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

Author Unknown

Friday, September 16, 2011

Chapter 9, Page 16, Book 11

Flatter me, and I may not believe you.
Criticize me, and I may not like you.
Ignore me, and I may not forgive you
Encourage me, and I will not forget you.

By William Arthur Ward


Because I've found myself in situations when I really needed some encouragement, I do know how fantastic it is to be on the receiving side of a little encouragement.  I often try to pass on some of that here in my blog and often quote others when trying to do that too.

Life isn't easy and things don't always go right.  Sometimes a hug or a smile just makes everything so much easier.

Today I smiled, and all at once
Things didn't look so bad.
Today I shared with someone else,
A little bit of hope I had.
Today I sang a little song,
And felt my heart grow light.
I walked a happy little mile,
With not a cloud in sight.
Today I worked with what I had,
And longed for nothing more,
And what had seemed like only weeds,
Were flowers at my door.
Today I loved a little more
And complained a little less
And in the giving of myself,
I forgot my weariness.

Author Unknown

I've learned there are very few days that go exactly the way we’d like them to go and that our joy can’t be based on our circumstances,

 We have to find a way to stay happy, even when our circumstances don’t suit us or we don’t get a breakthrough as quickly as we’d like or when people around us aren’t what we’d like them to be or they’re frustrating us or there’s disappointment.  Don't quit, be encouraged. This too shall pass.

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low, and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won, had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit
It's when things seem worse,that you must not quit.

Author Unknown

I do hope your Friday is a FANTASTIC one!
Be encouraged, don't quit!

'On Ya'-ma


That corgi :) said...

Thanks for giving this encouragement today, Ma! I could sure use some indeed. I like your advice about staying happy even when our circumstances aren't the best. I think if we can't muster happy, at least try to be positive that this thing will eventually pass no matter how long it might take :)

I hope you have a great day and get to see Belle soon if you haven't already!


jack69 said...

Thanks Ma. I am sending some of your quotes to a son who needs all he can get. The last poem seems to fit very nicely!

Scrappy quilter said...

I feel the same's wonderful to have words of encouragement every now and then. You do it everyday and I'm delighted to read your blog first thing in the morning. Hope you have a wonderful day. Are you going camping this weekend? Hugs


I needed this encouragement... to "stick to the fight when you're hardest hit. It's when things seem worse,that you must not quit."
It's been a bad couple weeks for us here at our house. Hopefully things will improve soon. The poem, though familiar, was long since forgotten by me. Hearing it again brought tears to my eyes and touched my heart. Thanks, ma!

Hollie said...

Wonderful always! I hope you have had a wonderful day! I remember your pumpkin planter from last year with the mum! It was pretty!

Martha (MM) said...

You are always so wise and encouraging. I hope you know what a wonderful inspiration you are and how much you are loved and appreciated ((hugs))

Pat MacKenzie said...

It had been years and years since I heard the Don't Quit poem. I copied it and carried it around with me for awhile when I was a young adult. Thanks for the reminder.