Article Title: Sharing Some Uplifting and Inspirational Thoughts (the Building-Blocks for a New “Work”)

Submitted by: Craig Lock

Category (key words/tags): “Inspiration”, Inspirational Quotes, Words of inspiration and upliftment, New Book, Reconciliation, Hope, Forgiveness, Love, Peace (enough there now)

Craig’s blog with thoughts and extracts from various writings is at

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(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig)

Publishing Guidelines:

All my writings may be freely published.

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”


Doing some “sorting out” (my greatest challenge). Here are some short thoughts (and phrases) from my red book in point form), that I’ve collected over the years (instead of stamps or bottle-tops). Some are my own thoughts that I’ve jotted down in my little red book by my bedside (sometimes in the early hours). Perhaps I’ll include these key words, ideas, concepts, threads (enough there now, craig) in a new manuscript that’s currently “writing itself”, so will share with you. Enjoy…


The way we live is far more important than what we believe
(but then what we believe will determine how we live, so perhaps they are inter-linked???).

Einstein once said: “Try not to become a man (or woman) of success; but a person of value.”

ie: Beyond success to significance

“Keep true to the dreams of youth.”
- Friedrich Schiller, German writer/poet and philosopher

“So many others have sacrificed much more than me.”
- an anonymous hero

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”
- Mahatma (Mohandas) Gandhi

“Live simply, so that others may simply live.”
- Gandhi

“My life is my message.”

“My death must achieve what my life failed to achieve.”
- Gandhi (again)

Martin Luther King, Jnr: “Christ gave me the message; whilst Gandhi gave me the method.”

He never lost his faith in God and in man.

Practice it, rather than preaching it.

“You (we) make a living from what we get. However, you (we) make a life from what you GIVE.”

Religion divides; whereas truth unites (ie. unity in truth)

Truth overcomes power… always.

“Peace-makers who sow in peace will reap a harvest of righteousness.”
- James 3:18

On the epitaph of Abdurrahman Wahid (1940 – 30/12/2009) former Indonesian President are written these words:
“Here lies a humanist.”

“The great lift the human spirit to be more than it is.”

You don’t have to forget the past in order to move forward.

Forgiveness for the past, strength for today… and hope for the future.”

The depth of your past determines the height of your future.

What has happened TO you is not nearly as important as what happens IN you.

“We learn far more from our tears than from our laughter.”

A lasting tribute to Mandela’s legacy (“The father of democracy”)

As Brutus said in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar:
“There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at their flood, leads on to fortune; omitted all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries.”

“The past is history… the future a mystery.”

“It is better to light a candle, than curse the darkness…
a darkness that we will illuminate with our hearts.”


Union between nations through sport.

Sport as a tool in the pursuit of freedom

“I, we are committed to the positive values found in sport: Performance and passion, team-work and fair-play.”

Sport gives hope to people.


What foundation (your deepest values) are you standing on?

Spend quiet time for reflection, vision, clarity and direction.

Attitude, character, enthusiasm.

Believe, conceive and receive

Desire and achievement is not birthed in the head…but in the heart.

Often achievements come about through sheer force of will.

A champion is down at times, but is never counted out.

Failure doesn’t mean that I have failed. It simply means that I haven’t succeeded… YET!

Surrender (to God) is not quitting.

Your life is the dream – YOU are the dream

You don’t have to forget the past in order to look ahead.

“If you cannot do great things, then do little things in a great way.”

- Mother Teresa

“Love rather than be loved,
in forgiving we give…
and in dying we are given eternal life.”
- Mother Teresa (again)


A hero doesn’t have to be (not necessarily) a celebrity. A hero is ANY person who inspires somebody to be more than they “should be”. The really great lift the human spirit to be more than it is.

“I don’t consider myself a hero. I’m an ordinary girl, who believed in her dream. You don’t have to be someone special to achieve something amazing, You’ve just got to have a dream, believe in it and work hard. I hope that my voyage proves what can be achieved by setting your mind to something.”
- powerful and inspirational words from Australia’s newest hero, 16-year old round the world sailor, Jessica Watson (the youngest sailor to circum-navigate* the globe)

* now that’s a big word, craig

“You’ve sometimes got to give up the life you’ve got planned, in order to live the life you were meant to live.”
- Joseph Leyleveldt in ‘Golden Cross’

Writers challenge (continually) themselves and their readers in new ways – they find new niches.

I’m deeply concerned about the human moral condition (but don’t be too serious and forget to laugh at yourself now, craig). Hardly likely with the life I lead!

I try to show the extra-ordinary in ordinary lives, as revealed by the generosity of spirit and the courage of seemingly’ordinary’ people, as they struggle with the daily trials and tribulations of the incredible journey, that we call life.

Khatib = writer

Writers challenge themselves and their readers in new ways, They find new niches. I want to continually test my own writing "limits", the "boundaries of my imagination."

I write ‘the literature of humanity’

In my latest “works” love and hope strive for expression… even amidst the despair and darkness of the world (oh so serious now, craig!)

“I was drowning in an ocean of despair”

“like a flower, that will never blossom (bloom)”

“Ingenuous and enjoyable, it is penned by an author groping in the darkness of the past for clues as to the puzzle of the present and the future.”

“It was as if I was floating on a cloud of endless possibilities.”

Replant the roots of peace

“Out of every evening comes a morning.”

“You can cut down the flower, but you can’t stop the coming of the spring.”

Many small (yet significant) steps by many people will eventually reach their destination, their unique destinies.

YOU can shine the light that helps overcomes the darkness

Shared by: Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration Distributer, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)

"Since I can never see your face,

And never shake you by the hand,

send my soul through time and space

To greet you. You will understand."

- James Elroy Flecker, British poet

When (or if ever) you arrive in heaven, let faith and love be the wings that carried you there."

- craig (as inspired by the words of Jonathan Edwards, a former minister in New England, Massachusetts)

Together, one mind, one heart, one life at a time, let’s plant the seeds, the hope of a better and brighter future.

THESE THOUGHTS MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED (electronically or in print)


Be nice to your kids.
They choose your rest-home!

May you all see God’s light on the path up ahead

Author's Bio: 

About the submitter: In his life mission Craig hopes to help, encourage, motivate, uplift and perhaps even inspire people to be their best through realising their full potentials. His dream is seeing people finding, striving for the “seemingly impossible” and one day perhaps even realising their personal goals and dreams having great FUN along the journey.

Craig’s blog with thoughts and extracts from various writings is at

Together, one mind, one heart, one life at a time, let’s plant the seeds, the hope of a better and brighter future.