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

Author Unknown

Monday, October 12, 2015

Chapter 10, Page 12, Book 15

Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let's not be afraid to receive each day's surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.

Henri Nouwen

October 12th - all are welcome

Gratitude is a twofold love -- love coming to visit us, and love running out to greet a welcome guest.

Henry Van Dyke

Were you ever taught the saying, Don’t wear out your welcome? One way or another, we all learn boundaries in relationships, like how to act with tact and to avoid making presumptions about others. Lessons like these teach us to be considerate and help us build lasting relationships.

Kindness is always fashionable, and always welcome.
Amelia Barr

Children don’t learn the same kinds of boundaries with their parents as they do with their friends and acquaintances. That’s because parents love to provide good things for their children. It’s also much harder to impose on a parent than on a friend. 

What is common between children, can show up in adult relationships too. One person offends another, and the hurt person shoots back a verbal blow. The original offender retaliates with another insult. Before long, anger and cruel words have damaged the relationship.

Remember:  A soft answer has often been the means of breaking a hard heart.

A smile is the universal welcome.

Max Eastman


jack69 said...

The most memorable axiom of my dad's was, "Keep your words soft and sweet, because one day you might have to eat them." He practiced that all his life. I have tried to, but failed at times.
Thought provoking entry. Good.

betty said...

Always good to be careful with the words one says.


Rick Watson said...

You raise the vibration level of the planet:)