Doing is a quantum leap from imagining.
Thinking about swimming
isnít much like
actually getting in the
water. Actually getting in
water can take your breath away. The defense force inside us
wants us to be cautious, to stay
away from anything as intense
as a new kind of action. Its job is to protect us, and it categorically
resembling danger. But
itís often wrong. Anything
worth doing is worth doing too soon.
years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you
do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the
away from the
safe harbor. Catch the trade wind in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor
intellectual achievements, but moral acts: to return love for hate,
include the excluded, and to say, "I was wrong."
Sydney J. Harris
|If everybody did just one thing.
Just one thing. Not even
a great thing.
Not a world-changing thing, just one blessing,
just one act of
living kindness. The effect
of each caring action,
no matter how seemingly small, brings blessings
into the lives
of others. There
may be no greater or more important thing
that we can do at this instant.
often comes to those who dare and act; it seldom goes to
the timid who are afraid of the consequences.
If your ship doesnít come in, swim out to it.
|Inaction, contrary to its reputation for being a
is neither safe nor comfortable.
I donít waste time thinking, ďAm I doing it
I say, ďAm I doing it?Ē
What we do to survive is often different from
what we may need to do in order to live.
Rachel Naomi Remen
We donít always know whose lives
we touched and
having cared, because actions can
sometimes have unseen
important is that you
do care and you do act.
Words are mere bubbles of water,
but deeds are
drops of gold.
can clear the land, plow the field, spread the fertilizer, and plant the
But you cannot make it rain. You cannot prevent an early frost.
You cannot determine exactly what will happen in your life. The rain
or may not fall, but one thing is certain: you will get a harvest
if you planted something in the field.
It's important to do everything in our power to ensure our success,
but we also need to let the universe take its course.
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you do makes a difference. Everything you don't do makes a
difference, too. If you wave your arm you create a
breeze. What does that do to the weather? The effect
may be small, but there is an effect, and combined with other
small effects it can have a significant effect. Every act we
perform has some effect on the choices other people make and the
world we live in. We are part of the great puzzle of life,
and without us it is not complete. . . .
Every act has its
effect. To do nothing is an act that stems from feelings of
hopelessness and despair. Please remember, no matter how
dark the future looks, you can make a difference. When you
live the true life you were sent here to live, the difference you
make will enhance life rather than destroy it. Do not spend
time worrying how big a difference you make. Anything that
enhances a life makes a difference; helping one individual recover
from a broken heart; easing one person's pain; helping one ugly
duckling discover his or her beauty. Keep working as long as
you live, and live as long as you can, and when you finish your
marathon they will hang a medal around your neck that says,
"You Make a Difference."
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of all education is
the ability to make
yourself do the
thing you have
to do, when it ought
to be done, whether
you like it or not.
salesman approached the farmer and began to talk excitedly
about the book he was carrying. "This book will tell you
need to know about farming," the young man said
enthusiastically. "It tells
you when to sow and when to reap. It tells you about weather, what
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everything that is in that book. My problem is doing it."
you were going to die soon and had only one phone call
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There is no comparison between that
which is lost
by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.
the countless small actions we engage in, the loving hand
we reach out to another, the wants we let go of, the time
we give to those who most need it, we change our world.
A single step taken with mindfulness may mean the difference
between the life and death of another living creature. A single
thought of loving kindness may mean the difference between
loneliness or a sense of being loved for the person before us.
A single act of compassion may save another
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we are caught in a mental trap of seeing enormously
successful people and thinking they are where they are
because they have some special gift. Yet a closer look
shows that the greatest gift that extraordinarily
successful people have over the average person is their
ability to get themselves to take action.
Sometimes you've got to jump off cliffs and grow wings
on the way down.
doing what's necessary, then what's possible,
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
|The time when you need
to do something is when no one else
is willing to do it, when people are saying it can't be done.
Mary Frances Berry
None so little enjoy themselves, and are such burdens to
as those who have nothing to do. Only the active have the true
relish of life.
Free will is not the liberty to do what one likes,
but the power of doing whatever one sees ought
to be done, even in the
very face of otherwise
There lies freedom indeed.
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|Our main business is
not to see what lies dimly at a distance,
but to do what lies clearly at hand.
lies wisdom and confidence. A person who does not act
gets no further than the maxim: Life means conflict and tribulation.
But a person who acts can attain the higher wisdom and know that
life is conflict and victory. That is why God forces us to
is why he gives us children to bring up. That is why he gives us
duties. Through action, we may reach a deeper realization.