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

Author Unknown

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 31, Book 17

To the world , you may be one person. But to one person you may be the world.

Dr. Seuss

Know that YOU are special!

Always remember…
You are beautiful
You are worthy
You are important
You are special
You are Unique
You are talented and 
YOU are irreplaceable!

Author Unknown

There’s no arguing that we all have good days and bad days. Sometimes we are filled with thanksgiving and joy, and other times, we find life a struggle. Some days we may feel as if we’re on top of the world, 
and other days may find us struggling through a difficult situation. In these challenging times, when it is difficult to be thankful, it can be helpful to remember that other people are thankful for us.

Maybe they don’t always say it, but you are a support to them. Just seeing how you try to do your best is an encouragement. 

No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special, and you still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are, has meaning. 

Barbara De Angelis

Its good to remember that no one else has your gifts, talents or personality and no one can contribute to world what you can.

Each of us has a purpose and place in this world that is ours alone and no one can take our place.  We all have a special job to do that can’t be done by anyone else.  That makes us special and unique.

You are the world to someone…
So take good care of yourself!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 30, Book 17

Grass is a symbol of perpetual growth--its blades like a long green ribbon, streaming from the sod into the summer, checked indeed by the frost, but anon pushing on again.
Henry David Thoreau.

I’ve heard the wind whispering that life is greener on the other side of the meadow.

A lesson from the lawn.

Imagine if a blade of grass decided it had had enough. It was done with having its head snipped off every weekend and its seeds – its future – cut off in their prime. Who could blame it?

Yet, what does that ol’ blade of grass do? It doesn’t say:  I give up! I’m getting nowhere! It just keeps on growing. It continually takes in the energy from the sunlight and magically converts carbon dioxide from the air into food to make more leaves and more seeds.

A blade of grass is resilient.

You too, can learn to be as resilient as the grass. You may be cut down on a regular basis, yet your strength is in standing up, dusting yourself off, and starting all over again. Even when grass is covered in concrete, it finds a way to grow up through the cracks.

No matter how old we get we really never stop growing.  Sometimes we go dormant for awhile, but sooner or later we make a come back.

Take a leaf out of the grass’ book: keep on growing.

Be like the single blade of grass. For she too has been trampled on, mowed down and hit with such bitterly cold stretches that she had to shut down to survive. Yet still she stands upright with dignity, knowing that she endures and still she dances with the wind. 

Sandra Kring

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 29, Book 17

Words of Wisdom....
No one can ruin your day without YOUR permission. 

Most people will be about as happy, as they decide to be. 

Others can stop you temporarily, but only you can do it permanently.
Whatever you are willing to put up with, is exactly what you will have.
Success stops when you do.
When your ship comes in.... make sure you are willing to unload it.
You will never have it all together.
Life is a journey...not a destination. Enjoy the trip!
The biggest lie on the planet: When I get what I want I will be happy.
The best way to escape your problem is to solve it.
 I've learned that ultimately , 'takers' lose and 'givers' win.
Life's precious moments don't have value, unless they are shared.
If you don't start, it's certain you won't arrive.
We often fear the thing we want the most.
Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you have to say. Best friends listen to what you don't say!
Yesterday was the deadline for all complaints.
Look for opportunities...not guarantees.
Life is what's coming....not what was.
Success is getting up one more time.
Now is the most interesting time of all.
When things go wrong.....don't go with them.
Sometimes the majority only means that all the fools are on the same side.
God can mend all broken hearts. You just have to give him all the pieces.
A person who asks a question might be a fool for five minutes, but a person who doesn't ask, is a fool forever...
A best friend is like a four leaf clover... hard to find, and lucky to have.
A friend is someone who reaches for your hand but touches your heart.
A coincidence is when God performs a miracle, and decides to remain anonymous.
I don't have to attend every argument I'm invited to.
Our eyes are placed in front because it is more important to look ahead than to look back.
Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's grace... and your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God's grace.

Author Unknown

Who is wise…

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Information is at our fingertips, only an app, newsfeed, or internet search away. It bombards us constantly, but sometimes taking in information is like trying to drink from a firehose!

Wisdom, however, is more elusive. Wisdom is more than just knowing things. Wisdom helps us navigate this world with good choices.  Wisdom leads to discipline in what we say and do, to richness in our relationships with the people around us. The God given gift of wisdom develops and deepens over time.

The seat of knowledge is in the head, of wisdom, in the heart. 

William Hazlit

Monday, August 28, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 28, Book 17

The Size of Your Heart

It isn't the size of your house
That matters much at all.
It's a gentle hand and its loving touch,
That makes you great or small.

The friends who come to visit,
When out of your house they depart,
Will judge it not by the style you show,
But rather by the size of your heart.

It isn't how smart you are,
Or the wealth you've found.
Happiness comes from how you touch
The lives that are all around.

Making money is not hard,
But living life well is an art.
How people love and regard you,
Is all in the size of your heart.

Author Unknown

true wealth

It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy. 

George Horace Lorimer

They say money attracts more money. Wouldn’t it be nice to find out? But in truth, prosperity isn’t about money anyway. It’s about feeling rich in happiness, love and positive experiences.

This is something you not only can have, you can multiply with the right approach.

Appreciate your friends, and new friends will arrive. Look for joy each day, and you’ll find more. Feel happy about all you have in life, and you’ll find your happiness grows.

The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth if you lost all your money. 

Author Unknown

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 27, Book 17

Be an example…
show kindness to unkind people.
Forgive people who don’t deserve it.
Love unconditionally.
Your actions always reflect who you are.

uthor Unknown

In the grand scheme of things…

A good example is the best sermon. 

Benjamin Franklin

Being a good example is behaving in a positive manner. Leading your life in a good way creates a scenario that others will most likely want to copy. For example, when parents demonstrate leadership, strength, guidance and responsibility, their children will absorb the good behavior. At least we hope so.

People watch what you do more than they listen to what you say.  I’ve learned that people don’t care about how much you know, until they know how much you care. A genuinely good character always shines and inspires in the long run.  

We make people feel important, and inspire them by showing them that they are.  People will rarely remember what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel.    

In the end, act as if what you do is important.  It is !

If you can’t be a good example, then you’ll just have to serve as a horrible warning. 

Catherine Aird

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 26, Book 17

You carry the passport to your own happiness.

Diane Von Furstenberg

Do something that makes you happy today!

If you have just a little fun today, it's a sign that maybe the future
    will hold even more fun for you. Fun isn't just fun - it's hope. 

 Linda Richman 

I like to think of myself as an active participant in life and believe that even the smallest moments are worthy of celebration.   I can rejoice in the times I took the high road in a conflict, the moments I chose love over a compulsion to be seen as right.  There are times I choose to applaud the time I asked for needed help and actually received it. Other times I might elect to honor the moment I mustered the courage to speak my truth.

There is always something to celebrate.  Every moment of life is a gift.

Celebrate the fact that you are alive. Take a few moments every morning to simply enjoy a few minutes over a cup of coffee or tea and breathe in the aroma, feel the warmth, and enjoy the comfort. Give thanks for the day that is coming your way. When you begin your day with a sense of gratitude and celebration, you are bound to have more joy for the rest of the day.

To celebrate life on a daily basis is a way to develop an attitude of gratitude that can literally transform our outlook on life and our ability to more deeply enjoy what we already have.

Remember: Celebration is an attitude 

Happiness is a grateful spirit, an optimistic attitude, and a heart full of love. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 24-25, Book 17

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

adjusting to life

Happiness comes from..some curious adjustment to life.

Hugh Walpole

Due to technical difficulties I didn’t get to make post yesterday.  My internet was having a moment??? Hopefully today’s efforts will be successful.    While I don't seem to be able to be able to add pictures, We'll give this a try.

Change is part of everyone's life. It can mean anything from moving to a new place, having a major life event upset your life, or dealing with a relationship. Learning to adjust to changes helps you feel more in charge and confident in your life.

Change is everywhere and it happens, whether we want it or not. Some people welcome the new change and find the new ways to turn the unexpected into a chance for growth and development, while others may become frightened and react negatively.
You can’t change the past, but you can make adjustments in your present for a better future.

Author Unknown

 A person who can accept change and adjust to life is the one who is able to focus the mind in new directions and make choices based on the outcome.  Your circumstances may be challenging, but blaming them is not the solution. Nor is neglecting them.

Any change that occurs in your life, also affects those around you. Change happens for a reason, and the faster you are able to adapt and move on, the better it will be for you and those around you.  Real change is an inside job. You might adjust things a day or two with money and systems, but the heart of the matter is and always will be, the matter of the heart.

Life is a series of adjustments; You can make changes along the way, but if you dodn't start moving forward you'll never get anywhere!

Kimora Lee Simmons

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 23, Book 17

Gratitude turns what we have into enough. 

Author Unknown

Too often we fail to appreciate the good we have in our life because we are so focused on what we may think is wrong in our life. We let our troubles can drag us down to the extent that we are anything but cheerful. 

The struggle ends when the gratitude begins. 

Neale Donald Walsch

We have all heard the story of the person who felt sorry for himself because he had no shoes. He was miserable and very unhappy. He thoughts were on poor me, everyone else had shoes but he did not. But, then he met a man who had no feet, and it changed his attitude to be thankful that he had feet. Not having shoes was no longer an issue! 

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

Harry Hepner

Truth is that someone else always has it worse than we do.  There are many who face much larger challenges than we do. If we stopped and looked at that for a minute it would put our challenge in perspective. It can give us hope that if others have overcome then we also will. We also can be appreciative that our problems are not as large as the other person's. 

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.

John Milton

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 22, Book 17

Let anyone determine yourself worth.
Speak without listening.
Give up before you’re ready.
Forget to breathe.
Settle for less than you deserve.
Dim your sparkle.
Complicate what you can simplify.
Make promises you can’t keep.
Believe it’s too late to begin.
Author Unknown


Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never in nothing, great or small, large or petty never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. 

Sir Winston Churchill

As hard as it is to believe. the precious granddaughter of mine in the picture above, has a side to her that most wouldn’t or couldn’t believe.  She’s a little stubborn and definitely has a mind of her own.  One of her favorite sayings is, NEVER.  I was surprised to say the least the first time I heard those words come from her mouth.  She said it like she really meant what she said and I wasn’t going to be the one to argue with her.  

In a way I really hope she keeps this attitude through life.  I don’t think she’s ever going to be one that can be easily swayed by what others think, say or do.

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. Never spend your money before you have it. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold. We never repent of having eaten too little. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly. How much pain have cost us the evils which never happened. Take things always by their smooth handle. When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, a hundred. 

Thomas Jefferson

They say we should never say never, but I think that having a NEVER kind of attitude has a lot of benefits.  It’s the attitude to never give up.   Attitude is an important attribute in our life. Without the right kind of attitude, you can never achieve anything in life.

Never complain and never explain. 

Benjamin Disraeli

Monday, August 21, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 21, Book 17

Each day is a Gift !

The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.

Madeleine L’Engle

getting older each day

Do not deprive me of my age. I have earned it. 

May Sarton

As I've aged, I’ve learned to value my time, genuine relationships, meaningful work, and peace of mind, much more.  Little else matters.

Life humbles us gradually as we age, and we begin to refocus our attention on what truly matters.

If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should never grow old.

James A. Garfield

 Some people wait all day for 5pm, all week for Friday, all year for the holidays, all their lives for happiness.  Be we don’t have to wait until our life is almost over to realize how good it has been.

Too often another beautiful day comes to an end with hundreds of unnoticed moments behind us.  We didn’t notice them because they were insignificant to us.  And over time our entire lives become a massive pile of unnoticed and insignificant moments on our way to more important things.

The years teach much which the days never knew. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you put your heart and soul into what you’ve got right in front of you,  everything you do will start to be more meaningful and more memorable.  

Each day is a gift, that is why it’s called the present.

To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living. 

Henri Amiel

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 20, Book 17

What’s Love got to do with it?  Everything !

Remember, you were born to do work that you love. So, do it. And feel the joy!

When you get in the habit of loving whatever you’re doing, you can always be doing what you love. And when you’re doing what you love, you know you’ll be extremely effective at it.

Ralph Marston

They say that doing what you love is best achieved by first loving what you do.  Anyone can decide at any time to do what they love when they do everything with love.  

Love everything you do. If you don't like something, you've got two choices: stop doing it or love it with all your heart. 

Do everything with
so much love in your 
heart that you would
never want to do it
any other way!

Until you love something, you'll never give everything you have for it, where you're willing to be and do whatever is required.

Love is one power that we all hold within our hearts and it can be used at any time.  You can choose to do what you are doing  or you can choose not to. Passion can't be found in your head because it lives in your heart.

 Work is love made visible.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 19, Book 17

We rise by lifting others.

Robert Ingersoll

You have two hands:  one for helping yourself and one for helping others

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it's at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others. 

Audrey Hepburn

 Sad but true, we all have bad days. Life is always throwing curve balls at us. Reaching out to someone on one of these days can totally turn their day around. Everyone has something meaningful to give, and when you do that, you feel better about yourself.

Our actions have the ability to lift others up or tear them down. We often don’t realize what an impact we are making, but make an impact, we do, when we pour out love.

Down in their hearts, wise men know this truth: the only way to help yourself is to help others. 

Elbert Hubbard

I found a little story that gave me a lift today so I thought I’d share it with you in hopes it might give a little lift too!

A little silver haired lady calls her neighbor and says, Please come over here and help me. I have a neat jigsaw puzzle, and I can't figure out how to get started.

Her neighbor asks, What is it supposed to be when it's finished?

The little silver haired lady says, According to the picture on the box, it's a rooster.

Her neighbor decides to go over and help with the puzzle.

She lets him in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table.

He studies the pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then turns to her and says, First of all, no matter what we do, we're not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a rooster.

He takes her hand and says, Secondly, I want you to relax. Let's have a nice cup of tea, and then,  he said with a deep sigh ............

Let's put all the Corn Flakes back in the box.

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.

 John Holmes

We're human. We need food. We need meaning and connection. And we most definitely need encouragement.

Lift, Laugh and Love and if that doesn’t work…love some more !

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. 

Dr. Seuss

Friday, August 18, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 18, Book 17

Beware of Destination Addiction –
a preoccupation with the idea that happiness
is in the next place,
the next job and with the next partner.
Until you give up the idea
that happiness is somewhere else,
it will never be where you are.
Robert Holden, PhD

Life is to short to wait...

Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations.

Jean Paul Richter

Many people take for granted the time that they have on this earth, putting off things that they want to do or experience.  There is never going to be a better time than now.  If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.

Wishing, hoping and regretting are the most common and dangerous tactics for evading the present. 

Sammy Davis, Jr.

Never let your fears decide your fate.  We put things off. For later, when we’re older. When we have more time. When we finish school. Or get married. When we land that job or get that promotion. After we buy the house. Or sell the house. After we’re done having kids. Or the kids get older. Or the kids move out. When we slow down. When we retire. Later.

But no one has ever been given the promise of later.

Don't wait for your ship to come in and feel angry and cheated when it doesn't. Get going with something small. 

Irene Kassorla

Whatever is on your list for tomorrow, whatever you’re putting off for later, consider doing now.. with those you love, with the gift of today.

How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now, and that there will never be a time when it is not now. 

Gerald Jampolsky

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 17, Book 17

In the time we have it surely our duty to do all the good we can to all the people we can in all the ways we can.

William Barclay

Just for today I will be present in each moment…

If you limit your actions in life to things
that nobody can possibly find fault
with, you will not do much.

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson

The biggest difference between peace and stress is attitude.  It’s all about how you look at a situation and what you decide to do with it.  It’s remembering that there are no certainties in life.  We don’t know exactly what the future will bring.  So the best way to live is to make positive use of the present moment, even it it sometimes disappoints you. 

It’s truly a powerful and beautiful thing when a person’s intentions are genuine.  So remember to do things for the right reasons, even when things don’t work out as planned.  With a strong enough reason why, you’ll be able to do what’s required at any time and in any circumstance.

  It’s never too late to change your attitude about something you can’t change.  Just decide to make the best of it.  Take life day by day and be grateful for the little things.  No excuses.

If you blink, you might miss it.

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.

Thomas Merton

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Chapter 8, Page 16, Book 17

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.  

Henry Van Dyke

Just for today I’ll remember that things happen in their time, not mine…

To everything there is a season, and time to every purpose under the heaven

Time is the most valuable thing on earth. 

Time is an equal opportunity employer.  Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day.  Rich people can’t buy more hours.  Scientists can’t invent new minutes.  And you can’t save time to spend it on another day.  Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving.  No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.  Success depends upon using it wisely—by planning and setting priorities.      

Denis Waitley

From the Net...  Imagine there is a bank which credits your account each morning with $86,400; carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day.

What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course! Well, everyone has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose.

It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the records of the day. If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the tomorrow. You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success! The clock is running. Make the most of today..

To realize the value of ONE YEAR: Ask a student who has failed his exams.
To realize the value of ONE MONTH: Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK: Ask an editor of a weekly.
To realize the value of ONE DAY: Ask a daily wage laborer.
To realize the value of ONE HOUR: Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE: Ask a person who has missed the train.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND: Ask a person who has survived an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLI-SECOND: Ask the person who has won a silver medal in Olympics.
To realize the value of ONE MICRO-SECOND: Ask NASA's Team of scientists.
To realize the value of ONE NANO-SECOND: Ask a Hardware Engineer.
And even then, if you don't realize the value of time: You must be a Software Engineer !!!

Treasure every moment that you have! Remember, time waits for no one.

 Life is treasured in minutes, hours, days, months, and years. Make every moment count.

How you spend your time is more important than how you spend your money.  Money mistakes can be corrected, but time is gone forever.       

David Norris