Wisdom for Today From a Book Belonging to Yesterday

Inspiration, Mental Fitness, Motivational, Positive Affirmations, Quotations, Versification

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I know I’ve said it before, but I absolutely love books. Everything about them – the looks, the smells, the rush of buying a new one, the joy of discovering an old one, and more than anything, I love getting lost in the words.

One of my favorite authors is Grenville Kleiser. If you haven’t heard of the brilliant author, you are more than forgiven. His books were published in the early 1900s. They do, however, still have a place in our modern world – or at least they should have. His writings and teachings are so beautiful and basic, I’m convinced we’d all be happier, wealthier, and wiser if we read a little Kleiser each day.

The following passage is from a Grenville Kleiser book published in 1917 called, “Inspiration and Ideals.” Enjoy!


Dwell more and more upon thoughts of what you really want in your life. Close and hermetically seal the door of your mind against thoughts of what you do not want in your life. You desire health, vitality, wisdom, peace, confidence, hope, friendship, harmony, independence, serenity, cheerfulness, happiness, success, culture, and righteousness. Give your thought to these and kindred subjects, since dwelling upon them often and intently tends to make them concrete in your life. Waste no thought upon things you do not need. The power is yours to choose the ideals that shall daily possess and govern your mental life. When your mind is right your life will be right.

Basically, what you just read in the paragraph above, is the equivalent of a pricey Self Help book. All summed up beautifully in a compact little package with a bow on it. The tag reads, “To you: The secret of a better life! From: Grenville Kleiser”

Make each moment count double,
~ Joi

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4 comments… add one
  • I agree with your summation, which I describe as self-discipline.

    How to get there from here is the journey. These things are easy to understand, yet difficult to believe.

  • That is a great paragraph. We need to change the way we think to discipline our minds for success. I think we spend too much time and energy on negative situations instead of focusing on positive things that we could do to improve our lives.

    If we thought more about what we wanted out of life we could accomplish many things. Taking action to implement a plan to achieve your goals will keep you focused and motivated to accomplish anything you want in life. We just have to find the courage to pursue our dreams.

  • You are so right, what a powerful and complete statement. I especially liked the final thought, “When your mind is right your life will be right.” It’s a simple comment but a challenging concept.

  • I’m gathering up/typing in more from Grenville Kleiser to this blog as well as Self Help Daily.com – his teachings have such a profound effect on me. I can’t get enough!


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