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

Author Unknown

Monday, October 22, 2018

Chapter 10, Page 22, Book 18

If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.


I heard one of my sons passing on this advice to one of his children the other day.  He smiled at me because he knew this was a something I’d said to him when he was a child.  I got that piece of wise advice from my own mother years and years ago.

It’s not easy to keep your mouth shut when you are hurt or angry,  but believe me it beats saying something you wish you’d never said in the first place.  Don’t get into the nitty gritty, just let it go.

The kindest word in all the world is the unkind word, unsaid.

Author Unknown

Words are powerful.  We can use them to encourage, to help, to heal or to hurt, harm or humiliate.  Choose them well.  

Sticks and stones will break our bones, but words will brake our hearts.

Robert Fulghum

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Chapter 10, Page 21, Book 18

Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough 

Emily Dickinson

Life is too short to be anything but happy

Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.

Henry Van Dyke

Happiness is a gift for the taking.  It doesn’t matter what things you have in life, what matters is the state in which your mind is set and thoughts you focus on. I truly believe happiness is an inside job.  

You cannot go out looking for happiness, buy it or borrow it.  Happiness is a result of your attitude towards life.  The only way I know to keep it alive is by recognizing that life is a gift and we must by thankful and enjoy it to the fullest.

Whoever is happy will make others happy too.

Mark Twain
Happiness is contagious, spreading among friends, neighbors, siblings and spouses like the flu.  Let’s all get infected.  We don’t always realize it, but our moods have a powerful effect on everyone around us.   When you are happy and show it, you spread happinesss around and it radiates out to others.

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.

Frederick Keonig

The best way to way to honor and appreciate your life is to be happy with your life.  When we appreciate what we have and give thanks for it, we find out just how much we truly have.  

Joy is not in things; it is in us.

Richard Wagner

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Chapter 10, Page 20, Book 18

 Where there’s a will, There’s a way.


WILL power...

Attitude precedes behavior, Attitude is tomorrow’s behavior.

Frederick Newell

Willpower sure sounds like a great thing.  Willpower is your best friend when things go well, but it’s the first thing to check out when you get weary.

When we really don’t want to do something, our minds give us plenty of reasons why we don’t have to.   However willpower and discipline are necessary in order to lead a successful life.  Determination gets you started  and keeps you going for awhile, but it is never enough to bring you across the finish line.

If you are determined enough, you can find a way to achieve what you want.  However, sometimes we don’t have the will and sometimes we lose our way.  I like to think that no matter what the problem is, there is always  a way to get out of it.  There is always a way to make life better.

Willpower is like a muscle and it gets stronger with regular use.  If we think we can, the we can do it.    I don’t have a lot of willpower when it comes to eating, but then I like food and enjoy what I eat.  I do have some when it it comes to getting things done.  I won’t quit until I’ve accomplished my goal.  In the end, you have to want to do what you do.

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

Thomas Jefferson.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Chapter 10, Page 19, Book 18

All the statistics in the world can’t measure the warmth of a smile

Chris Hart

Keeping warm and cozy...

There is something in a simple hug
That always warms the heart,
It welcomes us back home
And make it easier to part…

Johnny Ray Ryder, Jr.

The days are growing chilly here in northern Ohio, but I wanted you all to know, I’m keeping warm and cozy.  There is warmth in the clothing I wear, there is warmth coming from the furnace, there is warmth in a good hot bowl of soup.  

Even though the days are shorter and colder I also find warmth in a lot of other things too.  
Hugs and smiles aways warm my heart and good friends are always warm and welcoming.  

Good friends are like quilts  - they age with you but never lose their warmth

Author Unknown

Some say it is a cold world we live in, but I’m thinking that if we take the time to share some smiles and hugs it could be a lot warmer.  

I’m cozy and comfortable right now and am thankful for it.  Just like the rays of sunshine warm us up a cold day, I have friends that warm me with their loving kindness too.  

There are warm words for a cold day too.  Just like a cup of hot cocoa topped with melty marshmallows, some words have the power to make us feel comfy and cozy too.

The conciouness of loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.

Oscar Wilde

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Chapter 10, Page 18, Book 18

HOPE… is the companion of power, and the mother of success; for who so hopes has within him the gift of miracles.

Samuel Smiles

¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ I have high hopes¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪

No matter how difficult life can be the most important thing is to live it with hope.


Hope lives when we keep some room in the heart for what we don’t know and can’t yet perceive. Hope is a feeling of trust, a security, and a reason to keep going.  In this day and age, we need to remind ourselves that there is hope out there.  

When circumstances get dark or difficult the only thing to keep you going is hope. Hope encourages us to look forward confidently.  I have hope in what can be.  I live with joyful expectations.  Every day may not be a good one, but there is something good to be found in every day when we take the time to look for it.


Hope is knowing that a positive outcome awaits.

Hope is not only expecting a dream to come true, but having a deep assurance that it’s within your reach.

Hope is saying you can.

Hope is knowing that you can improve and that you always get better with practice.

Hope is something that never abandons you.  Even when life is filled with sadness and disappointment, a spark remains inside to help you get through the rough times.

Hope is one of God’s greatest gifts, because it is the magic that inspires you to keep trying, learning, loving and living.

You’ve gotta have hope.  Without hope life is meaningless.  Without hope life is meaning less and less.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Chapter 10, Page 17, Book 18

Courage doesn’t always roar.  Sometimes, courage is a quiet voice at the end of the day saying 'I will try again tomorrow.’

Mary Anne Radmacher

be courageous…

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?

Vincent Van Gogh

There are things we try to do, but fall short  but we don’t give up. Each day we start fresh and try again.

Even though we don’t consider ourselves brave people, the truth is that all of us demonstrate a little courage every day in ways we don’t even realize.  

We deal with a lot of varieties of obstacles as part of our daily lives.  Every time we are challenged, we show courage.  It takes courage to follow our dreams.

There are things in life that we don’t necessarily like to do, but we take courage and do them anyway.  We don’t give up or give in, we try again.

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.

Oprah Winfrey

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Chapter 10, Page 16, Book 18

Life is one long lesson in humility.

James M. Barrie

Aways be humble and kind

Talent is God given.  Be humble.  Fame is man given. Be grateful.  Conceit is self given. Be careful.

John Wooden

One of my favorite sayings is that it is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice.  We can’t let our pride of what we have or do overtake the time we might spend being nice.  To be humble is to consider that others are more important than ourselves.  

If we treat others with kindness and respect, the way we wanted to be treated, or maybe even a little better, many of the world’s problems would be solved.

It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble.

Jane Austen

 I consider my self a very humble person.  Believe me when I say that if, at any time in my life, I’ve thought I’d done something really good on my own, the good Lord has made sure I knew exactly where my place is… and that is totally relying on Him.  I don’t claim glory for what I’ve done, because I’m really nothing except for the God given gifts I’ve received.   I don’t take credit for any good that I may do, but give credit where credit is due.

Being nice isn’t always easy, but a little kindness shown to others makes a big difference.  No matter who we are, there is always time to be humble and kind.

Humble people can do great things with uncommon perfection
because they are no longer concerned about their own
interests and their own reputations, and therefore they no
longer need to waste their efforts in defending them.

Thomas Merton

Monday, October 15, 2018

Chapter 10, Page 15, Book 18

The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.

Abraham Lincoln

Life is good one day at a time.

Although time seems to fly by, it never travel faster than one day at a time.  Each day is a new opportunity to life your life to the fullest. 

Dr. Steve Maraboli

It seems we all spend a lot of time thinking about the past and the future.  In reality the present moment is all that exists.  So many things are out of our control and worrying about it will not make a difference.  

Time is a strange concept to grasp.  Sometimes we are fully aware of its presence, other times it slips by before we know it.

When we live in the moment, we let go of expectations of what it should or could be and accept for what it is.  When you are in the moment you are free from judgement and anxious thoughts. You are free to enjoy what is right in front of you.

Last week is gone, tomorrow hasn’t come, so while we are here, we might as well enjoy it. 

Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.

John Lennon

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Chapter 10, Page 14, Book 18

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Begin and end the day with a positive thought…

When you think positive, good things happen.

Matt Kemp

Generally speaking, the way we start our day influences how we feel for the rest of the day.  There are lots of ways of getting your morning off to the right start and for me that includes a positive thought.  I read a few morning devotions and meditations and that usually gets my day started on a positive note.  If the first words I read are something motivating or uplifting, there are sure to be positive ripples throughout the day.

Watching the sun always reminds me to be thankful for another day. And I try to remember that anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.  Letting go of the negative and focusing on the positive is the best way to always start a new day.

Sunday mornings always seem to give us more time to reflect on positive thoughts.  Having a slower, easier start to the day, we have more time to focus on the positive. 

You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.

Joyce Meyer

Just as the sunrise reminds me to be thankful for another new day, the sunset also brings a reminder with it.  With every sunset I’m reminded to be thankful for all the blessings of the day.  Not everyday is a good one but there is something good in every day when we take the time to look for it.

If we got through the day with food, water, shelter, family and some sunshine then we have more wealth than most people do today.  

Don’t forget to express gratitude.  At the end of day we should feel at peace with what we’ve done and said.

Delete the negative; accentuate the positive!

Donna Karan

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Chapter 10, Page 13, Book 18

I love life.  There is so much to learn and see all the time, and nothing is nicer for me than to wake up, and the sky is blue.

Pattie Boyd

There is so much to learn...and give…in life.

You live and learn.  At any rate, you live.

Douglas Adams

There are so many great lessons we all learn from life.  I’ve many that have made a great impact in my life. They are what have made me the person I am today.   I know there will be more to come and I’m ready, open and receptive to them all.

Life lessons are the ones we don’t get in school.  No one teaches you everything and there are things we need to learn for ourselves.  Here are just a few that I’ve learned through the years.

Not everyone you think is your friend is on your side.  People are often very selfish and do what’s best for themselves, even if it hurts others in the progress. Love them anyway.

If you don’t ask questions, you’ll never know.  If you don’t take a chance your always wonder.  Ask anyway

Do what makes you happy.  Happiness should not be dependent on others opinion. Be happy anyway.

Remember everyone is just trying to get by.  Live and let live, is the only way any of are going to be content.  Don’t judge others for how they live.  They are just getting through life the best way the know how, same as the rest of us. Keep on keeping on

No matter haw smart you think you are there is always something you can learn. Keep learning. Keep improving. So much to learn, so little time...  Learn a little more every day.

A day without learning is a day wasted.  There is so much to learn and so little time to learn it.

Dr. Albert Einstein.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Chapter 10, Page 12, Book 18

Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that is not.

Oscar Wilde

Life plays no favorites.

Accept yourself as you are.  Otherwise you will never see opportunity.  You will not feel free to move toward it; you will feel you are not deserving.  

Maxwell Maltz

It doesn’t matter how rich or poor we are we all have some hard times to go through, whether it be our work, relationships, or our health.  Money is not going to make it any easier.  Life isn’t going to get better just because you have money.

To me life is an equal opportunity employer.  We are all born equals, but what we do with our lives makes all the difference. 

There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love;  there’s only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen.

Wayne M. Dyer

Happiness is found in how we live our everyday lives.  What we do each day makes the difference in what kind of life we live.   

The door to opportunity is aways labeled ‘push’.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Chapter 10, Page 11, Book 18

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting new discoveries. 

A. A. Milne

seek and you will find…

Three Rules of work

Number one:  out of clutter, find simplicity
Number two:  From discord, find harmony
Number three:  In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity

Albert Einstein

I’ve been doing some fall cleaning here at my house and trying to get rid of clutter before all the seasonal decorating is in full swing.  Truth is I’m not a very organized person.  I have downsized and have got rid of a lot, but this small space is really not big enough for what remains.  

I do make new discoveries every day !  Yesterday I discovered a memory card for my camera in the midst of my craft things.  I do know where my camera is so now I need to put the memory card where it belongs.  Right in the desk drawer where my camera is stored.  On the bright side I do know where the desk is!

There are kinds of clutter, but mine is what I found to be either, useful, beautiful or needed.  I threw out or gave away everything else.  It’s been well over a year now and I’m still finding buried treasures.  Now I just have to be creative in ways in which to turn my treasures into something that resembles organized chaos so that I know where everything is. 

If nothing else the past year and a half has taught me that we really don’t need a lot of stuff in our lives.  The important thing always is to focus on what we say and do for one another.  By showing our kindness, the rest will usually take care of itself.

Life is short.  Do what you love. Don’t get caught up in things.  Value people, not material objects. Love deeply, love fully, have no regrets.

Derek Miller

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Chapter 10, Page 10, Book 18

What ever best.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Today is the 10th day of the 10th month and I’m giving it a 10 on a scale from one to 10

Good, better ,best.  Never let it rest.  Until your good is better and your better is best.

Tim Duncan

I’ve been wondering just how we got started rating things.  Every thing has a rating…the books we read, the food we eat and the things we do.  You can count on the best having a 5 Star rating.

But ratings aside, we can have the best day ever when we decide to make the best.  Yesterday is gone, tomorrow might not come, so today is what we’ve got and the good news is that we get to decide what we want to do with it.

I really don’t like comparisons, so I try not to go there, but today can be one of the best we’ll ever have.  It’s our choice! And sometimes the choice is just a matter of attitude.

Every day is a new life for a wise person.  Infuse passion into every day and have fun in all you do, so that when the time comes for you to look back at life, you’ll have no regrets and feel proud of the life you lived.

Write on your heart that every day is the best day of the year!

Ralph Waldo Emerson