needed to achieve your highest potentional without hope. So connecting to hope, the joyous expectations of what is possible, is a clear and necessary mission for each of us.


~ Jeanne

Monday, 21 June 2010 22:35

Thoughts on Challenges

Written by Jeanne Lambrecht

The challenges I tend to enjoy the most are the ones I create for myself. I challenge myself all the time, to push past my own boundaries and what I think is possible for myself. These challenges still require courage, but not the same sort of courage as facing the challenges that are not of my own design, those things that life thrusts upon me. It is those challenges that cause me to reach deep into myself and find what I need within to face them. And it is in meeting those challenges that I connect to my own power and am reminded of my own strength in part because I am first connected to my own fears and limitations. And yet, I am willing to do what needs to be done. So meeting challenges is not necessarily about being fearless, wise, and powerful, it seems key that one be willing.

~ Jeanne

Keep in mind that every challenge, great or small, is moving you to look deeper and draw forth the highest in you. You're never given a challenge beyond your ability to meet and master. You'll rise above every circumstance because you're greater than any circumstance. Alan Cohen

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige and even his life for the welfare of others. In dangerous valleys and hazardous pathways, he will lift some bruised and beaten brother to a higher and more noble life. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I will greet this day with love in my heart. And how will I do this? Henceforth will I look on all things with love and be born again. I will love the sun for it warms my bones; yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit. I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars. I will welcome happiness as it enlarges my heart; yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul. I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due; yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge. Og Mandino

Monday, 21 June 2010 22:34

Thoughts on Choices

Written by Jeanne Lambrecht

Our choices speak volumes, not just to others, but to ourselves. That is in part why it is part to be conscious of the words we say and the decisions we make because in every tiny decision we are sending a message about who we are and what we want. So be clear that your choices are send out the signals that you want, and that will lead to the life you imagine.

~ Jeanne

There are two primary choices in life;
to accept conditions as they exist,
or accept the responsibility for changing them.
Denis Waitley

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. Steve Jobs

You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think. From 'A Course In Miracles'

Monday, 21 June 2010 22:34

Thoughts on Kindness

Written by Jeanne Lambrecht

To be compassionate towards each other, and kind even when it is challenging, is powerful and invokes our higher self. I know that when I am truly connected to the experience of giving with my whole heart, I feel absolutely in tune with the universe and my purpose within it. But being kind and compassionate is not just to be exercised with others, but also to ourselves. Being kind, truly kind as opposed to self-interested, to ourselves can be extremely challenging. But it is in turn hard to be truly kind to another, if you engage in the habit of chipping away at yourself. So that is why I say, "Be kind to yourself," so often, but I think we all need the reminding. ~ Jeanne

Smile at each other, 
smile at your wife, smile at your husband, 
smile at your children, smile at each other 
-- it doesn't matter who it is -- 
and that will help you to grow up
in greater love for each other.  

Mother Teresa

All you have shall some day be given;
Therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors.  Kahlil Gibran

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done.

We will be judged by "I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in."

Hungry not only for bread - but hungry for love. Naked not only for clothing - but naked of human dignity and respect. Homeless not only for want of a home of bricks - but homeless because of rejection.

Mother Teresa

Even if I knew that tomorrow
the world would go to pieces,
I would still plant my apple tree.
Martin Luther

So long as we love we serve;
So long as we are loved by others,
I would almost say that we are indispensable;
And no man is useless while he has a friend.
Robert Louis Stevenson

The greatest good you can do for another
is not just share your riches,
but reveal to them their own.

How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these. George Washington Carver

Nothing is so strong as gentleness,
and nothing is so gentle as true strength.
Ralph Sockman

From what we get, we can make a living;
what we give, however, makes a life.
Arthur Ashe

Monday, 21 June 2010 22:33

Thoughts on Joy

Written by Jeanne Lambrecht

Most people understand that pain and fear are signals that protect us, but far fewer realize that joy is a signal as well. Pure, unadulterated joy is signal in its purest form that we are on the right track and that we are exactly where we need to be. So pay attention to what brings you joy, and use that powerful signal to guide you. ~ Jeanne

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy,practice compassion.
The Dalai Lama

And Joy is Everywhere;
It is in the Earth's green covering of grass;
In the blue serenity of the Sky;
In the reckless exuberance of Spring;
In the severe abstinence of gray Winter;
In the Living flesh that animates our bodily frame;
In the perfect poise of the Human figure, noble and upright;
In Living;
In the exercise of all our powers;
In the acquisition of Knowledge;
in fighting evils...
Joy is there Everywhere."
- Rabindranath Tagore

If we are not happy and joyous at this season,
for what other season shall we wait and 
for what other time shall we look?

We find greatest joy, not in getting, but in expressing what we are... Men do not really live for honors or for pay; their gladness is not the taking and holding, but in doing, the striving, the building, the living. It is a higher joy to teach than to be taught. It is good to get justice, but better to do it; fun to have things but more to make them. The happy man is he who lives the life of love, not for the honors it may bring, but for the life itself.  R.J. Baughan

We shall find peace. We shall hear angels. 
We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust

If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come. Chinese Proverb

The pleasantest things in the world are pleasant thoughts: and the great art of life is to have as many of them as possible. Montaigne

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof. Richard Bach

Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods. Japanese Proverb

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.  Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice. Cherokee Expression

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. Thich Nhat Hanh

Happiness is to take up the struggle in the midst of the raging storm
and not to pluck the lute in the moonlight or recite poetry among the
Ding Ling

Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.  Storm Jameson

A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself over the edge.

The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him.

Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine. The man then saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other.

How sweet it tasted.

Zen Poem

Friday, 18 June 2010 20:48

Thoughts on Dreams

Written by Jeanne Lambrecht

It is tough to talk about dreams without sounding.... dreamy. The truth is it takes a good deal of courage to out yourself out there and reach for your dreams. There is not a joyous aspect of my life that I know of that I did not dream of first. But daring to take that leap of faith towards your dream takes immense bravery and is the toughest step of all.

Listen to your heart, hear what it has to say, and dare to follow your joy.

Best of everything to you.


“Where your dreams are concerned, be careful not to sell yourself short. Dream a large dream - and then spend the rest of your life making it come true.” - Pastor Rick Warren

“The secret to living the life of your dreams is to START living the life of your dreams.” - Mike Dooley

“It's not too late... the angel said. Even though the world's a mess...
Even though you're not as young...Even though you've made mistakes and have been afraid. It's not too late...And then I saw the world through the angels' eyes...I saw the colors I could paint. The bridges I could build. The lives that I could touch. The dreams that could still come true. And it became very clear to me...That it's not too late.” - Ron Atchison

Friday, 18 June 2010 20:41

Thoughts on Courage

Written by Jeanne Lambrecht

Courage is a challenge. It requires digging deep into yourself and harnessing faith that what you fear can be overcome. At times, that faith wavers, and that is okay. The key is to return to yourself, to your truth, and know in your heart that you will find what you need to become what you are capable of being, what you deep inside, already are.

Here is a leg-up :-)


“You cannot be truthful if you are not courageous. You cannot be loving if you are not courageous. You cannot be trusting if you are not courageous. You cannot enter into reality if you are not courageous. Hence courage comes first... and everything else follows.” - Osho

“Don't wish me happiness. I don't expect to be happy all the time...
It's gotten beyond that somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor. I will need them all.”- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Often the real test of courage is not to die, but to live.” - Conte Vittorio Alfieri

“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” - Rainer Maria Rilke

“Hope has two beautiful daughters - their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.” - St. Augustine

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” - Dale Carnegie

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain

Friday, 18 June 2010 20:06

Thoughts on Fear

Written by Jeanne Lambrecht

Everyone can relate to fear. You have a choice whether you know it or not to transcend the experience of fear or succumb to it and allow it to limit your possibilities.

Below I have assembled some thoughts to reflect on. I hope they serve to inspire, comfort, and encourage you.


Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy - Dale Carnegie.

Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear - Bertrand Russell, British Philosopher, Mathematician and Author.

Don't move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move. Move the way joy makes you move - Osho, Indian Spiritual Teacher.

Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life. Meaning does not lie in things. Meaning lies in us - Marianne Williamson, American Author and Social Activist.

How would you feel if you had no fear? Feel like that. How would you behave toward other people if you realized their powerlessness to hurt you? Behave like that. How would your react to so-called misfortune if you saw its inability to bother you? React like that. How would you think toward yourself if you knew you were really all right? Think like that - Vernon Howard.

'My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,' the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky. 'Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity.' - Paulo Coelho

The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your actions will be -Dalai Lama.

He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure. Doubt has killed more splendid projects, shattered more ambitious schemes, strangled more effective geniuses, neutralized more superb efforts, blasted more fine intellects, thwarted more splendid ambitions than any other enemy of the human race - James Allen.

Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. No one was there -Author Unknown.

Fear defeats more people than poverty, ignorance, superstition, ill health or lack of mental ability - Albert Wiggam.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves 'who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? Your are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others - Marianne Williamson.

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt - William Shakespeare.

Never compromise a dream. Do what you must. The fears, beasts, and mountains before you are part of the plan. Stepping stones to a promised land. To a time and place that is so much closer than even you expect. So don't let your eyes deceive you, for even as you read these words, your ship swiftly approaches - Mike Dooley.

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure - Paulo Coelho.

There's only now…There's only here...Give in to love...Or live in fear...No other path...No other way...No day but today...No day but today - Jonathan Larson.

The wise man in a storm prays to God, not for safety from danger; but for deliverance from fear - Ralph Waldo Emerson.

There are millions of Americans who are clever and fearless, but the trouble is they are only four years old - Author Unknown.

Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living In better conditions - Hafiz.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear - Ambrose Redmoon.

Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use - Earl Nightingale.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover - Mark Twain, American Author.

“Come to the edge.” “We can't. We're afraid.” “Come to the edge.” “We can't. We will fall!” “Come to the edge.”  And they came.  And he pushed them. And they flew - Guillaume Apollinaire, French Poet, Philosopher.

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all.  Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours 
-Ayn Rand, Russian-born American Author.

And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom - Anais Nin, American Author.

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure...than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat - Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President Of The United States.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail - Ralph Waldo Emerson. American Poet.

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go - T. S. Eliot, American-British Poet.

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult - Seneca, Roman Philosoper, Statesman.

Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., American Civil Rights Leader.

I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move - The Bible, Matthew 17:20.

Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been erected to a critic - Jean Sibelius, Finnish Composer.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind - The Bible, Timothy 1:7.

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals - Henry Ford.

The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed - Lloyd Jones.

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all - Dale Carnegie, American Author.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us - Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Poet.

The only way out is through - Fritz Perls, Psychologist.

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