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ISM: a distinctive doctrine, cause, or theory.
ADAGE: a saying often in metaphorical form that embodies a common observation.
SAYINGS: to express in words: to state as opinion or belief.
I have always enjoyed little “catch phrases”, quotes, adages and sayings. I have books with them in them. I have collected personal favorites through the years. And when someone says something in a unique or profound way it is always sticks with me in a truly unique manner. I have spoken publicly nationally and internationally for over twenty years. I have quoted and originated many thoughts, isms and sayings. Last year I started participating in some social networking type formats in which the always ask what’s on your mind? Thus it began a process of more thoughts, isms and sayings. These thoughts of mine are what are compiled in this book. I hope you enjoy!
Here are a few of the more than 50 Inspirational Thoughts from the Book- “Robisms”:
You Can’t Remember and Forget at the Same Time.
I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Phil 3:13-14 NAS
Some of us find it difficult to do two things at once, like “walk and chew gum.” But even for the “multi-tasker” you can’t remember and forget at the same time. You can only forget by not rehearsing it over and over again in your mind. Reach for the things that are ahead and forget the things that are behind.
Look back, but look ahead…reflect, but don’t be remorseful…rejoice, but don’t regret.
I remember the days gone by; I think about all that you have done, I bring to mind all your deeds. Ps 143:5 TEV
When it comes to walking or driving, just like with life it is dangerous to always look back without looking ahead.
Celebrate don’t just tolerate.
“‘Look, dear son,’ his father said to him, ‘you and I are very close, and everything I have is yours. But it is right to celebrate. For he is your brother; and he was dead and has come back to life! He was lost and is found!'” Luke 15:31-32 TLB
To tolerate means, “to put up with.” Nobody wants to just be “put up with”. We have a choice. We can be a victim or a victor. Let’s have a Father’s heart and learn to celebrate, not just tolerate.
e2€œThe longer I live, the more I relaize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company a church a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you we are in charge of our Attitudes.e2€9dCharles Swindoll