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

Author Unknown

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Chapter 2, Page 28, Book 21



No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks 

Jamea Allen

February 28th - Thankful Sunday



Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.

Ken Barth


Thankfully this week was filled with a lot more good than bad.

After 5 days offline, my internet service was restored..  It took a wise and experienced technician to get the job done and he knew exactly what to to get me back on line and did it !

I got my 2nd dose of the vaccine and now feel safe in the knowledge that now I’m protected and won’t die of the corona virus.  It doen’t mean I won’t still take precautions.  I’ll still be making up and washing my hands in order to keep others safe .  

My family are still well and healthy and no new cases of the virus have occurred.  A lot of them have been vaccinated too.  What a blessing!

Our severe winter weather has moved on and now we are experiencing warmer weather.  This weekend we are to  be in the 50’s and 60’s and it’s feeling a lot like Spring is finally coming our way.  Spring is my favorite season and I can hardly wait to see green and growing things.

There is so much to be thankful for and these are only the highlights.  Every day is something new to be thankful for.  Every day is a gift.  that’s why it’s called the present.

I hope you all have had  a wonderful week and take time to say thank you for all your blessings. 

It makes such a difference in my life and brightens all my days.



When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.

Willie Nelson




Saturday, February 27, 2021

Chapter 2, Page 27, Book 2021

                                                         


                                                Nothing can dim the light within


Maya Angelou

February 27th - let your light shine



Shine you’re light and make a positive impact on the world; there is nothing so honorable as helping improve the light of others.

Roy T. Bennett

If we place ourselves in the shadows we not only prevent our true light from radiating out, but we’re also left feeling envious of those that are basking in their own fabulous glow.

Imagine yourself sitting in front of a mirror illumined with light.  Your reflection in the mirror radiates love, happiness and confidence.  The lights are bright and beautiful.  So are you.  So amazing beautiful.

Never doubt that you can shine and reflect your glow. Remember this every time you waste your energy wishing you had somebody else’s life, a light of your own life will go out.  

Light up your life.  Let yourself shine and be happy you did.  Burn those lights bright so you don’t lose your shine.  It can be hard to feel bright and beautiful while your in an environment that doesn’t feel supportive.  So limit your time spent with negative people or thoughts.  We all need some encouragement from time to time.

Shine your light as only you can.  You have gifts and talents no one else has.  The world does not benefit from your living in the shadows.  It benefits from your incredible colorful contribution.  



As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we liberated our own fear, our presence actually liberates others.

Marianne Williamson



Friday, February 26, 2021

Chapter 2, Page 26, Book 21



 

 Don’t force pieces that dont fit.


Author Unknown

February 26th - life is like a puzzle


Each one of us fulfills a piece of a larger puzzle.

Eric. McCormick

Life can be like a puzzle at times.  There are pieces that fit perfectly and others just don’t fit at all.  The ones that fit are meant to be the successes and victories that we have in life and the ones that don’t are meant to be the trials and tribulations that are trying to take over but will not stay permanently in our life. 

 It’s all a part of our journey through life and all pieces will eventually fit in its right time, so if it doesn’t fit right away, don’t force it.

You never have to force anything that is truly meant to be.If its meant to be, it will be.  



The puzzle challenges the player to get from a problem to a solution, but of course, the path isn’t simple.

Ernest Adams





Thursday, February 25, 2021

Chapter 2, Page 25, Book 21

 


Don’t settle for average.  Bring your best to the moment.  Then whether if fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave all you had.  We need to live that best that’s in us.


Angela Bassett

February 25th - do your best in everything you do.
Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.

William James

You are the one that knows what your best is, and you are the one that truly knows when you’re not giving it.  Even if you an outstanding record, Giving your best means thinking a little differently, it means being positive when you want to complain. because complaining is not helping you reach your goals.  Giving your best is trying even if you can’t do something because you might just surprise yourself.  

Doing your best is what ever it takes, it’s going that little extra mile.  Whatever 100 percent looks like we go out there and give it.

It’s important we give our best to the things we do.  Whether we know it or not people are always watching us to see if we practice what we preach.  

To give your best means you try your hardest and always try to reach excellence in your work.  When you are getting paid to do a job it’s important to always do you best.  The value you bring to your job depends on your dedication to solve the problems you face.

Doing your best is synonymous with living out each and every moment to it’s fullest potential.  All that is required is not to fight what ever life throws your way.

It’s not about meeting expectations oe achievements.  It isn’t about success or failure.  It’s about putting all your energy into whatever life situation you are currently in.

Every opportunity you fail just breeds room for growth.  Instead of taking setbacks as a sign of weakness, treat it as a measure of your progress.  Learn from it and don’t allow it to blind you from moving forward.

The point is we have to live each and every moment with the intention of giving your all to the present, whatever that is.  You can’t do your best if you are worried about doing better.

When you always do your best you will be amazed by the results.  It is a program for living that progresses the more you work it.



Do a little more each day than you think you  possibly can.

Lowell Thomas



Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Chapter 2, Page 24, Book 21



Happiness depends upon ourselves.

Aristotle

February 24th - be happy



Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.

Abraham Lincoln
   
We all want to lead a happy life, Often people believe that happiness depends on having material things like a big house and a nice car.  They struggle in the present life to reach happiness in the future, yet never manage to to find that happiness.  But happiness cannot be bought..  We find it within ourselves.  Happiness is an inside job. 

We need to enjoy the little things to make ourselves joyful.  Most of the best things in life cannot be bought.  



Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

Mahatma Gandhi


Friday, February 19, 2021

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Chapter 2, Page 17, Book 21



Kindness is spreading sunshine into people’s lives regardless of the weather.

RAKtivist

February 17th - kindness matters



If you can be anything, be kind.

Author Unknown

When we do kindness with anyone it gives us peace.  Its a simple concept that can make the world a peaceful place.  It has the power to improve our own well being as well as that of our family friends, acquaintances, and strangers . If we do only one kindness our brains will learn a new skill dailly, even though its tiny, its so important for our peace and  and how we spend our life, we can start from home, then it spreads.

No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted.  Kindness is a quality that help you fight your battles, accomplish your goals, and feel better about yourself.  

Being kind doesn’t mean that you have to give in to everything or let people take advantage of you.  You can still say no, set boundaries and have differing options while being kind.  There are ways to make a point or disagree with someone nicely.

By being kind even in disagreeable moments, you will be heard more clearly.  This means what you are saying will be more likely be heard and caonsidered fairly.  Plus it is believed that being kind can slow the aging process too!

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.

Amelia Earhart

Be patient on the days you don’t feel like it.  Being kind will help.  It isn’t enough to be kind when you feel like it or when it will benefit you . 

Even if your kindness is getting you nowhere, keep doing it.  You have to be patient and push through feelings that your kindness doesn’t matter, because it always matters. Even if it doesn’t seem it’s helping anyone else, it will make you feel better

Remember kindness always comes first. The things you say and do would mean more than if you made people feel bad.  Feeling like affect  people forever and kindness is a huge contributor to feelings.



People will forget what you said, People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou




Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Chapter 2, Page 16, Book 21




Tuesday isn’t so bad; It’s a sign that I’ve somehow survived Monday

Author Unknown

February 15th -The day before Lent begins



Why does winter feel like one big Tuesday?

Todd Stocker

Lent is one of my favorite seasons, It means there is only 40 more days until Easter, until Spring will be here again !

I’m looking forward to marking the days off the calendar and am definitely thinking Spring.

Most of the country is seeing some bad weather this month, and here in Ohio is no exception.  We’ve got lots of snow and ice on the ground and with freezing temperatures it’s not going away any time soon,  

So I’m thinking Spring, my favorite time of year.  I can hardly wait to feel warmer and not have to shovel any more snow.  I want to sit in the Sun and enjoy warmer weather.



Caught between Monay and Wednesday, Tuesday holds the unpleasant task of reminding us that we have things to do and that postponing them only makes our life more difficult.  Burdening ourselves with too many tasks on Wednesday is not pleasant.

Author Unknown




Monday, February 15, 2021

Chapter 2, Page 15, Book 21



You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.

Abraham Lincoln


February 15th - It’s Monday!



In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves.  The process never ends until we die.  And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.

Eleanor Roosevelt

We often put off that we should be doing today until tomorrow.  They way of getting around this problem is by planning what you are going to do that day the night before.

Once the Tasks for today have been completed we can relax and and enjoy the evening and then wake up the next morning going straight away by diving into the priorities for the day.

If we don’t take responsibility for our actions, nothing will get done.  We are the ones that have to do the work, or whatever tasks get done.  Nobody is going to do it for us.

The way we develop character is to show it with the authority you are given, whether in the work you do, The people you manage, or the family you love.



Whatever you are, be a good one.

Abraham Lincoln

Having a good plan and the right tools is one of the most important elements of any job.  If you have the chance to prepare and get ready, you should take that opportunity and make the most of it 

If you have something on your to do list you may as well get it done now.  There is no value in procrastination.  Procrastination is dishonest trait, because it’s really lying to yourself.

If you have the drive to get where you want to be, you will get there.  The most important factor in determining success is your desire to have that success.

All you can do is your best.  Every day we need to put our best foot forward in every opportunity. 



Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.

Winston Churchill


Sunday, February 14, 2021

Chapter 2, Page 14, Book 21



Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.

Zelda Fitzgerald

February 14th - Happy Valentines Day



Love is the greatest refreshment in life.

Pablo Picasso

It’s a day we celebrate with chocolate and hearts and flowers trying to show those we love how much they mean to us.  The different kinds of love are wide and various, but they all boil down to what’s in your heart.  

There is no such thing as a perfect occasion to say I love you.  The right moment is now.  It’s not only a day for lovers it’s a day for kids, family and friends.  All those people that are mportant in our lives.

I try never to miss a chance to say, I love you.  You never know when it might be our last chance to do so.  I do it everyday.  There is not a day goes by but that the people I care about know  I love them. Tomorrow is not promised.

Not only should we say I love you, but we should show we love them too.  Sometimes that means fixing their favorite meals or taking them out to diner.  Sometimes it’s simply helping out with the chores and sometimes there is just nothing better than a hug.

Don’t forget to give people compliments on what they do and tell them how much they are appreciated.Be encouraging ands show that you support them in what they do.

Say Thank You often.  Be a good listener.  Always have time for each other.





The best thing to hold onto inline is each other.

Audrey Hepburn

Sometimes love is constructing Ikea furniture, folding laundry side by side, washing silverware and handing them to your person to dry.  Sometimes love is about mundane moments, every day chores and domestic duties.

People don’t always say I love you.  Sometimes it sounds like be safe, Did you eat? Call me when you get home.  I made this for you.



The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.  They must be felt with the heart.

Helen Keller


A Valentine Prayer

I said a Valentine prayer for you 
and asked the Lord above 
to fill your heart and bless your soul
With the precious gift of love.

I asked Him for sincere love
The kind that’s meant to stay
Just like the generous love 
You give to those you touch each day

I prayed for love from family 
And every cherished friend
Then I asked the Lord to give you
His love that knows no end.

Happy Valentines Day !






Saturday, February 13, 2021

Chapter 2, Page 13, Book 21




You may not be there yet, but you are closer than you were yesterday.

Author Unknown

February 13th - don’t give up



When the going gets tough, put one foot in front of the other and just keep going. Dont give up.  

Roy T. Bennett

The difference between success and failure comes from persistence and the will to keep fighting for your dreams.  Your victory is right around the corner.

Being persistent isn’t always easy but it’s the only way we can accomplish great things.  We have to keep on trying and not give up.  It’s way too easy just to give up and quit.

Putting things off is one of my worst habits.  I tend to let things go and read a book instead.  But if I want to get anything done, I have to keep on going.  Its a matter of making up your mind to what you what you want to accomplish and wanting it bad enough to persist.



It’s better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.

Louis Sachar



Friday, February 12, 2021

Chapter 2, Page 12, Book 21




Whatever is good for your soul - do that!

Anonymous

February 12th - the power of positive thinking 



Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  

Phillipians 4:8

Thinking about good things always makes us happier people.  Focusing on the good things in life keeps us positive and filled with joy.

Being happy takes hard consistent work on understanding, creating, and connecting to the deepest parts of the body, it’s in my soul..

Do what interstate’s you , Invest your money is something other than stocks and bonds.

Our happiness level is the result of a complex interaction of genes, behaviors, and life circumstances.  A big part of how we feel is under our control, meaning the way you spend your time and the thoughts you allow really impact your mood and long term happiness.

Regardless of our life circumstances the more you can seek positive interactions can change how you feel.  Money and fame won’t make you happier, it makes them more of what they already are.

Make your focus on finding meaningful moments and then do that again tomorrow.  This is your decision and one no one else can make for you.  A meaningful life is not about what everyone else is doing, It’s about following your own path and being authentic.

You must do what fascinates you.  Things that bring you joy.



Do what makes your soul happy.

Author Unknown



Thursday, February 11, 2021

Chapter 2, Page 11, Book 21




Life lived tor tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized.

Leo Buscaglia

February 11th - live for today but with an eye to the future.



Remember the past, plan for the future, but live for today, because yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come.

St. Luke

If we’re always planning for the future, then we’re not living in the moment.  Living in the now, day by day, week by week, year by year. creates a beautiful life.  We look back on life and say, yes, we’re enjoying retirement and we enjoyed the journey getting there.

Living in the now and enjoying the journey of life is needed to make sure that every day is special , one that we can look back on at the end as we put our heads on our pillows and say, If I don’t wake tomorrow morning, it’s okay because that was a good day.  

We really don’t know if we’re going to wake up tomorrow morning, so it’s import each day to make sure there are special things throughout our days, today, that make it beautiful.

We still need to plan for the future, but we make sure that if today is our last day, it’s  a good day. We make sure every day is worth living, that we’re not counting too much on living a life of someday, I’ll do it, but do live each day fully.

What I’m doing today might change what I’m doing 6 months from now, or even next week.  There are things I do every day that give me pleasure and put a smile on my face so that when the end of the day comes I can say, this was a good day.

I appreciate each moment and enjoy what I do.  I enjoy the outdoors and get out as much as I can  But if I can’t I say inside and enjoy what’s inside.  Right now I’m trying to make everything clean and shinny.  Most things I do don’t cost any money, but they give me the greatest pleasure. in the moment, right now.  So find those things that work for you and make them part of your every day.

While watching TV might be enjoyable, it’s not what I really like to do.  It passes time but not well. I’d rather spend the time reading a good book while  listening to music.  That way I feel like I’ve spend the time wisely, not wasted away.  

We need to determine what is good for us, nobody else can decide for you.  Look at how it affects you in the short and long term.

Every day is not going to be blissful, but since we don’t know what tomorrow is going to bring, we can only enjoy today as much as possible. 

It’s in our hands whether or not we have a happy life.  All we have to do is right now, today, decide on making it a good day and letting tomorrow worry about tomoorow.  Live life now and not someday in the future.  Create happiness for yourself and others. 

Just for today, live it to the fullest. Happiness is easy to find as long as we look for it today, right now.  Tomorrow when we get up we can do it again.  Happiness is something we can all have right now.



Many people live their lives for someday.  They put their dreams on hold, waiting or the right time, not realizing that someday may never come.

Anthon St. Maarten