Friday, 31 December 2010

Future

The nicest thing about the future
is that it always starts tomorrow.
- unknown

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Slow

It does not matter how slowly you go,
so long as you do not stop.
- Confucius

Monday, 27 December 2010

Responsible

I’m not responsible
for the reactions
that I think I’m provoking.
– Gretchen Rubin

Friday, 24 December 2010

Who We Are

Where we are is
often the first clue to who we are.
- Julia Cameron

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Involved

‎Sometimes I forget
that I just don't need to be involved.
- unknown

Monday, 20 December 2010

Drama

There comes a time in life
when you walk away
from all the pointless drama
and people who create it,
and surround yourself with people
who make you laugh so hard
that you forget the bad
and focus on the good.
Life is too short
to be anything but happy.
- unknown

Friday, 17 December 2010

December 17, 2010 Chautauqua


From the Editor's Computer

The countdown to Christmas is on! Of course, the way the days fly by (especially for us adults) we’ll blink and it will all be over for another year.

But it doesn’t have to be.

Did you know that people used to celebrate the Christmas season, not just Christmas Day? The traditional Twelve Days of Christmas marked the days between December 25 and January 6. Depending on what source you read, the twelve days are from Christmas Eve to Epiphany Eve (the 12th night), or Christmas Day to Epiphany Day (the 12th day).

Other traditions extended the Christmas season a total of 40 days! Thus, the season ended on Candlemas (February 2).

Maybe if we returned Christmas to a season - rather than just a day or week - we would be able to once again really experience the miracles, wonder, peace, joy, and love that Christmas represents - not just at this particular time of year, but throughout the whole year.


Beth

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Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Miracles

If a miracle solved your … problem,
what would you notice or be doing
differently in the morning?
- unknown

Monday, 13 December 2010

Hurt

Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you;
you just gotta find the ones
worth suffering for.
-Bob Marley

Friday, 10 December 2010

Prayer

When you pray,
who hears your prayer?
You do.
– William Powers

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Truffles

You gotta have a swine
to show you where the truffles are.
- Edward Albee, U.S. playwright

Monday, 6 December 2010

Difficulties

When we long for life without difficulties,
remind us that oaks
grow strong in contrary winds
and diamonds are made
under pressure.
- Peter Marshall

Friday, 3 December 2010

December 3, 2010 Chautauqua


From the Editor's Computer

At a Christmas craft sale last weekend I saw a plaque that read something along the lines of: The best days always end with the dirty clothes.


How very true that saying is. It is often the day when we end up getting a little dirty, or when nothing goes right, or when plans get tossed out the window, that ends up being, in hindsight, the best day.

A detour or lengthy delay can result in an unexpected encounter with an old friend, or with a stranger who becomes a new friend.

A slight mishap can lead to either a great moment of sharing during the clean up, or a serendipitous discovery as something new emerges from the mess.

During this Christmas season, when schedules are fuller than usual and life seems to be more chaotic than normal, take some time to truly enjoy the blessings these unpredictable situations offer to us.

After all, these are the best days of our lives.


Beth

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Wednesday, 1 December 2010