The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews

The words “It’s not my fault!” have been symbolically written on the gravestones of unsuccessful people ever since Eve took her first bite of the apple.
My life will not be an apology. It will be a statement.
(Speaking of his 12 year old daughter) – “Everything she does at her age seems to be influenced by someone else.”
Many of our sorrows can be traced to relationships with the wrong people.
It is never the duty of a leader to struggle for someone else; a leader must encourage others to struggle and assure them that the struggles are worthwhile.
(Speaking of the Civil War) – ” I say to you now that this is the first time in history that men have fought to set another man free.
When faced with a decision, many people say they are waiting for God. But I understand, in most cases, God is waiting for me!
If, in fact , it is what’s inside us that makes all the difference, then the difference is made when we choose what goes inside.
Fear is a poor chisel with which to carve out tomorrow.
I do not deny the reality of our situation. I deny the finality of it. This, too, shall pass.
I am quite confident the Almighty hears my cry no matter the location….I also believe the good Lord would rather me pray and work, not pray and wait.
You see, some people want just enough power to get by. Then there are people who will acquire enough power to make things more comfortable for their families, and they’ll include other less fortunate souls in their charity if the person growth part of the equation doesn’t become too uncomfortable. But there are a few of us][ who have latched on to this silly idea that we can change the world. We will develop the power to ignore what is popular and do what is right. One person can attain the power to lead hundreds of thousands of people to the promised land of their dreams.
As children, we were afraid of the dark. Now as adults, we are afraid of the light. We are afraid to step out. We are afraid to become more. But how can we lead others to a destination we have not reached?
If we familiarize ourselves with the chains of bondage, we prepare our own limbs to wear them. The spirit of our government and our institutions must be to elevate people, and I am opposed to whatever degrades them.
Where is the rule written that before I forgive people, they have to deserve it?
When I give forgiveness, I free my own spirit to release the anger and hatred harbored in my heart.
…your wife is not made at you. Your child is not mad at you. Your friends, of which I am one, are not made at you, and God is not mad at you. So…don’t you be mad at you. Forgive yourself. Begin anew.
Knowing that slavery in any form is wrong, I also know that the person who lives a life according to the opinion of others is a slave. I am not a slave. I have chose my counsel. I know the difference between right and wrong. I know what is best for the future of my family, and neither misguided opinion nor unjust criticism will alter my course.
A simple question actually. Do you consider yourself a man of faith? Does faith guide your everyday actions and emotions? All men are driven by faith or fear – one or the other – for both are the same. Fair or fear is the expectation of an event that hasn’t come to pass or the belief in something that cannot be seen or touched. A man of fear lives always on the edge of insanity. A man of faith lives in perpetual reward.
But it is a fact that great leaders – great achievers – are rarely realistic by other people’s standards. Somehow, these successful people, often considered strange, pick their way through life ignoring or not hearing negative expectations and emotions. Consequently, they accomplish one great thing after another, never having heard what cannot be done. That is precisely why one should never tell a young person that something cannot be done. God may hav ebeen waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing!
Circumstances are the rules of the weak…but they are the weapons of the wise. Must you be bent and flayed by every situation you encounter?
Circumstances do not push or pull. They are daily lessons to be studied and gleaned for new knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge and wisdom that is applied will bring about a brighter tomorrow. A person who is depressed is spending too much time thinking about the way things are now and not enough time thinking about how he wants things to be.
As a human, you detour and ease off because you lack understanding. You quit because you lack faith.

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