The Man Who Achieved Everything He Could

They say that once upon a time, there lived a man who wanted to achieve everything he was capable of achieving. He was obsessed with this desire. He ate, slept, and walked with one and only dream: to die, having accomplished every single thing he was able to accomplish. There were so many things he could do. He felt like the whole world could be his, if he only set his mind to it.

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I Wanted To Change The World

When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. 
I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. 
When I found I couldn't change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn't change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family. 

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How To Change Your Attitudes.

Your outlook on life, basically your attitude can determine your happiness and success in life. Attitude is a mindset, how you view your world. Do you see the positive or do you focus on the negative? Our perception of the events in our life, and how we regard these events can be attributed to our attitude. 

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Don't Hope Friend...Decide

While waiting to pick up a friend at the airport in Portland, Oregon, I had one of those life changing experiences that you hear other people talk about. You know, the kind that sneaks up on you unexpectedly? Well, this one occurred a mere two feet away from me!

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Christmas Memories

I read an article that said " Christmas train to your past". 

"Humm that sounds interesting " I said to my husband. " Do you want to go?" he hesitated and did not seem to want to make the trip so I purchased my ticket online and decided to board this so called Christmas train to the past. 

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Q-Tip It!

Back in the 1920's when Polish-American entrepreneur Leo Gerstenzang invented cotton swabs as a safer way to clean his baby's ears, he called his product "Q-Tip." Actually, his first name-choice was "Baby Gay" - but that didn't sell, so the by-now familiar name emerged. Mr. Gerstenzang chose "Q" for Quality . . . and he must have been on to something, because Q-Tip has become a household word (and we've developed a whole 'nother set of connotations for 'Baby Gay.') 

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Struggle a Little - Then Fly!

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly, that he brought home. 
One day a small opening appeared he sat and watched the butterfly for several hours. It struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther. 

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The Mouse Trap

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. 
What food might this contain?" The mouse wondered - he was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning. There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"

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Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. 

He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. 

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No Santa?

I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit my Grandma on the day my big sister dropped the bomb: "There is no Santa Claus," she jeered. "Even dummies know that!" 

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What My Widowed Husband Has Taught Me

When two people become one flesh by way of marriage, it is not only their hearts that are united, but their minds and souls as well. Intertwined in unison, this melding of two spirits gives rise to a new way of looking at the world, for it is no longer just your own heart that feels, but your spouse's as well.

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The Greeting Card That Woke Me Up.

Life is easy, change is easy, and everything is easy. If only this was true. How often have we looked at successful people in almost any walk of life and wished we could have what they have. It seems so easy for them. Well, nothing is as easy as it seems. But, what makes the difference; what has made other people's success look easy? 

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The Wise Woman

A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. 

The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. 

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The Secret of Happiness

The old man shuffled slowly into the restaurant. With head tilted, and shoulders bent forward, he leaned on his trusty cane with each unhurried step. 

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Motivational Speakers and Authors - The Secret to Their Success

"Whatever your mind can conceive and believe it can achieve." -- Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) 
"You become what you think about." -- Earl Nightingale (1921-1989) 

"Fear of failure becomes fear of success for those who never try anything new." -- Wayne Dyer 

"You can have everything in life that you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want." -- Zig Ziglar 

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Believe in Your Dreams and Yourself!

I hope this story encourages you in times when your dreams seem far away, or, when you are not able to believe any words of encouragement deep in your heart. 

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Keep your Eye On The Ball

As a little girl my father loved to play catch with me. I wasn't very good at it but he would play anyway. He was always telling me " keep your eye on the ball" as I would not be able to catch even the easiest of throws. 

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May the Budgie of Happiness Sit on Your Head.

My grandmother, Mimi, was a great solitaire player. My family legacy is mainly memories, so I especially cherish my few tangible mementos. Especially a photograph of Mimi, when she was in her mid-70's, sitting at the kitchen table, solitaire game in progress and a small green "budgie" (aka parakeet in this country) atop her head. 

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If and When Were Planted

How is "if and when" planted? The short stories below are examples of planting "if and when": 

Karen, one of my coworkers was stressed about where she was living. She hated the apartment she was in and complained every day about it. One day over coffee, I asked her why she didn't look for another apartment - it seemed like an easy solution to me. Karen's reply to this was, "I will look for another apartment when I come back from vacation."

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Some Kind of Miracle.

Everything comes gradually at its appointed hour.-Ovid. 

My mother had been in a deep sleep for three days, taking in no food at all, and a minimum of forced liquid. A "Do Not Resuscitate" sign hung over her bed. Every time I looked at the sign, I shuddered. The finality of the words chilled me, even though the heat in her bedroom was way too high. 

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Your Weakness

This is a story of one 10-year-old boy who decided to study judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident. 

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The Rewards and Risks of Personal Freedom.

One of the first things I noticed about my newly purchased parrot, was that he couldn't fly. Chico's wings had been clipped and he was stuck here on earth just like us humans. Once the weather turned nice I took Chico and sat him on a branch of a tree in my backyard, hoping to make him happier.

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The Emperor and The Seed

An emperor in the Far East was growing old and knew it was time to choose his successor. Instead of choosing one of his assistants or his children, he decided something different. He called young people in the kingdom together one day. He said, "It is time for me to step down and choose the next emperor. I have decided to choose one of you." 

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The Beaver And His Goals

It started last fall when we had a beaver move in the small stream beside our house. He immediately began taking down small trees, and within a couple of weeks our small stream turned into a small pond. Everyday he added more to his damn and to his house. 

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The Wooden Bowl

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. The family ate together at the table.

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The Vase

One day I was lying on the bed, reading, when my mother came into the room. She held out a vase - a rather ugly vase. She asked, "Would you like to have this vase?" 

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Something For Stevie

I try not to be biased, but I had my doubts about hiring Stevie. His Placement counselor assured me that he would be a good, reliable busboy. But I had never had a mentally handicapped employee and wasn't sure I wanted one.

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A Gift of Love

"Can I see my baby?" the happy new mother asked. When the bundle was nestled in her arms and she moved the fold of cloth to look upon his tiny face, she gasped. The doctor turned quickly and looked out the tall hospital window.

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IF and WHEN

IF and WHEN were friends. Every week they met and had lunch. Their conversation usually centered on all the things they were going to achieve. They both had many dreams and they loved to talk about them. 

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Found in a Book

As many of you are aware by my past writings I have a love of books. In reading books I have found mentors, stories of people who have faced challenges and overcame them; people whom I admire. 

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How Many Points Would You Score?

We sat around the table trying to decide who was the best candidate for the job. Mary felt Sam should get the job. "Just look at his education," she said to Mark and I. "Based on his resume, he has the knowledge to do the job". 

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Simple Gestures

A little boy selling magazines for school walked up to a house that people rarely visited. The house was very old and run down and the owner hardly ever came out. When he did come out he would not say hello to neighbors or passers by but simply just glare at them. 

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A Music Lesson

One day while walking through the forest, LB bear saw a sign "Forest Band Tryouts Next Week". 

"Wow, a band, I would love to be in a band," he thought. LB had never played an instrument before but he was willing to try. He had seen concerts in the forest before and really admired the animals that could sing and play instruments. 

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To Make Rainbows You Need

For as long as I can remember, my aunt had stained glass hanging in her window. She had pieces from all over the world, each one hand crafted by a stained glass artist. 

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What A Greek Wedding

Anyone that has read my column knows well that I am a collector of success stories. I believe they are extremely important to us. 
Not to look in awe at others, but instead to gain strength from them and in turn apply their lessons to the challenges we face as we set out towards our own dreams. 

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What Do You Perceive As The Seven Wonders Of The World?

A group of students was asked to list what they thought were the present "Seven Wonders of the World." Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes: 

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People in our Lives

I sat reflecting on the past year when my friend Charley came into the room. Charley took one look at my face and she could tell I was off in another world. Charley immediately snapped me out of my thoughts by saying, "you have that look on your face!". I immediately laughed and said, "Oh Charley, I was just reflecting on the past year". 

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Christmas Bears

In the forest Christmas is a very exciting time. All of the animals gather together to celebrate the very special day, all but one bear that is. 

"Mom, what is Christmas" the little bear asked one December morning as his mom was hurriedly storing food for the winter hibernation. "Why, Christmas is the birthday of Jesus, it is an extra special day, why do you ask dear?" 

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My Two Best Friends

Todd and Tim were two of my best friends. Everyday I walked with Tim in school and everyday we would pass a big sign that says "U drink, U drive, U lose" and when I looked at it, Tim would look at it.

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An Inspirational Person

In our lifetime, we meet many types of people. The ones that stand out for me are the ones who overcome challenges and have a positive outlook on life.

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