Encouragement Corner

February 21, 2011

This purpose of this service is to encourage you and to give you professional “Food for Thought.”  If you have quotes you would like to contribute to this section, please send them through our contact page and we will happily consider including them.

 

“Whenever we touch a life with the intention to enrich, encourage and empower, we have done our highest and best work.” ~ rjo

“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is actually the real loser.”
~ Abraham Lincoln

“There are three ways of dealing with difference: domination, compromise, and integration. By domination only one side gets what it wants; by compromise neither side gets what it wants; by integration we find a way by which both sides may get what they wish.”
~ Mary Parker Follett

“All human life has its seasons and cycles, and no one’s personal chaos can be permanent. Winter, after all, gives way to spring and summer, though sometimes when branches stay dark and the earth cracks with ice, one thinks they will never come, that spring, and that summer, but they do, and always.”
~ Truman Capote

“Of course there will be obstacles. That’s the whole point of this game called life. Would you play any board game or computer game if there were no obstacles or rules to make the game more challenging? Of course not, that would be so boring. Why then do we expect the biggest and best game of all to be any different?”
~ Nickolove Lovemore

“People will forget what you said, they will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
~ Maya Angelou

“Look and you will find it – what is unsought will go undetected.”
~ Sophocles

“To do great things in the world, we need a combination of inner work and worldly work.”
~ Tara Mohr

“If a man constantly aspires is he not elevated?”
~ Thoreau

“Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.”
~ Earl Nightingale

“The little unremembered acts of kindness and love are the best parts of a persons life.”
~ William Wordsworth

”When you want something, the whole Universe conspires to help you realize your dream”
~ Paulo Coelho

“Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.”
~ Ancient Proverb

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.”
~ Rosa Parks

“I absolutely believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum capabilities.”
~ Bob Nardelli

If you get rid of the garbage in your life suddenly everything looks and smells better.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”
~ John Quincy Adams

“Patience with others is Love, Patience with self is Hope, Patience with God is Faith.”
~ Adel Bestavros

“It is not for me to change you. The question is, how can I be of service to you without diminishing your degrees of freedom?”
~ Buckminster Fuller

“If we have the energy of compassion and loving kindness in us, the people around us will be influenced by our way of being and living.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

“Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.”
~ Henry Ward Beecher

“Is suffering really necessary? Yes and no. If you had not suffered as you have, there would be no depth to you, no humility, no compassion.”
~ Eckhart Tolle

“Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don’t claim them. Feel the artistry moving through and be silent. Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.”
~ Rumi

“The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.”
~ Dale Carnegie

“No pressure, no diamonds.”
~ Mary Case

No sand, no pearls.

“Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict — alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.”
~ Dorothy Thompson

“You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist.”
~ Indira Gandhi

“Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.”
~ Walter Lippmann

“The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.”
~ David Friedman

“[Peace] is the highest and most strenuous act of the soul, but an entirely harmonious act, in which all our powers and affections are blending in a beautiful proportion, and sustain and perfect one another. It is more than the silence after storms. It is as the concord of all melodious sounds … an alliance of love with all beings, a sympathy with all that is pure and happy, a surrender of every separate will and interest, a participation of the spirit and life of the universe…. This is peace, and the true happiness of [humanity].”
~ William Ellery Channing

“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?”
~ Albert Einstein

“The world is divided into two classes of people: the few who make good on their promises and the many who don’t; get in Column A and stay there. You’ll be valuable wherever you go.”
~ Robert C. Townsend

“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.”
~ George Washington Carver

“He that would struggle with the world, and bear up in adversity, ought still to resolve not to be discouraged, for resolution is the mother of fortitude, and…very much conducive to our deliverance.”
~ Samuel Palmer

“Remember that there is a meaning beyond absurdity. Be sure that every little deed counts, that every word has power. Never forget that you can still do your share to redeem the world in spite of all absurdities and frustrations and disappointments.”
~ Abraham Heschel

“In times of stress, when you realize that you have made grave or silly mistakes, don’t fall apart, don’t indulge in self-recrimination or depression, but remember that if you learn from your mistake, you will emerge stronger and wiser for the experience.”
~ Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis

“In time of crisis, we summon up our strength. Then, if we are lucky, we are able to call every resource, every forgotten image that can leap to our quickening, every memory that can make us know our power. And this luck is more than it seems to be: it depends on the long preparation of the self to be used.”
~ Muriel Rukeyser

About Institute

Bob O'Connor, MJuris, MDiv, LLM in Dispute Resolution Bob brings a wealth of experience to his work as an alternative dispute resolution practitioner and trainer. He has worked with families in crisis for nearly three decades, and has mediated hundreds of disputes. Upon his graduation from Albion College in 1977, he began his legal training in England at Oxford University where he earned an M.Juris. He pursued but did not finish his J.D. at Notre Dame Law School, and later received his LL.M. in Alternative Dispute Resolution at The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law. In between his legal studies, Bob earned a M.Div. degree with honors from Yale University, and then served as a minister, counselor, and teacher for 17 years. He has dedicated himself to the development of the field of alternative dispute resolution. He is the author of Marital Separation Agreements A Guide for Non-Lawyer Mediators (ICR Publishing 2011), Five Essential Steps to Negotiate Your Same-Sex Marriage (Forbes 6/14/12), and Same-Sex “Marriage” What’s in a Name? (ADR Times 7/9/12) Bob lectures in leadership development to the non-ADR community, and on practice-related issues in mediation. In addition to his private practice, Conflict Resolution Specialists, he served as a certified Superior Court mediator in Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, and California. He also founded the Institute for Conflict Resolution—an education and publishing entity—and Good Decisions.org—a nonprofit organization helping at risk middle school teens stay in school and out of gangs. Bob founded the Institute for Conflict Resolution to respond to the need in this region for a premiere education and training organization. www.instituteforconflicresolution.com

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