Friday, September 30, 2011

Do It Now

Nothing changes. Nothing matters.  "You can't teach an old dog new tricks" Well, you know the saying.  These thoughts are the enemy of enjoying life.  More important, they are not true.  The most vital belief you need in order to live your life fully is that actions matter.  Actions are called for.  Actions are rewarded.  Take action now.  There's no reason you shouldn't, and many reasons you should.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Never Stop Learning

There is really only one way things ever improve.  Progress comes from learning.  The learning may come from a teacher, from a book, or from experience and personal curiosity.  But no matter what its origin, learning is the essence not only of a society's progress, but of personal progress.  The decision and commitment to continue learning are the decision and commitment to continue truly living and to live not just as you always have but as you truly can.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Don't Let Irritation Be Louder Than Joy

Which is more important, good or bad?  Regardless of which you consider to be the right answer, bad is often a bigger part of our thoughts.  The traffic jam that bogs down our day stays in our thoughts longer than the open road that sped us on our way.  The rude clerk is memorable long after the nice clerk is forgotten.  Remind yourself to see the good, to think about the good, to remember the good.  the good is out there just as much as the bad, but we are often prone to miss it.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Volunteer for Yourself

Volunteering for a cause you care about is not only a great benefit to others but also a great benefit to yourself.  Volunteering demonstrates or own humanity to us, and it offers us a wonderful opportunity for cultivating feelings of connection to our community.  Give of yourself to others because it is the greatest gift you can give to yourself.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Respond to Stress

Stress is an accumulation of events and circumstances that represent more than we can handle.  Stress eats away at our body's ability to function both mentally and physically.  The best response to stress is not to push yourself and wait for it to go away, but rather to try to reduce stress, both by avoiding the circumstances that are causing it and by creating healthier outlets for the pressures in your life.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Embrace Challenges

There are many things we wish to do from changing a tire to changing our lives that we avoid because we are afraid of failure.  We fear the direct evidence of our weakness, so we don't even bother to try.  Ironically, our lack of effort is our true weakness.  You are stronger and more capable than you can possibly know.  When events occur and strength is demanded of you, you will be strong.  Realize that you need not wait for events to call.  You can demand strength of yourself right now.

Friday, September 16, 2011

There's No deadline for Your Dreams

We spend our whole lives making plans.  We set goals for ourselves in every part of our lives, and once in a while we look back and see what we've accomplished.  Though it is reasonable to have a time frame for our lives and our goals, the truth is that the dreams we had when we were younger don't have an expiration date.  Live your life toward your dreams.  No one will ask you what day it is when you get there.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Why Not Be Optimistic?

Without hope, what would you ever have tried?  Nothing you've accomplished, nothing you've enjoyed would have been possible unless you had first seen possibilities. Seize that view to guide you to the future you desire.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

View Your Life as a Choice

In some sense, everything that has ever happened to you reflects the collective result of an almost infinite series of choices. From the trivial to the crucial, your choices brought you to this moment.  In recognizing that your choices matter and that they guide you, you are taking on a burden, but your are also giving yourself the opportunity to accept life's outcomes and to decide what kind of future you want.

Friday, September 9, 2011

You Define Success

It is all up to you.  No outcome can force you to feel successful or to feel that you failed.  No other person can convince you that what you have is good or bad.  It is up to you to define what life means and where you stand.  Define you life for yourself.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

It's Less What Happened Than What Happened Next

You will face difficult times.  Everyone does. But how things turn out for you has less to do with the events themselves than with your response to them.  Answer the challenges that are presented to you, persevere through the traumas that may occur, and you will be made stronger for your life ahead.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

Travel the Stable Road

Peeks give way to valleys.  It is a simple law of nature.  Your emotional highs will give way to emotional lows.  The best route to consistently feeling good is to value the plateau.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Boredom Is the Enemy

There is only one true waste of time: boredom.  Boredom is the feeling that there is nothing worth doing.  Your time becomes a hurdle to be overcome instead of a resource to be treasured..Doing absolutely anything is more productive than boredom.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Regrets Hold us Back

We can't change the past; we can't improve it.  Dwelling on past disappointments can change the future, but only to make it worse.  Relieve yourself of the burden of past regrets.  Your goal is to set the best course for the future, not to suffer over the imperfections of the past.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Pay Attention to Your Dreams

Your dreams are more than a fleeting source of nighttime entertainment.  Much like the dashboard of your car, which tells you what's going on under the hood, your dreams tell you what's going on inside your system.  Pay attention to what's happening in your dreams, remember them, and write them down, because they are an important clue to what you are really feeling.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Wear Many Hats

We use only a fraction of our powers.  Most of us operate as if minimizing our efforts, whether intellectual or physical, were the ideal.  When we maximally use our abilities to pursue our various interests, we maximize our capacity to live.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Listen to Your Favorite Music

A song is so much more than sound to us.  It is a feeling, a memory, a new world, a trip back to an old world.  Keep music in your life wherever you go.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

Remember to care for Youself When Caring for Others

When we are a caregiver for a loved one, nearly all of our efforts are poured into that person's life and needs.  It is truly a selfless act.  But we must remember that to care for ourselves is not a selfish act.  We have to make sure there is enough support in our lives to sustain the efforts we are making.  Respecting your needs is the best way to continue offering care to someone else.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Laugh Your Way to Answers

Laughter is more than a smile and a fond memory.  Laughter is fuel for hope.  When we laugh, problems shrink and creativity flows.  When we laugh, we see possibilities where we once saw only difficulties.  Seek people and situations that make you laugh, and the parts of life that aren't funny will seem easier.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Forgive

We think of forgiveness as something we give to another person.  But the burden of being angry and disappointed weighs us down, eating away at our relationships and bringing pain to our days.  Forgiveness is not a sign of weakness any more than anger is a sign of strength.  Try to forgive if not for someone else, then for yourself.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

Make Home Home

Your home must be a place of comfort for you.  Invest in your community, whether that means the people in the house down the street or the person living across the hall.  If you feel at home with them, you will feel at home at home.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Discuss Your Worries, Then Don't Dwell on Them

Some people keep their fears bottled up and just soldier on.  Others are so enmeshed in their worries that they can think and speak of little else.  Neither of these extremes is healthy.  Voice your concerns to those you are closest to, because you will feel better opening up, you will feel closer to them and often your problems will seem smaller when you get another person's perspective.  But do not live within your problems as if it is they, not you, who exist.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Get Away from It All

In every life there should be regular moments of awe.  For most of us, our homes and communities may meet our usual needs, but they seldom inspire us.  Take time on a regular basis to put yourself in a completely natural setting.  Leave the city or the suburbs, and see the forest and the trees.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

See Beyond You

Be open. Be welcoming. Be the person who wants other people around.  Engage yourself in the lives of others, and you will see great rewards with minimal cost.

Friday, August 5, 2011

See a New Way

When the easy answers have been tried and the problem remains, the time is ripe for your creative powers.  Be willing to look at things in a new way, think about them with a fresh perspective, and tap the hidden ideas within yourself.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

keep Your Fears in Line

A large part of our lives is spent imagining the worst that can happen and its consequences.  Step back from your fears and worries, and realize that one of the biggest hurdles to overcome is not what you are afraid of but the very fact that you are afraid.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Monday, August 1, 2011

Have Time for Thoughts

We have the capacity to have deep, moving, insightful thoughts about our lives and the world around us.  But our daily habits, routines, and responsibilities often soak up our available time and attention.  Give yourself the opportunity to think,  to question, and ponder, and you will enjoy not only the fruits of an occasional good idea but the joy of thought itself.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Fun is Not Over

Fun is for young people. They have the time, they have the opportunity, they have the ability.  Those may be common assumptions, but none are true.  Though the source of fun and happiness may change over the course of our lives, our ability to have fun and our interest in doing so are in no way reduced as we age.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Happy Looks for Happy

If you are convinced that things are bad, you will notice many unpleasant things and unpleasant people.  It you are convinced that things are good, you will notice many pleasant things and pleasant people.  Understand that every one of us selectively perceives the world around us.  We see far too many things every time we step outside the door to focus on all of them.  You can get all the supporting evidence you want, regardless of whether you start today determined to think the worst of the world or determined to the the best.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

Happiness is Not an Accident

We have strategies for most things in our lives, from work, to games, to how to get home from town two minutes faster.  But we leave some of the most important parts of our lives, like our happiness, to chance.  Happiness is not like height: you don't just get a certain amount and then have to live with it.  Happiness can be improved if you know what you are doing and what you are not doing, and you care to change.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Monday, January 31, 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Happy Sunday

To be saved by grace is relatively simple, but to serve by grace is much higher.  It is grace that enables us to serve God  the most abundant grace that God has bestowed on us.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Walking

Americans take about 5,117 steps a day, far short of the expert-recommended 10,000.
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

Friday, January 28, 2011

Chocolate!

No!Yes!
Eat Dark Chocolate!
One to two weekly servings of dark chocolate led to a 32 percent reduction in heart failure risk for women in a study published in Circulation: Heart Failure, an American Heart Association journal.  One serving of dark chocolate consists of about 1 ounce.
Yum :)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cowards

The greatest coward in the world is one who oppresses the weak and the small.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Are you a giver?

Many today try to lay hold of Philippians 4:19: "My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."  Do we see, though, that God supplies the givers, not the askers? Only the givers have the right to use this verse; those who do not give are not entitled to the privilege.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Concentrating

If one is concentrating on his thoughts, his eyes will not be focusing on the Lord.
WOW

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011



Enjoy your day!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Soup's On!

Healthy packaged soups help fight winter colds.

Friday, January 21, 2011

John 14:6

Aside from Christ there is no way, no truth, and no life, for He is the sum of all these spiritual things.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

We have to do the work



If Christ is not our life, we have to do the work; but if Christ has become our life, we do not need to struggle.

hmmmm!!!  Christ is my life but at times I struggle.
Help me understand this one.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Remember

Work is not the life of Christ, for life is effortless. Christ is life.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Whatever is


Whatever is not Christ living in us is a dead work.  Even every spiritual thing is dead outside of Christ.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Though there is

Though there is no deliverance among those who know just a method, there is total deliverance for those who know the Lord.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I LIVE

LIFE
I am filled with life, sweet life.
"Whoever believes in him may have eternal life."
John 3:15

Roses

Thank You Sitka