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

Author Unknown

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Chapter 10, Page 30, Book 08

I've heard it said, "Be contented with what you have, but
never too contented with what you are.
There is a story that comes out of Asia about a farmer who saw a tiger's tail swishing between two large rocks. In amoment of haste, he grabbed the tail and pulled.
All of asudden he realized he had an angry tiger by the tail and only tworocks stood between him and the tiger's teeth and claws! So there he remained, afraid to loosen his grip on the enraged animal'stail lest he surely be killed.
A monk happened by and the farmer called out indesperation, "Come over here and help me kill this tiger!"The holy man said, "On, no. I cannot do that. I cannot take the life of another."
Then he went on to deliver a homily
against killing. All the while, the farmer was holding tightly tothe tail of an angry tiger.
When the monk finally finished his sermon, the farmer pleaded, "If you won't kill the tiger, then at least come hold its tail while I kill it. The monk thought that perhaps it would be all right to simply hold the tiger's tail, so he grabbed hold and pulled.
The farmer, however, turned and walked away down the road.The monk shouted after him, "Come back here and kill the tiger!""Oh, no," the farmer replied. "You have converted me!"
Conversion is nothing more than change. With money,conversion can be the change of a bill into coin or the change ofthe currency of one country into the currency of another. On thehuman level, conversion can be a change in beliefs, a change in ideas, a change in attitudes, a change in behaviors or a change in priorities.
If the largest room in the world is "room for improvement,"
then it is good to leave plenty of room for change.
I like the old southern American slave's prayer:
O God, I ain't what I ought to be
and I ain't what I'm a-goin' to be.
But thanks to you, I ain't what I used to be!
Author Unknown


In many ways I’ve still lot a long long way to go on the self improvement element of my life. I’m always looking for ways to do something better or new and a few years back I found this list for keeping up with the Holidays. If you’ve read my journal for awhile, I know that you’ve seen it before, but here it is again

Here’s the plan in a pumpkin-shell:
Phase 1: Gift Shopping and Wrapping
8 weeks before: Shop for and wrap 1/3 of your gifts
7 weeks before: Shop for and wrap 2/3 of your gifts
6 weeks before: Finish shopping and wrapping gifts5 weeks before: Start planning for Thanksgiving

Phase 2: Decorations, Cards, and Mailings
4 weeks before: Put up outdoor decorations and write Christmas cards
3 weeks before: Set up Christmas tree an decorate indoors. Mail cards and gifts

Phase 3 Celebrations, Cooking and Cleaning
2 weeks before: Attend and host parties. Bake and clean
1 week before: Grocery shop for Christmas meals; make final preparations for the big day
Christmas Week: Celebrate Christmas and Enjoy!

New Year’s Day
Take down decorations, write thank-you notes, and start the New Year fresh.

8 weeks before Christmas – you guessed it, Halloween! When you use Halloween to trigger your holiday preparations (instead of Thanksgiving), you have plenty of time to get everything done. As our family get together is the weekend before Christmas, I need to be starting soon!



You tell on yourself by the friends you seek,
By the very manner in which you speak,
By the way you employ your leisure time,
By the use you make of dollar and dime.
You tell what you are by the things you wear,
And even by the way you wear your hair,
By the kind of things at which you laugh,
By the records you play on your phonograph.
You tell what you are by the way you walk,
By the things of which you delight to talk,
By the manner in which you bury deceit,
By so simple a thing as how you eat.
By the books you choose from the well-filled shelf.
In these ways and more you tell on yourself.
Author Unknown

‘On Ya’ - ma


Adirondackcountrygal said...

Some good ideas today.

Linda said...

I can only hope that I would be that organized!! I am working on it though, I have started "thinking" about Christmas presents! LOL Linda

Jeannette said...

I always make these good intentions but never seem to stick to them, maybe I should try harder this year. By the way, it was my Great-Grandfather, not my Grandfather.

Alice said...

Great read this morn. The thought for today is so true :)......

Jenny said...

It's a constant challange trying to change for the better, hard work it doesn't come naturally to me LOL.
Jenny <><

Joan said...

That all makes great sense. Saw acorns this morning while out walking and thought of you. Have a good day. Love Joan.

Cindi said...

with all this unpacking I'm doing I dont even want to think of the holidays...LOL

Linda :) said...

We already have a bit of presents bought and I pulled out the Christmas cards I bought last year so maybe I can be the first to mail mine out this year, lol...
Happy Halloween!

Hollie said...

I wonder if that's where the saying, "I've got a tiger by the tail" came from? LOL You're so well organized!

Janie said...

TY for sharing the story. It has been a long time since I heard this story. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings, Janie