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Fads, Trends, and Principles

When looking at the world, you can divide much of it into Fads, Trends or Principles. A little mantra for this is that we should Play with Fads, Work with Trends, and Live by Principles… in modern times, we are too often Seduced by Fads, Ignorant of Trends, and Resistant to Principles.

— David Zach  <link>

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

— Melody Beattie  <link>

Yesterday is ashes, tomorrow is wood. Only today does the fire burn brightly.

— Inuit proverb  <link>

Our Life is the Creation of Our Mind

What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: our life is the creation of our mind. If a man speaks or acts with an impure mind, suffering follows him as the wheel of the cart follows the beast that draws the cart.

The Dhammapada, v1  <link>

There never was, there never will be, nor is there now, a man who
is always blamed, or a man who is always praised.

The Dhammapada, v228  <link>

Look to this day for it is life.
In its brief course lie all the realities and truths of existence,
the joy of growth, the glory of action, the splendor of beauty…
Today, well lived,
makes every yesterday a memory of happiness
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day.

— ancient Sanskrit proverb [via]  <link>