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

Author Unknown

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Chapter 5, Page 26, Book 16

Life is a series of steps. Things are done gradually. Once in a while there is a giant step, but most of the time we are taking small, seemingly insignificant steps on the stairway of life. 

Ralph Ransom

May 26th - little steps every day

Start as small as you can. And do that small thing every day.

We can get overwhelmed with all the things we have to do to reach our goals.  There are times I’ve thought that I’m not good enough to be the person I would like to be. But I’ve found that all we ever have is this moment and we can only take one step or moment at a time. 

If we enjoyed the journey more and remembered to slow down and take time out to to realized what is most important, we’d find our goals attainable taking one step at a time.  

Step with care and great tact, and remember that Life’s a great balancing act.

Dr. Seuss

Every moment of your life builds upon the next.  I think there is always room for improvement. One thing always leads to another and for me I want to be a better person.

Always remember that if you’re able to not speak ill of another, you’re on the right path. If you want to criticize a neighbor, a workmate,  bite your tongue a bit.

Do not go back, but always moving forward and with fortitude

Take small steps every day and one day you will get there

Author Unknown

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Chapter 5, Page 25, Book 16

Sultry, steaming, sweltering. . . .Slow down.  Or stop.  It's time to shed ambition and expectation, along with commutes, clothing, cellular phones, calendars.  Now our wants seem to diminish.  Is it because our needs are met?  A shady nook, a cold drink, a cool breeze--whether indoors or out.  A respite from the rigors of the day.  Time off for good behavior.  Summer is not so much a season as a melody, that tune of contentment we hum as the days begin to beautifully blur.  The pursuit of happiness becomes our personal priority this month, as the sweet strains of . . . Harmony start to be heard in our hearts.

Sarah Ban Breathnach

May 25th -  a taste of summer

All green and fair the summer lies,
Just budded from the bud of spring,
With tender blue of wistful skies,
And winds that softly sing.

Susan Coolidge

We here in northern Ohio are having a taste of summer here today.  It’s been a long time since we had temps near 80 degrees.  We actually had a milder winter than usual and I’m thankful for that.  However it seemed to go on and on and we even had some snow in May this year.  It’s been below normal temp wise for us so this warm spell we are experiencing is a welcome relief.

It won’t be officially summer for a few weeks yet and Memorial Day weekend is very iffy with rain in the forecast, but we’ll be warmer here and that makes a huge difference.  I don’t think that those that live in southern climes, really appreciate the warm weather they have.  If you don’t experience winter, you can’t really appreciate summer the way we do.  Summertime is a short season for us.  We have few sunny days compared to the many dark and dreary ones.  Many take a Vitamin D supplement due to the lack of sunshine.  

So whether or not it’s actually summer isn’t important.  What is important is that it is like summer.

In summer, the song sings itself.

William Carlos Williams

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Chapter 5, Page 24, Book 16

… Being thankful sweetens you, grumbling sours you; being thankful brings sunshine to your countenance, being ungrateful casts a shadow; being thankful brings a melody to your words, criticism makes you sound like a clanging cymbal; being thankful keeps your feet on the pathway of celebration, complaint takes you down the road of despair. 

Roy Lessin

May 24th - I am a grateful person

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation. 

Brian Tracy

Gratitude is more than saying 'Thank you' when someone gives you something. Gratitude is more than an action which we decide to do by an act of will power. You can say the words, thank you, when there is not gratitude in your heart at all. Custom may dictate that you say the words when you don't really appreciate what has been done for you. What it takes to turn the words, thank you into gratitude is the real genuine feeling of gratitude. 

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Melody Beattie

Gratitude is a feeling that arises uncoerced in the heart. Gratitude is a form of delight.   Gratitude is a frame of mind rooted in grace.  An attitude of gratitude naturally leads to love, and repayment by acts of love.  The link between grace and gratitude runs like this: someone does a beneficial or helpful action that is beyond what was merited or expected, pure grace. Then someone responds by seeking to act in kind, gratitude. Gratitude flows from understanding how each of us is dependent on what others do, and treasuring each action of grace for all it's worth..

Gratitude helps you to grow and expands; gratitude brings you and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you. 

Eileen Caddy

When your heart is grateful, when it is filled with love, that spills over.  It puts life into a different perspective.   We are to live gratefully; live largely, and live in love. 

Today let your life be a song of grateful praise!

Gratefulness is the heart's response to God's undeserved love.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Chapter 5, Page 23, Book 16

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. 

Havelock Ellis

May 23rd - Let Go

We must learn to let go as easily as we grasp
or we will find our hands full and our minds empty.

Leo Buscaglia

With graduation time upon us, it made me think about my own children and how hard it was to let them go.  

When watching a child get on the school bus, begin a new career, or start his or her own family is an exercise in letting go for the parent. We are proud of each step in their growth toward independence, yet we may find it difficult to give up control.

Whether a child, parent, spouse, or friend, they each have their own path to follow, and we need to take a breath and let go of the need to be in control. Through letting go and letting God, we allow our  loved ones to reach their highest potential.

Letting go doesn't mean that you don't care about someone anymore.
It's just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.

Deborah Reber

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Chapter 5, Page 22, Book 16

Don't wait for time. Make it.
Don't wait for love. Feel it.
Don't wait for money. Earn it.
Don't wait for the path. Find it.
Don't wait for opportunity. Create it.
Don't go for less. Get the best.
Don't compare. Be unique.
Don't fight your misfortune. Transform it.
Don't avoid failure. Use it.
Don't dwell on mistake. Learn from it.
Don't back down. Go around.
Don't close your eyes. Open your mind.
Don't run for life. Embrace it.
 Bigvai Volcy

May 22 -  Don’t wait

Don’t wait for things to get easier, simpler, better. Life will always be complicated. Learn to be happy right now. Otherwise, you’ll run out of time.

Author Unknown

Today is the greatest day of your life, because today is the only day that exists. All your earlier days are part of your mind’s memory bank. All the future days haven’t occurred yet. So today just has to be the greatest day of your life.

Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.

William Arthur Ward

Today is the only day that you get to choose what you will think, say, and do today. So enjoy yourself today because it is not coming back.

Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen. 

Horace Mann

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Chapter 5, Page 21, Book 16

I asked for wisdom...
And God gave me problems to solve.
I asked for prosperity...
And God gave me brains and the strength to work.
I asked for courage...
And God gave me danger to overcome.
I asked for love...
And God gave me troubled people to help.
I asked for favors...
And God gave me opportunities.
I received nothing I wanted.
I received everything I needed.
My Prayer has been answered. 


May 21st - wealth and prosperity

The secret of happiness and prosperity in this world, as in the world to come, lies in thinking of the welfare of others first, and not taking one's self too seriously. 

J. Kindleberger

Prosperity usually means the type of success that comes from having a lot of money. Our modern English word derives from Middle English prosperite, borrowed through Old French from Latin prosperous ‘favorable’.  The Latin word also means fortunate, and the word prosperity does have an element of good luck.

Prosperity also means to advance in life and to become successful. We need to remember that whether you are rich or poor, if you get happiness out of life you are a real success.  Living a prosperous life is about much more than just having enough money. It's a state of mind. You may have a lot of money and all the material goods that life has to offer, and still not be happy. There are people who are extremely wealthy, and yet they feel impoverished.  They have a lot of things, but they're lacking in other areas, and the money and stuff are never enough for them to feel fulfilled.

True prosperity is about appreciating what you have and feeling rich in any number of areas of your life. 

Sending you all the very best of wishes for many many happy returns of the day. May God bless you with health, wealth and prosperity in your life.

Prosperity is not just having things. It is the consciousness that attracts the things. Prosperity is a way of living and thinking, and not just having money or things. Poverty is a way of living and thinking, and not just a lack of money or things. 

Eric Butterworth

Friday, May 20, 2016

Chapter 5, Page 20, Book 16

Today I Will Make A Difference

Today I will make a difference. I will begin by controlling my thoughts. A person is the product of his thoughts. I want to be happy and hopeful. Therefore, I will have thoughts that are happy and hopeful. I refuse to be victimized by my circumstances. I will not let petty inconveniences such as stoplights, long lines, and traffic jams be my masters. I will avoid negativism and gossip. Optimism will be my companion, and victory will be my hallmark. Today I will make a difference.

I will be grateful for the twenty four hours that are before me. Time is a precious commodity. I refuse to allow what little time I have to be contaminated by self pity, anxiety, or boredom. I will face this day with the joy of a child and the courage of a giant. I will drink each minute as though it is my last. When tomorrow comes, today will be gone forever. While it is here, I will use it for loving and giving. Today I will make a difference.

I will not let past failures haunt me. Even though my life is scarred with mistakes, I refuse to rummage through my trash heap of failures. I will admit them. I will correct them. I will press on. Victoriously. No failure is fatal. It's OK to stumble... I will get up. It's OK to fail... I will rise again. Today I will make a difference.

I will spend time with those I love. My spouse, my children, my family. A man can own the world but be poor for the lack of love. A man can own nothing and yet be wealthy in relationships. Today I will spend at least five minutes with the significant people in my world. Five quality minutes of talking or hugging or thanking or listening. Five undiluted minutes with my mate, children, and friends.

Today I will make a difference.

Even though my life is scarred with mistakes, I refuse to rummage through my trash heap of failure. I will admit them. I will correct them. I will press on.

 Max Lucado

May 20th - rise to the occasion

Everything negative - pressure, challenges - is all an opportunity for me to rise.

 Kobe Bryant

Rankings! Ratings! Polls! Surveys! Standings! Our culture thrives on these measures. We constantly argue about who is most important.  We have political approval polls, opinion polls, talk shows, sports standings, Most Valuable Players, Nielsen ratings of TV shows, Fortune 500 companies, and even TV shows which rank who is worthy to survive another week at the expense of eliminating someone else. We talk about who’s the greatest, who has the most wealth, the most votes, the most power to influence, and the most status.

If we stay rooted to the world of ego we will miss out on so much. The world of ego means that we just think exclusively about ourselves. Lots of ego says that everything should, must and has to evolve around us. We want and need to be #1. Instead of reaching out this is only reaching in and means we are closed to blessings around us. It can never lead to meaning and fulfillment in life.

When we compare ourselves to others, sometimes we get to feeling like we are the lowest of the lowest on the totem pole there are so many that have so much more than we do, but the truth is that we really do have all we need to be the best we can be.  To rise to the occasions in our life is to put aside those feelings and simply be the person we were made to be.

Your Life is an Occasion. Rise to it.