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

Author Unknown

Friday, June 07, 2013

Chapter 6, Page 7, Book13

As You Go Through Life....

Set your own pace...When someone is pushing you, it's ok to tell them they're pushing.

Take nothing for granted...Watch water flow, the corn grow, the leaves blow, your neighbors mow.

Allow yourself time to be lazy and unproductive...Rest isn't a luxury, it's a necessity.

Listen to the wind blow...It carries a message of yesterday and tomorrow...And now...Now counts.

Rest on your laurels........They bring comfort whatever their size, age or condition. 

Talk slower. Talk less. Don't talk. Communication isn't measured by words. 

Give yourself permission to be late sometimes........Life is for living, not scheduling. 

Listen to the song of a bird........The complete song. Music and nature are gifts, but only if you are willing to receive them. 

Slow down. God is still in heaven........You are not responsible for doing it all...yourself... right now. 

Remember a happy, peaceful time in your past........Rest there. Each moment has a richness that takes a lifetime to savor. 

Quit planning how you're going to use what you know, learn or possess........God's gifts just are. Be grateful and their purpose will be clear. 

When you walk with someone, don't think about what you'll say next........Thoughts will spring up naturally if you let them. 

Talk and play with children........It will bring out the unhurried little person inside you.

Create a place in your home...At your your heart...where you can go for quiet and recollection. You deserve it. 

Take time to think........Action is good and necessary, but it's fruitful only if we muse, ponder and mull. 

Make time for play........The things you like to do. Whatever your age, your inner child needs re-creation. 

Watch and listen to the night sky........It speaks. 

 Listen to the words you speak........Especially in prayer. 

Learn to stand back and let others take their turn as leaders........ There will always be new opportunities for you to step out in front again. 

Divide big jobs into little jobs........If God took six days to create the universe, can you do any better? 

Direct your life with purposeful choices, not with speed and efficiency........The best musician is one who plays with expression and meaning, not the one who finishes first. 

Take a day off alone........Make a retreat. You can learn from monks and hermits without becoming one. 

Pet a furry friend........You will give and get the gift of now. 

Work with your hands........It frees the mind. 

Take time to wonder........Without wonder, life is merely an existence. 

Sit in the dark........It will treat you to see and hear, taste and smell. 

Once in awhile........Turn down the lights, The throttle, The invitations. Less really can be more. 

Let go......Nothing is usually the hardest thing to do...but often it is the best. 

Taste your food........God gave it to delight as well as nourish. 

 Notice the sun and the moon as they rise and set........They are remarkable for their steady pattern of movement, not their speed. 

 And as you ramble on thru life my dearest friend........Keep your eye upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole. 


Author Unknown

Specially blended for passing time...

At a time when people are ever more inclined to isolate themselves inside with their electronics, most porches sit vacant and unused. After all, who wants to sit out on the porch battling mosquitos and suffering from the heat and humidity when indoors is so cool and refreshing.  

There  is however,  a lot of us that are reviving the quaint American custom of front porch sitting.

Porches allow you to reflect on the past, live in the moment, and look forward to the future. and on a perfect morning, porch sitting is the most calming thing in the world.   Sitting on a porch is so much more rewarding than sitting in front of a television.

Porch time is kept by watching the sunshine as it crosses the planks of the porch floor or by counting the cars as they pass.  No clocks allowed.

In this hectic day and age, I feel like porch sitting is a bit of a lost art. There is so much rushing back and forth, to and fro, that people rarely take time to sit and savor the day. Not only is it a great way to unwind and relax, but its also an amazing way to acknowledge and appreciate the beauty of the day passing on to the next phase of time. 

Hopefully we all have a little bit of free time available every now and then. Free time, no matter how much or how little you have is valuable. For one thing it is one commodity that is not renewable, it will not come back. Once it is used it is gone. It's important for us to pass that free time wisely.

There is more to life 
Than increasing 
it's speed…


Carol Z said...

I'm a fan of the porch! Not many where I am, but I am looking for quiet spots to sit outside. Wishes for a great weekend!


Love the bit about not letting anyone push you beyond your limits. So true. ENJOY your porch sitting.

jack69 said...

you always pick some great 'Unknown Authors'.
So true, PORCHES! Great memories there!!!

Chatty Crone said...

Very good today Pam. I have been counting my blessings for a long, long, time and doing that changed my life more than any other thing combined.


Barb said...

Sure wish we could discover who these Unknown authors were. Don't you? Great stuff here. I especially loved the porch sitting parts. Reading what you posted reminded me of just how much I love sitting on the porch, loved it when I was a kid too- was my favorite thing, next to riding a bike or a horse.
Hugs and love too.

Martha@SeasideSimplicity said...

I miss the front porches from my childhood. Neighbors actually interacted on a regular basis back then. Most homes here don't even have front porches anymore, and for those few that do, I can't recall the last time I've ever seen anyone sitting out there.

Great post today. Have a wonderful weekend :)