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

Author Unknown

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Chapter 8, Page 31, Book 14

Don’t flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you
to say disagreeable things to your intimates
The near you come into relation with a person,
the more necessary to tact and courtesy become.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Rarely is there a time that a little tact and courtesy isn’t necessary.  I was taught that if you haven’t got something good to say that I shouldn’t bother saying it.  

It is way too easy, especially when we’re upset, to say derogatory things to people and yes, even to the ones we love.  Life is too short to crush someone with harmful words.  Once we say something, we can’t take it back.

Common courtesy should be a part of who we are and what we do, no matter the circumstances.  

Life is short, but there is always time for courtesy. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Chapter 8, Page 30, Book 14

Things which matter most
must never be at the mercy
of things which matter least.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sometimes it is hard to keep our priorities in order.  Little things can build up to seem like big things and we forget what was important to be doing in the first place.

A priority is that which is of first importance; those things in which higher value is placed. Our schedule reflects our priorities.  When our priorities are not in order it's easy to allow circumstance and other people to set our priorities.

It isn't easy, for sure. But maybe you'll find this illustration as helpful as I did.

You have three jars, each one partially filled, one with sand, one with water, and one with large rocks. The challenge? Fit the contents of all three jars into only one. Some people might start with the sand because it would seem to take up less space.

But when you try to put the rocks in, guess what? There's no room.

But if you start with the rocks, and then add the sand, you'll find that it fills the crevices around the rocks. The jar looks full, but even now there's room for the water to leach through the tiny spaces between the rocks and sand.

It all fits as long as you begin with the big things. We have to focus on the important things and let everything else fit into the cracks that remain.

A set of priorities is a necessary measure by which our goals may be chosen and our opportunities evaluated. If, for example, your priorities include a fulfilling spiritual life, an intimate marriage, and deep personal relationships, then you can manage your self by means choosing the activities that support those priorities. If you never set your priorities in clear terms, then you will have no point of reference for selecting the commitments and opportunities that present themselves in abundance. Without priorities to guide your decisions, your calendar will be overrun with obligations that don’t fulfill your life.

And, to be honest, I have found that if I do not keep my priorities in line, God will adjust things as needed to put them back in order.

 Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn't always have to be their top priority. 

William Arthur Ward

Friday, August 29, 2014

Chapter 8, Page 29, Book 14

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith. 

Author Unknown

Faith is the hardest thing to possess in this world, and yet it is faith that is the most important thing for human beings. Faith is based in the heart. We act in faith when there is no guarantee, no certainty.   Faith is a belief that life is worth living no matter what obstacles are thrown in our way.

Faith is not about everything turning out okay, faith is about being okay no matter how things turn out. 

Author Unknown

Hope and faith are two words that we should all have within our vocabulary.  Faith is important in the sense that it provides an anchor for people's lives. Faith keeps the mind and emotions balanced.  

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

 Mother Teresa of Calcutta

I’ve said many times that the important things in my life are my faith, family and friends.  While it is important to  focus on the important things in life it is also important to put your faith in the right place too.

Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to. 

George Seaton

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Chapter 8, Page 28, Book 14

Have fun! Misery is optional.

Jean Westcott

I totally support the acronym, YAHOO –You Always Have Other Options. It doesn’t matter in what circumstances you are, you always have at least three options: take it, change it or leave it.  You always have a choice to choose another option.

If you have a problem or are searching for answers, look at the situation through the eyes of another. Consider the possibilities. Open your heart and mind to the options.

I always say, Don't make plans, make options.

Jennifer Aniston

Rarely is life so set in stone that you have no options.  If you use creativity to see the opportunities in life's problems, just imagine the options: you can find solutions, that spark of genius everyone has inside themselves.

Quitting is never an option.

Hope is a renewable option: If you run out of it at the end of the day, you get to start over in the morning . 

Barbara Kingsolver 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chapter 8, Page 27, Book 14

The only way to make sense out of change
is to plunge into it, move with it and join the dance.

Alan Watts

I’ve seen many changes in the course of my life time.  I’ve changed, people have changed, the scenery has changed.  Every day there is something that will change.

I’ve had cause to be fearful of change, but have found the best way to deal with it is to accept what has changed and move on with my life. Learning to accept some changes has been the hardest lesson I've had to learn.   Not every change is something bad.  Many have been for the good.

Accepting a new chapter in your life is like beginning a new adventure.  It can be exciting.  It’s up to each of us to decide what change will mean for us.

Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.

Karen Kaiser Clark

Accepting change requires letting go of how we think things should be, embracing what we have and trusting that we will understand why change happens.   Life can be a persistent teacher.  If you accept and embrace change, you will start looking for and finding lessons in it.

I’ve learned to go with the flow. Today may not be a good one, but there is something good to be found in every day.  We only live once, and if we do it right, once is enough.

Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable. 

Denis Waitley

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Chapter 8, Page 26, Book 14

If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is.


I’ve found that happiness isn’t about where you live or the things you do. It isn’t about being on an impossible mission to do everything, see everywhere, and accomplish everything you ever dreamed.

Happiness is a state of mind.

All we ever have is right now. Forget about the past. Don’t worry about the future. Take each day as it comes, and most of all, stop thinking that the grass is greener, because it never really is.

The person is happiest who lives from day to day
and asks no more, garnering the simple goodness of a life.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Chapter 8, Page 25, Book 14

Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.

George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end of summer, and this coming weekend we’ll be celebrating a final ‘hurrah’ to summer.  I can’t begin to tell you just how fast this summer went by.  

It is still very hot and humid here in my part of the world but it won’t be long at all before these days will fade away into nothing but a memory.  I saw that the farmer’s almanac is predicting another very bitter cold and snowy winter for our region.  This past winter was one to go down in the record books and I’m hoping another one like it won’t be happening at all.  Of course I have no say what so ever in that matter.  It isn’t something I can choose.  

So here I sit celebrating these glorious days.  We won’t be seeing them again for a very long time and even though the heat and humidity wilts me faster than anything, I love these days.  I’m not going to let these days pass me by without some days spent in the sun.

There is something deep within us that sobs at endings. Why, God, does everything have to end? Why does all nature grow old? Why do spring and summer have to go? 

Joe Wheeler

 Summer may be coming to an end but the joy of the season is still evident.  Here at my house the weekend will include a family get together as we’ll be celebrating one of my grandson’s 4th birthday.  It’s always good to be with family and I’ll be there to join in the fun.  Today’s picture is of his birthday last year at a nature park nearby.  The flowers were glorious!

Here’s a toast to the change of seasons, I’m very thankful for yet another reason to celebrate.

The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many.

 Oliver Wendell Holmes

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Chapter 8, Page 24, Book 14

If you’re feeling low, don’t despair. The sun has a sinking spell every night, but comes back up every morning.

 Dolly Parton

I do love watching the sun rise and do so most every morning.  Some mornings are brighter than others.  The sun doesn’t shine every day but it does come up.  I’m constantly amazed that no matter what happens or doesn’t happen as the case may be…some things never change.  

I’m thankful for those constants in my life that encourage me each day.  I’m reminded that hope gets lost but never dies. There's always a new chance tomorrow.

The moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn’t, matters not a jot. The possibility is always there. 

Monica Baldwin

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Chapter 8, Page 23, Book 14

School days, school days
Dear old Golden Rule days
'Reading and 'riting and 'rithmetic
Taught to the tune of the hick'ry stick
You were my queen in calico
I was your bashful, barefoot beau
And you wrote on my slate, I Love You, Joe
When we were a couple o’ kids

a popular American song written in 1907 by Will Cobb and Gus Edwards.

August is one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year for most families because of commitments with end of summer events, last minute getaways in addition to back to school checklists.  I was reading through some back to school tips and it struck me that we all could use some of those tips to help us in our everyday lives

The two best physicians of them all -- Dr. Laughter and Dr. Sleep. 

Gregory Dean Jr.

# 1 on everyones list seem to be to Get Enough Sleep.  Sleep is incredibly important to all of us.  Sleeping is the key to health

Never work before breakfast. If you have to work before breakfast, get your breakfast first. 

Josh Billings

# 2 Eat a Healthy Breakfast.  It has been shown that students that eat a healthy breakfast perform better in the classroom because they have better concentration, problem-solving skills, endurance, hand eye coordination and increased strength for tasks. So why shouldn’t a heathy breakfast be good for everyone!  

The Golden Rule:  One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.

# 3 Follow The Rules.  School couldn't be productive if it weren't for the rules. We can all remember some of the basics. No fighting. No talking during class. No chewing gum.  Rules are made for a reason and sometimes we forget that they aren’t all bad.  

Motivation is what gets you started.  Habit is what keeps you going.  

Jim Ryun

# 4 Develop Good Work and Study Habits.  Use a planner . A family calendar in a prominent place helps everyone see what’s going on at a glance.  Try to find time to do something to feed your brain, body and soul every day. 

Many hands make light work. 

John Heywood

# 5 Get along with others.  In kindergarten, we learn to share and play with others in the same sandbox. That doesn't mean it will always easy to get along. Most of us have at least one difficult person in our lives who challenges us in some way. I like to think that this earth is just a single spaceship and we're all part of the crew. There is no them and us, it is all just us. 

The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.

Tom Bodett

 Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete. If you’re alive, it isn’t

Lauren Bacall

Friday, August 22, 2014

Chapter 8, Page 22, Book 14

Life's a party. Invite yourself. 

Gary Johnson

Did you ever think I’d finally make to the end of LIFE IS LIKE…?  Well I think I finally made it.  After all the  many comparisons to life, I think I like this one the best.  Who knows where my thoughts will take me next, but one thing I know I’ll still be celebrating every day.

Life is too short so celebrate every day

I like parties and I think we should celebrate every day.  I look for ways to do that and try to keep my focus on the good in the world.  If we are having a good time, we should enjoy the party!  There are many ways to embrace the very precious things in our daily lives that we sometimes forget to enjoy.   Every day needs a party.

Celebration is contagious. If you are celebrating life, it won’t be long until others notice and join in the party. You’ll find that once you start celebrating, it’s hard not to bubble over with generosity and hope. Like confetti, gratitude and appreciation will fill the air.

There is always occasion to celebrate life around here at my house.  Holidays. Birthdays. You name it. Dinner parties.  We got it. Life is a celebration.  When we can begin to look at each moment as precious, it’s then that joy fills our life. Life's a party and the fact that we have so much to live for, appreciate and share is reason enough!

May every day be filled with the warmth of sunshine,

 the happiness of smiles, the sounds of laughter, 

the feeling of love and the sharing of good cheer.

Celebrate being happy every day !

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Chapter 8, Page 21, Book 14

Will you walk into my parlour?  said the Spider to the Fly,
 'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
  The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
   And I've a many curious things to shew when you are there.

Oh no, no, said the little Fly, to ask me is in vain,
 For who goes up your winding stair
     -can ne'er come down again.
By Mary Howitt

LIFE IS LIKE…a Spider Web

The other day I read of human life described as a spider web: 

'If you touch it anywhere, you set the whole thing trembling - The life that I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place and time my touch will be felt. Our lives are linked. No man, no woman, is an island.

The gift of friendship with others is contagious. 

This analogy is much like the cobweb one, but the thinking here is about something totally different.  Here the spider webs are showing how we are all connected to each other.  And everything thing we do affects others.  We may not realize at the time just how that is, but it does.

Is it any wonder then that the web has become the name for our social networking on the internet.  The social networking Web site Facebook dot com was launched in 2004 as a way for college students to connect with each other online. It is now open to people of all ages, and currently there are an estimated 500 million users. Each user has an individual page with photos and personal details that can be viewed by friends.To friend a person means opening the door to communication and information about who you are, where you go, and what you do. Facebook friendships may be casual or committed, but each one is by invitation only.

To have a friend is a blessing.  To be a friend is to be doubly blessed.

I prefer my blog to express myself and consider my followers to be my friends.  Anyone can read this blog, you don’t have to be my friend, but if you read what I write and like it maybe you’ll want to be a follower.  I’d like to be your friend.

Be A Friend 

Edgar A. Guest  

Be a friend. You don't need money;
Just a disposition sunny;
Just the wish to help another
Get along some way or other;
Just a kindly hand extended
Out to one who's unbefriended;
Just the will to give or lend,
This will make you someone's friend.

Be a friend. You don't need glory.
Friendship is a simple story.
Pass by trifling errors blindly,
Gaze on honest effort kindly,
Cheer the youth who's bravely trying,
Pity him who's sadly sighing;
Just a little labor spend
On the duties of a friend.

Be a friend. The pay is bigger
(Though not written by a figure)
Than is earned by people clever
In what's merely self-endeavor.
You'll have friends instead of neighbors
For the profits of your labors;
You'll be richer in the end
Than a prince, if you're a friend.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Chapter 8, Page 20, Book 14

How to Navigate Life

by Max Lucado, Eye of the Storm

When no one is watching, live as if someone is.

Succeed at home first.

Pray twice as much as you fret.

Listen twice as much as you speak.

God has forgiven you; you’d be wise to do the same.

Once a week, let a child take you on a walk.

Only harbor a grudge when God does.

 Never let the important be the victim of the trivial.

Life is like a maze in which you try to avoid the exit. 

Our journey in life often looks more like a maze than a straight line. When we look back we can see where we have taken wrong turns, hit dead ends, lost time, meandered in wrong directions and twisted and turned at unexpected places. We thought we were going one way and had to head another. When we start out, few of us know exactly what we want to be or where we want to end up. Real life has no signs, and no straight lines.

When I was young I thought I knew exactly where my life was headed.  I made plans and they started out to be exactly what I expected, but there were many changes and I’ve wound up in a place that is totally unexpected.  Since I’m still living, I’m sure there will be many new paths I’m going to have to take too.  Sometimes we can choose where we want to go, other times the choice is made for us.  But it is how we handle the changes that is important.   A maze, full of choices, challenges and questioning at every turn, is an adventure.

Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meandering, but leads none of us by the same route 

Charles Caleb Colton

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Chapter 8, Page 19, Book 14

Life is rather like a tin of sardines - we're all of us looking for the key. 

Alan Bennett 

Some of us think we’ve found the key. We roll back the lid of the sardine tin of life. They reveal the sardines, the riches of life, therein, and they get them out, and they enjoy them.  We do have to appreciate what we have each day.   But, you know, there’s always a little bit in the corner of the tin that you can’t get out. Just like there is always a little corner in our minds wondering if life doesn’t have more to offer.

Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.

Mahatma Gandhi

They say that faith is the key to life…I know it plays the biggest part in my life and what it’s all about.  When you have a reason and a purpose, life does become more meaningful.

Never put the keys to your happiness in someone else’s hands.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had a key that would unlock a door to reveal what we should or shouldn’t do with our lives.  We all have the keys right in our own hands, but it’s up to us to choose which one to use.  I found so many quotes about keys that it was hard for me to pick and choose just the right one for this post.  Maybe you’ll find one that meant for you. 

Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.

W. Clement Stone

The key that unlocks energy is Desire. It's also the key to a long and interesting life. If we expect to create any drive, any real force within ourselves, we have to get excited. 

Earl Nightingale

No one can drive us crazy unless we give them the keys. 

Doug Horton

High expectations are the key to everything.

Sam Walton

Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks.

Joe Paterno

Monday, August 18, 2014

Chapter 8, Page 18, Book 14

Life is like a slice of watermelon, never without seeds, but sweet till the bitter end

We often hear people talk about their slice of life.  My slice probably differs from your slice.  It may be smaller or larger, sweeter or just down and out sour.   We all experience life differently.

I think it’s a good thing to enjoy life, one slice at a time.  I like to nibble on each slice and savor the flavor.

Remember:   No matter how you slice it, it’s up to you whether your life will be bitter or sweet

Nothing shouts out summertime like watermelon.  I always anticipate the sweet and refreshing fruit. Somehow life always reminds me that things will never always be perfect or even sweet every second. Thankfully, my favorite part of the melon slice is the end,  where the pink goodness meets the bitter rind. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Chapter 8, Page 17, Book 14

Life is a wretched gray Saturday, but it has to be lived through.  

Anthony Burgess

It’s Sunday!  I made it through Saturday !  One of my favorite sayings is:  This too shall pass.  We all have had gray days that we have to get through.  But nothing in life ever stays the same.  So for me a gray day will pass, I will get through it.

Gray skies are just clouds passing over. 

Author Unknown

Somehow we survive even the darkest of moments and even though it seems impossible, life does go on.

Our part of the country is known for its lack of sunshine.  We have a lot more gray days than sunny ones.  I think that is why we get so excited over just a little bit of sunshine.    We all feel so much better when we get it that it makes one want to celebrate !

A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition. 

William Arthur Ward

Keeping a sunny disposition is not an easy job at all.  With so much doom and gloom going around, I often feel like it’s a real challenge just to have a happy thought. But I realize that sooner or later the sun is going to shine.  The clouds will blow away.  It will be a better day!

A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn't see the clouds at all — he's walking on them. 

Leonard Louis Levinson

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Chapter 8, Page 16, Book 14


Life is like a turtle. You won't get anywhere unless you stick your neck out. 

Nothing can happen to a turtle when it’s inside its protective shell but a turtle can not stay put forever eventually it must stick out its neck to search for food and a mate.

 We all have a bit of the turtle in us wanting to stay safe and warm inside our shell. 

I think we need to be like the turtles, we need to slow down.  Do you remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? It's better to be a turtle who walks patiently and enjoys every step of the way, rather than a rabbit who runs fast, but misses all the details of life.  

Be like a turtle - Slow and steady wins the race

Patience wins every time!

Try to be like the turtle -- at ease in your own shell

Bill Copeland

Friday, August 15, 2014

Chapter 8, Page 15, Book 14

Life is like a taxi. The meter just keeps a-ticking whether you are getting somewhere or just standing still. 

Lou Erickson

The analogy life is like a taxi can be interpreted in many ways. One way to look at it is that the more you put into life or give to the taxi driver the farther you will go in life. Just like life a taxi won’t sit in the middle of the street waiting for you to decide where you want to go. 

A taxi and life are similar in the sense that if you don’t move forward you will not be successful.  You can go wherever you want and do whatever you want to do, but when the ride is over you're gonna have to pay up.

Life will keep moving on no matter whether your standing still or moving forward, so you might as well move forward

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.

Brian Tracy

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Chapter 8, Page 14, Book 14

Life is like a tube of toothpaste … when the pressure is on, what's on the inside of us comes out. 

When you think about it, toothpaste does not simply come out of a tube on its own, we force it out and use it up.

If we view life this way, it forces us to take responsibility for each moment.  Our time is valuable, and so is life. What we do with our life, and our time matters.

The miracle is that no matter how much life squeezes us, we always have more to give. In fact, often times the best we have comes at the time when we are about to throw in the towel. History is full of incredible men and women who were about to give up but decided to give a little more, to hold on for one more day, to get up and try one more time.

There's LOTS of toothpaste left in THIS tube!

Courage is grace under pressure. 

Ernest Hemingway

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Chapter 8, Page 13, Book 14

 Life is like a cobweb, not an organization chart. 

H. Ross Perot

Cobwebs symbolize those areas, usually corners of our lives that we’ve gotten comfortable with, that we don’t give a critical eye to. If you look up cobwebs in the dictionary, you’ll also find that there are any number of negative associations: flimsy, insubstantial, a network of plot or intrigue, confusion, indistinctness, lack of order. I don’t know about you, but none of these are what I want in my life.

On windy days I often say, maybe this wind will blow the cobwebs out of my head. The cobwebs that have gathered in the corner of my mind.   Cobwebs to me represent something trapped and needs to be set free.

Sometimes an emotional web forms in our minds that attracts and keeps all kinds of negative emotions in its grip.  The more a person fights out of sheer frustration, trying to get rid of them, the more entangled they become with their problems, and it feels as though there is no way out.

Often we make the smallest of trials into such a heavy, burdensome trial.  We allow cobweb troubles to cling to us like a chain.

There are times that I wake up in the morning and my head feels like it is full of cobwebs and a good cup of coffee seems to clear them out…other times my whole day is web filled and those days I try to as little as possible.  I know that till the wind blows them out of my head, little will get done the way it is supposed to.

They say that the best option of how to get rid of cobwebs is vacuuming and dusting regularly in all the hard to reach corners.  So that means I need to clear out those in my head regularly too.

There is a Spanish proverb that says, Habits are first cobwebs, then cables.  Maybe I need to remember that and not let those webs hang around long enough to be come a habit.  I need to do some regular cleaning out of those thoughts I no longer want hanging around.  

Humankind has not woven the web of life.  We are but one thread within it.  Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.  All things are bound together.  All things connect.  

Chief Seattle,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Chapter 8, Page 12, Book 14

 Life is like an onion; you peel off layer after layer and then you find there is nothing in it. 

James Gibbons Huneker

I think that like the onion, life holds a vast amount of possibilities. There is so much you can do with the simple onion.  Some eat them raw and some eat them fried.  I think they add some taste to a lot of things that would otherwise be sorta dull.  

The use of an onion when cooking is endless it seems.  I always have some on hand.  Life is full of possibilities too.  There are happy and sad moments but there are always many possibilities.  

Life is like an onion; you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep 

Carl Sandberg

Sometimes crying or laughing are the only options left, and laughing feels better right now. 

from the book Divergent by Veronica Roth

Monday, August 11, 2014

Chapter 8, Page 11, Book 14

 Life is like sailing. You can use any wind to go in any direction. 

Robert Brault

Life is like a sailboat…When the winds of change blow be a sailboat and let your Spirit be the sail that effortlessly moves you.  This quote is somewhat like the one about Life is a voyage…but with a little different twist.

If my ship sails from sight, it doesn't mean my journey ends, it simply means the river bends.

John Enoch Powell

Once one begins to think like a sail boat, life's storms start to look like a power we can utilize to design a bold and joyful life. Sailboats have mastery over the wind. A skillful sailor can sail in any direction, with the wind, across the wind, and even directly into the wind,  by applying the skill and patience to tack from side to side, coming a little closer to an upwind destination with each turn.

The smooth sailing is ahead, but first you have to learn how to sail.  If you are sailing through life, then you pretty much have your ship under control.  In order to have control though, you need to know a lot about it.  Learning to live in the boat properly requires training.

Life Isn't Always Smooth Sailing.  Sometimes All You Can Do Is Row

Expecting to sail through life without a hiccup is unrealistic.  You might want to sail tomorrow but if the wind isn't favorable, that's not going to happen.  Life is a wonderful journey! Go where you want to go. It's kind of like sailing, once you know how to do it, you put in a little effort and some hard work and next thing you know you're sailing right into the port of your dreams.

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it-but we must sail, and not drift nor lie at anchor.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Chapter 8, Page 10, Book 14

Life is like a hot bath. It feels good while youre in it, but the longer you stay in, the more wrinkled you get.
Jim Davis

 I agree. There is no doubt about it, the longer you live, the more wrinkles you will have.  But for me there is nothing like a long soak in a hot bath.  Nothing helps you relax like a hot bath.

I'm not getting older. I just started a wrinkle collection!

 I guess you could say there’s nothing like a long life if well lived too.  Savoring the moments as the come is like soaking up the good things in life.

Don't worry about wrinkles, they're just antique smiles

I may have a lot of wrinkles but that hasn’t stopped me from soaking in the tub of life.  I really wouldn’t want to have not lived all the years I’ve been blessed with.  

There is always a lot to be thankful for, if you take the time to look. For example, I'm sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don't hurt

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Chapter 8, Page 9, Book 14

Life is like a blanket too short. You pull it up and your toes rebel, you yank it down and shivers meander about your shoulder; but cheerful folks manage to draw their knees up and pass a very comfortable night. 

Marion Howard

This quote is about adapting yourself, making the best of what you have, and you will be happy.  Its a way of approaching life's problems.  Life isn't going to turn out exactly as you want it to, so you adjust and make the best out of what you have. If the blanket is too short, you can't make it longer, so you scoot your knees up so it can cover your whole body.

Until you make peace with who you are, you will never be content with what you have.

Doris Mortman

We really don’t need to have it all. We don’t need to do it all. We don’t need to be it all. We just need to have the courage to do what we can, and be happy with that.  We can choose to be content, just as we can choose to be happy, and if we choose to be content, we will be happy.

The picture is of one of my daughter's dogs. He always loved sitting by the campfire in one of the chairs and he loved his blanket too.

You're blessed when you're content with just who you are—no more, no less. That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can't be bought

Matthew 5:5, The Message

Take the Life you are given and know you are blessed.