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

Author Unknown

Monday, September 25, 2017

Chapter 9, Page 25, Book 17

What men and women need is encouragement.... Instead of always harping on a man's faults, tell him of his virtues. Try to pull him out of his rut of bad habits.

Eleanor H. Porter 

When things are easy, Keep on keeping on, and when things are tough, keep on going

Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well chosen, welltimed, sincere words of praise. They're absolutely free and worth a fortune.

Sam Walton

A few words of encouragement are like music to our ears..  We can be the ones cheering on the people around us. Just think how a simple word of encouragement does a world of good.

Even though we understand the benefit of kind words, it’s easy to slip into a habit of giving only critical feedback. After all, we are constantly surrounded by negative comments. We just have to glance at a tabloid or watch the news on television to see how hard we can be on one another. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

We can turn the tide with just one word of encouragement.

I am going your way, so let us go hand in hand. You help me and I'll help you. We shall not be here very long ... so let us help one another while we may.

William Morris

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Chapter 9, Page 24, Book 17

The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.

Doris Lessing

What kind of old age are you planning?

Things turn out best for the people who make the best
of the way things turn out.

Art Linkletter

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that our future will be bright and cheerful. There are people that tend shut themselves away from the world, as they get older. Too often, these dear folks fade into an aimless, sad and lonely existence. There are also others who age into self assured, active, and happy people, with purpose and energy.  

It's important to have a twinkle in your wrinkle.

Author Unknown

For me aging is an attitude.  It’s a matter of mind over matter.   If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.  We’re to enjoy all the years of our lives.  No matter what age we are life goes on and the attitude we take is what makes the difference.

You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair. 

Douglas MacArthur

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Chapter 9, Page 23, Book 17

 When we have forgotten the language of gratitude, we are no longer on speaking terms with happiness.

Old Saying

It is good to be grateful for all our blessings each day. It puts us in touch with the pulse of life. So often we take everything for granted and yet many things happen in our life that are indeed a blessing. These blessings may not be around tomorrow or next week. But they are around today, to be savored and enjoyed.

To be grateful for blessings reminds us that today is gift and puts us in a much better position to ensure that life doesn't slip by randomly. So many drift through life and never stop to reflect or wonder where they are.

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. 

Thornton Wilder

To look at life with gratitude is to clearly see opportunities. Even at those times of the greatest challenges, with gratitude, any difficulty can be transformed into a blessing, into a meaningful lesson of growth.  

For those that read both of my blogs, you know that several years ago I started counting at least 3 things each day that I’m thankful for.  I whole heartily encourage everyone to count their blessings: All that you have, all that is right in your life.  Make it a routine to write your celebrations down daily in a journal and share your gratitude with others. Gratitude brings peace and hope. Gratitude is contagious. 

Cultivate an attitude of gratitude, of giving and forgiving. Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, September 22, 2017

Chapter 9, Page 22, Book 17

Autumn is the perfect time to take account of what we’ve done, what we didn’t do, and what we’d like to do next year. 

Author Unknown

Lists, Lists and more lists

Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile

William Cullen Bryant

This time of year it seems my lists are unending.  There is plenty to do inside and out side here at my house.  If I didn’t manage to get done what I wanted to this past summer, it’s too late.  Summer is gone.  Now I’m make lists for Fall and all I’d like to do.  

We get about 90 days of Fall before Winter comes, so it seems like plenty of time to complete my Fall bucket list, but we all know how fast time flies by, especially when we’re having fun…

Autumn asks that we prepare for the future—that we be wise in the ways of garnering and keeping. But it also asks that we learn to let go—to acknowledge the beauty of sparseness.

 Bonaro W. Overstreet

They say Autumn is Nature's transformation, a vibrant celebration of life's seasons, riotous color, joy, change, and a breathtaking palette of hope. 

On the first day of fall I hope to finish up some projects that are long overdue.  They seem to be hanging on forever, but they are not seasonal so it’s a good day to get them done.  Out with the old and on with the new.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf's a flower.

Albert Camus

I also want to take my bike for a ride over to the lake here in our small community and see if the trees are changing color there.  I’m thinking that the reflection of the leaves on the water would make for a beautiful picture.   

The geese that were just babies yesterday and swam on this lake for hours are all grown up and will soon be flying south to warmer climes.  

I am enjoying some sweet fresh apple cider these lingering warm days here in Ohio.  It’s very cool and refreshing. Early Fall has the best of days, warmth and sunshine, and I’m thankful for them.  They make letting go of summer far less painful for me.  

Autumn is really the best of the seasons; and I'm not sure that old age isn't the best part of life. But of course, like autumn, it doesn't last.

Clive Staples Lewis

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Chapter 9, Page 21, Book 17

A Prayer for World Peace

We pray for the power to be gentle;
the strength to be forgiving;
the patience to be understanding;
and the endurance to accept the consequences
of holding on to what we believe to be right.

May we put our trust in the power of good to overcome evil
and the power of love to overcome hatred.

We pray for the vision to see and the faith to believe
in a world emancipated from violence,
a new world where fear shall no longer lead men or women to commit injustice, nor selfishness make them bring suffering to others.

Help us to devote our whole life and thought and energy
to the task of making peace,
praying always for the inspiration and the power
to fulfill the destiny for which we and all men and women were created.


Author Unknown

Rulers are powerful, but prayer has more power

For kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.

1 Timothy 2:2

Five minutes of Prayer for those in Power.  I’ve been asked to commit to praying for those in power.  In these troubled times we live in I thought it worth sharing the thought with all of you.  No matter your religious choice, I think most take time to pray. 

We may not like our government leaders but they are the ones in charge of our country so rather than ignoring them or badmouthing them, our time can be better spent in praying for them.

Make no mistake about it Prayer is powerful.  There is power in prayer.

We can pray for those in authority to make wise, cooperative and compassionate decisions and pray for change and a peaceful resolutions to the conflicts around the world.

More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of. 

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Chapter 9, Page 20, Book 17

I believe that life is a journey, often difficult and sometimes incredibly cruel, but we are well equipped for it if only we tap into our talents and gifts and allow them to blossom.

Les Brown

Cultivate your talents

 Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best. 

Author Unknown
Talent does not mean you have to be an artist who paints masterpieces, or a gymnast who does flips. Talent resides within each of us, right now, in many different ways.

Hide not your talents.They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade.

Benjamin Franklin

Caring for others is a talent, teaching is a talent, making people feel welcome is a talent, solving problems is a talent and parenting is a talent.

It is a happy talent to know how to play. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never underestimate your talents and try not to compare or wish for the talents of others. Focus on and accept the talents you have, and you will find greater fulfillment in life.

As simple as it sounds, we all must try to be the best person we can: by making the best choices, by making the most of the talents we've been given. 

Mary Lou Retton

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Chapter 9, Page 19, Book 17

Do you realize how beautiful and filled with promise this day is? Once you do, nothing will be able to hold you back.

Ralph Marston

Every sunrise brings the promise of a new day

I have always been delighted at the promise of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.

 J. B. Priestley

It is true...Every day brings with it the promise of a new beginning.    If yesterday was a bad one, be assured that yesterday is gone, it will not come back again.  If you had a great day then put it in your memory chest.  We can always use a good memory or two.

I do love the anticipation of a new day.  It’s like anything can happen !  Each day brings new experiences, new tasks, and new rewards. Every day brings a new chance at life and don’t we all appreciate a second chance.

With a new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Nothing ever stays the same.  Every day is unique and precious.  We only get to live one day at time…tomorrow is not promised to any one of us. 

We can begin again every morning.  No matter what happened in the past, we can start fresh each and every day.  

Change is a going to happen.  Every day is going to be a little different from yesterday. No two days are the same. There really are no ordinary days.

The promise of a new day is that light overcomes darkness...that in the darkest moments of life, there is hope for a new beginning.