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

Author Unknown

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Chapter 8, Page 2, Book 16

Once we discover how to appreciate the timeless values in our daily experiences, we can enjoy the best things in life. 

Harry Hepner

August 2nd - what matters

Over and over again,
we lose site of what is important
and what isn’t.
We crave things over which we have no control,
and not satisfied by the things within our control.
We need to regularly stop and take stock;
to sit down and determine
within ourselves which things are worth
valuing and which things are not.


In case you didn’t know it, Epictetus was  was a Greek philosopher that lived about 1900 years ago.  He was a Greek born slave of Rome in the first century. He became a great philosopher and teacher, and was eventually granted his freedom. I think the quote of his that is shown above proves that there isn’t a whole lot new under the sun.  We still do the same old things.

So many times we lose sight of what is truly important and what really matters in life.  If you’ve read my blog for any length of time you know that the important things in my life our faith, family and friends.

You see, what we focus on affects our mood, attitude and behavior.
 Focus on what feeds your soul
Focus on the good in others
Focus on your accomplishments and what you value
Focus on your growth
Focus on your blessings

There are only four questions of value in life...
What is sacred?
Of what is the spirit made?
What is worth living for?
And what is worth dying for?
The answer to each is the same...
Only love.

Don Juan DeMarco


jack69 said...

Great quotes today, The process can never be explained to the neophyte. how do you compartmentalize the things that matter from those that do not. I know better, but still my mind tries to handle the things over which I have no control. OUCH

betty said...

Epictetus was truly a great philosopher. His quote from 1900 years ago is still relevant today. It is so easy to get side tracked and not focus on what really matters, especially in the busyness of the day, but it is good to be rooted, like you are, in faith, family, and friends :)



Words to live by for sure. " Focus on what feeds your soul."

Rick Watson said...

If it weren't for the day to day stuff, I would have nothing to write. It's all in how one looks at life.