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Leaders aren't born, they are made.
And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.
And that is the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.

Vince Lombardi
Hall of Fame Football Coach
1913 - 1970

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To lead in the twenty-first century you will be required
to have both character and competence.

General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
Retired American 4-Star General

Unless you're the lead dog
the view never changes.


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You were born with potential.
You were born with goodness and trust.
You were born with ideals and dreams.
You were born with greatness.
You were born with wings.
You are not meant for crawling, so don't.
You have wings.
Learn to use them and fly!

13th Century Poet

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Have faith in yourself,
listen to your heart,
and learn to surrender to what you hear
from the depths of your soul.

Jace Carlton

Surrender is faith that the power of love can accomplish anything --
even when you cannot foresee the outcome

Deepak Chopra
Indian Medical Doctor and Best Selling Author
( born 1946 )

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The life given us by nature is short,
but the memory of a life well spent is eternal.


In the time we have it is surely our duty
to do all the good we can
to all the people we can
in all the ways we can.

William Barclay
Scottish Author
1907 - 1978


Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you.
So carve your name on hearts and not on marble.

Charles H. Spurgeon
1834 - 1892

dedicated to
Gordon B. Hinckley
1910 - 2008
a gentleman of quiet and kind leadership
who leaves behind a legacy felt around the world.

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

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Some people think it's holding on that makes one strong;
sometimes it's letting go.

Sylvia Robinson
American Singer, Musician, Producer and Record Label Executive



The longer we dwell on our misfortunes,
the greater is their power to harm us.

French Author and Philosopher
1694 - 1778

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

Joseph Campbell

Even though you may want to move forward in your life,
you may have one foot on the brakes.
In order to be free,
we must learn how to let go.
Release the hurt.
Release the fear.
Refuse to entertain your old pain.
The energy it takes to hang onto the past
is holding you back from a new life.

Mary Manin Morrissey

Giving up the past
allows us to create the future.

Elaine Smitha

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.

The Tao Te Ching

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Unless life also gives you water and sugar,
your lemonade is gonna suck
Beth Patterson Farr


Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass,
it's about learning to dance in the rain.


It is precisely the possibility of realizing a dream
that makes life interesting.

Paulo Coelho
Brazilian Author and Lyricist

Life moves pretty fast.
If you don't stop and look around once in awhile,
you could miss it.

Ferris Bueller

You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it.
That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies,
that is why you must sing and dance,
and write poems, and suffer, and understand,
for all of that is life.

Jiddu Krishnamurti
Indian Philosopher

Life lived for tomorrow will always be
just a day away from being realized.

Leo Buscaglia

Susie Greathouse

Life is not a journey to the grave
with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -
WOW - What A Ride!


Janet Ellis

Life begins
at the end of our comfort zone.

Neale Donald Walsch

Over the ages many philosophers have reminded us
that this is the only life we have.
Every day is a new chance to make a fresh start.
It doesn't matter how old you are,
or how messed up your life might have been up to now,
you've just awakened to a new day,
 that new chance you've been waiting for to get it right.

Don't you dare get down on yourself
for anything you've done in the past that didn't work.
You can't go back and do it over.

We've been given this new day, by the grace of God,
to make with it what we will.
Count your blessings ... every last one of them ...
and then go forward with a burning desire
and a determination to make this life the most awesome it can be.

It's within your power to change and create your life
into whatever you want it to be.
And don't forget to forgive yourself along the way
for the mistakes you'll inevitably make.
They're all a part of this wonderful thing we call

Jace Carlton

Life is like a ten speed bicycle.

Most of us have gears we never use.

Charles M. Schulz

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
 but by the moments that take our breath away.

George Carlin

And in the end
it's not the years in your life that count.
It's the life in your years.

Abraham Lincoln

No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed.
No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated and disciplined.

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Often people attempt to live their lives backwards:
they try to have more things, or more money,
in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier.
The way it actually works is the reverse.
You must first be who you really are,
then do what you love to do,
in order to have what you want.

Margaret Young

One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life
is to forgive everybody everything every night
before you go to bed.


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Love is stronger than death
even though it can't stop death from happening.
No matter how hard death tries
it can't separate people from love.
It can't take away our memories either.
In the end,
life is stronger than death.


In memory of
Nicholas James Troiano
July 26, 1979 - November 15, 2005

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Inspiration comes
to those who have a quiet mind
and a peaceful heart

Jace Carlton

Listen to the MUS'NTS
Listen to the MUS'NTS, child,
Listen to the DONT's,
Listen to the SHOULD'NTS,
Listen to the NEVER HAVES,
then listen close to me -
Anything can happen, child,

Shel Silverstein
American Poet, Songwriter, Musician, Composer, Cartoonist, Screenwriter and Author
1930 - 1999

Erik Carlton

Find a quiet place and listen.
It should be very quiet.
The only sound you should hear is your heart beating.
Peer deep down inside your heart.
Do you see someone that holds a special place in your heart?
Maybe they have always been there when you needed them;
maybe they offered words of encouragement; taught you a lesson;
comforted you when you were sick; praised you on your accomplishments.
Make this their lucky day.
You have the POWER to spread happiness today.
A quick note or a kind word is all it takes
to bring a smile and lasting memory to someone very special.

Gary Harrington

Ron Atchison

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Right now you're on the verge.

That's right ... you.
And I mean ... right now.
Just listen ... carefully.
Yep, that's your heart.
Not someone else's ... YOURS!
It's telling you where your passion lies,
what makes your heart beat the strongest,
what makes you feel the most complete ... the most alive!
Take the time, right now, to really listen.
The answers are there.
Everything you've been missing
because you've been too busy to listen,
too blind to see,
too numb to feel that you were on the wrong track.
If you'll listen, really listen,
you'll know exactly what to do
to make the right move, right now.

Your most precious dreams are about to come true.
It's all up to you.
Now ... just listen.
Then ... make your move ...

Jace Carlton

Listen to your heart ... it will never mislead you,
for only truth is spoken there.

Jace Carlton

Your heart knows wisdom far beyond reason.
Trust that tug of intuition that pulls at your heart,
it is in harmony with your greatest good
and attuned to something far greater than man's reason.

Andrea Irwin

Listening to your heart is not simple.
Finding out who you are is not simple.
It takes a lot of hard work and courage
to get to know who you are
and what you want.

Sue Bender



In perhaps his greatest book, The Greatest Salesman In The World,

Og wrote in Scroll V..

I will live this day as if it is my last.

This day is all I have and these hours are now my eternity.
I greet the sunrise with cries of joy as a prisoner who is reprieved from death.
I lift mine arms with thanks for this priceless gift of a new day.
So too, I will beat upon my heart with gratitude as I consider all
who greeted yesterday's sunrise who are no longer with the living today.
I am indeed a fortunate man and today's hours are but a bonus, undeserved.
Why have I been allowed to live this extra day when others,
far better than I, have departed?
Is it that they have accomplished their purpose
while mine is yet to be achieved?
Is this another opportunity for me to become the man I know I can be?
Is there a purpose in nature?  Is this my day to excel?

I will live this day as if it is my last.

Og Mandino
Best Selling Author and Inspirational Speaker
1923 - 1996

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The more significance you give the moment,
the more the moment has the opportunity to be significant.


Yesterday is ashes, tomorrow wood.
Only today does the fire burn brightly.


Don't let yesterday
use up too much of today.

Will Rogers

I was regretting my past, and fearing my future.
Suddenly, my Lord was speaking: "My name is I AM."
He paused ... I waited ... He continued.
"When you live in the past, with its mistakes and regrets, it is hard.
I am not there.  My name is not I WAS.
When you live in the future, with its problems and fears, it is hard.
I am not there.  My name is not I WILL BE.
When you live in this moment, it is not hard.  I am here.  My name is I AM."

Helen Mallicoat

James A. Carlton

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As long I continue to hear "normal" people
telling me I'm too childish,
I know I'm doing just fine.

Wayne Dyer

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When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning,
by dreams that need completion,
by pure love that needs expressing,
then we truly live life.

Greg Anderson

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The worst way to miss someone is to be sitting right next to them
and knowing you can't have them.


Contributed by
Linda Morse
Fellow Star Traveler

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Be kind
Be gentle
Be patient
Be longsuffering
For if thy God was not longsuffering with thee,
what chance would you have?

Marilyn Karr

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Somewhere someone's reaching out
looking for a hand to hold to help them through today
searching for a ray of hope to light their way
saying a prayer that someone somewhere
will hear their cry.

Somewhere someone's reaching out
for you.

Jace Carlton

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Most of the shadows of this life
are caused by standing in our own sunshine.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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You know you're in love
when you can't fall asleep
because reality is finally better
than your dreams.

Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel
Jim & Sarah Carlton
Married for Time & All Eternity
October 10, 2009

Love is a symbol of eternity.
It wipes out all sense of time,
destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.

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 for 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


You will find, as you look back upon your life,
that the moments when you really lived
are the moments when you have done things
in the spirit of love.
Henry Drummond


Only when we give joyfully, without hesitation or thought of gain,
can we truly know what love means.
Leo Buscaglia

Love is a force more formidable than any other.
It is invisible - it cannot be seen or measured,
yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment,
and offer you more joy than any material possession could.
Barbara De Angelis, Ph.D.

Love is like a violin.
The music may stop now and then, but the strings remain forever

June Masters Bacher
American Teacher, Newspaper Columnist and Author
1918 - 1993


It doesn't matter who you love, or how you love,
but that you love.

Rod McKuen
American Best-Selling Poet, Singer, Songwriter, Composer and Author


I can't remember the date or what you wore
or what the weather was like on the day we met.
I only remember that you said hello in a voice that sounded like love.

Julia Summers

Love is our true destiny.
We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone --
we find it with another.

Thomas Merton
Theologian, Poet, Author and Social Activist
1915 - 1968

Pure love will light the way through the darkest times,
calm the stormiest seas,
and lift you on eagle's wings to the highest heights.

Jace Carlton

Love knows no limit to its endurance,
no end to its trust, no fading of its hope;
it can outlast anything.
Love still stands when all else has fallen


Contributed by
Kathi Carlton

The way to love anything
is to realize that it might be lost

G. K. Chesterton
British Journalist and Novelist

Only love can be divided endlessly
and still not diminish.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh
American Author and Aviation Pioneer

Contributed by
Nancy Wolicki
Fellow Star Traveler

Love is like air,
you can feel it but you cannot see it.


When you touch a moment of pure love,
you touch all the love that has ever been given and received,
and you have access to it.

Alan Cohen

To love and be loved
is to feel the sun from both sides.

David Viscott

I have found the paradox
that if I love until it hurts,
then there is no hurt,
but only more love.

Mother Teresa

The Eskimo has fifty-two names for snow
because it is important to them;
there ought to be as many for love.

Margaret Atwood

If I could reach up and hold a star
for every time you've made me smile,
the entire evening sky
would be in the palm of my hand.


Sometimes when the stars line up
And you wish with all your heart
Love will find it's way to you
No matter where you are.

Mary Ann Kennedy

from her song
"I Wish I Had A Horse"
on her CD
The Trail Less Traveled

The seed of love,
once planted and nurtured with constant love and care,
will never die.

Jace Carlton

Once you have loved, you will always love.
For what's in your mind may escape,
but what's in your heart
will remain forever.

Brooke Zuroweste

Our union is like this:

You feel cold
so I reach for a blanket to cover Our shivering feet.

A hunger comes into your body
so I run to My garden and start digging potatoes.

You asked for a few words of comfort and guidance
and I quickly kneel by your side
offering you a whole Book as a Gift.

You ache with loneliness one night so much you weep,
and I say

"Here is a rope, tie it around me,
I will be your Companion for Life."

Love Poems From God
Twelve Sacred Voices from
The East and West
Translated by Daniel Ladinsky

Janet Ellis

The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives
as we pass through this world.
There will most likely be no ticker tape parades for us,
no monuments created in our honor.
But that does not lessen our possible impact,
for there are scores of people
waiting for someone just like us to come along;
people who will appreciate our compassion,
our unique talents.
Someone who will live a happier life
merely because we took the time
to share what we had to give.
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 a potential to turn a life around.
It's overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are
to make our love felt.

Leo Buscaglia

If you have love in your life,
it can make up for a great many things you lack.
If you do not have it, no matter what else there is,
it is not enough.


Don't take for granted the things closest to your heart.
Cling to them as you would for your life,
for without them, life is meaningless.
Don't shut love out of your life
by saying it is impossible to find.
The quickest way to receive love is to give love;
The fastest way to lose it,
is to hold too tightly;
And the best way to keep it
is to give it wings.


To love a person
is to learn the song that is in their heart,
and sing it to them when they have forgotten.


You will find, as you look back upon your life,
that the moments when you really lived
are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.

Henry Drummond

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves,
and not twist them to fit our own image.
Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.

Thomas Merton

Take love away from life
and you take away it's pleasures.



Lani O'Connor

When you love someone
all your saved-up wishes start coming out.

Elizabeth Bowen

Where there is love,
there are always miracles.

Willa Cather

Once you have learned to love
you will have learned to live.


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Even though we need to play with the cards we've been dealt
it's nice when we can be the dealer
and shuffle the deck ourselves.

Jace Carlton

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Forget mistakes.  Forget failure.
Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it.
Today is your lucky day.

Will Durant

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