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

Author Unknown

Monday, November 09, 2015

Chapter 11, Page 9, Book 15

In an age where there is much talk about being yourself, I reserve to myself the right to forget about being myself, since in any case there is very little chance of my being anybody else.

Thomas Merton

November 9th - be yourself

About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won't like you at all.

 Rita Mae Brown

Many of us has placed a colorful bowl on a side table as a decoration in our homes, only to find later that items like lost keys, a few coins, a lone earring, a ticket stub, a screw, or a button has been tossed in. Before long, the bowl is completely cluttered with litter and junk. But if you put an inch of water and a gardenia blossom in the same empty bowl, the whole house becomes fragrant and attractive.

We are like that bowl!  Each one of us is an unique, beautiful, and a stunning creation.  It’s up to us as to how we fill our bowls, all the days of our lives. We can fill it with praise and thanksgiving for all our blessings. We can set our mind on on what is lovely and keep hope in our hearts and get rid of any negative and discouraging thoughts.

Make the most of yourself....for that is all there is of you.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

You’ve heard the saying that if life gives you a lemon, make lemonade! Well, that’s pretty good advice. But many people think life should never dish out lemons; they have very unrealistic expectations of life, and because of that, they often feel disappointed and depressed about life.

Happiness is a by product that comes from forgetting yourself and focusing on others. Learn to enjoy the little happy things that come your way. Many times we’re looking for big doses of happiness, and miss all the small things that we can enjoy.

You’ll find that life is not nearly so disappointing when you expect less from it and enjoy what it delivers.

Gratitude keeps you connected to the good and valuable parts of your life.


betty said...

That was a great analogy of comparing the filled up bowl with items as opposed to it being filled with a bit of water and a flower and how great the fragrance is. We do seem to have our minds sometimes cluttered with things they shouldn't be cluttered with. Good time to maybe start doing a little uncluttering here in my own mind :)


jack69 said...

Okay sweet lady, philosophically you ain't gonna beat this one. I loved it. From Merton to the gardenia.
This one is a winner!