Friday, May 02, 2014

Book Quotes: The Art of Living Treasure Chest by Wilferd A.Peterson (part 5/7)


The Art of WORK

Work brings man to life, sets him in motion. Work is man in action, doing things. Nothing happens until people go to work. Work creates the world we live in.

It is abolishing the concept of work as chains and slavery, and seeing it as freedom to create and build and help.

It is discovering the great healing power of work. If you are lonely…work! If you are worried or fearful…work! If you are discouraged or defeated …work! Work is the key to happiness.

It is making your work you. It is putting the stamp of your unique personality into your task. It is making your work a reflection of your faith, your integrity, your ideals.

The Art of LIVING FOREVER

No man stands alone. Through all centuries of recorded time, men have set into motion influences that affect your life today….

As you throw your influence on the side of the good, the true and the beautiful, your life will achieve an endless splendour.

The Art of CHANGING YOURSELF

You cannot climb a hill by thinking downhill thoughts. If your world is gloomy and hopeless, it is because you are gloomy and hopeless. You must change your mind to change the world.

Change demands self-discipline. Command yourself and do what needs to be done.

Change requires the substituting of new habits for old.

The Art of FREEDOM

Freedom is a personal thing.

Freedom is a ladder, but you must climb it.

Freedom is an open door, but you must walk through it.

Freedom is yours now, this very minute, and what you do with it is up to you. You can aim at the highest goal.

The Art of LOAFING (equivalent to mindfulness?)

It is reminding yourself of the fable of the Hare and the Tortoise that you may know that the race is not always to the swift, that there is more to life than increasing its speed.

It is slowing down to look at a flower, to chat with a friend, to pat a dog, to read a few lines from a book.

It is using your hands to plane a board, paint a picture or plant a garden.

The art of loafing can add dimension and scope to your life. It can change your perspective and renew your spirit. Just as rests and pauses are a part of great music, so are they also a part of great living.

The Art of GETTING ALONG

He learns that a man’s size is often measures by the size of the thing it takes to get his goat…that the conquest of petty irritations is vital to success.

He learns that carrying tales and gossip about others is the easiest way to become unpopular.

He learns that giving others a mental life by showing appreciation and praise is the best way to lift his own spirits.

The Art of WALKING

Walking exercises the whole man.

Walking 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.

Walking 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 his 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 church chimes, signing birds and the laughter of happy people.

Walking uplifts the spirit.

Walk with the sense of being part of a vast universe. Consider the thousands of miles of earth beneath your feet; think of the limitless expanse of space above your head. Walk in awe, wonder and humility.

Walk in all kinds of weather. Experience the glory of Earth coming back to life in springtime; the warming rays of the sun in summer; the zest of October’s bright blue weather; the rugged desolation of winter. Walk in the rain and in a blizzard.

Walk alone mostly, but if with a companion, choose one who knows the secret of quietness.

The Art of EMPATHY

Through empathy a man learns not to judge others in terms of how own personal interests, likes and dislikes, but in terms of what life means to them.

Practicing the art of empathy will enlarge a man’s life.

It will broaden his humanity, expand his understanding and inspire tolerance and forbearance, compassion and forgiveness.

The Art of BEING HUMAN (is)

To accept life as it is and go along with it, bravely trying to change what needs to be changed and serenely adapting myself to what cannot be changed.

To admit that, being human, I am bound to make mistakes, but to make as few as possible and to try to avoid making the same mistake twice.

To recognise the frailties and foibles and of human nature and to try to be everlastingly patient, forgiving and understanding.

To admit that, being human, I often fail to live up to my own philosophy, but to keep trying nevertheless. 

The Art of LISTENING

Listen to the good. Tune your ears to love, hope and courage. Tune out gossip, fear and resentment.

Listen to the beautiful. Relax to the music of the masters; listen to the symphony of nature – hum of the wind in the treetops, bird songs, thundering surf.

Listen critically. Mentally challenge assertions, ideas, philosophies. See the truth with an open mind.

Listen creatively. Listen carefully for ideas or the germs of ideas. Listen for hints or clues that will spark creative projects.

Listen to yourself. Listen to your deepest yearnings, your highest aspirations, your noblest impulses. Listen to the better man within you.

Listen with depth. Be still and meditate.

The Art of MATURITY

That is never wise to become too elated or too discouraged. As Robert Louis Stevenson suggested, we should strive to “go on in fortune and misfortune like a clock in a thunderstorm”.

..It is wide to live a balanced and varied life without permitting anyone or anything to enslave us.

That we must learn to distinguish between the important and the unimportant. Then trifles will not trip us up and we can devote our lives to the meaningful and the significant.

The Art of SIMPLICITY

“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!” wrote Thoreau. “I say let your affair be as one, two, three and not as a hundred or a thousand”.

The art of simplicity is to simplify.

Simplicity is a mark of greatness. “To be simple is to be great”, wrote Emerson. Only little men pretend, big men are genuine and sincere.

Simplicity uses little words. It practices the wisdom of Lincoln, who said, “Make it so simple a child will understand it, then no one will misunderstand.”

Simplicity is the arrow of the spirit.

The Art of MEMORY

Tomorrow’s memory depends on today’s impressions. The art of memory is seeking impressions that will enrich your life.

Your memory builds your personality, your personality builds your character, and your character determines your destiny.

Memory is a form of immortality. Those you remember never die. They continue to walk and talk with you, their influence is with you always.

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