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

Author Unknown

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Chapter 5, Page 13, Book 21

When you feel the earth moving, bring yourself back to the now.  You’ll handle whatever shake up the next moment brings when you get to it .  In this moment, you’re still breathing.  In this moment, you’ve survived.  In this moment, you’re find a way to step onto higher ground.

Oprah Winfrey

May 13TH - Balance lives in the present

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn the post, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.


The concept of mindufullness is quite simple. To be mindful is to live in the moment.

You focus on what is happening in the present moment and you are fully in touch with reality.You are aware of what is happening in your body, mind, emotions and the world around you.  With mindfulness ws calm our mind and emotions so we can see clearer.  We develop mindfulness, when we literally expand our awareness.

Practicing mindfulness is like regularly putting small amounts of change in a jar.  They will add up over time, and this will add up to greater peace and happiness as we start living in the moment.

I like the idea of living in the present, enjoing every moment we have and trying not worry about things that may not happen or that we cannot change and try to avoid spending too much time in the past or in the future.

I’m not only a survivor but I’m thriving .  We have a lot to gain by being present and very little to lose. Realizing the present moment is all you ever have will allow you to live in the moment .  Presence brings power.

The past has no power over the present moment. The only power it has is the power you give it. You are not what happened to you.  It’s in your power to focus and witness a better reality for yourself.  Be the change you want to see in the world. 

No matter what you have been through, it’s all about prospective and your thoughts about a situation.  You can control your thoughts about what happened to you.  Only you can influence the present moment.

We just have to learn the lessons and move forward.

Be happy in the moment, that’s enough.  Each moment is all we need, not more.

Mother Teresa

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Chapter 5, Page 11, Book 21


An effort made for the happiness of others lifts above ourselves

Lydia M. Child

May 11th - give a lift to others

We rise by lifting others.

Robert Ingersoll

With all the hard things we face on a daily basis, there is always someone who could use an encouraging word.  The best way to cheer our selves  up to cheer someone else up..  We need to look beyond ourselves and begin to focus on others.  

It’s way to easy to criticize other people, but whether the criticism is justified or not, it will make someone upset and bring them down.  It’s better to give a compliment or a kind word instead. They will give someone a lift up.

If we don’t have anything positive to say it’s better to not say anything at all. 
Words of encouragment, a bit of praise, a pat on the back, a hug or even just a smile all do much to lift someone’s spirits.

Always remember that one  kind word can change someone’s entire day. 

Encouraging others is aways encouraging to yourself as well.  

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

Booker T. Washington

Monday, May 10, 2021

Chapter 5, Page 10, Book 21


Believe and act as if were impossible to fail.

Charles F. Kettering

May 10th-It’s Monday !

A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

Old Proverb

It’s time for a fresh start and a new week.  A do over of all that we didn’t get done last week.  We get another chance to get it right.

Listening to the birds sing early in the morning is alway such a special moment. The dawn chorus is one of the most magical experiences in nature, a multitude of birds of many different species all singing together in harmony as morning breaks and light begins to fill the skies.  It is nature’s most impressive and special concert available.

While it may sound like beautiful music to our ears, to the birds is it something quite different.  It is a way for rival males to establish its territory and attract a mate.  So the louder your song and the more time you spend singing, it gives you a much better chance of claiming the best territory.

When I hear the birds sing so beautifully these mornings, I call it a morning prayer.  I usually open the window and let the beautiful sounds drift in.  It becomes a prayer moment for me.  Just as they are welcoming in the day in great song.  I welcome the day too in my own simple way.  Every day is God’s precious gift to us.  It is a new beginning, a fresh start with lots of opportunities awaiting us.  My prayer is one of thanks for this new day and ask God to bless me through the day, whatever comes my way.

So I invite you to tune into the dawn chorus too.  Instead of having the radio on, why not turn it off one morning and just listen, even if for a minute.  You will be amazed at the sounds you will hear.

This is taken from the thought for the week in my daily devotionals.

Look at the bright side — at least Mondays only happen once a week.

Author Unknown

Sunday, May 09, 2021

Chapter 5, Page 9, Book 21

A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world.

Agatha Christie

May 9th- thankful Sunday on Mother’s Day 2021

There is no friendship no love; like that of the parent for the child.

Henry Ward Beecher

I am so thankful to be a mother and to have 7 children to love.  I can think  of no better occupation to have unless its being a grandmother, which is something I’m also thankful for.  

I love all my large family!

It’s been so cold here it’s hard to believe it’s Mother’s Day already and almost the Middle of May.  It feels like it’s still March outside instead of May. But I’m thankful at least we haven’t got snow.  

It’s been a week to be thankful for.  I’m thankful for something new every day.  I’m always seeing or learning something new it seems and am thankful that I can continue to learn and grow.

I’m thankful for all the books I have to read on my Kindle with the library app.  It’s free and provides any book I want to read.  

I’m thankful that all my family are well and happy.  No more cases of the virus and many are now fully vaccinated.

I’m so thankful that vaccinations are being offered every where and hopefully soon the grandchildren will also be able to get them.  It would be wonderful if they could return to school  in the fall and not have to worry about the Corono Virus. It’s the best way to stop the spread.

 A baby is something you carry inside you for 9 months, in your arms for three years and in your heart until the day you die.

Mary Mason

Saturday, May 08, 2021

Chapter 5, Page 8, Book 21

Never stop being a good person because of bad people.

Jay Shetty

May 8th - Just because people are mean, doesn’t mean we should be that way

How people treat you is their karma, how you react is yours.

Wayne Dryer

We should never allow others to determine the way we act.  We each have a choice as to how we will act.

Other people cannot define your life or your tuture. Only you can do that. You are in charge of you.  Only you can decide on how you want to do things and only you can choose to be the better person.

We need to stop giving our power away to others.  When someone exhibit distructive , uncaring behavior, they are usually acting out from something else going on with them, not with you.  They say it’s about you but really about showing an outward display of inward pain.

Realize that your reactions and actions are your own, not theirs. Don’t fight back and give up the need to win.  Walk away and get on with your day.

Negetive behavior feels like it comes at you. Decide to take your own power back.  and be ready to turn their negative energy into your positive power.

When dealing with people, always remember that it’s not about changing them but about changing yourself.  

Mean people are everywhere, but we don’t need to reciprocate their rudeness. People will hurt you, but don’t use that as any excuse for your poor choices, use it as motivation to make the right ones.

Being kind to others has never been easy but it will get you much further than stooping down to their level. Responding with kindness even when you want to retaliate, calms you, and will defuse the situation so you can put it behind you. A little kindness can change someone’s day and maybe even their life.

In a perfect world, there would be no mean people. but until that blessed day arrives, we have to learn how to handle these individuals in a smart way. Don’t take it personally, keep cool and smile.

Never respond to rudeness.  When people are rude to you, they reveal who they are, not who you are.  Don’t take it personally be silent.

Author Unknown

Thursday, May 06, 2021

Chapter 5, Page 6, Book 21

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.

Oscar Wilde 

May 6th - make the most of life 

If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.

Ray T. Bennett

 Our life is what our thoughts make it.  Our dreams and passions make us feel alive.  They give us reason to wake up each morning and live life with intention, direction and the drive to accomplish something bigger than ourselves.  We need to live our lives to the fullest, If we create the life of our creams then we leave behind the habit of merely existing.

One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.

William Feather

This life is what we make of it. 

Adopt an attitude of gratitude.
Follow your heart
Practice unconditional love
Enjoy the simple things
Give without Expectations
Live in the Now

We have to live life with a sense of urgency so not a minute is wasted

Les Brown

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Chapter 5, Page 5, Book 21

Keep your head up and your heart strong

Ben Howard

May 5TH -hold your head up and smile

Never bend your head. Always hod it high.  Look the world straight in the eye.

Helen Keller

Life is a miracle and learning to cope with our choices , decisions and dissapointments is a part of it.

Keeping our heads up helps us to find the silver linings and the courage to accept these things we cannot change.  Because life is teaching us valuable lessons and teaching us to be our best self.

A strong heart will weather the storms of life.

Storms teach us real gratitude.  

Storms teach us real joy.

Storms teach us real peace.

Storms teach us real treasure

In the storms that shatter life as we know it, We learn ;what is is really valuable and it all becomes chystal clear.

So keep your head high, keep your chin up, importantly keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.

Marilyn Monroe 


Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Chapter 5, Page 4, Book 21


When nothing goes right, go left. hehehe

Martha Cecilia

May 4TH - Time to reset 

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

Jimmy Dean

We all have days now and then when nothing seems to go right.  When that happens to me, I stop what I’m doing.  Nothing will be done the right way anyway.  It’s better to think about something I know I can do and do right.  A new direction might just be what puts me straight.

It’s a simple way of saying I need to change my way of thinking.

It’s time to explore something new.  If nothing is going right with your path, it might make sense to try a new one. 

It’s as simple as hitting the reset button. By taking the time to reset and refocus we can get a new perspective on our goals and motivation.

We need to think about what matters most in the long run.  Maybe we’ve gotten off track and need to switch our way of thinking.

Happiness is a direction, not a place.

Sydney J. Harris

Monday, May 03, 2021

Chapter 5, Page 3, Book 21

Believe that will get better.

Author Unknown

May 3rd - for things to get better we have to believe they can

Believe your life will get better and that you will be fine.

Author Unknown

Believing is the act of accepting that something is the truth. Everyone has core beliefs. They direct our actions and alter how we perceive the world,  Our beliefs end up reinforcing our behaviors dictating our lives.  

Core beliefs are the truths we cling to and by which we base our life decisions. Life is a constant process of refining ourselves, our habits and our belief systems to achieve wholeness and fullfillment.

We can choose to feel, think and act differently and this choice is what leads to progress.

Beliefs whether positive or negative remain intact until we decide to question and instill a new set of beliefs.

They can either give us great comfort that all is well or hold us hostage to beliefs that hurt rather than help us.

If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.

Gordon A Eadie

Beliefs are usually created by what we experience or what others tell us to be true.

Most of our beliefs are formed when we are children, particularly in the areas of love, respect, achievement, and safety.

Our limiting beliefs can cause us to miss out on things we want and empowering beliefs can drive us toward the life we want to live.  

Faith is believing in things, when common sense tells you not to.

George Seaton