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

Author Unknown

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Chapter 11, Page 19, Book 17

Life offers two great gifts--time, and the ability to choose how we spend it. Planning is a process of choosing among those many options. If we do not choose to plan, then we choose to have others plan for us.

Richard I. Winford

November 19th 

Today I am thankful  for time

Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can't make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you'll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time.

It is not enough to just say relationships are important; we must prove it by investing time in them. Words alone are worthless. My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action. Relationships take time and effort, and the best way to spell love is T-I-M-E.

Rick Warren

We relate to the concept of time in interesting ways. We want to have more of it, but it’s not something we can really save up. We wear watches or glance at our phones incessantly to figure out what time it is. We are anxious about time.

It’s true when they say the best things in life are free and the freest gift gift of this life has to offer is often the most underrated and over looked gift of all -- TIME.

We all yearn for what we have lost.
But sometimes,
we forget what we have.
Mitch Albom

Time cannot be seen; a clock simply is used as a gauge to keep us aware of what we need to do, and when we need to do it.

Time does however; give us opportunities to make changes within ourselves that would empower us to be better human beings. To seek forgiveness for wrong we’ve incurred, and seek to forgive, to change how we see others, how we view ourselves, to add value and build our self esteem, which will ultimately have a positive effect on those around us.

Time is a Gift to be enjoyed .  We are not to worry about the past, or the future.  Today is the only time we are sure of and it is a gift.

You might not be able to control when the sun sets or rises, but you can control and  learn to take advantage of the greatest and most free gift life has to offer — TIME

It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to live in the future, and impossible to live in the past. Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.

Jim Bishop

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Chapter 11, Page 18, Book 17

In life, you will realize
there is a role for everyone you meet.

Some will test you, some will use you,
some will love you, and some will teach you.

But the ones who are truly important
are the ones who bring out the best in you.

They are the rare and amazing people
who remind you why it’s worth it.

 Author Unknown                                                           

November 18th

Today I am thankful for mentors

For every one of us that succeeds, it's because there's somebody there to show you the way out.

 Oprah Winfrey

Throughout our lives we will find people who make impacts in meaningful ways. Their wisdom and knowledge comes from their own experiences that they willingly share to benefit others.  

My maternal grandmother was and still is my hero.  In many ways she was my mentor as she taught me a lot about life.  She didn’t always have a lot to say but I learned from her by watching how she lived.  Both in action and deed she proved to be a wonderful woman doing the best she could with what she had to live a great life.

If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we'd all be millionaires

Abigail Van Buren

 Mentors inspire and guide others to achieve their goals. Imagine helping someone do something they would not attempt to do without your guidance. By encouraging and nurturing others we can make a an impact in many meaningful ways.  Sharing wisdom and knowledge from our own experiences can benefit others.  

Find a mentor, be a mentor. Share... How much are you worth? Millions. And your value increases with time.

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, November 17, 2017

Chapter 11, Page 17, Book 17

We do not remember days; we remember moments. 

Cesare Pavese

November 17th

Today I am thankful for each moment

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.  

Thornton Wilder

The things we like to savor like that first cup of coffee in the morning, or a piece of our favorite pie or maybe the last bit of color in the sky after a breath taking sunset, are all precious moments in our lives.

To savor something is to taste it. To enjoy it completely. To dwell on it.

The concept of boredom entails an inability to use up present moments in a personally fulfilling way. 

Wayne Dyer

We each, in our lifetime, have only so many hours to spend, and because we can't anticipate our life span, we will never know how much time we have left. In that sense, every hour is like gold in our hands.   In order to value and treasure our hours, minutes and moments we beed to the saver the happiness we feel each day

Guard well your spare moments.  They are like uncut diamonds.  Discard them and their value will never be known.  Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.  

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We often let precious moments pass thinking about what life will be like in the future but remember there is no future until we live today.

Savor the precious moments because they refresh us for the road ahead.

If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments. 

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Chapter 11, Page 16, Book 17

There's something in a simple hug
That always warms the heart,
It welcomes us back home
And makes it easier to part….
Johnny Ray Ryder, Jr.,

November 16th

Today I’m thankful for hugs

A hug is a great gift — one size fits all, and it's easy to exchange.

Author Unknown

Embrace the day and every one else.  Hugs are heathy. There’s a reason why a great, big warm hug from a loved one makes us feel peaceful. Scientists have observed that when external pressure is applied over a large portion of our body, as in a big hug, it triggers a part of our nervous system, and that helps decrease our stress levels. And the good news is that the giver of a hug receives just as much benefit as the receiver.

You can't wrap love in a box, but you can wrap a person in a hug.  

Author Unknown

 Hugging can be described as a handshake from the heart.  It’s difficult to imagine a more readily available, cheeper and more effective use for negative energy than a hug.

A hugs only takes 10 seconds, but the benefits last forever.  Hugs can completely change our outlook on a situation sand sometimes our entire outlook on life.

A hug delights and warms and charms,
that must be why God gave us arms.

Author Unknown

If you live alone like I do you come to realize just how much a hug can mean so I try to get as many as I can when I’m with my family.  Some people are natural huggers and some are not, but the very best hugs come from the heart and you can tell when they’re not.  

Hugging has no unpleasant side effects and is all natural.  There are no batteries to replace, it's inflation proof and nonfattening with no monthly payments.  It's nontaxable, nonpolluting, and is, of course, fully refundable.  

Author Unknown

Anyone who has ever been the mutual recipient of a heart hug will know that there is simply nothing like it! It relaxes your being, nurtures your soul and nourishes your nervous system.  Hearts are a symbol of love and life and we all have one!

An embrace from one open heart to another that wants nothing in return but to feel the connection of Love.

Never wait until tomorrow to hug someone you could hug today,
because when you give one, you get one right back your way.
Author Unknown

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Chapter 11, Page 15, Book 17

Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.

Groucho Marx

November 15

Today I’m thankful I have choices to make

Life is the sum of all your choices. 

Albert Camus
Each new day can bring with it a myriad of issues and problems. And each one requires us to make a choice. 

The choices we make determine who we are.  And where we are is a direct result of the choices we have made up to this point in our life. At the time, some choices might have seemed inconsequential, while others were major life choices. But in the end, all of these choices form together to create the person you are today and the life you live. 

Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice. 

Wayne Dyer

We are what we choose. The great thing about life though is that since life is full of choices, we can choose to change things.

You can't make someone else's choices. You shouldn't let someone else make yours.

Colin Powell

We cannot change our circumstances but we can choose how we react to them.

I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it's only a choice of attitude.

Judith M. Knowlton

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Chapter 11, Page 14, Book 17

You've gotta have hope. Without hope life is meaningless. Without hope life is meaning less and less. 

Author Unknown

November 14

Today I’m thankful for hope

No matter how difficult life can be the most important thing is to live it with hope.


To be hopeful is to look on the future positively, to see opportunity in challenges and to look on the bright side of life. Hope is one of the most important things in life. Hope is what motivates us and keeps us going through the hard times. 

Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man. 

Victor Hugo

If you look around the world today, it's easy to lose hope.  It’s easy to get lost in cluttered thoughts filled with decrepit hope and feel sorry for ourselves, but being grateful helps.  It pulls you back into the present moment, allowing you to put your troubles on the back burner, even if it’s for just a short time.

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us. 

Samuel Smiles

During tough times you can’t give up, ever. Even during the toughest times you must keep your hopes alive by pushing through.   Keep faith, don't give up and just move ahead, you never know what tomorrow will bring to your life.

Hope is a renewable option: If you run out of it at the end of the day, you get to start over in the morning.

Barbara Kingsolver. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Chapter 11, Page 13, Book 17

Joy is the simplest form of gratitude. 

Karl Barth

November 13th

Today I’m thankful for JOY

Joy is not in things; it is in us. 

Richard Wagner

Most of us probably have discovered that being joyful isn't something you can suddenly be by simply pushing a button. But I have found that a thankful heart is a joy filled heart.

Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. 

 Henry Nouwen

Making a choice to be happy is not always easy but I know it is worth doing. It sets the tone for everything that is to follow. Every day I try to see the good in life. It is there if we take the time to look for it.  Even if something appears to be negative, I believe that there is more to it than meets the eye. What seems to be wrong could be just a blessing in disguise!

I have to remind myself that one simple smile or kind word can turn someone’s day completely around.  Sharing joy is like the ripple effect…where it ends no one knows...

Happiness depends on what happens; Joy does not. 

Oswald Chamber

Joy has the power to reignite our passion for laughter and celebration. It can free us to rise above endless demands as we become more content and thankful. It can change unchangeable circumstances.

We have within ourselves
Enough to fill the present day with joy,
And overspread the future years with hope.

William Wordsworth