Posts Tagged ‘accomplishments’

August 10th Quote of the Day

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
St.  Francis of Assisi

This particular quote can get me through every day of cleaning the playroom. Every night I walk into that room and stare at a carpet of toys.  Boxes of giant Legos are mixed with wooden blocks, alphabet blocks, toy food and dishes, dinosaurs, stuffed animals, balls from the ball pit, books and zoo animals, and the list goes on.

Before we go on, let’s just get past the part where I should have taught my children to be neater and I should make them clean up after themselves. Let’s just realize that some people call my little ones ‘special needs’.  I just call them special. So Nature Boy can figure out ‘clean up’ when we talk about the ball pit and the Legos but other things confuse him causing him to -literally- tear his hair out. The Little Guy has PIKA which means he eats everything as long as it’s not an actual food so he is too busy eating his toys to put them away.

Anyway, the job looks insurmountable. Time to break it down into what’s necessary. The empty and mostly empty juice boxes that are attracting bugs have got to go.  So do those sneaky snacks that have made it into the playroom when I wasn’t looking. Then I start tossing toys in the general direction of their allotted containers which usually reminds me that my height is not the only reason basketball should never have been a career choice for me.  Eventually all the toys are in piles close enough to their containers to be scooped up and stored properly. Once they are in their containers, the rocking horse, the little table and chairs, the little trampoline and the books can all be returned to their allotted spots. Bingo! What has seemed impossible has become possible.

Okay. So the playroom is not an earth shattering accomplishment but it is an accomplishment.  The point is that you should take your life in little pieces.

Don’t try to fix all the errors of your life and all your shortcomings at once.  Pick one piece.

Fix that one.  Go on to the next. Work on that for a while.  Keep adding those things one at a time until -wonder of wonders- you are accomplishing the impossible.

May 23 Quote of the Day

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.
Franz Kafka

You have all the tools available to you to accomplish whatever you want in this life. The problem is that we, too often, want someone else to do the work. The tools were given to us. Not someone else. Use them!

July 19 Quote of the Day

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

See how many are better off than you are, but consider how many are worse.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It never hurts to look at those who are better off than you are. It gives you a list of goals to attain. Just don’t become envious of them. It just brings you discouragement to think that you don’t have all that you want. When you feel that envy is winning the battle, stop and take a look at those less fortunate than you. You may not know them personally but they exist. The homeless, the aged, the ill, those without family, those who have been abused. The list goes on and on. You are, in fact, in a very good place.  Take a moment or two to be thankful.