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