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The family … empowers a child to venture with confidence

The family is both the fundamental unit of society as well as the root of culture. It … is a perpetual source of encouragement, advocacy, assurance, and emotional refueling that empowers a child to venture with confidence into the greater world and to become all that he can be.

~ Marianne E. Neifert. Dr. Mom’s Parenting Guide

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Thought for Thursday – Becoming

The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.

Dubois

Dreams

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he had imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

— Henry David Thoreau

Why not?

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?'”

— George Bernard Shaw

Success

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Persistence

“The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.”

Thomas Edison

Stuck

“When we feel stuck, going nowhere — even starting to slip backward — we may actually be backing up to get a running start.”

— Dan Millman

Expect the best

“If you expect the best, you will be the best. Learn to use one of the most powerful laws in this world; change your mental habits to belief instead of disbelief. Learn to expect, not to doubt. In so doing, you bring everything into the realm of possibility.”

— Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Break out of your comfort zone

“You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.”

— Denis Waitley

Books as capital

Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.

Thomas Jefferson