Sharing Some Uplifting and Inspirational Thoughts (from my Notes in “My Little Grey Book”)

Article Title: Sharing Some Uplifting and Inspirational Thoughts (from my Notes in “My Little Grey Book”): 

“It’s Not the Mountain We Conquer, but Ourselves”
Submitted by: Craig Lock
Key words (tags): Hope, Spirituality, Mind, Mind-power, Quotations, New books,
Spiritual Growth, Spirituality, Faith, Inspiration, Words of inspiration and Empowerment, “Spiritual Thoughts”, Peace (enough there now, craig!).

Web sites:
The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at and

Other Articles are available at and

(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:

These thoughts (as with all my articles) may be freely published, electronically or in print.

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


These are some notes I have jotted down over the years; so sharing some thoughts of “the spiritual journey”, which may be included in a new “work”, “a labour of love”. Just “planting, sowing and watering, some seeds” (not my unkempt garden)… and hope they may be of interest. Enjoy.



Here are some thoughts I’ve collected (instead of stamps or bottle-tops) and jotted down recently in my “little grey book”. Some from authors unknown, and others mine, which may form part of a new work, true stories on HOPE and SPIRIT. These notes form part of a new manuscript, which I may name ‘BEYOND THE RAINBOW’

These are some of the notes (in point form) from thoughts and ideas that I’ve written down and collected over the years (some from authors and sources unknown), which may be of interest and get you “tinking” about these “airey-fairey matters”. Hope it’s not too “heavy heavy” for you and that these thoughts may be helpful, uplifting and perhaps even inspirational to you in your spiritual growth. Enjoy…



Find a new way of telling a story


“The mind is a lot stronger than the body.”

– US motor-cycle racer (Moto GP) Nicky Hayden

From success to significance

“Greatness is forged in the valley of adversity.”

The power of ONE and the far `greater power of MANY.

Change the present and you change the future!

There are no borders – only horizons

“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”

– Winston Churchill (in his 1943 speech to Harvard University)

“The mind is its own place and a Heav’n of Hell, a Hell of Heav’n”

– John Milton

“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”



“Sport is so much more than playing the game. What sport can do for communities, for countries can be transformational. That’s not just about seeing people win. It’s around the power of people to see what’s possible. It’s about aspiration and getting involved.”



“Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you’ll hit neither.” – CS Lewis

“In the midst of darkness, light exists (there is light)

Shine a light in the darkness.

“If these words are true, then God will make a way.”

“If this is from God, it WILL one day come to pass.”

“I work for human rights for ALL.” (China, Myanmar (Burma???)

I have a passion for mutual tolerance and moderation

(“an extremist for tolerance and moderation”)

No physical or mental barrier can restrain the power (and strength) of the human spirit.

It’s a tribute to the tenacity of the human spirit.


Miners story gripped the world, because it inspired.

“In an increasingly complex world, this was a tale that reminded the world of the enduring values offriendship, resilience, resolve, endurance, stoicism and ingenuity.

Stories imbued with the spirit of such men have lost none of their ability to inspire countless people in extremely difficult situations around the globe.

A tribute to courage. A call to hope

A beacon of light in a sea (ocean) of despair

Triumph over tragedy

The depth and breadth (latitude) of the human spirit

Man’s quest for rest and inner peace

– Ingrid Betancourt (Columbian hostage)

“The most noble aspects of the human spirit. – unquenchable in its search for freedom and justice”

Great and powerful writing by Rian Malan in his compelling book ‘My Traitors Heart’ (pg 325)

“The important thing is not to win, but to take part.
The important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle.
The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well.”

– Baron Pierre De Coubertin (founder of the modern Olympics)

“I work for ALL humanity”

“I work with ideas…and words are my tools.”

– craig

“The only way God can speak to people on planet earth is through people (US and YOU). – my good friend, “The Prophet”

As John Shelby Spong, former archbishop of Newark (very controversial in Christian circles) wrote in his book ‘Jesus for the Non Religious’: “The real Jesus is the figure, the world, humanity needs today to lead it back to the ‘God experience’ on which Christianity was originally built.”

“I want to belong to God.” – Mother Teresa

“I’m just a pencil in the hands of God.” – Mother Teresa

“I think God exists.” the words of famous German psycho-analayst, Carl Jung aged 18

“I KNOW God exists.” – Carl Jung at age 80

“God’s love lights for us our highest possibilities and the pinnacle of meaning in our individual lives.”



The principles you live by create the world we live in.

“Change can only happen when you change the hearts and minds of those who oppose you.” – Kadeer (can’t recall her first name)

There are other ways to resolve conflict other than through war.

“You can’t kill your way to peace. You have to win the hearts and the minds of the people first”

– Imran Khan

“Out of the ashes of defeat, she (he) arose in glorious triumph (victory)

NOTHING is impossible. Even peace is possible…one sunny day.



“He who does not hope to win has already lost.” – Jose Olmedo

“The country, South Africa* survives, because of the strength, hope and optimism of its people.”???

Read ‘Beyond the Miracle‘ by Allister Sparks

Plant seeds of hope

“Inspired by the promise of a new frontier”

Faith is the light that guides you through the darkness.” – Emmet Fox

“There are infinite possibilities in little beginnings.”

The word ‘esperanza’ = hope (in Spanish)

“The greatest mountain we need to climb lies in our our own minds”. It’s not the highest mountain that we conquer, but ourselves, our own mentality. Overcoming perceived limits to reach (attain) the pinnacle of our own minds.”

– craig (as inspired by the words of Sir Edmund Hillary, conquerer of Mount Everest (1919-2008)

Shine a light in the darkness

Together, lets walk into a bright new tomorrow

shared by an “incorrigible encourager and people-builder”

“From the depth of the valleys, in the deserts of despair, there is hope… as there is the unquenchable oasis, the immense breadth and depth of the human spirit… always.”

“When you have hope in your heart, then you’ll never walk alone.”

– craig (as inspired by the signage at the Liverpool football stadium in England)

About the Submitter:

Craig has a ‘passion’ for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally cruel, yet always amazing world – true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired. Craig’s mission is to encourage people to believe in themselves and try to help inspire people around the world to achieve their goals and dreams in life, whatever they may be. In his life mission Craig hopes to encourage, motivate and inspire people to be their best through realising their full potentials and live their very best lives (without being too much of a “too boring Mr goody-goody two shoes” (as he’s lost one!). Craig believes in the great potential of every human being in the journey of life and loves to encourage people to share their individual (and guiding) spirits, so that they become all that they are CAPABLE of being.

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
– Ernest Hemingway

“A book is small enough to hold in your hand; but when you read it, the walls fall away and you’re in a room as big as the world.”

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.”
– Chinese proverb

“A book, like a dog, is man’s best friend, but inside it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx (I “tink”)

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at and

The world’s smallest and most exclusive bookstores”

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

by walking into a bright new tomorrow.”





Author: craig lock

ABOUT c the Author Craig has a 'passion' for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally cruel, yet always amazing world - true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired. and from and Craig Lock loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his lifes savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep! Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty years in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, through a strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. That was five years ago. Five published books later and having written another twenty manuscripts (on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life. Craig has taught at the local Polytechnic, as well as running a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). He was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet Craig has many varied interests and passions. He is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality". One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy. Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so." Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" (it missed, btw!) and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season." True! The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at ebooks (digital books) Paperbacks (see and"craig+lock"&sitesearch_type=STORE and All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – MINE! “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! “ “Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.” PPS Don’t worry about the world ending today… as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

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