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Quotable Guides
4/24/2013 3:52:47 PM

By Hakim Abdul-Ali

 There are times in my life when I reflect on the clout and the majesty of provocative words and poignant thoughts of others. In many ways, they have shaped my hungry mind-set in facing the daily dilemmas in my life’s episodic sojourns in untold dimensions.

  I know that I’m a product of a bygone era where disciplined respect, prudent courtesy and sensible learning were musts for the average “colored” kid(s) of yesteryear who loved to read and listen.   

It was a marvelous time to be Black, proud and learn as you go.

I’ve been a student of that discipline until this day, even as I remember some of the thoughts of some of the many different ethnic “colored” folk of the world, whose thoughts engulfed me with guiding remembrances of positive thinking. I simply refer those thoughts as “Quotable Guides.”

   I’m going to try my best today to tell you about some of them in order to help you see where I’m coming from. Again, in many ways, there are like steering passages for the troubled soul’s relief from mental boredom and spiritual fatigue.

   Well, here they are in no particular order of importance. They are all vignettes from those individuals’ minds and thoughts for “hue-manity’s” benefit. Hopefully, once heard and understood them, they would serve you and others with a moment’s pause to think and see how we can handle some of our own modernistic collective perplexing dilemmas.

   Thomas Alva Edison once said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways to that won’t work.”

 Think about that reality as it relates to your life’s efforts.

   I have and it makes sense to me to never give up when faced with a test or trial in life that didn’t, or doesn’t, go your way. On that point embrace what Walter Gagehot said, and that was that “A great pleasure in life is doing what people say that you cannot do.” (Think.)

   Another man named Orlando A. Battista said, “An error doesn’t become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.” Play that in your head also as you attempt to decipher the real difference between an error and a mistake in your living corridors of daily existence.

  Life is what it is, and I only ask of you that, as you read my article for this week, think about what life has in store for you in the future and what you have learned thus far in this amazing experience called living. (Think.)

   That reminds me of one of the most potent things I’ve ever read or heard from any non-religious personality. Pay close attention to this statement for it has great depth. I treasure the inherent implication of this self-help “Quotable Guide” that has elevated my mind with uplift.

   Judy Garland, famous singer and actress, who hit it big in the original Wizard of Oz classic movie, said, “Always be a first rate version of yourself, instead of a second rate version of somebody else.” With those words she struck a nerve that forever pulsates in my soul. (Think.)

   Strange as it seems, and from this unlikeliest of sources, Judy’s statement has always challenged me to be who I am as a “hue-man” and not pretend to be someone who I am not. I suggest that you go back and check out Miss Garland’s dynamic thoughts again.

  After doing that, I’d like to bring to your attention another “Quotable Guide” from an anonymous sage, who once said, “A good sense of humor is essential to deal with the world’s reality.” Think of that message as you view all of the misery that’s evident in the hearts and on the faces of so many of the world’s unhappy souls.(Think.)

  The truth about the specter of lost souls’ inner unhappiness about themselves is something that shouts out lies of denials dealing with one’s own feelings about self-pity and self-hatred can’t hide forever. (Think.)

   Sometimes, even “Quotable Guides” can’t help those souls if they won’t believe that there’s an inner greatness in them that needs to be garnered. It all there for the taking if we (really) want it. (Again, think.)

   Some “colored” folk in “hue-manity” want success in life, and others only “wish” that they had what others had. Does that apply to you, or are you resolved to be only a dreamer as opposed to an onlooker?  (Think.)

   Ponder that sober reality for a stone, cold moment in time while you mentally feast on this next “Quotable Guide.” It’s powerful but with a slight increase for the mind’s third eye of spiritual consciousness. I simply love it because it says more that what normally meets the ordinary reader’s mind’s eye and continues to make one think.

   Oscar Wilde, the Irish poet and writer said, “Some cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go.” This is a statement it took me a long time to fully comprehend, but Mr. Wilde was ever so correct on point with that hidden, sterling assessment.(Think.)

   From the Asiatic sector of thinking I learned that the 20th Century peaceful warrior, Mahatma Gandhi of Indian heritage, said, “A ‘no’ uttered from deepest conviction is better than a ‘yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” (Think.)

My mother once told me about something that came from an unknown source. It was that, “Some succeed because they are determined to, but most succeed because they are determined to.” (Think.)

   Best-selling author Max Lucado voiced, “The people who make a difference are not the ones with the credentials, but the ones with the concern.”  Does that make sense to you in worlds of existences, or are you living on a planet without caring and sharing “colored” folk?  I hope not. (Think.)

   As I close for today, I’ll quote another gem from Thomas Edison and that is, “If we did the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”  Most achievers of color in life, against all difficulties, know this reality like the back of their hands. (Think.)

  That sums up a lot of things for a lot of “colored” folk, who’ve succeeded against all odds. If they did it, you, too, can do it, because I firmly believe that “thoughts are synonymous to actions.” (Think.)

   The quotes or opinions of this diverse group of souls from all spheres of life and from all over the world only help to shape my commitment to positive thinking. I hope that you can gain a little “something, something” from them because they are meant to encourage you to be the best that you can be. (Think.)

  Please remember that thoughts are tantamount to actions, so always bring your “A” game to the playing mental fields of life.  “You are what you think.” For today and forever, that’s, “As I See It.”

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