Monday, February 16, 2009
When they all had a cup of hot chocolate in hand, the professor said, "Notice that all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. The cup that you're drinking from adds nothing to the quality of the hot chocolate. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was hot chocolate, not the cup; but you consciously went for the best cups...and then you began eyeing each other's cups.
Now consider this: Life is the hot chocolate; your job, money, and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life. The cup you have does not define, nor change the quality of life you have. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the hot chocolate God has provided us. God makes the hot chocolate, man chooses the cups. The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything that they have.
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.
And enjoy your hot chocolate!"
Monday, February 9, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.
2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have to.
3. Buy a DVR. Tape your late night shows and get more sleep.
4. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, "My purpose is to__________ _ today."
5. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm, Empathy.
6. Watch more movies, play more games and read more books than you did in 2008.
7. Make time to practice meditation, yoga, tai chi, and prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.
8. Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
9. Dream more while you are awake.
10. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
11. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.
12. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
13. Clear your clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.
14. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
15. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
16. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
17. Smile and laugh more. It will keep the energy vampires away.
18. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
20. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
21. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
22. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
23. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
24. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, and wear the fancy lingerie (not you, guys.) Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. What other people think of you is none of your business.
29. Time heals almost everything. Give it time, time.
30. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
31. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
32. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
33. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
34. The best is yet to come.
35. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
36. Do the right thing!
37. Call your family often.
38. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: "I am thankful for __________." Today I accomplished _________.
39. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
40. Enjoy the ride. Remember that this is not Disney World and you certainly don’t want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride.
May your troubles be less, May your blessings be more. And may nothing but happiness come through your door!
The BIG thing I would add to this list is to grow in your relationship with God through His precious son, Jesus Christ!
Friday, January 9, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
I guess it would be safe to say that I was in a "brayering" and silhouette stage when I made these.
These are three cards I made yesterday with a sweet stamp that just cries for sepia ink. Card uses square and the smallest mega curved rectangle nesties and the cuttlebug vintage corner.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Seth had a great spring baseball season and had several colleges interested in him playing for them. After months of agonizing, he really felt the Lord leading him to go to The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Seth returned to Mongolia this summer on the same mission trip that Sarah, Seth, and I participated in the previous summer. He has had a great fall at UMHB and is looking forward to baseball season in just a few short weeks.
Sarah is finishing up her senior year in college and will graduate in May. She spent the summer in NYC doing her internship with an event planning company called Paint the Town Red. She had a fabulous time and gained a lot of valuable experience. Tara, one of her best friends, sorority sisters, and roommates, also had an internship in NYC, so they roomed together at NYU. Sarah's boyfriend and two of their good friends came up for a long weekend visit. We were so happy for her to have had this opportunity. We are excited to see what lies ahead after her May graduation.
Ok, so in retrospect, maybe 2008 has been a pretty good year. Financially, it has not been too great, as my DH has his own business and the struggling economy hit his business long before it hit Wall Street. It has been interesting to say the least, BUT having taken a few minutes to reflect on the highlights, I am reminded how good God is and know that He has been faithful to bring us through another year inspite of tough economic times.
We have been blessed with sweet family times, lots of fun memories, and the blessings that come with being surrounded by people who love each other and enjoy spending time together! Ok, 2009, bring it on! I am confident that God will continue to be faithful, and even though we live in uncertain times, I'm going to hold on to Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."