Each human being is born as something new, something that never existed before. Each is born with the capacity to win at life. Each person has a unique way of seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and thinking. Each has his or her own unique potentials---capabilities and limitations. Each can be a significant, thinking, aware, and creative being---a productive person, a winner.
The word “winner” and “loser” have many meanings. When we refer to a person as a winner, we do not mean one who makes someone else lose. To us, a winner is one who responds authentically by being credible, trustworthy, responsive, and genuine, both as an individual and as a member of a society.
Winners do not dedicated their lives to a concept of what they imagine they should be; rather, they are themselves and as such do not use their energy putting on a performance, maintaining pretence and manipulating others. They are aware that there is a difference between being loving and acting loving, between being stupid and acting stupid, between being knowledgeable and acting knowledgeable. Winners do not need to hide behind a mask.
Winners are not afraid to do their own thinking and to use their own knowledge. They can separate facts from opinions and don’t pretend to have all the answers. They listen to others, evaluate what they say, but come to their own conclusions. Although winners can admire and respect other people, they are not totally defined, demolished, bound, or awed by them.
Winners do not play “helpless”, nor do they play the blaming game. Instead, they assume responsibility for their own lives. They don’t give others a false authority over them. Winners are their own bosses and know it.
A winner’s timing is right. Winners respond appropriately to the situation. Their responses are related to the message sent and preserve the significance, worth, well-being, and dignity of the people involved. Winners know that for everything there is a season and for every activity a time.
Although winners can freely enjoy themselves, they can also postpone enjoyment, can discipline themselves in the present to enhance their enjoyment in the future. Winners are not afraid to go after what he wants, but they do so in proper ways. Winners do not get their security by controlling others. They do not set themselves up to lose.
A winner cares about the world and its peoples. A winner is not isolated from the general problems of society, but is concerned, compassionate, and committed to improving the quality of life. Even in the face of national and international adversity, a winner’s self-image is not one of a powerless individual. A winner works to make the world a better place.
The love of beauty is an essential part of all healthy human nature. It is a moral quality. The absence of it is not an assured ground of condemnation, but the presence of it is an invariable sign of goodness of heart. In proportion to the degree in which it is felt will probably be the degree in which nobleness and beauty of character will be attained.
Natural beauty is an all-pervading presence. The universe is its temple. It unfolds into the numberless flowers of spring. It waves in the branches of trees and the green blades of grass. It haunts the depths of the earth and the sea. It gleams from the hues of the shell and the precious stone. And not only these minute objects but the oceans, the mountains, the clouds, the stars, the rising and the setting sun---all overflow with beauty. This beauty is so precious, and so congenial to our tenderest and noblest feelings, that it is painful to think of the multitude of people living in the midst of it and yet remaining almost blind to it.
All persons should seek to become acquainted with the beauty in nature. There is not a worm we tread upon, nor a leaf that dances merrily as it falls before the autumn winds, but calls for our study and admiration. The power to appreciated beauty not merely increases our sources of happiness---it enlarges our moral nature, too. Beauty calms our restlessness and dispels our cares. Go into the fields or the woods, spend a summer day by the sea or the mountains, and all your little perplexities and anxieties will vanish. Listen to sweet music, and your foolish fears and petty jealousies will pass away. The beauty of the world helps us to seek and find the beauty of goodness.
大自然的美无处不在，整个宇宙就是美的殿堂。美，在春日百花中绽放;美，在绿叶嫩枝间摇曳;美，在深海幽谷里游弋;美，在奇石与贝壳的缤纷色彩中闪烁。不只是这些细微的物品，还有海洋，山川，云彩，繁星，日升日落 。 一切都是洋溢着美。这样的美是如此珍贵，与我们最温柔，最高尚的情愫是如此相宜。然而，想到很多人置身于美之中，却几乎对它熟视无睹，真是令人痛心不已。
A piece of jewelry should provoke (v.激起，煽动)! Provoke questions, provoke emotions, and provoke desires!
Speaking of jewelry, people always attach the value of the material to it. They neglect the spiritual value of the art contained in a piece of jewelry. But Esther’s jewelry doesn’t conform to（符合，遵守） this practice. Esther herself gives people an impression of elegance, especially with her charming green eyes. You may want to stay a good distance away from her because she looks prickly (adj.多刺的，易生气的), but when you come closer to her, it is just wearing a ring she has designed, you feel free to lose yourself in her company without feeling threatened.
When people wear or see her work, they can easily read the message it contains. They are so original and unique, yet not too abstract for the common person to understand. We use jewelry to decorate and accentuate (v.强调) our physical features and complete ourselves. Esther’s jewelry can even inspire you mentally, making you feel better about yourself; bringing out an inner glow. Esther uses jewelry as a way expressing her feelings, and her own philosophy of life. Our souls and our minds should not be limited. Space and matter might be limited, but our imagination is not. When you are wearing a creative piece of jewelry there are no limits to what you can express through it.
Many years ago I was on a bicycle trip through some exceedingly picturesque countryside. Suddenly, dark clouds piled up overhead and rain began to fall, but strange to relate, several hundred yards ahead of me the sun shone brilliantly. Pedaling, however, as rapidly as I could, I found it impossible to get into the clear. The clouds with their rain kept advancing faster than I could race forward. I continued this unequal contest for an exhausting half hour, before realizing that I could not win my way to the bright area ahead of me.
Then it dawned upon me that I was wasting my strength in unimportant hurry, while paying no attention whatsoever to the landscape for the sake of which I was making the trip. The storm could not last forever and the discomfort was not unendurable. Indeed, there was much to look at which might otherwise have escaped me. As I gazed about with sharpened appreciation, I saw colors and lines and contours that would have appeared differently under brilliant light. The rain mists which now crowned the wooded hills and the fresh clearness of the different greens were entrancing. My annoyance at the rain was gone and my eagerness to escape it vanished. It had provided me with a new view and helped me understand that the sources of beauty and satisfaction may be found close at hand within the range of one's own sensibilities.
It made me think, then and later, about other matters to which this incident was related. It helped me realize that there is no sense in my attempting ever to flee from circumstances and conditions which cannot be avoided but which I might bravely meet and frequently mend and often turn to good account. I know that half the battle is won if I can face trouble with courage, disappointment with spirit, and triumph with humility. It has become ever clearer to me that danger is far from disaster, that defeat may be the forerunner of final victory, and that, in the last analysis, all achievement is perilously fragile unless based on enduring principles of moral conduct.
I have learned that trying to find a carefree world somewhere far off involves me in an endless chase in the course of which the opportunity for happiness and the happiness of attainment are all too I often lost in the chase itself. It has become apparent to me that I cannot wipe out the pains of existence by denying them, blaming them largely or completely on others, or running away from them.
The elements of weakness which mark every person cannot absolve me from the burdens and blessings of responsibility for myself and to others. I can magnify but never lessen my problems by ignoring, evading or exorcising them. I believe that my perplexities and difficulties can be considerably resolved, if not completely overcome, by my own attitudes and actions. I am convinced that there can be no guarantee of my happiness except that I help evoke and enhance it by the work of my hands and the dictates of my heart and the direction of my striving. I believe that deep faith in God is necessary to keep me and hold mankind uncowed and confident under the vagaries and ordeals of mortal experience, and particularly so in this period of revolutionary storm and travail. If my values receive their sanction and strength from relationship to divine law and acceptance of its ethical imperatives, then nothing can really harm me. "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want."
When Britain's great Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, was young, he attended a public school called Harrow. He was not a good student, and as matter of fact, had he not been the son of a famous leader, he probably would have been thrown out of the school for his offences. However, he completed his work at Harrow, went on to the University, and then had a successful career in the British Army, touring both Africa and India. He later was elected prime minister and brought great courage to Britain though his speeches and other work during the dark days of World War II.
Toward the very end of his period as prime minister, he was invited to address the young boys at his old school, Harrow. In announcing the coming of their great leader, the headmaster said, "Young gentlemen, the greatest speaker of our time, our prime minister, will be here in a few days to address you, and you should obey whatever sound advice he may give you at that time."
The great day arrived, and the prime minister appeared at Harrow. After being introduced, Sir Winston stood up - all five feet, five inches and 107 kilos of him! He gave this short but moving speech: "Young men, never give up. Never give up! Never give up! Never, never, never, never! "
Personal history, education, situation - none of these can hold back a strong spirit. Think, for example, of Abraham Lincoln, who was elected president of the United States in 1860. He grew up on a small farm at what was then the edge of the settled part of the United States. He had only one year of regular education. In those early years, his family hardly had a penny and he only read about half a dozen books. In 1832 he lost his job and was defeated when he tried to get elected to the Illinois government. In 1833 he failed in business. In 1834 he was elected to the state government, but in 1835 the woman he loved died. In 1838 he was defeated when he tried to become a leader in the Illinois government, and in 1843 he was defeated when he tried to enter the U.S. Congress. In 1846 he was elected to Congress but in 1848 lost a second election and was forced out. In 1849 he was refused a job with the national government, and in 1854 he was defeated for the U.S. Senate. In 1856 he was defeated in the election for vice president, and in 1858 he was again defeated for the Senate.
Many people consider Lincoln to be the greatest president of all time. Yet it should be remembered how many failures and defeats marked his early life.
Some of the world's greatest men and women have met huge problems and difficulties at some time in their lives, but have gone on to do great deeds.
Lock him in a damp prison, and you have a John Bunyan.
Bury him in the snows of Valley Forge, and you have a George Washington.
Make a musical genius unable to hear, and you have a Ludwig van Beethoven.
Have him born black in a society filled with bitter hate between races, and you have a Martin Luther King, Jr.
Have him born of parents who survived a Nazi death camp, destroy his ability to walk when he is four, and you have the concert violin player, Itzhak Perlman.
Call him slow to learn, and write him off as stupid, and you have an Albert Einstein.
You are about to open the most important book —the book of your life.
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When we die, all of our money, power, property, and the rest of our possessions are passed on to somebody else! What remains? Not much! In the sands of time, only memories remain in the minds of those people that we have helped!
What would you like to leave behind when you die? Beautiful memories of happy times, or pages that you wish to tear out forever? Today you have been given an opportunity to rewrite your book with a fresh piece of paper. Make your own story and choose the colors yourself.
If you knew you had only one more day to live, how would you use this precious time? Would you be able to appreciate the golden rays of the sun and the gentle breeze? That’s a page that you will treasure.
Enjoy this new day! Take note of all the good things in your life. Live each hour with happiness,xiaogushi8.com love and affection for the special people in your life, and do all the things that you have never done before it’s too late.
Offer a helping hand and live each day as if there was no tomorrow!
Thinking is necessary if you want to successd in life.people fear that thinking may upset their comfort and self-satifaction. thinking needsconstant practice with enthusiasm, enthusiasm generates interest and susutains thinking.and concentration will help us from a clear picture in our minds of the ultimate objective.
Thinking should be constanted and continuous. with concentration,we can arrange thoughtsin order and become a rapid thinker. it is also important to develop organised thinking learningto think of different things one by one in order.we can stimulate thinking power by taking partin serious conversations or discussion and defending our positions so that it will drive us tothink more clearly and objectively. reading books and magazines will also help us in the processof formulating ideas.
Positive thinking has a tremendous influence over others with whom we come intocontact,people who succeed inproving their thinking power enrich themselves.