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

Author Unknown

Friday, April 30, 2021

Chapter 4, Page 30, Book 21



You can’t control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you you.

Brian Tracey

April 30th - Change your attitude and change the world.



It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.

Epectetus

Our attitudes to what happens is something we have control of.  Attitude is everything !  

Don’t worry about things you cannot control.  Think about what you do have control of and that is your attitude.

You can’t prevent a storm from happening, but you can prepare for them. You can’t control how someone else behaves, but you an control how you react. When you put your energy into the things you can control, you’ll be much more effective.

We can influence people and circumstance but we can’t force things to go our way. And while we can plan a good party, we can’t force people to have fun.

The phrase, Make it Happen, reminds me I’m control of my actions.I’ll either do what I an to make it happen or deal with the things I have no control over.



Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you have power over instead craving control over what you don’t.  

Steve Mariboli 

The most amazing thing about our attitude is that we have complete control over it.  We are the ones that decide how we feel, how we look at things, how we react.

Your thoughts and perception of the world influence all that you eo, and all that you are, and all that you can be.  Changing your attitude is changing the way you see things.  To begin the change, you must start looking for the good in every situation, rather than the negative.  There are times you may have to look hard to see the good but when you find it, then focus on it.  Keep it in the front of your thoughts.  Thinking about the good will keep your mind away from being angry, from feeling sorry for yourself, from reacting in the wrong manner.

The choice is always ours.  You will be amazed how much life changes when you change your attitude.  You can do incredible things!



Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Winston Churchill



Thursday, April 29, 2021

Chapter 4, Page 29,, Book 21



If you want more kindness in the world, put it there.

Author Unknown

April 29th - be the change you want to see



No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted.

Aesop

Kindness doesn’t have to be exhausting or a chore.  Kindness is a conscept that brings generosity and positivity to others as well as ourselves.

We need to smile as much as possible. Not just at others but ourselves.  Look in the mirror and smile and you’ll feel better. 

If we smile at people, they will always smile back.  Smiles are contagious and we need to spread them around. 

Generosity is underrated.  Give some of your stuff away.  We have so much  that others do not. Give your old stuff to charities who will pass them on to someone in need.  Donate to charities and do it freely.  Don’t feel your are being harassed or burdened to do so.  What we give we always got back in abundance. 




Together we can change the world, just one random act of kindnes at a time.

Ron Hall

Being a good receiver is just as important as being a good giver.  By receiving we promote the cycle of kindnes.  Feelings of appreciation and gratitude are ways to experience kindness that we don’t often consider.

Saying a simple hello, acknowleging another person, is a simple way to be kind.  Let others know they are important to you too.  Making a human connection with people is invaluable.  The effort is its own reward.

Listen to what others have to say.This is a kindness above and beyond.  You never know when their wisdom will come in handy.  

Kindnes should become a way of life.  It doesn’t mean we let people take advantage of us.  It mans having the intention to contribute something positive.  It can become a habit that makes us stronger in the progress.



You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Chapter 4, Page 28, Book 21

 


It’s ok tot fall apart sometimes. Tacos fall apart and we still love them

Author Unknown


April 28th - start over again.



The splendid thing about falling apart silently… is that you can start over as many times as you like.

Author Unknown 

Starting over isn’t always easy but it is a part of life.  I’ve had to start over many times and think I’m a better person than I was .

There’s no doubt we hate it when we fall apart, but it’s nice to know there is always going to be a new day to begin all over again.



Sometimes good things fall apart so better things could fall together .

Marilyn Monroe

When you are down, there is no place to go besides up. I don’t need to tell you life isn’t all roses and will often times bring you to your knees, but it’s during this moments that happy people go to work on getting happy.  If they look like they have it altogether, they probably do, but that’s just because they’ve discovered the secret to true happiness, and it lies within them.

It’s the down times that show us the beauty of the up times.  The happy person knows this and allows themselves to feel sad or down, So they embrace the sadness, the tears and the obstacles and give themselves permission to just be.  

I’ve been knocked down many times but each time I’ve gotten back up and refused to stay down.  It’s an opportunity to build a better and stronger foundation.  I learn from my mistakes and keep going.  

Being imperfect is perfect.  I’ve learned to come to terms with who I am and have accepted my flaws.  It is just a a part of who I am.  No one is perfect, but imperfections are just as brilliant.

We don’t need the latest or the greatest.  My self worth isn’t dependent on external things.  We are perfect just the way we are.

We have to acknowledge the hurt and pain and forgive and dust ourselves off and move forward happier and lighter.




Don’t be concerned that things appear to be falling apart; this has to happen in order for something new and wonderful to emerge.

Marianne Wiliamson




Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Chapter 4, Page 27, Book 21




The heaviest burdens that we carry are the thoughts in our heads.

Author Unknown


April 27th - Let go



It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.

Lou Holtz

Our thoughts are so powerful.They can create burdens we carry around in our heads and the only thing we can do to lighten the burden is to let them go.  Let go of all the negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones .  No since in dragging ourselves down if we dont have to, but somehow we insist on carrying all those negative thoughts around.  They become burdens we cant let go of.  Stop negative thinking in its tracks and become a positive person.



The truth is that stress doesnt come from your boss, your kids, your spouse, traffic jams, health challenges or other circumstances.  It comes from your thoughts about these circumstances.

Andrew J. Bersnstein

At one time in my life I got so bogged down, I couldnt see my way out, but thanks some of my daily devotionals and some wonderful friends, I learned how good it felt to simply let them go.  I started to think on the bright side, looking for something good in every day.  Its always there when you take the time to look.   When we begin to think about the positives instead of the negatives in our lives, our whole world changes.  It becomes a brighter and happier place to be.  There is more good to positive thinking than we could ever know.  

Dont carry heavy burdens around with you.  Just let them go.  



If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.

Peace Pilgrim


 

Monday, April 26, 2021

Chapter 4, Page 26, Book 21



Your Monday morning thoughts set the tone for your whole week.  See yourself getting stronger and living a fulfilling happier and healthier life.

Germany Kent 

April 26h - It’s Monday again.



Hey! I know its Monday but its also a new day, a new week, and in that lies a new opportunity for something special to happen.

Michael Ely 

Mondays are a marvelous day to think of new goals and do something each day of the week that could take you closer to them.

Too many people think this is the worst day of the week due it being the start of the working week after an enjoyable weekend.  But we can learn to love them because Monday is a time for a fresh start and new beginnings.  To have a better week than the last one by setting a New Week Resolution every week instead of just at New Years.

Make this Monday a Magnificent Monday with a new attitude that makes your dreams come true.  Put the past behind you and everything in your life will look up.

We get a fresh start and a clean slate with nothing to tie us down.  Anything is possible.



Merry Monday and a Happy New Week!

Author Unknown




 

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Chapter 4, Page 25, Book 21



There is no happier person than a truly thankful, content person.

Joyce Meyer

April 25h -Thankful Sunday



It is not happy people that are thankful, it is thankful people that are happy.

Author Unknown

If you choose to be grateful, then you choose to be happy.  The attitude of gratitude will always bring happiness, 

When you think about all the blessings in your life and are thankful for them you can’t help but be happy.  

It’s with joy that I’m happy to say, I’m a very content person and have everything I need.  I don’t have  a lot, but I have enough to make me happy.

My family is alive and well and there is nothing that brings more happiness.  This weekend I was able to go to church and see one of DS#5’s daughters receive her first communion.  I’m thankful that we can once again gather in the church and I’m thankful my son takes his children to church and that they know the importance of communion. Not everyone realizes what a gift it is to us from our Lord.  He instituted this by meeting with his disciples at the last supper.  

I’m am thankful that Spring is returning to Ohio and that by Tuesday we’re to be in the 80’s here.  It’s really too early and not a norm at all to be that warm, but we’ll soon return to our more normal 60’s and 70’s.  What was not normal was the 30’s and 40’s we had last week that brought an April snow to our area.  Thankfully we all came through that storm safe and well.  The roads got slippery fast but the road crews got right out and treated the roads so they were safe to travel.

I’m thankful my daughter and I were able to go and get our monthly hair cut. She also gets color done on her hair.  We know what it's like to have to forego that luxury and are thankful that we can do this each month again.  Slowly but surely things are getting back to normal.

I’m thankful for a couple of my son’s that took the time to call me and update me with what’s going on in their lives.  They are very busy but do take time out to spend some time on the phone with me. That makes me a very happy mom.  

I’m also very thankful for a thoughtful friend who not only stopped by for a visit but brought me lunch one day this week.  It was one of my favorites, a fish dinner.  Lake Erie perch is delicious when prepared right and this was delicious.  Good friends, and good food what could be better.We used to camp together side by side when our children were young so we had plenty to reminiscence about. 

 May you appreciate and enjoy the blessings surrounding you today, tomorrow and always !



Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals.  If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.

Roy T. Bsennett




 

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Chapter 4, Page 24, Book 21

             



Learn to enjoy every minute of your life.  Be happy now.  Dont wait for something outside yourself to make you happy in the future .  Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether its at work or with your family.  Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.


Earl Nightingale

April 24th - savor the moments



Use your precious moments to live life fully every single second of every single day.

Marcia Wieder

We remember the past and dream about the future, but the only time we experience life is right now.  Savoring this moment is of top importance. since this moment will never happen again.

Savoring is related to pleasure, but savoring is more about becoming aware of the experience of pleasure and appreciating the positive emotions derived from the experience.  To savor an experience, one must apply a certain degree of mindfulness and awareness.

Positive emotions can expand peoples thought sand behaviors, promoting creativity and social connections, and resilience.

When we take the time to slow down and enjoy each moment, we amplify our positive feelings.  And when you feel good you want to share that feeling with others.Savoring is the glue that bonds people together and is essential to long time  relationships.  People who savor together, stay together.

Comparing good experiences with unpleasant ones give us a reference point and makes our current situation seem better.

Savoring encourages gratitude and causes us to say thank you to affirm our positive feelings. Recalling the experience through thanks will help you to savor it.

People who savor the positive sides to every situation are happier at the end of the day.  Remind yourself of how quickly time flies, the moments pass quickly and tell yourself to relish the moment. Enjoy them while they are happening.

When we concentrate our attention on the present, we focus on the task at hand and give our full attention to what we are doing and let go of the outcomes.

Savor the moments and enjoy your life! We owe it to ourselves to make every moment count!



We never remember days, only moments.

Casare Pavese




Friday, April 23, 2021

Chapter 4, Page 23, Book 21



Expect more from yourself than from others.

Author Unknown



April 23rd - believe in yourself

Expect more from yourself and least from others.

What you expect of yourself determines what you do with yourself.Sometimes this is hard because people are we are with many times may not have too high expectations for themselves or for you.  It’s then that we need to expect more of ourselves.

The only person that determines what you do with your life is you.  You can make it count and make a difference from experience.  In the long run when you look back at where you are right now, things will be different.  They’ll be shaped by what you expect of yourself today.  So aim high and expect more of yourself.

This is essential to one’s growth.  If I do not have expectations to reach my goals, then I’m not using my potential to the highest.  

Our expectations of others may not be fulfilled.  So it’s important one should have them about oneself. Expectations from others hurt a lot while expectations from yourself inspire a lot. We can’t change others, but we can change ourselves.



The most important opinion you have is the opinion you have of yourself.

Zig Ziglar


Thursday, April 22, 2021

Chapter 4, Page 22, Book 21

 


Some talk to you in their free time and some free their time to talk to you.  Learn the difference.

April 22nd - I make time for you.



Appreciation can make a day, even change a life.  Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.

Margaret Cousins 

It’s important to make time for others in our lives.  Our friends and family are so important to us and we never know exactly when we will see them again.

I’ve mentioned before how my daughter always takes the time to call me every day.  She never fails but to check in on me and I'm very thankful for that.

I always make the time for the love ones in my life.  Making time to talk with them or spend with them.  They all seem to live such busy lives, while I on the other hand have nothing but time on my hands.  I usually wind up letting my family call me, as I know how busy they are and don’t want to interrupt them when they are busy.  So I let them call me when they have time.  

I’m always available to take their calls or to do whatever they need when they need help.  

When I was working I didn’t always have the time to spend with them, the way I’d have liked to do, but now I’m retired, I have plenty of time.

It’s nice when you can schedule time with them to get together, but that’s not always possible.  These days I’m ready at the drop of a hat, and can make time anytime I want.

I have some friends that I used to try to get together with once a month and when we got together, we’d set a date for our next get together before we’d part.  That had to stop when the pandemoniac hit us and we’ve not met in a long long time, but now we are all vaccinated so very soon now we’ll be able to get together again  It’s such a relief to gather with friends and family once again.  More and more people are getting vaccinations every day.

I’m always near a phone, as I try to carry it along with me in my pocket, so I’m always available for a phone call.  But if I’m with friends or family, I try to avoid conversations when I’m with others.  The ones I’m with deserve all of my attention when I see them.  So I unplug from technology and give them undivided attention.

I appreciate them and want them to know that.



Love is letting others know how much you appreciate them.

Author Unknown



Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Chapter 4, Page 21, Book 21

 



Don't fake it till you make it, fake it till you become it.

Author Unknown

April 21st - Act as if you know what you’re doing 



We become what we think about.

Earl Nightingale

They say that the key to self confidence is to fake it till you make it.  Appear to be self confident and others will treat you as if you are and this will boost your confidence in yourself.

I don’t consider myself a fake person, I am who I am, but there have been times I’ve pretended to be more confident than I was in order to show someone else I could do the job.  I think if we spend enough time being in the fake mode, it’ll become a daily habit.  After years of being a mom, I had to enter the workforce and had to be confident in what I was going to do.  It made me want to be a better person than what I actually was.  I think that any time we want to do something badly enough, we can do it if we think we can.

The more I faked my self confidence the more confident I became.  We become what we think about.  The thing is, it’s not something we do once and forget about it.  We have to keep on doing it over and over again until we become who we want to be. If you believe you can work on improving yourself, there is opportunity all around you. 

By imitating confidence, competence and an optimistic mindset, a person can realize those qualities in real life. 

It doesn’t mean being phony or in authentic, it’s about changing your behavior first and trusting the feelings will follow.  By acting confident, outgoing, happy or motivated, we can change our mental state.

We pretend we know what we’re doing until we can work it out and become comfortable in the role. Our minds are powerful tools, what we think is what we become.



Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

Napoleon Hill