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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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.

The reason progress is slow is that we always expect other men to be the heroes and to live the heroic lives. But we all have hero stuff in us. In our sphere of life we can always live more heroically and triumphantly and grow in heroic stature.

You mold your character and your future by your thoughts and acts.

A man practices the art of adventure when he heroically faces up to life; When he has the daring to open doors to new experiences and to step boldly forth to explore strange horizons. When he is unafraid of new ideas, new theories and new philosophies. When he has the curiosity to experiment--to test and try new ways of living and thinking. When he has the flexibility to adjust and adapt himself to the changing patterns of life. When he refuses to seek safe places and easy tasks and has, instead, the courage to wrestle with the toughest problems. When he has the moral stamina to be steadfast in the support of those men in whom he has faith and those causes in which he believes. When he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints. When he has the nerve to move out of life's shallows and venture forth into the deep. When he keeps his heart young, his expectations high and never allows his dreams to die. When he concludes that a rut is only another name for the grave and that the only way to stay out of the ruts is by living adventurously and staying vitally alive every day of his life.

Life is constantly pounding you from the outside with millions of hammer blows, but you have the last word as to how those blows will change you. Humans alone, of all the creatures of earth, can change their own pattern. Humans alone are the architects of their destiny. William James declared that the greatest revolution in his generation was the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.

The secret of greatness is simple: do better work than any other man in your field - and keep on doing it.

You take a firm grip on positive attitudes of thought. You hold right thoughts in your mind just as your hand grips a golf club. You keep both feet on the ground. You stand for the highest and the best and strive to fill your life with the goodness of God.

And then there is the thrill of creatively sowing ideas and inspiration into the minds of others. Often our contributions will actually change lives by sharing appreciation, courage, love, and joy. Carry the ideal of being a creative sower, that you are on the side of growth, plenty, peace, and progress. Make it a point to scatter creative seeds every day of your life!

Make it a point to scatter creative seeds every day of your life!

The well-known maxim, "While there is life there is hope," has a 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. Hope is the miracle medicine of the mind. It inspires the will to live. Hope is the physician's strongest ally. Hope is man's shield and buckler against defeat. "Hope," wrote Alexander Pope, "springs eternal in the human breast." And as long as it does man will triumph and move forward. Hope never sounds retreat. Hope keeps the banners flying. Hope revives deals, renews dreams, revitalizes visions. Hope scales the peak, wrestles with the impossible, achieves the highest aim. "The word which God has written on the brow of every man," wrote Victor Hugo, "is Hope." As long as man has hope no situation is hopeless.

Your greatest power is the power to be. To be more loving. To be more courageous. To be more joyous. To be more friendly. To be more sensitive. To be more aware. To be more forgiving. To be more tolerant. To be more humble. To be more patient. To be more helpful. . . . To be a greater human being.

As artist Nature splashes color across the vast canvas of the sky with the radiance and splendor of sunrise and sunset. She arches rainbows against the passing storm, creates flowers and foliage, sets autumn woods on fire with the beauty of turning leaves and touches mountaintops with snow crystals.

No man stands alone. Through all the centuries of recorded time, men have set into motion influences that affect your life today.

The wise man realistically accepts as part of life and builds a philosophy to meet them and make the most of them. He lives on the principle of “nothing attempted, nothing gained” and is resolved that if he fails he is going to fail while trying to succeed.

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.

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