Dec 27, 2009

The child had every toy his father wanted. - Robert E Whitten

Dec 24, 2009

The most vivid memories of Christmases past are usually not of gifts given or received, but of the spirit of love, the special warmth of Christmas worship, the cherished little habits of the home.

Dec 23, 2009

Life is like a taxi. The meter just keeps a-ticking whether you are getting somewhere or just standing still. -- Lou Erickson

Dec 18, 2009

3 Holiday Tips for Single Dads

  • Accept what is so ... or as I like to say, “Done is done.”
  • Accept that you are going to have to divide up the holidays in some fashion.
  • The holidays are for the kids, not you.
  • Turn off the cell phone and the computer; don’t worry about your boss or your responsibilities at work, or the bills, or anything else. Just spend time completely devoted to interacting with them.
  • Cook something unique as a gift to others, make sure to have the kids participate in the process.
  • You and the kids help a family in your town that’s in need.
  • Recruit your entire extended family into the process.
  • Find out what local charities give out free meals on Christmas and volunteer as servers.
  • Set things up ahead of time so that you and your children actually enjoy the holidays.
  • Don’t let the world tell you what to do.
  • "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
    The courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Gleaned from 3 Holiday Tips for Single Dads Written by Len Stauffenger

Dec 14, 2009

Life is known only by those who have found a way to be comfortable with change and the unknown. Given the nature of life, there may be no security, but only adventure. -- Rachel Naomi Remen

Dec 9, 2009

Listening...means taking a vigorous, human interest in what is being told us. You can listen like a blank wall or like a splendid auditorium where every sound comes back fuller and richer. -- Alice Duer Miller

Dec 8, 2009

Happiness is being at peace; being with loved ones; being comfortable... But most of all, it's having those loved ones. - Johnny Cash

Dec 7, 2009

Because gratification of a desire leads to the temporary stilling of the mind and the experience of the peaceful, joyful Self, it's no wonder that we get hooked on thinking that happiness comes from the satisfaction of desires. This is the meaning of the old adage, "Joy is not in things, it is in us." -- Joan Borysenko

Nov 30, 2009

Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like. -- Will Rogers

Nov 26, 2009

Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have.
A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth. -- George Bernard Shaw

Nov 24, 2009

A Fathers Four Tips For Contentment
Based on Tim Hansel's writings

1. Live here and now. The holiday season is about anticipation and looking forward, but don’t forget to also make the most of every moment with your family. Look for the miracles right in front of you!

2. Don't hurry. The tragedy of the Christmas/holiday rush is that we neglect things – and usually people – that are far more important. Slowing down helps us to live in the here and now. We're more likely to notice and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells that make this season so wonderful.

3. Don't take yourself too seriously. The person who takes himself too seriously ends up being a pretentious, defensive man who works five times harder than necessary to try and prove himself. Meanwhile, he forgets to laugh – especially at himself. Laughing at yourself can be a great strength for fathers – and it can really help things go more smoothly this time of year.

4. Be grateful. The Thanksgiving holiday should live on. Gratitude is at the heart of peace and contentment, and can radically alter how you go through the Christmas/holiday season.

Dads, these steps are not easy. Contentment takes practice and real determination, but it will be a great benefit to your family.
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. -- Winston Churchill

Nov 23, 2009

Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road. -- John Henry Jowett

Nov 20, 2009

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.  -- Herm Albright

Nov 11, 2009

Life isn't fair. That's a hard thing to find out, but sooner or later, everyone does. Still, I always feel sad and disappointed when someone I care about, like you, has to face such a difficult time. You didn't cause it, you don't deserve it, and there's no easy way to fix it. You simply have to live through it. As time goes by, you'll rise above it. I know, because I know you. The things that happen around you can't change the qualities within you - the honesty and courage, the caring, and the certainty that you are a good and worthy person. What happened to you isn't fair. But I believe someday you'll discover there's a meaning to it, a meaning that will have a purpose in your life you can't even imagine right now. Hold on to those thoughts until then. Know that those who care about you will be right by your side. -- Barbara Loots

Nov 9, 2009

I'm very pleased with each advancing year. It stems back to when I was forty. I was a bit upset about reaching that milestone, but an older friend consoled me. 'Don't complain about growing old - many, many people do not have that privilege'. -- Earl Warren

Nov 7, 2009

Remember that you are needed. There is at least one important work to be done that will not be done unless you do it. -- Charles Allen

Oct 26, 2009

You cannot escape the results of your thoughts. Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain or rise with your thoughts, your vision, your ideal. You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration. -- James Allen
Doctors aim to prevent death. The long-term death rate is 100%. Therefore, all doctors are failures.

Oct 24, 2009

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. - Will Rogers
Children's clothing requirements are so basic. They need everyday school clothes, play clothes, and a dress-up outfit. That's it. - Elaine St. James

Aug 3, 2009

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jul 20, 2009

It is bad luck to be superstitious. -- Andrew W Mathis
Everything changes but change itself. Everything flows and nothing remains the same...You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters and yet others go flowing ever on. -- Heraclitus

Jun 18, 2009

Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. - John Wooden
Praise your children openly, reprove them secretly. - William Cecil

May 4, 2009

“every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us"
No matter how unreasonable others may seem, I am responsible for not reacting negatively. Regardless of what is happening around me I will always have the prerogative, and the responsibility, of choosing what happens within me. I am the creator of my own reality.
When I [review my day], I know that I must stop judging others. If I judge others, I am probably judging myself. Whoever is upsetting me most is my best teacher. I have much to learn from him or her, and in my hearts, I should thank that person.
-- Bill Wilson, "Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 88"

Apr 27, 2009

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated. - William James

Apr 13, 2009

Look at everything as though you were seeing it for the first time or the last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory. -- Betty Smith

Feb 14, 2009

For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible. - Stuart Chase

Feb 2, 2009

By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy - indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self satisfaction. - William Osler