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

Author Unknown

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Chapter 8, Page 24, Book 16

Let's honor our mistakes by allowing them to teach us. Let's consider our failings to be gifts, and share them humbly with others. Let the cracks in our perfect facades let in light and air so that new life can grow through them. 

Molly Gordon

August 24th -  Embrace the Cracks and Let Your Light Shine Through!

There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen

There is a story told about a gardener who had two large buckets. One was leaky while the other one was brand new. Determined to replace the old bucket one day the gardener kept using it. Each day the gardener would draw water in the hot sunshine, knowing that one bucket was losing water, while the other one remained full. As time went on the gardener noticed that on the side of the path with the leaky bucket there were fresh, beautiful and colourful flowers. But the side of the path with the new bucket, that didn't see a drop of water, was bare and barren. So despite its obvious flaw the old bucket was still doing a lot of good. The same goes for our own faults too. We need to acknowledge them, work with them and use them to our advantage as best we can.

Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.

 Author Unknown

There is nobody perfect and that includes me.  We all have our weak points, a flaw, a crack or something that prevents the complete picture. Our modern world is very uncomfortable with cracks or weaknesses. There is often a rush to patch them up, hide them, bury them but rarely to embrace them. The emphasis is so often on perfection and to have everything just right. There is almost a pressure to comply. Young people are particularly vulnerable, and when they fall short, they often just don't know what to do. 

The trick is to let our own unique light shine, even the light that comes through a crack.


It’s the ones who’ve cracked that the light shines through

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Chapter 8, Page 23, Book 16

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.

Robert Brault

August 23rd - it's the little things you do every day that will make a big difference.

Little by little does the trick.


It’s the little things we do or don’t do every day that shape us in to who we are. The little things determine how we respond when big things come in to our lives.

Our life is continuously being built out of tiny pieces of time. One small action connected to the next, and each one of these tiny pieces of your life combine into the whole web of who you are.

It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen. 

John Wooden

I believe life is in the details. Ongoing small gestures can mean so much more than one grand display of love. Simple pleasures throughout the day can be far more gratifying that one amazing weekend. When you connect the dots between all these little joys, life seems fuller and more satisfying.  There are many little unnoticed things and people in our lives that make a big difference.

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions -- the little soon forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment, and the countless infinitesimal of pleasurable and genial feeling. 

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Monday, August 22, 2016

Chapter 8, Page 22, Book 16

  Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day.

August 22nd -  Look for the good stuff, the beauty, the love.

Find the good. It's all around you. Find it, showcase it, and you'll start believing in it.

 Jesse Owens

It is true that some days are more challenging than others, but even on the most difficult days we can still find something good that happened.  If you don't stop and look around for a while, you could miss it

Look for beauty each day. It will change how you see the world. 

To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle.

George Orwell  

Be positive- when it rains look for rainbows, when it's dark look for stars

We need to go beyond the ups and downs of our drama filled lives. To take time to just to breathe, to see all the good around us, and to celebrate it with the same emphasis we place on the hurdles. Taking time to pause as we go through our days and notice the subtle beauty in a stranger’s smile, a good meal, or an effortless meeting. Teach yourself to appreciate these gifts by giving them your attention, gratitude, and grace.

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Chapter 8, Page 21, Book 16

The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this decide what you want.

 Ben Stein

August 21st - the importance of setting a lifetime goal

A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.

George Patton

I’ve made a lot of plans and set many goals in my life, but never realized until just recently how important it is to set lifetime goals. These differ from the everyday to do lists we might make.  They are the things we want to commit our life too.  There are long term goals and short term goals, but lifetime goals are different. They say it’s really a good thing to do when you young, but really it’s something we all can do anytime. Remember today is the first day of the rest of your life.

The shortest distance between two points assumes you know where you're going. 

Robert Brault

We wouldn’t set out on a journey without a plan and believe me, life is a journey through time that each of us makes. Setting a goal is like having a map and compass, and a clear route to your to your destination. I want to know that when the very last day comes, I’ll be just where I want to be. I’ve made a life time commitment to my faith, to my family and to my friends.  They are what is important to me now and always have been.

When we set life time goals, we know that every second counts. We have to give the very best that we have, every single day. We know that we can’t waste a moment in self pity or meaningless time wasting activities. As a result, we start accounting for the present moment much more than we would otherwise.

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another. 

John Dewey

I think that the personal goals, professional goals and material goals we set are often a reflection of what we set as our lifetime goals.  Once you have thought about your life goals, you can start to plan how best to achieve them.

As we all know, we can make plans that don’t exactly work out the way we want, but if we have set goals for a lifetime, we can ultimately reach them. If we don’t loose sight of the destination and commit to finishing the work we began, we’ll end up just where we want to be.

We all have a path to take; sometimes it's hidden under the weeds, so you might have to work a little. 

Mike Dolan

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Chapter 8, Page 20, Book 16

A gentle word, like summer rain,
May soothe some heart and banish pain.
What joy or sadness often springs
From just the simple little things!

Willa Hoey

August 20th - Encouragers pick others up when troubles weigh them down.

We all need friends who pick us up, and we all know of others who need our encouragement. Like a fresh breeze on a hot day, we can all do our part to bring hope and a change in perspective to someone that needs it.

I’ve had many occasions to feel the fresh breeze of encouragement from family and friends and know just how important it is.  Hopefully I will also send just a bit of that your way too.

Fred Rogers said, When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.

It’s true, no matter where you go or what circumstances you are in there are helpers all around us.  It’s always amazing to see how many people flock to help in times of disaster.  Not every one can help in the same way but thankfully many try to do what they can when help is needed.

It's our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression.

We all have the means to bestow on others the most lavish gifts; love, joy, peace, hope, kindness, acceptance, encouragement, laughter, forgiveness, time. There is not enough money to buy them and not too little money to give them. The more you spend, the wealthier you become; yet nothing will cost you more than what you freely possess to give. 

Eden Eliot

Friday, August 19, 2016

Chapter 8, Page 19, Book 16

Ability is what you're capable of doing.
 Motivation determines what you do. 
Attitude determines how well you do it. 

Lou Holtz

August 19th - Living Ordinary Days with an Extraordinary Attitude

This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

 Psalm 118:24

It seems to me that this psalmist discovered the secret to living ordinary days with extraordinary enthusiasm. He simply decided and declared that since the Lord had made each day, and that it was a gift to him, he would enjoy it and be glad. He made a decision that produced the feelings he wanted rather than waiting to see how he felt.

There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. That little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative. 

W. Clement Stone

That is a choice we all can make.  It’s our choice what kind of attitude we want to have and that choice does make a lot of difference in our lives.

Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different. Life would undergo a change of appearance because we ourselves had undergone a change of attitude.

Katherine Mansfield

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Chapter 8, Page 18, Book 16

Let's make it our goal to be present moment people. Let's practice gratitude, especially when worry tries to take over our hearts. Life will become simpler, easier and less cluttered.

Susan K. Rowland

August 18th - the worry cure

Why worry? Look at all the things we have and be happy.

Araceli Segarra

Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given.

 Gratitude has made such a big difference in my life.  It seems to be the cure for many things and worry is one of them.  If you are grateful for all you have in life, there is no room for worry.

We always have enough to be happy if we are enjoying what we do have--and not worrying about what we don't have.

Ken Keyes, Jr

 If you make a habit of being thankful, you’ll never have to worry.  Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress. 

There are two kinds of worries -- those you can do something about and those you can't. Don't spend any time on the latter.

Duke Ellington