No man stands alone. Through all the centuries of recorded time, men have set into motion influences that affect your life today…
You are the heir of the ages. Men reaching for the stars have created for you a world of wonder and challenge…
Living in you now are the ideals of the rugged soldiers of Valley Forge, the gallant Pilgrims, the daring explorers and pioneers, the fighters for freedom through all history…
On a more intimate note your mother, father, teacher, clergyman, friend have built their influences into your character…
More enduring than skyscrapers, bridges, cathedrals, and other material symbols of mans’s achievement are the invisible monuments of wisdom, inspiration, and example erected in the hearts and minds of men…
You hold in your hand the camel’s hair brush of a painter of Life. You stand before the vast white canvas of Time. The paints are your thoughts, emotions, and acts.
You select the colors of your thoughts; drab or bright, weak or strong, good or bad.
You select the colors of your emotions; discordant or harmonious, harsh or quiet, weak or strong.
You select the colors of your acts: cold or warm, fearful or daring, small or big.
Through the power of your creative imagination you catch a vision… you dream a dream.
You visualize yourself as the man you want to be.
“Success is relative and individual and personal. It is your answer to the problem of making your minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years add up to a great life.” ~ Wilfred Peterson, The Art of Living
“Success is not arriving at the summit of a mountain as a final destination. It is a continuing upward spiral of progress. It is perpetual growth.” ~ Wilfred Peterson, The Art of Living
“Through books you can start today where the great thinkers of yesterday left off, because books have immortalized man’s knowledge. Thinkers, dead a thousand years, are as alive in their books today as when they walked the earth.” ~ Wilfred Peterson, The Art of Living
“You open doors when you open books… doors that swing wide to unlimited horizons of knowledge, wisdom, and inspiration that will enlarge the dimensions of your life.” ~ Wilfred Peterson, The Art of Living
The art of being is the assumption that you may possess this very minute, those qualities of spirit and attitudes of mind that make for radiant living.
It is a philosophy of being today, instead of becoming in a tomorrow that never comes.
It is recognizing that courage, joy, serenity, faith, hope and love are immediately available now, and proceeding to open yourself so these qualities can be expressed through you in everyday living.
“The leader sees things through the eyes of his followers. He puts himself in their shoes and helps them make their dreams come true. The leader does not say, “Get going!” Instead he says, “Let’s go!” and leads the way. He does not walk behind with a whip; he is out in front with a banner.” ~ Wilfred Peterson, The Art of Living
A man practices the art of adventure when he heroically faces up to life… When he says, like Frank Crane: “My soul is a columbus; and not watery wastes, nor glooming mysteries shall send me back, nor make me cry, ‘Enough!'”
When he has the daring to open doors to new experiences and to step boldly forth to explore strange horizons.
When he is unafraid of new ideas, new theories and new philosophies. When he has the curiosity to experiment… to test and try new ways of living and thinking.
“He who hopes to avoid all failure and misfortune is trying to live in a fairyland; the wise man realistically accepts failures as a part of life and builds a philosophy to meet them and make the most of them. He lives on the principle of ‘nothing attempted, nothing gained’ and is resolved that if he fails he is going to fail while trying to succeed.” ~ Wilfred Peterson, The Art of Living
“The art of thinking is the greatest art of all, for ‘as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.’ The thinker knows he is today where his thoughts have taken him and that he is building his future by the quality of the thoughts he thinks.” ~ Wilfred Peterson, The Art of Living