One who never turned his back
but marched breast forward,
Never doubted clouds would break,
Never dreamed, though right were worsted,
wrong would triumph,
Held we fall to rise, are baffled to fight better,
Sleep to wake.
Two men look out through the same bars.
One sees the mud and one the stars.
(Frederick Langbridge : 1849-1923)
Even if one could not become a painter or musician, one could make of one's own life a work of art like a beautiful painting or symphony.
If winter comes, can spring be far behind?
(Shelley : Ode to the West Wind)
I will not doubt though sorrows fall like rain!
And troubles swarm like bees about a hive!!
I will believe the heights for which I strive
Are reached only by anguish and pain.
And though I groan and writhe beneath the crosses
I yet shall see, through my severest losses
The greater gain.
(Elka Wheeler Wilcox)
Never say No when it is possible to say Yes.
No-limit people are not sickly-thinking people and they have little time or patience for those who want to spend their lives discussing their various ailments and states of immobility. Certainly no-limit people become ill. But their internal mindsets of not thinking sick and not focussing on sickness and complaining to everyone about the various disease processes that are currently infecting their bodies gives them a whole, healthy perspective on life. They are not complainers. They know that the past is over and that the future is promised to no one, so they work at living in the present and being grateful for what they have. They know that having to do unpleasant things such as washing dishes or taking out the rubbish or anything else is a necessary condition of being alive. But they choose their thoughts and their thoughts about doing dishes are positive.