Wilferd Peterson, fully Wilferd Arlan Peterson

Peterson, fully Wilferd Arlan Peterson

American Author, Journalist for This Week Magazine, Columnist for Science of Mind Magazine and Published Nine Books

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Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others.

Our children are watching us live, and what we are shouts louder than anything we can say.

The world knows the perfect tune for harmony and peace among people. There is no secret about it. It is as old as the ages. Seers, prophets and sages have extolled it. The perfect tune is the expression of love and good will. All that is needed is that people transcend their differences so that the perfect tune may be played on the heartstrings of all people everywhere.

Big thinking precedes great achievement.

Remind me each day that the race is not always to the swift; that there is more to life than increasing its speed.

Those who would practice the art of tolerance must guard well against an attitude of superiority, smugness, indifference, and coldness. These qualities are tolerance turned wrong side out!

By the grace of God you are what you are; glory in your selfhood, accept yourself and go on from there.

See it big, and keep it simple.

To be a friend a man should remember that we are human magnets: that like attracts like, and that what we give we get.

Champion the right to be yourself; dare to be different and to set your own pattern; live your own life and follow your own star.

Stay home to find beauty. Open your eyes to a new appreciation of your surroundings: the furniture, the wallpaper, the pictures on the walls, the woodwork, the view from a window, the flowers in the garden. . . Open yourself to a new awareness of the love in the faces of those with whom your home is shared.

Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Walk with those who have ideals, with zest to help and lift, to create and contribute. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it… Associate with the creative people wherever you find them. Make friends with them, go where they are, talk with them, listen to them, be open and receptive to them, let them inspire you. Catch their attitudes, their way of thinking and living.

Cynics and critics wake us up. Kindness often covers up the truth and allows us to sleep on in our ignorance.

Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.

Walking exercises the whole person. It exercises the body--it gives the arms and legs a workout. It stimulates the flow of blood; expands the lungs. It is gentle and relaxing. It exercises the mind--it shakes up the brain cells. It fills them with oxygen; drives out the cobwebs. A famous scientist says he does his best thinking on the two miles of sidewalk between his home and office. Walking exercises the emotions. It gives you a chance to observe and enjoy the world. Open your eyes to beauty. See the homes, the trees, the gardens. See the shining faces of little children. Listen for the church chimes, singing birds and the laughter of happy people.

Good will is not a single quality. It is a composite of all the qualities of the spirit, applied to daily living.

Success is having the courage to meet failure without being defeated. It is refusing to let present loss interfere with your long-range goal. . . . Success is relative and individual and personal. It is your answer to the problem of making your minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years add up to a great life.

Walking uplifts the spirit. Breathe out the poisons of tension, stress, and worry; breathe in the power of God. Send forth little silent prayers of goodwill toward those you meet. Walk with a sense of being a part of a vast universe. Consider the thousands of miles of earth beneath your feet; think of the limitless expanse of space above your head. Walk in awe, wonder, and humility. Walk at all times of day. In the early morning when the world is just waking up. Late at night under the stars. Along a busy city street at noontime.

Happiness does not depend upon a full pocketbook, but upon a mind full of rich thoughts and a heart full of rich emotions.

Success is ninety-nine percent mental attitude. It calls for love, joy, optimism, confidence, serenity, poise, faith, courage, cheerfulness, imagination, initiative, tolerance, honesty, humility, patience and enthusiasm.

We, the decent people of the world. . . believe that this is a beautiful universe and that it is made for love and not for hate; for peace and not war; for freedom and not slavery; for order and not riot; for compassion and not violence; for happiness and not misery.

Happiness doesn’t come from doing what we like to do but from liking what we have to do.

Take a look at those two open hands of yours. They are tools with which to serve, make friends, and reach out for the best in life. Open hands open the way to achievement Put them to work today.

While there is life there is hope, has deeper meaning in reverse. While there is hope there is life. Hope comes first, life follows. Hope gives power to life. Hope rouses life to continue to expand, to grow, to reach out, to go on. Hope sees a light where there isn't any. Hope lights candles in millions of despairing hearts. Where would I be without hope?

I like the old proverb: "It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness." We need to create a moral and spiritual equivalent to the supernova here on our earth, a super-creativity which will abolish war, which will conquer hunger, poverty, disease, and crime. Light illuminates, penetrates the darkness, shows the way ahead. Light is synonymous with creativity. It is explosive mental power. It is the mind aflame, the heart aglow, the spirit aware. It is God at work through you.

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American Author, Journalist for This Week Magazine, Columnist for Science of Mind Magazine and Published Nine Books