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

Author Unknown

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Chapter 12, Page 31, Book 14

December 31st -  The Seventh day of Christmas

Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. 

Calvin Coolidge

The top 4 things people seem to like about Christmas are: #1 spending time with family, #2 decorations, #3 presents  Getting them, or watching others open them, or just the whole environment of everyone passing them out and opening them and #4 Christmas dinner. 

There is no reason I can think of that we can’t do a little of that in our lives every day.  You all know I live a lone, most of the time there is just me, myself and I here, but I do make it a point to spend time with family when I can and just for the fun of it and because I like to cook, I invite any that can come over to dinner once a month.  

As far as decorating goes, well I believe that any house looks good when the best ornaments are family and friends.  Every day is a gift and when you start to count your blessings, you find that truly we do have presents given to us every day.  Look around they are there for each and every one of us.

Interestingly enough, of all the things people like about Christmas, only a few mentioned celebrating the birth of Christ, and not many at all made that the number one reason.

Every day is a day to praise God and thank Him for his wonderful blessings.  Not just at Christmas, but all through the year.

The love at Christmas should be with us throughout the coming year.

Wishing you all a safe and happy New Years Eve!

Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.

Brad Paisley

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Chapter 12, Page 30, Book 14

December 30th - The Sixth day of Christmas

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 6 Geese a Laying 5 Golden Rings 4 Calling Birds 3 French Hens 2 Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

We are all familiar with the carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas. It is more than a song of strange and delightful nonsense. It is a song of instruction. Dating back to the 16th or 17th century, it was created as a memory aid to help children learn their Faith. The true love is no earthly suitor, but God Himself, Who gives His wondrous gifts to every person.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,
Six geese a laying…

Six geese a laying are the six days of creation. The eggs of the geese hold the promise of life to come; which represents the expansion of God’s creation.

So today I’m celebrating creation and all it’s glory.  There is so much to be in awe of when we consider our world and all it has to offer.  

The world says that Christmas is over.  Decorations are down in stores where there are the after holiday sales. Radio stations are back to playing only their regular type of music with no Christmas songs.  But here at my house I’m still singing the songs and in some cases learning the lessons very well.

Do not have your concert first and tune your instrument afterwards. Begin the day with God.

James Hudson Taylor, 1832-1905
English Missionary

Monday, December 29, 2014

Chapter 12, Page 29, Book 14

December 29th - The Fifth Day of Christmas

I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. 

Harlan Miller

 Christmas is a celebration and a way of life, not a one day festival of getting what we want.  Christmas is in the love that is shared.  Doing little acts of love daily can can alter your world and those around you.
Be generous all year round, not just at Christmas.  Take time to be with family and friends and let them know just how much they mean to you.  Realize that time off is a good thing to take every day and not just at the holidays.  Every one needs a break or just a few minutes to take a deep breath and let go.

Remember: the evergreen reminds us that through all the seasons and in spite of adversity and change, life prevails and hope grows forever anew. 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Chapter 12, Page 28, Book 14

December 28th -The Fourth Day of Christmas

Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day.

Helen Steiner Rice

I believe that if we want every day to be like Christmas, meaning the positive feelings and attitudes are brought forth, then I think that it is up to us.  We have the choice to keep the positive thoughts going. 

To live each day forward like it is Christmas would be to keep alive the spirit of of peace on earth, good will to others, giving, being generous, being kind, being loving, making time, visiting, family and friends on a daily basis.  

It’s so easy to fall into the daily grind where all we think about is either stressful, depressing, or resentful and unhappy.  The news some days is enough to turn any one off.

It’s our choice, it is up to each of us just how our day will be.  I’m going to try and make every day like Christmas.  Every day may not be a good one but there is something good to be found in every day !

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. 

Maya Angelou

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Chapter 12, Page 27, Book 14

December 27th The Third Day of Christmas

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself…

Norman Wesley Brooks 

Christmas is, and has to be, more than one day in our life. Whatever direction, meaning or purpose in life we gain from Christmas day, and, however we interpret its message of peace, joy, and love between people and the Creator, we have to live this out from day by day, even on those days that we may have a hard time doing it.

We don't get turkey every day. We don't get presents every day. But we can live in the spirit of Christmas, as we interpret it, every day of the year, if we decide to.  There is always more to be unwrapped and received. Imagine that!  

Oh, why can't every day be like Christmas Why can't that feeling go on endlessly. For if everyday could be just like Christmas What a wonderful world it would be.


Friday, December 26, 2014

Chapter 12, Page 26, Book 14

December 26th - The Second Day of Christmas 

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. 

Charles Dickens

Joy is effervescent. It sparkles through our eyes and adds a bounce to our step. To have a merry heart for a merry Christmas, use pleasant words all day today.  It will cheer you up and everyone around you.

Joy begins in the depths of our soul, radiates through our heart, and shines out to the world. 

Joy to the World !  The Lord has come !

As we celebrate the Christmas season remember the angels said to the shepherds, I bring you news of great JOY! Come and join in the celebration!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Chapter 12, Page 25, Book 14

December 25th and the 12 days of Christmas

A Christmas Prayer

O God, our Help in ages past, 
Our Hope in years to be
Look down upon this present 
And see our need of Thee… 

For in this age of unrest, 
With danger all around, 
We need Thy hand to lead us 
To higher, safer ground… 

We need Thy help and counsel 
To make use more aware 
That our safety and security 
Lie solely in Thy care... 

And so we pray this Christmas 
To feel Thy presence near 
And for Thy all wise guidance 
Throughout the coming year… 

First, give us understanding 
Enough to make us kind, 
As we may judge all people 
With ort heart and not our mind, 
Then give us strength and courage 
To be honorable and true 
And place our trust implicitly 
In unseen things and You… 

And help us when we falter 
And renew our faith each day 
And forgive our human errors 
And hear us when we pray, 
And keep us gently humble 
In the Greatness of Thy love 
So some day we are fit to dwell 
With Thee in Peace above. 

Helen Steiner Rice 

I do hope every one has a Merry Christmas this year.  There are many that have a rough time of it and aren’t so Merry.  So remember a cheerful look brings joy to the heart.  It brings joy to the heart of those who look at you.  And guess what, it brings joy to your own heart.  You get some good endorphins going in your head when you smile, and that will pick you up.  If you refresh others with a smile, you will refresh yourself as well.   So, give the gift of a smile today.  You’ll be surprised at how effective it is.

Don't end your celebration of Christmas on Christmas Day. Extend it into the New Year by celebrating all 12 days of Christmas!  The 12 Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and last until the evening of the 5th of January, also known as Twelfth Night. 

The pictures today are of a Nativity Cross that hangs on one of the walls here at my house.  I have a collection of crosses and this one tells about the greatest story ever told.

From My Home To Yours
¸...¸ _________[]__ ¸...¸
,·´º o `·, /__/ _/\_ //____/\ ,·´º o `·,
```)¨(´´ ±±| | | | | | | |l±±±±```)¨(´´´
¸,.-·´ ¸,.-·~·~·-.,¸ `·-. ¸,.-·~·~·-.,¸

May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Chapter 12, Page 24, Book 14

Somewhere across the winter world tonight
You will be hearing chimes that fill the air;
Christmas extends its all enfolding light
Across the distance...something we can share.

You will be singing, just the same as I,
These familiar songs we know so well,
And you will see these same stars in your sky
And wish upon that brightest one that fell.

I shall remember you and trim my tree,
One shining star upon the topmost bough;
I will hang wreaths of faith that all may see --
Tonight I glimpse beyond the hear and now.

And all the time that we must be apart
I keep a candle in my heart.

Mary E. Linton, Candlelit Heart
This is probably one of my most favorite poems at Christmas.  I do have many loved ones far away.  Family and friends alike will be remembered as I keep the candle of remembrance burning.

May your days be Merry and Bright !

Happy Christmas Eve!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Chapter 12, Page 23, Book 14

Every year we celebrate the holy season of Advent, O God. Every year we pray those beautiful prayers of longing and waiting, and sing those lovely songs of hope and promise.

Karl Rahner
 When someone is waiting for something, there is a need for the individual to be watchful or vigilant. Watchfulness is a great virtue. It could also be viewed as vigilance, circumspection, awareness, or attentiveness. This is important because one needs to see or observe what one is waiting for so that when it finally arrives one will not be taken by surprise

The magi, as you know, were wise men – wonderfully wise men who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents

 O. Henry

Too often when what we are waiting and watching for is right before us. Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and so I’ll end my thoughts on waiting.  I hope that in some small way, I’ve made the days of preparation and waiting a little more meaningful.

I’ve spent days preparing, watching and waiting and am blessed to know that none of it was in vain.  Christmas comes once again ! 


Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself:
I — not events — have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.

Groucho Marx

Monday, December 22, 2014

Chapter 12, Page 22, Book 14

Tips For A Debt Free Holiday

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the state, consumers were worried, for their debt was so great.

The shoppers, they lie tense in their beds, as visions of credit cards danced through their heads.

They bought goodies and gifts without any plan, now they lie wakeful, wondering how things got so out of hand.

With no money to spare, and presents under the tree, all they can think of is, Oh, woe is me!

Then comes the thought as they lie wide eyed nervous... I should have taken the advice of the Consumer Credit Counseling Service.

They told me to budget. They suggested I save. Instead I just spent and continually gave.

I gave them my Visa, Master Card, my American Express. Oh, why did I go to such an excess?

They said, Set a spending limit for each person I knew, and when using credit cards, Use just a few.

They wanted me to shop while rested, and do at a leisurely pace, But I waited til the last minute. It seemed like a race.

They said, Exchange names between family and friends. Start new traditions so excessive gift giving ends.

They suggested I make gifts rather than buy. Now I'm in debt. I just want to cry.

A lesson can be learned from the tale told here. Start saving and plan early for next year!

 Author Unknown 

 It's hard to live with a degree of restraint when everything around us says to indulge. That's another good reason why we need to practice waiting.  Here at my house this year, as in many of the past, most of my gifts will be of the handmade variety.  I try to save for Christmas every year, but with so many to give gifts to my budget is limited. When you have a large family like mine, the greatest gift I can give is my love.

Keep a good heart. That's the most important thing in life. It's not how much money you make or what you can acquire. The art of it is to keep a good heart.

Joni Mitchell

ADVENT TIP:  Pick up a stone to carry in your pocket or place on your desk throughout these final days of Advent. Let it serve as a reminder for a moment of prayer for peace within, between and all around.

 May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through! 

Author Unknown.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Chapter 12, Page 21, Book 14

Life Is An Advent Season

Author unknown

Life is a constant Advent season: we are continually waiting to become, to discover, to complete, to fulfill. Hope, struggle, fear, expectation and fulfillment are all part of our Advent experience.

The world is not as just, not as loving, not as whole as we know it can and should be. But the coming of Christ and his presence among us.  He give us reason to live in hope: that light will shatter the darkness, that we can be liberated from our fears and prejudices, that we are never alone or abandoned.

Between the wish and the thing life lies waiting. 


May this Advent season be a time for bringing hope, transformation and fulfillment into the Advent of our lives.

This is the 4th Sunday of Advent.  We have just a few more days of waiting and Christmas will be here.  I've had many peace filled moments this year. When I focus on peace. I clear my mind of cluttered thoughts and replace them with images of tranquility. I try to visualize a quiet lake, the stars on a clear night sky, or my family snuggled in restful sleep.

More and more I'm so thankful for my faith, family and friends.  

I love the Christmastide, and yet,
I notice this, each year I live;
I always like the gifts I get,
But how I love the gifts I give!

Carolyn Wells

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Chapter 12, Page 20, Book 14

A lot of disappointed people have been left standing on the street corner waiting for the bus marked Perfection. 

 Donald Kennedy

Waiting during Advent isn’t about doing nothing, but doing the right thing.

Think about how the farmers wait. They wait for rain. They wait for crops to grow. They wait for the harvest. But no one confuses a farmer’s waiting with doing nothing, because as they wait, they do what they know how to do. They do what they can, knowing God will do the rest.

That is what our waiting time should be like…doing what we can and knowing God will do the rest.

During Advent, we spend four weeks trying to balance ourselves. Like standing in the middle of a seesaw, we often have one foot in the materialistic world of gifts, decorating and parties, while the other foot is in the spiritual world of prayerfully expecting the miracle of Christ’s birth.

The key to overcoming burn out is to carve out some you time in your day. Yes, you may have to settle for less than a perfect home, but so what. The goal is to lessen your burden so that you can rediscover the balance your body needs.

 So as Christmas draws near, let’s set our hearts on preparing the way for Jesus. 

Christmas, my child, is love in action.
Every time we love, every time we give,
it’s Christmas.

 Dale Evans

Friday, December 19, 2014

Chapter 12, Page 19, Book 14

Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.

Author Unknown

It seems that all creation quivers in a constant state of waiting.  Chipmunks are good waiters. They store seeds and nuts under their nests in late summer, then rouse themselves from sleep during the winter to eat what they have wisely stored. Bears are expert waiters.  They store fat before winter, and then hibernate in a sleep so deep that they don’t wake until spring.  And then, get out of their way.  They are ravenous from their months of waiting.

And don’t even mention the word waiting to butterflies.  They are creation’s superstars of waiting.

We eagerly await the first snowfall and then longingly wait for Spring to come.

Christmas, 1st Corinthians 13 Style

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

 Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.

Love is kind, though harried and tired.

Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way.

Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can't.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust. But giving the gift of love will endure.

Author Unknown 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Chapter 12, Page 18, Book 14

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach - waiting for a gift from the sea.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The more I think about it, the bigger waiting appears. It fills so much of our lives.

We’ve all made rash decisions when our impatience got the better of us. We’ve left lines that were barely moving only to get into an even slower line. We’ve taken the pizza out of the oven two minutes early because we just couldn’t wait. 

We may wait patiently or impatiently. Waiting for someone to finish the sentence, we want to shout 'Spit it out ‘

Only with winter patience can we bring
The deep desired, long awaited spring. 

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Life seems to be rushing past us and yet when we are asked or expected to slow down or even stop to wait for someone or something, we get impatient to keep moving on.  We hurry through everyday mundane things like eating, or washing dishes, or driving home, just so that we can move onto the next part of our lives.

Advent gives me a reason to stop and consider the moments.  To touch base with the present and to remember that waiting is part of being in this world with other people.  People we love and we care about.  Sometimes waiting can be wonderful when you are with the right person.

Slow Down Therapy

Slow down; God is still in heaven. You are not responsible for doing it all yourself, right now. 

Remember a happy, peaceful time in your past. Rest there. Each moment has richness that takes a lifetime to savor.

Set your own pace. When someone is pushing you, it's OK to tell them they're pushing.
 Take nothing for granted: watch water flow, the corn grow, the leaves blow, your neighbor mow.

Taste your food. God gives it to delight as well as to nourish.

Notice the sun and the moon as they rise and set. They are remarkable for their steady pattern of movement, not their speed.

Quit planning how you're going to use what you know, learn, or possess. God's gifts just are; be grateful and their purpose will be clear.

When you talk with someone, don't think about what you'll say next. Thoughts will spring up naturally if you let them.

Talk and play with children. It will bring out the unhurried little person inside you. 

Create a place in your home... at your work... in your heart... where you can go for quiet and recollection. You deserve it.

Allow yourself time to be lazy and unproductive. Rest isn't luxury; it's a necessity.

 Listen to the wind blow. It carries a message of yesterday and tomorrow and now. NOW counts.

Rest on your laurels. They bring comfort whatever their size, age, or condition.

Talk slower. Talk less. Don't talk. Communication isn't measured by words.

Give yourself permission to be late sometimes. Life is for living, not scheduling.

Listen to the song of a bird; the complete song. Music and nature are gifts, but only if you are willing to receive them.

Take time just to think. Action is good and necessary, but it's fruitful only if we muse, ponder, and mull.

Make time for play, the things you like to do. Whatever your age, your inner child needs re-creation.

Watch and listen to the night sky. It speaks.

Listen to the words you speak, especially in prayer.

 Learn to stand back and let others take their turn as leaders.There will always be new opportunities for you to step out in front again.

Divide big jobs into little jobs. If God took six days to create the universe, can you hope to do any better?

When you find yourself rushing and anxious, stop. Ask yourself WHY you are rushing and anxious. The reasons may improve your self understanding. 

Take time to read the Bible. Thoughtful reading is enriching reading.

Direct your life with purposeful choices, not with speed and efficiency. The best musician is one who plays with expression and meaning, not the one who finishes first.

Take a day off alone; make a retreat. You can learn from monks and hermits without becoming one.

Pet a furry friend. You will give and get the gift of now.

Work with your hands. It frees the mind.

Take time to wonder. Without wonder, life is merely existence.

Sit in the dark. It will teach you to see and hear, taste and smell.

 Once in a while, turn down the lights, the volume, the throttle, the invitations. Less really can be more.

 Let go. Nothing is usually the hardest thing to do - but often it is the best.

Take a walk, but don't go anywhere. If you walk just to get somewhere, you sacrifice the walking.

Count your friends. If you have one, you are lucky. If you have more, you are blessed. Bless them in return.

Count your blessings, one at a time and slowly.

Author Unknown 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Chapter 12, Page 17, Book 14

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.

Earl Nightingale

You've heard it said, Hurry up and wait! But learning to wait calmly is an important part of living. I think we don’t mind waiting if we have learned that there is a reward for that wait. A big chunk of one’s life is learning to have confidence in the darkness of winter, in the times when things look bleak, to know that there is something out of our sight that is coming into being. And that isn’t always just Christmas, but it’s all those rebirths in our own lives that require a period of waiting. Advent is just one of the times that waiting is tough.  The great thing is that we can wait together.

Just because it’s not happening now, doesn’t mean it never will.  Sometimes things have to go very wrong before they can be right and sometimes it feels like everything is about to fall apart when in reality things are just about ready to come together

Just as winter darkness draws us closer, Advent offers a paradoxical promise to our time:  that peace really is possible, that hope flickers in the darkest places, that crisis can draw us closer together, and that the humble of the earth will outlast the dark.  

The Christmas Ten Commandments

Thou shalt give thy heart to Christ. Let Him be at the top of thy Christmas shopping list.
Thou shalt prepare thy soul for Christmas. Spend not so much on gifts that thy soul is forgotten.
Thou shalt not let Santa Claus replace Christ, thus robbing the day of its spiritual reality.
Thou shalt not burden the shop girl, the mailman, and the merchant with complaints and demands.
Thou shalt give thyself with thy gift. This will increase its value a hundred fold, and he who receiveth it shall treasure it forever.
Thou shalt not value gifts received by their cost. Even the least expensive may signify love, and that is more priceless than silver and gold.
Thou shalt not neglect the needy. Share thy blessings with many who will go hungry and cold unless thou are generous.
Thou shalt not neglect thy church. Its services highlight the true meaning of the season.
Thou shalt be as a little child. Not until thou has become in spirit as a little one art thou ready to enter into the kingdom of Heaven.
Thou shall not forget to share your joy, peace and faith with those around you.

 Author Unknown 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Chapter 12, Page 16, Book 14

Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way.

Dr. Seuss

Dream it and do it.  You can move mountains when you put your mind to it.  Direct your life like a blockbuster and make things happen. 

 I've learned . . . .
that everyone wants to live on top of
the mountain, but all the happiness
and growth occurs while you're climbing it.

On this mountain the Lord of hosts…will wipe away the tears from all faces.

Isaiah 25: 6-8

There are days that the climbing seems endless and we never arrive.  The day begins and ends in exhaustion.  Our busy lives have no deeper purpose. Try to see the bright side of things.  It’s a great day for up, when you can see the sunny side of things.  Sure sometimes you’ll have to work at it, but positivity is a skill.  Do it daily.

Remember: Miracles are waiting everywhere.

Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; the calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them. The cow and the bear shall be neighbors, together their young shall rest; the lion shall eat hay like the ox. The baby shall play by the cobra's den, and the child lay his hand on the adder's lair. There shall be no harm or ruin on all My holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord.

Isaiah 11:6-9

In Advent I set out to find myself on God’s holy mountain.  Here everyone is welcome. 
To Believe

To believe... is to know that every day is a new beginning.
It is to trust that miracles happen,
And dreams really do come true.

To believe... is to see Angels dancing among the clouds,
To know the wonder of a stardust sky,
And the wisdom of the man in the moon.

To believe... is to know the value of a nurturing heart,
The innocence of a child's eyes and the beauty of an aging hand,
For it is through their teachings we learn to love.

To believe... is to find the strength
And courage that lies within us.
When it is time to pick up the pieces and begin again.

To believe... is to know we are not alone,
That life is a gift and this is our time to cherish it.

To believe... is to know that wonderful surprises
Are just waiting to happen,
And all our hopes and dreams are within reach.
If only we believe.

Author Unknown

Monday, December 15, 2014

Chapter 12, Page 15, Book 14

Every day's a perfect gift of time for us to use. Hours waiting to be filled in any way we choose. Each morning brings a quiet hope that rises with the sun. Each evening brings the sweet content that comes with work well done. 

Author Unknown

I found out the hard way that if you want to say something, say it. Don’t wait for a good time. Life is beautiful and cruel in that it doesn’t tell you when your last day on earth will be.

Waiting and waiting and waiting for the right time to come is exhausting. And false.

I found the little poem below that seemed to fit the moment.  I wanted to give something to all my friends this year and says it all so well.

Friendship is a Golden Chain,
The links are friends so dear,
And like a rare and precious jewel
It's treasured more each year…
It's clasped together firmly
With a love that's deep and true,
And it's rich with happy memories
and fond recollections, too...

Time can't destroy its beauty
For, as long as memory lives,
Years can't erase the pleasure
That the joy of friendship gives…
For friendship is a priceless gift
That can't be bought or sold,
But to have an understanding friend
Is worth far more than gold…
And the Golden Chain of Friendship
Is a strong and blessed tie
Binding kindred hearts together
As the years go passing by.

Author Unknown

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

A little smile, a word of cheer, A bit of love from someone near, A little gift from one held dear, Best wishes for the coming year--These make a Merry Christmas! 

John Greenleaf Whittier

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Chapter 12, Page 14, Book 14

I am ready any time. Do not keep me waiting. 

John Mason Brown

We all tend to get very impatient when we have to wait on someone.  When they are late, we tend to worry or wonder why.  But I’ve learned that everything happens for a reason.  There are many stories about those that have just missed an accident because they were running late.  

For years I ran a very tight ship here at my house.  In order to get everything done, schedules had to be kept.  Working and taking care of a house and family kept me so busy I rarely had anytime off for myself.    I laughingly now look back at those days because now nothing has to be done, nothing runs on a schedule and nothing is done in a hurry.

When I retired I decided it was time to sit back, rest, and enjoy life more.  I figure it’s a reward for many long years of work.  

Anyway back to the subject at hand.  Waiting on others to show up.  I learned that if I had to rely on someone else’s time schedule, I’d never be on time or get much done.  Other people’s timeliness or lack of it shouldn’t effect how I spend my days.

Focus on today and handle things as they occur. Know that what’s happened in the past is water under the bridge. Remember that what may happen in the future is, for the most part, out of your control. Live, happily, in the here and now. It’s the only way to thrive!

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. 

Oren Arnold