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

Author Unknown

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Chapter 11, Page 22, Book 08

Back in the 1920's when Polish-American entrepreneur Leo Gerstenzang invented cotton swabs as a safer way to clean his baby's ears, he called his product "Q-Tip. Mr. Gerstenzang chose "Q" for Quality . . . and he must have been on to something, because Q-Tip has become a household word

Which made Q-Tip a good choice for an acronym that's going 'round‘ these days:
Quit Taking It Personally!
I have a jar of those little white-tipped tools on my vanity, and every morning they remind me to use this quick-and-easy stress reduction technique:
Q-Tip It!
The traffic jam or the flat tire, or the keys that get locked in the car are not part of a plan to ruin your day. Q-Tip It - Quit Taking It Personally

The computer that freezes just when you've got an important report to print really IS just a stupid machine. Take a deep breath and repeat the maxim about accepting the things you cannot change. Above all -- Q-Tip It

The 5 pounds you can't seem to lose are just a ball of fat . . . not a moral failure. You know what to do - eat less, move more. So get moving . . . and Q-Tip It

The supervisor who wants everything done yesterday has a problem with time management and scheduling. You're more likely to find a constructive way to deal with this of persistent stress situation if you Q-Tip It

The kids who don't call often enough probably really ARE busy (and didn't you raise them to be independent?). Q-Tip It

Let Mr. Gerstenzang's little white-tipped tool be a memory-hook, a way to ease the your personal stress reactions, the way YOU choose to respond to the happenings of your days.

Bits and pieces from an article written by Maureen Killoran


Today I’m thankful for Q-TIPs!

It is so true that we often take things so personally that should not have been a personal thing at all. I used to consider my job a personal thing and after being very hurt several times, I finally realized that that job was just that – my real life is not at all about that job. It is just the means to support myself.

People are not always kind and we are quite torn apart when they make us feel like we are worthless or worse. Never let yourself become upset by that kind of useless talk. We are all of tremendous value and don’t let yourself forget it.

One of my Bible studies had a list of things to remember in it and the one thing I’ll never forget is that –

I am who God thinks I am…

I am a child of God.

We all are and that is something so extraordinary. Don’t ever forget it.

While I have those Q-Tips handy, I also have faith in the One who thinks I’m special
And so are you!


My Purpose
By Thomas Dekker
To awaken each morning with
a smile brightening my face;
To greet the day with reverence
for the opportunities it contains;
To approach my work with a clean mind;
To hold ever before me,
even in the doing of little things,
the ultimate purpose toward which I am working;
To meet men and women with laughter
on my lips and love in my heart;
To be gentle, kind and courteous through all the hours;
To approach the night with weariness that
ever woos sleep and the joy
that comes form work well done-
this is how I desire to waste wisely my days

‘On Ya’-ma


Unknown said...

thank you as always for a lovely entry

Hollie said...

Thanls for sharing about the Q-Tips!

Linda said...

I love the q-tip acronym!! I am going to start thinking about that more often through my day, I tend to take things to persoanlly. Linda

Cindi said...

Kristen & Richard Carlson authors of "Don't sweat the small stuff" great book...xmas is coming!!!!

Joan said...

Loved all the Q-tips great stuff. Have a great weekend. Love Joan

Alice said...

I think lots of people do take things just a little bit toooo personal. I try to see beyond that :)

Kathy said...

These are some great thoughts to remember. Have a good weekend and get some needed rest.

Jan said...

Pam who ?,but you could make such a clever entry out of the humble q tip ? as ever a very inspired entry , Jan xx

betty said...

I love that story about the Q-Tips and then the Quit Taking it Personally philosophy! so wise!!!

I totally agree with you gleaned from that Bible study; I often remind myself and write it in people's journals that "I am a daughter of a King and a sister and co-heir to the Savior of the Universe; it doesn't get any better than that" and just remembering that has gotten me through so many hard times

I'm loved by the Lord! Truly unconditionally loved; it doesn't get any better than that :)


Jenny said...

I am certainly going to remember Q-tip and pass it on. Have a good Sunday.
Jenny <><