Posts Tagged ‘change’

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.

August 3 Quote of the Day

Friday, September 13th, 2013

We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.
Harrison Ford


Unplanned changes can range from being simply annoying to outright catastrophic. Rarely do we welcome them with open arms. Our lives are comfortable the way they are.  Or, at least, we’ve become used to the way they are and we don’t like to be jostled out of our nice, little routine.  When the jostling is a major change – like losing your job – the stress can be overwhelming.

Keep in mind that any change, no matter how stressful, can be for the better. Look on it as a second chance to move your life in the direction you always wanted to go.  Then get up and move yourself.

July 12 Daily Verse

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Matthew 3:8 Amplified Bible

Bring forth fruit that is consistent with repentance [let your lives prove your change of heart]


Father, change doesn’t always come easy for us.  Even when we are truly repentant, we have a tendency to fail to show it. Forgive us when we continue to miss the mark on tasks you have given us. Help us do better. Send reminders with each new day. We love You, Lord, and want our lives to reflect that.


July 10 Daily Quote

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

The world is before you and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.
James A. Baldwin


When you entered this world, everyone was caring for you.  They met all your needs and nurtured you into adulthood. Now you are all grown up.

Take a look around you. Are you keeping the world just like it always has been? Is everything that happens all about you? How someone will  nurture and care for you? Or are you now working to change the world by nurturing and caring for someone else? There is much you can and should do for the loved ones in your life. They should always come first but. . . . .

While changing the world should always begin with your family, it shouldn’t necessarily end there. The homeless shelter downtown could use some help. The single mother on your street could benefit by a helping hand. The nursing home in your neighborhood has many elderly without family to visit them. Take some time outside of focusing on you and yours today and take a look at your community.  What is it that you can do to improve the community in which you live?


March 18 Daily Quote

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.
R. Buckminster Fuller

Don’t worry about what you look like right now. Don’t worry about where you’re standing. The caterpillar has none of the beauty of the butterfly and hasn’t the wings to fly. It stays on the branch because that is the only place it can go at the time. Know that if you can see yourself a butterfly, you will eventually be there. All you have to do is work towards the goal you have set to reach it.

February 25 Quote of the Day

Monday, 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.