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BobcatBomber 01-27-16 08:18 AM

Inspirational Thoughts
 
I'm creating this thread to channel inspiration words into one place. It could be words of encouragement, a meaningful passage from scripture, or just a great story you've heard that celebrates the good and power of positive thinking and doing.

You may also use this space to ask others for encouragement.

We never know the entire story of people around us...even our closest friends. Just kind words or a similar story may empower someone to turn things around during sad or dark times.

This will be a safe place. I don't post much anymore, but I read often, and I will heavily police the comments on this thread. No negativity. Lighthearted joking/laughing is fine as long as it's not at the expense of another poster or their words. I'll push Yappi for stiff recourse to those who belittle the intent of this thread.

That being said, I hope to see lots of participation from past, present and future Yappi users.

Have a wonderful day!

BobcatBomber 01-27-16 08:21 AM

I challenge each of you to step outside of your comfort zone today.

Compliment a co-worker. Help the elderly at the grocery store. Pay it forward while getting your drive-thru coffee. Anything. Pay particular attention to how it makes you feel to extend positivity into someone else's life.

Frank Underwood 01-27-16 08:57 AM

every year for my birthday my parents get me something with the words "Believe" inscribed on it. My first one was on my 7th birthday, after going through some surgeries they didn't think I'd make it through, was a small wooden black bear with the word Believe carved in wood between it's hands.

BobcatBomber 01-27-16 09:26 AM

That's really cool. I know we joke with bcf a lot, but I couldn't begin to imagine going through his fight with cancer. Hopefully he continues to fight and will pull through this latest hurdle.

Michael Bluth 01-27-16 09:33 AM

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes_of_the_day.html


I go here every morning to get a nice, good inspirational quote in :thumb:

James Cramerica 01-27-16 10:14 AM

Pretty damn corny thread, BCB. I will bite, though.

I try to live in the moment as best I can. This is a very literal idea -- even while just driving to work in the morning, take in the houses, yards, etc. around me and give no thought to what I will be doing at work that day or that week, or next week, etc. Good way to stay happy and not always be stressed.

cabezadecaballo 01-27-16 10:19 AM

If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.

cabezadecaballo 01-27-16 10:23 AM

:) Have a wonderful day!! :)

eastside_purple 01-27-16 10:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Michael Bluth (Post 6390587)
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes_of_the_day.html


I go here every morning to get a nice, good inspirational quote in :thumb:

Great site! I frequent it often as well.

Frank Underwood 01-27-16 10:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by James Cramerica (Post 6390640)
Pretty damn corny thread, BCB. I will bite, though.

I try to live in the moment as best I can. This is a very literal idea -- even while just driving to work in the morning, take in the houses, yards, etc. around me and give no thought to what I will be doing at work that day or that week, or next week, etc. Good way to stay happy and not always be stressed.

I like it, I've been trying to do this more too.

Michael Bluth 01-27-16 11:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by James Cramerica (Post 6390640)
I try to live in the moment as best I can. This is a very literal idea -- even while just driving to work in the morning, take in the houses, yards, etc. around me and give no thought to what I will be doing at work that day or that week, or next week, etc. Good way to stay happy and not always be stressed.

Word.

I follow a similar strategy broken down into "be in the room that you are in" combined with "the journey is the reward"

... of course I break that rule daily by visiting yappi while I should be present in real life

Uncle Ted 01-27-16 11:54 AM

I deserve good things, I am entitled to my share of happiness. I refuse to beat myself up. I am an attractive person. I am fun to be with.

But today, I've decided to take a risk, and wear a new sweater. It was sent to me by a recovering sex addict, Melissa D., who knitted it herself; she said it gave her something to do with her hands.

Uncle Ted 01-27-16 11:57 AM

"I am good enough, I am smart enough, and doggone it, people like me."

Jhubbs77 01-27-16 12:19 PM



End thread. Warning: some intense language

Nelson Van Alden 01-27-16 12:20 PM

"If you find yourself going through hell, keep going."- Churchill

eastside_purple 01-27-16 12:21 PM

I got through 30 secs of that.....

BobcatBomber 01-27-16 12:24 PM

One of my personal favorites that I find myself using a lot is "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent" from E. Roosevelt.

It's a good teaching point for kids, especially teenagers. It helps them understand that they are the only ones in charge of how their emotions, and encourages them to own their thoughts/words.

cabezadecaballo 01-27-16 12:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by eastside_purple (Post 6390850)
I got through 30 secs of that.....

hell ?

"David Thorne" 01-27-16 02:27 PM

working in healthcare, I look death in the face everyday...this is a bible scripture I live by "John 11:25-26"...this is also a quote from an unknown source I live by "never look down on someone unless you are helping them up"...even when patients treat me terribly, I still give them the help and care they need and deserve. I always have to remind the younger generation to treat patients like they would want their parents to be treated...they do stuff sometimes that make me wanna punch them in the face!!!! Something my parents have been telling me for years that I now tell my 15yo son-"no matter how bad you think your life is, someone has it 10x worse than you"

Uncle Ted 01-27-16 02:50 PM

If someone calls you a name, sock em in the face. You will feel good.

Wch original.

Uncle Ted 01-27-16 03:16 PM

Go ahead, make my day.

the_big_toe 01-27-16 05:50 PM

It's not how many times you get knocked down, it's how many times you get back up.

the_big_toe 01-27-16 05:53 PM

Why is the Lion the "King of the Jungle"?

He's not the biggest and strongest - that would be the Elephant.

He's not the tallest - that would be the Giraffe.

He's not the fastest - that would be the Cheetah.

The Lion is the King of the Jungle for one reason and one reason only ... He KNOWS he's the King of the Jungle.

ronnie mund 01-27-16 06:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by James Cramerica (Post 6390640)
Pretty damn corny thread, BCB. I will bite, though.

I try to live in the moment as best I can. This is a very literal idea -- even while just driving to work in the morning, take in the houses, yards, etc. around me and give no thought to what I will be doing at work that day or that week, or next week, etc. Good way to stay happy and not always be stressed.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Frank Underwood (Post 6390696)
I like it, I've been trying to do this more too.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Michael Bluth (Post 6390746)
Word.

I follow a similar strategy broken down into "be in the room that you are in" combined with "the journey is the reward"

... of course I break that rule daily by visiting yappi while I should be present in real life

You guys should look into reading about eastern philosophy, specifically Zen Buddhism and Daosim, and even more specifically, Alan Watts.

Reading and listening to Alan Watts has been a fundamental part in completely changing how I view the world.

This bit taken from one of his lectures sums up well what you guys are talking about I think:



This is one of my personal favorites. I try and keep this one in mind at all times:


Michael Bluth 01-27-16 07:20 PM

I've been legitimately looking to get more into Zen Buddhism and meditation

D4fan 01-28-16 05:47 AM

"one of my greatest pleasures in life is doing what others tell me is impossible"

Auggie 01-28-16 09:16 AM

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_xyN9EUXaxg...smilesmile.jpg

vamp2syd 01-31-16 07:04 PM

"Reflection"

I have come curiously close to the end, down
Beneath my self-indulgent pitiful hole,
Defeated, I concede and
Move closer
I may find comfort here
I may find peace within the emptiness
How pitiful

It's calling me...

And in my darkest moment, fetal and weeping
The moon tells me a secret - my confidant
As full and bright as I am
This light is not my own and
A million light reflections pass over me

Its source is bright and endless
She resuscitates the hopeless
Without her, we are lifeless satellites drifting

And as I pull my head out I am without one doubt
Don't wanna be down here feeding my narcissism.
I must crucify the ego before it's far too late
I pray the light lifts me out
Before I pine away.

So crucify the ego, before it's far too late
To leave behind this place so negative and blind and cynical,
And you will come to find that we are all one mind
Capable of all that's imagined and all conceivable.
Just let the light touch you
And let the words spill through
And let them pass right through
Bringing out our hope and reason...
before we pine away.

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MontetheCarlo 02-01-16 03:31 PM

Motivational stuff doesn't do much for more. I worked for two guys who liked handing out books and showing videos and I found it all pretty worthless.

I do have a photo I took of the Shawshank Redemption tree that's down the road from Malabar Farm. I turned it into a poster with the "Hope is a good thing ..." quote from the movie printed on it. Virtually every guy who walks into my office notices and makes a comment.

ronnie mund 02-01-16 03:59 PM

Speaking of Shawshank:


Michael Bluth 02-01-16 08:30 PM

Shawshank = GOAT

ronnie mund 02-01-16 08:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Michael Bluth (Post 6391306)
I've been legitimately looking to get more into Zen Buddhism and meditation

Do it, it's fascinating stuff. The eastern world view is just so completely different than the west. Really has the ability to change the way one thinks. Haven't delved into mediation yet, but want to start at some point.

gobluetom 02-01-16 09:00 PM

It's easy to grin When your ship comes in And you've got the stock market beat. But the man worthwhile, Is the man who can smile, When his shorts are too tight in the seat.

cabezadecaballo 02-01-16 10:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Michael Bluth (Post 6395843)
Shawshank = GOAT

....stupid Forrest Gump....

cabezadecaballo 02-01-16 10:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gobluetom (Post 6395862)
It's easy to grin When your ship comes in And you've got the stock market beat. But the man worthwhile, Is the man who can smile, When his shorts are too tight in the seat.

http://www.back9network.com/wp-conte...addyshack2.gif

MontetheCarlo 02-02-16 11:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cabezadecaballo (Post 6395922)

"I shoulda yelled TWO!"

thavoice 02-02-16 11:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Michael Bluth (Post 6395843)
Shawshank = GOAT

Fantastic movie, no doubt!
From what I recall, it wasnt a fantastic box office for them and it really took off once it went to vhs/dvd.

dado6 02-02-16 11:50 AM

When I went thru my divorce, another divorce(ing) friend used the escape scene from Shawshank as an analogy for our current status in life.

We had just finished crawling through a tunnel of e, and now we were standing in the rain, free of the tunnel. The smell of the e was still on us, we were wet and cold, and didn't know where we were going from here, but at least we were free.

Nelson Van Alden 02-07-16 12:26 PM

Those who haven't seen the NC State 30 for 30 are missing out. I get chills watching it, really amazing.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AjRDgLIXpmc

BobcatBomber 02-10-16 10:44 PM

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There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.

The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, "You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound is still there."

The little boy then understood how powerful his words were. He looked up at his father and said "I hope you can forgive me father for the holes I put in you."

"Of course I can," said the father.

It's not always anger, it is your actions in general. There are no "fresh starts" in life. There is no new beginning. Forgiveness comes easy for many people but the scars of the past, they never go away. Watch what you do today, because sometimes the price isn't worth the reward.


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