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Between 1942 and 1945, Viktor Frankl spent time in four different Nazi concentration camps. The experience was every bit as miserable as you’d imagine and then some. His family died, he suffered horribly, and he spent years watching everyone around him suffering and dying. Out of this came his book, Man’s Search for Meaning. The book is filled with profound statements, one of the most profound is: “Man is not fully conditioned and determined but rather determines himself whether he gives in to conditions or stands up to them. In other words, man is ultimately self-determining. Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become in the next moment. By the same token, every human being has the freedom to change at any instant. Therefore, we can predict his future only within the large framework of a statistical survey referring to a whole group; the individual personality, however, remains essentially unpredictable.”

Mankind has always been is search of an answer to the question, “What is the meaning of life?” Perhaps, it is not a what, but a “Who”? Most of us know that answer…Jesus Christ.

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Yesterday, I sold a copy of C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity, and I told the customer, it was one of the best books that I have ever read on Christianity. The book  really cuts to the “chase” and relates to us what being a Christian is all about; sometimes we really get too bogged down in theology and trying to understand our faith. Here’s one of my favorite quotes from the book: 

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.” — C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)

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A healthy body is the guest-chamber of the soul; a sick, its prison. – Francis Bacon

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.- Doug Larson

Live in rooms full of light
Avoid heavy food
Be moderate in the drinking of wine
Take massage, baths, exercise, and gymnastics
Fight insomnia with gentle rocking or the sound of running water
Change surroundings and take long journeys
Strictly avoid frightening ideas
Indulge in cheerful conversation and amusements
Listen to music. – A. Cornelius Celsus

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“Inside every older person is a younger person -wondering what the hell happened.” – Cora Harvey Armstrong

“Of late I appear , To have reached that stage, When people who look old, Who are only my age.” – Richard Armour

“The greatest comfort of my old age, and that which gives me the highest satisfaction, is the pleasing remembrance of the many benefits and friendly offices I have done to others.” – Marcus Cato

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Today’s Quote:

I believe I have posted this quote before, however, it is worth reading again: “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha       …most of us never live/expereicne the present…we are too busy reliving the past or planning the future.

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Today’s Quote:

Money may be the husk of many things, but not the kernel.  It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; accquaintances, but not friends; servant but not loyalty; days of joy, but not peace or happiness.

– Henrik Ibsen

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Today’s Quotes:

Two Great Quotes from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice

“I hold the world but as the world, Gratiano, A stage, where every man must play a part; And mine a sad one.”   Act I, scene 1.

“But love is blind, and lovers cannot see The pretty follies that themselves commit.”     Act II,  scene 6.

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