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

Author Unknown

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Chapter 8, Page 30, Book 15

Peace is not something you wish for. It's something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.     

Robert Fulghum

August 30th- love brings peace, that’s what it is meant to do

Outer circumstances do not bring me peace and satisfaction. Love does.  Love brings serenity to the soul, a feeling of joyful contentment.  The peace that your heart and soul rests into when you just think about it. 

Peace is a way of life, not a place you strive to reach. Peace is found through love, love of self, love of others.  Peace and selfishness do not coexist very well at all.   Love unites us, despite all of our differences.

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. 

Mother Teresa

What brings order in the world is to love and let love do what it will.  One word, one action, or one thought can reduce another person's suffering and bring him or her joy.  One word can give comfort and confidence, destroy doubt, help someone avoid a mistake, reconcile a conflict, or open the door to liberation.  One action can save a person's life or help him or her take advantage of a rare opportunity. 

A very wise person once said that peace begins with a smile. Smile five times a day at someone you don't really want to smile at; do it for peace

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.

L O V E 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Chapter 8, Page 29, Book 15

Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let's not be afraid to receive each day's surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.

Henri Nouwen

August 29th - be amazed, be surprised, be love

There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved: It is God's finger on man's shoulder.
Charles Morgan

Amazement is instant stress relief. It also opens the heart.  Opportunities for amazement are all around us.  Look around you.  You’ll be amazed and often surprised at what you see.

It’s amazing to me that people love me, amazing that people forgive each other and get up again after they fail and start all over.

The picture above shows the look of amazement on one of my sons faces when his wife told him they were expecting their 6th child.  That was a little over 9 months ago and I’m now a proud grand’ma’ for the 22nd time. The picture below shows our Little Darling, born on August 12th.  

I too was surprised, and very pleasantly amazed .

Friday, August 28, 2015

Chapter 8, Page 28, Book 15

And the turtles, of course...all the turtles are free, as turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be.

 Dr. Seuss

A turtle carries its home on its back, as humans we carry our home in our heart.

August 28th - Home is where the heart is

It's better to be a Turtle who walks patiently and enjoys every step of the way, Rather than to be a Rabbit who runs fast but missing every details in life.

Author Unknown

To some, home is merely a place where basic needs are addressed. To others, home is the foundation from which they draw their strength and tranquility. These definitions of home imply somewhere we can be ourselves and are totally accepted.

Home is where the heart is and can be the locale you live in, a community you once lived in, or the country where you plan to live someday. Or home can be a feeling you carry inside yourself, wherever you are. To carry your home with you, you need only a strong foundation. 

Take a walk with a turtle. And behold the world in pause.

Bruce Feiler
Turtles remind us that it is ok to go home. By taking their homes with them wherever they go, turtles remind us to remember our roots while still welcoming new places and phases in life 

Watch the turtle. He only moves forward by sticking his neck out. 

Lou Gerstner

They teach us to appreciate life's simple, true necessities: shelter, food, drink and most importantly, faith. The turtle's slow gait requires the animal to have faith that it will eventually get where it is going and that its needs will be satisfied along the way.

Turtles also remind us to slow down and appreciate life, and to slow the pace of our busy lives and remain persistent in the long race. 

Try to be like the turtle -- at ease in your own shell 

Bill Copeland

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Chapter 8, Page 27, Book 15

There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.

George Sand

August 27th - It is good to be loved

There are moments in life when we find ourselves only loving those who love us and only doing nice things for those who do nice things for us.  We say we love summer, but that is only until it gets really hot and then we long for fall.  Fall comes and people start to plan for the holidays and dream of a white Christmas.

But I think love is constant and committed, it doesn’t fade when people forget to do those nice things, or when cold winter winds blow.

Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved. It leaves all the other secondary effects to take care of themselves. Love, therefore, is its own reward.

Thomas Merton

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Chapter 8, Page 26, Book 15


Forget about the days
when it's been cloudy,
but don't forget your
hours in the sun.

Forget about the times
you've been defeated,
but don't forget the
victories you've won.

Forget about the mistakes
that you can't change now,
but don't forget the lessons.

Forget about the misfortunes
you've encountered,
but don't forget the
times your luck has turned.

Forget about the days
when you've been lonely,
but don't forget the friendly
smiles you've seen....

Forget about the plans
that didn't seem
to work out right,
but don't forget to
always have a dream.

Author Unknown 

August 26th - Lessons from the heart

What most people need to learn in life is how to love people and use things, instead of using people and loving things. 


Life's biggest lessons aren't learned all at once. They are taught and learned time and time again over years and years. Lessons of the heart are strange. They’re really fragile and hard to explain, but here are just a few lessons that real love teaches us.

The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.

 Eden Ahbez

Love means letting go of expectations.  True love has no expectations. It simply loves as is.  Love forgives and allows other people’s actions to be their journey. Love doesn’t take things personally

 Life lesson from the nursery: Broken crayons can still color. 

Author Unknown 

Love allows people their freedom. It doesn’t hold tightly and crush their wings in attempt to keep them. True love doesn’t want to possess. It is willing to set you free if you want to be.  Love is the absence of fear.

Just like the seasons there are reasons for the path we take, there are no mistakes, just lessons to be learned.

Barbara Streisand

Love is an action, not just a feeling. Show the person you love them. Don’t just assume they know.  Love is unconditional. True love really does love without trying to change the other person.

Love teaches us to care for one another, because that's the only way that we can make it in life

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Chapter 8, Page 25, Book 15

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. 

 Martin Luther King Jr.

August 25th- a sticky subject

Love and happiness remind me of sticky peanut butter. When you spread them around, you can't help but end up getting some on yourself!

Marcia Jordan

Kindness is an expression of love and is something we all have.

 And remember to be kind toward yourself too.  You can’t give what you don’t have.  So go ahead and do the things you love, dance and sing all you want. Just enjoy. Then go and spread some love, joy and happiness around you.

Smiling is is the best method ever to make your own day and spread happiness around to others. Don’t wait to be happy,  think of something good in your life, smile, and see what happens.

 Spread love and enjoy being loved back!

 I’ve come to learn that we are here to be LOVE and spread love and kindness through even the smallest gestures we make, because I know that the more we share, the more love and gratitude will be shown to us and that’s all that matters at the end of the day.

Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own home. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor . . . Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.

Mother Teresa

Monday, August 24, 2015

Chapter 8, Page 24, Book 15

My Cup Has Overflowed

I've never made a fortune, and it's probably too late now.
But I don't worry about that much, I'm happy anyhow
And as I go along life's way,
I'm reaping better than I sowed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
Cause my cup has overflowed.

Haven't got a lot of riches,
and sometimes the going's tough
But I've got loving ones all around me,
and that makes me rich enough.
I thank God for his blessings,
and the mercies He's bestowed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
Cause my cup has overflowed.

I remember times when things went wrong,
My faith wore somewhat thin.
But all at once the dark clouds broke,
and the sun peeped through again.
So Lord, help me not to gripe,
about the tough rows I have hoed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
Cause my cup has overflowed.

If God gives me strength and courage,
When the way grows steep and rough.
I'll not ask for other blessings,
I'm already blessed enough.

And may I never be too busy,
to help others bear their loads.
Then I'll keep drinking from my saucer,
Cause my cup has overflowed.

John Paul Moore

August 24th - overflowing with love

To keep love brimming in the loving cup, when you're wrong admit it and when you're right shut up!
Ogden Nash

Brimming : To be full to the brim, often to overflowing

Sad but true. too often we focus too much on the cup and not what’s inside. Sometimes we don’t realize how much we have until you stop comparing  ourself to others. Life is not about what we have, but rather the life that we create with what we have been given.

Most days here my cup is overflowing, my cup of blessings that is.  A cup is a rich symbol of life, with it emptiness and fullness, its brokenness and flaws, and all of its blessings.  My cup overflows with joy!

Life is like a cup of Tea, it's all in how you make it!