February 26 Quote of the Day

February 28th, 2000

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.
C. S. Lewis

February 25 Quote of the Day

February 28th, 2000

If you’re in a bad situation, don’t worry it’ll change. If you’re in a good situation, don’t worry it’ll change.
John A. Simone, Sr.

Life is a constant series of ups and downs, valleys and mountains with a few plateaus thrown in to give us a place to rest. It is that variableness that can make us appreciate so much more the good times when they come. It can also make the ‘down’ seem so much farther down when we have been up first. It can seem very discouraging to live with this constant change in circumstances but the older you get the more you begin to realize that you’ve been down before and gotten back up and you can do it again. You also begin to realize that you’re rarely as far down the second time as you were the first. We keep inching our way up the mountain. Change will come. Don’t let it shake you. It’s just life trying to keep us from being bored.

February 24 Quote of the Day

February 25th, 2000

I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.
Anne Frank

I find it amazing that this quote would come from Anne Frank. How much wisdom there was in the heart of a child. She could have looked at the misery around her. She lived together with others in a cramped room. Getting along with them was often difficult. There was the constant threat of discovery which would lead to severe persecution if not death. Yet she recognized that to focus on the beauty that remained around her diminished the misery. It would be good for us all to remember, that in the middle of the chaos and crisis of everyday life, to focus on the beauty. It will make life so much easier.

February 23 Quote of the Day

February 24th, 2000

You cannot change what you refuse to confront.

Is there a problem you have been avoiding? It could be big or small. You’ve avoided it because it seems that the answer can only be found by untangling this massive ball of yarn. Inside the ball of yarn are arguments with others, tiny problems that have to be resolved on the way to fixing the bigger problem, or emotional pain you will experience while solving the problem. You can let that problem stay to become a constant buzzing annoyance or you can confront it once and for all. Keep it forever? Or get rid of it? Your choice.

February 22 Quote of the Day

February 23rd, 2000

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
Twyla Tharp

To be lost in your art is a wonderful refreshing way to release some of the tension brought by your daily life. But I would have to disagree with the idea that it is the only way. People come in all shapes and sizes and so they differ in the ways they find to ‘run away’. For some getting lost in music can be that release. For others there is writing, prayer, a good book, meditation…… It is good, though, that we can all find our own way to leave the daily grind for just a little while.

February 21 Quote of the Day

February 22nd, 2000

What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.

The man has a point.

February 20 Quote of the Day

February 21st, 2000

“Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure… it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.”
–Robert Schuller


So you tried to quit smoking but you failed.  That doesn’t mean you’re a failure, you just haven’t succeeded yet.  Try again!

You tried reconciling with your brother but he wouldn’t talk to you.  That doesn’t mean you failed.  You just haven’t succeeded yet.  Try again!

You tried learning that foreign language but you just couldn’t get it.  You’re not a failure.  You just haven’t succeeded yet.  Try again!

You tried _____________ (fill in the blank).  You’re not a failure.  You just haven’t succeeded yet.  Try again!


February 19 Quote of the Day

February 20th, 2000

You miss 100% of the shots you never take. Wayne Gretsky

A simple philosophy and yet a singularly impressive one from one of hockey’s greatest players. If you never take the shot, you will never score the goal. If you never try, you can’t succeed. Take the shot!

February 29 Daily Verse

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Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.

Father, trust comes hard for us. Each day brings new challenges and sometimes we aren’t sure Your ways will brings us to our destination. We don’t know what we’re doing half the time but we’re not sure we really always understand which way is Your way either. So, Lord, if you don’t mind, just direct our paths anyway. Accept that, in our hearts, we truly want to trust in You, we’re just not always good at it. Accept also that we really do want to walk on the path You have laid out for us. We just sometimes see all the bumps in the road and fail to remember that Your path will ultimately be the path that leads us home. And, we are often like hyperactive children darting off this way and that. Keep us focused Lord. Trusting in you, acknowledging you, letting you direct our paths are all learning processes. Forgive us when we get off the path. Hold our hands and lead us for we acknowledge you as our Lord.