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Deep down inside we know that the best gifts
don't come from catalogs or shopping malls.
They don't come in brightly-colored packages,
or fancy envelopes,
and they're not sitting under a tree somewhere...
the best gifts come from the heart.
They come when we look at each other -
REALLY look at each other -
and say 'You mean a lot to me',
or 'I'm so glad you're a part of my life'.
A gift like that will never go out of style,
or be forgotten, or be returned for a different size.
A gift like that can change the world.

Ron Atchison
creator of

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A wise woman traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream.
The next day she met another traveler who was hungry,
and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food.
The hungry traveler saw the precious stone
and asked the woman to give it to him.
She did so without hesitation.
The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune.
He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime.

But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the woman.
"I've been thinking," he said,
"I know how valuable the stone is,
but I give it back in the hope
that you can give me something even more precious.
Give me what you have within you
that enabled you to give me the stone."


There is a wonderful mythical law of nature
that the three things we crave most in life -
happiness, freedom and peace of mind -
are always attained
by giving them to someone else.

Peyton Conway March

Sometimes you just got to give yourself
what you wish someone else would give you.

Dr. Phil McGraw

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Takers take with no thought of giving.
Givers give with no thought at all.


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Give what you have.
To someone, it may be better that you dare to think.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
American Educator and Poet
1807 - 1882


We are not cisterns made for hoarding,
we are channels made for giving.
Billy Graham

If nature has made you a giver,
your hands are born open, and so is your heart.
And though there may be times when your hands are empty,
your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that.

Frances Hodgson Burnett
American Playwright and Author
1849 - 1924

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us.
What we have done for others and the world
remains and is immortal.

Albert Pike

Give what you have.
To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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You know a dream is like a river, ever changing as it flows,
and a dreamer's just a vessel that must follow where it goes.
Trying to learn from what's behind you and never knowing what's in store
makes each day a constant battle just to stay between the shores.

And I will sail my vessel 'til the river runs dry.
Like a bird upon the wind, these waters are my sky.
I'll never reach my destination if I never try,
so I will sail my vessel 'til the river runs dry.

Too many times we stand aside and let the water slip away
'til what we put off 'til tomorrow has now become today.
So don't you sit upon the shore and say you're satisfied.
Choose to chance the rapids and dare to dance the tides

There's bound to be rough waters and I know I'll take some falls,
but with the good Lord as my captain I can make it through them all.


"The River"
co-written by Garth Brooks and Victoria Shaw

It is never too late
to be what you might have been.

George Eliot

Most of us go to our grave with our music still inside of us.


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From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back.
That is the point that must be reached.

Franz Kafka
Austro-Hungarian Novelist and Short Story Writer
1883 - 1924

In any pursuit,
in any endeavor,
following any dream,
you must give all you have
and never give up!

It's not about you.
It never has been.
It's all about others who will benefit
from your commitment,
your dreams, your desires,
your passion!

Whatever your dream ...
go the distance!

Jace Carlton

those who dream
and never stop believing
in their dreams!

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Don't let the simplicity of the following message fool you ...
Exceed Expectations!


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The reason most people never reach their goals
is that they don't define them,
or even seriously consider them as believable or achievable.
Winners can tell you where they are going,
what they plan to do along the way,
and who will be sharing the adventure with them.

Denis Waitley
American Author, Consultant and Keynote Speaker

It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life
that the most likely way to reach a goal
is to be aiming not at that goal itself,
but at some more ambitious goal beyond it

Arnold Toynbee
British Historian
1889 - 1975

Give me a stock clerk with a goal,
and I will give you someone who will make history.
Give me someone without a goal,
and I will give you a stock clerk.
J.C. Penney

With definite goals you release your own power
and things start happening.  What you get by achieving your goals
is not as important as what you become.

Zig Ziglar
Internationally Known Motivational Author and Speaker

Fix your attention on your goals and never look back
on your earlier problems.
Our energies should be focused not behind us but ahead of us.

Howard W. Hunter

To reach a goal you have never before attained,
you must do things you have never done before.

Richard G. Scott

Goals are like stars;
they're always there.
Adversity is like the clouds;
it's temporary and will move on.
Keep your eyes on the stars.


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Good morning!
This is God.
I will be handling all of your problems today.
I will not need your help,
so have a miraculous day!

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Talk about the beauty of God's creation!
You can just imagine His big paint brush
splashing all these colors on the hills east of Tehachapi, California.
Apparently the abundance of rain there this spring
has allowed the proliferation of these beautiful flowers.
This is the major mountain pass
from the Central Valley of into the Los Angeles basin.
It is truly a spectacular sight!
Traffic really slows down as people drive through this normally colorless spot.

God's Painting


Susie Greathouse

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It occurred to me one night while tucking John-Robert in
that I would never see him again just as he was at that moment -
that each new day, in little ways,
would bring me a little different boy, each day.
And I was so sad as I thought about this.
But with the sadness came an opening inside my heart, for that new boy -
and for eventually the man that would take his place -
I realized in this that this was so much of what life was about -
a willingness to say goodbye to one thing,
or to one moment, or place,
and make myself open to receive whatever wonderful thing might come next,
holding it all within my heart -
grateful for it all as it comes -
and even as it goes.

John Canaan

James A. Carlton

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As truly as we must face unpleasant realities all our days,
let us recognize and praise the thousands of beauties of life around us.
Paul H. Dunn

It is impossible to bring more into your life if you are
feeling ungrateful about what you have

Rhonda Byrne
Australian Author and Film Maker of "The Secret"

Be glad of life
because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play
and to look up at the stars

Henry Van Dyke
American Author, Educator and Clergyman
1852 - 1933

Gratitude is more than feeling thankful for our blessings.
It's showing our thankfulness through our thoughts, words and deeds.
It's showing how grateful we are by serving others,
and blessing others with thoughtful extensions of our heart.
It's giving, without expecting or desiring anything in return

Jace Carlton

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget
that the highest appreciation is not to utter words,
but to live by them

John F. Kennedy
35th President of the United States

Contributed by
Malani Macias-O'Connor

Develop an attitude of gratitude,
and give thanks for everything that happens to you,
knowing that every step forward
is a step toward achieving something bigger and better
than your current situation.

Brian Tracy

Sometimes our light goes out
but is blown into flames once again
by an encounter with another human being.
Each of us owes the deepest thanks
to those who have kindled the inner light.

Albert Schweitzer


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My father gave me the greatest gift
anyone could give another person,
he believed in me.

Jim Valvano

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



The greatest trust that can come to a man and woman
is to have placed in their keeping the life of a little child.
David O. McKay

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To accomplish great things,
we must not only act, but also dream,
not only plan, but also believe.

Anatole France
French Poet, Journalist and Novelist
1844 - 1924


Great things are not done by impulse,
but by a series of small things brought together.

Vincent Van Gogh
Dutch Post-Impressionist Artist
1853 - 1890


A man can be as great as he wants to be.
If you believe in yourself and have
the courage, the dedication, the competitive drive,
and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life
and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile,
it can be done.

Vince Lombardi
Hall of Fame Football Coach
1913 - 1970


Be not afraid of greatness;
some are born great, some achieve greatness,
and some have greatness thrust upon them.

William Shakespeare
English Playwright, Poet and Actor
Baptized 1564 (birth date unknown) - 1616

There are always seeds of greatness
in everything we do.
Find them
and plant them in the best soil you can find.

Jace Carlt

Each of us is great
insofar as we perceive and act on the infinite possibilities
which lie undiscovered and unrecognized about us.

James Harvey Robinson

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As we grow and mature as unique individuals,
we learn to honor and respect the uniqueness of others

Jace Carlton

I don't think God is too interested in real estate.
He owns it all anyway.
He does seem to be incredibly interested in what happens to us individually
and will place us in those circumstances
where we have the most opportune chances to grow
and to carry out our purposes.

Neal A. Maxwell

If we don't change, we don't grow.
If we don't grow, we are not really living.
Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.

Gail Sheehy

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Less Words ... More Action
Less Greed ... More Giving
Less Worry ... More Sleep
Less Driving ... More Walking
Less Anger ... More Laughter
Less Fear ... More Faith
Less Hate ... More Love

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