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

Author Unknown

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Chapter 6, Page 21, Book 18

Never neglect the little things.  Never skimp on that extra effort, that additional few minutes, that soft work of praise or thanks, that delivery of the very best that you can do.  It does not matter what others think, it is of prime importance however, what you think about you.  You can never do your best, which should always be your trademark, if you are cutting corners and shirking responsibilities.  You are special.  Act it. Never neglect the little things.

Og Mandino

Little things in life aren’t so little

Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seam odorless but all together perfume the air.

George Bernanos

There are many little things that knock on our door every day and we neglect to see the joy they bring.  Ongoing small moments can mean so much more that one grand display of love.  Simple pleasures throughout the day can be far more gratifying that one amazing weekend.  

The little things in life are what we remember and appreciate when we reflect on days gone by.  It’s not the great things but the small things that are done in a great way that matter.

Every small thing we do creates a big difference.  Don’t neglect the little things.

One neglect makes ten regrets

James Lendall Basford

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Chapter 6, Page 20, Book 18

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

Art Linkletter

Accentuate the Positive

People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude

John C. Maxwell.

Life is what we make it.  We have the freedom of choice of what actions we take and how we choose to be.  When we accentuate the positive we eliminate the negative.  Instead of dwelling on what might have been, think about all the possibilities.  

If you can stay positive no matter what life throws at you,  your life can be anything you want it to be.  Stay focused when you feel your attitude slipping,  Keep yourself on track.  It’s all up to us to chose .  

The good news is, that the bad news can be turned into good news when you change your attitude.

Robert H. Schuller

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Chapter 6, Page 19, Book 18

The Second Ten Commandments

Author Unknown

Thou shall not worry, for worry is the most unproductive of all human activities.

Thou shall not be fearful, for most things we fear never come to pass.

Thou shall not cross bridges before you come to them, for no one yet has succeeded in accomplishing this.

Thou shall face each problem as it comes.  You can only handle one at a time anyway.

Thou shall not take problems to bed with you, for they make very poor partners!

Thou shall not borrow others peoples problems, The can better care for them than you can.

Thou shall not try to relive yesterday as it is forever gone.  Concentrate on what is happening in your life and be happy as best you can today.

Thou shall  be a good a good listener, for only when you listen do you hear ideas different from your own.  It is hard to learn something new when you are talking, and some people do know more than you do.

Thou shall not become bogged down by frustrations, for 90% of it is rooted in self pity and will only interfere with positive action.

Thy shall count thy blessings, never over looking the small ones, for a lot of small blessings add up to the big ones.

The shall and shall nots

There are principles which govern our life — they are principles of Life.  If our life is lived according to these principles all is well, and harmony reins in place of vexation and struggle.

Henry T. Hamblin

Most of us were taught the 10 Commandments when we were young and they’ve become guiding principles in our lives.  I thought this second set of commandments were also pretty good things to remember .

Sometimes seeing things put in plain words like these makes us remember what is important in life.  They may not be carved in stone, but they’ll make your life better for sure.

Principles don’t die. They aren’t here one day and gone the next.  They can’t be destroyed by fire, earthquake or theft.  Principles are deep fundamental truths, classic truths.

Steven R. Covey

Note to anyone no longer receiving comments in their email.

Thanks to a friend that blogs I recently found out that I could once again receive comments in my email by checking the box in my comment section that says to email follow up comments.  I took a picture of what I see on my blog when leaving a comment on it.  

I’ve started leaving a comment on my blog each day just so I can enjoy receiving comments in my email again.  

Hope this helps anyone else having a problem.

I also can no longer comment on a few of my favorite blogs at all as it seems I’m not a member of Google Plus.  So if you are wondering why I no longer comment that is why.  I can read them but cannot comment.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Chapter 6, Page 18, Book 18

Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.

Langston Hughes

It is all in the smile...

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

 William Fry

There is nothing like a SMILE.  I like writing about smiling and laughter often because I know the positive benefits they can bring to your life.  Having a good sense of humor doesn’t simply make you a more pleasant person to socialize with; it can help you get more done and even save your sanity.  

So go ahead: Smile.

Having a good sense of humor can make you more resilient.  It has been scientifically proven that laughter causes positive reactions in the human body; it relieves stress and muscle tension, increases the release of endorphins and dopamine which are chemicals that make you feel good and promote general feelings of well being.

Smile a while and give your face a rest…

When it comes to finding constructive ways of dealing with fear, there is hardly anything more effective than having a good old laugh. This is because it is impossible to laugh at something and be afraid of it at the same time. 

A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.

Denis Waitley

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