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No horse ever gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No steam or gas ever drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.
-- Harry Emerson Fosdick

I've never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn't appreciate the grind, the discipline. ... I firmly believe that any man's finest hour--this greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear--is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle victorious.
-- Vince Lombardi

Life is tons of discipline.
-- Robert Frost

Quote of the Day!!!

Brian's Quote of the Day
"Something in human nature causes us to start slacking off at our moment of greatest accomplishment. As you become successful, you will need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility and commitment."

– H. Ross Perot, EDS and Perot Systems founder

Brian's Quote of the Day
"Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom."

– Phyllis Theroux, columnist

Whats your name?

Just to start the day with some humor.

A college student needed a small two-hour course to fill out his schedule. The only one available was Wildlife Zoology. After one week the professor gave the class a test. He passed out a sheet of paper divided into squares.In each square was a carefully drawn picture of some bird legs. No bodies, no feet, just legs. The test asked each student to identify the birds from their legs. The student sat and stared at the test and got more and more angry. Finally he stomped up to the front of the classroom and threw the test on the teacher's desk. "This is the worst test I have ever taken." The teacher looked up and said, "Young man, you have flunked this test. What is your name?" The student pulled up his pant-legs and showed the professor his legs and replied, "You tell me!"

Don't Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,.
When the road you are trudging all seems uphill,
When the funds are low and debts are high,
And when you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you want, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with it's twists and turns
as everyone of us sometimes learns
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out-
Don't give up though the space seems slow
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is near than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup;
And he learned it too late
When the night came down
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is a failure turned inside out-
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar,
So stick to the fight when you are the hardest hit,
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.

Essence of Bhagavad Gita

Why are you unnecessarily worrying? Whom do you fear? Who can kill you?

Soul is not born, nor does it die.

What has happened has happened for the best.

What is happening is happening for the best.

What will happen will happen for the best.

Do not brood over the past.

Do not worry about the future.

The present is on.

What have you lost, that are you weeping?

What have you brought, that you have lost?

What have you made that has been destroyed?

You brought nothing.

What you have, you got from here.

What was given, was given here.

What you took, you took from this Universe.

What you gave, you gave into the Universe.

You have come empty handed and shall go empty handed. What is yours today was someone else's in the past and will be somebody else's in the future. You think it is yours and are deeply engrossed in it. This attachment is the cause of all the sorrow.

Change is the law of life.What you call Death is Life itself.

In a moment you are a millionaire, and in the very next you are a poor man. Mine-yours; Small-Big, Ours-Theirs. Remove this from your mind, then everything is yours and you are everybody's. This Body is not yours nor you are of this body. Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Ether comprise this body and unto this shall it turn. But the soul is immortal, then what are you?

Surrender unto the Lord, He is the ultimate support. He who experiences this is completely free from Fear, Worry and Despair. Whatever you do offer unto Him. By this you shall forever experience Eternal Bliss.

-Lord Shri Krishna

Father's Instruction for Life

From Reader's digest (July 1994 issue)

Years ago, I read that it was the responsibility of parents not to pave the road for their children, but to provide a road map. So as my son, Adam, prepared to leave for college, I jotted down a few words of counsel and put them in a binder. After his mother and I had helped him move into his hostel room, I presented him with the bound pages.

A few days later, Adam called me, " Dad" he said, " the book is one of the best gifts I 've ever received. I'm going to add to it and some day give it to my son." Every once in a while life hands you a moment so precious, so overwhelming, that you almost glow. I had just experienced one.

Some of the words I gave him were reproduced in the November 1993 issue of Reader's Digest. Here are some more:

* Compliment three people each day.
* Watch a sunrise at least once a year.
* Look people in the eye.
* Say " thank you" a lot.
* Say " Please" a lot.
* Live beneath your means.
* Buy whatever kids are selling.
* Treat everyone you meet as you want to be treated.
* Donate some of your blood every year.
* Make new friends but cherish the old ones.
* Keep secrets.
* Don't waste time learning the "tricks of the trade", Instead learn the trade.
* Admit your mistakes.
* Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
* Choose a charity in your community and support it generously with your time and money.
* Use credit cards for convenience, never for credit.
* Never cheat.
* Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly.
* Never deprive someone of hope, it might be all he or she has.
* Pray not for things, but for wisdom or courage.
* Never take action when you are angry.
* Have good posture.
* Enter a room with purpose and confidence.
* Don't discuss business in the elevator. You never know who may overhear you.
* Never pay for work before it is completed.
* Be willing to lose a battle in order to win the war.
* Don't gossip.
* Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
* When facing a difficult task, act as though it is impossible to lose.
* Don't agree to do too many things at once. Learn to say 'no' politely and quickly.
* Don't expect life to to be fair.
* Never underestimate the power of forgiveness.
* Instead of using the word "problem" try substituting the word "opportunity".
* Never walk out on a quarrel with your wife.
* Regarding furniture and clothes, if you think you will be using them five years or longer, buy the best you can afford.
* Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did.
* Forget committees. New, noble, world-changing ideas always come from one person working alone.
* Street musicians are a treasure. Stop for a moment and listen; then leave a small donation.
* When faced with a serious health problem, get at least three medical opinions.
* Wage war against littering.
* After encountering inferior service, food or products, bring it to the attention of the person in charge. Good managers will appreciate knowing.
* Don't procrastinate. Do what need doing when it needs to be done.
* Get your priorities straight. No one ever said on his deathbed, " Gee, if I'd only spent more time at the office."
* Don't be afraid to say " I don't know."
* Don't be afraid to say " I am sorry."
* Make a list of 25 things you want to experience before you die. * Carry it in your wallet and refer to it often.
* Phone your mother.

Successful person is

A Person who lives well, laughs
often, and loves all mankind;
Who gains respect of intelligent
man and women and the love
of little children;
Who fills one's niche, does one's
work well, and makes the corner
of earth where God has placed
him or her a better place than
it was before;
One who feels the flow of beauty
in all life and never fails to
voice praise for it,
Who always sees the best in
other people and let them
know it-