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

Author Unknown

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 20, Book 17

What’s Love got to do with it?  Everything !

Remember, you were born to do work that you love. So, do it. And feel the joy!

When you get in the habit of loving whatever you’re doing, you can always be doing what you love. And when you’re doing what you love, you know you’ll be extremely effective at it.

Ralph Marston

They say that doing what you love is best achieved by first loving what you do.  Anyone can decide at any time to do what they love when they do everything with love.  

Love everything you do. If you don't like something, you've got two choices: stop doing it or love it with all your heart. 

Do everything with
so much love in your 
heart that you would
never want to do it
any other way!

Until you love something, you'll never give everything you have for it, where you're willing to be and do whatever is required.

Love is one power that we all hold within our hearts and it can be used at any time.  You can choose to do what you are doing  or you can choose not to. Passion can't be found in your head because it lives in your heart.

 Work is love made visible.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 19, Book 17

We rise by lifting others.

Robert Ingersoll

You have two hands:  one for helping yourself and one for helping others

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it's at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others. 

Audrey Hepburn

 Sad but true, we all have bad days. Life is always throwing curve balls at us. Reaching out to someone on one of these days can totally turn their day around. Everyone has something meaningful to give, and when you do that, you feel better about yourself.

Our actions have the ability to lift others up or tear them down. We often don’t realize what an impact we are making, but make an impact, we do, when we pour out love.

Down in their hearts, wise men know this truth: the only way to help yourself is to help others. 

Elbert Hubbard

I found a little story that gave me a lift today so I thought I’d share it with you in hopes it might give a little lift too!

A little silver haired lady calls her neighbor and says, Please come over here and help me. I have a neat jigsaw puzzle, and I can't figure out how to get started.

Her neighbor asks, What is it supposed to be when it's finished?

The little silver haired lady says, According to the picture on the box, it's a rooster.

Her neighbor decides to go over and help with the puzzle.

She lets him in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table.

He studies the pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then turns to her and says, First of all, no matter what we do, we're not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a rooster.

He takes her hand and says, Secondly, I want you to relax. Let's have a nice cup of tea, and then,  he said with a deep sigh ............

Let's put all the Corn Flakes back in the box.

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.

 John Holmes

We're human. We need food. We need meaning and connection. And we most definitely need encouragement.

Lift, Laugh and Love and if that doesn’t work…love some more !

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. 

Dr. Seuss

Friday, August 18, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 18, Book 17

Beware of Destination Addiction –
a preoccupation with the idea that happiness
is in the next place,
the next job and with the next partner.
Until you give up the idea
that happiness is somewhere else,
it will never be where you are.
Robert Holden, PhD

Life is to short to wait...

Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations.

Jean Paul Richter

Many people take for granted the time that they have on this earth, putting off things that they want to do or experience.  There is never going to be a better time than now.  If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.

Wishing, hoping and regretting are the most common and dangerous tactics for evading the present. 

Sammy Davis, Jr.

Never let your fears decide your fate.  We put things off. For later, when we’re older. When we have more time. When we finish school. Or get married. When we land that job or get that promotion. After we buy the house. Or sell the house. After we’re done having kids. Or the kids get older. Or the kids move out. When we slow down. When we retire. Later.

But no one has ever been given the promise of later.

Don't wait for your ship to come in and feel angry and cheated when it doesn't. Get going with something small. 

Irene Kassorla

Whatever is on your list for tomorrow, whatever you’re putting off for later, consider doing now.. with those you love, with the gift of today.

How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now, and that there will never be a time when it is not now. 

Gerald Jampolsky

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 17, Book 17

In the time we have it surely our duty to do all the good we can to all the people we can in all the ways we can.

William Barclay

Just for today I will be present in each moment…

If you limit your actions in life to things
that nobody can possibly find fault
with, you will not do much.

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson

The biggest difference between peace and stress is attitude.  It’s all about how you look at a situation and what you decide to do with it.  It’s remembering that there are no certainties in life.  We don’t know exactly what the future will bring.  So the best way to live is to make positive use of the present moment, even it it sometimes disappoints you. 

It’s truly a powerful and beautiful thing when a person’s intentions are genuine.  So remember to do things for the right reasons, even when things don’t work out as planned.  With a strong enough reason why, you’ll be able to do what’s required at any time and in any circumstance.

  It’s never too late to change your attitude about something you can’t change.  Just decide to make the best of it.  Take life day by day and be grateful for the little things.  No excuses.

If you blink, you might miss it.

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.

Thomas Merton

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 16, Book 17

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.  

Henry Van Dyke

Just for today I’ll remember that things happen in their time, not mine…

To everything there is a season, and time to every purpose under the heaven

Time is the most valuable thing on earth. 

Time is an equal opportunity employer.  Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day.  Rich people can’t buy more hours.  Scientists can’t invent new minutes.  And you can’t save time to spend it on another day.  Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving.  No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.  Success depends upon using it wisely—by planning and setting priorities.      

Denis Waitley

From the Net...  Imagine there is a bank which credits your account each morning with $86,400; carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day.

What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course! Well, everyone has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose.

It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the records of the day. If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the tomorrow. You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success! The clock is running. Make the most of today..

To realize the value of ONE YEAR: Ask a student who has failed his exams.
To realize the value of ONE MONTH: Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK: Ask an editor of a weekly.
To realize the value of ONE DAY: Ask a daily wage laborer.
To realize the value of ONE HOUR: Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE: Ask a person who has missed the train.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND: Ask a person who has survived an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLI-SECOND: Ask the person who has won a silver medal in Olympics.
To realize the value of ONE MICRO-SECOND: Ask NASA's Team of scientists.
To realize the value of ONE NANO-SECOND: Ask a Hardware Engineer.
And even then, if you don't realize the value of time: You must be a Software Engineer !!!

Treasure every moment that you have! Remember, time waits for no one.

 Life is treasured in minutes, hours, days, months, and years. Make every moment count.

How you spend your time is more important than how you spend your money.  Money mistakes can be corrected, but time is gone forever.       

David Norris

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 15, Book 17

You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.

Walter Hagen

Just for today I’ll slow down and notice what’s around me…

Ever forward, but slowly

Gebhard Von Blucher

Even at my age, I can sometimes feel the pressure to pack my life full of activity and maximize my time by doing all I can.  Busyness has overloaded our minds. And we walk around with this nagging sense that there’s something we forgot to do. Or we feel guilty when we actually do take time to do nothing, be lazy with some friends, or watch a worm inch its way across the sidewalk. But life doesn’t have to be so crazy. The craziness ends when we can embrace the alternative: slowing down.

 When you notice that you are lost in the busyness of the day or your life, stop. Simply pause, take a deep breath and remind yourself that you can choose slow. 

Speed and busyness is overrated. If we could put less value on the amount of things we get done and more value on how we treat people, including ourselves, perhaps we could master the art of slow. The next moment will come on its own time. For now, enjoy the one that is right in front of you.

Live a life that moves you and makes you smile every day.  Because you don’t want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that your life is merely a collection of stressful expectations and somedays and errands and receipts and empty promises.

There is more to life than increasing its speed.

Mohandas Gandhi

Monday, August 14, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 14, Book 17

It’s your outlook on life that counts.
If you take yourself lightly
and don’t take yourself too seriously,
pretty soon you can find the humor
in our everyday lives.
And sometimes it can be a lifesaver.

Betty White

A renewed outlook

You need to be able to manage stress because hard times will come, and a positive outlook is what gets you through. 

Marie Osmond

They say that if you change your thinking, you change your life and that is what renewing our outlook on life is all about. Thoughts and attitudes are like the engine of a train and our emotions and behavior are like the caboose.  

Changing the way you think is like a locomotive that switches tracks and heads in a new direction, taking the rest of the train, our behavior, actions and habits, right along with it.  Our thought life is so important for a healthy outlook.  

Life is change. We shouldn't resist it. Remaining stagnant is in opposition to the natural order of life. Flow with change. Embrace it and regard it as an adventure.

A positive attitude will give you a positive life.

A negative attitude will give you a negative life.

It seems so simple yet, we make it so hard. Change how you react to situations and you will change your life.

Your outlook upon life, your estimate of yourself, your estimate of your value are largely colored by your environment. Your whole career will be modified, shaped, molded by your surroundings, by the character of the people with whom you come in contact every day. 

Orison Swett Marden