Just Admit It

bigstock_Dramatic_and_Vibrant_Hawaiian__17176727It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. To make a mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character.
~Dale E. Turner

Sail Away

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.  ~Mark Twainbigstock_Sailing_120342

God’s Poet is Silence

bigstock_Peaceful_Morning_521165God’s poet is silence! His song is unspoken
And yet so profound, and so loud, and so far,
That it thrills you and fills you in measures unbroken—
The unceasing song of the first morning star.
~Joaquin Miller

Not So Random Acts of Kindness

Hand On HandHow far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. ~George Washington Carver

One of my all-time favorite quotes. I was graced with an opportunity to share it yesterday with someone who really needed to hear it – and hopefully, consider it. I stood in a busy grocery line, select items in tow. An elderly woman directly in front of me slowly, painstakingly removed the few grocery items from her basket and placed them one at a time on the conveyor belt. I heard the first annoyed sigh from behind me, followed by a deeper one from the checker. When the last item had been retrieved from her basket, she began the task of searching inside her purse for money to pay for the groceries. Her hands shook. The checker watched for a moment and then spoke with a tone of irritation, “Ma’am, we have a long line and you’re holding everyone up.” She looked up at him, obviously embarrassed by the situation. “I must have picked up the wrong purse.” She fumbled with the contents of her small brown purse, and then started to cry. Turning slightly, she glanced at me. “I’m really sorry.” It broke my heart. I moved quickly around my basket to place an arm around her frail shoulders and assure her, “I do that all the time, sweetheart. Don’t worry.” I paid for her groceries, and then summoned a young employee standing nearby to assist her. Looking again at me, she said tearfully, “God sent me an angel today.” I don’t know about that, but I’m hopeful that a young grocery clerk will remember the scene forever and the shared words of my friend George Washington Carver. Be kind. Someday, sometime in your life you will surely need the same. ~ Deborah Norris

The Years Teach Much

Ralph Waldo Emerson penned so aptly, “The years teach much which the days never know.” Life experience can be one of Parent Holds The Hand Of A Small Childour most priceless possessions, especially if we learn the many valuable lessons within it. If you had the opportunity to converse with a younger self, what might your advice be?