Posts Tagged ‘work’

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 27 Daily Quote

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I’m not there, I go to work.
Robert Orben

 

It works for money. It works for other things too. If, each morning, you get up and discover that you haven’t quite reached the goals you have made for yourself or you haven’t quite gained the things you feel are most important, get up and start working on them.

 

July 15 Quote of the Day

Monday, September 17th, 2012

In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.
Leo Tolstoy

 

How long will you continue to run around – dashing to work, to children’s events, to grocery shopping, picking up laundry, cleaning house – constantly moving?  Stop for a moment.  Turn off the television, the radio, the phone and it’s perpetual texts. Just for five minutes, study the beauty outside your window.  Maybe it’s not beautiful.  Maybe it’s bleak.

But for a moment, rest. Rest means do nothing! Just look around you.

See where you live and how you live.  Enjoy the fact that you have a home, a vehicle, a family, friends, pets and nature.  Appreciate what you have in your life.  Once, you’ve done this, go ahead and resume your life. Those five minutes you’ve taken will enhance the rest of your day.

 

July 9 Daily Quote

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.
Rudyard Kipling

 

If you truly want what’s beautiful in life, you’re going to have to work at it.

A good marriage, a child to be proud of,  a home that is a refuge from the workday world – all these things require effort.  Once you put forth the effort, you’ll be able to see the garden.  Then you can sing “oh, how beautiful.”

 

July 8 Daily Quote

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
Henry Ford

 

Remember when you were a child and had been sent to your room to clean it after you and your friends had trashed it thoroughly? Remember how impossible the task seemed? Then your mother came and gave you some instructions.

She would say, first pick up all the dirty clothes. Now pick up the books on the floor.  Now put the toys in the toy box. She kept that up until you were able to do what you had considered impossible. It works the same now in adult life. The desk at the office, the seemingly overwhelming number of things that have to be done before bedtime, can sometimes make us feel like a child with a messy room again. When that happens, start listening to the voice of your inner mother.  Don’t stress.

Just take each task and break it into groups until you have managed to whittle down that pile of work.

June 1 Daily Verse

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Psalm 127:1-2

Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early,
To sit up late,
To eat the bread of sorrows;
For so He gives His beloved sleep

 

Father, so many of us work so hard and struggle so many hours in the day. We try to do so much without coming to You for help. Remind us, as Your people, to spend plenty of time talking with You. Because, no matter how hard we work or how many hours we put into a project, we are wasting our time if You have not blessed our work.

We ‘labor in vain’ unless You are in our work. And don’t ever let us forget that You have given us sleep to help us see each new day in Your light.

May 31 Quote of the Day

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

The fellow that owns his own home is always just coming out of a hardware store.
Kin Hubbard

 

To own a home is the American dream. It just happens to be a dream that takes time and effort to keep up. It works that way with a lot of things. Marriages, parenthood, careers.  Anything worthwhile requires a little upkeep.

If it had value to you at some point, don’t just throw it in the trash heap when something in it breaks. Pull out the hammer, nails, duct tape – whatever you need – and fix it.  If those tools look a lot like giving up your free time, spending money on something you think is frivolous, or even counselors, pull them out and use them.  There are a lot of things that just can’t be replaced.

 

May 28 Quote of the Day

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees.
George Eliot

 

One of the truly important things we need to teach our children is that, whatever we want in life, takes effort. Children tend to think that all things are acquired simply.  They want it. Mom or Dad should get it.  As adults, we sometimes forget that as well.

We want it. We’ll just buy it on time.  Unfortunately for us all, there comes a time when someone must pay the piper.  Work has to be done to acquire the money to pay for those things we bought with credit. Before you start buying all those little ‘rose bushes’ in the form of TV’s, computers, fancy artwork, and showy furniture, ask yourself if the work required to pay for it is going to cut into the time to enjoy it.  If you have no time to do anything but work to pay the piper, you might want to think about whether or not you really want that many ‘rose bushes’.

 

June 23 Daily Verse

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

1 Chronicles 28:20

Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God—my God—will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.

Father,  when You have given us our instructions, remind us that we should be strong and of good courage. Teach us not to be afraid of the potential problems facing us.  We need to know You’ve already seen and dealt with them. Remind us that You will be with us to instruct us and lead us and protect us while we do the work you have put there for us to do.

 

May 3 Quote of the Day

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it.
Andrew Jackson

Every now and then, it’s important to take some time off. No matter what you do, whether it be the head of a company or the head of a household, there will always be something more that should be done. It’s important to realize that when we take some time to look at the clouds floating above us, we rejuvenate our bodies and minds. In doing so, we are able to face the tasks with renewed energy. Work is easier when the mind has taken the time to unload.