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National Make a Difference Day

This Saturday, 10/22, is National Make a Difference Day. Help others on your team
as well as your community and watch how what may seem a small effort on your part
create a ripple effect of a positive difference in the lives of those around you.
This ripple effect is what Andy Andrews shares in his Simple Truths book and movie,
The Butterfly Effect.

A Message to Garcia Part 2


By Elbert Hubbard

    As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful
    messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of
    his masters.–_Proverbs xxv:_ 13


In all this Cuban business there is one man stands out on the horizon
of my memory like Mars at perihelion.

[Sidenote: The President needed a man]

When war broke out between Spain and the United States, it was very
necessary to communicate quickly with the leader of the Insurgents.
Garcia was somewhere in the mountain fastnesses of Cuba–no one knew
where. No mail or telegraph message could reach him. The President
must secure his co-operation, and quickly. What to do!

[Sidenote: And found one]

Some one said to the President, "There is a fellow by the name of
Rowan will find Garcia for you, if anybody can."

[Sidenote: He delivered the message]

Rowan was sent for and was given a letter to be delivered to Garcia.
How "the fellow by the name of Rowan" took the letter, sealed it up in
an oilskin pouch, strapped it over his heart, in four days landed by
night off the coast of Cuba from an open boat, disappeared into the
jungle, and in three weeks came out on the other side of the Island,
having traversed a hostile country on foot, and delivered his letter
to Garcia–are things I have no special desire now to tell in detail.
The point that I wish to make is this: McKinley gave Rowan a letter to
be delivered to Garcia; Rowan took the letter and did not ask, "Where
is he at?" By the Eternal! there is a man whose form should be cast in
deathless bronze and the statue placed in every college of the land.
It is not book-learning young men need, nor instruction about this and
that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be
loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies: do the
thing–"Carry a message to Garcia."

[Sidenote: The Moral]

General Garcia is dead now, but there are other Garcias.

No man who has endeavored to carry out an enterprise where many
hands were needed, but has been well-nigh appalled at times by the
imbecility of the average man–the inability or unwillingness to
concentrate on a thing and do it.

[Sidenote: There are other Garcias]

Slipshod assistance, foolish inattention, dowdy indifference, and
half-hearted work seem the rule; and no man succeeds, unless by hook
or crook or threat he forces or bribes other men to assist him; or
mayhap, God in His goodness performs a miracle, and sends him an Angel
of Light for an assistant. You, reader, put this matter to a test: You
are sitting now in your office–six clerks are within call. Summon any
one and make this request: "Please look in the encyclopedia and make a
brief memorandum for me concerning the life of Correggio."

Will the clerk quietly say, "Yes, sir," and go do the task?

On your life he will not. He will look at you out of a fishy eye and
ask one or more of the following questions:

[Sidenote: Which Encyclopedia?]

Who was he?
Which encyclopedia?
Where is the encyclopedia?
Was I hired for that?
Don't you mean Bismarck?

[Sidenote: What's the matter with Charlie doing it?]

What's the matter with Charlie doing it?
Is he dead?
Is there any hurry?
Shall I bring you the book and let you look it up yourself?
What do you want to know for?

I wasn't hired for that anyway!

And I will lay you ten to one that after you have answered the
questions, and explained how to find the information, and why you want
it, the clerk will go off and get one of the other clerks to help him
try to find Garcia–and then come back and tell you there is no such
man. Of course I may lose my bet, but according to the Law of Average
I will not.

Now, if you are wise, you will not bother to explain to your
"assistant" that Correggio is indexed under the C's, not in the K's,
but you will smile very sweetly and say, "Never mind," and go look it
up yourself.

[Sidenote: _Dread of getting "the bounce"_]

And this incapacity for independent action, this moral stupidity, this
infirmity of the will, this unwillingness to cheerfully catch hold
and lift–these are the things that put pure Socialism so far into the
future. If men will not act for themselves, what will they do when
the benefit of their effort is for all? A first mate with knotted club
seems necessary; and the dread of getting "the bounce" Saturday night
holds many a worker to his place.

Advertise for a stenographer, and nine out of ten who apply can
neither spell nor punctuate–and do not think it necessary to.

Can such a one write a letter to Garcia?

"You see that bookkeeper," said a foreman to me in a large factory.

"Yes; what about him?"

[Sidenote: _Who wants a man like this?_]

"Well, he's a fine accountant, but if I'd send him up-town on an
errand, he might accomplish the errand all right, and on the other
hand, might stop at four saloons on the way, and when he got to Main
Street would forget what he had been sent for."

Can such a man be entrusted to carry a message to Garcia?

We have recently been hearing much maudlin sympathy expressed for the
"downtrodden denizens of the sweat-shop" and the "homeless wanderer
searching for honest employment," and with it all often go many hard
words for the men in power.

[Sidenote: _The weeding-out process_]

Nothing is said about the employer who grows old before his time in a
vain attempt to get frowsy ne'er-do-wells to do intelligent work; and
his long, patient striving with "help" that does nothing but loaf when
his back is turned. In every store and factory there is a constant
weeding-out process going on. The employer is continually sending away
"help" that have shown their incapacity to further the interests of
the business, and others are being taken on.

[Sidenote: _This man says times are scarce_]

No matter how good times are, this sorting continues: only if times
are hard and work is scarce, the sorting is done finer–but out and
forever out the incompetent and unworthy go. It is the survival of the
fittest. Self-interest prompts every employer to keep the best–those
who can carry a message to Garcia.

I know one man of really brilliant parts who has not the ability to
manage a business of his own, and yet who is absolutely worthless to
any one else, because he carries with him constantly the insane
suspicion that his employer is oppressing, or intending to oppress,
him. He can not give orders; and he will not receive them. Should a
message be given him to take to Garcia, his answer would probably be,
"Take it yourself!"

[Sidenote: _A spiritual cripple_]

Tonight this man walks the streets looking for work, the wind
whistling through his threadbare coat. No one who knows him dare
employ him, for he is a regular firebrand of discontent. He is
impervious to reason, and the only thing that can impress him is the
toe of a thick-soled Number Nine boot.

Of course I know that one so morally deformed is no less to be pitied
than a physical cripple; but in our pitying let us drop a tear, too,
for the men who are striving to carry on a great enterprise, whose
working hours are not limited by the whistle, and whose hair is fast
turning white through the struggle to hold in line dowdy indifference,
slipshod imbecility, and the heartless ingratitude which, but for
their enterprise, would be both hungry and homeless.

[Sidenote: _A word of sympathy for the man who succeeds_]

[Sidenote: _Rags not necessarily a recommendation_]

Have I put the matter too strongly? Possibly I have; but when all the
world has gone a-slumming I wish to speak a word of sympathy for the
man who succeeds–the man who, against great odds, has directed the
efforts of others, and having succeeded, finds there's nothing in it:
nothing but bare board and clothes. I have carried a dinner-pail and
worked for day's wages, and I have also been an employer of labor,
and I know there is something to be said on both sides. There is no
excellence, per se, in poverty; rags are no recommendation; and all
employers are not rapacious and high-handed, any more than all poor
men are virtuous.

[Sidenote: _Good men are always needed_]

[Sidenote: _Needed today and needed badly–A MAN_]

My heart goes out to the man who does his work when the "boss" is
away, as well as when he is at home. And the man who, when given
a letter for Garcia, quietly takes the missive, without asking any
idiotic questions, and with no lurking intention of chucking it into
the nearest sewer, or of doing aught else but deliver it, never gets
"laid off," nor has to go on a strike for higher wages. Civilization
is one long, anxious search for just such individuals. Anything such
a man asks shall be granted. His kind is so rare that no employer can
afford to let him go. He is wanted in every city, town and village–in
every office, shop, store and factory.

The world cries out for such: he is needed, and needed badly–the man
who can carry



    To act in absolute freedom and at the same time know that
    responsibility is the price of freedom is salvation.





The supreme prayer of my heart is not to be learned or "good," but to
be Radiant.

I desire to radiate health, cheerfulness, sincerity, calm courage and

I wish to be simple, honest, natural, frank, clean in mind and clean
in body, unaffected–ready to say, "I do not know," if so it be, to
meet all men on an absolute equality–to face any obstacle and meet
every difficulty unafraid and unabashed.

I wish others to live their lives, too, up to their highest, fullest
and best. To that end I pray that I may never meddle, dictate,
interfere, give advice that is not wanted, nor assist when my services
are not needed. If I can help people I'll do it by giving them a
chance to help themselves; and if I can uplift or inspire, let it be
by example, inference and suggestion, rather than by injunction and
dictation. That is to say, I desire to be Radiant–to Radiate Life.

The End

Unlocking Your Mind Power

Increase your self-awareness by learning new skills and making goals. Look at yourself and decide what changes you need to make in your life. Unlock your mind power and look deep inside at the real you. Ask yourself; what don’t you as if about the way you are?


Make a list of things that you’re not happy about yourself; and where do you want to go in life. Apply positive thinking skills and be truthful to yourself in order to improve and make goals for the future that will lead you to success.


When setting goals, we sometimes have to make changes in order to succeed. Setting goals and discovering success is never easy at the start of your journey, yet sometimes it if you continue to put forth effort you will find positive results of the road.


Using your mind power to overcome negative thoughts starts with you using affirmatives to say you can do anything you put your mind to do.


Your list of goals is now on paper making them more realistic. These goals are not just something you want; they are now something that you need to work for in order to succeed. With each goal you set, decide what you can and will do to make these goals real.


It is a challenge often when you want to set goals and make them real. First, you have to review your position as it stands now before you can attract success however. For instance, if you do not like your current job then decide what you can do to make it better. Is your current job too stressful; if so then maybe you need to find ways to get rid of some stress by changing the way you do things or try for another position? Remember if you fail at one position than try another one, we learn by making mistakes. 


This is the first step to your own empowerment

On Divine Source Energy from Henry Thomas Hamblin

Henry Thomas Hamblin wrote an amazing volume about the Power Within You. Called simply, Within You is the Power, Hamblin explains the source of that power: Divine Source Energy.

Man is not separate from his Divine Source and never has been. He is, in reality, one with the Infinite. The separation which he feels and experiences is mental, and is due to his blindness and unbelief. Man can never be separated from Spirit, for he himself is Spirit.

He is an integral part of one complete whole. He lives and moves andhas his being in God (Universal, Omnipresent Spirit), and God (Spirit) dwells in him.

The majority of people are unaware of this intimaterelationship with the Divine, and, because they are unaware, or because they refuse to believe it, they are, in one sense, separated from the inner life of God.

Yet this separation is only in theirthoughts and beliefs, and not in reality. Man is not separated andnever can be, yet so long as he believes that he is separate and alone, he will be as weak and helpless as though he actually were.

As soon as man realizes the truth of his relationship to the Infinite, he passes from weakness to power, from death unto life. One momenthe is in the desert, afar off, weak, separate, and alone; the next, he realizes that he is nothing less than a son of God, with all a son’s privileges and powers.

He realizes, in a flash, that he is one with his Divine Source, and that he can never be separated. He awakens also to the fact that all the Power of the Infinite is his to draw upon; that he can never really fail, that he is marching on to victory.

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The Science of Being Great by Wallace Wattles

Wallace Wattles was in touch with a higher consciousness. His words speak truth. He was enlightened.

Here is what he says about being great.

“There is a Principle of Power in every person.

By the intelligent use and direction of this principle, man can develop his own mental faculties. Man has an inherent power by which he may grow in whatsoever direction he pleases, and there does not appear to be any limit to the possibilities of his growth.

No man has yet become so great in any faculty but that it is possible for some one else to become greater. The possibility is in the Original Substance from which man is made. Genius is Omniscience flowing into man.

Genius is more than talent. Talent may merely be one faculty developed out of proportion to other faculties, but genius is the union of man and God in the acts of the soul.

Great men are always greater than their deeds. They are in connection with a reserve of power that is without limit. We do not know where the boundary of the mental powers of man is; we do not even know that there is a boundary.

The power of conscious growth is not given to the lower animals; it is mans alone and may be developed and increased by him. The lower animals can, to a great extent, be trained and developed by man; but man can train and develop himself. He alone has this power, and he has it to an apparently unlimited extent.

The purpose of life for man is growth, just as the purpose of life for trees and plants is growth. Trees and plants grow automatically and along fixed lines; man can grow, as he will.

Trees and plants can only develop certain possibilities and characteristics; man can develop any power, which is or has been shown by any person, anywhere. Nothing that is possible in spirit is impossible in flesh and blood. Nothing that man can think is impossible-in action. Nothing that man can imagine is impossible of realization.

Man is formed for growth, and he is under the necessity of growing.
It is essential to his happiness that he should continuously advance.”



Here is a great resource:

The Richest Man in Town with DVD and Audio CDs

From: Simple Truths

May You Be Blessed

One of the truths of life is that we are here to take care if one another. This comes through time and again in spiritual writings accross all cultures.

The message comes through loud and clear in this very inspirational film called “May You Be Blessed”.

“May you be blessed with all things good…may your joys like the stars at night, be to numerous to count…”

This short film from Simple Truth is extraordinary.

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More on Byways to Blessedness by James Allen

From “Byways to Blessedness”, James Allen discusses the best way to start anything in your life. Allen was truly touched by a divune muse whan he discussed beginnings.

Another beginning which is of great importance is the beginning of any particular and responsible undertaking.

How does a man begin the building of a house? He first secures a plan of the proposed edifice and then proceeds to build according to the plan, scrupulously following it in every detail, beginning with the foundation. Should he neglect the beginning – namely, the obtaining of a mathematical plan – his labour would be wasted, and his building, should it reach completion without tumbling to pieces, would be insecure and worthless.

The same law holds good in any important work: the right beginning and first essential is a definite mental plan on which to build. Nature will have no slipshod work, no slovenliness, and she annihilates confusion, or rather, confusion is in itself annihilation. Order, definiteness, purpose eternally and universally prevail, and he who in his operations ignores these mathematical elements at once deprives himself of substantiality, completeness, success.

“Life without a plan,
As useless as the moment it began,
Serves merely as a soil for discontent
To thrive in, an encumbrance ere half spent.”

Let a man start in business without having in his mind a perfectly formed plan to systematically pursue and he will be incoherent in his efforts and will fail in his business operations.

The laws which must be observed in the building of a house also operate in the building up of a business. A definite plan is followed by coherent effort; and coherent effort is followed by well-knit and orderly results – to wit, completeness, perfection, success, happiness.

But not only mechanical and commercial enterprise – all undertakings, of whatsoever nature, come under this law.

The author’s book, the artist’s picture, the orator’s speech, the reformer’s work, the inventor’s machine, the general’s campaign, are all carefully planned in the mind before the attempt to actualise them is commenced; and in accordance with the unity, solidarity, and perfection of the original mental plan will be the actual and ultimate success of the undertaking.”

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From As A Man Thinketh

James Allen’s work should never be discounted.

The words hold truth and value. A little known fact about James Allen is that he was 48 when he passed away.
He seems to have packed a lot of wisdom in his life.

“MAN’S mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently
cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or
neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are
put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall
therein, and will continue to produce their kind.

Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds,
and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires, so may a man
tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and
impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and
fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts. By pursuing this
process, a man sooner or later discovers that he is the
master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life. He also
reveals, within himself, the laws of thought, and understands, with
ever-increasing accuracy, how the thought-forces and mind elements
operate in the shaping of his character, circumstances, and destiny.

Thought and character are one, and as character can only manifest
and discover itself through environment and circumstance, the outer
conditions of a person’s life will always be found to be
harmoniously related to his inner state. This does not mean that a
man’s circumstances at any given time are an indication of his
entire character, but that those circumstances are so intimately
connected with some vital thought-element within himself that, for
the time being, they are indispensable to his development.

Every man is where he is by the law of his being; the thoughts which
he has built into his character have brought him there, and in the
arrangement of his life there is no element of chance, but all is
the result of a law which cannot err. This is just as true of those
who feel “out of harmony” with their surroundings as of those who
are contented with them.

As a progressive and evolving being, man is where he is that he may
learn that he may grow; and as he learns the spiritual lesson which
any circumstance contains for him, it passes away and gives place to
other circumstances.

Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to
be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realizes that he
is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil and
seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow, he then becomes
the rightful master of himself.”

How to Live Quietly from Annie Payson Call

Annie Payson Call wrote a msterpiece called “How to Live Quitly. In her book written she explains some pwoerful testimony to living well. This volume first published in 1914, discusses the path to find inner peace.

She explains:

“SO universal is the habit of blaming circumstances or other people for the troubles of our own lives that I know a strong assertion of the fact that the source of all trouble lies entirely within ourselves will meet with contradiction and resentment from many readers.”

“If each individual soul would do his own work, — would in himself work with an alert desire to know the laws of the spirit and to obey them; — if each individual would get the habit of looking entirely to himself for the cause of suffering in himself, and would refuse to compromise in any slightest way, the gain in spiritual health that would come to the world would be wonderful, — most wonderful.

The best of it is that through this habit of each individual looking first entirely to himself and not blaming circumstances or the other man in the very least for his own discomfort, the whole family or community would become healthy.

Of course the health of each individual will work towards the health of a community of individuals, and as peace is the health of the spirit, the peace of each individual will tend toward peace for many individuals combined.

The greatest obstacle in the way now is this low standard among us with regard to blaming circumstances or other people.

Unlike those seeking for higher standards with regard to the health of the body, we have not to study scientifically to find out the laws of spiritual health. The best text-book that could possibly be is right here with us. It is practical obedience to it in detail that we need, — not criticism as to whether the other man is obeying or not, but steady, persistent obedience in ourselves.

Then, too, we need not dig into ourselves to find the various forms of spiritual disease. If we refuse to act or to speak or to think from the forms of selfishness that we do see, other forms of selfishness to be cast off will rise of themselves to our consciousness, and thus will the healthy growth of the spirit go on within us, the main work being done by the Creative Power, — our work being only to fulfil the conditions.

“Gratitude, humility, and penitence connect our weakness with God’s strength.” ”

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