Best of Evergreen: 50 Inspirational Life Lessons

Podcast Excerpt: THE world is your kaleidoscope. The varying color combinations are the exquisitely adjusted pictures of your ever-moving thoughts. You are literally what you think, your character being the complete sum of all your thoughts. As the plant springs from and could not be without the seed, so every action springs from the hidden seeds of thought and could not have appeared without them. This applies equally to those acts called “spontaneous” and “unpremeditated” as it does to those which are deliberately executed.

The beautiful truth is that you are the master of your thoughts, the molder of your character, and the maker of your condition, environment, and destiny. As a being of Power, Intelligence, and Love, and the Master of your own thoughts, you hold the key to every situation, and contain within yourself that transforming and regenerative power by which you can make yourself what you will. — James Allen


Happiness lies in the consciousness of the privilege of life. Until you realize apart from all material considerations what a privilege life is, you cannot be happy. Think of the countless extravagantly wealthy people whose lives have been shrouded in scandal, or drug addiction, or some other painful circumstance. Then you will be able to reason out how little wealth has to do with real happiness.

Happiness must rest on character, and character building lies within the power of the poorest individual on earth. Build yourself a splendid mansion of the mind; then, whether you live in a flat or a mansion, in a tenement in the city or in a cottage by the sea, you will know the secret of happiness. — Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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