Both quotes on today’s show were posted by my mother, June Gibson
Holbrook who has been supporting Daggers Of The Mind in so many ways.
Thomas A. Edison, Inventor
“The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it
usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.”
You deserve a break today. Get the service you deserve. Advertising today
spends a lot of time telling you what you deserve even though you haven’t
done anything to earn it.
I remember some friends who were a few years younger than my wife and
myself who spent all their time saying if someone would give them a
chance like we got life would be great.
First of all, the chances we got happened at the point that we earned
them. When we bought a house, it was because we had waited long enough
and our finances were in order to do it.
When they reached a similar age and financial status, they bought a house
too. Then it all went south. He got fired from a couple of great jobs,
then they divorced and everything went to pot.
What was so different about the two situations? One thing is that we
never felt we were owed anything. It never occurred to us that we would
or should be given a chance. We made our own, and to this day continue to
do what it takes to maintain what we have earned.
This is not to “toot our own horns” so to speak, but it seems that most
of our society believes they are owed more than they ever have the
intention to earn.
“The only way to enjoy anything in this life is to earn it first.”
Have you earned what you have? Or are you just sitting hoping someone
will give you a handout? I remember hearing stories about the Great
Depression in the 1930’s where farmers committed suicide when faced with
taking a handout from the government. The shame was just too great.
That shame seems to be a thing of the past these days. A good work ethic
is also in serious decline. Where are you in all this? Have you believed
the advertising hype that says you are owed a living? Or are you doing
your best, earning your own way and the self respect that goes with it?
A final quote:
“We must protect our limited resources for those who are truly in need
and who are doing all they can to be self-sufficient.”
Paul LePage, Governor of The State of Maine
Audrey Hepburn, Actress and Humanitarian
“I saw but one glaring truth: These are not natural disasters, but man-
made tragedies for which there is only one manmade solution– Peace.”
Audrey Hepburn is best known for her acting roles in some of the most
iconic movies of the 50’s and 60’s, but her greatest contribution to
humanity was through her work with UNICEF.
From Wikipedia: She appeared in fewer films as her life went on,
devoting much of her later life to UNICEF. Although contributing to the
organisation since 1954, she worked in some of the most profoundly
disadvantaged communities of Africa, South America and Asia between 1988
and 1992. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in
recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in December 1992.
A month later, Hepburn died of appendiceal cancer at her home in
Switzerland at the age of 63.
What an amazing contribution to make for good in this world. When most
with her fame and success simply live the good life, she devoted herself
to helping those whose circumstances made it impossible for them to help
While there are few who are as noble as that, there are many things we
can do to help others around us as we travel through this life. Our best
is to help others learn to be self sufficient so that when no one is
around to help, they can learn to live on their own. Don’t simply give
someone a fish, TEACH them to fish. Then you have fed them for a
One organization that fulfills this mission is the Project Self
Sufficiency Foundation. It is found at www.pssfoundation.org.
From their website: Project Self Sufficiency Foundation is a non-profit
organization that supports low income, single parents working toward an
educational goal to become economically independent. Our foundation’s
goal is to raise the funds needed to provide the tools and support that
will help parents achieve their independence. This is a powerful
initiative for these parents, as it will change the pathway for their
family, many times, breaking the cycle of abuse and building their self-
esteem, which ultimately leads to a better future for generations. Thank
you for your interest and we look forward to your support!
Another such organization is called Partners In Housing at
From the website:
PIH provides a self-sufficiency program, not a housing program. The
emphasis of our program is helping people learn the skills they need to
be economically independent. To participate in the program, all adults
must be willing and able to work and, most importantly, be motivated to
Giving others the tools to lift themselves up makes the change permanent.
Invest in charities of that type and the world will actually become a
better place, one success at a time!
Another Audrey Hepburn quote:
“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm.
As you get older, remember you have another hand: the first is to help
yourself, the second is to help others.”
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