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

Author Unknown

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Chapter 1, Page 23, Book 16

Edgar Guest
He was going to be all that a mortal should be tomorrow.
No one should be kinder or braver than he tomorrow.
A friend who was troubled and weary he knew,
Who'd be glad of a lift and who needed it, too;
On him he would call and see what he could do, tomorrow.

Each morning he stacked up the letters he'd write, tomorrow,
And thought of the folks he would fill with delight, tomorrow.
It was too bad, indeed, he was busy today,
And hadn't a minute to stop on his way;
More time he would have to give others, he'd say, tomorrow.

The greatest of workers this man would have been, tomorrow.
The world would have known him, had he ever seen tomorrow.
But the fact is he died and he faded from view,
And all that he left here when living was through
Was a mountain of things he intended to do, tomorrow.

January 23rd - Enjoy life today, yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come. 

We can fill each day with grasping or with giving;
with griping or with gratitude.
William Arthur Ward

If life has taught me anything at all is that we need to enjoy each day as it comes and to live our lives to the fullest. I’m always on the outlook for some wisdom to pass on to you all and  I recently read and article about Mark Twain.  He is well known for some of his very popular books like Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He was a writer and also a humorist, satirist and lecturer.

Twain is known for his many and often funny quotes. Here are a few of my favorite tips from him

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.

If you don’t approve of yourself, of your behaviour and actions then you’ll probably walk around most of the day with a sort of uncomfortable feeling. If you, on the other hand, approve of yourself then you tend to become relaxed and gain inner freedom to do more of what you really want.

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
So many limitations are mostly in our minds. We may for instance think that people will disapprove because we are too tall, too old or balding. But these things mostly matter when you think they matter. Because you become self conscious and worried about what people may think.

Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.

Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.

Humor and laughter are amazing tools. They can turn any serious situation into something to laugh about. They can lighten the mood just about anywhere.

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

Anger is most of the time pretty pointless. It can cause situations to get out of hand. And from a selfish perspective it often more hurtful for the one being angry then the person he’s angry at.

Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.

What you focus your mind on greatly determines how things play out. You can focus on your problems and dwell in suffering and a victim mentality. Or you can focus on the positive in situation, what you can learn from that situation or just focus your mind on something entirely else

I don’t think anyone could go wrong by putting these useful tips into practice.  Of course Edgar Guest, Willam Ward and Robert Stevenson were pretty wise me too.  

How sweet it is !

As yesterday is history, and tomorrow may never come, I have resolved from this day on, I will do all the business I can honestly, have all the fun I can reasonably, do all the good I can willingly, and save my digestion by thinking pleasantly.

Robert Louis Stevenson


jack69 said...

WOW what a good read to start the day, I would like to hug you for the Edgar Guest poem. I have never read that one. He is one of my favorites.
Such a lesson we learn, when it finally hits, "Yesterday is GONE, Tomorrow will never come."
Thanks, we reached 32 this morning in Florida, Someone left the door open up there! Yeah I know that is a heat wave in some parts of the country. WE are 42 now. high of 47, but in the 70-80's soon!


betty said...

Lots of good quotes here today; something to meditate on for several days. That was a good poem from Edgar Guest and so true; we are not guaranteed any tomorrows. Each day we must live to the fullest!


Mevely317 said...

I, too, am touched by Mr. Guest's poem.
Haven't we all known someone who unintentionally lived their lives in such a manner?

Sure. I've trespassed there before ... but thank God, something/someone has always been around to bring me back to my senses.

Rick Watson said...

I've taken a class, and read three books in the last few months on this very topic. I love visiting your blog.

ADB said...

Love your pearls of wisdom. Never take anything for granted.