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"I think I can. I think I can. I think I can." -The Little Engine That Could

“I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.”

John D. Rockefeller

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“Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thought that is forever flowing through one’s head.”

— Mark Twain

Thanks for the inspiration, Sandy.

It’s one thing to lose power from a storm. It’s another to lose power over your thoughts.

Do not let the raindrops of a few gloomy days band together and cause you to go under. Control your thoughts and change your storm’s course. Make your thoughts magnificent in their grandeur, not in their ability to break your confidence.

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“If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or fight like hell.”

— Lance Armstrong

This quote seemed to suit today’s call for perseverance, courage, and optimism. And regardless of what’s going on with Lance, the message remains the same: a call to action from a cancer survivor.

I hope this provides a helpful reminder to all those who are faced with something as seemingly insurmountable as cancer. You have two choices: give up or fight like hell.

For what it’s worth, I have faith in you. And you should always fight.

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“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is short enough. Don’t spend yours being angry. I can hear the second ticking away, but the sound fades when I enjoy my life. Live and let live. Let someone else be angry all the time. You’ve got a  life to live.

So what’s it going to be? Happiness or anger? Tick… tick… tick…

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“There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.”

— Charlotte Brontë

You are a comfort to someone. Knowing that someone will read this and find comfort in it is enough to keep us happy. Make yourself happy by knowing how happy you make others.


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“Scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitates lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes rock, and as it always has, rock crushes scissors.”

— Sheldon Cooper, Big Bang Theory

Seemed appropriate on Mole Day (10/23) that we present you with a concept that is equally as complex and scientific.

Have a wonderful Tuesday, everyone!

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There’s nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.

J. Bach

So as a pianist and organist, let me just say… shut up Bach.  Bach is one of the most prolific musicians in history, the undisputed master of counterpoint, and perhaps one of the most influential composers ever.  For him, it might have been that easy, especially since he had to write new compositions for church every Sunday.  For most musicians, even the masters, it is not that easy.  They could, but would never, perform pieces from their repertoire with little preparation.  Instead, they insist on practicing for weeks until their muscle memory carries them.  It’s the same for a lot of other disciplines too:

Inventors have a lot of bad ideas before they come up with their big breakthrough.

Statisticians run hundreds of regressions before they find one that means something.

Writers go through a lot of drafts before they have a manuscript they can publish.

Still, you never see any of the hard work that goes into it, just the final product.  It’s important not to lose sight of that.  Just because you’re a work in progress does not mean that everyone sees you that way.  Just keep working, and when you go to perform that sonata, you’ll hit all the right keys.

Have a great week everyone.


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“Every time you do a good deed you shine the light a little farther into the dark. And the thing is, when you’re gone that light is going to keep shining on, pushing the shadows back.”

— Charles Lint

Do something good. Light up the darkness. And what may start as a glimmer could be a source of blinding, undeniable hope for someone else.

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Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.

-African Proverbs

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“Maybe it’s good to put things in perspective, but sometimes, I think that the only perspective is to really be there. Because it’s okay to feel things. And be who you are about them.”

— Stephen Chbosky

It was hard to pick just one quote from this book. I hope this one does for you what it did for me– reminded me that you should feel what you need to feel and not judge yourself based on those emotions.

We can’t be happy all the time. It’s our hope we won’t be sad all the time. Feel what you need to and don’t give yourself crap for it. And while you may not like where you are right now, another quote from the book can probably help with that…

“We are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there.”

Love and Light,


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