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Old 13-01-2019, 10:03
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From time to time, stories or sage sayings pop up. They might not be Classics (we already have a topic for that) but they can certainly be worth repeating.

This thread will be devoted to such stories, quotes, or maxims that we can all do with knowing (and even thinking of daily?). Here are a few to start off


Post #2 - The Boys Down at the Stable - Bob Proctor advised me of this one - tells of all those who would "cut you down if you let them". Know them, and ignore them.

Post #3 - Some sayings I love - funny, sage, mind-bending, and certainly thought-provoking.

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Old 13-01-2019, 10:05
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The Boys Down At The Stable

(from Bob Proctor)



A number of years ago a woman by the name of Ann came to a seminar. She was a beautiful actress.

Ann told me of a time that she and three of her girlfriends went to try out for a stage play. She got the leading role in the play and her friends, unfortunately, did not even get in the supporting cast. She worked very hard on her lines over the coming months.

On opening night she was so excited! However, none of her girlfriends showed up to support her. She was devastated… They were good friends she thought.

Ann was in the habit of talking to an older friend of her dad who was a mentor to her. His name was Hap. She phoned Hap and he listened to her story of what transpired. He said, “I am going to send you a letter and I want you to read it and I want you to remember it.”

Here is the letter that he sent her:

Dear Ann,

Once upon a time, there was a fellow by the name of Al Capp who wrote a comic strip called “L’ll Abner”. Many years ago he had some characters in his strip who lived in a town near Dogpatch. They were the town bums, the n’er do wells, the failures whose whole aim in life was to pass judgment on others. Their criticism and ridicule became so vehement that in time the rest of the people in the town became acutely conscious of it. “The boys down at the stable”, as they were called because that’s where they spent most of their time, soon set the social standards of the town. Nobody could do anything without their sanction.

Because they lived within the structure of their crummy little worlds, they would laugh and point their fingers at anyone and everyone who tried to be better than he was. As a result, the people feared the ridicule of the boys down at the stable so much that they stopped trying. Soon everybody became bums and the town died.

In every social structure, Ann, whether it be family, town, county, or state, there are “the boys down at the stable”. They are the jealous ones. They are too scared to try something different. They show their ignorance by laughing at those who do. Learn to recognize them, Ann, for what they are. Don’t let them hurt you. It takes a certain amount of toughness to succeed. One has to rise above those who would tear you down so that they can laugh and say, “I told you so!”.

There are too many of us who love you and want you to make it. I could put myself at the top of the list. You aren’t going to fall flat on your face as they would have you. You are going to do a superb job. Remember this show is only a small step in the direction of greater things you will do, many of which are beyond your wildest dreams. All you have to do is want to. One of the things I like about you best is that you always give it hell for a try.

The show will be a success because of you and others like you who try. There are only winners in the cast. The losers are gathered down at the stable laughing and hoping for your failure. If we could dig down deep inside them, I’m sure we’d find they want to win also but are too scared to try, and they attempt to cover up their own failures as human beings by laughing at others. In a sense, I’m sorry for them. Their guilt must make them very unhappy people.

Much love, and give ‘em hell, Hap


The next time you step out to chase your dreams and someone laughs at you, remember this wonderful note above. You are capable of achieving anything you desire.




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One-liners that speak to me:-

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength." - Corrie Ten Boom

"If it isn’t a little scary, it probably isn’t worth your time" - Ted Murphy, Entrepreneur

“Yesterday, you said tomorrow.” - Nike

“You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way.” - Jennifer Freeman

“Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don't fight them - just find a different way to stand.” - Oprah Winfrey


"In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia, until we ultimately become enslaved by it" - Robert Heinlein - 1907-1988, Novelist and Screenwriter

“Hope is not a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky. It is an axe you break down doors with in an emergency. Hope should shove you out the door, because it will take everything you have to steer the future away from endless war, from the annihilation of the earth's treasures and the grinding down of the poor and marginal... To hope is to give yourself to the future - and that commitment to the future is what makes the present inhabitable.” - Rebecca Solnit

"If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought."

"Is this something you want or something someone else wants you to want?"

"In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit." - Albert Schweitzer, 1875-1965, Theologian, Philosopher, and Physician

to be continued.....

Come on back regularly for another dose of mental medicine !!

Koh,
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