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

Author Unknown

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 26, Book 15

Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude. 

E.P. Powell

November 26th - gratitude is an expression  of love

When autumn darkness falls, what we will remember are the small acts of kindness: a cake, a hug, an invitation to talk, and every single rose. These are all expressions of a nation coming together and caring about its people.

Jens Stoltenberg

It has been pointed out that I love people by feeding them. This is true. It is also true that I'm certainly not finished loving people,

Food can be a form of love. Chopping, mixing, simmering are like rituals with the end result being its own kind of offering. All the care you put into your cooking adds another nutrient, up there with protein and antioxidants, and is just as essential.  After all, none of us can truly thrive without love in our lives.

Love - the secret ingredient

I believe that tender love and care is the secret ingredient when it comes to food and to life. Pour love into your cooking and it will always taste better. Spread love through food! The greatest gift you can give to anyone is the giving of yourself.

 Don't fret over the perfection of the meal. No one will remember if the turkey was dry, or the gravy came out of a jar, if a side dish was left off the menu, or if the pie came from the store, not straight out of the oven. Focus instead on the people around the table, on the victories of the past year, and adversities overcome.

I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 25, Book 15

Where there is great love there are always miracles.     

 Willa Cather

November 25th - love is miraculous

There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.

Albert Einstein

Here are some 'did you know’s and many are a gentle reminder on the miracle of life and how we take a lot of it for granted:  Life is a miraculous gift! 

Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.

Marianne Williamson

Most people blink about 17,000 times a day
There are 60,000 miles of blood vessels in every human person
Dolphins sleep with one eye open
Your sense of smell is around 10,000 times more sensitive than your taste
In your lifetime you will shed 40 pounds of skin
We share 70% of our DNA with a slug
No matter what its size or thickness, no piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times
An elephant needs to drink about 210 litres of water a day
Butterflies taste food by standing on it. Their taste receptors are on their feet
Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months 2 rats could have a million descendants
Sneezing with your eyes open is impossible
Sound travels 4 times faster in water than it does through the air
It takes 70% less energy to produce a ton of paper from recycled paper than it does from trees
A hippopotamus may be huge but it can still run faster than a human
Your nose and ears continue to grow throughout your life
The Pacific Ocean contains around 25,000 different islands, more than any other ocean and finally ants do not sleep!

To me every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.  

Walt Whitman

It is in the acknowledgement of blessings that miracles occur.  Gratitude and a prayer of thanks can move mountains… 

Have a thankful day!

Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing.

Wayne Dyer

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 24, Book 15

You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.

Andrew Jackson

November 24th - everything has a price

Everything you want in life has a price connected to it. There’s a price to pay if you want to make things better, a price to pay just for leaving things as they are, a price for everything.

Harry Browne

It’s true that we do pay a price for just about anything in life and if we want something we do often have to be bold and courages to get it.  Love is definitely one of those things. 

There are many that show uncommon valor in the midst of everyday common human circumstances.  All it takes is adjusting your attention, your attitude, and your action.  When we focus on what really matters we live a life that matters to ourselves and to others.

 Love is free to those who receive it, but it can cost the giver a great deal. Love costs us our lives.

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.

Richard Bach

Monday, November 23, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 23, Book 15

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something.
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
 Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations.
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge.
Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary.
It means you've made a difference.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.
 Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.

Author Unknown

November 23rd - When we make love the foundation of our lives, we discover gratitude at the center.

Gratitude helps us recognize our blessings in life and not take them for granted. It helps with healing and is associated with better health outcomes, including positive mood, better self-esteem, improved well-being 

Gratitude is a feeling and an expression. It is an acknowledgement that we have received something of value. It gives us a positive perspective, turning unpleasant things into reminders of what is important.

Gratitude makes us nicer, more trusting, more social, and more appreciative.Gratitude reduces feelings of envy, and makes our memories happier.

Bless the Lord, O my soul...

Often, it takes a serious illness or other tragic event to jolt people into appreciating the good things in their lives. Don't wait for something like that to happen to you.

Gratitude starts as a choice, becomes a pattern and can end up transforming our lives. We are only in this life for a short time. With intention we can learn to use gratitude to make each moment a wonder.

It’s a nice reminder, especially after the tragic human events in Paris , that family, friends, and loved ones are what matter. We may love our houses and the things that are in it…but it’s the spirit and the love that make it a home

Gratitude is a twofold love -- love coming to visit us, and love running out to greet a welcome guest. 

Henry Van Dyke

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 22, Book 15

No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.

Henry Ward Beecher

November 22nd- for the love of money

The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

1 Timothy 6:10

It’s not money, but the LOVE of money that is at the root of all sorts.  When we love money we tend to get greedy.  Greed comes in many forms. Greed for approval. Greed for applause. Greed for status. Greed has many faces but speaks one language: the language of more. Wise was the one who wrote, Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.

We need to remember that money comes and money goes. Like the tides of the ocean, money rolls in and money rolls out. Sometimes, there is money left over at the end of the day and sometimes there is not enough.

So much of what we think we need does not really add to our lives. 

May we all try to live simply so that we can live generously.

You may not have saved a lot of money in your life, but if you have saved a lot of heartaches for other folks, you are a pretty rich person.

Seth Parker

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 21, Book 15

As the leaves surely change,
With time, so do we;
We grow and we learn,
From the things that we see.

Everything makes a difference,
Whether subtle or grand;
The heart can grow stronger,
And the mind will expand.

It's true, we're affected
By everything that's been said;
Every movie we've watched,
And all the books that we've read.

Though just like the leaves,
No two are akin;
Each one is unique
Like every person within.

And just like the seasons,
We're all changing as well;
For our lives are each different,
As are the stories we tell.

Author Unknown

November 21 -  love is patient

Flowers only bloom when they are ready. People are the same way. You cannot rush or force them open just because you think it’s time. Be patient.

Timber Hawkeye

Whenever you are facing a difficult time in your life, give yourself the gift of patience. Patience is the main ingredient necessary to get through difficult times.

It’s hard to be patient! But, without patience, you would have no hope.  Patience helps you grow. It nourishes both compassion and empathy. So, embrace patience. Ultimately this makes you a stronger

Living in hope, we remain optimistic about something.  We don’t give up but continue to believe that something good will come our way.

Hope is the feeling we have that the feeling we have is not permanent. 

Mignon McLaughlin,

Remember:  The desire, inspiration and motivation to stick with anything new comes from reminding yourself why you started in the first place.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 20, Book 15

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one. 

Oscar Wilde

November 20 - Laugh a little bit

Laugh a Little Bit

Here's a motto, just your fit -
Laugh a little bit.
When you think you're trouble hit,
Laugh a little bit.
Look misfortune in the face.
Brave the beldam's rude grimace;
Ten to one 'twill yield its place,
If you have the wit and grit
Just to laugh a little bit.

Keep your face with sunshine lit,
Laugh a little bit.
All the shadows off will flit,
If you have the grit and wit
Just to laugh a little bit.

Cherish this as sacred writ -
Laugh a little bit.
Keep it with you, sample it,
Laugh a little bit.
Little ills will sure betide you,
Fortune may not sit beside you,
Men may mock and fame deride you,
But you'll mind them not a whit
If you laugh a little bit.

Edmund Vance Cooke

We all have some kind of motto we like to live by...

Stay sane. Keep your sense of humor

My life motto: My brakes are broke, but luckily my gas pedal works just fine.

Jarod Kintz