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

Author Unknown

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Chapter 1, Page 18, Book 17

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Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving

Albert Einstein

January 18th - we cannot stand still, but must keep moving

Well moving is something I wish I could say I was doing.  Whenever my house finally gets sold, I can move into a new place.  But meanwhile there are no takers at all.  This tends to put me at a standstill.  I’m waiting to move, but while I’m waiting, I’ve got to keep on keeping on and take a step forward every day.

It’s not like there is nothing to do at all.  I have still got to put in some fine tuning to the sorting out and packing up that I’ve been doing.  I’ve chosen to keep way too much stuff and need to downsize even more.

This is really getting into the nitty gritty.  What to keep and what to give away.


Not only in my circumstance, but in life we need to remember to keep moving, not to let circumstances hold us back.  

I’m trying hard to remember that not getting what we want at times is the wonderful stroke of luck.  We shouldn't be disappointed if life doesn’t turn out the way we want it to be, may be its making the way for something more better

Balance cannot be found it should be created by you. Money can’t buy happiness but peacefulness can. Forgive your enemy but don’t forget them, make use of the lessons you learnt from them. Be ready to help some when they are in need, without expecting anything in return. Importantly don’t put the key of your happiness in someone else’s hands; also always find time for the things that make you feel happy. Life is not simple and easy, so what comes easy won’t last and what lasts forever won’t come easily.

No matter how good or bad things turn around you, learn to keep moving ahead. Everything will fade and everyone will change. It’s all about quality of life and finding balance. 


You have to come to your closed doors before you get to your open doors... What if you knew you had to go through 32 closed doors before you got to your open door? Well, then you'd come to closed door number eight and you'd think, 'Great, I got another one out of the way'... Keep moving forward. 

Joel Osteen

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Chapter 1, Page 17, Book 17

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January 17th - Make the most of each day ….  and start doing so today, not tomorrow 

Make the most out of every day and love like there is no tomorrow. 

Remembering that our days are numbered, we need to take charge and make the most of every day. 

I’ve found that the easiest thing you can do to make the most of every day is to wake up smiling. When you put a smile on your face first thing in the morning, you program your brain to think positively and you will attract that positivity throughout your day. Don’t sweat it if you forget; it takes time to build a habit. Smiling at strangers is another lovely way to make the most of your day.


Don’t count every hour in the day, make every hour in the day count. 

Author Unknown

 Our outlook should be positive and exciting if we want to live a life buoyed by happiness. Think about what can be done instead of dwelling on the 'what ifs'. A positive outlook truly can determine life or death, success or failure, happiness or despair.

It’s important to realize that you determine your reality by the way you react to the outside world. When something happens you get to choose whether it’s a positive or negative experience and react accordingly.  Let go and embrace the moment, whether it contains an obstacle or an opportunity. Stop fussing over trivial matters and start focusing on what’s really important to you.



If we try to see something positive in everything we do, life won't necessarily become easier but it becomes more valuable. 

Author Unknown

Monday, January 16, 2017

Chapter 1, Page 16, Book 17



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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 

January 16th - I am grateful!


Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.

William Arthur Ward


I try to express my gratitude often, and I make a list of 3 things every day that I count as blessings, things I am grateful for.  There are of course many more than 3 things each day, little things that sometimes go by with out much notice.  

Taking time to seek out those things is sometimes called mindfulness.  We are mindful of our circumstances, our surroundings try to appreciate things more.


Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Melody Beattie

Each day I take a step forward by doing what I can the best I can. and remember that that with the good Lord’s help, anything is possible.  Giving up limiting beliefs about what we can or cannot do, about what is possible or impossible. 

The EXTRAORDINARY things happen nowhere else but in the everyday and today can always be the beginning.

Every day may not be a good one but there is something good to be found in every day.   Let your dreams be bigger than your fears and your actions louder than your words.  We have to take into consideration the fact that the present moment is all we have and all we will ever have. 

Sometimes we take one step forward and one step back, but the important thing is to keep stepping forward!


If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.

Harold Kushner

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Chapter 1, Page 15, Book 17

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Blessings

Forget about the days
when it's been cloudy,
but don't forget your
hours in the sun.

Forget about the times
you've been defeated,
but don't forget the
victories you've won.

Forget about the mistakes
that you can't change now,
but don't forget the lessons.

Forget about the misfortunes
you've encountered,
but don't forget the
times your luck has turned.

Forget about the days
when you've been lonely,
but don't forget the friendly
smiles you've seen....

Forget about the plans
that didn't seem
to work out right,
but don't forget to
always have a dream.

Author Unknown

January 15th - hopes and dreams


A goal is a dream that has an ending.

Duke Ellington

For many of us, the month ofJanuary is filled with dreams, plans and hopes for the new year to come.  We are only just entering the 3rd week of the month and it already seems, that for some, those are fast fading.

I’m here with a reminder that we should not stop dreaming, hoping and setting goals for ourselves.  They are not just good stuff for the New Year but for everyday of our lives as every day is a new beginning.


You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning. 

Billy Wilder

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. And sometimes, they work out even better than you ever imagined.

 I will never stop hoping, dreaming, believing there are better days ahead.  



You see things; and you say Why? But I dream things that never were; and I say Why not? 

George Bernard Shaw

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Chapter 1, Page 14, Book 17

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The secret to a rich life is to have more beginnings than endings.

Dave Weinbaum

January 14th - it’s never too late


The beginning is the half of every action. 

Proverb

It’s never to late to reshape, remold, reconnect, and begin again.  The older I get, the more I learn and this is one of many lessons I’ve learned…it is never too late.

It’s never too late to spin things around for the better. To leave what’s been broken and acknowledge that you can’t put it back together exactly how it was. To smile at the things you cannot replace, cannot fix, cannot make perfect. 

There’s a big difference between giving up and starting over in the right direction.  And there are three little words that can release you from your past regrets and guide you forward to a positive new beginning.  

These words are: from now on…



He who chooses the beginning of a road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determine the end. 

Harry Emerson Fosdick

Friday, January 13, 2017

Chapter 1, Page 13, Book 17



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A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset. When you wake up, take a second to think about what a privilege it is to simply be alive and healthy. The moment you start acting like life is a blessing, I assure you that it will start to feel like one. Time spent living is time worth appreciating.

Author Unknown 


January 13th - everything is beautiful in it’s own time

Every situation imaginable has hidden beauty in it if we’re willing to open up to it.  For example, even as I have coped with the death of loved ones, I’ve discovered opportunities to appreciate life more, to appreciate the lives of those I've lost, and to appreciate the priceless time I had with loved ones.

It’s our choice, and I choose to find beauty even when it’s buried beneath problems and pain.  You see, death is an ending, which is a necessary part of living.  And endings are necessary for beauty too, otherwise it’s impossible to appreciate someone or something, because they are unlimited. 

 Limits are a reminder that we need to be aware of a beautiful person or situation, and appreciate this beautiful thing called life.  Death is also a beginning, because while you’ve lost someone special, this ending, like every loss, is a moment of reinvention.  


We begin to die as soon as we are born, and the end is linked to the beginning.

Marcus Manilius

Their passing forces you to reinvent your life, and in this reinvention is an opportunity to experience beauty in new, unseen ways and places.  We will never again be the same.

Letting go, turning the page, moving forward, it doesn’t matter what you call it, what matters is that you leave the past where it belongs so you can make the best of the life that’s presently available to be lived.


To change and to change for the better are two different things.

German Proverb

Thursday, January 12, 2017

For Chapter 1, Pages 11 and 12, Book 17



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Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be.

Marsha Petrie Sue

January 12th - Let us not lose heart!  

As you may or may not know, I’ve been on the rebound from the death of one of my sisters in December, and I am in the midst of chaos here at home…sorting and packing and now out of the blue, one of my dearest aunts passed away.  She has sadly been in a nursing home for several years and lived out of state so I hadn’t been able to see her in quite some time. 

Soo… in case you missed me, and to make a long story short, I was offline a day due to a quick trip that was made for a funeral.  


One thing right after another is really taking a toll on me.  But my daily scriptures this morning reminded me…do not lose heart.  Every day is a new beginning and I’m trying hard to count the blessings and not look back.  Let me tell you it’s not easy.  

I am very thankful that I had these two dear ones in my life and I have many wonderful memories of them, I am thankful that I have this home, but will be glad now when it’s sold and I can move on in more than one way.

I’m thankful for my youngest sister and her husband who provided transportation to the funeral and home.  I’d not been able to go otherwise.  And thankful for a break in our often snowy and icy January weather.   I also got to see the place I fondly call home…the beautiful hills of West Virginia.  


The pictures today are of the farm that was once the home of my grandparents and now owned by another one of my aunts.  The house is new now, but the barn  and some of the outbuildings still standing were there when I was a child and spent many happy hours .

Going home was both a joy and a sorrow…LIFE is like that sometimes.

  Remember:  Even in the midst of pain and sorrow there is a lot to be thankful for.



Our present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.

Nido Qubein