It took me a long time to realize that I wasn’t going to be the biggest, the richest, the most powerful….that there was always going to be somebody with a little (or a lot) more than I could or cared to achieve.
Upon that understanding, I decided that although I wasn’t going to completely cease my pleasurable quest for more….that I was now going to concentrate more intently on enjoying what I had instead of spending so much of my time constantly reaching for more. This has proved to be a very satisfying decision.
Success is not how much you have,
but rather it is what you do with what you have.
Who is rich?
They that rejoice in their portion.
Wealth is not yours if you have it,
but it is yours to keep if you enjoy it.
Try to want what you have instead of spending your strength
and other resources trying to get what you want.
They who know they have enough are rich indeed.
I am happy for whom I am and what I have come to be.
I look forward to whatever else that may come with positivity.
In 1923, a very important meeting was held at the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago. Attending the meeting were nine of the world's most successful financiers. Those present were:
The president of the largest independent steel company.
The president of the largest utility company.
The president of the largest gas company.
The greatest wheat speculator.
The president of the New York Stock Exchange.
A member of the President's cabinet.
The greatest “bear” on Wall Street.
Head of the world's greatest monopoly.
President of the Bank of International Settlements.
Certainly we must admit that here were gathered a group of the world's most successful men. At least, men who had found the secret of making money.
Twenty-five years later, let's see where these men were:
The president of the largest independent steel company….Charles Schwab....died a bankrupt and lived on borrowed money for five years before his death.
The president of the largest utility company….Samuel Insull….died a fugitive from justice and penniless in a foreign land.
The president of the largest gas company….Howard Hopson….went insane.
The greatest wheat speculator….Arthur Cutton….died abroad, insolvent.
The president of the New York Stock Exchange….Richard Whitney….served time in
Sing Sing Penitentiary.
The member of the President's cabinet….Albert Fall….was pardoned from prison so he could
die at home.
The greatest “bear” on Wall Street….Jesse Livermore….died a suicide.
The head of the world's greatest monopoly….Ivan Krueger….died a suicide.
The president of the Bank of International Settlements….Leon Fraser…died a suicide.
All of these men learned well the art of making money, but not one of them learned how to live with it.
Happiness is contentment. May you find it and keep it, always!
A person is rich according to what they are
….not according to what they have.
Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.
Those that are of the opinion that money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
22 Ways to Enjoy Golf (and Life) More:
1. Get there early enough to feel relaxed.
2. Leave all your concerns in the car.
3. Decide to let nothing bother you for 18 holes.
4. Hit your favorite club off the first tee.
5. Smile, or better yet, laugh after a bad shot.
6. Play with someone who makes you laugh.
7. Compliment your partner every time he or she hits a great shot.
8. Let the group you’re frantically trying to stay ahead of play through.
9. Walk for a change….or ride for a change.
10. Play it as it lies.
11. Give advice only when asked.
12. Really see and appreciate the beauty all around you.
13. Quit taking your game….and yourself….so seriously.
14. Recognize that if golf stresses you out, take up a different activity.
15. Read a great golf book.
16. Keep a journal of your accomplishments.
17. Play more often.
18. Lose the thought of the possible negative outcome stuck in your head.
19. Next time you sink a key putt, react as if you’d won the U.S. Open.
20. Golf with strangers whenever you can….make more friends.
21. Introduce a kid to the game.
22. Play a record-breaking round entirely in your mind.
Mark and Chrissy Donnelly
In the race to be better or best, do not miss the joy of being.
Time for Living
Lyrics and music by Don and Dick Addrisi
Sung by The Association
I took off my watch and found I had all the time in the world.
I opened my arms so I could hold life like a beautiful girl
….simply by taking some time for living.
It's so strange….never noticed the world all around me.
Hey, look….I've changed.
My attitude's been re-arranged.
From now on I'm taking some time for living.
I'm gonna be taking time for life.
Taking a moment to take it easy is being a friend to yourself.
Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of the little things.
Sleep, riches and health to be truly enjoyed must be interrupted.
The time you enjoy wasting….is not wasted time.
Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold.
October is one of the most dangerous months to speculate in stocks. Others are November, December, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August and September.
There is scarcely an instance of a person
….who has made a fortune by speculation and kept it.
The only thing tainted about money is:
it ‘taint mine or it ‘taint enough.
You want excitement? Arm wrestle.
You want a lot of excitement? Watch someone else arm wrestle
and bet $50 on the outcome.
I can calculate the motions of heavenly bodies
…. but not the madness of people.
They are richest who are content with least.
Don’t be possessed by your possessions.
Wants may be easily satisfied either by producing much or desiring little.
It is much wiser to count your blessings than to count your neighbor’s money.
If you don’t know who you are
….the stock market is an expensive place to find out.
Very few American investors buy any stock for the sake of something which is going to happen more than six months hence, even if its probability of happening is exceedingly high, and it is out of taking advantage of this psychological peculiarity of theirs that most money is made by others.
John Maynard Keynes
The world is full of people searching for spectacular happiness
….while they snub real contentment.
Happy are they who learn to bear what they cannot change.
Johann von Schiller
Success in life in not necessarily measured by the brain power one uses in trying to solve unsolvable problems, but by the character and ingenuity one displays in learning to live with those unsolvable problems.
If you don't get everything you want
….think of the things you didn't get that you don't want.
The next time you feel like complaining….remember that your garbage disposal
probably gets more food than 30% of the people in the world!
I have a simple philosophy.
Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches.
Alice Roosevelt Longworth
Don't be angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be
….because you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.
Thomas a Kempis
If we wanted to be happy it would be easy;
but we want to be happier than other people,
which is always difficult,
since we think them happier than they are.
You don’t have to be better than everybody else.
You just have to be better than you ever thought you could be.
Aim for success….not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human will make you a far happier and more productive person.
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon….instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
So much has been given me....
I have no time to ponder over that which has been denied.
Just think how happy you'd be if you lost everything you have right now
….and then, got it all back again.
We can't have everything.
If we did, where would we put it all?