June 28 – “Don`t wait for people to be friendly, show them how.” – writer Henry James (1843-1916)

FriendlyThere are a lot of articles on how society has increasingly become rude, being aware of the root cause can give us Hope. Below is an excerpt I recently read  from Truth Notes.

Take a look around you and it’s not hard to find examples of rude, crass, disrespectful behaviour.  We bemoan the fact that kids today seem to be bolder than ever in their disrespect.  But how did it get that way?  Well, it may hurt to admit it, but the problem starts with adults.  Kids are only mimicking what they see around them, and adults are worse than ever in their treatment of each other. But again, how did it come to this?  I’ll give you the answer in one word: anonymity.

We have largely become an anonymous society.  We’re so connected to technology, iPhones, computers, TVs, video games, etc, that we tend to distance ourselves from real human interactions and relationships.  Think about it.  We sit in our living rooms and watch newscasts or interviews.  We yell at the people on the TV knowing they can’t hear us.  During a political debate, we yell at the candidates, “Oh, come on, you moron!  Anyone who believes that is as big an idiot as you are!  What a pack of lies!”  Or we get on Facebook or Twitter and post snide comments about a remark one candidate made, again knowing they’re not going to read them and/or care if they do.  After all, they don’t know us personally.  Meanwhile, our kids are observing us the whole time.                                                                                                                                                       -taken from Truth Notes- Ruth Meyer

I would add that this is true of all the corners of society –  including the wealthy,  the well educated,  basically it’s a lack respect shown for each other.

“Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men.”                                                                                                                                                      Romans 12:17 NAS

Grace to you.

B

 

 

 

 

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June 21- “Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it.” – unknown

MakeOthersHappy.jpgEven if you have to leave them alone? Yes, this quote made me stop for a moment to think how I’ve experienced it in my life. Then lots of scenarios flooded my memory.

You know when your toddler is in the mud puddle, or eating spaghetti, in a blink of an eye, yikes! Picture it. Not only has the mess spread to their clothes, but their hair is clotted with the goo as well! Yes, that’s more work in an already overfilled work day, but they are smiling from ear to ear. Well it makes for a great pic and a quick dunk in the tub should temporarily return the little tike to his squeaky clean self.

How about that teenager? Sometimes demanding, invincible, self-centered, argumentative,  to name a few traits that make you want to pull your hair out! You know when the only one smiling is them. Well to come through those years with most of your sanity intact, you really have to prioritize and pick your fights. Sometimes they need to learn it themselves, provided no one’s health or welfare is in jeopardy.

How about that spouse? When they say they’ll help out, tidy the office or make the bed, or fold the clothes. You can see the pride in their eyes and you can see with your eyes what you may have to redo. But, hey, they were all too happy to help out, so keep it buttoned and let them be happy! Not an easy task for me some days.

Don’t miss an opportunity.

” Above all else guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.” – Proverbs 4:23

Grace to you.

B

 

 

 

 

 

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June 14 – Just for today remember to laugh.

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Just for today remember to laugh. Do it for yourself. It will benefit those around you.

Laughter is contagious. Have you seen the video on Facebook where a man on a bus or subway starts to laugh and within minutes everyone is laughing with him. It proves a good point.

Laughter is good for you, it burns calories and makes you happier.

Grace to you.

B

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June 7- “I always prefer to believe the best in everybody, it saves so much trouble.” -author Rudyard Kipling

KiplingHope is believing the best in people.

It doesn’t allow our minds to fill with nasty unknowns or negative assumptions of another person. Imagine all the energy an individual can use up finding fault with another, it can be just plain draining.

It not only is less trouble to believe the best in others but will keep our energy intact for more positive pleasant possible people encounters.

“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”                                                                                                                                             1 Corinthians 13:7

Grace to you.

B

 

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May 31: “There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, your creativity you bring to you life and the lives of people you love.” – actress Sophia Loren

14115547_1204752962922262_5907024808398720515_oAge is nothing but a number! While you may be growing older in years, there’s no reason to forget to laugh, love and enjoy the simple things a little more at every moment in your life.

You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.

Grace to you.

B

 

 

 

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May 24- “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

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It is said that Winston Churchill gave voice and Hope to the common people. He was Britain’s Prime Minister during the second World War, and is remembered for his speeches and refusal to give in when things were going badly.

I’ve read that some of our personal traits are inherited and our tendancies can be further influenced by our surroundings,  the people around us, and the the tapes of life we saw growing up. But negativity or being positive just seems to be in one’s nature.

Where do you find your Hope?

“And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”  Revelation 21:4 (NAS)

Grace to you,

B

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 17- Just for today be present and share the positive.

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