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

Author Unknown

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Chapter 11, Page 19, Book 19

Take a deep breath.  It’s just a bad day, not a bad life.

Johnny Depp

November 19th - don’t let one bad day make a bad life

Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.

Charles Swindoll

Life will always have its ups and downs. and we cannot control that.  I think it’s very important to realize just because you have a bad day you don’t go around saying you have a bad life.  

Life is an incredible and wonderful thing.  Life is beautiful only if you make it so.  Life is what we make it.  It’s in our power to choose what kind of life we want. Life is a precious thing .  It is all in the way you look at it.  Never sell yourself short.  Wake up every morning and keep smiling and be happy your alive and kicking.  Remember some poople don’t get another day, Every day is a second chance.  Keep up your chin , keep your head up high , aim high , stand tall and keep on going.

Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.  

Forest Gump

It’s the way we handle what happens that make a difference.  There is no standing still, so we need to get busy living, the best way we can.  

May you live all the days of your life.

Jonathan Swift

Monday, November 18, 2019

Chapter 11, Page 18, Book 19

When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine.


November 18th -Be the goodness in someone’s life today.  

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine,

Anthony J. DAngelo

Im so thankful for sunshine.  Its warm rays and bright days make such a difference in our lives.  We can all be the sunshine in someone’s stormy day when we take the time to care and share a smile.  It can be hard to find rays of hope with the news of all the bad things happening to people.  There are little things we can do for others to spread the sunshine. With a little effort, we can all spread positivity.  A phone call, A letter.  Reaching out to someone you know is struggling.  Helping someone who has suffered a loss, is stressed, trying to tread though difficulties.  

I believe that days go slow and life goes fast .  We need to make each moment count, Enjoy it, Spread a ray of hope to others and be that sunshine in someones day .  Make each moment count.  

Friends are the sunshine of life. 

John Hay

There truly is only one person who should decide if youre in a happy mood or not : you!  Life is a series of ups and downs and the only way to know which is which is which is  how we look at it. When it comes to our happiness, we are in charge.We can all choose to be the sunshine.  And sometimes its those little things than make a bad day good again. 

However we shouldnt let things determine our happiness or more precisely other people. Be the sunshine you want to see. Only you can be responsible for that. 

Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine!

Mario Fernadez

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Chapter 11, Page 17, Book 19

In November, the smell of food is different.  It is an orange smell.  A squash and pumpkin smell.  It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog.  Food is better in November than other time of year.

Cynthia Rylant

November 17th - thankful for my food.

A moment of gratitude makes a difference in your attitude.

Bruce Wilkenson

It does seem that this is the month of good food.  From apple and pumpkin pies to turkey and stuffing.  I have often wondered why we dont  have them more often, but then I suppose they wouldn’t be so special  if we had them all the time.  

We eat every day but do we give thanks for it? I want to give thanks for the food I’m about to have today;

I thank the farmers for growing everything .  I thank the truck drivers for delivering the food to where it needed to be.

I thank everyone and everything that went into the creation of the food .  I’m thankful for the opportunity to have plenty to eat and that I’m not starving on the streets .or in homes as many are around the world.. 

A great meal is an experience that nourishes more than your body

Ruth Reichl

Giving thanks for food makes more me aware and appreciative of the efforts that go behind what I eat and remind me to continue to be thankful for all the food I’ll consume from here on out.

I hope you will join me in giving thanks and be grateful for the food you get to have and which keeps you well and alive.

Enjoy your food, take small bites, chew it slowly and savor every bite, while remaining aware and appreciative of all the hard work and time that went into the creation of your food.

For each morning with its light
For rest and shelter of the night
for health an food, for love and friends
For everything Thy goodness sends.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Chapter 11, Page 16, Book 19

I saw old Autumn in the misty morn stand shadowless like silence, listening to silence.

Thomas Hood

November 16th - listening to the silence

True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirt what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.

William Penn

Fall is a silent season with out the noise of summer.  No one hears the leaves fall.   I think its good to have a silent season to give us time to rest and renew.  

Silence is good for our own physical health and well being.Besides giving our ears a break, silence has been shown to lower blood pressure, boost the bodies immune system, decrease stress and  promotes psychological and emotional benefits.

Silence makes us more creative.  Solutions to long standing problems may suddenly occur.  Silence permits the kind of reflection that is beyond mere introspection.  It promotes the ability to connect threads in a seemingly disorganized, disconnected world.

Going for walks in nature is an easy way to enjoy silence.  I saw old Autumn on a misty morn….

The word listen contains the same letters as the word silent.

Alfred Brendel

Friday, November 15, 2019

Chapter 11, Page 15, Book 19

Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.


November 15th -  The power of positivity

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.

John Lubbock

I’ve learned that The best way to predict the futures is to create it and we create our future by the way we approach everything that happens to us today.  If we approach each situation confidently expecting to learn from it gain from it, we will continue to grow and move forward toward our goals.  This will make us happier, more optimistic people.

Cherish each day and be thankful for it. Always have hope.  Even though being optimistic and hopeful may seem foolish to some, experts say they greatly benefit our health and happiness. 

Hope is a human emotion the is quantified by the belief that we can overcome challenges by taking an active role to persevere and see things through against all odds.  Hope is a significant element of belief and beliefs are expectations.  When we believe in something our expectations guide us toward our beliefs.  Our thoughts and feelings  in turn affect our bodies in positive ways.  Having hope increases our over all well being.

When we feel hope we change the way we think about situations or challenges.  With hope, things change.  The light at the end of the tunnel can motivate us to move forward.  Hope is what makes life worth living. Sharing hope is an essential part of a cycle that can overcome any obstacle and renew a spark of joy.  Hope is essential to preserving life!. Hope gives meaning and purpose to life. Keep hope in your heart and always believe that something wonderful is about to happen .

God sends the dawn
that we might see
the might have beens
that still might be.

Robert Brault

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Chapter 11, Page 14, Book 19

Nothing is worth if if you arent happy.

Author Unknown

November 14th -  I hope you are happy!

Life is too short , and its up to you to make it sweet.

Sarah L. Delany

I do believe that life is what we make it and if we want to be happy we have to make the choice to be happy.  Why waste time being sad when happiness is only a choice away.  Counting my blessings and being thankful for them always makes me happy.  You can not be thankful and sad at the same time.  Focus on the things and people who make you happy and get rid of all the negativity in drama in your life. 

If theres even a slight chance at getting something that will make you happy, risk it.  Lifes too short and happiness is too rare. 

A.R. Lucas

Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can’t change. Life is too short to be anything but happy.  I like to create as much happiness as possible in each and every day.  I love to make people smile and when it gets hard to find things to smile about, I try to remind myself that no one should have control over our smile by what they say or do.  Seeing or making others happy brings me tremendous joy.   If you make someone happy then you will be happy too.  Be crazy, be stupid, be silly, be weird.  Be whatever because life is too short to be anything but happy

Life is too short to be anything but happy. So kiss slowly, love deeply, forgive quickly, Take chances and never have regrets.  Forget the past, but remember what it taught you.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Chapter 11, Page 13, Book 19

Be selective in your battles, sometimes  peace is better than being right

Author Unknown

November 13th - not every argument is worth winning

Peace brings with it some many positive emotions that s worth aiming for in all circumstances. 

Estella Eliot

I’d rather have peace than to fight a battle any day. I’m not one to fight it out to get my own way.  However I do know some who think it should be their way or nothing. This causes a lot of unrest and hurt. I’d rather bend a little and not be so firm in my thoughts that I can’t be flexible and forgiving.  My way is not the only way to do things, I can give a little and get more in return. I strive for peace not war. 

 Remember a simple smile costs nothing but how pleasant it feels and how it can lift our spirits and improve our moods.  The world would become a more peaceful and loving place if we took the time to smile more. 

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.  

Mother Teresa

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Chapter 11, Page 12, Book 19

That old saying about opportunity only knocking once is as archaic as the flat earth theory and as patently untrue.  Opportunity knocks all the time  and it rings your doorbell, calls you up an sends you e-mails.

Victoria Moran

November 12th - every day is a new opportunity

Every day is an opportunity to have a fresh start  it doesn’t matter what happened yesterday; all that counts is today. When you wake up in the morning know that today is new day, a new start.  The beginning of a new life awaits you.

Author Unknown

Every thing in life can be seen as an opportunity.  The dictionary defines opportunity as a good chance for advancement or progress. Every ending is always a new beginning, When something ends, something new begins and with each new beginning is always a new opportunity.

Every ending that I’ve experienced in my life was because something new was beginning.  I am what I am now because something that ended has allowed me to experience new opportunity and challenges in my life.  The life I have is the result of many endings.  Every new opportunity and challenge I’ve experienced was possible because something ended at some point in my past.

I've learned that the post is gone and the future has not yet arrive.  The only place where we can really live is in the present.  Therefore we must focus on trying not to change our past but to focus on living our present .  This moment is all we have,We cannot change what has happened but we can change the way we experience what is happening in our present.  In this way we can see the opportunities that we are present in our lives. 

We must remember that when one door closes, another one opens.  When one chapter ends, another begins and it is in our own hands to write a new and more wonderful story.  This new chapter, this blank page, is a new opportunity and we can create anything we want.  

An end is a new beginning, therefore we have the opportunity to start over.  To let go of what is no longer there, to give a place in our lives for what is waiting for us.

We all have a choice.  We can decide to live tied to to an end, living in the past, or we can decide to let go of that which no longer exists and start a new life.  

Every day is a new beginning, take a deep breath and start again.

Most people miss Opportunity because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Thomas A. Edison

Monday, November 11, 2019

Chapter 11, Page 11, Book 19

This will remain the Land of the Free only so long as it is the Home of the Brave.

Elmer Davis

November 11th-lest we forget

Freedom is never free.

Author Unknown

Wars are costly, not just in money, but in lives and loss of peace. We who have never had to endure a war in our own country couldnpossibly imagine what it would be like to live in a country where war was the norm and not the exception.  

Because we live in a land where peace exists we have no fear of where our next meal is coming from or where we’ll be able to sleep tonight.  Our brave men and women that protect our country and keep the peoce are to be applauded for all they do. They have pledged to do their duty no matter what the cost.

Try to remember what we have, because of the sacrifices that have been made for us.  I’m so thankful for our heroes’, the men and women that serve our country, past, present and future and cannot sing their praises enough to possibly express thanks for all they do.

pray for their protection every day.  I think prayer helps and does wonders.  And theses wonderful people do deserve our prayers.  

Lord, Bid wars trumpet cease, 
Fold the whole earth in peace.

Oliver Wendell Homes

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Chapter 11, Page 10, Book 19

Of all the seasons, autumn offers the most to man requires the least of him.

Hal Borland

November 10th- lets have another cup of coffee

Autumn is the hush before winter.

Old Proverb

Sunday mornings give me the opportunity to wake up slowly and enjoy sipping on my hot cup of coffee.  There is no reason to hurry. Church services aren’t until 11 o’clock.

There is no need to worry about what’s on the agenda, Sunday is a day off for most of us.  So I might as well have another cup of my good morning coffee.  

While week day mornings find us in a scurry to get to work, Sunday mornings are a reprieve from the rest of the week.

Every one must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.

Elizabeth Lawrence

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Chapter 11, Page 9, Book 19

To find yourself, think for yourself.


November 9th- individuality 

Think for yourself, or others will think for you without thinking of you.

Henry David Thoreau

We are all individuals and have our own thoughts, no two people think the same way.  What a boring world it would be if we all thought and did the same things everyday.  

We say that great minds think alike but the truth is, We need many good different ideas as possible so we can pick the best ones.  People have different backgrounds , upbringing, where they lived, went to school and see things in a way we cant.

Its not good to let anyone do your thinking.  We must think for ourselves and stand up for what we believe in.  If we dont others will do our thinking for us and well find ourselves following their lead instead of going our own way. So walk the walk, not just talk the talk.  If you really believe in something, then dont just argue about it, do something about it.  

We have to stand up for what we believe in even when we might not be popular for it.  Honesty starts with being ourselves , authentic and true to who we are and what we believe in, and that may not always be popular, but it will always let you follow your dreams and your heart.

Tabatha Coffey

As difficult as it seems, sometimes we will even stand alone and others will go their own way, but no matter its better to stand by yourself than to go with the wrong crowd.  Its the only way to figure out where you need to go and who you need to be.

It take nothing to join the crowd and every thing to stand alone.  There are many ways to blend in, but only one reason to stand out, and that is to be yourself.

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it i time to pause and reflect.

Mark Twain