It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, October 20, 2014

Chapter 10, Page 20, Book 14

Before you quit, try. 
Befor you talk, listen
Before you react, think.
Before you criticize, wait
Before you move on, forgive.

Author Unknown

I chose the word BEFORE for my theme today.  It’s a good one to think about so I’ve lots to share

Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Things we did before the internet:

We went outside more

We talked more 

We used the phone book

We had to wait for an order to be placed over the phone or through the mail 

We bought newspapers and magazines

We went to the library to look up information in reference books or if we had one, we used the encyclopedia

Things to do before making a big decision

Explore the options

Consider who will be affected

Invite others to give their opinions

Don’t let fear make your choices for you

Move forward and used your God given wisdom

When your life flashes before your eyes, make sure you've got plenty to watch. 

Author unknown

Things to do before you get to heaven

Give away something valuable

Reconnect with a long lost friend

Spend an entire day totally focused on the One who gave you the gift of life

Dance with abandon

Banish anything that's preventing you from opening your hands and your heart to others. 

Refuse to retire from life.  

 Share what you've learned. Listen as much as you talk. Ask questions. Encourage. Stay open to God's surprises, and you may learn as much as you teach.

You have to be before you can do, and do before you can have. 

Zig Ziglar

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Chapter 10, Page 19, Book 14

Once we discover how to appreciate the timeless values in our daily experiences, we can enjoy the best things in life.

Harry Hepner

In our busy lives, it's easy to let the small moments of joy pass us by and to always be looking ahead, looking back, looking over our shoulders. In fact, those small moments of joy are the basis for wholeness, fulfillment, and growth.  Happiness awaits us in every moment of each day.  It’s often the little things that mean the most.

Life isn’t perfect, but it sure is good.  When I get up every morning and take a good look around in a way that takes nothing for granted, everything is extraordinary.  Every day is a gift.  Never treat life casually. 

We need to appreciate where we are  each moment of our lives as it’s where we need to be in order to get to where we want to go tomorrow.  Don’t let the past and the future steal your present.

Life is always better when you’re smiling.  Think of all the beauty that remains around you, see it and smile.  Be thankful for all the small things in your life, because when you put them all together you will see just how significant they are.  At the end of the day, it’s not happiness that makes us thankful, but thankfulness that makes us happy.

The three things I’m thankful for today:

2141. for little things that make a big difference
2142.  for Sunday dinner with some of my family
2143. for the sales on meat I found at the grocery store this week

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. 

Thich Nhat Hanh

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Chapter 10, Page 18, Book 14

From quiet homes and first beginning,

Out to the undiscovered ends,
There's nothing worth the wear of winning,
But laughter and the love of friends. 

Hilaire Belloc

Color your day with laughter !

Some days it’s easy to smile, other days we have to work at it.

Not to worry, I have some great ideas to help you smile!

Grab your camera and go outside with a mission to capture things that make you happy.

Bake something that has a silly face on it. Really, this is a valid suggestion!

Dress up in clothes you love, just to run a simple errand. When you like how you look, you generally feel good.

Make time to see the sunrise or sunset, and make it an occasion.

Gratitude helps you to grow and expands; gratitude brings you and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.

Eileen Caddy

Create a gratitude list including the smallest details like a fluffy pillow,  and the biggest things like your health and your family.

Laugh out loud. Choose to laugh and keep going

And last but not least, laugh at yourself.  Don’t take yourself so seriously.

There comes a time when suddenly you realize that laughter is something you remember and that you were the one laughing. 

Marlene Dietrich

If that list didn’t give you something to smile about then maybe some of these things to ponder will make you smile…

What hair color do they put on the driver's licenses of bald men?

I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older; then it dawned on me .....they're cramming for their final exam.

If it's true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?

If Fed Ex and UPS were to merge, would they call it Fed UP?

One way or another I hope you enjoy a good laugh today.

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.

Victor Hugo

HUGS AND SMILES from me to you !

Friday, October 17, 2014

Chapter 10, Page 17, Book 14

God Knows Best

by Helen Steiner Rice

Our Father knows what's best for us,
So why should we complain
We always want the sunshine,
But He knows there must be rain

We love the sound of laughter
And the merriment of cheer,
But our hearts would lose their tenderness
If we never shed a tear...

Our Father tests us often
With suffering and with sorrow,
He tests us, not to punish us,
But to help us meet tomorrow...

For growing trees are strengthened
When they withstand the storm,
And the sharp cut of a chisel
Gives the marble grace and form...

God never hurts us needlessly,
And He never wastes our pain
For every loss He send to us
Is followed by rich gain...

And when we count the blessings
That God has so freely sent,
We will find no cause for murmuring
And no time to lament...

For our Father loves His children,
And to Him all things are plain,
So He never sends us pleasure
When the soul's deep need is pain...

So whenever we are troubled,
And when everything goes wrong,
It is just God working in us
To make our spirit strong.

Catch fire today!
Make today the day 
you stop complaining 
and do something!
Steve Harvey

Complaining really never accomplishes anything.  It’s another one of those useless things like worry.  We can complain all we want, but complaints don’t make for good results. Complaining affects our brains and our physical health negatively

There’s nothing wrong with a bit of a quiet moan from time to time but when complaining becomes part of our natural way of life it can steal our joy. I think we have to watch out for those JOY stealers like criticism, fault finding and complaining.  Keeping a positive attitude is often very hard when these things steal away our joy.

To me having a joyful attitude means being conscious of our blessings and not complaining about problems.  I don’t gloss over and pretend the bad stuff doesn’t happen, but try remember just how blessed I am.

If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.  

Anthony J. D'Angelo

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Chapter 10, Page 16, Book 14

Everyone needs a fantasy. 

Andy Warhol

It’s fun to imagine your dream life and make plans to make those dreams come true. When we pursue a dream, we are connecting with our heart’s desires.  Dreaming is good. It’s good for our soul because when we dream, we’re inspired to pursue a purpose beyond ourselves.

They say you can reach almost any dream with this simple formula:

Believe in yourself
Decide what you want and why
Plan your way to your dream
Do what’s important and invest in your future
Just show up

I’ve had many dreams come true only to have them disappear again.  But that hasn’t stopped me from dreaming.  Life is short. Way too short to just sit back and wait for something to happen to you. That’s why we all have dreams and goals we want to accomplish. That’s why bucket lists are so popular.

Regret is a terrible thing, and a dream is powerful enough to bring you regret if you don’t take the chance to at least follow it.

Remember: You are never too old to dream. Age means nothing when we know what we want

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.

Langston Hughes

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Chapter 10, Page 15, Book 14

Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.

Luther Burbank

The little flower shown above is a solar powered flower that flaps it leaves when the sun is shinning. If you’ve read my other journal, you’ve already met Happy.  I saw this little dancing flower in someone’s car in a parking lot not long ago and had to have one.  Thankfully I found one and have it sitting on the kitchen windowsill.  And since I’m so affected by the amount of sunlight I receive, I thought I’d give you a flower report today.  The leaves were very hesitant at first, but then after a very radiant sunrise the happiness burst forth and the wings flapped for most of the morning.  Then the sun faded and so did the little flapping leaves.  Only rousing now and then to give a valiant wave.  Our good days do seem too short, and our difficult days far too long. But both kinds of days cause us to long for even better days ahead.

Of course as I’m posting this, it’s already the next day as I usually do my post early in the day before the sun rises in some cases.  Still I thought you might get a smile or two out of seeing my little Happy.  Happiness is much like this little solar powered toy.  I think there are many times we are hesitant to be happy but then something happens that just makes us want to get up and do a happy dance.

I’ve had those times.  Days when it seemed I’d never be happy again, but the sun came out and I waved my arms up and down and swung into a dance going round and round.

I think that now and then I’ll be bring Happy back to see you.  Who could resist him.  

Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower. 

Author Unknown


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Chapter 10, Page 14, Book 14

If you want to test your memory, 
try to recall what you were worrying about
one year ago today.

E. Joseph Cossman

My memory is a funny thing.  I tend to remember the good times much better than I do the bad times.  For me worry is a very useless things.  I used to worry about everything…not anymore though.  I found out the hard way that worry gets you no where.  It’s better to spend your time praying, and doing something worthwhile.

Worry is a useless mulling over of things we cannot change.  It will never change the situation or even change your feelings. So I’ve chosen to spend my time on some things that I can do something about.  Life isn’t meant to be useless.

I found this list of things to do instead of worrying and have done several of them my self.

Watch your favorite movie. Or watch the movie you’ve been meaning to see but have been putting off for no apparent reason. Get really spirited and make some popcorn too.

Read a good book. In fact, go to the nearest library branch and spend hours wandering about, collecting stacks of interesting books.

Craft. Make homemade cards for people you care about and give them out. This will brighten not only your day but theirs as well.

Try out a new recipe. Make yourself a grand meal complete with dessert. 

Go for a drive somewhere new. Take in all the houses and trees and people. Put on some music and sing along. If it’s warm out, roll down the windows.

Clean your home. Nothing feels better than a spotless place and let’s be real, your shower could really use some scrubbing…

Take a hot shower or a bubble bath. Put on some good and relaxing music. Enjoy the warm water on your skin and think of it as washing the worries away!

And the very best way of all is to reflect on everything you have to be thankful for.

Here is what I am thankful for today:

2126. for my faith which puts a damper on any fears that come my way
2127.  for Entemanns Pumpkin Donuts mmmm…good
2128. for a large head of cabbage which made several yummy dinners this week

I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn't need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about. 

Henry Ford