New Horizons


“You can not swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” This is a quote by William Faulkner, Nobel Prize laureate.

This quote became my motivation to step out into a different world than the one that I had inhabited for twenty-one years as wife, homemaker, and mother; the world that changed when the “I do” became “I don’t”. It was my reminder that life goes on after separations, divorces, and even death.

When I lost sight of the shore, the new horizon held a new partner, self-employment, the publishing of two books, and a whole new spiritual dimension.

Take heart if your life seems to be stuck on the shores of strife…new horizons are just a swim away.

Searching for Quotes


It is a ton of fun researching quotes…just another Covid19 pastime. Here are some I found yesterday:
“When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. I’m beginning to believe it.”– Clarence Darrow
“We stopped looking for monsters under our bed when we realized that they were inside us.” Charles Darwin
Diapers and politicians should be changed often…and for the same reason.” Mark Twain
“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)
“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would rather have talked.” Mark Twain
That’s it for today, who knows what tomorrow will find?

What the Thinkers Think of God


I’m always interested in what others think of God and so it is that I convey the thoughts of some top thinkers today.

The beginning of power is consciously opening our minds to God and being receptive to his presence, his spirit, his voice and his will.  Charles L. Allen

To know God is to live.  Leo Tolstoy

Never measure God’s unlimited power by your limited expectations. (Our Daily Bread Magazine 2010)

I want to know God’s thoughts; the rest are details.  — Albert Einstein
People see God every day, they just don’t recognize him.  Pearl Bailey
“I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.”  Abraham Lincoln
I’ll leave it at that and perhaps visit this subject another time.

 

 

 

The Sound of Silence


When we hear the sound of silence it is imperative to stop and listen. It comes in the form of stillness. It comes to everyone at one time or another; the key is to be aware and allow it to unfold.

Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the delight of life, which they are thenceforth to rule.  Thomas Carlyle

Mother Theresa said: “The most important thing is silence. We cannot place ourselves directly in God’s presence without imposing upon ourselves interior and exterior silence.”

And Simon and Garfunkel had this to say about the Sound of Silence. Happy Saturday.

Some Saturday Quotes


It’s fun when something comes my way totally unexpectedly like the following quotes from Pinterest when I was contemplating a Saturday blog…..

Expecting things to change without putting in any effort is like waiting for a ship at the airport.

You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. C.S.Lewis

You don’t need to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Martin Luther King Jr.

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

17 Quotes For The Women Who Are Young At Heart -- womendotcom

Happy Saturday.

 

Some Thoughts for a Wednesday


Whether you think you can, or you think you can’tyoure right. Henry Ford

The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinksbut in how it thinks.’ Christopher Hitchens

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when creating them. Albert Einstein

“I think and think and think. I‘ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.” Jonathan Safran Foer

Don’t just think, ponder. Roy T. Bennett

“Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.” Thomas A. Edison

I think, therefore I am. René Descartes

“Stop thinking, and end your problems.” Lao Tzu

I think that’s it for today.

Happy Wednesday

 

 

 

Jottings On a Saturday


Here are a couple of jottings I picked up from a calendar while waiting for my sample book at the print shop. Interesting…

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed in the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do.  Mark Twain

The question isn’t “Who is going to let me?” it’s “Who is going to stop me?”  Ayn Rand

Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.  George Addair

And On Anxiety:

Quote on anxiety: “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”

Quote on anxiety: “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”

Quote on anxiety: “It’s sad, actually, because my anxiety keeps me from enjoying things as much as I should at this age.”

Happy Saturday.

 

 

When the Past has Passed


Yesterday I wrote of something from the past, “A Rainbow Apology”. It was cathartic to do so whether or not the person ever sees the post. And now that episode has passed never again to be relived.

The trouble with living in the past is that it can affect our present by draining some of its happiness.

There are some who dwell on negative past history to the point where it robs their life of the fullness of joy that can be experienced by living in the present and doing what can be done to make it better.

In Canada, we are about to haul down the statue of Sir John A. MacDonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada who was hailed as the “father of confederation”. He had a political career which spanned almost half a century.

Yes, along with his many achievements, Sir John made mistakes but the monument was erected to honor the man of accomplishment not the man of error.

When the past has passed would it not be better to learn from it and move on without making present life a victim to it? Once again ancient scripture speaks to today’s issues.

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, Philippians 3:13 NIV

Open Minds and Powerful Thoughts


This post is about one of my favorite pastimes…thinking. I’ll start with one thought that just came to my mind after all this research and it is this: I love an open mind where I can walk right in and garner new thoughts and ideas whereas a closed mind is similar to banging one’s head against a brick wall. The following are quotes I found on a very hot Saturday.

The mind is like a parachute; it doesn’t work if it is not open. Frank Zappa

Age is a case of mind over matter; if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. Mark Twain

Thought is a powerful unseen influence. (Much like the Holy Spirit.)

“Stay open to new ideas, to new perspectives, to changing your mind. Never stop learning and growing! Akiroq Brost

“An open mind is a traveled mind.” Tawanna Browne Smith, Author

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. Henry Ford

Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale

All action results from thought, so it is thoughts that matter. Sai Baba

There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception. Aldous Huxley

The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money. Thomas Jeffery

“Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.” Anonymous

The human mind is our fundamental resource. - John F. Kennedy