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

Author Unknown

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Chapter 7, Page 27, Book 16

If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new and interesting page.

Mark Houlihan

July 27th - my life is an open book

Life is like a book. There are good chapters, and there are bad chapters. But when you get to a bad chapter, you don’t stop reading the book! If you do…then you never get to find out what happens next!

Brian Falkner

A day in life is like a page in a book. Starting a new day is like turning to the next page. Living a fulfilling life is like finishing a great book.

Life is like a book with many chapters that we call seasons.

Each chapter is different, they tell the story of love, drama, comedy, mystery, loss, adversity, growth, disappointment or triumph.

While some chapters are dull and ordinary, some are intense and exciting.

The key to enduring, persevering and being hopeful is to never stop on a difficult page, to never quit on a book or a chapter that seems too long.

Your choices are the pens you use which write the words in your book.

Have the courage to keep turning the pages believing better chapters lie ahead.

In the book known as life, the way to live happily ever after is to focus on the moment every step of the way. 

Life is like a book. Each day is a new page. May your book be a bestseller with adventures to tell, lessons to learn and tales of good deeds to remember.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Chapter 7, Page 26, Book 16

A person is alive only to the degree that he or she is aware.  To make the most of life we must constantly strive to be aware of the importance of being aware.

Be Aware of Yourself:  We should be aware of who we are and what we want to be.  We should be aware of our ideals and purposes and our relationship to the Infinite.

Be Aware of Your Senses and Use Them:  So often we are distracted and unconscious of the riches our senses can pour into our lives.  We eat food without tasting it, listen to music without hearing it, smell without experiencing the pungency of odors and the delicacy of perfumes, touch without feeling the grain or texture, and see without appreciating the beauty around us.

Be Aware of People:  This calls for sensitivity, an empathy that will make us aware of the inner thoughts of people--sadness, loneliness, discouragement, joy.  This is often an extrasensory awareness.  We should see people not as part of a crowd, but as individuals with needs, longings, and aspirations.

Be Aware of Our Environment:   We should be aware of our surroundings, both our community and our country, and of the influences that now mold our world so that we can play our part in the life of our times.  We should be aware of significant events in politics, science, and religion and find in them the true and meaningful.

The secret of being more vitally alive is to be more aware.  Starting today, from this moment, become aware of awareness!

Wilferd A. Peterson

July 26th -  Just for today, I’ll slow down and notice what’s around me

Life is always walking up to us and saying, Come on in, the living's fine, and what do we do? Back off and take its picture. 

Russell Baker

We all need to be at least a little bit mindful to get through our days with the best of what life has to offer.   I’ve found that it doesn’t matter much what we do or work at; as long as we do it with full awareness and acceptance, we will enjoy it.

Focusing on one task at a time, putting yourself fully into that task, is much more effective than multi-tasking. Focusing on one real goal at a time is also more effective. 

It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth - and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had. 

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Just as you would savor your food by eating it more slowly, do everything this way, slow down and savor each and every moment.  When you are constantly aware, every experience becomes a lesson in life.  Time is the greatest opportunity of your life. Don't waste a minute of it.

It's all a matter of paying attention, being awake in the present moment,and not expecting a huge payoff.  The magic in this world seems to work in whispers and small kindnesses.

Charles de Lint

Monday, July 25, 2016

Chapter 7, Page 25, Book 16

Be it ever so humble there's no place like home! 

July 25th -  home is a place where anything is possible

A house provides shelter, but a home is where you weather all of life's little storms and revel in the sunshine. 

They say that home is where the heart is and right now my heart is at home.  Home is a place to love and cherish for all your life. It gives you a feeling of comfort and safety.

Home is supposed to be where we find tranquility and where we can feel like our most comfortable selves.  Home is where everything sort of clicks and where weight can be temporarily lifted from your shoulders, even if for a few hours.

Home is your place and the constant you want to have when everything else around you seems to change.

 More than any thing my home is my safe haven .  A house is just four walls and a roof, but a home is made up of everything else inside. 

A house may be decorated from floor to ceiling with the finest furnishings money can buy.  But that will never ever make it a home.  A home is a sanctuary.  Home is comfort.  Home is inviting.  Home is a refuge from the world. 

May your home always be too small to hold all your friends. And may the blessings of each day be the blessings you need most.   

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Chapter 7, Page 24, Book 16

One cannot but be in awe when one contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.  Never lose a holy curiosity.

Albert Einstein

July 24th - we all need more awe and wonder

Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time.  Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.

Betty Smith, Joy in the Morning

One of the goals I set for myself every day is to keep a sense of wonder, awe, and reverence for life.  The weary cynic in us needs hope. The overwhelmed worrier in us needs soothing. And the frustrated, angry and disappointed parts of ourselves need rest.  Allowing in more wonder and awe can do that.  Wonder and awe can enable a sense of gratitude, appreciation, joy, peace and contentment. They can heal because they nourish.

 A great gift that all of us should seek is is a gift of wonder and awe; the gift to appreciate God’s glories and wonders on display at every moment, and everything we see and everyone we encounter.

A wonder filled you is essential to a wonderful life

 Get out and awaken your sense of wonder , it's essential for leading a truly wonderful life.  Wonder is a sense of how grand and marvelous life is, both our own small lives and the vast and intricate web of being in which we exist.

When we are caught up in the wonder of it all, we find ourselves humble, grateful and curious. We are open to small beauties that surround us as we go through our ordinary tasks and we are open to the marvel of being part of something much larger than ourselves.
The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Chapter 7, Page 23, Book 16

Oh, the ordinary day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me be grateful while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall fall upon my knees, or bury my face in the pillow, or lie among the sick, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.

Mary Jean Iron

July 23rd - any ordinary day has the potential to be one of extraordinary joy and contentment

The sum of our lives is only as good as the days that we add along the way.

Author Unknown

Real life happens in the small moments we find on the most ordinary day of the week.  Not every day is a special occasion, but every day there are lots of wonderful little reasons to smile and celebrate - the sun came up, the birds are singing, you unexpectedly hear from an old friend… so many ordinary but wonderful things happen every day.

Most of our life is plain, everyday life. Just ordinary life. But that is where a deep, satisfying joy can be found.  I’m all for making the most of every day. 

Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. 

Iris Murdoch 

It’s sad but true that too often we miss the beauty of ordinary until it is gone.   And there is a lot of wonderful things to appreciate in the everyday. Take time to just appreciate the beauty in life. Don’t make the mistake of waiting until everything is going well before you find joy in the moments. Don’t wait for a special occasion. Don’t wait for everything to be in order. 

We cannot afford to wait until everything in life is tidy before appreciating the joy in ordinary moments.   Give thanks for what you have even as you grieve for what you are missing. Live fully by finding joy in the ordinary moments.

I hope your day is full of wonderful little moments

May your home always be too small to hold all your friends. And may the blessings of each day be the blessings you need most.   

Friday, July 22, 2016

Chapter 7, Page 22, Book 16

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. 
The important thing is not to stop questioning. 

 Albert Einstein

July 22nd - Hopeful

Some see a hopeless end, while others see an endless hope.

Author Unknown

The only time period in which any of us can ever live is the present. The past is behind us, and the future always lies ahead.  But there are a lot of valuable lessons to be learned from the past, and we can substantially improve the quality of our lives today by cultivating a positive attitude toward the future

Life is a learning process and we hope to pick up some wisdom along the way that will give us hope for the future.

For instance one of the greatest lessons learned in the past is that we get treated in life the way we teach others to treat us.

Today I will do unto others as I would have them do to me

In the future I hope be treated as I have treated others

Hope is for now, it is for today, and it is for tomorrow too

No matter how difficult life can be the most important thing is to live it with hope


We all need hope. No one wants to live life without it. Anyone that has it, tries to hang onto it. Anyone that has lost it, wants to get it back.

There has always been hope for our world, there is hope in our world and we can hope for a brighter future

 There is no medicine like hope, no incentives so great, and no tonics so powerful as the expectation of something better tomorrow.

Orison Swett Marden

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Chapter 7, Page 21, Book 16

Simplifying isn't meant to leave your life empty, it’s meant to leave space in your life for what you really want to do. Know what those things are before you start.

Leo Babaura 

July 21st - simple summer days

The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. 

Thomas Moore

There is so much that brings joy into my life.  There are far more joyful things than momentary worries, so why spend precious moments at the day cluttering our minds with the things in life that don’t bring lasting meaning and hope?  Why not concentrate on the joyful things instead,  the simple things in life that are our daily gifts to enjoy.

So I took some time to list of the some of the simple joyful things I’m enjoying this summer

Feeling the morning dew on my bare feet as I walk across the grass
Colorful flowers
Blue skies
Gentle falling raindrops
A steaming cup of freshly brewed coffee early in the morning
The sound of the birds singing
Eating freshly popped popcorn
Sipping on iced peach tea on a sunny afternoon
Standing on the porch and listening to the sounds of nature
Lingering over freshly squeezed lemonade on a hot summer day
Looking at pictures of my family in my photo album, such fond memories!
The smell of fresh herbs such as basil, dill, and mint growing right outside my back door
The heavenly taste of a fresh ripe tomato
Watching an early morning sunrise
Taking in the calm beauty of the setting sun

My list is never ending, but I hope you’re getting the picture.  The simple things in life are those things that surround us daily, but we so often don’t take the time to appreciate and fully enjoy because we allow our minds to be far too cluttered with the daily noise of ‘stuff'.

We don’t need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants. Not wanting something is as good as possessing it. 

Donald Horban

May your home always be too small to hold all your friends. 
And may the blessings of each day be the blessings you need most.