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

Author Unknown

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Chapter 1, Page 3, Book 18

DD, her son and me yesterday afternoon

New Year Day #3

Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!

William Arthur Ward

Research shows that happiness is not random. It is the result of deliberate activities and choices.   Choices like looking at the sunny side of everything. Thinking only the best, being as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.  Forgetting the mistakes of the past and giving everyone a smile.

Doing my best as always to banish worry, doubt and fear is my goal and happiness is the result I’m seeking.  There are many days ahead that will no doubt will need more than one smile to achieve my purpose.  


Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. 

Elizabeth Gilbert 

Having a joy filled heart does take some practice and some patience on my part. But while there is still time, I’m not giving up.  I hope you won’t either.  Every day may not be a good one but there is something good to be found in each day.


There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.

Jose Harris

I’m willing and ready to wake up each day with a feeling of anticipation.  Having a goal insight gives me purpose and my goal is to keep that happy feeling all year long.


Life is like a book
Some chapters are sad, some happy
and some exciting
But if you never turn the page, you
will never know what the next 
chapter holds

Author Unknown

5 comments:

jack69 said...

You are right. Being upbeat, positive and happy does take practice, BUT it can work. It is worth the effort for one's health and well being.
Stay warm (love the picture@!)

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my goodness - your daughter is pretty - and your grand is adorable - I love see ing a picture of you - I feel as I know you now.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Yes, life is way too short to be anything but happy. And it's a choice. An attitude.

Know how I start each morning? (I have a feeling you can relate.) In my mind, I sing, "This is the Day That the Lord Has Made." Starts my day in the right frame of mind.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

TARYTERRE said...

a beautiful family indeed. "Life is like a book."

Mevely317 said...

Your grandson is adorable! Those missing teeth remind me of that song, "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth ..." Heck, I still remember when the Tooth Fairy was a Big Deal!