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

Author Unknown

Friday, May 29, 2009

Chapter 5, Page 29, Book 09


The Vase
by Author Unknown
One day I was lying on the bed, reading, when my mother came into the room. She held out a vase - a rather ugly vase. She asked, "Would you like to have this vase?"
I replied quickly, "No, I don't want it."
As she turned to walk away, I picked up something that said to me, wait a minute, there is something here. So I asked, '"Where did you get it?'"
She said, "Oh, I got it when I filled an order."
Filled an order? I thought - no communication here. So I asked, "What do you mean, filled an order?'"
"Well," she said, "when I was a little girl, the Smith Company mailed catalogs to people. I would take the catalog around the neighborhood, and I'd get people to order from it. When I filled an order and sent it in, they gave me a prize. One time, I got a porch swing for my family."
Now you have to understand that my mother is 81 years old. She is one of six children in a family that her father deserted when she was quite young. Money was real hard to come by. My grandmother managed to keep the family together through the years, although I don't know how. For my mother to win a luxury like a porch swing was a significant accomplishment. Although she no longer had the swing, she had the vase -a vase full of meaning - which she offered to me.
Instantly I said, "Mom, I want the vase." Now it sits in a prominent place in my living room.
It symbolizes a precious meaning which my mother and I share. Unless you and I are sensitive to the other person and hear meaning, as well as words, we may miss wonderful opportunities in life.
There have been plenty of times in my life that I’ve been to busy to listen. Listening to the words of our loved ones can be so very priceless. Even people that are strangers often have some valuable words to share.
It’s important to share the stories of our lives with each other so that in some way the things we do and say are better understood. If someone has outward problems it usually means that there are problems on the inside too.
I read a quote the other day that said: Sorrows can take care of themselves, but joys need someone to divide them with. I wasn’t so sure what that meant til I thought about it awhile. It’s true I guess that I can keep my sorrows to myself and it doesn’t matter, but if I have something I’m happy about I need to share that happiness with some one else.
It’s the weekend once more so you all know where I’ll be. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers and I’ll see you all on Monday morning…God willing and the creek don’t rise.

I've learned that you can't have everything
and do everything at the same time
Oprah Winfrey

‘On Ya’-ma

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Chapter 5, Page 28, Book 09

Little stones make big mountains,
Little steps can cover miles,
Little acts of loving-kindness
Give the world it's biggest smiles...
Little words can soothe big troubles
Little hugs can dry big tears,
Little candles light the darkness,
Little memories last for years...
Little dreams can lead to greatness,
Little victories to success~
It's the little things in life
That brings the greatest happiness...
Author Unknown


As I start my day off with a good cup of coffee this morning, I’m reminded of how much those little things really do mean to me.
A little thing like the alarm clock that wakes me up, my small morning prayer, my good cup of coffee, and a hot shower are all insignificant things that start my day. Yet if I didn’t have them my day wouldn’t begin as well as it should.
Children have a wonderful way of appreciating the little things in life. Most things are new and exciting to them and it doesn’t take much to make them happy.
As I grow older I find I need to keep my perspective and take the child’s eye view more often.
Wonder and awe of the simple things in life , the little things are the things that will increase my love of life and the joy of them can be found just about everywhere
The simple joys of living are made up of lots and lots of little things.


Find delight in the little things. And you'll be pleasantly surprised at how delightful the big things turn out to be, too.
Ralph Marston

'On Ya'-ma

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Chapter 5, Page 27, Book 09


I hope you woke up this morning with a big smile on your face
I hope the sun is shining just for you and the birds are singing their very best songs...
I hope your coffee is hot and tastes just right and the cats are purring contentedly, and the mailman waves a cheery hello and there are no bills in the mailbox...
I hope just everything goes your way ...
I hope everything is well with your world, a place for everything and everything in it's place...
I hope you can enjoy all you do and you are complimented on the way you look and you can laugh and talk and share to your heart's content
I hope you have all you wish for yourself and those dear to you, and all your dreams come true...
At the end of the day I wish you a perfect moon shining just for you, a snug and cozy bed with the softest of pillows and I hope you sleep like a lamb with a smile on your face...
I hope you have a perfect end to the perfect day and I hope that every day is just as wonderful in it's own way
I hope your day is ... filled with love!


I am sending lots of good wishes your way for a wonderful day! The poem and the thought for today are repeats in my journal I’m sure. But I love both of them for the positive feeling they emit. I always feel better when I’m hoping for good things. Good things for my family and friends are even more special than for me because I know that if something good happens for them, then I’m going to feel good too!

I got to bed early last night as it was raining so I couldn’t enjoy the outdoors and I felt too sleepy to start anything indoors so I just took a good book to bed and read awhile.

More and more I’m taking it easy on myself and enjoying more. I used to work all day and all evening too, but those days are long gone for me.

I really do hope your day is a great one!!!


A smile is nature's best antidote for discouragement.
It brings rest to the weary,
Sunshine to those who are frowning,
And hope to those who are hopeless and defeated.
A smile is so valuable that it can't be bought,
Begged, borrowed, or taken away against your will.
You have to be willing to give a smile away
Before it can do anyone else any good.
So if someone is too tired or grumpy to flash you a smile,
Let him have one of yours anyway.
Nobody needs a smile as much
As the person who has none to give.
Dale Carnegie
‘On Ya’-ma

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Chapter 5, Page 26. Book 09

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul

John Muir


Another weekend has passed and even though I did little but relax and enjoy some good company and good food, I am not ready to go to work this morning. I will because it’s my job and I am thankful for the break and the fresh air and sunshine we were blessed with.

I do hope you all had a great weekend and are ready to start a new week. Having a Tuesday instead of a Monday to start off with is a great thing for sure.


Physical strength is measured by what we can carry;
spiritual by what we can bear

Author Unknown

‘On Ya’-ma

Friday, May 22, 2009

Chapter 5, Page 22, Book 09

There once was a bunch of tiny frogs who arranged a running competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower. A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants.
The race began. No one in the crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower. You heard statements such as: "Oh, WAY too difficult!!" "They will NEVER make it to the top." The tiny frogs began collapsing. The crowd continued to yell, "It is too difficult!!! No one will make it!" More tiny frogs got tired and gave up.
But ONE continued higher and higher and higher; this one wouldn't give up! He was the only one who reached the top! All of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it? A contestant asked the tiny frog how he had found the strength to succeed and reach the goal?
It turned out that the winner was DEAF!!!!
The wisdom of this story:
Never listen to other people's tendencies to be negative or pessimistic. They take your most wonderful dreams and wishes away from you -- the ones you have in your heart!
Always think of the power words have. Everything you hear and read will affect your actions!
BE POSITIVE! And above all, be DEAF when people tell you that you cannot fulfill your dreams! Always think: I can do this

I’ve heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.” I think the same principle applies to your thoughts. You are what you think you are. It is sad but many young people today don’t always have the encouragement they need and even though they are bright as can be, fail to further their selves because no one cared.

I can remember the days of my teen years when nothing I did seemed to be the right thing. I could have become very discouraged but a long the way I was fortunate enough to have some good encouragers.
Those people let me know that even if I did something wrong, it was ok and I could try again.

You don’t have to be a child to become discouraged either. Many adults need a pat on the shoulder too. If I have the chance, I’m always cheering someone on. I praise their accomplishments and let them know how special they are. When we get older it’s easy to become grumpy and self centered, but a sure way to stop that kind of thinking is to find someone to be a cheerleader for.

After work today I’ll be heading for the campground for a long 3-day weekend. I do hope yours will be a great one and that you get plenty of R & R. You’ll all be in my thoughts and prayers as always. As Monday is the Memorial Day Holiday I won’t have an entry here til Tuesday morning!

Take good care all and be safe!

Rules for Building Self-Confidence
Focus on your potential instead of your limitations.
Determine to know the truth about yourself.
Distinguish between who you are and what you do.
Find something you like to do and do well, then do it over and over.
Replace self-criticism with regular, positive self-talk.
Replace fear of failure with clear pictures of yourself functioning successfully and happily..
Dare to be a little eccentric.
Determine to integrate the body and spirit.
Determine to live above neurotic guilt..
Cultivate people who help you grow..
Refuse to allow rejection to keep you from taking the initiative with people.

Thought is action in rehearsal


'On Ya'-ma

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Chapter 5, Page 21, Book 09

I am glad that God is in charge of the world.
That its not up to me
to fix all the broken pieces,
to bind all the broken wounds, to
lift up all the troubled souls
What is up to me is to give all to God
and be quick to obey in
whatever He asks - in this way -
perhaps in some small way I can be
his smile, his hand, his aid.
But its not up to me to carry
the weight of the world. I can be sad
for every broken heart and wounded spirit.
I can ache for every
troubled soul and every lonely child -
but only God can reach down
and save his precious world.
So - its only up to me - to love the moment
that is before me. To
accept the beauty of this moment -
in whatever wrapping it comes...
sometimes tears and sometimes laughter.
I don't have to appear to be bigger than I am -
holier or humbler
than I am or anything but who I am -
as I am - at this moment.
I can be as holy as I want -
and not care if I get labeled as
conservative or overly pious or sickening sweet.
I can pray when I
want or not - and be content that God is content with me

Yep, just me.
Thank you God - for letting me be who I am today.
Who I will be
tomorrow is yet to be explored

Bits and Pieces from one of my morning meditations


The message above says so much of what I feel.
I’m so very thankful that I don’t have the job of being in charge of everything. What a relief it is just to know that it’s my job to live in the moment and do the best I can with it.

I’m always trying to look at the bright side of things and even though my world is not perfect and it has more downs than ups sometimes, I would rather be optimistic than pessimistic any time. I’m certainly not perfect in any shape or form either.

But I’m me and I’m thankful for a God that loves me.


Make the best of today, for there is no tomorrow until after today

Liz Strehlow

‘On Ya’-ma

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Chapter 5, Page 20, Book 09

Most people are just trying to get through the day. Be committed to learn to get from the day. Don’t just get through it; get from it. Learn from it. Let the day teach you. Join the university of life. What a difference that will make in your future. Commit yourself to learning. Commit yourself to absorbing. Be like a sponge. Get it. Don’t miss it.
Jim Rohn

I don’t know about you, but I learn something new everyday of my life. Sometimes it’s really something I already knew but with a new slant to it.

I love to listen to discussions going on around the campfire or in the office at work. I find out more by listening that I would if I was the one carrying on the conversation. It would surprise me greatly if I didn’t learn something new every day.

I read loads of books and on line articles. If my eyesight decides to ever give out I’d be one of those that would enjoy talking books too. Every class I’ve ever taken has been beneficial in some way, especially in my Bible studies.

I can’t comprehend the fact that some people don’t like to read. That is even worse fact than that of there being people that can’t read.

Everything you learn isn’t written in a book for sure, but either way we should never stop learning.

Thought for Today

That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way

Doris Lessing

‘On Ya’-ma

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Chapter 5, Page 19, Book 09

So much of unhappiness, it seems to me, is due to nerves; and bad nerves are the result of having nothing to do, or doing a thing badly, unsuccessfully or incompetently. Of all the unhappy people in the world, the unhappiest are those who have not found something they want to do. True happiness comes to those who do their work well, followed by a refreshing period of rest. True happiness comes from the right amount of work for the day.
Lin Yutang

It seems I have found my balance in life. I do my work well and I also have found a great way to relax and get away from it too. Years ago we started camping when the children were small. I loved it then, and I still love it today.

No matter what you do, you should have some sort of reward for working and doing your job well. Working day after day with no play is not good for anyone.
Some people love to garden. Some like to travel and some like to shop. Finding some way to relax is a necessity. Our outlook on everything improves when we are not stressed and tired out.

I read in the news yesterday that men should drink a least 5 glasses of water a day in order to have a healthy heart. If you think about it, in order to drink any thing you have to stop what you are doing before you can drink. And maybe while drinking that water they are taking a break from work. Makes sense to me, although it probably doesn’t apply to what the article was saying.
I just know that if you take a break, relax and you’ll be much better for it.


The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.

Sydney J. Harris

Monday, May 18, 2009

Chapter 5, Page 18, Book 09

You can clear the land, plow the field, spread the fertilizer, and plant the corn. But you cannot make it rain. You cannot prevent an early frost. You cannot determine exactly what will happen in your life. The rain may or may not fall, but one thing is certain: you will get a harvest only if you planted something in the field.
It's important to do everything in our power to ensure our success,but we also need to let the universe take its course.
Melody Beattie
We’ve probably all found out that we are not in control of everything. Things can happen that we don’t have any control of what so ever. But that shouldn’t stop us from trying to do our best with what ever it is we have to do.
Very often I think I’ve got my plans all laid out only to have them change all together in the matter of one split second. One moment can change everything .
Still I have to live in the moment and this morning is the beginning of a new work week, so I’ll soon be off to do my job and hopefully I’ll do the best I can with that for sure.
This past weekend we planned to get a lot of work done around the campsite and if you look at the pictures on the side bar you can see that we did. It didn’t look good at all according to the weather forecast on Friday. Some rain storms were headed our way on Saturday. We did get a few small showers, but for the most part it was a lovely day and we did get our work done.
DD and her hubby had brought a movie to watch in case of an all day rain, and DS#1 and his wife were going to take the kids to the movies if it rained. As it turned out we got to do what we’d planned and the rainy day options were not needed.
I’m planning a great Monday…I do hope your day is a great one too!
Weather is a great metaphor for life - sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad, and there's nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella

Pepper Giardino
‘On Ya’-ma

Friday, May 15, 2009

Chapter 5, Page 15, Book 09



Once upon a time, there was a wonderful tree called the Granny Tree. Little children and big children came to hear the songs that poured forth when she rustled her leaves. Children would climb her trunk and swing from her branches. In the Summer when it was hot, or when they were sad, afraid or tired, they would rest against her trunk and sleep in her shade. In the autumn they would eat the fruit that had grown from her spring blossoms. The children loved the Granny Tree very much and the Granny Tree was happy.
Over the years, the sky sometimes turned dark and the wind blew hard. The Granny Tree’s branches were tossed from side to side, back and forth and up and down. But, when the wind stopped blowing, the Granny Tree was still standing even though many of her branches were broken and many of her leaves had blown away. Periodically the tree wizards were called in to help the granny Tree. Dr. Fixumup would tap on her roots and feel her bark. He would climb his ladder to check her branches and put his ear to her trunk and say, “Your heart is still beating, so we will give you some medicine to heal your broken branches so you can continue to sing your songs.” Usually the Granny Tree got stronger. But each time after a storm, she was sad and missed the branches and leaves that were gone. Over time, her songs weren’t so loud, her shade was less plentiful and the fruits grew smaller. As long as she had some branches to give shade and some leaves to rustle and some blossoms that would turn into fruit to share with others, the Granny Tree was happy.
Then one day a very bad storm came and the Granny Tree was bent over by the force of the wind. Almost all her roots came out of the ground. The tree wizards and Dr. Fixumup tried everything to get the Granny Tree standing again. The Granny Tree looked at her branches and saw her wilting leaves. She was very sad. She knew that she would no longer be strong enough for people to lean on her trunk. There would be no more blossoms and fruit to share. There were no more leaves to rustle her songs for the children and the children’s children. The Granny Tree asked that when her heart stopped beating, the tree wizards and Dr. Fixumup take what was left of her branches, her trunk and her roots to see if they could learn how to help other trees grow stronger and healthier.
The children and the children’s children were very sad when the Granny Tree died and was carried away. They sat and talked about what fun it was to laugh and play in her branches, to rest against her strong and noble trunk, to languish in the shade of her branches and to enjoy her fruits. The children taught the children of their children the songs of the Granny Tree and shared her sacred stories. As long as there are children to sing her songs, the memory of the Granny Tree will never die

There are some memories that you just never forget. The days I spent with my grandmother still seem as real as if they happened yesterday. She was my hero and everything she did was with love. Even though she was born into a family of wealth, she became a victim of the great depression during the early years of her marriage. She was a mother to 10 children, she was a school teacher and even postmaster at one time. She was a wife of a farmer which meant she kept a garden and had chickens to care for. What I remember most about her was her patience and her faith in God.
She made most of her own clothing, she quilted and she crocheted. She managed to make do with what she was given and never complained. At least I never heard it if she did.
Every time I feel over worked, I think about her and all she did. We have so many modern day conveniences that she never had. I do keep her alive in my heart and that’s a good thing because all my memories are full of love.

Our stories matter...Your stories matter…
For you never know how much of a difference they make and to whom.
Caroline Joy Adams
‘On Ya’ -ma

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Chapter 5, Page 14, Book 09

Letting go doesn't mean we don't care. Letting go doesn't mean we shut down. Letting go means we stop trying to force outcomes and make people behave. It means we give up resistance to the way things are, for the moment. It means we stop trying to do the impossible--controlling that which we cannot--and instead, focus on what is possible--which usually means taking care of ourselves. And we do this in gentleness, kindness,and love, as much as possible.
Melody Beattie


We’ve all had things that we needed to let go. Sometimes it’s easy and other times it’s the hardest thing in the world to do. From letting go of an old friendship to letting go of an old piece of comfortable furniture that has seen it’s better day.

Lots of things make us feel secure, yet we know they are no longer needed. I have a house full of memories stashed away in every nook and cranny and I know I need to clear it all out, yet some days I feel I like being comfortable with the mess because memories are hard to let go of.

Of course this all involves a lot of work too…time and circumstances keep making me put off what needs to be done. I will soon have that time and believe me when I say the rubbish men are not going to like all the piles I’ll be putting on the curb for pick up.

Every moment of every day involves some letting go. We let go to make space for something else.


We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned,so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.
Joseph Campbell
‘On Ya’-ma

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Chapter 5, Page 13, Book 09

We can never untangle all the woes in other people's lives.
We can't produce miracles overnight.
But we can bring a cup of cool water to a thirsty soul,
or a scoop of laughter to a lonely heart.
Barbara Johnson
I do hope you can manage a smile or two this morning . I’m trying really hard to do the same here as I sip my morning coffee. Many times I wish I had someone here to share it with, but as you know, I’m alone and soon I’ll go off to work where it really won’t be much different.
My boss comes and goes and I often spend a lot of time alone there too.
One thing about the internet is that it brings you in touch with those near and far. I’m always thankful that I have a computer that allows me to keep in touch with family and friends. We can communicate almost instantly using computers.
The mail would take a couple of days or more being delivered by a mail man. The post office has to sort it all out and then send someone out to deliver it. I might be in a truck, a train, or even an airplane for a day or two.
It’s been a long time since I sent a letter to anyone. I love e-mail and the wonders of the internet.
They might not need me; but they might.
I’ll let my head be just in sight;
A smile as small as mine might be
Precisely their necessity.
Emily Dickinson
‘On Ya’ -ma

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Chapter 5, Page 12, Book 09

Today, I choose awareness.
I choose to be aware of the beauty of life and living.
I choose to be aware of the simple truths in life.
I choose to be aware of the simple pleasures in life.
I choose awareness of joy.
I choose awareness of peace.I choose awareness of love.
I choose to see, to feel, to know,
the presence of divine energy in myself and those around me.
Today, I choose to be aware
and to embrace all that is good, noble, and divine.
As my awareness of joy, peace, love,
and goodness grows in my consciousness, joy, peace, love,
and goodness become the reality in which I live.
For this I am so grateful!
And So It Is!
Iyanla Vanzant

Simplicity deepens life. It magnifies the simple virtues on which people's survival depends: humility, faith, courage, serenity, honesty, patience, justice, tolerance, thrift

Wilferd A. Peterson

I really do think that the key to most everything is keeping things simple. When we are full of complexity, things happen that we are not even aware of. Drama seems to be a way of life. As I age, I found that the simple ways are often the very best. The less I want, the less I need.
Simple foods seem to taste better than the gourmet ones. Simple clothing that is comfortable is better than a lot of finery for me.
In today's world of hustle, bustle and busy lives, the simple life can be hard to find. It seems that the home can often become a rest stop to refresh a moment and then move onto the next activity. Life can become too busy.
Simple living, to me, is taking a slower walk in life and appreciating the things that go to making our lives complete and fulfilling

Year by year the complexities of this spinning world growmore bewildering and so each year we need all the moreto seek peace and comfort in the joyful simplicities.
Woman's Home Companion - 1935
‘On Ya’-ma

Monday, May 11, 2009

Chapter 5, Page 11, Book 09

Author Unknown
Somebody did a golden deed;
Somebody proved a friend in need;
Somebody sang a beautiful song;
Somebody smiled the whole day long;
Somebody thought, "Tis sweet to live";
Somebody said, "I'm glad to give";
Somebody fought a valiant fight;
Somebody lived to shield the right;
Was the "somebody" you?
We often wish that we were somebody. May we wish we were rich or famous or maybe we wish we were different that we are, but when it comes down to it somebody is each and every one of us. Thankfully we are all unique and wonderfully made and not a carbon copy of someone else.
Uniquely me I’m off to work as usual this Monday morning. The weather wasn’t the greatest thing in the world for my 3 day weekend, but it wasn’t the worst either, so I’ll just be thankful for 3 days off and leave it at that. I did put pictures over in the side bar of the weekend for you all to see if you want.
I wish Monday’s were not quite as busy as they are for me at work with it being payroll day and with being off last Friday there will be piles on my desk, but I suppose I will make it through as I always do.


Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
William James

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Chapter 5, Page 7, Book 09

Playing The Game
By Author Unknown

Life is a game with a glorious prize,
If we can only play it right.
It is give and take, build and break,
And often it ends in a fight;
But he surely wins who honestly tries
(Regardless of wealth or fame),
He can never despair who plays it fair -

How are you playing the game?
Do you wilt and whine, if you fail to win

In the manner you think your due?
Do you sneer at the man in case that he can
And does, do better than you?
Do you take your rebuffs with a knowing grin?
Do you laugh tho' you pull up lame?

Does your faith hold true when the whole world's blue?
How are you playing the game?

Get into the thick of it - wade in, boys!
Whatever your cherished goal;
Brace up your will till your pulses thrill,
And you dare - to your very soul!
Do something more than make a noise;
Let your purpose leap into flame
As you plunge with a cry,

"I shall do or die,"
Then you will be playing the game

Good Morning!
nthusiasm for what you do means everything. If you are not in to what you have to do it makes for some dull boring days. And we all know that dull boring days mean trouble. It gives you too much time to dwell on thoughts and things that tend to drag us down. Doing something you like and putting your all into it on the other hand gives you lift that just can not be beat.
I give myself a lift just about every weekend from April til October and I love what I do…camping.

I’m still working on enthusiasm for the months between November and March. Every year I try to do my best to celebrate those days just as much as I do the others. Let’s just say that is a work in progress.

I’ve always believed that every day we live is a day to celebrate, so don’t misunderstand. It’s just that the warm weather sunshine and the out doors have a special place in my heart.
I’m off on a vacation day Friday and won’t have an entry again til Monday.

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Mothers Day to all the moms as we celebrate Mothers Day here n Sunday. You all be in my thoughts and prayers


It's important to have a twinkle in your wrinkle

Author Unknown

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Chapter 5, Page 6, Book 09

Poet: Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Do you wish the World were better?
Let me tell you what to do:
Set a watch upon your actions,
Keep them always straight and true.
Rid your mind of selfish motives,
Let your thoughts be clean and high.
You can make a little Eden
Of the sphere you occupy.
Do you wish the World were wiser?
Then suppose you make a start,
By accumulating wisdom
In the scrap book of your heart .
Do not waste one page on folly;
Live to learn and learn to live.
If you want to give men knowledge
You must get it ere you give.
Do you wish the World were happy?
Then remember day by day,
Just to scatter seeds of kindness,
As you pass along the way.
For the pleasures of the many,
May be oft times traced to one.
As the hand that plants an acorn,
Shelters armies from the sun.

Here we are with another brand new day and it all ours to do with what we will. Each of us in our own little way will be contributing something to others in every thing we do or day. We can do so much good right where we are. Being courteous and kind are at the top of my list each day. Gentleness goes a lot further than any gruffness we might be tempted to hand out.
Yesterday I had a potential customer call the office that was so cheerful you could just see him smiling at the other end of the line. He greated me with how are you today! Rarely do I get that kind of call and believe me I felt a whole lot more cheerful myself when I got done talking to him.
He didn’t have to be nice. I didn’t know him or the company he worked for. But he was!
It’s nice to know there are just plain nice people in the world. Sometimes we forget that.
My wish is that you’ll find a nice person along the way today too.
‘On Ya’-ma


A smile is nature's best antidote for discouragement.
It brings rest to the weary,
Sunshine to those who are frowning,
And hope to those who are hopeless and defeated.
A smile is so valuable that it can't be bought,
Begged, borrowed, or taken away against your will.
You have to be willing to give a smile away
Before it can do anyone else any good.
So if someone is too tired or grumpy to flash you a smile,
Let him have one of yours anyway.
Nobody needs a smile as much
As the person who has none to give.
Dale Carnegie

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Chapter 5, Page 5, Book 09

Starting A New Day
I meet my God in the morning
when my day is at its best and
with so many possibilities and
opportunities to look forward to.
When God’s presence comes to me like a sunrise
I feel my day has started well.
All day long that presence lingers,
long after any perfume or scent.
All day long God will stay with me
as we sail through calmness or troubled waters.
So now I think I know the secret.
You must seek God in the morning
if you want God through the day
Author Unknown


Mothers for centuries have started the day praying for their families. They don’t know what challenges the day will bring — what obstacles, what joys, what successes, or what sorrow. But they know the day will be better and brighter because they met God in the morning

Praying is a way of life for me. It’s like a ritual that gives me the extra boost I need each morning. Rituals are like habits that form over time and give structure to our days. Just like brushing my teeth or taking my daily vitamin prayer is part of what I do.

I found that when my children were little they loved to have schedules for when things were done. It made it easier for them to know that certain things were done at the same times every day. They formed good habits by doing those everyday things over and over again.

I am no longer a child for sure, but still like that structure to my day. If I don’t get started on the right foot then for most of the day I’m off kilter and floundering. Keeping balance for me is keeping to the schedule and then when things do go wrong, I have something to fall back on.


Life will sometimes hand you a magical moment. Savor it.
'On Ya'-ma

Monday, May 04, 2009

Chapter 5, Page 4, Book 09

Rabindranath Tagore

And Joy is Everywhere;

It is in the Earth's green covering of grass;

In the blue serenity of the Sky;

In the reckless exuberance of Spring;

In the severe abstinence of grey Winter;

In the Living flesh that animates our bodily frame;
In the perfect poise of the

Human figure, noble and upright;

In Living;In the exercise of all our powers;

In the acquisition of Knowledge;in fighting evils...

Joy is there



I am happy to report I had a wonderful restful weekend. On the way to the campground Friday evening it started to rain. But I got there safely and unloaded my car and just stayed inside the camper for the rest of the night.

Saturday morning there was no sun peeping over the hill at me, but it did make an appearance a little later on and I got to sit on the deck of my camper and read awhile. I went for several walks around our part of the campground and took pictures of all the wonderful flowers blooming all around me.

I even took an afternoon nap out on the deck. I just wrapped my warm poncho around me and with the warm sun shinning I fell right asleep. I really needed the rest as I was near exhaustion. I had even cancelled out on going to my Bible study on Thursday evening and opted for a warm soak in the tub and went to bed early.

Sunday morning found me much more refreshed and I went off to church as usual then back to the camper deck for a little breakfast sitting in the sun. The warm rays seem to give me such a grand feeling. All the tiredness just seems to vanish.

So for now I’m rested and ready for work this Monday morning. This will be a nice short work week as I have Friday off for a vacation day. Of course I’ll be going to my little place in the woods. The long range forecast is saying 50% chance of rain again, but that bothers me not at all…I’ll still go and have a nice 3 day weekend.


Did you know...

that when you walk past a flower,

whether it be in

somebody's garden or on a vacant hillside,

the flower will always smile at you.

The most polite way to respond,

I've been told,

is to cheerfully return the smile.

Ron Atchison

‘On Ya’-ma

Friday, May 01, 2009

Chapter 5, Page 1, Book 09

The angel of May brings the blush and promise of spring.
May's angel rejoices with us as we take heart at the sight of trees and shrubs in bloom and relish our anticipation of the fruits to come.
This angel of spring reminds us that this is the time of awakening the seed within ourselves. Perhaps we have a deep longing, an artistic talent never explored, or a friendship never quite attempted.

The angel of May will help us discover this potential, nurturing our spirits so we can dare to fulfill this hidden promise and bring forth the fruits of a life fully lived

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar
I love not Man the less, but Nature more
Lord Byron


I certainly do hope that my weekends away will take care of the part about nurturing the spirit for me. I really do feel as though I’ve lived a full life. There is little left that I really want to do except for a trip to the beach or two.

I’ve had all the joys and sorrows that most lives have and I’ve done more work than I really wanted too to begin with. I am looking forward to retirement and less hectic days. I would love to have more of my family close by, but that seems impossible so for the most part I have a life fully lived.

Weather permitting I’ll leave for the campsite after work today. If it is still storming I’ll wait til early in the morning.

I hope your weekend is filled with lots of R & R and remember you are always in my thoughts and in my prayers.


Let go.
And remind yourself that this very moment
is the only one you know you have for sure

Oprah Winfrey

‘On Ya’-ma