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

Author Unknown

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Chapter 6, Page 29, Book 16


Remember that ideals
are like stars up in the sky,
You can never really reach them,
hanging in the heavens high....

But like the mighty mariner
who sailed the storm tossed sea,
And used the stars to chart his course
with skill and certainty,

You too can chart your course in life
with high ideals and love,
For high ideals are like the stars
that light the sky above....

You cannot ever reach them,
but lift your heart up high
And your life will be as shining
as the stars up in the sky.

 Helen Stiener Rice

June 29th - ideals to live by

Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. 

Harriet Tubman

I believe in the traditional ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity for all.  And ideals such as liberty, justice, and the pursuit of happiness.  Ideals of a happy and successful life to which all may aspire.  They include a faith in God, prayer and the Bible. 

Faith and family are precious ideals.  They are ideals are based in peace, happiness, community, truth, goodness, and beauty.  We need clear ideals which guide the choices we make, and sets out standards by which we can evaluate our behavior.

We are all inheritors of traditions and ideals passed down from generation to generation. Ideals of Faith in God, Loyalty to Country and Love of Family .  I believe that we are as rich as our ideals.

Ideals are like stars:  you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you reach your destiny. 

Carl Schurz

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Chapter 6, Page 28, Book 16

Take a lesson from the sunflower, stand tall and keep your face towards the sun

June 28th - the first full week of summer

Keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.

Walt Whitman

We’ve just completed our first full week of Summer and one of the reflections I happened to read this past week week had this to say about the Summer Solstice.  

From a spiritual point of view the summer solstice has a message too. In life we are always invited to tilt towards everything that is good and life giving. We are equally invited to tilt away from negativity, bitterness and darkness. Nature has worked out that balance over millions of years. We are often unsure and unsteady about where to find balance in our lives. The invitation on the longest day of the year is to tilt even a little, to something good and worthwhile in our lives.

Keep your face to the sunshine.
You won’t see the shadows fall.
Trust your spirit when you hear it call.   
You can do it all.
The world is not always
As it may appear,
 For things we feel are far more real
Than what we see and hear.
Your dreams can shine like the brightest star
As long as you remember to
Believe in who you are. 

Author Unknown
The idea of Keeping the face to the sunshine is to look on the bright side of life.  The sunshine makes everything seem more possible, it allows dreams to grow, and ideas to take hold.

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.

Louisa May Alcott

Just tilt a little more!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Chapter 6, Page 27, Book 16

You probably know this, but in case you don’t, I am so thrilled to give you the good news, you select your thoughts.

You didn’t select your birthplace or birthdate. You didn’t select your parents or siblings. You don’t determine the weather or the amount of salt in the ocean. There are many things in life over which you have no choice. But the greatest activity of life is well within your dominion. You choose what you think.

You are the air traffic controller of your mental airport. You occupy the control tower, directing the mental traffic of your world. If a thought lands, it is because you gave it permission. If it leaves, it is because you commanded it to do so. You select your thoughts.

Excerpt from devotional by Max Lucado

June 27th - I’ve been thinking

Your thoughts have great power.  Remember always that you have the ability to decide what they will be.

Ralph Marston

Your thoughts have power. Don't allow them to lead you the wrong way.  We do get to choose just what it is that we think about.  

Changing your thoughts can change your life.  If all you think about is what is wrong with the world, you find the world does have a lot of wrongs, but if you change your thoughts to what a wonderful world it is you’ll find there is a lot of wonder in the world.

I’d always thought of myself as an optimistic and positive thinking person until the death of my husband some 20 years ago. Then things started changing for me. My thoughts went south and it took a long time for them to return.  There were days that all I thought about was what had gone wrong in my world until I got so tired of negative thinking, that I had to changed my thoughts.  A thoughtful friend even mentioned that they never knew I could be such a negative person.  I needed a change. Over time I learned that when a negative thought started to creep into my mind, all I had to do was think about something good. Like a light bulb brightening up a dark night.  Thoughts can change us.

It made a big difference!  The dark sorrowful days turned to bright and sunny ones as I discovered there was still much in my life to be thankful for and I now I have more good days than bad ones.

No matter what happens in your life, you can control your thoughts. I know I’ve shared this before, but I’ve been thinking that maybe there was someone else that need to hear this.  You can change your mind and change your thoughts.

Be careful what you think because your thoughts run your life

Proverbs 4:23

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Chapter 6, Page 26, Book 16

Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!

 Bob Marley

June 26th - Signs on The Road of Life

In Driver’s Education we learn to read street signs. We know that the Stop sign means we cease moving, but then at some point we have to move forward. Approaching a stop sign, we essentially have three choices: go straight ahead, turn right, or turn left. We have to make a choice, and whatever it is, we’re moving on from the point where we are currently.
Street signs are erected to give instruction and provide information to road users. They also highlight danger and priority in traffic.

There are many signs that we can read to make sense of any life situation at any moment. Signs are everywhere.   We need some road signs to help us make sure we are headed in the right direction.

For instance the Keep Right Sign stands for honesty and integrity.  If you are heading down a path and you are worried what others might think if they ever found out, you’re probably heading in the wrong direction. You have to stay on the right side of the road. We often choose the good and lose out on the best. This road sign does not ask what is good to do; there are lots of good things we can do.

This sign helps point us in the direction of what is best!

The road to success is always under construction.

Steve Maraboli

The Under Construction sign is there to build you up not tear you down.  It says we are under construction.  God isn’t finished with us yet!

Taking heed of signs is a vital skill to have. We cannot go through life oblivious to what is happening around us. 


Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.

 Robert H. Schuller

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Chapter 6, Page 25, Book 16

What can anyone give you that is greater than this precious little instant known as 'now'?

Author Unknown

June 25 - now is the time

We can go through our whole lives worrying about our future happiness,
and totally miss where true peace lives--right here, right now.

Peter Russell

Now is the time to go on an adventure. It doesn’t have to be traveling around the world; just something that makes your heart sing.

Now is the moment to be grateful and step outside and listen to the birds chirping.

Now is the time to let go of fear and allow ourselves to be free.
NOW is the time to Live, Laugh and Love! 

It's not what if, it's what now. 

Author Unknown

Life never simply stops to give any individual that perfect moment to make a move or do something daring.

Remember:  Every moment is the right moment to work on becoming the person you want to be.

If you are still talking about what you did yesterday, you haven't done much today. 

Author Unknown

Friday, June 24, 2016

Chapter 6, Page 24, Book 16

 All the so called secrets of success will not work unless you do. 

Author Unknown 

June 24th - the secret

 Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors. 

Fran├žois de La Rochefoucauld

The secret to being grateful is no secret. You choose to be grateful. Then you do it again and again. If you forget, begin again.

We can actively look for the good in everything and everyone, even ourselves; it’s just a matter of perception!  It’s about choosing to be grateful. Or not. Bad things do happen, but we can choose how we want to look at them. When life gives you every reason to be negative, think of one good reason to be positive.  There’s always something to be grateful for.

The greatest secret to happiness and peace is letting every life situation be what it is, instead of what you think it should be, and then making the very best of it.  

Here in my part of the world we have a lovely park system and today's pictures are just a few of the ones I took yesterday on a visit to one not so very far away.  I'm thankful for a day of one beautiful sight after another.

Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force. 

Tom Blandi

Have an attitude of gratitude.  Sometimes we have to look really hard to find something for which to be thankful, but it’s worth the effort. It’s better for your nervous system, for those around you, for relationships and generally for life! Choose to smile today by taking life moment by moment, complaining very little, and being thankful for the little things that mean a lot.

Every day  focus on exactly what you have, not what you haven’t.  Focusing on gratitude consciously on a regular basis can help rewire our brain. With gratitude, everything looks good!

Gratitude is a great way to start and finish the day!

What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life. 

Leo Buscaglia

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Chapter 6, Page 23, Book 16


Have you ever watched kids on a merry go round,
or listened to rain slapping the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight,
or gazed at the sun fading into the night?

You better slow down, don't dance so fast,
time is short, the music won't last.

Do you run through each day on the fly,
when you ask "How are you?", do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed,
with the next hundred chores running through your head?

You better slow down, don't dance so fast,
time is short, the music won't last.

Ever told your child, we'll do it tomorrow,
and in your haste, not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch, let a friendship die,
'cause you never had time to call and say hi?

You better slow down, don't dance so fast,
time is short, the music won't last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere,
you miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,
it's like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life isn't a race, so take it slower,
hear the music before your song is over.

Author Unknown

June 23rd - getting off the merry go round

When you're on a merry go round, you miss a lot of the scenery.

 Neil Diamond

There are times that we find ourselves going round and round in circles, getting no where fast.  As hard as we try, there are no answers.  Sometimes finding the answer is as easy as taking a break and stepping back from the situation.  

 It’s only when you stop and get off the merry go round of daily life that your mind and body can once again get back into sync.  Your life will not stop reeling out of control until you stop allowing it. Stop. Be Still. Allow yourself to focus without distractions. 

It’s amazing what you see when you slow down, stop, and … LOOK UP!

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.