Bill Plunkett




             "The definition of SUCCESS

To laugh often; to win respect of intelligent persons and the affections of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give one's self; to leave the world a little better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition.; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm, and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived--this is to have succeeded."


“Try honestly to make the other person feel important, and do it sincerely.”

- Dale Carnegie



Imagine this

What if, instead of demanding that life were different, you simply set out to make it better by virtue of your own attitude and actions? What if, instead of placing limitations on your happiness, and holding it hostage until certain conditions were met, you simply let that happiness happen?

Imagine how life would be if you didn't have to worry about getting things or losing them. Imagine what you could accomplish if you could spend your time free of anger, frustration, and regret.

Think of all the places you could go if you didn't have to first ask permission from your own ego. Consider how much energy you would have if you were free from every anxiety.

Such a life is possible, and it is closer than you may think. In fact, the very act of visualizing it begins to make it happen.

Because your ego, your attitude, your anxieties, your frustrations, angers and regrets are all creatures of your own making. And you can choose just exactly how they will be.

Visualize a life of freedom, fulfillment, meaning and richness. Hold on to that vision and you will begin to make it be.

-- Ralph Marston


The Value of Time


So many times we get caught up in what is going on around us that we fail to think about other people and how much we depend on each other or even what we're missing in our own lives... sometimes, we forget how grateful we should be for who, how, what, and especially, where we are in our present life.

Let's make the most of out of it. Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400.  It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening it deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course!

Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the "tomorrow." You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success! The clock is running. Make the most of today!

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.

To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of ONE DAY, ask a daily wage laborer with kids to feed.

To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.

To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who wrongfully ended his best relationship.

To realize the value of ONE MILLI-SECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Treasure every moment that you have! Treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time. Remember that time waits for no one. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it's called the Present!



You are worth it

You are worth the trouble and effort required to make your life the best it can possibly be. There is so very much you have to express, to give, to experience and to contribute to the magnificent fabric of life.

You are worth the discomfort and frustration that you'll regularly need to get through. You are worth the pain that the world will sometimes offer.

For within you is the capacity for great joy and astounding achievement. Within you are beautiful and worthy dreams that long to be fulfilled.

You are one of a kind and you are filled with a driving purpose. You are worth whatever it takes to give that special purpose a lasting and meaningful expression.

Yes, the disappointments, inconveniences, pains, problems and annoyances will surely and steadily come. Yet they are indeed quite trivial compared to the precious possibilities that live within you.

Make whatever efforts necessary, endure whatever setbacks you must, move forward through whatever challenges may come along. For there is no question that you are worth it.

-- Ralph Marston

You also have

If you have the ability to complain about something, you also have the ability to take the positive action that will make it better. And taking positive action is infinitely more effective than merely complaining.

If you have cause to get angry, then you also can turn the energy of that anger in a positive direction. You can then resolve the situation in a way that is peaceful and valuable for all concerned.

If you have reason to be frustrated, you also have the motivation necessary to get beyond whatever is frustrating you. Whether you work to eliminate the cause of your frustration or grow beyond it, no frustration ever has to continue troubling you.

If you have experienced disappointment, you also have learned a valuable lesson. Go forward, apply what you have learned, and transform your disappointment into a positive turning point.

If you have known loss and sadness, then you also have gained a profound understanding of how very precious life is. Take the opportunity, for which you've paid so dearly, to raise yourself to a whole new level of meaning and fulfillment.

If you face a difficult challenge, you also have the opportunity to grow stronger, more capable, wise, experienced and resilient. Embrace those opportunities, for in them you will find the sweet substance of life.

-- Ralph Marston


I woke up early, excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight. I have responsibilities to fulfill today. My job is to choose what kind of day I will have today.

I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.

I can feel sad that I don't have more money or I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste.

I can grumble about my health or I can rejoice that I am alive.

I can lament over all that my parents didn't give me when I was growing up or I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.

I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that thorns have roses.

I can mourn my lack of friends or I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new relationships.

I can whine because I have to go to work or I can shout for joy because I have a job to do.

I can complain because I have to go to school or eagerly open my mind and fill it with rich new tidbits of knowledge.

I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework or I can feel honored because the Lord has provided shelter for my body, mind and soul.

stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped. And here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping. What today will be like is up to me. I get to choose what kind of day I will have!

Have a Great Day
unless you have other plans.

--Author Unknown

 Success rarely comes from making just a few big efforts. Success almost always is the result of small efforts multiplied again and again.

Small, simple acts can reliably lead to big, magnificent achievements. It's just a matter of putting enough of those small, simple actions together in the same direction.

Right now, in this moment, is your opportunity to take one small step toward whatever goal you have set for yourself. In the next moment, there will be another such opportunity, and another and another as time goes on.

Achievement belongs to those who make wise and productive use of time as it comes. Achievement comes from those who understand that small opportunities can lead to big results.

Those small opportunities are everywhere, and you don't have to beg or plead with anyone to give you access to them. You simply have to see the potential they represent, and then take action.

Each time you see the opportunity to take one small step, by all means take it. And soon you'll be racing far ahead.

-- Ralph Marston



Everyone needs this list to live by!!!



The most destructive habit..............................Worry
The greatest Joy.......................................Giving
The greatest loss........................Loss of self-respect

The most satisfying work.......................Helping others
The ugliest personality trait.....................Selfishness
The most endangered species.................Dedicated leaders

Our greatest natural resource.......................Our youth
The greatest "shot in the arm"..................Encouragement
The greatest problem to overcome.........................Fear

The most effective sleeping pill................Peace of mind
The most crippling failure disease....................Excuses
The most powerful force in life..........................Love

The most dangerous pariah..........................A gossiper
The world's most incredible computer................The brain
The worst thing to be without.... ................... Hope

The deadliest weapon...............................The tongue
The two most power-filled words......................."I Can"
The greatest asset......................................Faith

The most worthless emotion..........................Self-pity
The most beautiful attire..............................SMILE!
The most prized possession......................... Integrity

The most powerful channel of communication.............Prayer
The most contagious spirit.........................Enthusiasm


You can choose

You can choose to curse this moment, or you can choose instead to see the possibilities that it offers. You can choose to stay in the shadows or you can choose instead to move into the surrounding light.

You can choose to make excuses for failure, or you can choose instead to put forth the real effort that brings success. You can choose to blame others for holding you back, or you can choose to encourage them steadily forward with you.

You can choose to be annoyed by events or you can choose to be inspired. You can choose to be dismayed or you can choose to be determined.

You can choose to fill your heart with resentment for the things that have not gone your way. Or you can choose to be filled with a level of gratitude that will bring true abundance to life.

Life is what it is, and will ever be so. Whatever it is that may come your way, you can choose how to live it.

And what you choose will always matter much, much more than what you happen to come across. Make your choice, stick with it, and life will be whatever you choose.

-- Ralph Marston

                  A NEW DAY*
This is the beginning of a new day.
I have been given this day to use as I will.
I can waste it or use it for good.
What I do Today is important because
I'm exchanging a day of my life for it.
When tommorrow comes, this day will be
gone forever, leaving in its place
whatever I have traded for it.
I pledge to myself that it shall be:
        gain, not loss;
        good, not evil;
        success, not failure,
       in order that I shall not regret the
price I paid for this day.

Time to enjoy

You've put a lot of time and effort into getting where you are. Take some time to truly enjoy it, right here and right now.

What is the point in struggling and striving for more, if you do not enjoy what you already have? Why put your effort into getting further ahead, if you cannot enjoy where you already are?

Take some time to simply enjoy. No matter where you may be, there is always a way to truly enjoy the incredible blessing of life.

And the more you enjoy that blessing, the more it grows. The more you truly enjoy what you have, the more there will be to enjoy.

It makes no sense to postpone your enjoyment until some imagined time in the future when conditions will be ideal. For if you cannot find enjoyment where you are, that ideal time will never come.

Take time, on a regular basis, to truly enjoy, even if there are no reasons. For when you do, there will soon be plenty of reasons.

-- Ralph Marston


“Don't get so busy or live so fast that we can't listen to the music of the meadow or the symphony that glorifies the forest.”

- Dale Carnegie

“As a negotiator, be a good listener: The more you listen, the more you learn. The less you talk, the less likely you are to damage your position.”

- Anonymous

“If you got it, ask yourself why and try to repeat the action. If you failed, ask yourself why and try to learn from the experience.”

- Dale Carnegie

“Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.”

- Dale Carnegie

Remember that a person's name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”
- Dale Carnegie

“You have it easily in your power to increase the sum of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged.”

- Dale Carnegie

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.”
- Marilyn vos Savant


“Try honestly to see things from the other person's point of view. ”

- Dale Carnegie

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.”

- Dale Carnegie