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come so we can grow and be prepared for things we are
not equipped to handle now. When we face our challenges with
prepared to learn, willing to make changes, and if necessary,
to let go, we are demanding our power be turned on.
what we are, not what we must get.
Joy is the realization that all we want or need in life
has been etched into our souls.
Joy helps us see not what we are "going through,"
but what we are "growing to"--a greater sense of understanding,
accomplishment, and enlightenment.
Joy reveals to us the calm at the end of the storm, the peace
that surpasses the momentary happiness of pleasure.
If we keep our minds centered on joy, joy becomes a state of mind.
Everything that happens to you is
a reflection of what you believe
about yourself. We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem.
We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.
When you need
to be loved, you take love wherever you can find it.
When you are desperate to be loved, feel love, know love,
out what you think love should look like. When you find
love, or what
you think love is, you will lie, kill, and steal to keep it.
about real love comes from within. It cannot be given. It
taken away. It grows from your ability to re-create within
the essence of loving experiences you have had in your life.
The road of life is strewn
with the bodies of promising people. People who show promise, yet
lack the confidence to act. People who make promises they are
unable to keep. People who promise to do tomorrow what they could
do today. Promising young stars, athletes, entrepreneurs who wait
for promises to come true. Promise without a goal and a plan is
like a barren cow. You know what she could do if she could do it,
but she can't. Turn your promise into a plan. Make no promise for
tomorrow if you are able to keep it today. And if someone calls
you promising, know that you are not doing enough today.
The only way to get what you really want is to
let go of what you don't want.
set standards for how you want to be treated
and what you expect from yourself and for yourself.
way to eliminate self-negating thoughts and behavior is
by gaining more understanding through realizing that you
cannot force others to see that what you feel is real.
process of living encourages you to leap and to fly, to run and to
to meander and to piddle, to embrace and to release. What
yourself about your ability to do one or all of these things at
given time determines how hard life will be for you.
(pronounced Ee-Yan-La) Vanzant, hailed as among the "most
dynamic African-American speakers in the country" by Emerge
magazine, is a nationally recognized inspirational speaker devoted
to showing others the way to transform their lives. A
bestselling author, her books include Tapping the Power Within,
Acts of Faith (the 1994 BlackBoard Book of the Year), The
Value in the Valley (the 1995 BlackBoard Book of the Year), Faith
in the Valley (the 1996 BlackBoard Book of the Year), and two
new guides to self-awareness and spiritual fulfillment: In
the Meantime: Finding Yourself and the Love You Want (Simon
& Schuster Hardcover) and One Day My Soul Just Opened
Up: 40 Days and 40 Nights Toward Spiritual Strength (Fireside
Books/A Simon & Schuster Trade Paperback Original).
personal experiences have given her profound insight into life.
After she left her abusive husband, Vanzant went to Medgar Evers
College and City University of New York law school. She
moved to Philadelphia with her children and practiced as a public
defender for three years. She later became an ordained
minister, committed to a message based on the principles of divine
power and self-determination.
received numerous awards and accolades for her work. In
1992, Los Angeles Mayor Thomas Bradley named October 21
"Tapping the Power Within Day" in honor of Vanzant and a
workshop she presented in the city for African-American
women. In 1994, Vanzant was named "Alumnus of the
Year" by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in
Education, an organization comprised of the presidents and
administrators of the 117 predominantly Black colleges in the
United States. She was also awarded an "Oni" by
the International Congress of Black Women as one of the nation's
unsung heroes. She currently serves as a national
spokesperson for Literacy Volunteers of America.
desire is for people to know who they are from the inside out and
to use that knowledge as a tool of empowerment and love,"
says Vanzant. The founder and Executive Director of Inner
Visions Spiritual Life Maintenance Network, she conducts perennial
workshops and lectures to thousands around the country hoping to
inspire each listener to take a stand and create a better life, a
better community, and a better world.
The mother of
three and grandmother of four, Vanzant lives in Silver Spring,
Maryland, with her husband, Adeyemi, and Mr. Coco, the cat.
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Einstein - Albert Schweitzer
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Frank - Anne Morrow
Anne Wilson Schaef - Annie Dillard
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Kiev - Artur Rubenstein - Barbara
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Benjamin Franklin - Benjamin Hoff
- Bernie Siegel - Bertrand
Russell - Betty Eadie - Booker
Charlotte Davis Kasl - Cheryl
Richardson - Cristina Feldman
- C.S. Lewis - the
Dalai Lama - Dale Carnegie - Deepak
Don Miguel Ruiz - Earl
Nightingale - Elaine St. James
- Eleanor Roosevelt - Elisabeth
Kuebler-Ross - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emmet Fox - Frederick Buechner
- George Bernard Shaw - George
Santayana - George
Washington Carver - Gerald
Harold Kushner - Harry
Emerson Fosdick - Helen Keller -
Henry David Thoreau - Henry
James - Henry Van Dyke
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Henry
Ward Beecher - Hugh Prather - Immanuel
Kant - Iyanla Vanzant - Jack
James Allen - Jennifer
James - Jim Rohn - Joan
Borysenko - Joan Chittister -
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- John Izzo -
Joni Eareckson Tada - Joseph M.
Marshall III - Julia Cameron - Kent
Nerburn - Khalil Gibran -
Leonard Jacobson - Leslie Levine
- Lucinda Bassett - Lydia
Maria Child - Lynn Grabhorn - Marcus
Marianne Williamson - Martin
Luther King, Jr. - Maya Angelou
- Melody Beattie - Michael
Goddart - Mitch Albom
Mohandas Gandhi - Morrie Schwartz
- Mother Teresa - M.
Scott Peck - Nathaniel Branden
- Nikos Kazantzakis - Norman
Norman Vincent Peale - Og Mandino
- Oprah Winfrey - Oriah
- Orison Swett Marden - Pau
Casals - Peace Pilgrim - Phillips
Rabindranath Tagore - Rachel Carson
- Rachel Naomi Remen - Rainer
Maria Rilke - Ralph Waldo Trine
- Richard Bach
Richard Carlson - Robert Frost -
Robert Fulghum - Robert
Louis Stevenson - Russell Baker
- Sarah Ban Breathnach
Shakti Gawain - Soren
Kierkegaard - Stephen Covey - Stephen
C. Paul - Sue Patton Thoele
- Susan L. Taylor
Sylvia Boorstein - Thich Nhat Hanh
- Thomas Carlyle - Thomas
Kinkade - Thomas Merton - Tom
Walsh - Victor Cherbuliez
Wayne Dyer - Wilferd A. Peterson
- Willa Cather - William
James - William Wordsworth
- Zig Ziglar