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

Author Unknown

Monday, June 18, 2018

Chapter 6, Page 18, Book 18

Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.

Langston Hughes

It is all in the smile...

Humor is contagious. Laughter is infectious. Both are good for your health. 

 William Fry

There is nothing like a SMILE.  I like writing about smiling and laughter often because I know the positive benefits they can bring to your life.  Having a good sense of humor doesn’t simply make you a more pleasant person to socialize with; it can help you get more done and even save your sanity.  

So go ahead: Smile.

Having a good sense of humor can make you more resilient.  It has been scientifically proven that laughter causes positive reactions in the human body; it relieves stress and muscle tension, increases the release of endorphins and dopamine which are chemicals that make you feel good and promote general feelings of well being.

Smile a while and give your face a rest…

When it comes to finding constructive ways of dealing with fear, there is hardly anything more effective than having a good old laugh. This is because it is impossible to laugh at something and be afraid of it at the same time. 

A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.

Denis Waitley

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Chapter 6, Page 17, Book 18

Fathers Are Wonderful People

Fathers are wonderful people
Too little understood,
And we do not sing their praises
As often as we should…

For, somehow, Father seems to be
The man who pays the bills,
While Mother binds up the little hurts 
and nurses all our ills…

And Father struggles daily
to live up to ‘his image’
As protector and provider
And hero of the scrimmage…

And perhaps that is the reason
We sometimes get the notion
That Fathers are not subject
To the thing we call emotion,

But if you look inside Dad’s heart,
Where no one else an see
You’ll find he’s sentimental 
And as soft as he can be…

But he’s so busy every day
In the grueling race of life,
He leaves the sentimental stuff
To his partner and his wife…

But Fathers are just wonderful
In a million different ways,
And they merit loving compliments
And accolades of praise.

For the only reason Dad aspires
To fortune and success
is to make the family proud of him
And to bring them happiness…

And like Our Heavenly Father,
He’s a guardian and a guide,
Someone that we can count on
To be always on our side.

Helen Steiner Rice

I’m sending out the best of wishes to all Fathers today for the Happiest Fathers Day ever. You are all loved and appreciated for all that you do!

Happy Fathers Day!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Chapter 6, Page 16, Book 18

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy.

John Denver

Life needs more sweet tea and sunshine!

Number 1:  both are good for you !

Number 2:  we need the sweet and sunny times of life to get us through the bitter and dark days.

We need to remember that when life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate.  When life is bitter, say thank you and grow.  The bad days make you realize what a good day is.

A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down…

For me there is nothing like finding a spot in the sun and sipping sweet tea to help you realize how good life can be.  


Life can be so sweet. On the sunny side of the street.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Chapter 6, Page 15, Book 18

Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.

Benjamine Disraeli

Just for today, I’ll not let my thoughts get me down…

Every thought is a seed.  If you plant crab apples, Don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious.

Bill Meyer

We are what we think about and we don’t have to let negative thoughts bring us down,  it’s our choice.  And if I have my choice, I’d choose to think about only happy things.  Well, yes, there are always going to be some bad things that happen, but we don’t need to dwell on them any  longer than necessary.  The important thing to think about things that make you happy and be thankful for them.

I have known a few people that couldn’t do anything but complain.  No matter how much I’d try and change the subject, they’d go right back to complaining.  It didn’t really matter what subject I brought up, they’d only find something to complain about.  All I could think was that they led a pretty sad life.  Nothing was ever good enough for them.  They always found something to bring them down and never gave thanks for or appreciated anything.

Believe me when I say I’d feel pretty down after spending an hour or two with them.  I would have avoided being with them if I could have but it wasn’t an option in this case.  

I could only put a smile on my face and remind them of all the great things in life they had.

The wise man thinks about his troubles only when there is some purpose in doing so; at other times he thinks about other things.

Bertrand Russell

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Chapter 6, Page 14, Book 18

The vanity of human life is like a river, constantly passing away, and yet constantly coming on.

Alexander Pope

Excerpt from one of my weekly devotionals…  slightly adapted

There is much to be said about rivers.  We are only too aware of the great power of a river in a flood, and in contrast the beauty of  the gentle flowing river in the heat of summertime.  Every river has and energy and flow.  Comparing life to a river is a good image.  The many twists and turns of a river reflect life and is unpredictability.  Every day brings forth some measure of how uncertain life can be.  Life can be uplifting and rewarding but just as quick, it can be cruel and unforgiving.  We have no option but to go with the flow.

Even when the river floods out over the banks on either side, there comes a time when the river will recede back to where things were. 

Life just is.  You have to flow with it.  Give yourself to the moment.  Let it happen.  

Jerry Brown.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Chapter 6, Page 13, Book 18

Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life.  The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.  

Lord Byron.

shine your light…be a rainbow

Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.

Maya Angelou

To me this means to try to be a person that brightens someones’ day.  Try to be a person that puts their own worries aside to lift others spirits up when they are down.  Try to be a person that has a calming warm effect on others. 

Trying to spend our days making the lives of other brighter, also puts a little sunshine in to our own days.  What you give to others always come back.  

To bring peace and happiness in the lives of others is to be like a rainbow does after the darkest of clouds.

There is a rainbow of hope at the end of every storm.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Chapter 6, Page 12, Book 18

So stop waiting until you finish school,
until you go back to school,
until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds,
until you have kids, until your kids leave the house,
until you start work, until you retire,
until you get married, until you get divorced,
until Friday night, until Sunday morning,
until you get a new car or home,
until your car or home is paid off,
until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter,
until the first or the fifteenth, until your song comes on,
until you’ve had a drink, until you’ve sobered up,
until you die, until you are born again
to decide that there is no better time
than right now to be happy.

Author Unknown

Be happy now !

Happiness  doesn’t depend on what we have, but it does 
depend on how we feel toward what we have.  We can be
happy with little and miserable with much.

William Dempster Hoard

Many of us struggle with being happy because we don’t think are thin, right or successful enough.  But the truth is even if things are not perfect in our life, there are lots of reasons we can be happy now.

We don’t have to have tons of material things to be happy.  We just have to be happy in the place we live and with what we have.

We already have all we need to be happy right now with what we have.  It’s our choice.

The secret of happiness is the realization that life is a gift, not a right.

Author Unknown