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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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.

Tell the funny story on yourself so that the laugh is on you; always laugh with others never at them.

Words of encouragement fan the spark of genius into the flame of achievement.

Inject laughter into tense situations to save the day; laughter calms tempers and soothes jangled nerves.

The art of being yourself at your best is the art of unfolding your personality into the person you want to be...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.

Work miracles by giving courage. Many ideas have failed to be realized because people lacked the courage to see them through. Promising careers have been abandoned because people were afraid. Cheer people on. Instill courage in their hearts.

It is time to browse through the precious books that have meant the most to you that you may rediscover illuminating phrases and sentences to light your pathway to the future.

The best leaders are very often the best listeners. They have an open mind. They are not interested in having their own way but in finding the best way.

You are a bundle of mysteries. Finding and conquering yourself is a lifetime task. There are unplumbed depths in you full of the rich ore of personal discovery. Explore yourself! There is power in you--the power to change yourself and to change the world; the power to create plans, projects, movements for the common good; the power to inspire and serve.

I've found that inspiration is the spark which starts the engine of creativity. Be aware, sensitive, and alert to inspiration, and when it comes put it to work. Keep your spiritual antenna reaching for inspiration, for nothing great was ever accomplished without it.

The key to unlocking the treasures in the art of living, the secret of adding new dimensions to your life, is simply this: Hold an adventurous mental attitude. When you look at even the humdrum with an adventurous attitude, you infuse things with the brilliant light of newness. The dull becomes bright. The darkness is lighted up. You cannot become bored when you approach everything as an adventure!

You may plan to write a book someday, but you are living a book every day.

Let me look upward into the branches of the flowering oak and know that it grew great and strong because it grew slowly and well.

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