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

Author Unknown

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 17, Book 14

Don’t ever take a fence down
until you know the reason
why it was put up.

Author Unknown

One function of fences is that they can represent a boundary.  They can also serve to keep things out, but at the same time they are keeping things in as well. 

Our boundaries enable us to manage our lives and not infringe on the lives of others. A fence, itself, isn't all bad, as it can stand for security. It can be an extremely functional object. But fences can sometimes become the dominate feature or features in our lives, power symbols that set boundaries, even artificial ones, that need challenging.

Good fences make good neighbors

Robert Frost 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 16, Book 14

Be your own best friend 
and don't forget to wink at yourself
every now and then.

Diane Von Furstenberg

Being on my own for so long has forced me, even if reluctantly, to learn to be happy with myself. I think it is important that we like ourselves.  I really don’t think it matters if you are alone like me or not, we still need to make friends with ourselves

I love to go places and do things with others, but that is not always possible.  A good part of my life has been spent on my own.  You can’t always control when there will be someone there for you, so being able to happily conduct yourself alone is an important part of being alive.

Because I’m alone I've learn to look at ordinary situations in new and unfamiliar ways.  I’ve also learned that when you’re alone, it can sometimes be hard to stay positive, but you must be kind to yourself.

Each day I take a good look in the mirror and give myself the biggest, most genuine smile I can muster. 


You don’t need to be perfect…just willing to go out and give it your best shot each day.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 15, Book 14


I'm special 
In all the world there's nobody like me.
Since the beginning of time, there has never been another person like me.
Nobody has my smile.  Nobody has my eyes, my nose, my hair, my voice
I'm special.

No one can be found who has my handwriting.
Nobody anywhere has my tastes - for food or music or art.  No one sees things just as I do.  In all of time there's been no one who laughs like me, no one who cries like me. And what makes me laugh and cry will never provide identical laughter and tears from anybody else, ever.  No one reacts to any situation just as I would react.
I'm special.

I am the only one in all of creation who has my set of abilities.
Oh, there will always be somebody who is better at one of the things I am good at,
but no one in the universe can reach the quality of my combination of talents, ideas, abilities, and feelings.  Like a room full of musical instruments, some may excel alone, but none can match the symphony sound when all are played together.  I am a symphony.

I am special, and I am beginning to realize it is no accident that I am special.
I am beginning to see that God made me special for a very special purpose. He must have a job for me that no one else can do as well as I.  Out of all the billions of applicants, only one is qualified, only one has the right combination of what it takes.

The one is me, because...
I'm special.


I think it good to reminded about just how special and unique each and every one of us is.  There truly is no one else that is just like me.  Some might think that is a good thing.  Others don’t think there is much of anything special about me.  But I’ve done some things that others can not do and since I’m still here I must  still have a special purpose to fulfill.

Too often we spend time wishing to be like somebody else.  I have come to learn that we are all special and perfect in our own ways, and we must rejoice in the gift of life. We all have a purpose and we all have special, unique talents no one else has. Whenever you see the good of another,  try to be happy for them. Let them inspire you to do the best for yourself too. When we envy and let jealousy take hold,  we block our own blessings.

We all live different lifestyles, some have more than others, but we all have something about us that makes us unique and in our differences we are all special.  


 Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God. 

Mary Manin Morrissey 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 14, Book 14

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

 Proverbs 4:23 

It’s important to guard and maintain our hearts because in this fast paced world of ours, our hearts can grow weary. We live in a fast paced hectic world that's often stressful.

I think children have this one down. They laugh more than 200 times every day.  You see, laughter releases endorphins that relieve stress, elevate your mood and even relieve pain. The benefits of laughter don’t depend on how funny something is. Even forced laughter can do the trick.

Exercise is a great stress reliever too.  Even if it is just a walk around the block. Taking time in prayer and reflection each day can also help. 

Sleep is perhaps the simplest way to protect your heart.  To carry on in this fast paced, technological age, we require sleep. Your body needs rest to function properly, stave off infection, and repair itself.  

Look on the bright side of life.  Research has found that a positive attitude will contribute to your heart health. Sometimes it can be hard to look on the bright side of life and those are the times when it might be most important to do so.  Having the right attitude is even more important for your body than daily sunscreen and a weekend spa getaway.

One of the best ways I know to develop a positive attitude is to practice gratitude, which means thinking of, or writing down the things that you are grateful for in your life. Positive affirmations remind you of the wonderful things in your life and make you feel happier and more satisfied.


If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. 

 Bob Hope

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 13, Book 14

If you can recognize the need for improvement,
things are already improving.

Author Unknown

I’m always looking for little ways that I can improve.  Just because I’m older doesn’t mean that there aren’t some things in my life that don’t need improvement.  All we have is today to choose what we will do, what our character reflects, and how we will live our lives.

I did a little search on the simple ways we could all improve our lives and here are just a few of things I found:

Believe in the values that compose who you are and never allow others the power to strip that from you.

Don't hold back your laughter in life. Smile at the silly antidotes that make life amusing. Laugh loud and genuinely. Give those bursts of joy all you have because you only have so many.

Laugh at yourself.

Stop complaining. Whenever you catch yourself complaining about anything, stop yourself.

Pray more or start praying if you aren't already

Be thankful for what you have, not envious of what you don't have

Keep criticism to yourself

Give sincere compliments

Be positive.  Our attitude towards just about anything is an indicator of future results.

These are just a few of the hundreds of simple ways to make improvements.  There were many more to be sure.  It doesn’t have to be extravagant, but we can all do something every day that improves our life.  I want to live life fully and any help I can get is always appreciated.

Continuous improvement is not about the things you do well, that’s work. Continuous improvement is about removing the things that get in the way of your work. The headaches, the things that slow you down, that’s what continuous improvement is all about. 

Bruce Hamilton

Friday, September 12, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 12, Book 14

You may be good, but what are you good for?

Stephen R. Covey

There have been times that I’ve questioned myself and asked, what good am I?  I think we all have doubted ourselves at times and had feelings of inadequacy at some point in our lives.

All through the busy years as mom and a housewife, I rarely thought about it, but when my children all left home, I began to question just what my purpose in life was.  I guess the empty nest syndrome hit me big time.  I felt at a loss because all of the sudden there were no big meals to fix or anyone under my care.  I had the house to myself and it took time for me to adjust.  About the time I felt I’d adjusted, the grandchildren came along.  A new purpose had entered my life.

The thing I discovered during my adjustment period was that we can’t expect others to fulfill our purpose in life.  We need to base what we do on our own feelings of self worth and not on what others need from us.  The old saying that we should bloom where we are planted is so true.  Whatever circumstances we are in there is always a way to live a good life.

Like a flower that grows through a crack in the concrete, sometimes we have to make the best of our situations and bloom where we have been planted.  Even if you find yourself planted under some concrete at the moment, look for the crack in the concrete to find your way out.

And despite all odds, choose to bloom anyways.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

Mother Teresa

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 11, Book 14

9/11, We shall never forget, we shall keep this day, we shall keep the events and the tears in our minds, our memory and our hearts and take them with us as we carry on!

Prayerful Rememberance of 9/11

Each anniversary of this tragic day, I make a habit to set aside a substantial amount of time for myself to pray. 
For me prayer stands at the heart of this day.  I pray for those who lost their lives in 9/11, as well as for their families and friends who continue to mourn the loss of those with whom, just one day earlier, they had walked and talked; for those who, in ways known and unknown, selflessly reached out to victims and survivors alike; for those brave first responders, fire fighters and physicians, police and military personnel and officials, clergy and counselors and coworkers, who brought comfort and hope to friend and stranger alike; and for everyone still struggling to make sense of that which, by nature, is senseless.

We pray then for healing
for all the people whose lives
were shattered in the attacks.
We pray for those who defend our freedom.
We pray for wisdom for our national leaders.
We pray for peace, for our country and our world.

I’ll be hanging my Autumn wreath on my front door in honor of today and will remember...