Today, I’d like to bring awareness on managing weapons of mass distraction such as discouragement, stress, trouble, or criticism which impede our quality of life. I will be using powerful quotes by many people, accessing their potent wisdom in effecting change. I’m hoping to bring inspiration and application, giving a road map to those who are ready to step forward and upward.
Are you totally stressed out by life right now?
If so, here’s something to remember. “A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well.” God says this about striving. “See those mountains you are carrying, you were supposed to climb them.” Remember, “Don’t despair when you see what is going on around you, even Moses started out as a basket case.” Adjust your focus, “If you don’t like something, and it’s not essential or significant, just take away it’s only power: your attention.” “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” The solution? “When life shuts a door…open it again. It’s a door. That’s how doors work.”
Are you distracted or troubled about your age catching up with you?
Consider this: “Wrinkles mean you have laughed, grey hair means you cared, and scars mean you lived.” “So far, you have survived 100% of your worst days.” And remember, “There are people on this earth who would love to have your bad days.” Another thought, “One of the happiest moments in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.” More wisdom, “No one is going to stand and say at your funeral, ‘She really had an expensive couch and great shoes.’ Don’t make life about stuff.”
Are you distracted by others judging you?
Even if you made the biggest mistake ever, you need to say to them and yourself, “Do not judge my life by the chapter you walked in on.” Do you realize, “You had a purpose before others had an opinion.” Remember, “An offense is an event. Being offended is a choice.” Here’s some great advice, “Stop looking for happiness in the same place you lost it.”
A general truth about those who judge harshly is, “Those least qualified to condemn you, will. And those most qualified to condemn you, won’t.” Chew up the meat and spit out the bones when others criticize. “Life is a camera: Focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, when you take a bad photo, take another shot.” Finally, “Consider the turtle. The only time it makes progress is when it sticks it neck out.”
Are you distracted by your associates or friend’s constant drama? Be wise. “You become like the five people you spend the most time with. Choose carefully.” In other words, if you hang around with five drama kings and queens, you are about to become the sixth drama king or queen. Be discerning. “Some talk to you in their free time and some free their time to talk to you. Learn the difference.”
Here’s some wisdom.
“You attract the right things and the right people when you have a sense of who you are.” “When you finally learn how much you are worth, you will stop giving discounts.” Get the message?
Let’s close with some ‘equipping you for life’ quotes about perspectives on how not be influenced by weapons of mass distraction. “The world is filled with nice people. If you can’t find one…be one.” “Let your smile change the world but don’t let the world change your smile.” “Live without pretending, love without depending, listen without defending, speak without offending.” “The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest.” “Before you assume, get the facts. Before you judge, understand why. Before you hurt someone, feel. Before you speak, think.” “Sometimes when you’re in a dark place, you think you’re buried, but actually you’ve been planted.” “Never stop learning because life never stops teaching.”
How’s this for living large? “Your smile is your logo. Your personality is your business card. How you leave others feeling after transacting is your trademark.”
One final word on having faith in God supplying you the power to apply this wisdom.
“Faith is like a toothbrush. Every person should have one and use it regularly, but he shouldn’t try to use someone else’s.”
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