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    The accumulation of small, optimistic acts produces quality in our culture and in your life. Our culture resonates in tense times to individual acts of grace.
    — Jennifer James
    tags: time  grace  culture  quality 
     
    It's a lot easier to get your way if you have more than one way.
    — Jennifer James
    If you had to choose only two qualities to get you through times of change, the first should be a sense of self-worth and the second a sense of humor.
    — Jennifer James
    tags: humor  time  quality 
     
    Enlightenment is being able to go to your own home and feel comfortable.
    — Jennifer James
    People who think in absolutes usually don't listen to anyone but themselves. They resist new ideas and try to preserve the status quo. ...
    — Jennifer James
    tags: people  ideas 
     
    Learning how to respond to and master the process of change - and even to excel at it - is a critical leadership skill for the twenty-first century. Constant, rapid change will be a fact of life for all of us.
    — Jennifer James
    Insight is 'mental vision,' one of the ways in which the mind escapes the limits of the obvious or the familiar.
    — Jennifer James
    tags: mental  insight  mind  vision 
     
    Rush hour brings out the worst in some people. They make faces, gesture, yell, call names, bump you with their car, and lean on their horn over the slightest perception that they are right and you are wrong. If you take any of these signals seriously, you can be hurt every time you drive. If you cannot crack a joke within a few minutes of rear-ending someone on the freeway, don't go out there.
    — Jennifer James
    tags: time  people  hurt  perception  right  wrong 
     
    You can speed up your life if you want to - that's easy. Winding down is what's hard.
    — Jennifer James
    The average person's short-term memory can hold only five to seven bits of data at any one moment. If you put more items in, others fall out. The older you are, the more you have crammed into those memory circuits. Twenty-five-year-olds can remember things because they still have empty space. Some of us take our children to the supermarket in the hope they will remember why we are there.
    — Jennifer James
    tags: children  memory  moment  space  child  hope 
     
    Passion doesn't come from business or books or even a connection with another person. It is a connection to your own life force, the world around you and the spirit that connects us all. You are the source. Books, work, music, people, sunsets all provide sparks, but only you can light the fire.
    — Jennifer James
    The impression is that love is something that happens to you like magic. That love is something others do for you, but that you cannot do for yourself. Love is not something you wait for. Love doesn't just happen. Love is something you do. When you want love, give love. Moment to moment, you make the choice whether to give love and be loved.
    — Jennifer James
    tags: magic  choice  moment 
     
    Each of us seeks peace of mind, but we sometimes fear that it means giving up excitement and ecstasy. Peace sounds like contentment, which sounds like settling, letting the fire go out. Actually, peace of mind allows you to go more deeply into the world and consequently to experience more excitement and ecstasy. The fire burns brighter, fueled by awareness instead of anxiety.
    — Jennifer James
    There are, of course, two kinds of suffering, that which has a reward and that which doesn't.
    — Jennifer James
    tags: suffering 
     
    Nostalgia is also a trait of the organizations that I call lodges - everything from corporate cultures to religious sects. Their bonding power often exceeds loyalty to family or country because they create intimacy through shared ideals and beliefs, ceremonies, stories, and legends, and depend on it for their survival. The message is clear: Don't question what we're doing. Just appreciate how long we've been doing it.
    — Jennifer James
    Studies of people who report high well-being in their fifties and sixties indicate that they have lived lives that involved personal risks. They are not people whose lives have been calm and predictable. A life under tight control sometimes produces quiet desperation. High well-being is a life that has depth and quality. Risks, losses, problems, and tragedy add pain to a life. That pain becomes a teacher. We learn; the pain gives us no choice.
    — Jennifer James
    Anger is a response that can lead to harm if we don't evaluate what we are upset about. Ask yourself what you are afraid of, as anger is almost always fear in disguise. If we think something or someone threatens us, we feel fear-fear that we are inadequate, that our lives are out of control, that things won't go our way. Then we fight. Find out what you're upset about. We rarely are upset for the reason we think.
    — Jennifer James
    tags: fear  live  anger  control  fight  afraid 
     
    Success is every minute you live. It's the process of living. It's stopping for the moments of beauty, of pleasure; the moments of peace. Success is not a destination that you ever reach. Success is the quality of the journey.
    — Jennifer James
    Success is not a destination that you ever reach. Success is the quality of your journey.
    — Jennifer James
    tags: journey  success  quality 
     
    The lost wallet or purse law: No matter how careful you are, assume that you will lose a few. ... Keep grief to a minimum. It's bad enough your stuff is gone; don't lose your mind too.
    — Jennifer James
    tags: grief  lost  bad  mind 
     
    You are much more than the sum of what you produce.
    — Jennifer James
    Pain is a great teacher, but most of us would rather learn some other way.
    — Jennifer James
    tags: pain  learn 
     
    There is no love that rewards with more consistency and provides lifelong passion as the love one has for the world.
    — Jennifer James
    tags: world  passion 
     
    There is no way to live up to your full potential in life without losing lots of things. Yet there are people who believe you can go through a lifetime without losing anything, if you would just be more careful and more thoughtful. They actually believe that a child can get through elementary school without losing a jacket, but that's impossible unless the child is very repressed.
    — Jennifer James
    People who think they know usually stopped thinking long ago.
    — Jennifer James
    tags: people  thinking 
     
    The best revenge is, of course, a good life. Enjoy yourself, be happy, be successful. It'll drive them crazy-or you can imagine it does. You'll feel so good you won't care.
    — Jennifer James
    People are beginning to realize that self-knowledge is not an end in itself. It's for the purpose of better relationships, so that we can give to our community. You can give from overflow. It's very hard to give from emptiness. . . . People who avoid self-knowledge cause a great deal of pain to themselves as well as to their families and friends.
    — Jennifer James
    The journey toward the heart is always a journey home.
    — Jennifer James
    tags: heart  journey 
     
    Then you will be the one others envy, and you can remember the pain and reach out to them.
    — Jennifer James
    tags: pain  envy 
     
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