Thursday, August 1, 2013

Motivations & Smiles for August

(gleaned from my collection of “calendar quotes”)

It is always wise to look ahead,
but difficult to look further than you can see.
(Winston Churchill)

Persistence:  Fall seven times.  Stand up eight!  (Japanese Proverb)
                      Illustration of a rugged cliff against  bluish mountain ranges.

Apology:  An apology is the superglue of life.  It can repair just about anything! 
                 (Lynn Johnston). Picture of a child's hand filled with hand-picked flowers.

Innocence:  Keep your mind and heart open to all in the world.  (Anonymous)
                     Illustration of friendly kitten and puppy communicating.

Loyalty:  The best thing to hold onto in life, is each other.  (Anonymous)
                Illustration of a pair of loving monkeys. the sandpaper that removes the rough edges from the good old 
                   days. Illustration of an elderly couple, sitting on side-by-side beach chairs
                   below a striped umbrella...and gazing out to sea.

Attack every problem as if your survival depended upon it.  Illustration of a snarling jaguar.

We've got to have a Dream if we are going to make a dream come true! (Denis E. Waitley)
            Illustration of a blonde-haired girl blowing bubbles into a twilight sky.

The Reward of a thing well to have done it!  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
            Illustration of a child building an elaborate sand castle on the beach.

We will either Find a way or Make one!  (Denis E. Waitley)
            Illustration of a meandering blue river.

From Marie's Motivation Calendar with Invitation to Action:
Envision a pair of para-sailors on a windy blue ocean of white-crested waves.

Challenge:  We must accept Life as a Challenge,
without which we should never know of what stuff we are made.
(Robert Louis Stevenson)

Special Event Days:

August 5 ~ Civic Holiday, celebrated in most provinces on the first Monday of August.  In Ontario, sometimes called “Simcoe Day” in honour of the the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada.

August 12 ~ International Youth Day, endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2000,  is a global call to action to develop and engage partnerships  with and for youths...increasing opportunities for success by leveraging comparative advantages, resources and interests.

August 21 ~ Full Moon!

Did You Know?

As the fall approaches, monarch butterflies begin their long flight to Mexico,
in some cases travelling more than 5000 kilometres.

August's Turtle

One of the most common turtles in North America, the Painted Turtle can be identified by its colourful markings.  Similarly, coloured males and females have yellow streaks on their heads and necks as well as red markings along the edges of their shells.  Painted turtles can be found in slow-moving, quiet and shallow fresh water such as ponds, lakes, marshes, streams and rivers.

The Presence of August:

August is the month for kids ~ the last few weeks of freedom before a new school year begins.
August is the last month before autumn begins.
August brings the onset of county fairs with fun foods and rides easy to find.
August invites fishing to favourite water holes.
The “dog days” of summer start drawing to a close.
But, there's still time for a lake visit or just a lawn sprinkler.

Philosophy for August

Be careful what you water your dreams with. 
Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds
that choke the life from your dreams.
Water them with optimism and solutions 
and you will cultivate success.
Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into opportunity.
Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dreams.
(Lao Tzu)

Crafted by Merle Baird-Kerr... August 1, 2013
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