Sharing A Few Uplifting and Inspirational Thoughts* (the Building-Blocks for a New “Work”)

Article Title: Sharing A Few Uplifting and Inspirational Thoughts* (the Building-Blocks for a New “Work”)

* At least they are to me

Submitted by: Craig Lock

Category (key words/tags): “Inspiration”, Inspirational Quotes, Words of inspiration and upliftment, New Book, Reconciliation, Hope, Forgiveness, Love, Peace (enough there now)

Craig’s blogs with thoughts and extracts from various writings is at https://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/craigs-list-of-blogs-updated-sept-2011/

and http://craiglock.wordpress.com

Other articles are available at:

http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/1247601

http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981

(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig)

Publishing Guidelines:

All my writings may be freely published.

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SHARING A FEW UPLIFTING AND INSPIRATIONAL* THOUGHTS (THE BUILDING BLOCKS FOR A NEW “WORK”)

See  a “new work” take shape and form

* At least they are to me

These are some notes that I’ve made recently (from my “little red book”), which is forming the basis, the frame-work, the building-blocks for a new manuscript that’s currently “writing itself”. (So I don’t know the direction and how my story will “play out” in the end). Perhaps I’ll include these key words, ideas, concepts, threads (stop – enough there now, craig). So will share with you and post extracts (hopefully regularly) on my WordPress blog (craiglock.wordpress.com) as I write it. Hopefully I’ll continue getting my “daily dose of inspiration” (sometimes in the “very early hours).  Enjoy…
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“A man plans his course;

but the Lord determines his steps.”

You can’t change the past, but you can plan the future.

“We learn far more from our tears than from our laughter.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that really matter.”

– Dr Martin Luther King, Jnr

“We can all be great; because we can all serve.”

– Mother Teresa

“Keep true to the dreams of your youth.”

– Friedrich Schiller, German writer and philosopher

“Try not to become a man (or woman) of success, but a person of value.”

– Albert Einstein

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SPORT (my great passion… after my family)

The power of sport to make a difference in the world – to unite people through healing divisions and by by building bridges between different cultures and nations.

Union between nations through sport.

“I, we are committed to the positive values found in sport: Performance and passion, team-work and fair-play.”

Sport gives hope to people.

“I, we are committed to the positive values found in sport: Performance and passion, team-work and fair-play.”

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Religion divides; whereas truth unites (ie. unity in truth)

Truth overcomes power… always.

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”

– Mahatma Gandhi (and Lance Armstrong)

On the epitaph of Abdurrahman Wahid (1940 – 30/12/2009) former Indonesian President are written these words:
“Here lies a humanist.”

“The truly great lift the human spirit to be more than it is.”

“It is better to light a candle, than curse the darkness…
a darkness that we will illuminate with our hearts.”

The strength of spirit in the human heart. The love of God made manifest.
God’s greatest gift to us is to find our own truths.
Everyone has the capacity, the potential to manifest God’s ultimate nature.

“It is better to light a candle, than curse the darkness…
a darkness that we will illuminate with our hearts.”
Writing

Writers challenge (continually) themselves and their readers in new ways – they find new niches.

I’m deeply concerned about the human moral condition (but don’t be too serious now please, craig). Hardly likely with the life I lead!.

I write about the ‘essence of humanity’ (the ‘literature of humanity’). In my stories I want to impel some kind of action in readers, like trying to break down barriers (political, social, economic and religious) in some small way.

Religion divides; but truth unites (ie. unity in truth).

The way we live is far more important than what we believe (but then what we believe will determine how we live, so perhaps they are inter-linked???).

We are all connected by the common bond of our shared humanity

‘Khatib‘ is the Arab word (name) for writer

I try to show the extra-ordinary in ‘ordinary’ (what’s that?) lives, as revealed by the generous spirits and the exceptional strength and courage of so many ordinary people in their daily struggles along the sometimes very hard; yet of so satisfying journey that is called life.

I try to show the extra-ordinary in ordinary lives, – as revealed by the generosity of spirit and the courage of seemingly’ordinary’ people, as they struggle with the daily trials and tribulations of the incredible journey, that we call life.

“I was like floating on a cloud of infinite possibilities.” (that’s a simile, btw!)
MY NEW BOOK
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that really matter.”

– Dr Martin Luther King, Jnr
“For evil to succeed, it is enough that good men do nothing.”

(anyone know whose inspirational words those are??)

Dedication:
“I love you in the very special way that I’ve written about in these pages.”
“To all of us who believe love rules, stand up and let it shine.”
A TRUE story of renewal and transformation: a transformation of heart with eternal truths. Hope for a new beginning – one not divided by the past but with hope for the future. In a phrase, A NEW HEART.

Themes of:
* the search for justice

 

 

“If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness.”

– Franklin Roosevelt

 

 

 

“Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical.”

– some famous leader said that (anyone know whom?)

“Those who stand up for justice will always be on the right side of history.”

– Dr Martin Luther King, Jnr

From www.drmartinlutherking.wordpress.com

* Building bridges of reconciliation (“threads of hope”) , At least trying to!

Truth overcomes power… always
* forgiveness:

“Forgiveness for the past, strength for today… and hope for the future.”

“If you cannot do great things, then do little things in a great way.”
– Mother Teresa

“The past is history… the future a mystery.”

* the strength of spirit in the human heart … the indomitable and un quenchable human spirit
“The task ahead of you can always be overcome by the power within you…and the often seemingly difficult or even “impassible”) path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you.”
“We have it within; but we get it all from without. There is a well-spring of strength, wisdom, courage and great imagination within each one of us; but once we draw on this truth, it gets watered from without, by a Higher Source – the Ultimate Source of Life and Love, which is God, the very Ground of our Being.”
Our Greatest Good is perhaps not to share our material possessions, our money and ‘riches’ with others, but through faith in other people, to so lay the foundation to reveal the rich treasure that lies within themselves.”

– c

From www.craigsquotes.wordpress.com

* Hope is irresistable. Plant seeds (threads) of hope:

In my latest “works” love and hope strive for expression… even amidst the despair and darkness of the world (oh so serious now, craig!)

“From seeds of hope to endless possibilities, far and grand horizons.”

* the redemptive power of love

“Power without love is reckless and abusive. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice.”
– Dr  Martin Luther King, Jnr

“To all of us who believe love rules…

stand up and let it shine.”

Love rather than be loved,
in forgiving we give…
and in dying we are given eternal life.”
– Mother Teresa (again)

*  Replant the roots of peace

“Wars are poor chisels for carving out a peaceful tomorrow.”
– Martin Luther King, Jnr

“Peace is the greatest weapon for development, that any people can have.”
– Nelson Mandela

 

From www.mandelamadiba.wordpress.com

“Together, one mind, one soul at a time, let’s see how many hearts can be transformed from hatred into love… with God’s help, of course (as only God can do that, but each one of us can be a channel for God’s Infinite Love for humanity).
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Let your spirit shine through these words. Embrace the Light (Infinite ) and shine Your bright light on the world
“Many small (yet significant) steps by many ‘little people with big hearts’  will eventually reach their destination, their destiny (unique destinies).
“In the midst of darkness, light exists.”

– Mahatma Gandhi
However, it is a darkness that we will illuminate with our hearts.

Each ONE of us can help shine the bright light that overcomes the darkness

Shared by craig

Out of every evening comes a morning.”

“You can cut down the flower, but you can’t stop the coming of the spring.”

About the submitter:

In his life mission Craig hopes to help, encourage, motivate, uplift and perhaps even inspire people to be their best through realising their full potentials. His dream is seeing people finding, striving for the “seemingly impossible” and one day perhaps even realising their personal goals and dreams having great FUN along the journey.

Your life is the dream – YOU are the dream

“I don’t consider myself a hero. I’m an ordinary girl, who believed in her dream. You don’t have to be someone special to achieve something amazing, You’ve just got to have a dream, believe in it and work hard. I hope that my voyage proves what can be achieved by setting your mind to something.”


– powerful and inspirational words from Australia’s newest hero, 16-year old round the world sailor, Jessica Watson (the youngest sailor to circum-navigate* the globe)

* now that’s a big word, craig

Craig’s blogs with thoughts and extracts from various writings is at https://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/craigs-list-of-blogs-updated-sept-2011/

and www.craiglock.wordpress.com

Many small (yet significant) steps by many people will eventually reach their destination, their unique destinies

“The peace of the brave is within reach. We are still reaching.”
Bill Clinton (at the signing of the peace agreement between Israel’s Prime Minister, Yatzik Rabin and Yasser Arafat, leader  of the PLO on the lawn of the White House in 1993)

“Let us reach for the world that ought to be, that spark of the divine that still stirs within each of our goals.”

– President Barack Obama (in accepting his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway)

THESE THOUGHTS MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED (electronically or in print)

PPS:

Be nice to your kids.
They choose your rest-home!

Thanks dearest mom and dad, s, g, s and s2. These writings are for YOU.

May you ALL see God’s bright light on the path (road) up ahead

“A writer’s dreams from http://www.awritersdreams.wordpress.com

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Sharing Some Uplifting and Inspirational Thoughts (the Building-Blocks for a New “Work”)

Article Title: Sharing Some Uplifting and Inspirational Thoughts (the Building-Blocks for a New “Work”)
Submitted by: Craig Lock
Category (key words/tags): “Inspiration”, Inspirational Quotes, Words of inspiration and upliftment, New Book, Reconciliation, Hope, Forgiveness, Love, Peace (enough there now)
Craig’s new blog with thoughts and extracts from various writings is at http://en.search.wordpress.com/?q=%22craig+lock%22&t=post and http://craiglock.wordpress.com
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig)

Publishing Guidelines:
All my writings may be freely published.
“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

SHARING SOME UPLIFTING AND INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS
Doing some “sorting out” (my greatest challenge). Here are some short thoughts (and phrases) from my red book in point form), that I’ve collected over the years (instead of stamps or bottle-tops). Some are my own thoughts that I’ve jotted down in my little red book by my bedside (sometimes in the early hours). Perhaps I’ll include these key words, ideas, concepts, threads (enough there now, craig) in a new manuscript that’s currently “writing itself”, so will share with you. Enjoy…
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The way we live is far more important than what we believe
(but then what we believe will determine how we live, so perhaps they are inter-linked???).
Einstein once said: “Try not to become a man (or woman) of success; but a person of value.”
Ie: Beyond success to significance
“Keep true to the dreams of youth.”
– Friedrich Schiller, German writer/poet and philosopher
“So many others have sacrificed much more than me.”
– an anonymous hero
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”
– Mahatma (Mohandas) Gandhi
“Live simply, so that others may simply live.”
– Gandhi
My life is my message.”
“My death must achieve what my life failed to achieve.”

– Gandhi (again)
Practice it, rather than preaching it.
“You (we) make a living from what we get. However, you (we) make a life from what you GIVE.”
Religion divides; whereas truth unites (ie. unity in truth)
Truth overcomes power… always.
Martin Luther King, Jnr: “Christ gave me the message; whilst Gandhi gave me the method.”
He never lost his faith in God and in man.
On the epitaph of Abdurrahman Wahid (1940 – 30/12/2009) former Indonesian President are written these words:
“Here lies a humanist.”
“The great lift the human spirit to be more than it is.”
You don’t have to forget the past in order to move forward.
“Forgiveness for the past, strength for today… and hope for the future.”
The depth of your past determines the height of your future.
What has happened TO you is not nearly as important as what happens IN you.
“We learn far more from our tears than from our laughter.”
A lasting tribute to Mandela’s legacy (“The father of democracy”)
As Brutus said in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar:
“There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at their flood, leads on to fortune; omitted all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries.”
“The past is history… the future a mystery.”
“It is better to light a candle, than curse the darkness…
a darkness that we will illuminate with our hearts.”
Sport
Union between nations through sport.
“I, we are committed to the positive values found in sport: Performance and passion, team-work and fair-play.”

Sport gives hope to people.
Success
What foundation (your deepest values) are you standing on?
Spend quiet time for reflection, vision, clarity and direction.
Attitude, character, enthusiasm.
Believe, conceive and receive
Desire and achievement is not birthed in the head…but in the heart.
A champion is down at times, but is never counted out.
Failure doesn’t mean that I have failed. It simply means that I haven’t succeeded… YET!
Surrender (to God) is not quitting.
Your life is the dream – YOU are the dream
You don’t have to forget the past in order to look ahead.
“If you cannot do great things, then do little things in a great way.”
– Mother Teresa
Love rather than be loved,
in forgiving we give…
and in dying we are given eternal life.”
– Mother Teresa (again)

Heroes:
A hero doesn’t have to be (not necessarily) a celebrity. A hero is ANY person who inspires somebody to be more than they “should be”. The really great lift the human spirit to be more than it is.
“I don’t consider myself a hero. I’m an ordinary girl, who believed in her dream. You don’t have to be someone special to achieve something amazing, You’ve just got to have a dream, believe in it and work hard. I hope that my voyage proves what can be achieved by setting your mind to something.”
powerful and inspirational words from Australia’s newest hero, 16-year old round the world sailor, Jessica Watson (the youngest sailor to circum-navigate* the globe)
* now that’s a big word, craig
“You’ve sometimes got to give up the life you’ve got planned, in order to live the life you were meant to live.”
– Joseph Leyleveldt in ‘Golden Cross’
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Writing:
Writers challenge (continually) themselves and their readers in new ways – they find new niches.
I’m deeply concerned about the human moral condition (but don’t be too serious and forget to laugh at yourself now, craig). Hardly likely with the life I lead!
I try to show the extra-ordinary in ordinary lives, as revealed by the generosity of spirit and the courage of seemingly’ordinary’ people, as they struggle with the daily trials and tribulations of the incredible journey, that we call life.

Khatib = writer

I write ‘the literature of humanity’

In my latest “works” love and hope strive for expression… even amidst the despair and darkness of the world (oh so serious now, craig!)
“I was drowning in an ocean of despair”
“like a flower, that will never blossom (bloom)”
“Ingenuous and enjoyable, it is penned by an author groping in the darkness of the past for clues as to the puzzle of the present and the future.”
“It was as if I was floating on a cloud of endless  possibilities.”
Replant the roots of peace
“Out of every evening comes a morning.”
“You can cut down the flower, but you can’t stop the coming of the spring.”

Many small (yet significant) steps by many people will eventually reach their destination, their unique destinies.
YOU can shine the light that overcomes the darkness
Shared by: Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration Distributer, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)
“Peace-makers who sow in peace will reap a harvest of righteousness.”
– James 3:18 About the submitter: In his life mission Craig hopes to help, encourage, motivate, uplift and perhaps even inspire people to be their best through realising their full potentials. His dream is seeing people finding, striving for the “seemingly impossible” and one day perhaps even realising their personal goals and dreams having great FUN along the journey.
Craig’s new blog with thoughts and extracts from various writings is at craiglock.wordpress.com and http://en.search.wordpress.com/?q=%22craig+lock%22

Together, one mind, one heart, one life at a time, let’s plant the seeds, the hope of a better and brighter future.
THESE THOUGHTS MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED (electronically or in print)

PPS:
Be nice to your kids.
They choose your rest-home!
May you all see God’s light on the path up ahead
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“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills…and even mountains (great) to climb…”

It's Always Darkest Before The Dawn: A Story of Hope

via “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills…and even mountains (great) to climb…”

climbing

pictures from www.shatteredbrokendreams.wordpress.com

www.itsalwaysdarkestbeforethedawn.wordpress.com

www.onetaleoftwocities.wordpress.com

www.beliefhope.wordpress.com

www.climbingmountainsandchasingdreams.wordpress.com

www.lifeisgodsnovel.wordpress.com

and

www.awritersdreams.wordpress.com

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.”

picture (below) from

https://craigsbooks.wordpress.com/2016/04/25/god-defend-new-zealand-7/

JK Rowling’s story shows dedication to a dream in … – Kiwis Can Fly

and

PPS

Don’t worry about the world ending today…
as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

Image result for mount cook craig lockSHARE, INFORM, IMPACT, UPLIFT, IGNITE, ENCOURAGE and (perhaps even) INSPIRE

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“Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged.”

The GRAND PRIZE (GRAND PRIX)

via Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged.”

http://www.beliefhope.wordpress.com

and http://www.craigsquotes.wordpress.com

“Sharing, supporting, informing,  enlightening, “entertaining”(??), encouraging, empowering, enriching, challenging, igniting, uplifting (and perhaps even) inspiring”

enough there for now, c!

makororifirst-lightShare, encourage, uplift, inspire  and help spread HOPE, LOVE and LIGHT

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“There is no end to the knowledge that you can get or the understanding or the peace by going deeper and deeper…

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“It is better to have failed gloriously in pursuing a worthy and noble cause, than never to have tried at all.”

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Seven Great Quotes from Nelson Mandela’s Auto-biography ‘Long Walk to Freedom’

Books by craig lock: "Explore, Dream, Discover"

Source: Seven Great Quotes from Nelson Mandela’s Auto-biography ‘Long Walk to Freedom’

“Together, one mind, one soul at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials. Change YOUR world and you help change THE world...for the better”

Shared by craig (“Information and Inspiration Distributor, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)
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“There is only one thing that has power completely, and that is love. Because when a man loves, he seeks no power, and therefore he has power.”

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“My journey is the world’s journey…and the world’s journey is my journey.”

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“My journey is the world’s journey…and the world’s journey is my journey”

from http://www.craigsquotes.wordpress.com

 

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picture from http://www.craigswritingjourney.wordpress.com

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pictures (above) from http://www.mandelamadiba.wordpress.com

and

http://www.sawriter.wordpress.com

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