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

Author Unknown

Friday, August 14, 2020

Chapter 8, Page 14, Book 20



Don’t adapt to the energy in the room, influence the energy in the room

Author Unknown


August 14th - you have the power


Energy is the essence of life.  Every day you decide how you’re going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus.

Oprah Winfrey

Our energy levels are what control our positivity or negetivity. It’s the difference between setting out to achieve and holding yourself back. It’s easy to let the activity around you influence what we do, but we alone have the power to control it.  

Our energy should be the driving force in life that allows us to connect with others, achieve the unthinkable, and continue to be a light in the world.

If we want to be a positive force, we have to first be good to ourselves before we are good for others.  We need to take care of ourselves, eat right, get plenty of rest and exercise.  Taking time out for ourselves will help us take care of others better in the long run.

Some people forget to do that and  then wonder what happened to their energy level.  While caring for others is a good thing, Always looking out for others is not, we need to take care of ourselves. What you do today determines your tomorrow.

Focus o being the best version of yourself and you bring out the best in others.


I learned early that you only have so much energy to give.  You have to spend it correctly.

Ava Gabor



Thursday, August 13, 2020

Chapter 8, Page 13, Book 20



Let
 your smile change the world, but dont let the world change your smile.

Connor Franta

August 13th - always wear a smile


Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

Mother Teresa

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

Each time you smile, you benefit your health and happiness.  Not only can smiling lift your mood but it can elevate the mood of those around you.

When you smile at others, it gives them a boost of happiness, helps them to lead a healthier life and influences how they perceive you.

Bottom lis is if you smile at others, not only will you bring positive things to your life, but to life of those around you.

The next time you are feeling down, nervous, stressed out, or you just need to elevate your mood, try smiling and think of something positive.

It will brighten your day and probably someone else’s.


A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.

William Arthur Ward



Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Chapter 8, Page 12, Book 20


Dont speak unless you can improve on the silence.

Old Proverb

August 12th - Some times saying nothing is best


It takes two years to learn to talk and a lifetime to learn to be quiet.

Ernest Hemmingway 

Apart from love, no subject has been written about as much as words, because  words and silence always seek a balance. We say too many things without thinking about the consequences, without being aware that sometimes is is better just keep quiet.

Words can incite anger or invoke passion.  They can bring people together our tear them apart.  Words can uphold the truth or nurture a like.  We use words to encompass history, to describe the natural universe, and ever concur realizing visions of things that exist only in fantasy. In fact, some spoken words are thought to be so powerful than they can create worlds, creatures, and human beings.  

Good words are worth much and cost little.

George Herbert

If we realize that when we speak, make judgments and give options, we reveal the deepest parts of our personality and pronounce judgment upon ourselves, then we probably would not allow our tongue to run ahead of our brains.

The words we utter to the people nearest to us are sometimes sharper than any knife. They create walls that are very difficult t break down and they hurt the people we really love and respect.

It’s not always a matter of being silent and hiding what we think because we mustn’t  forget that what is not verbally spoken is as if it did not’ exist.  Words of encouragement, those that come from the heart towards another person, are the ones that are really important.   Speak only what is necessary, know how to listen, don’t speak just for the sake of it. Talking too much, without thinking about or controlling what is said, can lead us to utter nonsense or words that can hurt another person.

Never forget to tell someone just how much you love them and how much they are appreciated.


The wounds of the tongue ore deeper and more incurable than those of the sword.

Old Proverb


Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Chapter 8, Page 11, Book 20



You’re braver than you believe. Stronger than you seem.

A. A. Milne


August 11th - Believe it!


Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.

Richard Bach

We really never know just how strong we can be until we’re called upon to da something we’ve never done before.  The good news is we can usually do anything we think we can. We just have to believe that we can do it.  We often give ourselves less credit than we deserve.  We don’t live up to our potential.

We need to keep our thoughts positive because our thoughts become our words.  Keep our words positive because our words become our behavior and keep our behavior positive because our behavior becomes our habits. Keep habits positive because they become our values.  Keep our values positive because our values become our destiny. It’s all a matter attitude.  

Our attitude towards whatever happens in life makes the difference. Don’t look back, keep moving forward one step at a time and you’ll get there before you know it. Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. A possitive outlook assures a positive outcome.  It determines the attitude of your life

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.  

John Wooden



Monday, August 10, 2020

Chapter 8, Page 10, Book 20



Ahh — but there is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.

Jane Austen

August 10th - staycation


The ordinary rotes we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might sugest

Thomas Moore

This is the time of year when many plan their vacations .  Well my plan is to stay at home and just enjoy the lazy days of summer.  I dont fell safe going out to far from home, so I decided on a staycation.

Staying at home isnt for everyone, but I know of no other place right now of where Id want to be. And the fact that Im saving lots of money that Id rather not spend is a bonus.  This is a great time to cook at home too.  If you want to have a slice of cake for breakfast or pancakes for dinner, enjoy it.

A good book can take me away to places Ive never been or seen before too.  Right now Im reading the Sweet Magnolia series  that can also be watched on Netfex. Im wnjoying the books better than the movie. 

Stay home and be safe and remember to wash your hands.


Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need.

Sarah Ben Breathnach

There is always a lot to see and do around here, and I dont have to leave the house for much of it.  Thankfully my children have had a few get togethers so I dont get lonely too often.  

Staying at home does get hard but not everyone has to do it.  And luckily we have the Internet!    There are so many things going on and through the net I;ve been enjoying some armchair traveling though my blogger friends.  Thank you all for sharing.


Find the beauty in every day.

Author Unknown 


Sunday, August 09, 2020

Chapter 8, Page 9, Book 20



We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.

Thornton Wilder

August 9th - rich beyond measure


Thankfulness is the quickest path to joy.

Jefferson Bethke

It hardly seems possible that another Sunday has rolled around again, but it was a good week and Ive much to be thankful for.  Every day has been a good day, no problems have come my way and that is a lot to be thankful for. If I could say two words to describe it, It would be, Thank You!

I feel like the wealthiest woman in the world.  Ive received so many blessings. They say if you want to feel rich, count your blessings instead of your cash.

All of my family is doing well and are healthy and safe, I have a nice home that is comfortable and I have plenty of food to eat and some to share with others too.  We got some much needed rain, and the farmers are happy.  Summer crops are making their way to the farmers markets for us to enjoy.  

Progress was made in all that I have to do, while I didnt do much at least I was able to do something.  My list of blessings is unending and I find my self happy to be alive.  

Ive got to be thankful for all my friends and family that stand by ready always to help and lend a hand.  They are my treasures here on earth.  Thank you all for being a friend. 

Appreciation can make a day, even change a life.  Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.

Margaret Cousins


Saturday, August 08, 2020

Chapter 8, Page 8, Book 20



When one must, one can.

Charlotte Witton


August 8th - Necessity knows no law


Necessity is the mother of invention.

Jonathan Swift

It seems if we really want to do something, we will think of a way to do it.  New ways to do things are found or created when there is a strong or special need.

They say that when the chips are down, we become innovative, creative and solution based thinkers. Just because we’ve never done things like that before doesn’t mean we won’t try,  if we are put in the right position.  

If there is a will, there is a way.  When a need arises someone will invent a solution.  Just in my life time alone, I’ve seen many new inventions that were created out of need.  And I have no doubt that the times we are living in will bring many more our way. History is replete with examples of pioneers rising to such a challenge.  The primary driving force for new inventions is need.

If we have the desire and determination a way will be found.


Necessity is the mother of taking chances.

Mark Twain


Friday, August 07, 2020

Chapter 8, Page 7, Book 20


We all have the extraordinary coded within us, waiting to be released.

Jean Houston

August 7th - you are extra ordinary!


The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.

Jimmy Johnson

It seems there are stories on the news just about every day about ordinary people doing extraordinary things.  They go the extra mile for people around them. It doesnt take a lot to be extraordinary. All it takes is doing a little extra for those in need.

We live in extraordinary times, so we must think of extraordinary ways to overcome them.  We have had to face problems weve never faced before.  Who knew toilet paper would ever become so important.  We cant settle for ordinary any more.  

Parents have had to become teachers to their children.  Even those ordinary ones without a degree.  Weve all become more aware of the things we have and to be ever aware of the extraordinary world around us.  We can’t take anything for granted. 


Ordinary people believe only in the possible.  Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible.  And by visualizing the impossible they begin to see it as possible.

Cherie Carter-Scott


Thursday, August 06, 2020

Chapter 8, Page 6, Book 20



Mistakes are proof you are trying.

Jennifer I. Lim

August 6th - It’s ok to make a mistake


Mistakes have the power to turn you into something better than you were before.

Anonymous

Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that making mistakes is okay.  They are proof that we are trying.  I don’t know why we are so afraid of mistakes.  When we try to make our life mistake free then we are also blocking ourselves from all the amazing experiences life has to offer us.  None of us is perfect. 

We have to have the courage to try, to sometimes fail and then pick ourselves back up again and try it again.  Practice makes perfect they say and I’ve had a lot of practice in trying to do things over and over again. I still am not perfect, but a work in progress.  

We should have no regrets only lessons in life. That’s how we keep going and growing. We all hate being wrong.  We hate making mistakes and not being perfect, but as today’s quote reminds us, they are only proof that we are trying.
They show we are putting forth our time and effort to make things work. Don’t let a mistake ruin your entire day.  We can only try to do our best. No one can ask more than you do your best and give it all you’ve got with what you have.

If you never try to do things, you’ll never know if you can do them.  If we are trying to progress in life, we must be willing to make some mistakes, we must be willing to lose sometimes, and keep going no matter what.

Mistakes are a part of life, we take action and we learn from them.

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

Oscar Wilde


Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Chapter 8, Page 5, Book 20



Focus on the outcome not the obstacle

Author Unknown


August 5th - obstacles are opportunities.


The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity.  The optimist sees opportunity in ever difficulty.

Winston Churchill


Sometimes its hard to keep our focus when were trying to do something, especially if obstacles keep blocking our way.  But if we focus on the outcome, it will all come together. It’s a matter of perspective and how we look at things. 

An obstacle isnt an roadblock, its an opportunity for growth.  Focus on what you can do, not on what you cant do.

We cannot always control events, but we can control our attitude. 

The truth is that how we choose to see things often makes all the difference.  There will always be events and circumstances that challenge us.  But the mental perspective we take toward them makes the difference between struggle and success.

Sometimes we have to look harder, but there are always opportunities to be found.  Obstacles allow us the opportunity to reflect on how we could do things differently and examine what did and did to work right the first time around. Obstacles and stumbles allow us time to go back to the drawing board and rethink how things could have gone differently.

If you can’t change your attitude, you will always get the same results. Consider that somethings happen for you not to you.  When you think it might be happening for you , your mind opens to the possibilities. 


Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

Thomas Alva Edison