Muses for the Holiday Season - 2016

On Gratitude...

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. - William Arthur Ward

Remaining grateful is necessary to having a fulfilled life.

He is the wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. - Epictetus

On Family…

Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts!

Blood makes you related – loyalty makes you family.

Call it network, tribe or family: Whatever you call it, you need one.

Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.

On Stress...

It’s not the load that breaks you down. It’s the WAY you carry it.

Stress is like fire: When controlled and used for a purpose, it serves us well. Let unbridled, it can consume us. – Brendan Brazier

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. – William James

The key to winning is poise under stress, – Paul Brown

Uncertainty is the most stressful feeling.

It is not stress that kills us, but our reaction to it.

On Motivation...

Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. - Lou Holtz

A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning - Pat Riley

Motivation, to me, is one of the most noticeable and admirable traits in a person.

On New Beginnings...

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward. – C.S. Lewis

Every moment is a new beginning - Elie Wiesel

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. - Hal Borland

Sincerely wishing you and your loved ones a most peaceful and blessed Holiday Season! NLR