Choosing Success

“I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.”

~ Herbert Bayard Swope


  20 comments for “Choosing Success

  1. January 24, 2017 at 3:59 am

    Yes, it is so true….
    A also like your title.We should choose everything we want, and than just go for it .

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    • January 26, 2017 at 9:10 am

      Thanks, Ben. Choose and Go. I like that. 🙂 Have a great day!


  2. January 10, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Gorgeous photo Karen and such a true quote, yes I’ve been guilty of that too but trying not to so much these days

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  3. January 7, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    That’s definitely something I’ve been guilty over the years.. trying to please everyone. Great reminder and wow what a stunning photo! x

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    • January 7, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      Thank you so much! Yes, it’s hard not to try to please everyone. I think most of us are pleasers at heart. But, there comes a time for sanity and that takes precedence. ❤

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      • January 8, 2017 at 2:53 am

        Yes definitely Karen.. I’ve realised that so much in the last year.. that we have to look after ourselves first but it’s not easy to break the habits of a lifetime.. I keep trying! xx

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        • January 8, 2017 at 12:12 pm

          And the wisdom of aging is that most of what I try to accomplish is a process… ❤


  4. January 6, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Wunderschön die Fotos liebe Grüße aus Köln Gislinde

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    • January 7, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Thank you! I don’t read German so my son helped me translate your message. Glad you like the photo. Happy New Year! ❤


  5. January 4, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Thank you for sharing this excellent quote! It is one that I need to remind myself of often. I copied it and pasted it onto a list that I keep of all my favorite quotations.

    And fabulous photo! What an amazing view! The striking way the light pierces outward from the center of the photo is entrancing.

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    • January 5, 2017 at 10:13 am

      Thank you, Lulu. I love this quote and need to keep reminding myself of this thought. It’s so true! I wish we all could be more self-confident and brave and daring and let go of our worries. How different things would be. The photo was a fluke. I was driving home from the office the other day and had to stop and get out. That is my drive to work along this path. How lucky am I? ❤

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      • January 5, 2017 at 12:37 pm

        What a beautiful drive! It’s a grace to be able to appreciate the beauty in our every day lives. I live on a little pond, and I am grateful for the peace and loveliness of my backyard every day. Even though it’s a rental townhouse and far from ideal, thinking about these things makes me feel content with the simple things.

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        • January 5, 2017 at 1:17 pm

          I think sometimes it’s hard to be content with the little things when life’s stresses hit. Because of this, I find my time outside to be crucial. I need to be outside. I find solace in photography–sometimes a pretty good second best–when I can’t get outside as much. I think this is why I started taking so many pictures. It’s therapy. 🙂 Your pond sounds positively lovely. Have you posted pics?

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          • January 5, 2017 at 2:11 pm

            I also find great solace and centering in nature. Even in the winter, there is something peaceful and transcendent about the bare trees and the muted landscape.

            Here’s a post with a picture of my backyard if you’re interested! I’m looking at a very different scene right now. It’s snowing, and there is a soft blanket of fluffy white covering everything, but the water isn’t frozen yet and is like dark, opaque crystal.

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            • January 5, 2017 at 2:20 pm

              Just looked. Lovely. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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  6. January 3, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Gorgeous photo!!

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    • January 3, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Thank you! That was today on my way home from the office. I had to stop and get out. It was so pretty. 🌞

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