There is no law by which you can achieve success in anything without expecting it, demanding it, assuming it. There must be a strong, firm self-faith first, or the thing will never come. There is no room for chance in God’s world of system and supreme order. Everything must have not only a cause, but a sufficient cause—a cause as large as the result. A stream can not rise higher than its source. A great success must have a great source in expectation, in self-confidence, and in persistent endeavor to attain it. No matter how great the ability, how large the genius, or how splendid the education, the achievement will never rise higher than the confidence. He can who thinks he can, and he can’t who thinks he can’t. This is an inexorable, indisputable law. ~ Orison Swett Marden, 1894
Today I paused to take a glimpse of a flower.
Reflecting the Suns glow at an early hour.
Her vibrant beauty was on full display.
Not for me watching but just her way.
With petals extending like rays of light,
She mirrored the Sun with all her might.
The wind, rain and dark skies had passed.
Her strength from within made her last.
She gives her smile freely to passersby.
Drawing away the stress and relieving the sighs.
How often others pass without notice or care.
Trapped in their lives with the burdens they bear.
If they would pause and take the time to see,
To see the smile she gives for free.
There is nothing as beautiful as living your best,
Living life to the fullest above the rest.
Let’s learn from her who shines so bright,
Not for who’s watching but for doing what’s right.
~ Adrian De Leon