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My takeaway

Reserve your greatest respect for yourself. It is what you perceive your self to be that truly determines the quality of your life. Remember that life is a constant beginning.


My notes

These are my informal notes from The Seasons of Life. It contains a mix of key highlights as well as my own thoughts and lessons.

  • Your attitude is the most important thing to nurture. Attitude determines choice, and choice determines results.
  • Everything about you has been determined by your attitude.
  • You are given the choice to think, or respond out of habit.
  • The only constant factor in life is our feelings and attitudes toward life.
  • Springtime is a season of activity and opportunity. It’s a time to take action and plant seeds.
  • Choose the good in life and in all things, and choose the opportunity as well as the chance to work when springtime smiles on your life.
  • Seize moments as you find them and mold them into your own better future.
  • Do not use today to mentally re-live yesterday.
  • Seize the infrequent opportunity to do nothing for a change, or something for a change; force yourself to turn off the television, and embrace the opportunity for having family conversation, or even silence.
  • Life is truly a constant beginning, a constant opportunity, a constant springtime.
  • Summer is a time to protect, it’s a time for guarding against busy bugs and noxious weeds. In spring you created—in summer you let your creations grow.
  • Life is designed to be a story of achievement in spite of adversity, not in the absence of adversity, for without adversity achievement could not exist.
  • The human character is formed not the in absence of difficulty but in our response to difficulty.
  • Since you cannot control the weather, or the traffic, or the one you love, or your neighbors, or your boss, then you must learn to control you…the one whose response to the difficulties of life really counts.
  • Do not spend time regretting the past, but invest that time wisely by preparing a better future.
  • Fall is a time when you reap the rewards of your toil. It’s a time for gathering the evidence of your past efforts.
  • It is a tendency of humans to look at those who enjoy success as having been, at some earlier time, either lucky or dishonest. Surely, the man driving the luxury car toward his expensive home on the hill could not deserve it through hard work and sacrifice. Such is the language of the poor.
  • You cannot plant one crop and expect to reap another just because you change your mind during mid-summer.
  • Winter is a time of recovery, and a time for rediscovering an often misplaced sense of purpose. It’s a time for rest and enjoying the fruits of your labor.
  • Much of life is in learning to always remain part of the solution rather than allowing yourself to become part of the problem.
  • Blaming outside influences for the circumstance of winter is a convenient excuse for misplacing responsibility.
  • Let not the winter go by without investing much of your time in assuring, teaching, and encouraging others.