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

Author Unknown

Friday, May 26, 2017

Chapter 5, Page 26, Book 17

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

In the morning when I rise…

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning… 

 John Boynton Priestley

In the early quiet of each morning I say a prayer, read my devotionals and give thanks for a new day and have a little coffee. : )  I’ve always loved the early morning, even though I’m not a morning person.  I’m not a good conversationalist and not good company until I’ve had my quiet time.  

Having a large family at home for many years, led me to getting up earlier than they did.  Even when I worked I got up at least a half hour early.  The quiet early morning when I rise is the starting point of my day and if I don’t get that time, things never go as well.  

I need those moments to check in with myself.  To think about what is on the agenda for the day.  Being retired, they are even times I need to remember what day it is.  It’s true what they say about retirement making you feel like every day is the weekend.  But it’s not the weekend yet and there is things that need to be done before then.

Rise early, reap the rewards

The minute we wake up, we can choose to get out of bed and make the most of our day or press the snooze button, roll over, pull the blankets over our head, and feel dread about the day ahead. This is nobody's choice but ours.

Whatever it is that we intend to do each day, we need be clear about what it is you want your day to be.  We are what we think.  Since we have total control over our thoughts, we also have the power to start our day on a super positive note each and every day.

Old times never come back and I suppose it's just as well. What comes back is a new morning every day in the year, and that's better. 

George E. Woodberry

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Chapter 5, Page 25, Book 17

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

Truth is often scary, and it hurts pretty bad sometimes and sometimes it even changes everything

Truth has no special time of its own.  Its hour is now--always.

Albert Schweitzer

Telling the truth is never easy but truth has incredible power in itself and is a necessary part of living a fulfilling life. It is not only beneficial for the person who is telling the truth, but also for the person who is told the truth. 

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything. 

Mark Twain

I think the worst thing about being lied to is knowing you're not worth the truth. I’ve been in that situation and it is painful.  I’d rather know the real truth of the matter than to be lied to.  Truth might be painful to some, but lying can hurt even more.

When our lives are guided by our values, our decisions are based on truth  By being true to yourself, it becomes easier for you to be true to others. 

A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future. 

Author Unknown

Being able to tell the truth will earn your respect because telling the truths shows that you really care for others. The truth might often be painful to hear, so we need to learn to deliver it in a way that won’t lead other people to get defensive. Truth that comes from a place of love and consideration will always be appreciated.

Always tell the truth. If you can't always tell the truth, don't lie. 

Author Unknown

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Chapter 5, Page 24, Book 17

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

Don’t let a small argument ruin a great friendship.  Life is too short to argue for days about insignificant things like being late or forgetting to call.

I don't have to attend every argument I'm invited to. 

Author unknown

Sad but true I’ve known some whose arguments went on for a life time.  So I’m taking a little time sharing some good advice that I’ve found to be true.   We need to remember that arguments are no more than two points of view that don’t coincide. It’s inevitable that disagreements will occasionally occur between people who are close. What’s more, occasional arguments can be a healthy indication of two confident personalities who feel comfortable enough to express their true feelings.

Keep your words soft and tender because tomorrow you may have to eat them.  

Author Unknown

 Nobody is perfect, and we all will do something to hurt another person at some point in our lives.  Next time you argue with a friend, accept that you have different points of view and get over it! Your friendship is far more important than anything you may quarrel over. Don’t sacrifice the relationship you’ve built together for the sake of winning a point.

The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours — it is an amazing journey — and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.

Bob Mouawad

Life is too short to let negative emotions keep us from the ones we love.  If apologies are needed, make 
them. If forgiveness is required, offer it. By moving past the argument, you both come out winners .

An apology is a good way to have the last word.  

Author Unknown

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Chapter 5, Page 23, Book 17

Here I am with my daughter and her son.

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

There is only one you

You are unique--there is no one else like you.

Marva Collins

In case you haven’t met me,  I’d like to give you an introduction.

I’m thankful to be me.  I’m not a young chick, I’m getting older.  I don’t try to be anyone else. I know my age and am not ashamed of it.  I’ve lived a great life for the most part and have no regrets.  

So many try to be something they’re not.  Not me.  For all my grey hair and wrinkles I’m not looking to be anyone else.  

I’m a grand’ma’, I’m a mom and I’m a sister and a friend.  I’ve got many hats, but they all belong to me.  I don’t try to copy anyone’s style or looks.  Most of what I own is old and so are the clothes I wear.  Truthfully, though I’ve got so much that nothing I have is ever going to wear out in this lifetime.  

About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won’t like you at all. 

Rita Mae Brown

I don’t compare myself to others, because I’m an original.There are no two of a kind. If we were all the same, what a boring world we’d live in.  I believe that we are who we are and should be what we were meant to be.  Unique, individual and wonderful!

I’m plump, well rounded, and I wear clunky shoes and baggy pants because they are comfortable and at this point in my life being comfortable is wonderful.   I’m not what I once was, but never better.  

I’m an encourager because I know how much it means to get a kind word, a pat on the back or a hug.  I’ve known the power of a smile and how wonderful it is to have someone who cares enough to be at my side.

I’m a believer.  My faith is very important to me.  We all need that in our lives.  I’m a widow.  I lost the love of my life to a sudden heart attack.  I have also lost a grandson and a son, but because I have faith, I know that they are in a better place than we could ever imagine, and who can be sad about that. We, the ones that are left behind, will miss them, but keep them close in our hearts forever.

I’m a positive thinker.  We are called to rejoice and be glad in all circumstances.  Whenever I get down, I count my blessings of which there are many.  I’m too blessed to be stressed and even though every day may not be a good one, there is something good to be found in every day if you take the time to look for it.

What more can I say? I’m me…unique and wonderfully made and thankful for it.

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. 

Dr. Seuss

Monday, May 22, 2017

Chapter 5, Page 22, Book 17

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

Every day is a gift, that is why we call it the present

Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present.

 Bil Keane

Believe it or not, research shows that we spend very little time living in the present. We spend a lot of time ruminating about the past, or speculating about the future. To make things worse, much of our thinking is negative. We think about the things we might have done, or we think about future dramas that may, in reality, never occur. Or we might just simply wish it was Friday, and effectively wish a significant portion of our lives away.

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present. 

Albert Camus

Choosing to live in the past or the future not only robs you of enjoyment today, it robs you of truly living. The only important moment is the present moment.

It is said that life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away. I’ve certainly many of those in my life.  I try to remember that living one day is the best way. Being thankful for and appreciating what I have each moment of my life.

Happy is the person who cherishes the precious lessons of the past and lives vigorously in the present.

Jerome Hines

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Chapter 5, Page 21, Book 17

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

A life without limits

Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.

Mae Jamison

Too many people are living their lives according to what others think is best for them, they live their lives according to what their parents think is best for them, to what their friends, their enemies and their teachers, their government and the media think are best for them

Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice.  The only limits in your life should be those that you set yourself.  Truth is that when you allow other people's words to stop you, they will.

I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations
and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.

Bruce Lee

Don’t let the opinions of others make you forget that you are not in this world to live up to the expectations of others, nor should you feel that others are here to live up to yours.  In fact, the more you approve of your own decisions in life, the less approval you need from everyone else.

You might feel unwanted and unworthy to one person, but you are priceless to another.  No matter how good you are to people, there will always be one negative person who criticizes you.   When you think of a life without limits you have a tendency to think that you can do anything.  Remember what works for others might not work for you.  

When a man has put a limit on what he will do, he has put a limit on what he can do. 

Charles M. Schwab

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Chapter 5, Page 20, Book 17

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

Be a lifetime learner

You learn something every day if you pay attention. 

Ray LeBlond

This time of year many are celebrating graduations.  High School, College and even Nursery School says friend Jack.  Students are happy they’ve reach the point that school days are over, but they are in for a big surprise.  The truth is learning never stops. The older I get the more I’m finding out just how little I really know.  The older I get the less I know and the more I need to learn. In this fast and changing world something new is happening every day and for me every day is a school day.

Learning helps us more easily and readily adapt to new situations.  New situations happen more than we want sometimes.  Change is one constant we can depend on.

If you learn something new every day, you can teach something new every day.

Martha Stewart 

Very often I pass along what I’ve learned.  Some lessons in life are particularly hard and I have had to revisit them often.   I may seem repetitious when I talk about smiles, gratitude, love and faith, but they have great importance and effect so many different parts of our lives.  The lessons they can teach us are endless it seems.  Sometimes you suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.

It's a mistake, when life hands you a tough lesson, to think that you can get back at life by not learning it. 

Robert Brault

So far today I’ve learned a valuable lesson.  It’s one I’ve had to learn many times over. Life is  about simplifying and focusing on the genuine and true things in life that really make us happy, including the most important: family, friends, and our relationship with both God and ourselves. So often we forget our way to happiness. We get bogged down with negative feelings and the idea that life isn’t fair. Newsflash -- it’s not. Happiness can literally make you live longer and can certainly improve your health and quality of life. 

May each and every one of us to find our happiness today and live our lives free from the baggage that weighs us down.

People learn something every day, and a lot of times it’s that what they learned the day before was wrong. 

Bill Vaughan

 The lesson I learned about change:  

Be aware that change can happen in your life. This means understanding that things can and will be different from how they are now.

Change gives us a chance to learn something new.  Not all changes in life are bad, there are some good times that come with change. 

When you accept, embrace, and learn from change, you inevitably grow stronger. The ability to continuously accept change allows you to become as solid as a rock in the midst of violent storms all around you, even if you feel afraid.  When life fails to shake you up with its twists and turns, you realize that changes can’t break you.

To learn something new is a timeless pleasure and a valuable treasure.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Chapter 5, Page 19, Book 17

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

Each day holds the potential for a new chapter in my life

It was sunsets that taught me that beauty sometimes only lasts for a couple of moments, and it was sunrises that showed me that all it takes is patience to experience it all over again.

A J Lawless 

The quote about the sunsets got me to thinking how each day is a page in my life. Yesterday between sunrise and sunset, I lived another day.  I made the best of what came my way and I learned something new.

Life is like a book. There are good chapters, and there are bad chapters. But when you get to a bad chapter, you don’t stop reading the book! If you do…then you never get to find out what happens next!

Brian Falkner

My life is like a book.  It’s  an ever unfolding story, presenting new adventures and possibilities at each turn of the page. Events and activities, thoughts and ideas fill the pages of each chapter.

The world goes up and the world goes down,
And the sunshine follows the rain;
And yesterday's sneer and yesterday's frown
Can never come over again.

Charles Kingsly 

Your life is yours. You own it, and what you make of it is purely up to you. Others may support you in your aspirations, but, in the end, it’s your creation.   Create and cultivate your goals and aspirations. Think about them, decide how you are going to achieve them, and patiently pursue them.

Starting a new day is like turning another page.  It’s blank till you live it.  Like a page in a book, life happens one day at a time.

There's always a story. It's all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything's got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.

Terry Pratchett

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Chapter 5, Page 18, Book 17

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

Everyone needs care. Handle each other gently.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all be a little more gentle with each other, and a little more loving, have a little more empathy, and maybe, we'd like each other a little bit more.

Judy Garland

Gentleness is strength. We need to know our strength and exercise caution. If we aren't careful,we may unwittingly hurt another person without intending to do so. Be especially cautious when interacting with fragile individuals such as children, sick people, or very old people.

Treat fragile people as though they might actually break. You do not need to be overprotective, just thoughtful.  Do not confuse gentleness with weakness either. The strongest people are those who can interact with others, touch others, speak with others, and love others in a patient and caring way. Being gentle is being able to hold someone without crushing them.

A gentle word is never lost... it cheers the heart when sorrow tossed, and lulls the cares that bruise it.


One definition of gentle is being free from harshness, sternness, or violence. When people are harsh, stern or violent with others, they’re coming from a place of weakness. Weakness that leads them to try and control, manipulate, overpower, condescend, criticize, and demean.

We need to think before we act. If you are quick to anger, you may do something in the heat of the moment that you'll regret later on. Consider the consequences of what you are about to do. Don't react; respond.   It's easy to be rough with other people if you don't consider how your actions might make them feel. Be careful. Be gentle.

A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles. 

William Hazitt

Gentleness is a choice. A brave one. And in choosing gentleness, and respecting it, you are boldly accessing your true strengths.

Never, never is it possible to reach someone if you become angry or bitter only love and gentleness can do it. Maybe not this time but maybe the next or the hundredth time. 

 Cesar Chavez

Tip for today : Spread a little bit more love.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Chapter 5, Page 17, Book 17

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

We are what we believe we are

If you don't believe in yourself, nobody else will. Have a little more confidence.

Cathy Moriarty

Confidence is a strong powerful force that gives us ability to conquer life’s obstacles and it’s up to each of us to keep the fire going in times of doubt.

Living your life consistent with your deepest values is essential when it comes to keeping up your confidence.  Self esteem is like a bank account. When you live your values with integrity, you are making deposits into the bank of self esteem. We can be rich or poor. We are the ones who decide how many deposits we make.

The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.

Walt Disney

Confidence is not a fixed attribute; it’s the outcome of the thoughts we think and the actions we take. No more; no less. It is not based on your actual ability to succeed at a task but your belief in your ability to succeed. 

Each one of us is unique, special and wonderfully made. No two of us are alike,  Even if we’re different from those around us, confidence allows us to face life with boldness, openness, and honesty. It enables us to live without worry and to feel safe. It enables us to live authentically. We don't have to pretend to be somebody we're not, because we are secure in who we are.

To consider others better than yourself, is not to say you have no place; it is to say that you know your place.

The most valuable things in life are not measured in monetary terms. The really important things are not houses and lands, stocks and bonds, automobiles and real state, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith. 

Bertrand Russell

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chapter 5, Page 16, Book 17

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

Life is precious, don’t take anything for granted.

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. 

G. K. Chesterton

When you take something for granted, you assume it will always be there for you. It becomes a given in your life, a fixture, something you expect won’t change, no matter what you do or don’t do. 

It is easy to be complacent and take much for granted all around us. It is often an unexpected crisis or an unforeseen event that can knock us out of the complacency we had fallen into.

The more often we see the things around us - even the beautiful and wonderful things - the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds - even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less. 

Joseph B. Wirthlin

Appreciation and wonder are two qualities that, if we were to experience them regularly, could add much quality to our lives. Always show appreciation. What's taken for granted will eventually be taken away.  

Don’t wait to have things taken away before appreciating them. The things you take for granted, someone else is praying for. Happiness never comes to those who don't appreciate what they already have.

Live life to the fullest because in a second things can change.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Chapter 5, Page 15, Book 17

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

We are what we think

Worrying is carrying tomorrow's load with today's strength - carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.

 Worry robs you of your peace. It steals your joy. It grabs hold of your sleep and keeps you up all night. Worrying doesn't add any value to your life. 

Since you can choose your own thoughts, when doubt comes, you can learn to recognize it for what it is, say, No, thank you, and keep on believing! Your life is what you live today, and the direction you hope to take in the future.   You can’t fix the whole world. All you can do is to do your best to manage your little corner of it. 

Worry does nothing but steal your joy and keep you very busy doing nothing. 


Worry is one of the top dream killers; it consumes your thinking, bogs down creativity, and can make you feel stuck.  Bad days will come, but they will also go. People who worry a lot tend to only focus on the negative, and they forget to leave room for contemplating the positive. Instead of clinging to the bad news, seek out the good news and think about the good times.

Always remember, our thoughts create our lives… Choose wisely!

Have a happy Monday !

Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday. 

Author Unknown

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Chapter 5, Page 14, Book 17

It’s Mothers Day and I’m celebrating !!!  I love being a mom!

I never wanted anything quite so much as a large family.  Thankfully I was blessed and had 7 wonderful children.  They in turn have given me 22 grandchildren.

Being a mom is the best and most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.   I can truthfully say that  you’ll never experience the kind of love towards another human being that you do as a parent to child.  The love we share is unconditional.  It binds us together and no matter what, we love each other.

My children have taught me more about life than anything else.  I’ve learned so much from them.  They motivate me, inspire me and teach me.

They have taught me the wonder of life and how to look at simple things through the eyes of a child.  

I’ve been places and seen things I never would have, had I not been a mom.  They’ve broadened my horizons and make me want to be a better person.

Mothers day is more than chocolate  or flowers, it’s all about life.  Through my children I’ve come to realize what really matters.  

 I hope you all have Happy Mothers Day!

Our family is a circle of strength and love, with every birth and every union, the circle will grow, every joy shared adds more love, every crisis faced together, makes the circle stronger.