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

Author Unknown

Friday, May 31, 2019

Chapter 5, Page 31, Book 19

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.

Napoleon Hill

May 31st - small things matter

If you take care of the small things,
the big things take care of themselves.
You can gain more control over your life by
paying close attention to the little things.

Emily Dickenson

We often undervalue or ignore those small tasks assigned to us because we think  they are not great things.  However, the small things can change the world for the better

Small things, add up and when done with love make a big difference. Little things matter because that can make a huge difference. 

Just like a small ray of sunshine can make a big difference on a dark and cloudy day, little acts of kindness can do much to brighten the day for others. 

Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than the large things; to the every day things that are remote and uncommon.

Booker T. Washington

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Chapter 5, Page 30, Book 19

Most of us never stop to consider our blessings, rather, we spend the day thinking about our problems.  But since you have to be alive to have problems, be grateful for the opportunity to have them.

Bernie Siegel

May 30th - Count your blessings, not your problems

I cried because I have no shoes
until I saw a man with no feet. 
Life is full of blessings.
Sometimes we're just blind to see them.

Author Unknown

In this day and age it seems increasingly evident that people fail to recognize what they have right in front of them.  We need to remember that not every person on earth doesn’t even have the basic necessities of life.  That alone should put everything into perspective.  

So many get caught up in owning the next best thing, that they forget to be thankful for what they do have.

May your troubles be less and your blessings be more.

I try to be grateful for every situation I encounter because I feel that every bump in the road is an opportunity for me to grow and to learn about the important things in life. 

All of life is a blessing even though it isn’t always easy.  Don’t take it for granted.  Count your blessings and not your problems.

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

Charles Dickens

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Chapter 5, Page 29, Book 19

Be strong, you never know who you are inspiring.

Author Unknown

May 29th -you never know who is watching

You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.

Bob Marley

We never know who we affect.  Our influence might inspire others so its good advice to be the best we can be to ourselves and others.  

We never know who is watching and whether we know it or not, someone is always watching.  People will notice how we control our temper or how we don’t, how we compete, how we win, how we lose.  They notice how we respond to others needs; to their need for attention, to their need for a listener.  They noice how we act when we’re tired, when we’re under pressure, how we handle failure, how we handle our responsibilities, how we keep our promises.  

That’s why it is important to give everything our best, no matter the task at hand, and be all we can be.  Good deeds will not go unnoticed.  

Smile, you never know who is watching.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Chapter 5, Page 28, Book 19

What sets you apart can sometimes feel like a burden and it’s not.  And a lot of the time, it’s what makes you great.

Emma Stone

May 28th - you are special

But the fact is there is nothing ordinary about you.  You have a fingerprint that nobody else has.

Joel Osteen 

Thankfully we are all uniquely and beautifully made.  Every one of us is special and have something to offer that no one else can do. We are all unique and that is what makes us special.

I’ve heard it said and you probably have too…people say, I’m no one special.  I’m just an ordinary person,  But it seems to me that we’re all extra ordinary. There truly is no two of a kind.  

Being yourself isn’t easy and sometimes being yourself makes it harder to get along with others.  But we cannot truly feel happiness and peace if we are always busy wondering what others think we should do or be.  We cannot please everyone else, so we might as well be happy with who we are.

You’re amazing just the way you are!

Always remember that you are absolutely unique.  Just like everyone else.

Margaret Mead

Monday, May 27, 2019

Chapter 5, Page 27, Book 19

Those we love are never really lost to us--
we feel them in so many special ways--
through friends they always cared about
and dreams they left behind,
in beauty that they added to our days...
in words of wisdom we still carry with us
and memories that never will be gone...
Those we love
are never really lost to us--
for everywhere their special love lives on.

Amanda Bradley

May 27 - Memorial Day

Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours.

Wallace Bruce

May we never forget 
freedom isnt free.

Author Unknown

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Chapter 5, Page 26, Book 19

Adventure is worthwhile in itself.

Amelia Earhart

May 26th - every day is a new adventure

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.

Oprah Winfrey

It seems to me that all of life is an adventure.  We see and learn something new every day we live.  We don’t have to climb a mountain or go to far away places in order to be adventurer, we just have to be open to seeing what is right around us.  

There are wonders all around us.  Life is meant to be explored.  

The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.  

Joseph Campbell

Adventure can happen every day.  It depends on how we look at it.  There are precious moments to be lived every day of our lives.  Go for it, see the wonder all around you.  Life is never boring, it’s awesome!

Adventure is worthwhile.


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Chapter 5, Page 25, Book 19

Life is about choices, you choose to feel, say, think, believe - whatever - based on your decision to do so.

Willow Cross

May 25th - It’s your choice

Whatever has to done, it is always your choice.

Wayne Dryer.

It’s your life, whatever you have to do, it’s a choice effecting you.  You can be miserable or happy depending on the choice you make.

Life doesn’t just happen, life is what you make it. 

Life can be a beautiful journey or a crazy ride, or a big adventure.  It can also be a constant struggle and a hard teacher.  It’s all up to you.

I choose to see life on the bright side and look for those beautiful and awesome things that come with each new day.  The older I get there seems to be way too many choices and that can get confusing, so I try to keep it simple and make it fun.  

When you wake up every day, you have two choices.  You can either be positive or negative; an optimist or a pessimist.  I choose to be an optimist.  It’s a matter of perspective.

Harvey Mackay

Friday, May 24, 2019

Chapter 5, Page 24, Book 19

If people just took it a day at time, theyd be a lot happier

Richard Bachman

May 24th - one day at a time

Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for your life to begin and start making the most of the moment you are in . 

Germany Kent

One of the best ways to stop worrying and start living is to take things on a day to day basis.  Even though many try to live a whole week in one day, it’s impossible to do. 

The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.

Dean Acheson

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Chapter 5, Page 23, Book 19

Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape...

May 23rd - back on track

I’ve been visiting with one of my son’s and helping them out a little this week, so my posts will be hit or miss for a few days.  By the beginning of next week I’ll be back on track.  

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Chapter 5, Page 22, Book 19

Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we dont even remember leaving open.

Rose Wilder Lane

May 22nd. - unexpected happiness

Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.

Carl Sandburg

No matter what we do or how much we plan, life is going to be full of surprises.  Unexpected things happen every day.  Sometimes we think we have it all figured out and then life takes a turn and suddenly everything changes.

I like to call them blessings in disguise   When one door closes another always opens and that is when the happiness comes in.  Just when we think the worst has happened, we find the best is ahead.  

Life is full of surprises!

John Major

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Chapter 5, Page 21, Book 19

Tough times never last, but tough people do.

Robert H. Schuller

May 21st - When the going gets tough, the tough love to get going

Within every problem or setback lies the seed of an equal or great opportunity or benefit.

Napoleon Hill 

We all face times when the going gets tough.  Whether at work, home, with finances, relationships or friendships, sooner or later we all have tough times.  So when times get tough, don’t get discouraged and don’t feel defeated.  Hold your head up an find the strength to forge forward.

One of the biggest barriers to facing a tough situation is the fear of the unknown.  Fear serves no positive purpose and creates negative energy the prevents us from moving forward.  Try to see setbacks for what they are, a lesson to help you move forward.  

When it comes down to it, how tough you are isn’t something that can be defined with how much we can handle.  We are tough as long as we’re trying.

Let perseverance be you engine and hope your fuel.

H. J. Brown , Jr.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Chapter 5, Page 20, Book 19

There is no influence like the influence of habit.

Gilbert Parker

May 20th - habits

We are what we repeated do.  Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.

Will Durant

It’s true, sometimes keeping good habits does help keep us going when things aren’t going so well.  Habits make life easier because once they are established, we really don’t need to do much thinking about what we’re doing, we just automatically do them.  Just like brushing our teeth every morning. 

Once we’ve established a pattern of how to do something it’s hard to break so that’s why it’s so important to keep them good ones.     Good habits aren’t always easy to form, but once you do, they’ll see you through a lifetime. 

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

Jim Rohn

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Chapter 5, Paage 19, Book 19

Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners. 

Laurence Sterne

May 19th - with all due respect

Respect is a two way street, if you want to get it, youve got to give it.

R. G. Risch

Every one deserves a certain amount of respect.  To have no respect for someone would mean you believe they are beneath you.  One of the wisest things my mother ever taught me was that I was no better than anyone else, and that they were no better than me.  We are all created equal.

Every human being deserves to be treated with dignity.   Whether we like them or not , everyone deserves to be treated with politeness and kindness. We may disagree, but we should always respect each other.

Most people consider respect to be important, but sometimes it seems as if there is a significant lack of respect in the world. For me, theres no excuse for being consciously disrespectful to other people.  We should always treat others the way we would want to be treated.  What we give always comes back. 

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people nd the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friend; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit betterwhether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Chapter 5, Page 18, Book 19

We don’t make mistakes, 
just happy little accidents.

Bob Ross

May 18- accidents happen

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.

Henry Ford

We all make mistakes and accidents happen all the time.  They seem to be a part of life.  We are only human and we are not perfect.  And sometimes our biggest mistakes teach us what we need to learn.

We have to learn from our mistakes if we want to avoid repeating them and we can only learn from a mistake if we admit we’ve made one.  

Sometimes it seems as if life is an accident waiting to happen.  No matter how hard we try, things will not always be perfect.  But that shouldn’t stop us from living a happy and fulfilling life.  We have to let it go and move on.

When you make a mistake, you are presented with an opportunity to gain wisdom. And the only way to experience true wisdom is through your mistakes.

Les Brown

Friday, May 17, 2019

Chapter 5, Page 17, Book 19

Share your smile with the world.  It’s a symbol of friendship and peace.

Christie Brinkley

May 17th - If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours

Smile more.  Smiling can make you and others happy.

Roy T. Bennett

Yes, there is great power in a random smile as long as we choose to share it.  By choosing to smile, happy changes start to occur automatically.   If we want to make a difference, we have to decide what kind of difference we want to make.  I want to make others happy.

A smile conveys feelings of happiness, hope and positivity to anyone who sees it. When we feel great we should make someone else feel great too.  Each one of us has the opportunity to change the world one smile at a time. 

You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.

Chalie Chaplin

A smile has the power to lighten up a room.  A smile can elevate your mood and the moods of those around you.  Smiling relieves stress, lowers our blood pressure and makes us healthier.  So why not share our power with others.

There is magic in a smile.  Each time we smile, it’s like a little party happening inside our brains and I’m one who believes that we should celebrate everyday!  Smile are free, they don’t cost a cent, but make a huge difference in our life and the lives of others.

Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

Mother Teresa


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Chapter 5, Page 16, Book 19

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.

Henry Ford

May 16th - nobody said it would be easy

Life is full of obstacles. Don’t let yourself be one of them.

Author Unknown

Life can be like an obstacle course.  All sorts of challenges set before us and hurdles to overcome.  We are constantly presented with obstacles to find our way around before we can achieve our goals. 

No matter how large they may be  or how long it takes, we have to keep trying to get closer to the finish line. That’s life.  We can’t give up in the face of difficulty.  

One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.

Albert Schweitzer

Some see obstacles as a puzzle to solve.  Som see them as an opportunity to grow.  Others see them as meaning they cannot succeed. Our view of the barriers to achieving our goals affects how we react.  They can keep us from trying.  

Nobody ever said life would be easy, they just said it would be worth it. It all depends on how we react to what happens.  Nothing will work unless we do.  

If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesnt lead anywhere.

Frank A. Clark