Friday, 29 June 2012

Happy

By accepting yourself 
and fully being what you are, 
your simple presence 
can make others happy.  
 – Jane Roberts

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Spirit

If you refuse to be hurried and pressed...
nothing can keep you 
from that clearness of spirit
which is life and peace.
– Amy Carmichael

Monday, 25 June 2012

Resist

When you resist a circumstance in your life, 
it takes energy and that produces stress...
The amount of stress in your life 
is determined by how much energy 
you expend resisting your life.   
– Gary Zukav

Friday, 22 June 2012

Hope

What you hope, you will eventually believe, 
what you believe, you will eventually know, 
what you know, you will eventually create, 
what you create, you will eventually experience, 
what you experience, you will eventually express, 
what you express you will eventually become.   
This is the formula for all of life.   
– Neale Donald Walsch

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Thinking

Our thinking either makes us feel good 
or it makes us feel bad.   
It’s not the events 
nearly as much as the thoughts. 
– Louise Hay

Monday, 18 June 2012

Drama

I release all drama from my life 
and now get energy from peace.  
 – Louise Hay

Friday, 15 June 2012

June 15, 2012


From the Editor's Computer


     You can get through anything life hands you if you stay put in the day you are in and don’t jump ahead.  Regina Brett

    We all know we should live in the moment, however that is easier said than done.  Our world seems to be spinning faster and faster.  Christmas items are on display in the stores earlier and earlier.  We miss the holiday because we are so busy anticipating and preparing for the next one. 

   Or, we spend so much time putting off doing tasks and dealing with what needs dealt with that we dread having to deal with it in the future.  And we all know that a tiny, simple task put off till a later time grows into a massive undertaking.

   Living in the moment is actually easier than we want to admit.  Sometimes living in the moment means being present and listening to the person talking to you - not wallowing in the past or worrying about the future.

   Living in the moment is possible when you just deal with whatever has come to your awareness that needs done.  Often we can deal with something in the time we make excuses not to deal with it.

   I’m really good at following the saying, “why do today what you can put off to tomorrow?” (or the next day, or next month, or next year!).  When it is a 10 or 15 minute task, putting it off really doesn’t make sense in the long run.  Better to do it when you are thinking about it.

Beth

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Wish

Learn to wish that everything 
should come to pass exactly as it does.   
– Epictetus

Monday, 11 June 2012

Live

Live to give, and have the nerve to serve, 
and you will never lack any good thing 
all the days of your life. 
  – Gregory Dickow

Friday, 8 June 2012

Compare

Comparing your “insides” 
to someone else’s “outsides” 
is always a mistake.  
 – Gregory Dickow

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Decision

The impossible decision is solved 
when we see that the problem is 
only a tough decision waiting to be made.  
 - Dr. Robert Schuller

Monday, 4 June 2012

Upset

Why not upset the apple cart? 
If you don’t, the apples will rot anyway.   
– Frank A. Clark

Friday, 1 June 2012

June 1, 2012 Chautauqua


From the Editor's Computer

   Beginning when I was very sick as a 14 year old, and continuing through the years, I boxed up copies of various sayings, quotations, stories, magazines, and other clippings that I wanted to save for some future project.  As I was too sick to deal with them at the time (or so I thought), the boxes filled and multiplied.

   Years later, when I became much healthier and my schedule became much busier, items were still being tossed into boxes for some future day when I could finally tackle the contents.

   Then in 2004 and 2005, our house was painted so everything was boxed up and not all of it has been unpacked yet.

   Not only did I toss items into boxes, I also have many, many files on my computer that need sorted and read, and a decision made as to whether each file will be kept, used, or deleted.

   A couple years ago, I started to go through some of the boxes.  The contents were both familiar and yet a total surprise.

   In the boxes I found some truly timeless treasures that are as inspiring today as they were when I first read and clipped them out.

   What really surprised me was the multiple copies I had of some clippings.  Not a mere two or three copies of the same thing, I had six to a dozen of some of them!  Obviously the message in the saying or story was something I really needed to hear and learn from.

  I also found some items that I had no memory of keeping, nor could I figure out what possessed me to save them as they don’t speak to me at all, or are not something I believe in.

   And that is what makes the sorting project so fascinating.  It isn’t totally about the contents of the boxes, but rather discovering how I’ve changed and grown in my tastes, beliefs, and outlook on life, while at the same time, noticing what parts of me haven’t changed.

   As we experience more and more of life, we see things differently than we did five, ten, or more years ago.  Yet, we tend to hang onto beliefs and concepts that no longer have any value for us, even though we may have stopped believing in them years ago.  What do you need to sort in your life? 

Beth

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