Be grateful every morning when you get up that you have something to do which must
be done, whether you like it or not.  It will give you a chance to do your best; it will
allow you to develop a hundred virtues which you otherwise may never have had.
-- Charles Kingsley
The best books haven't been written, the best race hasn't been run,
The best score hasn't been made yet, the best song hasn't been sung.
The world is waiting and eager for things that you ought to create.
Its store of true worth is still meager, its needs are incessant and great;
Don't pay attention to doubters, your chances have only begun.
The best jobs haven't been started, the best work hasn't been done.
-- Berton Braley
He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has
gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his
niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it; who
has never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty; who has looked for the best in
others and given the best he had.  -- Mrs. A. J. Stanley
I have come to understand life, not as a chase of personal happiness, but as a field
for endeavor toward the happiness of the whole human family.  There is no better
success.  I know of nothing more subtly satisfying than a knowledge of the good will
and appreciation of others.  Such happiness does not come with money, it cannot be
bought.  But it is the highest joy and the toiler's truest and best reward.
-- William Dean Howells
Today is your day and mine, the only day we have, the day in which we play our part.
What our part may signify in the great whole, we may not understand; but we are here to
play it, and now is our time.  This we know:  our part is not a part of cynicism or indifference.
Our part is a part of love, and it is for us to express love in terms of human helpfulness.
-- David Jordan
Start where you stand and never mind the past,
The past won't help you in beginning new,
If you have left it all behind at last
That's enough, you're done with it, you're through.
This is another chapter in the book,
This is another day that you have planned,
Don't give the vanished days a backward look,
Start where you stand.

Old failures won't halt, old triumphs won't aid,
Today's the thing, tomorrow soon will be;
Get in the fight and face it unafraid
And leave the past to ancient history.
What has been, has been; yesterday is dead
And by it you are neither blessed nor banned;
Take courage, be determined, drive ahead,
Start where you stand.

-- Berton Braley
Playing Our Part
~ The photos on this page are from Italy. ~
Each of our acts makes a statement as to our purpose.
-- Leo Buscaglia
The question is not to know what is the meaning of life,
but what meaning can we give to our lives.
-- Dalai Lama
Every morning wakes another chance to make our lives and
the lives of others a little better.  -- Kiya Heartwood