"Quotations help us remember the simple yet profound truths that give life perspective and meaning. When it comes to life's most important lessons, we can all use gentle reminders."--Chriswell Freeman

Be Happy


Live Life





Fire and Desire

Risk and Reward



Experience is Life's Education



Coping and Hoping


Following the Leader

Team: There is no "U" or "I" in the word "TEAM", but there's a "M" and "E"

Observation: Look, Listen, and Learn

Nike: Just Do It

Change is Good; Nickels, Dimes, Quarters...





Let Freedom Ring

Insightful Quotes

Colorful Quips

Funny Facts

A 1000 Words Worth from Pictures

I Have Learned...

I will learn

Words of Wisdom

Who's the REAL deal


  • Love starts with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a tear.
  • Don't cry over anyone who won't cry over you.
  • Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to forget.
  • You can only go as far as you push.
  • Actions speak louder than words.
  • The hardest thing to do is watch the one you love, love somebody else.
  • Don't let the past hold you back, you're missing the good stuff.
  • Life's short. If you don't look around once in a while you might miss it.
  • A BEST FRIEND is like a four leaf clover, HARD TO FIND and LUCKY TO HAVE.
  • Some people make the world SPECIAL just by being in it.
  • BEST FRIENDS are the siblings God forgot to give us.
  • When it hurts to look back, and you're scared to look ahead, you can look beside you and your BEST FRIEND will be there.
  • Good friends are like stars....You don't always see them, but you know they are always there.
  • Don't frown. You never know who is falling in love with your smile.
  • What do you do when the only person who can make you stop crying is the person who made you cry?
  • Nobody is perfect until you fall in love with them.
  • Everything is okay in the end. If it's not okay, then it's not the end.
  • Most people walk in and out of your life, but only friends leave footprints in your heart.

    Buddhist Wisdom

    1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
    2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
    3. Follow the three Rs: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.
    4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
    5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
    6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
    7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
    8. Spend some time alone every day.
    9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
    10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
    11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.
    12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
    13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.
    14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
    15. Be gentle with the earth.
    16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
    17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
    18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
    19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

    Things to Remember

    1. No one can ruin your day without YOUR permission.
    2. Most people will be about as happy, as they decide to be.
    3. Others can stop you temporarily, but only you can do it permanently.
    4. Whatever you are willing to put up with is exactly what you will have.
    5. Success stops when you do.
    6. When your ship comes in....make sure you are willing to unload it.
    7. You will never "have it all together."
    8. Life is a journey....not a destination. Enjoy the trip!
    9. The biggest lie on the planet: "When I get what I want, I will be happy."
    10. The best way to escape your problem is to solve it.
    11. I've learned that ultimately, 'takers' lose and 'givers' win.
    12. Life's precious moments don't have value, unless they are shared.
    13. If you don't start, it's certain you won't arrive.
    14. We often fear the thing we want the most.
    15. He or she who laughs....lasts.
    16. Yesterday was the deadline for all complaints.
    17. Look for opportunities....not guarantees.
    18. Life is what's coming.... not what was.
    19. Success is getting up one more time.
    20. Now is the most interesting time of all.
    21. When things go wrong.....don't go with them.


    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 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~

    Eleanor Roosevelt wrote:

    Many people will walk in and out of your life,
    But only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.
    To handle yourself, use your head;
    To handle others, use your heart.

    Great minds discuss ideas;
    Average minds discuss events;
    Small minds discuss people.
    He who loses money, loses much;
    He, who loses a friend, loses much more;
    He, who loses faith, loses all.

    Beautiful young people are accidents of nature,
    But beautiful old people are works of art.

    Learn from the mistakes of others.
    You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.

    Friends, you and me....
    You brought another friend....
    And then there were 3....
    We started our group....
    Our circle of friends....
    And like that circle....
    There is no beginning or end....

    Yesterday is history.
    Tomorrow a mystery.
    Today is a gift,
    That is why they call it the present.

    -Promise Yourself-

    To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
    To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
    To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
    To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
    To think only the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best.
    To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
    To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
    To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
    To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble
    -The Optimist Clubs Of America-


    1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay them.
    2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. (keep this In mind if you are one of those grouches;)
    3. Keep learning: Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain get idle. "An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's!
    4. Enjoy the simple things.
    5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and Lots of time with HIM/HER.
    6. The tears happen: Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. LIVE while you are alive.
    7. Surround yourself with what you love: Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
    8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
    9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.
    10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

    Why wait to be happy?

    We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough and we'll be more content when they are.

    After that, we're frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, when we are able to go on a nice vacation, or when we retire.

    The truth is, there's no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges.

    It's best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.

    Happiness is the way.

    So, treasure every moment that you have and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time > with...and remember that time waits for no one.

    So, stop waiting....
    --until your car or home is paid off
    --until you get a new car or home
    --until your kids leave the house
    --until you go back to school
    --until you finish school
    --until you lose 10 lbs.
    --until you gain 10 lbs.
    --until you get married
    --until you get a divorce
    --until you have kids
    --until you retire
    --until summer
    --until spring
    --until winter
    --until fall
    --until you die

    There is no better time than right now to be happy.

    Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

    So - work like you don't need money,
    Love like you've never been hurt,
    And dance like no one's watching.

    If you want to brighten someone's day, pass this on to someone special - I just did.