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

Author Unknown

Friday, October 12, 2012

Chapter 10, Page 12, Book 12

The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening.  It is a little star dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.  

Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Between seedtime and harvest comes a time of waiting. After a seed is planted, the heat, moisture and pressure of the ground finally cause the outer hull to crack open. Then roots shoot down, digging their way through the ground. It takes time for this to happen, and it takes place underground. Above the ground, you can't tell anything is happening. That's the way our lives are.

Sow a thought, reap an act;
Sow an act, reap a habit;
Sow a habit, reap a character;
Sow a character, reap a destiny

Today we are becoming what we will be the rest of our lives

By letting go of the past and taking care of today we provide for tomorrow or at least prepare for it.

You can't control the length of your life - but you can control its width and depth. You can't control the contour of your face - but you can control its expression. You can't control the weather - but you can control the atmosphere of your mind. Why worry about things you can't control when you can keep yourself busy controlling the things that depend on you. I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.
Martha Washington


linda m said...

Very true words. God bless you.

jack69 said...

"You can't control the length of your life - but you can control its width and depth."

What a great thought to start the day!!! Thanks... pretty day here but chilly.

betty said...

I was just thinking about this, this morning, Ma, that we can't control the length of our lives but we indeed can control how we live each day with our attitudes of thankfulness, contentment, versus attitudes of arrogance or bitterness, worry, etc. Very wise words you shared of Martha Washington's for us this morning!


Chatty Crone said...

Oh i liked the poem by Martha Washington - she was right there are some things you can control and somethings you can't.