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

Author Unknown

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Chapter 7, Page 29, Book 14

LIFE IS…


Life is Like Weather Patterns. People can be calm, sunny, full of warmth and cheer. Then we can be stormy, cloudy, cold and hurtful.

Life is like the weather, it changes. People change too.  Like the seasons we all have cold and hot days, cloudy and sunny days.  


 Life is unpredictable, just like the weather.  Our stability rests on something more enduring than the current weather.  Whether or not today is a great day shouldn't depend on the weather.  


All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism

Anonymous

Extreme weather teaches us to appreciate the days of warm sunshine.

The weather teaches us that we have no control over life. Since we can't control what happens to us, we ought not let what happens control us.  We have choices, and we are responsible for the choices we make. 


Each of us makes his own weather, determines the color of the skies in the emotional universe which he inhabits.

Bishop Fulton J. Sheen


Never judge a day by the weather

Life is a gift we receive, for our joyful experience.  It is very much like the weather.   During these summer days we are enjoying whatever sunshine comes our way. May it always be a reminder of God's incredible generosity towards each of us.

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.

 Anthony J. D’Angelo 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Chapter 7, Page 28, Book 14


Life, is like a song. In the beginning there is mystery, in the end there is confirmation, but it's in the middle where all the emotion is to make it worthwhile

 Some people dance to meet life, singing something like, Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay; My, oh my, what a wonderful day. Others drag themselves into life singing something like, Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen.  It makes a difference what song your heart sings.


 A bird does not sing because it has an answer.  It sings because it has a song.  

Chinese Proverb

There will be times for singing fun songs or the blues, lament, songs of protest, love songs, and patriotic songs, and lots of other kinds of songs. Life is rich and varied and so is the music of our participation in it when we dare to experience it deeply.

Those who wish to sing always find a song.  

Proverb


Each of us chooses what song his or her life is going to sing. And we always make that choice in the absence of any conclusive evidence about which is the right song. A big part of choosing a song is choosing what kind of life we want to live.    Put a song on your heart too whenever you need a quick lift.



A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.  

Donna Roberts

Some times we all need someone to remind us of the reasons we have to sing and that’s what good friends are for.

Some days there won't be a song in your heart.  Sing anyway.  

Emory Austin

Not every day will make us sing for joy, but joy is in some part of every day….look for it.

Life is a song - sing it.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Chapter 7, Page 26, Book 14


Mirror, mirror on the wall


Mirror, mirror on the wall
Do you have to tell it all?

Where do you get the glaring right
To make my clothes look just too tight?

I think I'm fine but I can see
you won't cooperate with me;

The way you let the shadows play
You'd think my hair was getting gray

What's that, you say? A double chin?
No, that's the way the light comes in;

If you persist in peering so
You'll confiscate my facial glow,

And then if you're not hanging straight
You'll tell me next I'm gaining weight;

I'm really quite upset with you
For giving this distorted view;

I hate you being smug and wise
O, look what's happened to my thighs!

I warn you now, O mirrored wall,
Since we're not on speaking terms at all,

If I look like this in my new jeans
You'll find yourself in smithereens!!

Author Unknown



Do not let yesterdays disappointments overshadow on tomorrows dreams, because your life is like a mirror, if you keep smiling it smiles right back to you.

Have you laughed yet today? For most of us laughter doesn’t come very often, yet the magic it performs on our well being can’t be denied. It helps you enjoy friends and family. It diffuses stressful situations and it allows you the opportunity to keep things in perspective

Mirrors show us what we look like and for me looking in the mirror is often like looking at a stranger.  I don’t always like what I see, but one thing I’ve learned is that when I smile, the image does smile back.

When we smile at life, even when it’s not so good, I think we are showing our best side.  The side of us where hope lives and where nothing is so terrible that we can’t find our way through it with a little help from our good Lord.  

Time moves on and  believing that this too will pass and there will be better times coming is a way of life for me.  I am not denying that bad things can happen, but with a little perspective, we can see our way through it all.


Remember:

Trust is like a mirror you can fix it if broken but still see the cracks in that reflection 

Don't waste your time looking back on what you've lost.  Our relationships with people are like mirrors. During the good times, what we see is clear. We see one clear picture. But once the relationships starts to crack, it cracks. Sometimes it is just a little piece that breaks off and sometimes the whole thing falls to pieces. When it breaks we can try fix it but it’s never going to be the same. As hard as we try to make it like it was before it is never going to be like that. We are always going to remember what happened that caused it to break. Once a lie was told, the trust is broken. Once you are replaced, there is no turning back. Once words are spoken, they are out there for the world to hear and you can’t take them back.

It’s true that we can always find another mirror or another person and unfortunately we live in a world where we just replace. There are times, however. when we need to fix things, sometimes something new can’t always replace the thing we have lost or broken. Once something has broken it will never be the same. The past is the past for a reason but every piece of the mirror has a story and we need to remember that. Those stories once made us laugh and smile and they hold some of our saddest tears and most scariest fears. Sometimes the put back together mirror is better than no mirror at all.

Mirrors are like life…in many different ways.  When I look into my mirror today I want to see a +++BIG SMILE+++ looking back at me.  I hope you all do too.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Chapter 7, Page 25, Book 14



Life is like a multiple choice question, sometimes its the choices that confuses you, not the question itself.

When it comes to decisions, life can be like a multiple choice question. Sometimes all of the choices sound great and other times none of them.  The choices we make do make a difference.  Take it from one who has made some poor choices. Rather than dwell on them, I try to use the lessons learned because they will help me make better choices going forward.


It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are. 

Roy Disney

Life questions are not as simple as A,B, C or D.  Don’t I wish they were.  But I do agree that the values that have been instilled in me do help to make them.  Values lie at the very heart of all we do , because values create the core of our personality and character. Only when our values are clear and we honor them, can we experience consistent self confidence and self esteem.


God asks no man
whether he will accept life.
That is not the choice.
You must take it.
The only question is how.

 Henry Ward Beecher

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chapter 7, Page 24, Book 14


LIFE IS

Life is like a rainbow. You need both the sun and the rain to make its colors appear.

Just like the rainbow, my life is colorful, fun filled and never dull.  Life is beautiful like the colors of the rainbow.  Rainbows represent hope, renewal and inspiration.  

Hope is one of those things we take for granted while we have it, but when life turns pear shaped, and our minds and hearts are encased in fear, we cherish it all the more.  And surely as the rain does stop, the rainbow comes out and reveals an ever present brightness that was always there. The rain always stops at some point. The troubles in our lives don’t continue forever. 



Have faith in your dreams and someday your rainbow will come smiling through. No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep believing, the dream that you wish will come true

Life is like a rainbow and so is the human spirit!  Both filled with different colors.  Brilliant, calming, unusual and of course dark.  Friends can be like a rainbow too. Coming to your rescue after a storm and helping you to see the world is truly beautiful.  When I spot a rainbow in the sky, I always stop, and look, and reflect in awe at one of nature’s miracles.

Rainbows appear after mighty storms, when things look their worst. Just when the sky is darkest, out of heaven a rainbow appears and we see the colors of rainbow.  Whenever it rains and the sun shines, I hope to see this beautiful band of colors in the sky, and the sight of one never fails to cheer me up. Personally, I believe rainbows are a symbol of hope, and the meaning associated with each color adds more significance to this colorful band. There is red for courage, orange for vitality, yellow for justice, green for life, blue for perseverance, indigo for intuition, and pink for our new tomorrows.


Don't miss all the beautiful colors of the rainbow looking for that pot of gold.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Chapter 7, Page 23, Book 14


Life is…


Life is like a turning wheel: you can't always be on the top. Sooner or later you wind up on the bottom.

They do say there is a circle of life. Relationships end, and new relationships begin, or are renewed. Time keeps moving whether you want to or not.

 When we are suffering, we may get through it to rise again in hope. Happiness will be regained, but the wheel also continues to turn. The cycle is repeated, and such is life.

We cannot help but ride the turning wheel of our lives, shaped by thousands of relationships, events and circumstances far beyond our capacity to understand, much less control, but even so we are also part of what turns the wheel of our lives in the first place.  We are the turning wheel and the hands that make it spin.  We are always part of life, always making countless differences, big and small,  but we can never truly control life no matter how hard we try.

Life's a wheel of fortune and it's my chance to spin it. … 

We all get to make the choices in life as to how fast we want that wheel to spin, or how slowly.  I d like think that at this point in my life the wheel is turning slowly.  I love life in the slow lane.  It gives me more time to enjoy the view.  

I had a boss one time that was very fond of saying the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Meaning that the loudest complaints get the most attention.  There are definitely times I’m squeaky.  The point I try to get across more than anything is we were meant to enjoy this life and be thankful for it.  To rejoice in each day we have !


Time is like a wheel. Turning and turning - never stopping. And the woods are the center; the hub of the wheel. It began the first week of summer, a strange and breathless time when accident, or fate, bring lives together. When people are led to do things, they've never done before. On this summer's day, not so very long ago, the wheel set lives in motion in mysterious ways.

Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chapter 7, Page 22, Book 14



 Life... is like a grapefruit. It's orange and squishy, and has a few pips in it, and some folks have half a one for breakfast.

Douglas Adams

The grapefruit illustrates the fact that there are different areas in one’s life.  All areas of our life are important, but sometimes we need to focus on one more than the other.  Just as our finances, values, attitude, priorities, thinking, relationships and commitments are all parts of life, our faith is sometimes like sugar on grapefruit! Sugar does not change the grapefruit to an apple, it just makes it more bearable!

There is a lot more juice in grapefruit than meets the eye. 

Author Unknown 

Taking only one day at a time or one problem at a time makes life easier and more enjoyable.  Keeping the segments of our work life and home life separate is a good idea too.  

Every part/segment of our lives is important but we need all of them to have a full life.  Each segment comes together to make a whole.