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

Author Unknown

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Chapter 6, Page 17, Book 17

♥ ¸¸.•*¨*So let the sun shine in, face it with a grin.  Smilers never lose and frowners never win.  So Let the sun shine in, face it with a grin.  Open up your heart and let the sun shine in.♥¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ 

The balance of life

A little work, a little play
To keep us going—and so, good day!
A little warmth, a little light
Of love's bestowing—and so, goodnight!
A little fun, to match the sorrow
Of each day's growing—and so, good morrow!
George du Maurier

I painted the sign above on a piece of slate that I’d collected, in answer to a request by my daughter.  She has a special place in mind to put it. 

It certainly got me to thinking that life is truly a matter of holding on and letting to.  We let go of our parents hands when we begin to walk, but we hold on to them tightly throughout our lives.  We let go of our own children as they grow up and move on with their lives, but we hold them in our hearts with love.

Sometimes we feel so helpless that we hold on to things we are better off letting go. Letting go after all is not easy.

We come into this world head first and go out feet first; in between, it is all a matter of balance. 

Paul Boese

All through life we hold on and let go of many many things.  We get two choices: to hold on to the past,  complain, and be completely miserable or let go of everything that is no longer relevant.

We hold on to the dreams and goals that are authentic and that represent who you are and let go of the ones that we don’t feel so strong about anymore and create new ones.

Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.

Brian Tracy

I’ve learned that life of genuine balance and peace starts when you learn to let go without regret and hold on with gratitude.

Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. 

Robert Fulghum


betty said...

I like that letting go without regret and holding on with gratitude. Very nice sign you painted too!


Debbie said...

Beautiful sign you painted!
Letting go takes years, sometimes. Why we hang on for so long is a mystery. Wasted time on holding on....freedom in the letting go.
Too bad we don't understand that while we go through all those years of agony.
My life is so much more joyful since I let go of the past.
"The Past" is still the same. I am the one that had to move on, and change.....and experience the freedom for a happy life.
I love this post!!

Rick Watson said...

Indeed, letting go can be so hard. Sometimes when we take the leap, we wonder why we held on so long.

Mevely317 said...

Your handwriting is so lovely, Ma! That's a great quote!

jack69 said...

Oh yes, I enjoyed your take and graphics on the Balance. Indeed you have created a diamond, a keeper, Thanks. It is so true.


i love the slate and the quote. life is indeed a delicate balancing act.