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

Author Unknown

Monday, August 03, 2015

Chapter 8, Page 3, Book 15

Laugh your heart out.
Dance in the rain.
Cherish the moment.
Ignore the pain.
Live - Laugh - Love
Forgive and forget.
Life is short
To be living with regrets.

August 3 - Love, The Pause That Refreshes

Love is the greatest refreshment in life. 

Pablo Picasso

The love in our hearts refreshes and restores us.  Love is the only thing that can change the unchangeable. Love invigorates. Love revitalizes. Love renews. Love refreshes. Love is the most powerful force in the universe, because God is love.  Love heals what cannot otherwise be healed. Love uplifts. Love strengthens. Love energizes. Love empowers.

The love and laughter of dear friends lifts our spirit.  It’s a blessing to have people in my life that make me laugh my head off.  There’s no way to explain the joy of that refreshment. It’s beyond our understanding and worth a million bucks. There have many times I’ve had to face a challenge that looked too impossible to conquer or too outlandish to go through by myself, but believe me, you can trust the good Lord to send just the right friend your way to go through it with you. 

Life is way to short.  

Remember:  Love refreshes like water

Refreshing brings a heart connection between others and ourselves.

Laugh your heart out.
Dance in the rain.
Cherish the moment.
Ignore the pain.
Live - Laugh - Love
Forgive and forget.
Life is short
To be living with regrets.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Chapter 8, Page 2, Book 15

Precious Gifts
Author Unknown

Yesterday a butterfly
Came floating gently through the sky.
He soared up through the atmosphere
Then drifted close enough to hear.

I said, I'd love to fly with you
And sail around the way you do.
It looks like it would be such fun
To fly up toward the summer sun.

But I have not your graceful charm.
I haven't wings, just these two arms.
I've been designed to walk around.
My human feet must touch the ground.

Then magically he spoke to me
and told me what his wish would be.

He said, What I'd love most to do
Is walk upon God's Earth with you,
To squish its mud between my toes
Or touch my finger to my nose.

I'd love just once to walk around
With human feet to touch the ground,
But I have not two legs that swing,
I haven't arms, just these two wings.

And so we went our separate ways
In wonder and surprise.
For we'd both seen God's precious gifts
Through someone else's eyes. 

August 2nd - love is sharing

Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.

Brian Tracy

The greatest thing about have someone to do things with is the sharing of our thoughts, ideas, dreams and desires.  No one ever sees something in exactly the same way.  I know that I need the insights that others provide. I tend to get a little stale, left on my own.  

I’m not saying I don’t appreciate those precious moments that seeming come my way every day of my life.  They are bountiful and wonderful, but when shared they become even more so.

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 Houlahan

Help each other and love each other and never stop sharing

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Chapter 8, Page 1, Book 15

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.

Audrey Hepburn

August 1 - love is needed

What the world needs now is love, sweet love;
It's the only thing that there's just too little of.

David Bacharach

I'm not sure about you but sometimes I'm guilty of not spreading that love around. A lot of things get in our way. Our priorities get off. We get caught up in pride and self. Maybe we think someone else will do it for us.

 I get entangled in my own life, my space, and my ideas.  I have fallen into the trap of deciding how others should behave and what the world should be like. 

Instead of getting hooked into drama...
Fly above it and send prayers and love.

Friendships are so critical in our lives; I can’t imagine how I’d make it without my friends.  Good friends don’t lay condemnation or criticism or guilt on others; rather they pour healing ointments on the hurting places. We need a friend to help us up when we are down.

People’s capacity for love is the most amazing part of being alive. From the humorous love we have for our favorite pizza place, to the platonic love between friends, and the infinite love between parents and children, we experience love every single day. It defines us.

Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.

Leo Buscaglia

Friday, July 31, 2015

Chapter 7, Page 31, Book 15

Are you a SNIOP? Someone who is Sensitive to the Negative Influence Of Others? 

Zig Ziglar

July 31 - Being sensitive is a wonderful thing, except when it's not. ...

To be sensitive is to feel the thoughts and hearts of others as only you would want yours felt. 

Author Unknown

What Highly Sensitive People Do

 They feel more deeply.

They're more emotionally reactive.

They're probably used to hearing, Don't take things so personally, and Why are you so sensitive?

 It takes longer for them to make decisions.

They are more upset if they make a  bad or wrong decision.

They cry more easily 

The list goes on and on, but we all get the idea of who and what they are like.  I know a few that fit this picture, but although they are highly sensitive, it’s not everyone that can be sensitive to what others need. Everything has a good side, and a bad side. The bad side of being sensitive is that it causes us to take a lot of things personally that we shouldn't.

Being supportive and sensitive to others is to not invalidate their feelings by belittling, diminishing, rejecting, judging or ignoring them.  Being sensitive is a good thing, in part, because it allows us to be sensitive to the hurts and needs of others. It is the sensitive side of our spirits that allows us to show and feel compassion to the hurts of others. Sensitive people are needed in the hurting world we live in today.

THINK before you speak. Ask yourself if what you are going to say is:

 T = True
 H = Helpful
 I = Inspiring
N = Necessary
K = Kind

Put the accent on the sense in sensitivity

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Chapter 7, Page 30, Book 16

 I see the moon, the moon sees me
The moon sees somebody I want to see 
 So, God bless the moon and God bless me 
 And God bless the 'Somebody' I want to see…

July 30 - Love, a connection that defies distance

I have a large family and many of them live far away.  There are also a few of my loved ones who have died, but no matter who or where they are,  I feel as if my loved ones are always just as close to me as my heart because it is there that I keep them.

My mother loved robins and each time I hear a bird chirp, I think of her.  The sight of a butterfly, the feel of a breeze or raindrops, or the scent of flowers often remind me of a special someone. The pink glow of sunset or perhaps the warming oranges of sunrise is one of my favorite times to send a thought on the wing of a prayer. And knowing that we can all see the sun, the moon, and an array of twinkling stars when we look to the skies, the monthly full moon is a special time to connect with our loved ones, or the first star you see each night, knowing that they, too, are gazing into the night sky and sending love. 

So many little things remind us of those we love and help keep us connected.

Somewhere out there beneath the pale moonlight
 Someone's thinking of me and loving me tonight ...

song by James Horner, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, which originally appeared in the 1986 animated film An American Tail 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Chapter 7, Page 29, Book 15

A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. 

Leonard Nimoy 

It would be great if we could preserve our memories by sealing them in a jar to have on view when ever we want.  For me pictures do just that.  One picture can say a thousand words when it opens up a corner in my mind full of memories.

My grandmother had a fruit cellar where she put all the bounty from her garden sealed in jars and place on the shelves.  I can still remember them and the coolness of the cellar.  When you opened up a jar of pickles or beets, you could taste the freshness straight from her garden.  

But those jars didn’t fill themselves.  It took a lot of TLC.  That is the way it is in life.  If we want to preserve some good memories we need to take the time to love, to give others some tender loving care.

One thing about having lots of good memories is that you have to make them happen .  All the little things in life that make life worth while turn out to be great things when done with love.

Memories help us to manage time past, enhance time in the present, and provide continuity and meaning for times to come.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Chapter 7, Page 28, Book 15

Do you wish the world were better?
Let me tell you what to do —
Set a watch upon your actions, keep them always straight and true;
Rid your mind of selfish motives; let your thoughts be clear and high;
You can make a little Eden of the sphere you occupy.

Do you wish the world were wiser?
Well, suppose you made a start —
By accumulating wisdom in the scrapbook of your heart;
Do not waste one page on folly, live to learn, and learn to live;
If you want to give men knowledge, you must get it, ere you give.

Do you wish the world were happy?
Then remember day by day —
Just to scatter seeds of kindness as you pass along the way;
For the pleasures of the many may be oft times traced to one,
As the hand that plants an acorn shelters armies from the sun.

By Ella Wheeler Wilcox 

July 28 - To love others makes us happy.

The good we do today becomes the happiness of tomorrow. 

To be better, wiser and happier takes a whole lot of loving.  

Love means that everything is right with the world. Love and only love. Love means that you are content within your own heart and in the presence of the person that you love, who fills your day and makes you stronger and wiser, and gives you the confidence to go out into the world. Love is just the most beautiful, joyous feeling.

Pierce Brosnan

Try not to wait for the perfect moment
Enjoy the moment and make it perfect !

The joyful people are those who are generous and kind,
The miserable people are those who are selfish and unforgiving.

The problem solvers are those whose lives are powered by faith and optimism.
The problem people are those whose lives are drained by doubts and pessimism.

The winners are those who learn to take full responsibility for their actions.
The losers are those who blame others for their failures.

I'm stronger because of the hard times,
 wiser because of my mistakes, and happier
because I have known sadness.