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

Author Unknown

Saturday, April 04, 2020

Chapter 4, Page 4, Book 20

Sometimes a single thread of hope is all you need to ge to the other side.

April 4th -  keep hope alive

Once you choose hope, anything's possible 

Christopher Reeve

In these tragic days when we are barraged by bad news, life can get us down but there are ways to keep hope alive.
I think we all hope for better days ahead.  We live from faith which produces hope and hope never fails.  Hope is the thing that says I dont know how I going to get this through this, but God is faithful and he will carry me through .Keep hope alive, have faith, take one more step and persevere.  Do not quit.  

During tough times you cant give up , ever. Even during the toughest times we must keep our hopes alive by pushing through.  Work on what must need be done, try and build some momentum, and then build on it further.  The point is to Keep your head up, believe in yourself and take life head on.  Your tough times wont stand a chance. 

Hope will keep you going against all odds.  Hope is the belief that something is possible and probable.  We all have hardships its how we react to it and work through it that defines us.  We need to react wisely by focusing on the positive aspect by not focusing on the negative.  By focusing on the positive side we reap positivity.

All that we require is immense positivity and hope that things shall soon get fine. Faith and belief are equally required in difficult times.  If we keep hope there are always chances that we bounce back from negative to a positive situation.Keeping a positive outlook if we are able to trust God and have faith, we can overcome any situation.

Hope is a requisite part of life and should not be lost.  A pertinent thing is to remember that tough times do not last and therefore one should keep hope alive in their hearts.

Hope is the companion of power, the mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles

Samuel Smiles 

Friday, April 03, 2020

Chapter 4, Page 3, Book 20

Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.

Will Rogers

April 3rd - make today count

Yesterday is a memory and tomorrow is but a vision but today, well lived, will make every yesterday a pleasant memory and every tomorrow a vision of hope.

The Sanskrit

We can make every day count by making the most of every day.  Yesterday might have been great but today we can do even better.  If you read my other blog, you know I am presently counting down the days until summer. and every day I give a reason to celebrate. There is a holiday for every day and I tell about it.  

At the end of the day, the fact we have the courage to be still standing is reason enough to celebrate

Meredith Grey

I do believe there is something special in every day and that we should celebrate. No two days are alike.  Just knowing I have another day of life is cause enough for me to be happy.  It’s not good sitting around and watching the days slip by, we need to do something special to make them count.  For instance yesterday was P,B and J day and I enjoyed a peanut butter sandwich.  There is something we can do ever day to make it extra special and have a reason to celebrate.  

I don’t have to have a party, the joy is found in each day. Reasons to make it so aren’t lacking so much as not doing do.We have to make the most of every day and rejoice in it.  Every day is a gift, that why we call it the Present.

Don’t count the days, make the days count.

Mohammed Ali

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Chapter 4, Page 2, Book 20

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.

J.B Priestley

April 2nd -  don’t wish your life away

I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.

Audrey Hepburn

We never know what miracles are waiting for us just around the corner.  Every new day is full of surprises.  That is the joy of life, The unexpected happens when we least expect it to .  There is no way to know the future, so we have to wait for the new day to see what will happen.  

I’m just so thankful for each new and try to enjoy ever moment of them.  We can’t put off our happiness, waiting for the perfect day to happen. None of our days are not perfect but I am still trying to enjoy each one to the fullest. Trying to deal with the problems as they come.  There is no way to know the future, so we take the days as they come and hope for the best.

I know nothing for sure, but a new day will come whether I’m ready for it or not,We have to enjoy every day of our life, and count our blessings. Some of our greatest blessings are sitting right in fromt of us and we fail to see them.

The trick is to enjoy life.  Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.

Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Chapter 4, Page 1, Book 20

You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.

Miranne Williamson

April 1st - a new day, a new month and new thoughts

Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention

Greg Anderson

If nothing else, I’m learning that I need to shift my attention to what is good in my life and not the bad.  I appreciate all your warm comments on my blog and letting me know that I’m not alone in my struggle to keep my distance.  I’ve got to think about what gives me joy and focus on that.

Today I was over joyed with thoughts of Spring and another new month.  At least I’m alive and well enough to enjoy it.  Every day is another chance to express my thanks and be joyful.  We are not going through all this for nothing.  We’ll learn a new way to think and be.  And I want to be as happy in the future as I’ve been with the past.

The past is gone, it’s history ad there is no way it will ever be the same in the future.  If nothing else we’ll learn to appreciate what we have more than we’ve ever been.  It’s important to keep in mind that we are what we think.

We are what we think bout.  Our thoughts mold our view of the world and those around us. The mind is a powerful tool. You can either be held captive by your thoughts or set free by them.  Whichever you chose and they will determine the quality of your life.

What we think determines how we live.  A man is as happy or unhappy as he has convinced himself he is. Our minds cab either be our best friends or our worst enemy.  What we think we become.  Our thoughts are the soil from which our values and by extension, life grows.We have the ability to choose how we feel, to choose how we live our lives 

Only you live with your thoughts and no one else.  If we dont take action, then who will?  We can decide to change the way we think,  We can decide what is no longer working for us and change our thinking. I’m a positive thinker but that is only part of the process.  We have to make sure we keep positive in our thinking too. We can change our lives at any time, but the intention must be there, otherwise nothing will change.,  Life should be an exciting adventure.  Ant I want to be happy on my journey.

You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.

James Allen

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Chapter 3, Page31, Book 20

I can walk the line, if it aint too straight. 

Joe Diffie

March 31st - give me some slack

On the straight and narrow path, there are simply no corners to be cut.

Neil. A. Maxwell

Walking the path we are all on these days is to keep a safe distance from each other and let me tell you that is no small matter for me.  I love my family and friends and being apart so long is leaving its mark on me.  I long for a big bear hug from anyone and Im so much in envy of anyone that has  people they live with that they can spend time with.  I’m home alone all the time.  

Being on the straight and narrow path has never been so difficult before.  It’s a trying situation but I’m not about to bend the line.  I want to keep safe and be safe for others too.  So I continue to walk the line.

Just put one foot in front of the other.

Austin Peck

Monday, March 30, 2020

Chapter 3, Page 30, Book 20

We all have possibilities we dont know about.
We can do things we dont even dream we can do.

Dale Carnegie

March 30th - see the possibilities

Take your mind off the problems for a moment, and focus on the positive possibilities.  Consider how very much you are able to do.

Ralph Marston

If we could look at what we might do instead of what were certain we can’t, wed discover something that might be an alternative possibility.  One might say that we are what we think we are.  

Our lives are filled with endless possibilities .  We just have to open our minds to see them.  This means making smart choices.  For instance we can choose to act or react or sit by and watch life pass us by.  
In everything we do every day we have a choice to make.  

Why not choose to be great?  Why not open your eyes to the endless possibilities that exist when you make a commitment to live the life of your dreams.

To find ideas that matter and share them.  To push ourselves to demonstrate gratitude, insight, and inspiration.  To make the world a better place by being amazing!  The possibilities are really endless !

Stop thinking in terms of limitations and start thinking in terms of possibllities. 

Terry Josephson

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Chapter 3, Page 29, Book 20

Nothing is as painful to the human mind as a great sudden change

Mary Shelley

March 29th - be the change you want to see

Change is inevitable.
Change is constant

Benjamin Disraeli

Our world has been hit with the biggest change in our lifetime.  Nothing compares.  Still life goes on and we must cope with what has happened.  We never get used to it and get caught up in fighting it, so much so that we put off dealing with it.

The more change that is happening the more important it is to stick to your regular schedule as much as possible.  Having some things that stay the same like walking the dog every morning gives us an anchor.

It helps to write down your routine and check it off as you go.  One less thing for your brain to have to hold inside.

When change happens we tend to reach for comfort foods.  breads, muffins, cakes etc.  Its ok in moderation, but we need to remember to eat healthy foods to stay as healthy as possible. I’ve learned that when we get stressed out is when we tend to get sick.

Keeping up with regular exercise is also important.  Exercising two or three times a week has been found to decrease symptoms of depression.  Even just walking around the block can help you feel better. 

Try to look on the bright side and see if the change has had any positive effects in your life, even if its to proritize what is most important in your life.  Change helps us to grow and and its important to acknowledge how things have become better as a result..

Ive learned to appreciate things Ive never really thought important before.  Never again will I complain about grocery shopping..  Who could have believed that wed be forced to change our lives around in a matter of a few short weeks. 

If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior.

Katherine Hepburn

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Chapter 3, Page 28, Book 20

I love those who can smile in trouble.

Leonardo da Vinci

March 27th - Smile, you’ll be happy you did!

It only takes a split second to smile and forget, yet to someone that needed it, it can last  lifetime.

Steve Maraboli

I want you to know that your smile, your kind words, and blog posts keep me going more days than I can count.  Every day is an unpredictable and challenging.  but remember that to face the reality of COVID 19, put your SMILE  on every day.

Never forget, even through the toughest of times, you re incredible, you really are. So smile more often .  We have so many reasons to do so.  Time and again, my reason is you. In this day of social distancing we bloggers can stick together and smile at each other.

Nobody has it easy and everybody has issues.  We never know exact what others are going through.  We are all fighting our own battles. But we are all fighting through it together.  

Remember courage doesn’t always roar aloud.  Sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day, I will try my best again tomorrow.  So stay strong.  Things turn out the best for people that make the best of the way things turn out.

Lets ease our worried minds by tuning out the excess noise in our heads for a little while every day.  It’s the perfect time to slow down and take our minds off all the wrong things and find some much needed inner peace.

My goal is not to get get rid of all the negative thoughts, feelings and present life circumstances.  Doing so is impossible.  My goal is to change my response to them.  I can’t control every thing that goes on around me but I can control my attitude.  I am the one who gets to decide how I’m going to get through this and today I’m going to smile more!

Smiling has many positive effects on our brains, bodies and the people around us.  It can make you feel better, make you more attractive and you can make the world a better place just by smiling more often.

Not only can smiling lift your mood, but it can also elevate the mood of those around you.

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. 

William Arthur Ward

Friday, March 27, 2020

Chapter 3, Pagae 27, Book 20

Your greatness is not what you have, it’s what you give

Alice Hocker

March 27th - give what you can

It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into the giving.

Mother Teresa

Giving is the key to success, fulfillment, prosperity, and a life of prosperity.  The world needs more people thot go in to the world and give their all to aid the betterment of society.  People need to stand up and start adding value to others lives by being of service and living selflessly.  

To take life to a new level by being of service to the millions who need help. You shall get what you give.  The good you put out in th world will return to you in abundance.  If you help someone you help yourself, because what you give is what you get.

We make a living by what we get; but we make a life by what we give.

Winston Churchill

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Chapter 3, Page 26, Book 20

Some old fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are had to beat.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

March 26th -  a walk in the park  

Red, my walking companion

I love the feeling of fresh air on my face and the wind blowing through my hair.

Evil Knievel

Where I live is considered a mobil home park.  So, since we had the first nice day in quite a while I went for a walk with my new friend, Red.  Red was a gift for Christmas and this is the first long walk shes been on.  I can tell we are going to be great friends and will be going on many walks together in the future. 

Its not that I  cant walk on my own, but I cannot go for any length of time and needed some help, so the kids decided I needed a friend to help me out.  

I walked for about 1/2 hour and really enjoyed being out about.  It cleared my head and gave me some much needed exercise.  As you can see, nothing much is growing here in northern Ohio.  The only sign of spring I saw was a pussy willow tree turning green in back of someones home.  They are one of the first signs of spring here .  

didn’t see many people out but that is not unusuall.  A few neighbors were on their porch and they were conversing with the people on the street.  A man was in his driveway working on something and a boy was out bouncing his basketball around.  I didnt see any signs of a hoop. I went as far as the lake to see if any geese were around,  It was all quiet there 

Fresh air is as good for the mind as for the body.  Nature always seems trying to talk to us as if she had some great secret to tell . And so she has.

John Lubbock

Back home again

I believe  in the hands that work, in the brains that think and the hearts that lovebelieve in sunshine, fresh air, friendship, calm sleep, beautiful thoughts.

Ellbert Hubbard

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Chapter 3, Page 25, Book 20

Sometimes you have to sacrifice what you want for something more important.

Author Unknown

March 25th - let it go 

Life is so hard, how can we be anything but kind?

Sylvia Boorstein

Its so true we must sacrifice short term pleasure for long term success.  These days we are sacrificing our get togethers and keeping our distance so that in the long term we will be able to be together again.

Success takes sacrifice.


We all want success in life, not just at times like this and the more we want it, the more we must sacrifice.  These are hard times and we want to get through them, so we sacrifice.There’s no doubt I’d love to see my family, but right now it’s worth it not seeing them, I want to make sure we’re all safe and not sorry.My kindness to them right now is to stay put, right here at home.They are doing the same for me.

We need to let go of what is desired in  order to succeed.

To give anything anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift

Steve Prefontaine