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Wilferd Arlan Peterson
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You take a firm grip on positive attitudes of thought.
You hold right thoughts in your mind just as your hand grips a golf club.
You keep both feet on the ground. You stand for the highest and the best
and strive to fill your life with the goodness of God.


The surface of the ocean changes constantly.  Now it is smooth and quiet.  Again it becomes violent and tempestuous.  But in its depths, down under the storms that whip the surface into a fury, there is a zone of eternal calm which no storm ever reaches, no hurricane ever ruffles.  The surface of life is also in a state of constant flux, with good days and bad, victory and defeat.  To maintain, as the ocean does, a deep inner calm, while the storms of misfortune, reverses, fears and worries lash at the surface of life, is to discover the secret of serenity.

And then there is the thrill of creatively sowing ideas and inspiration into the minds of others. Often our contributions will actually change lives by sharing appreciation, courage, love, and joy. Carry the ideal of being a creative sower, that you are on the side of growth, plenty, peace, and progress. Make it a point to scatter creative seeds every day of your life!
Walking exercises the whole person. It exercises the body--it gives the arms and legs a workout. It stimulates the flow of blood; expands the lungs. It is gentle and relaxing. It exercises the mind--it shakes up the brain cells. It fills them with oxygen; drives out the cobwebs.  A famous scientist says he does his best thinking on the two miles of sidewalk between his home and office.  Walking exercises the emotions. It gives you a chance to observe and enjoy the world. Open your eyes to beauty. See the homes, the trees, the gardens. See the shining faces of little children. Listen for the church chimes, singing birds and the laughter of happy people.

You are a bundle of mysteries. Finding and conquering yourself is a lifetime task.  There are unplumbed depths in you full of the rich ore of personal discovery.  Explore yourself! There is power in you--the power to change yourself and to change the world; the power to create plans, projects, movements for the common good; the power to inspire and serve.


Stay home to find beauty. Open your eyes to a new appreciation of your surroundings:
the furniture, the wallpaper, the pictures on the walls, the woodwork,
the view from a window, the flowers in the garden. . .
Open yourself to a new awareness of the love in the faces of those with whom your home is shared.


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Your greatest power is the power to be. To be more loving.
To be more courageous. To be more joyous. To be more friendly.
To be more sensitive. To be more aware. To be more forgiving.
To be more tolerant. To be more humble. To be more patient.
To be more helpful. . . . To be a greater human being.


Good will is not a single quality. It is a composite
of all the qualities of the spirit, applied to daily living.


Work miracles by giving courage. Many ideas have failed to be realized
because people lacked the courage to see them through. Promising careers
have been abandoned because people were afraid.
Cheer people on. Instill courage in their hearts.

Wilferd A. Peterson wrote his entire life.  He cut his teeth editing and publishing company magazines for Jaqua Advertising Agency, while also working on his own writings.  In 1961 the editor of This Week magazine (a national Sunday supplement) thrust him into fame by publishing his inspirational messages.  Every week 14 million people read his writings, and thousands wrote urging him to write a book.

Working with Henry Simon, he published his first book, The Art of Living, at the age of sixty.  Since then, he wrote book after book, with over a million copies sold.  For twenty-five years, he wrote a monthly column for Science of Mind magazine, and once again his readers urged him to compile those essays into a book for easy reference.  The Art of Creative Thinking was Bill Peterson's response to those many requests.  In these busy times, readers are sure to appreciate his economy of words, which express significant insights which can be grasped in only a few minutes. 



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