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

Author Unknown

Friday, August 18, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 18, Book 17

Beware of Destination Addiction –
a preoccupation with the idea that happiness
is in the next place,
the next job and with the next partner.
Until you give up the idea
that happiness is somewhere else,
it will never be where you are.
Robert Holden, PhD

Life is to short to wait...

Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations.

Jean Paul Richter

Many people take for granted the time that they have on this earth, putting off things that they want to do or experience.  There is never going to be a better time than now.  If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.

Wishing, hoping and regretting are the most common and dangerous tactics for evading the present. 

Sammy Davis, Jr.

Never let your fears decide your fate.  We put things off. For later, when we’re older. When we have more time. When we finish school. Or get married. When we land that job or get that promotion. After we buy the house. Or sell the house. After we’re done having kids. Or the kids get older. Or the kids move out. When we slow down. When we retire. Later.

But no one has ever been given the promise of later.

Don't wait for your ship to come in and feel angry and cheated when it doesn't. Get going with something small. 

Irene Kassorla

Whatever is on your list for tomorrow, whatever you’re putting off for later, consider doing now.. with those you love, with the gift of today.

How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now, and that there will never be a time when it is not now. 

Gerald Jampolsky

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 17, Book 17

In the time we have it surely our duty to do all the good we can to all the people we can in all the ways we can.

William Barclay

Just for today I will be present in each moment…

If you limit your actions in life to things
that nobody can possibly find fault
with, you will not do much.

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson

The biggest difference between peace and stress is attitude.  It’s all about how you look at a situation and what you decide to do with it.  It’s remembering that there are no certainties in life.  We don’t know exactly what the future will bring.  So the best way to live is to make positive use of the present moment, even it it sometimes disappoints you. 

It’s truly a powerful and beautiful thing when a person’s intentions are genuine.  So remember to do things for the right reasons, even when things don’t work out as planned.  With a strong enough reason why, you’ll be able to do what’s required at any time and in any circumstance.

  It’s never too late to change your attitude about something you can’t change.  Just decide to make the best of it.  Take life day by day and be grateful for the little things.  No excuses.

If you blink, you might miss it.

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.

Thomas Merton

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 16, Book 17

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.  

Henry Van Dyke

Just for today I’ll remember that things happen in their time, not mine…

To everything there is a season, and time to every purpose under the heaven

Time is the most valuable thing on earth. 

Time is an equal opportunity employer.  Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day.  Rich people can’t buy more hours.  Scientists can’t invent new minutes.  And you can’t save time to spend it on another day.  Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving.  No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.  Success depends upon using it wisely—by planning and setting priorities.      

Denis Waitley

From the Net...  Imagine there is a bank which credits your account each morning with $86,400; carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day.

What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course! Well, everyone has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose.

It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the records of the day. If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the tomorrow. You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success! The clock is running. Make the most of today..

To realize the value of ONE YEAR: Ask a student who has failed his exams.
To realize the value of ONE MONTH: Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK: Ask an editor of a weekly.
To realize the value of ONE DAY: Ask a daily wage laborer.
To realize the value of ONE HOUR: Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE: Ask a person who has missed the train.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND: Ask a person who has survived an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLI-SECOND: Ask the person who has won a silver medal in Olympics.
To realize the value of ONE MICRO-SECOND: Ask NASA's Team of scientists.
To realize the value of ONE NANO-SECOND: Ask a Hardware Engineer.
And even then, if you don't realize the value of time: You must be a Software Engineer !!!

Treasure every moment that you have! Remember, time waits for no one.

 Life is treasured in minutes, hours, days, months, and years. Make every moment count.

How you spend your time is more important than how you spend your money.  Money mistakes can be corrected, but time is gone forever.       

David Norris

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 15, Book 17

You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.

Walter Hagen

Just for today I’ll slow down and notice what’s around me…

Ever forward, but slowly

Gebhard Von Blucher

Even at my age, I can sometimes feel the pressure to pack my life full of activity and maximize my time by doing all I can.  Busyness has overloaded our minds. And we walk around with this nagging sense that there’s something we forgot to do. Or we feel guilty when we actually do take time to do nothing, be lazy with some friends, or watch a worm inch its way across the sidewalk. But life doesn’t have to be so crazy. The craziness ends when we can embrace the alternative: slowing down.

 When you notice that you are lost in the busyness of the day or your life, stop. Simply pause, take a deep breath and remind yourself that you can choose slow. 

Speed and busyness is overrated. If we could put less value on the amount of things we get done and more value on how we treat people, including ourselves, perhaps we could master the art of slow. The next moment will come on its own time. For now, enjoy the one that is right in front of you.

Live a life that moves you and makes you smile every day.  Because you don’t want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that your life is merely a collection of stressful expectations and somedays and errands and receipts and empty promises.

There is more to life than increasing its speed.

Mohandas Gandhi

Monday, August 14, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 14, Book 17

It’s your outlook on life that counts.
If you take yourself lightly
and don’t take yourself too seriously,
pretty soon you can find the humor
in our everyday lives.
And sometimes it can be a lifesaver.

Betty White

A renewed outlook

You need to be able to manage stress because hard times will come, and a positive outlook is what gets you through. 

Marie Osmond

They say that if you change your thinking, you change your life and that is what renewing our outlook on life is all about. Thoughts and attitudes are like the engine of a train and our emotions and behavior are like the caboose.  

Changing the way you think is like a locomotive that switches tracks and heads in a new direction, taking the rest of the train, our behavior, actions and habits, right along with it.  Our thought life is so important for a healthy outlook.  

Life is change. We shouldn't resist it. Remaining stagnant is in opposition to the natural order of life. Flow with change. Embrace it and regard it as an adventure.

A positive attitude will give you a positive life.

A negative attitude will give you a negative life.

It seems so simple yet, we make it so hard. Change how you react to situations and you will change your life.

Your outlook upon life, your estimate of yourself, your estimate of your value are largely colored by your environment. Your whole career will be modified, shaped, molded by your surroundings, by the character of the people with whom you come in contact every day. 

Orison Swett Marden

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 13, Book 17

Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, faith looks up.


Keeping the faith in what seems like a faithless age 

Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys.

Madeleine L’Engle

Life can be bittersweet sometimes.  There are some days when it seems like every wish or dream is coming true. And then there are some days when the clouds begin to fill in and block the light. It’s on these darker days when your faith is needed most.  Because if we have faith, we believe that things are going to get better.

Faith is something that must be released. You can possess faith, but you must put it to use. A muscle that is not used gets weak and shrivels up. If you don't use your faith, then it's no different than not having any.

Feed your fears and your faith will starve. Feed your faith, and your fears will.

Max Lucado

  Our faith, the gift that grows, is more precious than gold. 

I’ve come to see faith as a gift that grows. It is a gift, yes, I didn’t earn it, but I can hold it and nurture it and cultivate it and allow it to grow, by God’s grace, by what I feed it and what I do with it and what I allow into the garden of my heart. 

Fears follow doubt. Faith follows hope.

 I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.

William Allen White

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 12, Book 17

Be a Positive Thinker
Pamela Owens Renfro

Remember. . . there is a deeper strength
and an amazing abundance of peace
available to you.
Draw from this well;
call on your faith to uphold you.
You will make it through this time
and find joy in life again.

Life continues around us,
even when our troubles seem to stop time.
There is good in life every day.
Take a few minutes to distract yourself
from your concerns--
long enough to draw strength from a tree
or to find pleasure in a bird's song.

Return a smile;
realize that life is a series of levels,
cycles of ups and downs--
some easy, some challenging.
Through it all, we learn;
we grow strong in faith;
we mature in understanding.
The difficult times are often
the best teachers, and there is
good to be found in all situations.
Reach for the good.
Be strong, and don't give up.

Just for today I will focus on the positive

Our best friend and our worst enemies are our thoughts.  A thought can do us more good than a doctor or a banker or a faithful friend.  It can also do us more harm than a brick.

Frank Crane

Many of us spend way too much time either focused on tomorrow or worrying about tomorrow because we want things to work out a certain way.

I can think of way too many occasions when I have definitely been guilty of this.  Sometimes, we just have to let go a little and trust that if we do everything we can and should today things will work out just as they should tomorrow.

Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive. 

Matt Cameron

There really is no need to worry about tomorrow or to focus too much on tomorrow. Our attention, and efforts are much better spent focusing on today.

Tomorrow will come and it will be whatever it is.

Today is here right now staring you in the face. 

You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind. 

Joyce Meyer

 There really is no need to worry about tomorrow when you are living today the right way.

Delete the negative; accentuate the positive!

 Donna Karan

Friday, August 11, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 11, Book 17

Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.

 Julie Andrews

Perseverance, noun:  steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday.

Author Unknown

Perseverance overcomes almost everything. When you fall, perseverance tells you to get up. When you’re defeated, perseverance tells you to try again. When you feel like quitting, perseverance doesn’t let you.

When we persevere, we: Do our best with what we have. We keep trying, we don't quit or give up easily and we never make excuses for obstacles that get in the way of getting something done. Instead we look for ways to remove or work around the obstacles.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. 

We can not learn perseverance without experiencing difficulty. This often makes it a painful skill to learn. But also, one of the most rewarding.

People who become the most in life have learned the skill of perseverance. They are the ones who refuse to give in regardless of the score or the current trial they are facing.

Let perseverance be your engine and hope your fuel. 

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 10, Book 17

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.

Mark Twain

A list can be a lifesaver.

Lord help me to do with a smile those things I have to do anyway.

Hal Roach

Many people underestimate the value of lists. Sure, the act of writing a list of chores doesn’t get them done. But, it does get them down on paper and out of that merry go round operating in your mind.

Seeing your tasks as words on a page allows you to take control of your thinking — to plan, to undertake, and, most importantly, to cross them off in triumph as they are achieved.

Lists are the butterfly nets that catch my fleeting thoughts… 

Betsy CaƱas 

When you think about lists are a very important part of our lives.  There’s the ToDo list, the grocery list, the email list, the gratitude list, the Christmas lists, the bucket list and the lists go and on.

In this age of information overload, a list making has become a way of keeping us on track.  I know for a fact, that if I don’t write it down, I’ll forget it.

Each day contains twenty four hours but how we spend those hours is what separates people who enjoy lives of happiness, fulfillment and success from those who experience lives filled with frustration, disappointment, and often failure.

 Put 'eat chocolate’ on the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you'll get one thing done.

Author unknown.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 9, Book 17

We live in deeds, not years;
in thoughts, not breaths;
In feelings, not in figures on a dial
We should count time by heartthrobs.
He most lives
Who thinks most -- feels the noblest -- acts the best.

 P. J. Bailey

Our actions and their consequences shape our future. Every action causes a consequence either long term or short term. Some of them are reversible, and some are irreversible.  

We live in deeds, not years...

 We create our destiny day after day, decision after decision and action after action.

Life is about action. Success is about action. But no matter how much outer success you achieve, true success and lasting happiness must come from within.  

Little deeds of kindness, little words of love, Help to make earth happy like the heaven above. 

Julia A. Fletcher Carney

One of the greatest things any of us can do in life is reach out and do a good deed for another human being. Whether it means offering your love and compassion, or making a charitable donation of time, energy or money, there are many ways to bring sunshine into the lives of others.

The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy. 

Florence Scovel Shinn

Besides helping someone, doing a good deed, warms your own heart and makes you feel good. Helping others gives you a new perspective and keeps you from focusing on your own problems. By focusing on someone other than yourself, you are reminded that you are not the only one in the world that has problems. Enjoy the process. Celebrate each deed, each thought.

If a man would reap praise, you must sow the seeds, gentle words and useful deeds. 

Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 8, Book 17

Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!

Hebrews 13:2

Today’s post was prompted by an unexpected visit from two of my Aunts this past Sunday.  One is 80 and the other 87.  They are angels and were heaven sent on what was to be an ordinary day.  I had just settled in to read the Sunday paper after church when I got the call saying, We’re on our way !

Hospitality is not about what you have, but what you do with what we have.  

Sometimes we feel a little overwhelmed when unexpected guests come knocking on our doors.  Even though they may be family or close friends, we want our homes to look their best. Sadly the truth of the matter is that no one ever comes for a visit when my house is clean and everything is in it’s place.

Hospitality consists in a little fire, a little food, and an immense quiet.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hospitality is about acting with grace.

Guests are always welcome here and I’m always happy that someone thought enough of me to come to my home.  People that care about me are not going to care about what the house looks like, they came to see me.

The ornaments of your house will be the guests who frequent it.

Author Unknown

Hospitality is about building community.

I’m certainly not going to cringe when they see the dust or the clutter of junk mail and newspapers stacked up on the table.  Nope, our homes are a part of who we are and reflect our personalities too. No two of us are alike.  What you like may be different from what I like but when we entertain others we try to make them feel welcome.

We dare not trust our wit for making our house pleasant to our friend, so we buy ice cream. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hospitality can be difficult.

If nothing else, I can say my home is comfortable.  Growing older means that I like the tried and true.  I love comfort food and my rocking chair is one of my favorite pieces of furniture. Over the years I’ve come to discover that if I put on my best smile, it can overshadow those crumbs on the floor or even the fingerprints on the windows.

The only advantage of not being too good a housekeeper is that your guests are so pleased to feel how very much better they are. 

Eleanor Roosevelt

Finally, hospitality is about being receptive.

Hospitality is defined as, receptive; kindness in welcoming strangers or guests. By being receptive, respectful and open to others says, you’re important to me. When it comes down to it, being hospitable is about focusing on the other person, understanding their needs and offering to help them to meet those needs.

It is not the quantity of the meat but the cheerfulness of the guests which makes the feast. 

Edward Hyde

Monday, August 07, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 7, Book 17

In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

Author Unknown

Life is hard enough as it is, so we should make it easier on one another by being kind. And in our kindness, we can inspire kindness in others, making life just a little better, one smile and hug at a time.

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kindness is filled with hope; that’s exactly what kindness is. Kindness is the light that keeps our inner fires burning. Kindness is that spirit and that faith that tell us to keep holding on and to continue enduring through our present life situation. Instill this same hope in others by being kind. Even if you don’t know it, at the same time, you will be instilling this hope within yourself too. Kindness does that; in a beautiful way, it’s magic.

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. 

Henry James