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

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Chapter 7, Page 14, Book 13

View from the porch:  sunny and blue skies

The Second Ten Commandments 

Author Unknown

1. Thou shall not worry, for worry is the most unproductive of all human activities.
2. Thou shall not be fearful, for most of the things we fear never come to pass.
3. Thou shall not cross bridges before you come to them, for no one yet has succeeded in accomplishing this.
4. Thou shall face each problem as it comes. You can only handle one at a time anyway.
5. Thou shall not take problems to bed with you, for they make very poor bed partners!
6. Thou shall not borrow other people's problems. They can better care for them than you can.
7. Thou shall not try to relive yesterday as it is forever gone. Concentrate on what is happening in your life and be happy as best you can today.
8. Thou shall be a good listener, for only when you listen do you hear ideas different from your own. It is hard to learn something new when you are talking, and some people do know more than you do.
9. Thou shall not become bogged down by frustration, for 90% of it is rooted in self pity and will only interfere with positive action.
10. Thou shall count thy blessings, never overlooking the small ones, for a lot of small blessings add up to big ones.

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Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much
unless you do what’s right.

Theodore Roosevelt

The shalls and the shall nots of life are what most of us look to when we try to live a good life.  Values lie in the heart of all we do.  But I think it's also good to look at them from a little different perspective and that is what the words above are trying to do.

Taking a look at things with a different view is always a good thing.  We get stuck in a rut if we don't change how we look at things.  My view of the world is totally different from the view you see and I appreciate seeing and knowing about what others have and do.  

If we didn't know about the suffering that goes on in this big world of ours, we might think that the life we have isn't so great, but knowing how little some have, I do know just how blessed I am.

When I was a child I found out real fast that would be many more shall nots than shalls when it came to instruction on right from wrong. I'm still learning those lessons now.  

With a positive outlook on life, I'm trying to remember all the things I shall do today.  I always think it's better to look on the bright side.  

Today I shall believe
Today I shall grow
Today I shall forget the past
Today I shall live in the moment
Today I shall give thanks
Today I shall never want

Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.

Dr. Seuss


linda m said...

I love "The Second Ten Commandments". Thanks for this wonderful post. Blessings

Rose said...

I enjoyed reading the "Second Ten Commandments".


I'm stuck in one of those ruts now. Can't seem to get out. Loved the Second Ten Commandments.

Scrappy quilter said...

I love this post. Another great one!!

jack69 said...

WOW lady, this one is chuck full of good stuff. I too like the 2nd ten!!! And your words of wisdom that follows.
((HUGS from Vegas)) (last day, then we are off to see the Wizard again)

Chatty Crone said...

I think what you say is true - you can know what is right - but if you don't do what is right - what good is it? sandie