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

Author Unknown

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Chapter 3, Page 15, Book 11

I've Learned
Author unknown

I've learned that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be some that can be loved. The rest is up to them.

I've learned that no matter how much I care, some people just don't care back.

I've learned that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.

I've learned that it's not what you have in your life, but who you have in your life that counts.

I've learned that you shouldn't compare yourself to the best others can do.

I've learned that you can do some thing in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

I've learned that it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

I've learned that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I've learned that you can keep going long after you can't.

I've learned that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel. That either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I've learned that heroes are the people who do what has to be done regardless of the consequences.

I've learned that money is a lousy way to keep score.

I've learned that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.

I've learned that just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.

I've learned that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you've from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.

I've learned that you should never tell a child their dreams are unlikely or outlandish. Few things are more humiliating, and what a tragedy it would be if they believed it.

I've learned that no matter good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I've learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief.

I've learned that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

I've learned that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.

Terrific 2's Tuesday!

Stop Drop and Roll for Lent

The concept of stop, drop, and roll applies not only to fire fighting but also spiritual fires, fires like oppression, injustice, hunger, homelessness, loneliness, and rejection.

First, by refusing to bypass or overlook the difficulty and stopping in our busyness to confront it. Second, by dropping from our high horses of detachment and self-absorption into the nitty-gritty of the situation. And third, by rolling up our sleeves and doing what we can to alleviate the problem.

Whatever you give up for Lent, be sure that you are making room for prayer each day. This week we pray for a renewal of our lives. We are beginning to be more attentive and alert. We are trying new patterns. The difficulties we encounter keep us humble.

You can pray while you walk, create music or art as a prayer to God, or savor a time of quiet listening. All can be ways of becoming more in tune with God. Say a prayer every time you brush your teeth, hear an ambulance, or check your e-mail. Before you text someone, pray for them.

I say a prayer every time I hear an ambulance. I started this habit almost 20 years ago shortly after my DDH passed away. It seemed that the sound of sirens became ingrained in my mind on the day he died and that is why I pray every time I hear them.

Pray for others you see as you walk to and from the errands you do every day or when you drive to and from work. There are many opportunities to pray and we need to take advantage of them.

The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace

Num 6:24-26

That is my 2 for this TERRIFIC Tuesday -- Stop, Drop and Roll and Prayer.

I hope your Tuesday is a TERRIFIC one!

'On Ya'-ma


Hollie said...

I loved reading this entry! "What I've Learned," it is so true! Thank you for sharing this with us!

Everytime I hear sirens I pray also. It's a habit I developed many years ago also.

I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday! It's still raining here but is supposed to be moving on out by this afternoon.

Sharon's Cottage Quilts said...

A beautiful post Ma! I pray as I sew, it's a quiet alone time for me. Have a wonderful day dear lady!

Sherry said...

YOUR quote of the day:
I've learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief.

Something everyone needs to learn. Along with many others.

Hope your day is filled with love and goodness.

Sherry & Jack

BlueRidge Boomer said...

Another great entry...!!
I've always talked with God while i drive...sometimes it's just a Thank you Lord....or.....Please God...i know he's listening....


Scrappy quilter said...

Stop, drop and roll and prayer....What incredible words. Who knew those 3 words would have such power. This post is filled with incredible wisdom. Thank you for sharing it with us. Hope your Tues. is a good one. Hugs

betty said...

I do like that stop, drop and roll into prayer thought indeed, Ma. Something definitely we need to make sure we do at least for a few minutes daily. I remember when I was in elementary school years ago, the nuns would have us pray when we heard sirens; it is a good habit to get into.

I liked What I've Learned too; lots of valuable lessons there to take to heart.

Enjoy the day!


grammy said...

What a great collection of advice...(o:
hope you had a great day and that your weather is as pretty as ours is. Flowers are coming up, but a snow always gets those brave early pretties.


I say my prayers every single day, no exceptions. Wonderful post. I took this quote to heart... "I've learned that no matter how much I care, some people just don't care back." It's been true in my life and painful to acknowledge.