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Luisa Rodrigues

Through this toilsome world, alas!
Once and only once I pass;
If a kindness I may show,
If a good deed I may do
To a suffering fellow man,
Let me do it while I can.
No delay, for it is plain
I shall not pass this way again.
—Proverbial Wisdom

Front page—Happy Human Symbol—Author: Denis Barrington for the British Humanist Association—Converted to SVG by
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This page—Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)—American black-and-white feature film—Michael Gordon

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Think about this—
There is a dynamic going on and it is our job to look beyond our illusions and find the
underlying truth.
Know this to be true—
Our own soul is the ultimate guardian spirit and he who listens to his soul and obeys
its inner wisdom is a genius.
The Made With Love Book Series is a collection of such truths that serve as fulcrums
to urge us onward to a greater sense of our true nature. We’re here to learn, teach
and become our true nature—love and light. The guiding light of our immortal soul is
vast and we grow through ever-greater spheres of influence and outreach. When we
give ourselves permission to be fully human, we approach the divine. True living
spiritual experience occurs when we acknowledge God’s magnificence and grace in
presence, love and gratitude.
Luisa Rodrigues

The Virgin in Prayer—Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato (1609–1685)

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Always remember that cheerful thought is what renews our poise. Never brood
over disaster. Forget it as rapidly as possible and begin to make prosperous pictures
of your future. Always picture the future—whether tomorrow, next year or after
death—as happy; as full of pleasant possibilities and happy incidents. We thus
ensure our future against evil happenings.

President Barack Obama with Olympic gymnast, McKayla Maroney, 15 November 2012—Pete Souza, Official White House

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A shell casing flies out with a trail of smoke as U.S. Army Pfc Michael Freise fires an M-4 rifle during a reflex firing exercise at
the Rodriguez Live Fire Complex, Republic of Korea, 23 March 2005—Staff Sgt Suzanne M. Day, U.S. Air Force

Nothing just happens. Planning our future is not an empty pastime. Dream dreams
and build castles. Build the blueprint of your future happiness. Make plans, look
forward joyfully to good times and you will then be well on your way to materialise
and help construct the thing into visible form.

Smiling Iraqi girl—Christiaan Briggs—Creative Common Attribution-Share Alike 3.0

Individual achievement is nothing; universal service is the Master’s insignia.
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Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th and current Dalai Lama, is the leader of the exiled Tibetan government in India. He was awarded the
Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Photographed during his visit in Cologno Monzese, Milan, Italy, 8 December 2007—Luca Galuzzi /—Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic

We must give that which we cherish most—ourselves, our ideas, our privacy and our
sacred reserves—all with love.

A U.S. Air Force firefighter sprays water at the fire of a simulated C-130 Hercules plane crash during an operational readiness
exercise at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, 23 July 2012—Staff Sgt Craig Cisek, U.S. Air Force

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There is a centre in us, which, if perceived, will be a sure guide to our best
development. Like a magnet, it will draw to us all the requisite tools or conditions for
the performance of our necessary work. It is the voice of God and it comes only from
within. Listen to that inner voice. It is there—if we only knew or had faith to believe.

Milk sellers with dog cart, Brussels, Belgium—Detroit Publishing Co. (1890—1900)—United States Library of Congress

A shadow of regret renders worthless; remember that.

This image was taken during the war in 1992 in Sarajevo in the partially destroyed National Library. The cello player is local
musician, Vedran Smailović, who often came to play for free at different funerals during the siege despite the fact that Serb
forces often targeted funerals—Mikhail Evstafiev—Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic

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The whole great secret of Jesus lay in the fact of his clear vision, his love and his
honest life. He lived what he believed and his life is still doing its work.

John the Baptist baptises Jesus. Hand-coloured etching the Baptist Adi Holzer (1997)

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A personal plan or vision of the desired future is a visible, concrete thing in the next
world, holding solidly together, so long as its creator holds it firmly in his brain. More
than this, the vision has the power to build its counterpart on our plane by a process
of magnetic attraction. The law is one of the basic ones and never fails unless the
person is vacillating or weak.

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Look into your own heart and note your wares. Try out each thing you see there. See
if it has real value, is made of eternal stuff. Get a line on true values, what in life is of
vital importance. The test is always—

Can you take the thing with you out of life?

A hasty glance seems to show that one can take nothing. Look again. One takes
patience, charity, unselfishness, another's gratitude, which is a blessing too. One
may take the result of kindness and help, which expanded and lifted another human
pilgrim. Sunshine, courage, simple faith and sweetness. The man or woman who
lays aside a business problem to care for the distress or perplexity of a little child has
chosen the real and laid by the unimportant thing. Any help to a soul in trouble is a
vital service, which registers in the Spirit World and helps determine what class you

George Clooney at the 2009 Venice Film Festival—Nicolas Genin—Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

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Face of Christ—Claude Mellan (1598—1688)

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Sahrawi tribal men performing fantasia at the Tan-Tan (Moussem) Festival in Tan-Tan, Morocco—Максим Массалитин
(Maxim Massalitin)—Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

We prattle a lot of God but how many realise for a moment that it is the personal
presence of God at the centre of each which enables him to exist? God is Life. God
is the Creator and He creates constantly, continuously throughout the universe. That
is the secret of life. God is behind and through everything, from a rock to a man,
planet or sun. All have life. All vibrate. All move. The law is the will of God. It is the
fundamental impulse of living, the push from within.

Two Maikos (apprentice Geishas) conversing near the Golden Temple in Kyoto, Japan—Daniel Bachler—Creative Commons
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Picture a certain form of disaster and you create it just as certainly as a stone falls
through the air when dropped from a height. The law is that we create our future
environment by our own thought. The swiftness of the actual materialisation depends
on the concentration of our thought, the distinct quality of our vision and whether we
build it while feeling happy. Happy, cheerful states are splendid creators.

Joseph Kittinger's record-breaking skydive from 31,300m (102,800ft)—Volkmar Wentzel, U. S. Air Force

Forgive your enemy. It is the only way to help him learn his lesson. Serve him. Be
patient. Forgive seventy times seven.

Hindu Bride, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India—Yann Forget—Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 1.0 Generic

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Live the good your heads know, try to qualify for immortality. Speak less and do

Great Sand Dunes National Park—Daniel Schwen—Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Our progress is never-ending but is, in fact, continuous, toward Godhood.

Photograph of the Great Wall of China (1907)—Herbert Ponting (1870-1935)

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Love—not hate—conquers.

An elderly Tibetan women holding a prayer wheel on the Lhasa's pilgrimage circuit of Barkhor—Luca Galuzzi /—Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic

With confidence comes fair weather and mind, which includes feeling, governs the
planet in all its details. As a man thinketh, so is he. As the world feeleth, so is it. The
light of faith, held by a few souls, has more than once illumined the path of escape
when world disaster threatened.

From the backwaters of Kerala (near Punnamada Lake)—Hans A. Rosbach—Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0

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The greatest thing we can conceive is a soul, which has the capacity
for achievement and with it humility, sympathy and love. This seems to be the mark
of the perfected human soul.

Woman harvesting wheat, Raisen district, Madhya Pradesh, India—Yann Forget—Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike
3.0 Unported

Mind and heart should be kept expectant, ready to see the next lesson God

Emmanuelle Chazal competes in the women's heptathlon long jump final during the French Athletics Championships at Stade
Charléty in Paris, 13 July 2013—© Marie-Lan Nguyen—Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

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What people need is hope and comfort and the conviction that life is continuous both
before and after death. The more people who believe this, the sooner the age of
brotherhood will arrive. One's ambition must be transferred from material success to
spiritual insight. Work to get must be altered into an effort to become. Happiness
follows the one who is on the upward path of becoming.

Women in a tribal (Gond Adivasi) village, Umaria district, India. Picture taken during a meeting organised by Ekta Parishad
about land rights, the main grievance of the Adivasi people—Yann Forget—Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 1.0

Through all life, all work runs a golden thread of eternal truth; through each task, be
it a duty or an art, a mere livelihood or a love. The things we do are just differently
coloured and variously shaped beads on the same string. The Creator cares as
much for the bead of clay or glass as the jewel of gold but each must be strung on
the thread of honest desire and unselfish devotion.
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Michel Fokine, Arlequin

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Let us be simple and enjoy playing life's game, regardless of the possible loss of our
ball. The real treasure is what our souls can extract from the play. No one ever wins
an easy victory. It takes his utmost effort and the result rests on a hair's breadth, so
no one can feel superior to his neighbour.

Astronaut Piers Sellers during the third spacewalk of STS-121, a demonstration of orbiter heat shield repair techniques—
NASA, Astronaut Michael Edward Fossum

If the integrity of a single atom can affect a universe, then imagine what damage a
selfish, disordered, gloomy mind can do. We belong to the brotherhood of man. Let
us be sure we can qualify for that fraternity.

The ancient desert town of Ghadames, Libya, is designed to fight the dramatic extremities of Saharan climate. Houses are
made out of mud, lime and palm tree trunks with covered alleyways between them to offer good shelter from summer heat—
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Only what is within can hurt us. No danger, no harm comes from without. Everything,
good or bad, comes first from within our own natures. This attracts to itself either
good or bad. Like seeks like. This is the law.

On the fortress of Lindos in Rhodes—Friedrich Böhringer—Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic

Never say a word again in criticism. Keep still and pray for more love. See how much
it will improve the situation. It is the only way out. Do try. Buck up!

Allan Pinkerton, President Abraham Lincoln and Major General John A. McClernand—Photograph from the main eastern
theatre of the war, Battle of Antietam, September—October 1862—Civil War glass negative collection (Library of Congress)

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Give each struggling soul the helping hand of kind sympathy. He needs all he can
get and then may fail. Do you care to be the one who helped his failure? Are you in a
position to cast the first stone?

Ramallah man spinning wool. Hand-coloured photographic print—American Colony Jerusalem—Library of Congress

You may save your life by willingly giving it up but you lose it permanently by saving
it, by sacrificing another. You gain by giving, not by grasping. The miser is the
greatest pauper of them all.

Granduca Madonna — Raphael (1483–1520)

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Each harsh thought we indulge in is a drag on the soul who is battling for his eternal
life. How cowardly in anyone to cripple another, either before or during his
conscientious struggle to master his inner enemy. How dare we, when we know we
shall reap what we sow? How dare we throw that boomerang? No one who knows
oppresses in any way the weak—I hate to appeal to your desire for self-preservation
but I can.

Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi waves during STS-114 mission, 13 July 2006—National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA)

See to it that you guard carefully your every thought, that you may do your part in the
enlightening of the world.

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church, Ashfield, New South Wales—Alfred Handel, d. 1946—Toby Hudson—
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Each must use whatever he is or has in as many ways and for the benefit of as many
people as possible. I don't mean to say one should crowd one's talents or attentions
on outsiders but that the personal gifts or possessions we enjoy must be cultivated
and divided or shared with those whose lives touch ours and whose need seems to
require what we can give.

STS-116 Shuttle Mission Imagery—Astronaut Robert L. Curbeam Jr (left) and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut,
Christer Fuglesang, both STS-116 mission specialists, participate in the mission's first of three planned sessions of
extravehicular activity (EVA), as construction resumes on the International Space Station. Landmasses depicted are South
Island (left) and North Island (right) of New Zealand—NASA

A mastering ambition or desire carries all before it. Apparent obstructions crumble
and melt away at its confident approach. Nothing can withstand the determined
march of the spirit towards its own. You can never fail because of outside obstacles.
The real and only obstacles lie within yourself. Never forget that. Make definite plans
and see how easily material things obey the command of the soul.

Man walking—São Martinho do Porto, Portugal—Joaquim Alves Gaspar—Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic

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Hoarding is criminal, as well as stupid. It is a sort of colossal selfishness no one can
afford to indulge in.

NASA astronaut, Nicholas Patrick, STS-130 mission specialist, participates in the mission's third and final session of
extravehicular activity (EVA) as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. During the fivehour, 48-minute spacewalk, Patrick and astronaut Robert Behnken (out of frame), mission specialist, completed all of their
planned tasks, removing insulation blankets and removing launch restraint bolts from each of the Cupola's seven windows

Don’t hoard anything—from furniture to ideas. The real things are free. Love, service,
ideas, landscapes, God; all are common to all.

U.S. Army soldiers on Bougainville (one of the Solomon Islands) in World War II. Japanese forces tried infiltrating the U. S.
lines a nigt; at dawn, the U. S. soldiers would clear them out. In this picture, infrantrymen are advancing in the cover of an M4
Sherman tank—National Archives and Records Administration

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Enthusiasm is a life-giver. It means a speeded or lifted vibration and that means
more life current, more power.

Head of a Little Girl—William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825–1905)

It is as though we sit in the dark with an electric switch within arm's reach, which,
when touched, would send a flood of light on us. The energetic, curious person
sitting so would feel about, expecting to find the means of light, while the inert would
sit quietly accepting the dark as inevitable or lamenting loudly about his desolate
condition. Expect the best, then hunt for it with vigour.

Statue of Joan of Arc in Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral interior, Paris, taken spring 2001. Copyright © 2001 by Steven G.
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One must play the game. The child who hugs his ball within his pocket's shelter,
fearing he may lose it if he plays the game, we know is silly. Worse! He robs himself
of not only the health exercise brings but the joy of the game, the exhilaration of
contest. He is stupid in the extreme, who is unwilling to risk his possession by
throwing it into the open, letting someone else share the game his treasure has the
power to launch.

Apollo 17 mission on Moon, 11 December 1972—NASA

When you see things beginning to drag, do something new. Keep your life current at
its best and the good of all sorts will come.

Old retired man playing chess in Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris—© Jorge Royan / ar—Creative
Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

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See that your charity is always alert and your eyes keen to see another's need.

Naval Outlying Field Coupeville—Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Eleven (EODMU-11) members perform a static
jump from the ramp of a C-130 Hercules, in groups of three—Chris Otsen, United States Navy

The impulse of growth is desire—life, aspiration, what you will. When the desire is
intense enough, it will create conditions. Creation comes from within us. Exterior
agents assist only casually, as the sun helps to open the bud. The desire to open
comes from within and it can and will open without the sun but the sun quickens the
ultimate result. Fundamentally, the desire, the impulse must be strong at the centre
of being.

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Alonzo Gonzales with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, walks through an alley
looking for signs of sickness or disease during an operation to capture suspected Anti-coalition Forces in the vicinity of Methar
Lam, Afghanistan—Cpl James L. Yarboro, U.S. Marine Corps

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Success in any work depends on how much we really love that thing. The more
strongly we feel, the surer we are of success or achievement. Impediments are the
cross-currents of mental attitudes, which will deflect the general direction and retard
results. One's eye must be single to any success. Not as selfishly single as worldly
success demands but single as to the sweeping aside of all personal vanity or petty

82 N. Latitude, panorama shot during the unsuccessful Ziegler polar expedition of 1903-1905—Anthony Fiala—United States
Library of Congress

In all my study, this one thing stands out, as if written in lines of fire. We are our own
and, what is more, our only destruction. God lies within every one of us, waiting until
we discover His presence; then, like the small child who discovers his father in
hiding, with a glad cry, we clasp our own. We, too, are God, which means that within
every heart that beats, there lies the power to do and be all that any man on earth
has ever been and done. What man has done, man may do.

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 720th Special Tactics Group out of Hurlburt Field, Florida, jump out of a C-130J Hercules aircraft
during water rescue training above Choctawhatchee Bay, over the Destin coastline in Florida, 3 October 2007—Senior Airman
Julianne Showalter, U.S. Air Force

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One's mind must be as open as a child's to profit by teaching, no matter on what
plane of life. An open mind and a hospitable heart are what we must all have to
secure more than we have of anything. Follow your own inner light and work on your
personal defects with the idea of getting your whole mental and spiritual system
loosened up, just as you would work on a stiff muscle.

2010 Mavericks surfing competition—Shalom Jacobovitz—Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Let us look deep within and see what we really love most, then go after it. The primal
impulse must be strong to push through obstructions. The obstructions are there
merely to test its strength. Few of us know what we really desire. When we do, we
arrive because desire is the great creator. Desire and love. There isn't a thing on
earth as strong as these. All bend before and beneath them.

Staff Sgt Desiree Palacios tests and makes final settings on her camera before taxing out to on sortie in an F-16D Fighting
Falcon with the 182nd Fighter Squadron, Lackland Air Force Base, TX—Lance Cheung, U.S. Air Force

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Unselfishness is the key unlocking every closed door. Unselfishness is only another
name for love.

Photograph of two men and children in an automobile, Paris in 1910—Alexandre Louis

Limit your possessions to your ability to use them actively. You should not just sit in
the midst of things. Live in a place where what is about you is in active service. No
ornaments, either pictures or furniture, should be stored away. What can't be
enjoyed daily should be passed on.

Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Marines aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar begin to combat fires during a simulated fire
exercise at the ARFF Training Pit here— Manuel F. Guerrero, U.S. Marine Corps

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The same is true about your jewellery and clothes—pass them on. Keep things
circulating and they don't die. This is a great truth. Things live and have a character,
as well as people. They absorb your personality and give off your atmosphere and
feeling. That is why you can feel immediately whether the people who live in a place
are fine and hospitable or selfish and cold. Your things talk.

A smoky day at the Sugar Bowl—Hupa—Edward S. Curtis (1868—1952)—Edward S. Curtis Collection (Library of Congress)

Bring all the joy you can into your own life and let it shine. Gloom is deadly. The path
is upward, the sky is clear and the sun shines. Remember, the sun shines for all of
us. The clouds which lie between are of our own making. One succeeds or fails
because of himself; because he has neither the strong desire, not the courage, nor
the joy of working in his heart. I wish I could make you see what a joy life is. We
cower before a shadow, the shadow of our own doubt. Get more vibrant with life and
you will sweep everything before you. People will be glad to give you all you want or
need. There is nothing as hypnotic as joy. Get and give all you can.
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Other Volumes in the Series
Made With Love—All For Love

Made With Love—Beautiful Maxims

Made With Love—Glimmerings of Spiritual Things

Made With Love—God In His Works

Made With Love—Mother and Mother Love

Made With Love—Words from the Heart

Made With Love—Words of Comfort and Good Cheer

Made With Love—Words of Spiritual Wisdom

Made With Love—Soul Seeds

Made With Love—The Best of Some Things

Made With Love—The Soul of Things

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