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

Author Unknown

Monday, May 04, 2015

Chapter 5, Page 4, Book 15

When you help someone
up a hill
you get that much closer to the top


May 4th - Love lifts

Love lifts us up where we belong
Where the eagles cry
On a mountain high
Love lifts us up where we belong
Far from the world we know
Up where the clear winds blow
Up Where We Belong, song performed by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes for An Officer and a Gentleman 

Love lifts me higher than I ever have been before…

It has been said that smiling can be good for your health. Research shows that smiling slows down the heart and reduces stress.

But smiling isn’t just good for you; a genuine smile blesses those on the receiving end as well. Without saying a word, it can tell others that you like them and that you are pleased with them. A smile can hug someone with love without giving them even the slightest touch.

Life does not always give us a reason to smile. But when we see a heartfelt smile on a child’s face or through aged wrinkles, our hearts are encouraged.

When we’re feeling down, we need a lift up.

An old legend relates that long ago God had a great many burdens which He wished to have carried from one place to another on earth, so He asked the animals to lend a hand. But all of them began to make excuses for not helping: the elephant was too dignified; the lion, too proud; and so on. Finally the birds came to God and said, If you will tie the burdens into small bundles, we'll be glad to carry them for you. We are small but we would like to help.

So God fastened upon the back of each one a small bundle, and they all set out walking across the plain to their destination. They sang as they went, and did not seem to feel the weight of their burdens at all. Every day the burdens seemed lighter and lighter, until the loads seems to be lifting the birds, instead of the birds carrying the burdens.

When they arrived at their destination, they discovered that when they removed their loads, there were wings in their place, wings which enabled them to fly to the sky and the tree tops.

They had learned how to carry their burdens, and their loads had become wings to carry them nearer to God. Burdens we carry for others may become wings of the spirit, to lift us into happiness such as we have never known.

Down in their hearts, wise people know this truth:  the only way to help yourself is to help others.

Elbert Hubbard


Rick Watson said...

Love lifts me up, is a beautiful song.
Good work.

betty said...

I liked that legend :) I really like to smile at a child or a young baby :) They have such joy in their face when they smile back (as long as they aren't crying or upset about something :)


jack69 said...

Another sweet read my friend. have a wonderful day. Nice visit, helps start a busy day...

Carol Z said...

This is lovely. Thanks for a great start to my week. Happy wishes to you!


Love the quote you started this post with. Makes my heart sing. "When you help someone up a hill you get that much closer to the top yourself."