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

Author Unknown

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Chapter 2, Page 1, Book 15

February 1st

To laugh is to risk appearing a fool,
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental
To reach out to another is to risk involvement,
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss
To love is to risk not being loved in return,
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk to failure.
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing is nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow,
But he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live.
Chained by his servitude he is a slave who has forfeited all freedom.
Only a person who risks is free.


The month of February focuses our attention on love. Cards are bought, candy is given, kisses abound.

It takes great courage to love fully.  Life is all about risks,  you take some and you avoid others.  Without taking risks, you cannot truly live, you merely exist.  Anybody who is capable of living and loving is bound to get hurt at some point, but that’s a risk that’s well worth the reward.  The result is a life filled with honesty and love.

So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you’ve never been hurt.  Don’t be afraid that your days will end in pain, be afraid they will never begin with honesty and love.  Life is too short to let it pass by.  

The best in life isn’t somewhere else; it’s right where you are at this moment.  You have to accept that some things will never be yours, and learn to value the things that are only yours.  Happiness never comes to those who don’t appreciate what they already have.  Don’t wait until what you HAVE becomes what you HAD.  Pause and appreciate all the good things you have in your life right now

During this month of February I embrace even more so the frequently quoted bible passage, There are in the end three things that last: faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is love.   A wise and over two thousand year old thought which offers each of us an immediate and beautiful plan to make this day and every day matter

Don’t put off for tomorrow
what you can do today
because if you enjoy it today,
you can do it again tomorrow.

James A. Michener


Mevely317 said...

So true!
This reminds me of that Garth Brooks' song, "Standing Outside the Fire."
I think everyone's afraid of being hurt at one time or another, but some take it to the extreme. That's so sad.

betty said...

I like that quote of James Michener's. That's good advice from him!


jack69 said...

And SHE said something very important:
The best in life isn’t somewhere else; it’s right where you are at this moment.

And I liked what SHE said. Thanks.
Now Mitchner hit is out of the park, but he often did!

WE are moved a little, weather is the same and getting warmer. WE have a new GGrand son, will see him in the spring..


I love the quote, "Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today." So true, so true.