Friday, 29 April 2011

Shadows

Never fear shadows.  
They simply mean 
there's light shining somewhere nearby.
- Ruth E. Renkel

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Helping

Catch a passion for helping others 
and a richer life will come back to you!
William H. Danforth

Monday, 25 April 2011

Patience

Have patience with all things, 
but chiefly have patience with yourself.  
Do not lose courage 
in considering your own imperfections, 
but instantly set about remedying them - 
every day begin the task anew.
- Saint Francis De Sales

Friday, 22 April 2011

Dreams

There will always be dreams 
grander or humbler than your own, 
but there will never be a dream 
exactly like your own...
For you are unique and 
more wonderous than you know!  
- Linda Staten

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Celebrate

The more you praise and celebrate your life,
the more there is in life to celebrate.
- Oprah Winfrey

Monday, 18 April 2011

Circumstances

We can let circumstances rule us
or we can take charge 
and rule our lives from within.
- Earl Nightingale

Friday, 15 April 2011

April 15, 2011 Chautauqua



From the Editor's Computer

   Volunteers are the backbone of any community or organization.  Without their efforts, our  communities would not be as rich and varied.

   Volunteers come in all shapes, sizes and ages.  Their interests are as diverse as their personalities.  Some volunteer in the same sector, some volunteer in many sectors.

   Unfortunately, there is (at least in my opinion) an alarming trend moving through the ranks of volunteerism in North America.  People refuse to volunteer unless they are given monetary compensation and public recognition for their efforts, plus an escape clause.  No wonder “volunteer burnout” is becoming more and more prevalent in our society.  When you treat volunteering like a job that requires bribes and feelings of power to complete, you miss the immeasurable and intangible rewards that volunteering brings.

   When I was a Girl Guide, we were encouraged to do “Good Turns” each week - more than Random Acts of Kindness, these were actual volunteer tasks we performed - service for a local group or individual, picking litter, and more.  These activities taught us how to be good citizens in our homes, school, community and the wider world.

   The best Good Turns were ones done anonymously, tasks that needed done to improved our world, and used each person’s unique talents, whether the results were noticed or not.

   We have a lot of volunteers in our communities who are doing what needs to be done, anonymously, because they have discovered the true meaning and rewards of volunteerism.  

Beth

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Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Tomorrow

Every tomorrow has two handles.  
We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, 
or by the handle of faith.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Monday, 11 April 2011

Daily Life

Accept life daily not as a cup to be drained 
but as a chalice to be filled 
with whatsoever things are 
honest, pure, lovely, and of good report.
- Unknown 

Friday, 8 April 2011

Service

If things are not going well with you, 
begin your effort at correcting the situation 
by carefully examining the service you are rendering, 
and especially the spirit in which you are rendering it.
- Roger Babson

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Feels Right

See where your own energy wants to go, 
not where you think it should go. 
Do something because it feels right, 
not because it makes sense.  
Follow the spiritual impulse.
- Mary Hayes-Grieco

Monday, 4 April 2011

What We Are

We cannot become what we need to be 
by remaining what we are.
- Max Depree

Friday, 1 April 2011

April 1, 2011 Chautauqua



From the Editor's Computer



   I have heard a lot of comments about the weather/winter we’ve been having.  Complaints abound about how long the winter has been, how cold it is, how much snow we have, and...well, you’ve no doubt heard them all, or even said them yourself.

   Have you noticed Mother Nature taking note of any of these comments and dutifully making changes to the season?

   We can’t control the weather in any way, shape or form.  We get what we get - whether we like it or not, whether it is pleasant or not.

   The only thing we can control is our attitude about the weather.  There is a saying that reminds us that if you can’t change something, stop worrying about it.  We can’t change the weather so we might as well accept, with a more gracious outlook, what we are getting

   All the complaints in the world won’t change any of the weather we’re getting.



Beth

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