Sunday Thought For The Day

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“This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

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Daphne March 1, 2009 at 2:25 am

Lance, I get to make the first comment, woohoo! There are advantages to being 12-15 hours ahead of America 🙂

I love this George Bernard Shaw quote, and have used part of it myself on a previous post. Your picture of the Barcelona Olympic flame makes the quote ten times more powerful, as usual.

I’ve started to ask myself on Sundays, “I wonder what Lance’s quote is today?” so you’re lodged in my memory somewhere! And I guess I’m slow but it just occurred to me that you probably get lots of quotes ready and set the publishing date in advance. Is that right? And here I was thinking, wow Lance is really disciplined, remembering to do this every Sunday! 😉

Daphne´s last blog post..Parallel Universes: You May Be Everything You Ever Wanted To Be


Davina March 1, 2009 at 3:21 am

Hi Lance. I just saw this in my reader and thought, “Hey, maybe I’ll get the first comment this time!” But rats, Daphne beat me to it. Happy Sunday. I was replying to your comment on my blog just hours ago and wondering what would be up for your Sunday Thought for the Day. This is another great one. “Life is no brief candle to me.” — I can appreciate this metaphor. And you keep that candle burning pretty well over here Lance 🙂

Davina´s last blog post..Benefits Of Turning Off Comments


Ian Peatey March 1, 2009 at 3:41 am

And I get to be third! Which is no shame when it’s after Daphne and Davina.

I’m guessing that if this quote is any indication of his true attitude to life then it might explain why he lived to the age of 94! It’s a really wonderful quote and thanks for sharing it, Lance!


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Sarah Lulu March 1, 2009 at 4:24 am

Isn’t that a marvelous quote. Thank you for blessing my day with it.
Actually Sunday is almost over for me.

Sarah Lulu


LifeMadeGreat | Juliet March 1, 2009 at 4:51 am

Hi Lance

This is such a powerful quote – towering. A little large for me at the moment 😉


LifeMadeGreat | Juliet´s last blog post..Would You Prostitute Your Blogging Style?


Jay March 1, 2009 at 5:32 am

Great quote today Lance. My favorite line is “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can.”- I agree. we are not here to live selfish lives, we are here to live together as one, helping each other succeed, loving each other, because when it is all over, we want to leave this place knowing we touched lives for the better. Thanks Lance!

Jay´s last blog post..The Sunday Ponder


Rupal March 1, 2009 at 5:51 am

“I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live.” Love this part. Reminds me of the thought that you have to experience life with no regrets. Live life as fully as possible.


Rupal´s last blog post..Sprained Ankles No More


Lance March 1, 2009 at 6:46 am

@Daphne – I’m laughing! Yes, and you’re always ahead of me Daphne – you’re everywhere! The Olympic flame, I felt that really exemplified the “torch” part of this quote – a light that shines brightly ((like you!). It’s always great to have you here, and that you’re thinking about this ahead of time – that’s a touching gesture to me – thank you. So…when do I put these Sunday posts together? Well…the truth is – I have a couple setup to go if I really need something, am short of time, etc. Usually, though, it’s a Friday or Saturday activity to put this together. I’m just not disciplined enough to plan in advance very often!

@Davina – Yep, Daphne’s quick! And…she’s got an advantage of being ahead of us by many hours!! She’s wide awake, and I’m still groggy! Happy Sunday to you too, Davina. And right back at you – your site is a powerful example of keeping that splendid torch – just look at the recent “Quote Effect” Ebook you created – what a powerful example of burning brightly, and including so many others in the process!

@Ian – You’re right Ian – following these two fine ladies is a great honor! And with Mr. Shaw living until 94, it really does say something about what attitude plays in longevity, and in having a great life!

@Sarah Lulu – It IS marvelous, that’s a great word to describe it! So, I’m glad you could end your Sunday with this, and over here, we’ll start it out on this note! Have a great night!

@Juliet – It is powerful. Maybe the towering part is related to the photo. Juliet, know that you are a force of nature – and you ARE doing great things. Maybe that seems “large”… Just know that you are unique and your words alone are a brightly shining torch in our world today…

@Jay – Living in community, it’s a great thought. And when we live this way, when we can impact others, and allow others to impact us – what a connection that is developed! And what a way to make a difference in our world! You’re doing that Jay!

@Rupal – Live life fully — there’s no better way! Whatever “fully” is for you. And that’s what makes our world so amazing – is that we can all do this in our own unique ways – and when we do – we really can leave the world a better place. And with no regrets. Keep on doing that Rupal!


LisaNewton March 1, 2009 at 7:03 am

Great quote, Lance, and words to live by. Live each day to the fullest, enjoy, share, and relax. I love it………….:)

LisaNewton´s last blog post..A Sanctuary in Los Angeles


Jenny Mannion March 1, 2009 at 7:07 am

Hi Lance,
I’m with Jay — that part of the quote is what really struck me though the whole thing is brilliant. Thank you for sharing — I had never heard that before. I also love the part about being a force of nature. When I was ill I did feel like the world was against me. I agree that we are in charge of knowing WHAT will make us truly happy and working towards getting there. Thanks Lance, awesome as always!

Jenny Mannion´s last blog post..Do You Want to Get in Touch With Your Inner Psychic and Intuition?


David at Animal-Kingdom-Workouts March 1, 2009 at 7:41 am

I like the idea of being a keeper of a torch before handing it off to future generations. Nice idea. Thanks for the thoughtful qoute!

– Dave

David at Animal-Kingdom-Workouts´s last blog post..Everything is AMAZING and Nobody’s Happy


Natalia Burleson March 1, 2009 at 7:43 am

Hi Lance, That is a great picture and an even greater quote. Living life to the fullest! I think that I am just learning that doing what a person loves is very important. We are trying to raise our son to do what he has a passion for, not necessarily what he can make the most money doing. Of course we don’t talk about the money aspect of it, that would be lost on a 4 yr old. But talking about things we love to do and how much happier daddy is, and we are as a family, with daddy doing what he loves! I also think that doing what you have a passion for, what makes you happy, makes you more available to the community.

Natalia Burleson´s last blog post..It was a fun day!


Laurie March 1, 2009 at 7:53 am

I agree that we all have a purpose in this life. The trick is knowing your heart, trusting God, and going for whatever that purpose is. If everyone could actually figure out what their purpose is….wow, what a world it would be!


Cath Lawson March 1, 2009 at 8:18 am

Hi Lance – I love the Bernard Shaw quote. And the pic is awesome. But i need to find my glasses as I couldn’t work out what it was at first, even though it has the Olympics symbol on it.


Annette March 1, 2009 at 8:24 am

very deep this morning Lance 😉 The last two sentences really hit home for me…… Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”

What an awesome way to think of your life! I am feeling inspired today! Sometimes the “act of doing” can be a very tiring thing………but on the days I didn’t try as hard, even though I’m not as worn out, I feel like I missed out a little bit on life that day.

Hoping to burn bright today and all month 🙂 I resolve not to live life on auto-pilot!

Annette´s last blog post..Sexy Workouts 🙂


Tess The Bold Life March 1, 2009 at 8:57 am

Do I recognize my purpose as being mighty? It took me a long time. Now I only work part time and have to remember I’m an ordinary person doing extraordianary things.

I have to put value on my writing, hiking, running, golfing and spending time traveling, volunteering visiting my grandchildren and children in my now mostly leisurely life.

The joy and value of my mighty purpose comes from accepting these as gifts, living in the present moment making our world a more loving place.

Tess The Bold Life´s last blog post..How to Be Bold Enough to Surrender


Mark March 1, 2009 at 9:18 am

Fantastic quote! Happy Sunday Lance!


Evelyn Lim March 1, 2009 at 9:22 am

I sometimes feel so exhausted from the big pile of things on my desk that I feel as if I need to discontinue my blogging life. And then, I will stop to think about how enriched I have become, just by serving others with the words I publish on my site. I know that I will not have it any other way. If I can impact at least one life, I am already happy. Hopefully, what I do is enough to inspire the future generation – namely my kids – to carry on lighting the torch for others in years to come.

Evelyn Lim´s last blog post..How To Get To Enlightenment


Amanda Linehan March 1, 2009 at 10:20 am

Hi Lance – Hmmm, this quote speaks to the idea that what we can do for others is also the same thing that makes the torch burn bright in us. (Really nice picture, by the way.) I like the idea of our lives being something “great” by what we can do for ourselves and others.

Amanda Linehan´s last blog post..How To Be Flexible


rummuser March 1, 2009 at 10:38 am

Lance, you have quoted one of my all time favorite quotes, that I have used in thousands of communications. I am not exaggerating. What a quote from a man who lived it.

rummuser´s last blog post..Out Of Box Thinking – Current Economic Dissolve


Evita March 1, 2009 at 10:55 am

Very powerful Lance!

Love the part about “complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy”

I sometimes feel I am surrounded by a number of people who feel like that, but they also have such blinders on that it is impossible to break through their wall to help them and allow them to see the freedom that sits just outside of that wall, when they stop limiting themselves in how the world has “wronged” them.

Evita´s last blog post..The Quote Effect E-Book – What Effect Will It Have On You?


Jewel/Pink Ink March 1, 2009 at 11:10 am

Very inspiring Lance! May I be able to live my life that way. We are capable of so much more, aren’t we?? Living our true potential would be such a joy.

Jewel/Pink Ink´s last blog post..Got Good News?


Jannie Funster March 1, 2009 at 11:53 am

He was one cool and smart man. I’ve been a fan of his writings for many many years. And now this quote – can I be a George Bernard Shaw too?

Jannie Funster´s last blog post..Why?


Lizwi March 1, 2009 at 12:30 pm

This really inspires me. It reminds me that I have a duty to keep the torch of life brighter each day so that it can make tomorrow brighter than today. It is also very important to always remember that the world will not end when I die, but will be there for generations to come.

Lizwi´s last blog post..Taking a holiday


Caroline March 1, 2009 at 2:25 pm

WOW! What a quote. Thank you Lance. Also, big hug to you for your comment you left on my blog. I am overwhelmed with the support and love that has been poured on me. It’s funny, I didn’t consider the impact we make as bloggers. It is amazing what we all give and receive. Although it’s in a virtual world…it is so real. It’s blowing my mind right now.


Audra Krell March 1, 2009 at 3:40 pm

I have never heard this quote before, bits and pieces for sure, but it was great to see the whole thing and to find out who said it.
I have several people in my life that think the world owes them and the tenacity of these people is amazing. They never give up trying to get the world to serve them. I just wish they could know that they are a clod of ailments and grievances.
That said, I walked through my own many years of being a clod and didn’t really know it. By the grace of God, the truth was revealed to me (hitting rock bottom will do that) and once free from my all engaging self, I strive to not return to that person. Awareness is everything.
Maybe we need a quiz that all people should be required to take…”You might be a clod of grievances if you answer yes to ANY of the following!” ; )


Mindful Mimi March 1, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Lance, spot on again.
Of course the world will not itself to making you happy. I think that is the biggest lesson we need to learn.
Other people cannot make you happy. Money can’t. Material things can’t. Only you can. It is fine to think of that in the bigger sense. But sometimes, on the day to day situations, emergencies and dealings, we tend to forget this, become upset, mope and blame the other, the job or the whole wide world.
Although I know this, I am still learning to put it to practice in everyday life.
I believe that we all have the same ardor to live the best life we can, to love and give, make people happy, shine our light, make the world – or just a tiny part of it – a better place, accomplish something that we hold dear.
THanks for shining your light in blogoshpere.
Have a great start of the week.

Mindful Mimi´s last blog post..The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls — Pablo Picasso


suZen March 1, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Fabulous picture! If you look back a week or so on my blog you’ll see the same Shaw quote! We are STILL at it! haha

suZen´s last blog post..Love and The Lonely


Julie March 1, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Hi, Lance. Happy Sunday! I think this quote can be condensed to two of his sentences: “This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one” [emphasis on “being used”] and “I rejoice in life for its own sake.” These two create a complete, fulfilling circle. Once I understood my own unique, individual purpose and of being an instrument toward that end, the act of living life itself became my joyous reward! Sure, I falter and slip and even fail completely, sometimes, and I kick myself for it—but then the purpose calls, and I offer myself, and the birds start singing, again, and life is beautiful!

Julie´s last blog post..The Gift


Frisky Librarian March 1, 2009 at 5:24 pm

I love this quote – I’ve read it before but it’s always worth reading again.

Frisky Librarian´s last blog post..Big wheel and silly sausages


Stacey / Create a Balance March 1, 2009 at 6:08 pm

I want to be a force of nature and will continue to do my thing, waiting for when preparation and opportunity collide. I will continue to move my ideas into reality, one by one, until I create the ultimate gift to the world that I was born to share with others. Loved this quote Lance, it spoke to my heart and soul.


Karl Staib - Work Happy Now March 1, 2009 at 6:23 pm

If that quote doesn’t move your soul then check your pulse.

That was a glorious quote. A lot of times we avoid work so to make life feel easier. We neglect the fact that we don’t feel useful. This lack of use makes us more tired and even more lazy.

We have to build a life that helps others. If we don’t we live an empty existence.

Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s last blog post..How to Change Your Company’s Office Culture


Angel March 1, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Yes, Lance, Let it burn! I live for Sundays. I am in such a good mood right now. I have decided (again) not to let the little things get me down. Life is precious and short. And too much time is wasted worrying and stressing. This quote reminds me to live my life to the fullest and let my little light shine. So I’m gonna. I’m shining, Lance!

Angel´s last blog post..Client quote of the week


Arswino March 1, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Hi Lance, this is a powerful quote to start a new day. My favorite line is “Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”
Thanks for sharing it, Lance. 🙂

Arswino´s last blog post..I Want To Be Extraordinary !!


Henie March 1, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Thank you, Lance, for always reminding us to live in heart and soul!

“Live to give not live to get!” ~Henie~

Henie´s last blog post..Backyard Splendor


Lance March 1, 2009 at 10:18 pm

@LisaNewton – If we’re living each day to the fullest – if we’ve done this – and have done this listening to our heart – we have succeeded. Thanks Lisa!

@Jenny Mannion – Belonging to the whole community is a wonderful thought. If we all thought like this – like we belonged, and as part of that we contributed selflessly – what a more wonderful world we would live in. Especially if this wasn’t’ just one village becoming a community, but really the whole world becoming both community-minded and feeling a real sense of belonging. Jenny, you are a shining example of this in action – I really believe you live this, your torch shines brightly!

@David – I really liked that too, David. If we think about those who will inhabit this place once we’ve moved on, then being the keeper of one of the torches shining into that future is an important one – for each of us. And I find that to be inspiring as we prepare this world for the future by what we are doing today.

@Natalia – I loved them both, too! I think we all evolve toward that point – doing what you love. Whether we get there or not, that’s another question. And you are raising your son wonderfully Natalia! Going after your passions in life will make life so much more fulfilling. And the money…money can be tempting. It’s tempting for me. What’s really pretty cool, I think, is that you are living it. Your husband is living it. What you speak to your son, then, comes from the heart. And yes, I think if we develop our passions, they can become part of the community, and part of us making the world a better place, through what we are passionate about.

@Laurie – Laurie, you really summed this up so well – if we were to all really figure out our purpose, from deep within our soul, what a place this world would be. It is pretty fantastic now, and it would only be better in ways that people really and deeply cared about…

@Cath – This photo, I believe, is the Olympic Flame from the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. And the whole idea of a torch struck me for the photo – and what better than the Olympic Flame? A torch larger than life adn symbolizing all of our nations together as one. And there is true joy in that thought!

@Annette – This was really the thought that jumped out at me in this whole quote too. And the inspiration for the photo today! And you’re right – the act of doing – it can be exhausting! When we give it our all, when we go all out, even if it makes us tired – if we’re doing this out of love, from the depths of our soul – it will feel right and good. And I happen to think, Annette, that you to a very excellent job of holding that torch, and keeping it shining brightly!

@Tess – What you’ve written, Tess, is beautiful! Your purpose is indeed mighty. And I can tell you value what you do very much – and that speaks to what’s in your heart. You DO make the world a more loving place – just from what I’ve witnessed here and at your own site. Continue to do those things you value (like visiting the grandchildren) – you are doing great works!

@Mark Salinas – Thanks Mark! And a very happy Sunday to you and your family as well!


Lance March 1, 2009 at 10:18 pm

@Evelyn – Evelyn, I have that same feeling some days! And then I think the same thing you do – how enriching it is to write and engage with so many talented people from all over the world – really giving new perspectives on so many things for me. And consider yourself happy Evelyn – you have impacted my life, in very positive ways! And I have a pretty good feeling your kids will be given a well-used torch, and one that shines brightly. Their mother is doing much good in this world – they are indeed lucky to have you!

@Amanda – I really struggled with the right picture for this, even after I had an idea what I wanted to use. Finding one that really fit what I was hoping for was difficult to find. Then I found this, and really felt, with the flame, and the looking up, that it was exactly what I was looking for. And then your comment to the torch within us – that’s such a great way of looking at this. As we do for others, that torch within us gets brighter and brighter. Love the thoughts today Amanda, thanks much!

@Rummuser – Well, that’s pretty cool! It’s been a long time since I’d heard this quote, and when I saw it again, wow, it just seemed to fit with where I’m at right now. So, hearing this is a favorite of yours, and one you’ve used many times over – fantastic! Thanks Ramana!

@Evita – It’s so easy to “blame”, isn’t it. We all have, within us, the ability to have a full and happy life. We do need to take an active role in our life, and in making it what we desire. And when we tie that into the making of a community, that really adds to our blinders coming off… so we can see what goodness there really is in our world.

@Jewel – We are capable of so much, and so much more than we do usually. Just think of what could be if our torch was brightly shining all the time! Wow!! Here’s to all of us stepping it up just a notch – to shine just a little brighter…

@Jannie – Very cool, and very smart – yes he certainly was! Jannie, I think you do embody much of what this quote says, so, yes – you can be a George Bernard Shaw (well, except he’s a man!!) (wait…George that can be a man’s or a woman’s name, right?!?!?!?)

@Lizwi – We CAN leave the world a better place, and we can keep our torches lit and shining brightly – a great message, isn’t it! Great to have you here today!

@Caroline – It really is a powerful quote! I recall starting out, and how blogging seemed distant, remote. And,over time that has really changed. It IS real. In amazing ways, it’s real. It’s not just an unknown person leaving a comment anymore. It’s someone I know, someone I consider friend. You. So, know that I think wherever the future leads you to, it will be the right place for you. And, know that you have support here always, as well as many other places, I’m sure – from the comments I’ve read on your site.

@Audra – This whole quote, all together in one spot – really says so much. For some, this just doesn’t click. And if/when it does – what a moment it will be for them. Life looks so completely different when you view it as abundance instead of scarcity. I’ve been that clod too, not knowing it. And I think that’s part of it – people don’t necessarily realize the “woe is me” attitude they spin sometimes. All we can do is continue to support these people, with gentle brushes with what life can be like. At the same time, it’s important that we also have the uplifing associations too, so we don’t get pulled back into the fray of scarcity. “By the grace of God” — powerful statement Audra, and I love that you’ve used that here. Our God is an awesome God! And one of His most awesome things is grace… And the test, yes – let’s make it simple one that anyone can take!!


Lance March 1, 2009 at 10:19 pm

@Mimi – That is so much “it”, Mimi! Only we, ourselves, can truly make us happy. It’s not something we can buy in the store, or solve with a bigger paycheck. Hey, you’ve seen me Mimi? (I have moped before!). And a very true and raw-honest statement – all you know this, putting into practice isn’t always easy. Thank you. It’s not. And if I’m shining my light, it’s really a reflection off of all the wonderful people who stop here and share their light – that really is the amazing light that shines from here! (and thank you Mimi…). And same to you, have a great Monday!

@SuZen – I love how the photo really fits to the torch idea! So, I just came back from your site – this is too wild, crazy, unbelievable. And just to add to the mix – the Louis Armstrong song you have up – I included that song back in October on my site. We are still at it! Hmmm….I wonder what SuZen will post next??? (maybe I have a good idea already!!)

@Julie – Hi Julie, and a very Happy Sunday to you too! Yes those two sentences really do sum this up. Getting to that point of understanding your purpose – what a great place to get to. Julie, passion rings from your words! And we all falter and slip. The thing is to get back up. And get back to what our soul calls out for. Continue to live in that place Julie, you are amazing there…

@Frisky Librarian – It is worth reading manay times over! Thanks for stopping by!

@Stacey/Create A Balance – Ah yes, being prepared – thanks for bringing that up Stacey! Something we’ve talked about recently here – and it still applies. In this case our preparation should be focused on what our heart and soul call out. YOu are doing very amazing things Stacey! And it’s all very exciting to watch it unfold. Your words today mean much to me, my friend. Thank you…

@Karl – This is a very moving quote – it does go straight to our hearts and souls. To the idea of working and being all used up is a great thought – and when put into action – a true testimony to what this really means! Do work that speaks to your heart, and live!

@Angel – Hey Angel! “Life is precious and short.” – I love this statement, and I do because it reminds me that I’ve got one shot here on earth – and I also don’t know how long that shot is. And that speaks to urgency – to looking “now” to find that which speaks deeply. Angel, your light isn’t little at all. You are shining Angel – you are shining brightly!

@Arswino – My favorite line in this one too! Continue to shine brightly Arswino!

@Henie – I’m pretty sure you’re one of those who “gets” this, Henie. Living in the heart and soul – is a place where true joy resides! And being of a giving spirit – that’s just another way we can be a light into the world!


Vered - MomGrind March 1, 2009 at 11:27 pm

“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community” – what an unusual perspective. We tend to be self-centered – perhaps giving to our immediate family but often feeling reluctant or ambivalent vabout giving to the bigger community.


Linda Abbit March 1, 2009 at 11:38 pm

Wow, Lance! One powerful sentence after another by Shaw — and a powerful photo to top it all off. Thank *you* for making my Sunday (night) richer!

Linda Abbit´s last blog post..Funny Fridays 2/27/09 — Because It’s Better to Laugh than to Cry!


Stacey Shipman March 2, 2009 at 8:52 am

The last line is what really strikes me. Burn as brightly as possible before passing it on. We pass on what we live and experience, don’t we? I want to pass on hope and inspiration and positive action. Not doom, gloom and “give up, it’s easier”. Make it shine. We all need a light to guide us…


Happiness Is Better March 2, 2009 at 9:24 am

Great quote. I agree with Vered and thought that was an interesting part of the quote that Shaw would mention community. He did live in a different time than we do today. They may have relied on each other more than we do today or at least there may be that perception.

This is my favorite part of the quote: “Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”

Thanks for the post Lance!

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meleah rebeccah March 2, 2009 at 10:32 am

Always such words of wisdom over here! Thanks for that.

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Tabitha in Bliss March 2, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Lance, this is SO how I feel and I’m beaming to have read this here! We all should feel this way EVERYDAY of our lives.

I truly enjoy your blog!!

Tabitha in Bliss´s last blog post..A Delicious Day!


Jennifer March 2, 2009 at 1:38 pm

How splendid Lance! I have been thinking about so much of this lately. It is what brings so much happiness – thinking outside of myself to truly make a difference in the time I have.

“I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” – What great words to live by!

Thank you for posting this.

Jennifer´s last blog post..The Four Purifications of Peace taught by Peace Pilgrim


Dragos Roua March 2, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Enlightening! Burning with a purpose is so much better than faking a shallow happiness. Inspiring post! Thank you 🙂

Dragos Roua´s last blog post..How To Create A Habit In 15 Days


Bri March 2, 2009 at 3:30 pm

“Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”

I like that sentence. I think that too many people blame life and circumstances for the way things are, rather than taking responsibility themselves. They end up tossed around by life and never really get anywhere, though they may talk a big game.

We’re all obligated to find our life’s purpose, and live it to the fullest.


Liara Covert March 2, 2009 at 7:19 pm

George Bernard Shaw’s view is profound and invites reflection. And yet, no energy being is separate or ever used up. An energy being cannot exhaust spiritual immortality. Some people evolve to sense that working harder is not necessarily smarter or better. To rejoice in being present now is to recognize time does not exist and no being is mightier than any other.

Liara Covert´s last blog post..What is the universe telling you?


Liara Covert March 2, 2009 at 7:37 pm

The contents of this clever ebook remind people they are doing things part of them thinks they are not. You remind readers that dead language is very much alive. Every being lives a Zen koan.

Liara Covert´s last blog post..What is the universe telling you?


Sagan March 2, 2009 at 9:20 pm

“I rejoice in life for its own sake”… I think we live better lives when we wake up each morning and the first thought is that we are so grateful and happy to be able to wake up, to go out and LIVE and do what we choose.

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Lance March 2, 2009 at 10:12 pm

@Vered – If we all looked outward a bit more, to those around us – if we ALL did this – then that feeling of family would spread beyond our immediate family – to include really the community around us. I know what you mean, Vered, it is much easier to focus on those we are closest to – our immediate family – getting to being more community-minded is not necessarily easy…

@Linda – Thank you for stopping by Linda! Each line in this quote is so powerful!

@Stacey Shipman – There are lights out there that guide us – voices of hope for us. And, just like there are people who shine light in our life, we have that opportunity to shine light for others. You’re doing that Stacey! Keep shining!

@Happiness is Better – I think we are more isolated today. There are so many distractions that pull us away from real community. And the part that is your favorite — mine too. Be a torch!!

@Meleah – Your welcome, and great to see you here today!

@Tabitha – This quote is so uplifting…and when I first read it, I just felt it calling out to become a Sunday post! Continue to do amazing things in your life Tabitha!

@Jennifer – Jennifer, know that you do truly shine! And I think you’ve hit upon something – happiness. Looking outward, to be a gift in our world – when we do this with love and caring – true happiness is not far behind.

@Dragos – Faking happiness – oh, another great point. Faking happiness is just that – fake. And when we do our life activities with purpose – that is real happiness!

@Bri – Taking responsibility vs. blaming and complaining – a great point Bri. When we take responsibility, we also take action. And thats’ what is needed to get us moving in the right direction.

@Liara – The idea of us never being used up – I love this point. We always have something to give, even as we near the end. Even if it’s just a smile. Everything we can give of ourselves is a way to spread the goodness described in this quote.

@Sagan – I love this idea Sagan! Now…can I remember that come morning? I’m going to give this a shot – so easy, and such an easy way to realize how truly abundant our lives are. Thank so much Sagan!


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