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Making Waves

By Ross Kentner

I find in these testy times that it+?G??G??s good to remember that most successful people have had their trials and tribulations. It+?G??G??s good to remember that most of them left a line or two of sage advice. When we are told that we are in a global meltdown and we should be shaking in our boots, just think of what Ralph Waldo Emerson said:

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

I think we are at a tipping point in history and that Tony Blair captured the essence of it when he said:

"If we are going to carry on growing, and we will, because no country is going to forfeit its right to economic growth, we have to find a way of doing it sustainably."

Here are two quotes from George Bernard Shaw that really speak to these times:

"The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them. and

"Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine; and at last you create what you will."

You may say that+?G??G??s all well and good but what if what you created has been taken away? Fair enough. Aldous Huxley covered that when he said:

"Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you."

In tough economic times, we+?G??G??re all concerned about our security, but hear this from blind and deaf Helen Keller:

"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing."

Some people think success is produced by an explosion of energy but according to Richard Lloyd Jones:

"Stability is more essential to success than brilliance."

Finally, Barack Obama is not the first U.S. President to speak eloquently. These words of Woodrow Wilson apply to today+?G??G??s economy too:

"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand."

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