Going Forward

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Usually on most days

Life’s journey moves along

Solving another maze

Each answer never wrong


Hourly reality check

Simple truths always guide

Avoiding any wrecks

Every step filled with pride


Tomorrow will bring change

Certain as each sunrise

Stirring thoughts to exchange

Nothing waits in disguise


Goodness set to deploy

Positive always leads

Going forward brings joy

Lasting happiness freed

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Wilferd Peterson Quotes

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The secret of greatness is simple:  do better work than any other man in your field–and keep on doing it.

Happiness doesn’t come from doing what we like to do but from liking what we have to do.

Wilferd Peterson (1900-1995) was a prolific American author.  While he published nine books, his inspirational essays filled the pages of a national Sunday newspaper supplement, THIS WEEK.

Albert Schweitzer Quotes

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Success is not the key to happiness.  Happiness is the key to success.  If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by another encounter with another human being.

Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) was a French-born theologian, writer, humanitarian, and philosopher.  He received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize for his philosophy of “Reverence for Life.”

Turning Life’s Page

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Living on hidden island

Searching through another day

Overwhelming heartache

Waiting, filled with emptiness


Whispering thoughts, every night

Hearing silence once again

Tears drowning in sorrow

Waiting for new direction


Making one more decision

Holding torch, ready to light

Prepared to burn last bridge

Waiting to strike final match


Listening again, a voice

Growing stronger each minute

Conscience stirs from abyss

Waiting, no longer needed


Turning life’s page, new chapter

Leaving island at long last

Light leads to happiness

Revealing brilliant sunrise


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Dwelling Within (Haiku Series #220)


Happiness grows dim

Another person inspires—

Restarting life’s fire

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Positive thinking

Finding abundance of peace—

Heart fills with kindness

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Both man and nature

Aging shows on life’s outside—

Soul’s depths much alive

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Carole King Quotes

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You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face.

I’m like a plant, I reach for the sun.

Carole King (born 1942) is an American singer and songwriter.  She has received numerous awards, including a Grammy for Song of Year (“You’ve Got a Friend”) and Kennedy Center Honors.

Martha Washington Quotes

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We carry the seeds of happiness with us wherever we go.

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.

Martha Washington (1731-1802) was American’s first lady when her husband, George Washington served as the nation’s first President.  She proved to be a worthy partner with her husband, as she frequently remained at the front lines during the American Revolutionary War and also managed his affairs at home while he served as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army.

James Dobson Quote

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Prescription for a happier and healthier life:  resolve to slow down your pace; learn to say no gracefully; resist the temptation to chase after more pleasure, more hobbies, and more social entanglements.

From Matthew 18:4:  “Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

James Dobson (born 1936) is an American psychologist and Christian author.  In 1977 his efforts started Focus on the Family where he remained actively involved until 2010.

Helen Keller Quote

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Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness.  It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

From Job 36:11:  “If they listen and serve Him, they complete their days in prosperity and their years in pleasantness.”

Ingrid Bergman Quotes

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Be yourself.  The world worships the original.

Happiness is good health and a bad memory.

Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982) was a Swedish-born actress who starred in a variety of European and American productions.  Over a five-decade career, her acting earned her countless awards, including three Academy Awards.