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

Author Unknown

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Chapter 6, Page 17, Book 18

Fathers Are Wonderful People

Fathers are wonderful people
Too little understood,
And we do not sing their praises
As often as we should…

For, somehow, Father seems to be
The man who pays the bills,
While Mother binds up the little hurts 
and nurses all our ills…

And Father struggles daily
to live up to ‘his image’
As protector and provider
And hero of the scrimmage…

And perhaps that is the reason
We sometimes get the notion
That Fathers are not subject
To the thing we call emotion,

But if you look inside Dad’s heart,
Where no one else an see
You’ll find he’s sentimental 
And as soft as he can be…

But he’s so busy every day
In the grueling race of life,
He leaves the sentimental stuff
To his partner and his wife…

But Fathers are just wonderful
In a million different ways,
And they merit loving compliments
And accolades of praise.

For the only reason Dad aspires
To fortune and success
is to make the family proud of him
And to bring them happiness…

And like Our Heavenly Father,
He’s a guardian and a guide,
Someone that we can count on
To be always on our side.

Helen Steiner Rice

I’m sending out the best of wishes to all Fathers today for the Happiest Fathers Day ever. You are all loved and appreciated for all that you do!

Happy Fathers Day!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Chapter 6, Page 16, Book 18

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy.

John Denver

Life needs more sweet tea and sunshine!

Number 1:  both are good for you !

Number 2:  we need the sweet and sunny times of life to get us through the bitter and dark days.

We need to remember that when life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate.  When life is bitter, say thank you and grow.  The bad days make you realize what a good day is.

A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down…

For me there is nothing like finding a spot in the sun and sipping sweet tea to help you realize how good life can be.  


Life can be so sweet. On the sunny side of the street.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Chapter 6, Page 15, Book 18

Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.

Benjamine Disraeli

Just for today, I’ll not let my thoughts get me down…

Every thought is a seed.  If you plant crab apples, Don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious.

Bill Meyer

We are what we think about and we don’t have to let negative thoughts bring us down,  it’s our choice.  And if I have my choice, I’d choose to think about only happy things.  Well, yes, there are always going to be some bad things that happen, but we don’t need to dwell on them any  longer than necessary.  The important thing to think about things that make you happy and be thankful for them.

I have known a few people that couldn’t do anything but complain.  No matter how much I’d try and change the subject, they’d go right back to complaining.  It didn’t really matter what subject I brought up, they’d only find something to complain about.  All I could think was that they led a pretty sad life.  Nothing was ever good enough for them.  They always found something to bring them down and never gave thanks for or appreciated anything.

Believe me when I say I’d feel pretty down after spending an hour or two with them.  I would have avoided being with them if I could have but it wasn’t an option in this case.  

I could only put a smile on my face and remind them of all the great things in life they had.

The wise man thinks about his troubles only when there is some purpose in doing so; at other times he thinks about other things.

Bertrand Russell

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Chapter 6, Page 14, Book 18

The vanity of human life is like a river, constantly passing away, and yet constantly coming on.

Alexander Pope

Excerpt from one of my weekly devotionals…  slightly adapted

There is much to be said about rivers.  We are only too aware of the great power of a river in a flood, and in contrast the beauty of  the gentle flowing river in the heat of summertime.  Every river has and energy and flow.  Comparing life to a river is a good image.  The many twists and turns of a river reflect life and is unpredictability.  Every day brings forth some measure of how uncertain life can be.  Life can be uplifting and rewarding but just as quick, it can be cruel and unforgiving.  We have no option but to go with the flow.

Even when the river floods out over the banks on either side, there comes a time when the river will recede back to where things were. 

Life just is.  You have to flow with it.  Give yourself to the moment.  Let it happen.  

Jerry Brown.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Chapter 6, Page 13, Book 18

Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life.  The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.  

Lord Byron.

shine your light…be a rainbow

Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.

Maya Angelou

To me this means to try to be a person that brightens someones’ day.  Try to be a person that puts their own worries aside to lift others spirits up when they are down.  Try to be a person that has a calming warm effect on others. 

Trying to spend our days making the lives of other brighter, also puts a little sunshine in to our own days.  What you give to others always come back.  

To bring peace and happiness in the lives of others is to be like a rainbow does after the darkest of clouds.

There is a rainbow of hope at the end of every storm.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Chapter 6, Page 12, Book 18

So stop waiting until you finish school,
until you go back to school,
until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds,
until you have kids, until your kids leave the house,
until you start work, until you retire,
until you get married, until you get divorced,
until Friday night, until Sunday morning,
until you get a new car or home,
until your car or home is paid off,
until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter,
until the first or the fifteenth, until your song comes on,
until you’ve had a drink, until you’ve sobered up,
until you die, until you are born again
to decide that there is no better time
than right now to be happy.

Author Unknown

Be happy now !

Happiness  doesn’t depend on what we have, but it does 
depend on how we feel toward what we have.  We can be
happy with little and miserable with much.

William Dempster Hoard

Many of us struggle with being happy because we don’t think are thin, right or successful enough.  But the truth is even if things are not perfect in our life, there are lots of reasons we can be happy now.

We don’t have to have tons of material things to be happy.  We just have to be happy in the place we live and with what we have.

We already have all we need to be happy right now with what we have.  It’s our choice.

The secret of happiness is the realization that life is a gift, not a right.

Author Unknown

Monday, June 11, 2018

Chapter 6, Page 11, Book 18

Courage doesn’t always roar.  Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.

Mary Anne Radmacher

We don’t need to do something earthshaking to need courage.  We need it in our life every day.  We often think of courage as a quality required only in times of great danger or stress, but courage is needed to live a life without regrets.

We need courage to change when it’s easier to remain comfortable.  Courage allows ordinary people to achieve exceptional results.  Courage to do the right things at the right time and for the right reasons.

Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow.

Dan Rather

Whenever we start something new, doubt comes easy but courage takes work.  Courage is required daily.  Courage is not the absence of fear but our triumph over it.

Courage is saying, Maybe what I’m doing isn’t working.  Maybe I should try something else.

Anne Lappe

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Chapter 6, Page 10, Book 18

It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much, preforms much, and what is done in love is well done.

Vincent van Gogh

Inspiration:  the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

When you think positive, good things happen.

Matt Kemp

Sometimes a quote will inspire me, or sometimes it might be a person, a scripture reading or a picture that inspires me, but there is always something that will kick start my day and motivate me to do and be better.  

  I think we all need something to help us think,  be creative and to see the wonder in life.  

Someone once asked me … whether I waited for inspiration.  My answer was:  every day!

Aaron Copeland

Inspiration can come when we least expect it and from some unexpected sources.  Very often it tends to shake things up and make us think and comes when it’s time for a change.

Inspiration does stimulate our brains and while it take many forms, everyone has their own, it will find you, even when you least expect it.

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.  Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong. 

Ella Fitzgerald

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Chapter 6, Page 9, Book 18

The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.

James Taylor

a reminder that life is to be enjoyed fully 

Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.

Earl Nightingale

The best way for me to enjoy life is to take it one day at a time.  For one day at a time we can deal with things as they happen and not make plans or worry about the future.

We often get so caught up in the future and consumed by the past that we can’t even see what is right in front of us.  When we give up the need to dwell in the past or worry about the future we can appreciate things as they are right now.

To really enjoy all our days…we need to take them one at a time..

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.

Richard Bach

Friday, June 08, 2018

Chapter 6, Page 8, Book 18

Either you deal what is the reality or you can be sure that reality is going to deal with you.

Alex Haley

Keeping things real…

Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality.  If you can dream it, you can make it so.

Belva Davis

We may not like the life we are living, but the truth is we should take the time to appreciate it as this life is all that we have.  

Life isn’t always the party we dreamed of.  It’s not full of rainbows and butterflies. But it seems to me that in many ways life is what we make it.

There are things that aren’t under our control, but everything we think about and do everyday is what our lives are all about.  Our life lies in our hands and we are the ones responsible for what it’s going to be.

The real things haven’t changed.  It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasure; and have courage when things go wrong.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Chapter 6, Page 7, Book 18

Always laugh when you can.  It’s cheap medicine.

Lord Byron

A little dose of humor to start off the day…

What does the letter ‘A'; have in common with a flower?
They both have bees coming after them.

What kind of a tree has hands?
A palm tree.

Kim Roblin

What gets bigger the more you take away?
A hole

What do you get if you cross a four leaf clover with poison ivy?
A rash of good luck.

What runs but never gets tired?  

and last but not least…

A new business was opening and one of the owner’s friends wanted to send him flowers for the occasion

The flowers arrived at the new business site and the owner read the card:  Rest in Peace.  The owner was annoyed and called to complain. 

Sir, I’m really sorry for the mistake and sorry you were offended, said the florist.   But even worse somewhere there is a funeral taking place today, and they have flowers with a note saying,  Congratulations on your new location.

Don’’t forget that laughing can lead to a happier life.

Humor is contagious. Laughter is infections.  Both are good for your health. 

William Fry

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Chapter 6, Page 6, Book 18

Take a chance!  All life is a chance.  The man who goes farthest is generally the one who willing to do and dare.

Dale Carnegie

Just for today, I won’t be afraid to take chances when they come...

Nothing important was ever achieved without someone taking a chance.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I’ve learned that each new day gives us a new chance at life and we only have to be willing to take it. Life is always about making the best of what we have with what we got.  Even if it isn’t what we’d planned, we just need to go for it.  

Learning what to keep and what to let go of can be one of life’s greatest challenges.  Yet the greatest risk is often that of doing nothing and settling for what is.

It’s a chance to do the little things every day that make the world a better place. 

Every ending is followed by a new beginning.  Change is sometimes scary but we need to try to handle anything life throws our way.  In order for us to take advantage of all we are capable of, we have to take some chances.

Beware of missing chances; otherwise it may be altogether too late some day.

Franz Liszt

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Chapter 6, Page 5, Book 18

Impossible situations can become possible miracles.

Robert H. Schuller


Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.

John Keywood

Here we are with another brand new day and the possibilities are endless if we choose to see them that way.    They say if we change our perspective we expand our possibilities.   It’s being aware of the present moment and keeping a positive mindset.  

It’s only our perspective that makes things negative or positive.  For me counting my blessings is the best way to put things in the proper perspective.  To appreciate the value of what I have in my life and to give thanks for it reminds me of all the possibilities that turned into reality.  By noticing what has brought joy into my life I change my thoughts from gray to sunny.

With great love, anything is possible.  Raise your sights and see the possibilities for they are always there

I dwell in in possibility…

Emily Dickinson

Monday, June 04, 2018

Chapter 6, Page 4, Book 18

Progress, therefore, is not an accident, but a necessity…It’s a part of nature.

Herbert Spenser

I am a work in progress, God is not done with me yet.  

Be courageous! Have faith!  Go forward.

Thomas Edison

Every day brings some thing new and with that something different we must do. I am a work in progress, I’m never going to be perfect or anything close to it. Progress means you are moving forward.  Progress takes time and we don’t always like it. 

Progress is never easy.  It comes from facing and over coming obstacles.  Progress is moving forward against resistance.   One certainty in life is things are always going to be changing.  

Instead of focusing haw hard life is we need to remember that nothing good ever comes easy and be thankful for the fact that we are a work in progress and each day is an opportunity to grow and learn.

Remember this:

If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.

Author Unknown