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

Author Unknown

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Chapter 10, Page 31, Book 20

Say boo and scary on

Author Unknown

October 31st - Happy halloween!

Ghosts and goblins come to play on October’s final day !

Rusty Fischer

We’ll probably hear more Boo’s today than we do any other time of year.  But most of them won’t be very scary.  More than not most are done in fun.Holloween has always been a fun time of year here at my house  a time for the kids to dress up and go begging for candy.  

There is nothing more fun than getting a bucket full of candy for kids.  The trick is to limit some of the intake and save some for another day.  They get more than they need at one sitting for sure.

As a parent we’d always sort through it all to make sure it was safe to eat. Making sure everything was securely wrapped with no hidden tricks inside. I only hand out treats are that prepackaged and sealed. 

I remember one year I dressed up as a ghost but when I opened the door to give out some treats, I scared the little ones outside my door so  badly, they couldn’t stop screaming, so   I never did that again. I want it to b a happy time not too scary to enjoy

I think most of us have already had the scariest year ever, so this Halloween, keep it simple and make it fun.  We  could all use a little more fun in our lives.

Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween.

Steve Almond

Friday, October 30, 2020

Chapter 10, Page 30, Book 20

Be a seeker of everyday magic.

Author Unknown

October 30th - every day is filled with spectacular moments

Magic exists.  Who can doubt it, when they are rainbows and wildflowers the music of he wind and the silence of the stars?  Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic.  It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.

Nora Roberts

Most people think magic is unreal and for fairy tales.  It is not.  Magic is within  our reach.  It is very real and very common.  The closer we look, the more magic becomes reality because its ever as it is.

Magic makes us believe things are possible.  Weve all had unbelievable things happen to us.  That is the magic showning up.  Its the dreamers that open new doors to new lands..  It you trust something will happen, it usually does. Magic begins with our perception of the world.  

Its like magic when the sun shines through on a cloudy day, how much better we feel.  There is magic in a human touch the way it makes uf feel like a warm cozy glow.  

Magic is finding the newness, the excitement in every day.  We can be bewitched by our lives   Just like the changing seasons, its amazing to see the new things happen every day.  Nature is filled with magical touches. 

If we dont see magic in our own lives, it may be due to the fact that we dont slow down long enough to notice what is going on around us.  Stopping to take notice of the magical moments around us, the small wonders that are part of our daily landscape.  We have to be willing to take the time and look around, its always there when we look for it.

The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

Bertrand Russell

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Chapter 10, Page 29, Book 20

Remember habits are daily and ingrained into your personality, so make some effort o embed the ones you really want.  This is taking charge of each day and building your successful life.

Jeff Hutchens 

October 29th - we become what we repeatedly do.

Your beliefs become your thoughts, 
Your thoughts become your words
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny


Up to 90 percent of our every day behavior is based on habit, nearly all of what we do each day, everyday is simply habit.  Thankfully I believe I have mostly good habits, I wake up every morning and start the day with my coffee and my online devotionals, I have changed what I needed to in order to be healthier, I always try to do my best to enjoy life in any circumstances. 

Every day may not be good, but everyday has something good in it.  I try to always look on the bright side and enjoy life to the fullest. 

I go to bed every night with thanks in my heart for each new day.I’ve developed the practice of thankfulness and count my blessings. 

That’s to to say I’m perfect but am still very much a work in progress.  Some habits take longer to perpetuate. 

If we’re going to make a habit of doing something, then it might as well be something good.  I want my actions to show what I value in life and my words to reflect those meanings.  

They say if you want to break a hebit then you need to make a new habit When we have good habits then we don’t have to remember everything. A habit takes over and keeps us going.  Habits stay with us even when we don’t have the motivation .  

The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.

Samuel Johnson

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Chapter 10, Page 28, Book 20

Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

Sean Patrick Flanery

October 28th - creating our own destiny

The future depends on what you do today.

Mahatma Gandhi

Who you are in the future depends on what you to today  For me it means being the best person I can be. A person who has a strong set of beliefs and values is usually a happy and strong person.  A person who does not have these will be assured that he will be at the mercy of others. 

We need to decide what we want to be and get started. Success is defined by yuur own ideas so we need to figure them out then get on the road that will lead us there.

The one thing we have in life is choice.  We can choose how things will affect us.  We can choose to be angry and bitter when things go wrong, or choose to let them go and move on. We all have that choice.

The more time and energy we invest in the future, the more our future will be what we make it.  One must learn how to learn. To take information and understand how to apply it in our lives.

People will pressure us to do what they think is best, but if it’s something you don’t agree with, don’t do it.  You will regret it and pay for it in lost time an energy. We need to learn o grant people the right to be themselves. Ourselves included.

To make good decisions , we have to get good information. The willingingness to learn will take you far, and we are never too old to learn new things. 

All we have to do is plan our course and go.

I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today.  I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.

James Joyce

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Chapter 10, Page 27, Book 20

All journey s have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.

Martin Buber.

October 27th - life is a journey

Life is a journey that must be traveled, no matter how bad the roads are and accommodations.

Oliver Goldsmith

Sometimes the destination isnt  really the important as long as were up and moving forward.  The point of life is the journey.  Embracing conflicts and challenges. making the difficult choices.

You can t get around it or avoid it, but you have to go through it. Experiences are what make up our journey, The unknown is yet to come. 

Even when we overcome obstacles and figure our our problems, were not done.  Because there is always more work to do.

Life is about living .  We cant know what is coming and we need to enjoy every day instead of trying to arrive  We should enjoy the unfolding and the process.

The destination matters, but the journey makes it all worthwhile.
We are always growing and changing and learning and evolving.

Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way.


Monday, October 26, 2020

Chapter 10, Page 26, Book 20

Hope over fear.

October 26th - choose hope

We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.

John F. Kennedy

We have choices to make every day and as for me, I choose hope.  No sense in living in fear when we can choose hope instead.  More and more fear has taken over our lives with these pandomendic days but that’s no way to live.  We cannot be afraid to live our lives.

There is always hope for tomorrow when we believe God will see us through this.  We have to be careful but we don’t have to live in fear.  

We may not be able to do everything we want to, but there is plenty we can do and that is enough for me.  Hope is the antidote to fear.  You cannot be both fearful and hopeful at the same time. So choose hope and send your fears away.

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.

Nelson Mandela

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Chapter 10, Page 25, Book 20

Gratitude turns what we have into enough.


October 25th - rejoice and be grateful

Our favorite attitude should be gratitude. 

Zig Ziglar 

It’s my day to give thanks and rejoice in all the blessings I’ve received this week. Once more the good Lord has brought me and my family through another week of this pandomenic safely.  We had some illness in the family, but it has been sorted out and was not Covoid related.  That is truly something to be thankful for.  

There is something about thankfulness that brings me pure joy.  It makes my heart sing !  You cannot help but be joyful when you’re thankful. Thinking about what makes us happy will cause us to be happy.

You can have joy and be happy but you can’t be happy without joy.It’s easy to be happy when you have freedom from suffering , you’re financially secure, and all your relationships are good, but then you have trouble when one or more of these is gone.  Happiness s based on happenings meaning if things happen to go well, you’re happy, but if when it happens that something bad occurs then you’re happiness is likely gone.  Not so with joy. Joy doesn’t depend on your circumstances .  One is from God, and one is from us.  One can come and go but the other will remain. One of the fruits of the spirit is joy.  

When we look for the good in life we will find it and our joy will remain with us always.  Count your blessings of which we all have many and your joy will be complete.

I will be glad and rejoice in the Lord.  This is the Lords’Day and I will be glad in it. 

Find the good and praise it. 

Alex Haley 

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Chapter 10, Page 24, Book 20

If you dream it, you can do it.

Walt Disney

October 24th - where there is a will there is a way

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Eleanor Roosevelt

We should never give up on our dreams.  If there is a will  to do something a way will be found.  We can do most anything if we believe that we can do it.  It takes a lot of perservance to get it done and it’s not easy but it’s worth it in the end.  

I’ve had a lots of dreams over the years and I’ve accomplished most of them.  I think right now I’’m living the dream.  I no longer have to work, I’m retired and enjoying life in the slow lane.  I don’t have a lot but I have what is needed and that’s enough for me.  

I dreamt of being a mom to a dozen children, but I only got seven.  I guess the good Lord knew what he was doing there.  I had plenty to keep me busy as it was.  I dreamt of marrying my soul mate and I had the best husband ever.  We had 27 years together and I’m thankful for that.  Not everyone has someone to spend their time with that they truly love. 

Even though I’m older now, I still have dreams of things I want to do and places I want to go and I believe that I’ll get there sooner or later.  We are never too old to stop dreaming. 

While we can’t force dreams to happen, we can take steps toward actualizing them.  We must plan and work toward what we want.  Take small steps forward. Your dreams have value, even if you have setbacks, moving forward is the first step.  All it takes is a little planning and a lot of hard work.

If we are determined to do something a way can be found to achieve what we want. 

Live the life of your dreams:  Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.

Roy T. Bennett

Friday, October 23, 2020

Chapter 10, Page 23, Book 20

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cant change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Serenity Prayer

October 23rd - Love changes everything 

If you dont like something, change it, if you cant change it, change your attitude.

Maya Angelou

Change is constant, everything is constantly changing.  If we don’t change with the times we will not learn and grow.  It’s a part of life as we know it.  

We can change for the better or for the worse, it’s a choice that is up to us.  Our attitude is so important.  It’influences all our actions.  It is only the right attitude which gets good results.  All smiles and handshakes are not going to get you far if you do not have the attitude to help others without any selfish expectations.

Our attitude determines how far we succeed in life. It can either push you to do great things or pull yourself down to your demise.  It is the basis for every thing in our lives.  Our attitude determines how we react to adversity , or ability to grown and learn, our ability to overcome challenges and create bonds with others.  It is the product of a lifetime of instilled beliefs.  

What is important is that we take responsibility for ourselves so that we can consciously reverse it in order to grow, transform, evolve and experience life at its fullest.

To change our attitude is to change how we see the world. You cannot control what is currently happening in your life, but you can control how you react to it.  It’s something we are all responsible for. 

Change your thoughts,  change your life.

James Allen

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Chapter 10, Page 22, Book 20

Its the possibility that keeps us going, not the guarantee.

Nickolas Sparks 

October 22nd - dwell in possibility

We all have possibilities we dont know about.  We can do things we dont even dream we an do.

Dale Carnegie

I think if we have hope, we dwell in possibilities.  Hope has the power of making us capable of enduring any conditions.
It keeps us going when we want to quit and makes possible vicotories that seem unattainable.  

Hope is the belief that things will work, especially when it seems otherwise.  It helps us keep calm and peaceful when something less that desirable emerges.

Hope believes you will get through it.Hope teams with faith and believes in the impossible.

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear.  If we believe tomorrow will be better, we can bear ia hardship today.If were not sure of tomorrow, anything is possible.

What we dwell on is what we are most likely to get.  We are what we think.  What we hold in our mind is what we receive.

We need to keep positive and believe that anything is possible. If we think we can, then we will do it. I love waking up to a new day and thinking about all the possibilities that might come my way.  None of us knows for certain what may come, but we can keep hopeful that it will be a wonderful new possibility.

When nothing is sure, everything is possible.

Margaret Drabble

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Chapter 10, Page 21, Book 20

Loving yourself creates ease and grace in all things.

Author Unknown

October 21st - You are valuable just as you are 

We should all take the time to care about ourselves.  We are all uniquely and wonderful made. Each one of us is a precious gift.  No one else is like you and we all have a reason for being. We are each one of a kind.  

We should never compare ourselves to another. because there is only one you so it’s a waste of time. So be who you are and be happy with that. All we need to do is be ourselves.

No on can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Loving ourselves isn’t meant to be arrogant or pushy,  We are no better than anyone else, but we are just as good. To love yourself means to accept yourself as you are and to come to terms with those aspects of yourself that you cannot change. It means to have self respect, a positive self image and unconditional self acceptance.

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We live with ourselves our whole life through so we might as well like who we are living with.  It isn’t that we’re more important than anyone else, but we are just as important as they are. No one is any better than someone else.  We are all worth loving. 

We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and imperfections.  If we cannot love ourselves, we can not fully open our ability to love others or our potential to create.  

John Lennon

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Chapter 10, Page 20, Book 20

Rise up by lifting others

Author Unknown

October 20th - when we lift others, we rise up together.

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.

Booker T. Washington

They say the best way to make yourself happy is to make others happy.  It’s the truth.  When we see someone else happy because of something we do, it makes us feel good.   Therefore the secret of happiness is to help others.What we give to others always comes back to us.  

When we smile at someone we usually get on right back.  

Life is an echo  What you send out comes back.  What you sow, you reap.  What you give, you get.  What you see in others exists in you. 

Zig Ziglar 

What you give out is exactly what you will receive. If you wish to have the wonderful experience of receiving, then you also need to be willing to give. Whether you give of your time, material goods, friendship, or some other kind of blessing, when your heart is truly in giving that is when blessings will come back to you.  When you make a habit of giving, you can prepare yourself to receive in abundance in return

We rise by lifting others.

Robert Ingersol

Monday, October 19, 2020

Chapter 10, Page 19, 2020

The past must never interfere with the present because its  impossible to move ahead while looking behind.

Author Unknown

October 19 - today is all we have for certain

Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has yet to come.  Live in the present and make it so beautiful if will be worth remembering.

Ida Scott Taylor

The only time we are sure of is now.  The past is gone and future hasn’t come.  Today is what we have for sure.And we have to make the most of what we have while we have it.  It’s not perfect here, it’s raining and I’d rather have some sunshine, but It is what it is so I’ll enjoy spending time indoors and keeping dry and cozy.  There’s always plenty to do.

Today is a gift, a day we’ve not had before and we don’t know what will come in future.  We need ro take time to enjoy the moments.  To stop and smell the roses, because we don’t know how many more of them we’ll have to come.  It’s the moment we’re in right now that we can control.  We can choose to ignore the moment and waste it away or enjoy it.  It’s ours to control.

It may sound corny,, but don’t take it for granted.  Life is short so enjoy it while you can.  It’s ok o make plans as long as you don’t lose sight of the present moment.  If plans don’t work out the way you want, then at least try to accept it.  It wasn’t meant to be anyway.

Accept the moment for what it is and be happy.  

Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift.  That’s why it’s call the present.

Bill Keane