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

Author Unknown

Friday, May 06, 2016

Chapter 5, Page 6, Book 16

Life is like an ice cream cone, you have to lick it one day at a time. 

Charles M. Schulz

May 6th - One Day at a Time

One day at a time--this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering.

Author Unknown

Taking one day at a time…  Most of us have enough to handle today without worrying about tomorrow. No one is assured of a tomorrow because God holds the times and seasons in His hand.

When you begin to think about the 'what ifs’, the door opens for fear and worry. Some people worry so much that their worries become fear, and often the things people fear manifest in their life.

Each day is a new opportunity to live your life to the fullest. Do not allow yourself to dread tomorrow. Just know that God is faithful. It is comforting to know that whatever tomorrow may hold, He holds tomorrow. 

Remember: It's OK to take it one day at a time, minute by minute or hour by hour.

I’m living each day to the fullest and looking forward to what God has in store for me…one day at a time.

The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. 

Dean Acheson

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Chapter 5, Page 5, Book 16

The Art of Getting Along

by Wilferd A. Peterson

Sooner or later people, if they are wise, discover that life is a mixture of good days and bad, victory and defeat, give and take.

They learn that a person's size is often measured by the size of the thing it takes to get his or her goat. . . . that the conquest of petty irritations is vital to his or her success.

They learn that they who lose their temper usually lose.

They learn that carrying a chip on their shoulder is the quickest way to get into a fight.

They learn that buck passing acts as a boomerang.

They learn that carrying tales and gossip about others is the easiest way to become unpopular.

They learn that everyone is human and that they can help to make the day happier for others by smiling and saying "Good morning!"

They learn that giving others a mental lift by showing appreciation and praise is the best way to lift their own spirits.

They learn that the world will not end when they fail or make an error; that there is always another day and another chance.

They learn that listening is frequently more important than talking, and that they can often make a friend by letting other people tell their troubles.

They learn that all people have burnt toast for breakfast now and then and that they shouldn't let their grumbling get them down.

They learn that people are not any more difficult to get along with in one place than another and that getting along depends about ninety eight percent on their own behavior.

May 5th - just getting along

There are people that seem impossible to get along with, but with a little extra effort it can be done.  Getting along with people is certainly a prerequisite to happiness and security because all humankind is interdependent. 

To get along in the world or with the world, you must stay in the flow of life.  I believe most people really are just doing the best they can. Its usually true.  No one sets out to screw up their lives or yours.  If you give them half a chance maybe they can figure it out We need to listen to each other with respect and an open mind. Show that we are able to appreciate what others have to say rather than frowning or looking impatient when someone expresses something that you don't agree with. An open face will communicate an open mind.

It’s important to recognize that disagreement is okay. Not everyone has to have the same opinion, and by accepting that there are views divergent from your own, you allow others to express what she or he has to say.

We really know what’s really going on with other people. When people I casually encounter annoy me, I need to remember this. I don’t know what just happened in their lives.  I try to remember that everybody has their own private crosses to bear.  If I get to thinking the grass is greener on someone else’s side, I try to look at the whole lawn and  count my blessings and look at the whole picture.

Remember too:  Sometimes the best way to get along with people is to get along without them. Let go…and walk on.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Chapter 5, Page 4, Book 16

While strolling through the park one day. In the merry merry month of May I was taken by surprise. By a pair of roguish eyes….

May 4th - the sweet and merry month of May

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May. 

William Shakespeare

 The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and Mother Nature is in full bloom. May is indeed a merry month! And I for one couldn't be happier about it.

When the weather warms up we all seem to do more than usual here at my house.  There’ll be some outdoor parties and picnics going on and top it off the end of May brings our Memorial Day celebration.  

Meanwhile there’s work to be done outside and planting to be done.  Every day I’m blessed with something new blooming in the yard and today’s pictures are of the honeysuckle bush blooming outside my front door.

After every storm the sun will smile; for every problem there is a solution, and the soul's indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer. 

William R. Alger

The warmer weather also brings some storms our way and even though we’d rather have a sunny day, we also need the rain.  

Life is full of storms. Some will be mild others will be difficult. Perhaps you have heard the saying, Into each life some rain must fall, just remember that behind each cloud the sun is shinning. 

We all have life storms, and when we get the rough times and we recover from them, we should celebrate that we got through it. No matter how bad it may seem, there's always something beautiful that you can find. 

Mattie Stepanek

All in the merry merry month of May

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Chapter 5, Page 3, Book 16

Everybody needs a hug.  It changes your metabolism. 

Leo Buscaglia

May 3rd - Hugs are a touchy subject

You can't wrap love in a box, but you can wrap a person in a hug.

Author Unknown

Nothing gives you comfort quite like a warm hug. Whether you’re wrapped up in the arms of your partner or greeting a friend hello, hugs have a way of making us feel warm and fuzzy inside. But aside from making us feel protected and loved, this touching gesture can also do wonders for our well being.

Hugs make us feel better, more hugs can lower blood pressure and hugs may even alleviate our fears. Hugs can benefit our hearts and they are a great stress reliever.

There's something in a simple hug
That always warms the heart,
It welcomes us back home
And makes it easier to part….

Johnny Ray Ryder, Jr., A Simple Hug

Hugging can change the world. A hug could be the exact thing that someone needs right now. Hugging boosts the immune system and builds esteem.

Hugs can bring a great sense of connection and belonging into your life. They’re free and within reach. When you give, you also receive. Hugs are a simple way to make a difference and make this world a better place.

A hug delights and warms and charms,
that must be why God gave us arms.

Author Unknown

Sending lots of (((hugs))) your way today to comfort you as best they can!

Monday, May 02, 2016

Chapter 5, Page 2, Book 16

Nothing is work unless you’d rather be doing something else.

George Halas

May 2nd - Monday Inspiration

If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose 

Bishop T.D Jakes

Mondays have a reputation for being tough, so I wanted to share a little bit of inspiration for anyone who needs it.  Life doesn't get easier, you just keep getting better.   Everything worthwhile in life is work.  But if it puts a smile on your face, it doesn’t feel like work.

Work for a cause, not for applause.  Live your life to express, not to impress.

Live your life so that when it’s time to ask where the time went, you can answer: It went to joyful moments with family and friends, to my search for passion, to doing work that felt like play, to standing up for what I believe in, and to exploring this beautiful world we live in with an open heart.  My time went to living my life!

Life is short.  If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Chapter 5, Page 1, Book 16

It is easy enough to be pleasant,
When life flows by like a song,
But the man worth while is one who will smile,
When everything goes dead wrong.
For the test of the heart is trouble,
And it always comes with the years,
And the smile that is worth the praises of earth
Is the smile that shines through tears.

It is easy enough to be prudent,
When nothing tempts you to stray,
When without or within no voice of sin
Is luring your soul away;
But it's only a negative virtue
Until it is tried by fire,
And the life that is worth the honor of earth
Is the one that resists desire.

By the cynic, the sad, the fallen,
Who had no strength for the strife,
The world's highway is cumbered to-day;
They make up the sum of life.
But the virtue that conquers passion,
And the sorrow that hides in a smile,
It is these that are worth the homage on earth
For we find them but once in a while. 

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

May 1st - Grin and bear it

It hurts when you have to smile and you don't want to smile, but the best thing to do is to smile.

Mary J. Blige 

Smiling is a powerful gesture. It can increase your happiness, and it can make people around you feel good. But sometimes smiling is the last thing you want to do. There are even times when a smile feels close to impossible. It might be a tough day at work, or being caught in the midst of family drama that's causing your face to be uncooperative. Smiling is good for you, but it's not always easy.

Most people don't realize that smiling is not only the product of feeling good, but smiling can actually cause us to feel better.    A number of people will say that they find it hard to smile due to circumstances in their life. Research has shown that our thoughts and feelings influence our behaviors.  When you feel like crying, I encourage you to close your eyes and think of the moments that have made you laugh and smile. 

When you’re smiling, no doubt you’re having a much better time than when you’re not! Smiling simply makes you feel better!

Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.

 Dr. Seuss

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Chapter 4, Page 30, Book 16

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. 

Flora Whittemore

April 30th - Make an excellent choice and watch the ripple effect of blessing.

Everything is something you decide to do, and there is nothing you have to do. 

Denis Waitley

Big or small? Eat in or carryout? Cream and sugar? These are just a few of the many choices we make on a regular basis. They’re largely insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but they do have an effect on us.

Every choice we make creates a ripple effect on our lives as well as on the lives of others. The choices we have made throughout life determine where we are and what we are becoming.

Choices are also telling. What we really want, love, and think show up in the choices we make.

Our lives are not made by the dreams we dream but by the choices we make. Let’s make excellent ones!

You've got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you're not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice. 

Steven D. Woodhull