Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 73 comments

Egypt faces, without words
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“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Henie January 25, 2009 at 3:47 am


This is one of my favorite quotes! 🙂

Truly, it is the “I Within” that sparks the soul.


Dave Fowler January 25, 2009 at 4:15 am

I’d like to think there was just one key to unlock that door, but I suspect not. Maybe it’s a combination lock? Great picture and great quote. Thanks! 🙂

Dave Fowler´s last blog post..My Sister Tells Me The Things I Don’t Want To Hear


Natalia Burleson January 25, 2009 at 5:20 am

Great quote! It says to me that how I react or handle things is what matters. It also says that the type of person we are is what matters. This one makes me think!

Natalia Burleson´s last blog post..Processing fear and new found faith!


CG Walters January 25, 2009 at 5:37 am

Wonderful quote (and image), Lance!
The question is, will we allow ourselves and the world to see that wonder within? There often a great deal of trepidation for the responsibility of being all we can be.
blessings and peace,

CG Walters´s last blog post..CelebraZine 23Jan09


Miz January 25, 2009 at 5:46 am

I always look forward to these.
and somedays wonder about whats within.
if it is as strong and capable as I hope.

Miz´s last blog post..Friday Rhyme. Freebie Time. It’s From YOU. Not One Of Mine.


Daphne January 25, 2009 at 6:08 am

Hi Lance,

One of my favourite quotes! What lies within us colours how we see what lies behind us, and determines to a large extent what lies before us.

One of the things that amazes me is how your images are so spot on in capturing the essence of the post. I often go through Flickr for an hour and can’t come up with any I like for my posts! It’s a gift you have, amongst others.

Daphne´s last blog post..How Does Your Life Script Read?


Tom Volkar / Delightful Work January 25, 2009 at 6:28 am

Ah … yes, what lies within us that we also have the courage to authentically express. Now that’s powerful.

Tom Volkar / Delightful Work´s last blog post..Time and Money


Arswino January 25, 2009 at 6:42 am

Hi Lance, your quote has made me thinking for a few moments. It has truly a deep meaning.
Thanks for sharing, Lance.

Arswino´s last blog post..Sacrifice Play


Annette January 25, 2009 at 6:52 am

this is beautiful! So many times, I regret mistakes I have made in the past and totally stress about the future. This quote is so grounding…..reminding us to stay present always 😉

Annette´s last blog post..No Plans and Loving It!


Scott January 25, 2009 at 7:13 am

I know what lies behind me. Ugh, boy, do I ever know. As bad as it is, it sure is absolutely nothing compared to what I now know lies within me. And that’s just what I KNOW lies within me. It’s all that other “within” that I don’t know about that makes what lies ahead exciting!

Scott´s last blog post..Use The Force: Telekinesis


Lance January 25, 2009 at 7:26 am

@Henie – Looking within is so important to really understand our selves, our hearts, our souls. Getting to that place, to that personal understanding is powerfully reassuring.

@Dave – I think you’re right Dave. It’s not just one key to unlock that door into ‘us’. It’s a combination lock, just like we are a combination of all of our experiences, our joys, our hurts, our loves…

@Natalia – How we handle things, this really comes from within, doesn’t it. That’s a great point Natalia. We are what lies within us. Whether we always see that clearly, that’s another question. Yet, that IS who we are. Understanding that, seeing that, being that is just a great way to be connected with what matters to us.

@CG Walters – Thank you, CG! Ah, great thought – if we will allow ourselves to see that which is within. To unlock the doors, and go into the depths of our soul. Looking, really looking, can come with that trepidation you talk about because sometimes maybe we’re not prepared for what we might find… Thanks for these thoughts today, my friend.

@Miz – I wonder too…some days…what’s within. And, in the end, we do the best we can. Some days are better than others. I tend to think you’ve got this on most days…you know…and you’re strong on the inside and the outside…

@Daphne – I really love this quote too. Truly understanding what’s within is so important to living the life we desire. This picture, I really connected with it. The whole idea of a door into what lies within, opening that door, and really seeing what’s there. It is powerful, isn’t it Daphne! And…sometimes finding the pictures takes longer than finding the quote – to really get them as though the feel like they match up.

@Tom – Yes, that is powerful Tom. If we can not only take the time to discover what lies within, also to take that out and really live the life that CAN be ours – one of authenticity! Great addition to this Tom!

@Arswino – Thanks Arswino. It really does make me think too about what that means in my life, what really does lie within…

@Annette – Thank you, Annette. I love that – staying present always. The past is gone and we can’t do anything about it now. And the future, who knows what that holds for us. All we have for sure is the “now”. So, sticking with this – stay present always…

@Scott – Sometimes the past is ugly. Sometimes it’s rosy. It’s probably a little bit of both for most people. And then, it is just that – past. Finding what is within, though, that is timeless. That is ‘us’, to our core. Scott, my friend, you are a shining example of a man who is truly discovering that which is within. I wish you the very best on this journey, and I’ll be following along…


Stacey Shipman January 25, 2009 at 7:34 am

I have similar thoughts to Annette – what lies within is grounding and present. What lies ahead is unknown and what is behind us is just that…behind us. When I literally look back, I often lose my balance…Look within for power, strength and presence. That’s all we have. Thanks Lance – I hope you had a nice weekend!


suddenly slimmer January 25, 2009 at 7:38 am

Check out my blog as this another inspiration for me to get back on my path.

suddenly slimmer´s last blog post..Don’t Stop Me Now!!! *sing with me people*


Misha January 25, 2009 at 7:43 am

I was lost in this photograph for quite awhile before I even read the insightful Holmes quote… you have quite a talent of matching intriguing photos with potent words that bring out the best in me. Thanks.


Jay January 25, 2009 at 7:45 am

Funny- I read this quote the other day too. Must be a reason why it keeps coming up! I guess I better take the hint! Thanks Lance for sharing.

Jay´s last blog post..The Sunday Ponder


suddenly slimmer January 25, 2009 at 7:45 am

Just come to think of it, this quote is similar to Alexander Graham Bell’s quote : When another door closed, another door opens. I’m a big fan of quotes : every sunday I always look forward what’s the next quote..

suddenly slimmer´s last blog post..Don’t Stop Me Now!!! *sing with me people*


Julie January 25, 2009 at 8:24 am

Oliver was a very wise man. We spend so much effort in believing, place-wise, that what’s “out there” is so worthy of all our attention that we often forget our greatest world is with us all the time, within us. …and that, time-wise, now is really where our attention is most useful. I agree with everyone else: Your photo is the perfect choice, so thought-provoking. One could look at it 10 different ways, with 10 different meanings. That alone is the exclamation mark to Holmes’ quote. Bless you, Lance.

Julie´s last blog post..Tag, This is Who I Am


LifeMadeGreat | Juliet January 25, 2009 at 8:28 am

Hi lance

This quote really makes the world, and all our hastling over it, fall away.


LifeMadeGreat | Juliet´s last blog post..Would You Choose To Be Immortal?


Karl - Work Happy Now January 25, 2009 at 8:35 am

It’s all about who we are and how we adapt to the situation. We are always going to encounter struggles and disappointment. Once we do, do we role over and give up or do we fight for (insert what you are most passionate about here).

Karl – Work Happy Now´s last blog post..What are YOU Grateful for this Past Week?


rummuser January 25, 2009 at 9:00 am

Lance, I have just posted a comment in another blog more or less about the same subject. I wish that I had remembered this quotation. One of the quotations that I would enter here is another favourite of mine.

“For a long time it seemed to me that real life was about to begin, but there was always some obstacle in the way. Something had to be got through first, some unfinished business; time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.” ~ Bette Howland


Audra Krell January 25, 2009 at 9:22 am

Yes, what lies within is most important. What lies within is what shapes our character. Our hearts are most important in relationships, so important for authentic living.

Audra Krell´s last blog post..Truth in the Media


Stacey / Create a Balance January 25, 2009 at 9:39 am

This quote reminds me of the power of the moment and the importance of utilizing our natural wisdom and creativity that lies inside us all.

Stacey / Create a Balance´s last blog post..Celebrate Your Life Friday! 1.23.09 (Filled with Acknowledgement)


Broderick Allen January 25, 2009 at 9:42 am

I just read this quote like 2 days ago in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It really emphasizes the potential we all have within us. And, as usual, the picture is very representative of the quote.

Broderick Allen´s last blog post..Life is Short?


meleah rebeccah January 25, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Wow. That was PERFECT for ME today of all days. THANK YOU!!

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Laurie January 25, 2009 at 12:09 pm

What lies within us? I believe the more of that onion we peal back, the more layers we discover to be examined. I believe one of our journeys in this world is to journey within to see what all there is and what all it means to know who we are. For me, the deeper I go, the further I see there is yet to discover. I am grateful in that I don’t make this journey alone but with One who knows what I will find in my core.


Evita January 25, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Deep…very deep Lance.

This quote is one that requires much more than a quick and simple glance and reading.

To really discover what lies within and to really take in the power and significance of that requires some serious contemplation that I invite all of us to do.

You know, this reminds me too of those motivational posters one can see in any typical office, so many of us look, read and like what we hear and see, but in no way apply the words. As we go into this New Year and continue to move through this new millennium, may we put more depth into practice and go deeper than we ever thought possible – for it is then that we really begin to see the bigger picture of it all.

Evita´s last blog post..Book Review: Walking Through Walls


Gennaro January 25, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Holmes was one of the fathers of American pragmatism. Not surprising that he thinks the answer in within us. Stunning photo. Where is that?

Gennaro´s last blog post..Painted Monasteries Of Romania


Davina January 25, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Hi Lance. That is a magnificent door. What lies within… possibilities that continue to unfold… adventures. Just looking at that door illustrates the magnitude of them.

Davina´s last blog post..How Curious Moments Add Value


Lance January 25, 2009 at 3:12 pm

@Stacey Shipman – What lies within IS grounding…granted that we discover what that is, granted that we take the time to really know ‘us’. Good point about looking back, Stacey. When we do this, sometimes that can mean losing the balance we’ve worked to achieve in our lives. We slip back into old habit, thought patterns, etc. And I did have a nice weekend (a basketball-filled weekend!). I hope your was wonderful as well.

@Suddenly Slimmer – I’ll check it out Alia. One door closing, another opening – yes, that’s a great one too. (and this photo would work well, wouldn’t it!). Glad to have you here today.

@Misha – The photo is mesmerizing, isn’t it! I was pulled into this one, as well. The doors, the walls, the lamps. Glad you liked this – thank you!!

@Jay – Yes, sometimes it’s like a sign to us! I happen to think your the type of guy who already has a pretty good idea of what lies within. Thanks for stopping by today!

@Julie – What’s “out there” – oh, that’s a great point Julie. We do spend altogether too much time out beyond what is even within our circle of influence. What’s within – that is ‘us’, that is part of that circle of influence, that is what is ‘real’ for each of us. And knowing that – knowing what really matters – takes us to a place where we, as individuals, “come together” – where we are one with ourselves and the world around us. I think that’s a journey for all of us, and a journey that is ever evolving. And that’s why it’s important for us not to just do this once – it’s a continuous process as we evolve and grow.

@Juliet – If we could all focus on getting to the ‘real’ us – what is true within – then, yes, so much of the worldly desires go away – we’re not focused on ego’s, prejudices, inequalities, etc.

@Karl – And this all says to me – that we need to know what our passions are, what it is the truly makes us willing to give it all up, what brings us alive. Knowing these things, we’ll know, deep in our souls, when it’s right to roll over and give up (for things that matter less) or when we fight for it (that which means the world to us). Great point Karl.

@Rummuser – That quote you shared is a great one, Ramana. And it reminds me, like the quote by Holmes, that what lies within us – now – is what’s important. We are living our life now. It’s not what happened yesterday, or what will happen tomorrow. Today is what we have…

@Audra – Audra, thanks for bringing up relationships. They are so important in our lives. If you were to ask someone, on their deathbed, what mattered the most in life – relationships is either the top or very close to the top. Yet, in daily living, do we focus enough on relationships? I tend to think the answer is no. I’m pretty sure the answer is ‘no’ for me – it’s an area I definitely can work to improve. Thank you, so much for this, Audra.

@Stacey/Create A Balance – The power of the moment – because, indeed, that’s all we have. How will we use it? What really matters to us? Great thought on this Stacey!

@Broderick – That’s a favorite of mine – “the 7 Habits” book. Enjoy it and really use Broderick. We all have amazing potential – and to really use our potential – looking within is so important. Finding that which we really love – and then putting that to use – that IS our great potential! Thanks for the thought here Broderick!

@Meleah – You’re very welcome, Meleah. I hope you’re having a wonderful day today…

@Laurie – Great analogy Laurie. Like an onion, the more we peel back, the more we discover – the more we realize that there is much more to us and the world around us. Continue the journey, Laurie. There is much to discover, beautiful discoveries – and a knowing of ‘you’ as only He does.

@Evita – Evita, you’ve hit upon something that is so true. How often do we read words like this, or words on motivational posters – and think of how awe-inspiring they are. And then…and then we walk away and forget about them completely. Until the next time we read it…and then walk away and forget again. The power is not in the words. The power is in applying these words to our lives. And that takes time, that takes effort, that takes some serious contemplation on our part. Much more to it than just reading some inspiring words and then walking away. Thank you, Evita, for sharing this – I know that I do it. I’m sure that many others do to. Take the time, and really give life to these words – and that’s when great things can happen!

@Gennaro – Yes, and I agree – we have many answers within. We just have to take the time to look and find these answers. The photo, I believe, is from somewhere in Egypt. It is not my photograph (I wish is was – it really is an amazing shot!).

@Davina – Yes, I love that door – so magnificent. Just like each of us – we’re all magnificent in our own ways. Discovering what those ways are, discovering what lies within – wonderful thoughts. And how great they can be!!


Jannie Funster January 25, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Ooooo, don’t I know that to be true, but great to be reminded.

And here’s one I read on a jogger’s t-shirt a while ago… “There is no task ahead of us as great as the power within us.” Kinda paraphrasing, I may have left out a word or two but hope you get the gist.

Jannie Funster´s last blog post..Sunday May 10th 7:30 p.m.


Robin Easton January 25, 2009 at 3:53 pm

“What lies within us…”

Aaaah, yes! This is why even in death…we ARE.

Thank you dear Lance for such life-giving beauty

Robin Easton´s last blog post..The Obvious?


Henie January 25, 2009 at 5:33 pm

What happens when one doesn’t like their “within” right now due to technical difficulties? 🙂 I’m just saying…

Henie´s last blog post..We All Do It!


LisaNewton January 25, 2009 at 7:07 pm

I’ve battled for years getting past what was behind me because it was shaping too much of what was within me.

Right now, I feel I’ve past the corner, so my “real” within is emerging.

With my within in much better condition, what lies before me will be a very happy adventure.

Thanks for the quote, Lance.

LisaNewton´s last blog post..It’s snowing at Travelin’ Local


Success Factors January 25, 2009 at 7:18 pm

@Hernie – well you better start liking it!! Just kidding.

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Jocelyn January 25, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Very true! things come and go, and the only thing we could count on is our power within. It is the heavenly treasures we must take care of 🙂

Jocelyn´s last blog post..The NOW of a Meaningful Life


Kelly Turner January 25, 2009 at 8:32 pm

psh- I’ve been saying that for years- way before that guy 😉

Kelly Turner

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Evelyn Lim January 25, 2009 at 9:07 pm

I’ve not heard of this saying before. I think we spend most of our time pursuing stuff externally that we forget there is so much within us that we already know. Most definitely, looking inwards is important.

Evelyn Lim´s last blog post..Benefits To Meditation


Liara Covert January 25, 2009 at 10:49 pm

That image of the door ould symbolize the door to our soul. Your quotes always inspire deeper reflection and gratitude for the wisdom we discover the power and ability to find.

Liara Covert´s last blog post..4 Tips to manage awkward moments


Joe January 25, 2009 at 11:01 pm

I’m a painting contractor and can’t help but think what a slightly thinned coat of varnish would do for that door. 🙂

Joe´s last blog post..How to Hire a Painting Contractor


Angel January 25, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Another good one, Lance.

I’m gonna turn it around and ask you a question: how do we know what lies within us?

I think a lot of people settle for less because they don’t believe they “have it within them” to do greater things.

How can we help those people realize/see that they do have tremendous potential within?


Giovanna Garcia January 25, 2009 at 11:37 pm

Hi Lance

This quote is new to me, and I read it 3 times. It has a lot of wisdom in it. What I got out of this, is that what inside us have a lot to do with our past and our future.

Thanks for the enlightment.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

Giovanna Garcia´s last blog post..A true story of recovery and comeback; proofs that miracle do happen.


Jennifer January 25, 2009 at 11:51 pm

Ahh Lance! This is powerful! As long as Jesus is within, the behind and before are especially tiny.

Jennifer´s last blog post..Should I or Should I not?


J.D. Meier January 26, 2009 at 12:57 am

So true.

It reminds me of my favorite quote …“You don’t overcome challenges by making them smaller but by making yourself bigger.” – John C. Maxwell


Rupal January 26, 2009 at 3:39 am

I love this quote Lance! THanks for the great start to my week!

Rupal´s last blog post..Crowd Pusher!


Barbara Swafford January 26, 2009 at 4:31 am

Hi Lance – Another great quote. I see it as a reminder for us to live in the “now”, realizing the past is past and the future is unknown. Enjoy that which in us (at this moment) and in front of us.

Barbara Swafford´s last blog post..How To Lose Blog Visitors


Celes | EmbraceLiving.Net January 26, 2009 at 5:43 am

Wonderful quote lance! Thanks for sharing! 😀

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Jenny Mannion January 26, 2009 at 7:29 am

Hi Lance,
What a beautiful image to go with this important quote. To go within can heal all. It is within we find answers and the strength to be present. Thanks Lance. 🙂
Love, Jenny

Jenny Mannion´s last blog post..Interview with James Sinclair, Director of “What If?” Part I


Jewel/Pink Ink January 26, 2009 at 7:34 am

Beautiful thought, Lance. I was reminded this the other day when I got my fortune cookie. It didn’t say anything about me being a successful writer, but that it was time for me to help others.

If we develop what is inside and become a better person, I think the fruits are so much more satisfying.

Jewel/Pink Ink´s last blog post..Barack Obama’s Bumper Car


Lance January 26, 2009 at 8:10 am

@Jannie – I think it’s great for me, too, to be reminded of this. Love the message on the t-shirt — and I that’s a great shirt to wear when running. The power within us to get out there, and be healthy in this case!

@Robin Easton – Thanks so much, Robin. Your statement really has me thinking — about even in death…we ARE. This is really a deep statement about who we are, and what that means for the now, and beyond.

@Henie – Technical difficulties! Keep looking, I say… Seriously, though, we may not always like what we’re seeing. Or we may not be comfortable with it. And that’s when we keep looking, and working to understand what it is we’ve discovered…

@LisaNewton – That’s an excellent point – understanding/accepting/loving our within can lead to a future, that before us, that is a great place for us to be. And it is a battle sometimes to get past our past, and move into the now (especially a ‘now’ filled with a real understanding of our within). It’s a great place to get too, though. Thank you Lisa!

@Jocelyn – ‘Things’ DO come and go – that’s a great way to look at this. What’s within remains. So, that ‘within’ is where we really should spend some time getting to know.

@Kelly – Whoa, you’re old!!! (I kid!) Keep on saying it Kelly, it’s good news to spread!

@Evelyn – The external is easier to pursue because we can see it, feel it, touch it. That which is internal – can be harder to grasp. And so it becomes easiest to focus on that which is easier. Yet, that doesn’t mean we should ignore that ‘within’ – it is indeed very important, more important than the materialistic things we typically focus on…

@Liara – That’s exactly the image I had Liara. Of that door being the entrance to our soul. And how important it is for us to open that door and go ‘within’. And thank you, too, for your continued insight. Your words are always very wise, and I’m left thinking every time I read them.

@Joe – Ah, yes, a little varnish to preserve the door. In terms of life, I wonder if that’s what we really want – looking at this door as the entrance to our soul. Maybe varnish, in that case – is not what we want. Maybe we want it bare, without the layers we put on to “protect” ourselves. I’m loving this thought Joe, the idea of varnish on the door. Thank you!

@Angel – Hi Angel. Why am I not surprised you’re really going to make me think this morning! How do we know? I don’t know that this is a black and white answer – more a shade of gray. Part of it is finding that which brings up sheer happiness. Or feelings of value. And these can be easy to define, or they can be difficult to define. And you bring up another great point – about settling for something less than is possible. We all can do greater things! We have unlimited potential. Seeing that, though, is not easy. Maybe small successes for people – baby steps in the right direction – can do a lot for getting us to that belief in what IS possible. Lots to think about here, thanks so much Angel!

@Giovanna – We are made up partially by our past. Yet, I think we also have within us, certain things that “set our heart on fire” – and those are things that may have always been there, since conception. Discovering “who” we really are, yes – that can have a large impact on our future.

@Jennifer – That’s a beautiful image you paint Jennifer. With Jesus within, all else – all our outwardly issues, all of our past, all of what lies in front of us are but small matters. You are in a good place Jennifer, a very good place…

@J.D. – That’s great! And it makes me think – we rise to the occasion! A great thought…

@Rupal – Great to hear, Rupal! Have a super week!!

@Barbara – Living in the ‘now’ – which is all we really have. Doing this by looking within is powerful in us living authentically in the ‘now’. Thanks Barbara.

@Celes – You’re welcome, glad you enjoyed it!

@Jenny Mannion – Hi Jenny. I loved this image too. I just see it, along with this image, as really a door into our heart and soul. It’s a door that we don’t open enough. It’s a door to heal our past, introduce us to ‘us’, and guide us to the future. What an important door this is! Thank you, my friend, for you constant and loving sharing here…

@Jewel – That’s another great thought Jewel. The idea of developing what’s inside and how much more satisfying that is! I love that thought. And your fortune cookie, and helping others. There are so many ways to do this, as we listen to our heart – and that can be helping a neighbor, or writing a book. It’s what we hear when we really listen to what’s within…


Fit Mommy January 26, 2009 at 9:01 am

How true. Always gotta work on what goes on inside our own heads.

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Tess The Bold Life January 26, 2009 at 9:22 am

Why is this so hard to believe!

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Sagan January 26, 2009 at 10:48 am

Oh I’ve always loved this quote! And that photograph is fantastic. I’m always so fascinated by doors. And thresholds. 🙂

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Wendi Kelly-Life's Little Inspirations January 26, 2009 at 10:52 am

Lance that is an amazing picture. I would love to paint that. And I have always loved that saying. It is so true and has so much wisdom to live by. I don’t blog on Sundays as a general rule. It always amazes me to come here on Monday morning and find myself to be the fifty-first comment!Or sometimes even more! Great job!

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bobbi January 26, 2009 at 11:18 am

love this quote have never heard it before!

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Cricket January 26, 2009 at 11:51 am

Hey Lance,

I have to say the picture grabbed me first. The unknown behind the door. The huge door. Wow.

This is a great quote. One in which I say a great deal of my children.

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carla January 26, 2009 at 11:54 am

Beautiful quote. I never heard/read this one before, but it’s now one of my new favorites

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Mark Salinas January 26, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Lance you are one that always gets my wheels turning! Thank you!


Mindful Mimi January 26, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Great quote. What is within us is the only thing that makes us special, that makes us different from the others. So we should not try to fit in, belong and be like this one or that one. We need to love what we have, invest in it, grow it, share it, improve it. And it’s all happening NOW. Not yesterday, not tomorrow. NOW.
You have deep Sunday thoughts.
I love you guest post on Skinny Jeans as well. You are a busy blogging dude.

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kathy January 26, 2009 at 7:26 pm

This quote can be appled to being present. What went before and what comes after are nothing compared to what is. What is right now. This moment. We really can’t live anything but this very moment. And when we live this moment that is in us right now – greatness happens.


Happiness Is Better January 26, 2009 at 8:43 pm

A very nice quote!

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Lance January 26, 2009 at 9:02 pm

@Fit Mommy – Yes, working on what’s inside – that can be harder than working on what outside…

@Tess – Hard to believe…because we can’t physically see what’s ‘inside’…

@Sagan – The photo really is incredible! And especially if you happen to like doors, this one is even more meaningful. Glad you liked the quote, as well.

@Wendi – Yes, this photo is so amazing. Paint away Wendi! Looking within is so important. And, it’s always great to have you here, sharing your thoughts Wendi. Thanks much!

@Bobbi – It’s a great quote – and especially if we not only just read it, but also apply it – there is much power in this…

@Cricket – The unknown behind the door – much like the unknown behind the door that opens to our soul – if we never open that door, we’ll never really know what lies within. That you are sharing this with your children, Tammy – what a wonderful gift to give them!

@Carla – I love this one too Carla. It says so much to me to what really is important. We have ‘now’ – and we have what within us. Together, that is enough…

@Mark Salinas – Glad to get your wheels turning, my friend! Have a great day!

@Mimi – We are all unique, that’s what I take from what you’ve written, Mimi. I love your thoughts here on this Mimi. This is wonderful. It’s not about fitting it – it’s about being uniquely who we are. And it’s good to hear you liked the post at ‘Skinny Jeans’!

@Kathy – That’s all we really have, isn’t it – this moment, right now. And what are we going to do with it? A great thought Kathy…

@Happiness Is Better – Thanks much!


Marelisa January 26, 2009 at 11:06 pm

Hi Lance: This reminds me of a Jim Rohn quote that we should work on ourselves more than we work on our jobs. At the end of the day it matters more who we become than what we do or have.


Caroline January 26, 2009 at 11:17 pm

This is one of my very favorite quotes…I especially love it with that photo. Thanks Lance!

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Patricia January 26, 2009 at 11:46 pm

I so liked the photo and the quote, but I was drawn to the figure lying out straight…and a person in a body that has not slept for more than 4 hours lying down for the past 7 weeks – that just looked so good to me…sleeping flat and no pain?

whole new meaning!…don’t ever tear the connective muscles around your heart and stomach or pull those connectors near your sternum…the pain is horrific….gently stretch everyday – mind and muscles-remember to twist slowly and do not fall on the ice…

Thank you for sharing – great comments too

Patricia´s last blog post..Pooh Patrol


Mark January 27, 2009 at 7:42 am

This is one of my favorite quotes. It speaks of the Now which is all there is. Thanks for sharing!

Mark´s last blog post..Validation and Judgment


Lance January 27, 2009 at 4:33 pm

@Marelisa – Yes, it does – matter more who we become than what we do or have. I love your point here Mare!

@Caroline – They are great together, aren’t they! I especially like this quote as well! Thanks much!

@Patricia – Ouch. I’m sorry to hear this Patricia. And I wish you well, and that you are back to normal soon. Stretching every day – a great point about not only our muscles, also our minds need to be stretched.

@Mark – This is becoming a favorite of mine as well. The ‘now’ is what we have. And that is what we should focus on. Thanks Mark!


Henie January 27, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Hi Lance!

Actually my most comfortable place is “within!” It is my santuary 🙂

Just wanted to come by to wish you A Happy Everything!


Jamie Simmerman January 29, 2009 at 2:12 pm

You know, when I first looked at that picture I thought what a beautiful, majestic door, I wonder what’s inside? Then, I noticed the little bodies lying on the floor outside. Wow, what a completely different change in perception with a closer look! Powerful stuff, Lance.

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miruspeg January 30, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Very powerful photo Lance and a very powerful quote.
Another quote similar to this one ended with:
“And when we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen”.
Take care


miruspeg January 30, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Pop on over to my blog when you get a chance I would like your input on my latest post.

miruspeg´s last blog post..Reflecting on our WORDS


Lance January 31, 2009 at 6:51 am

@Henie – That’s a great place to be Henie, enjoy that sanctuary you’ve “found”…

@Jamie Simmerman – Well…I was going with your first thought when I put the photo up with this quote. I didn’t even see the people at first. My wife noticed them right away. Maybe I have selective eyesight! I think, in either case, this is powerful to think about. Thanks for stopping by Jamie!

@Miruspeg – Thanks for sharing that quote here – taking what is “within” and going out into the world is really when miracle can happen! That is a completely wonderful thought! And, I love what you have going on with WORDs over at your site!


Jenny February 16, 2009 at 1:31 pm

I wish there was a cheat sheet for what lies inside of us. I think there is so much inside of me that sometimes I might explode. I need to learn how to find what lies deep inside and work on getting some of it out.

Jenny´s last blog post..Something To Believe In


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