A few good words can make all the difference in my day. I dig through books sometimes, or scour the Internet, looking for an upper in the form of happy words. It’s awesome how inspiration can come, and make a difference for good in my day, when I seek for them.
Here are three of my favorite quotes:
1. Whatever you are, be a good one.
Abraham Lincoln is credited with that sentence. I love it. Too often, in my opinion. this world revolves around the Next Big It Person. Or the highest paying job – the most highly visible career – the most bling – the most seemingly important [and who in the world creates that criteria?!] Abe’s idea is right-on.
While I am thankful for good doctors who know their stuff, mindful and conscientious attorneys [I’ve dealt with the good and the not-so-good], or highly paid actors or musicians who contribute to the creative arts, I am full of gratitude for the fellows who pick up my garbage each week. Thank heaven for the men and women who work so hard during the winter snow storms to clear streets. Hooray for welders and plumbers and all those who use their hands to do important and needed services. Cashiers and fast food employees who are quick and courteous make my day. My hat is off to the army of people whose talents and inclinations go in a myriad of directions. Whatever they do, when it’s done well, it’s wonderful. Whatever we are – wife, husband, daughter or son, child, neighbor, etc… – it’s important to be a good one!
2. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart…
This thought from Proverbs was my mom’s favorite scripture. It captures one of the most important decisions we can make. Trusting in Him is everything. I love this scripture, and love my mom’s example. Though she has been g0ne from this earth for more than thirteen years now, I hear her voice reminding me of this principle over and over again. Thanks, mom, for understanding and for leading out in trusting the One who can be trusted at all times and in all places! It brings joy and hope.
3. Make today count!
Talk about simple advice. Isn’t it true that yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift – that’s why it’s called the present??! When I have a gut wrenching moment, when my worries are clouding judgment, or when I am truly weary, these three words lift me up. Heaven knows it is a blessing that I”m still here on this earth, having come through so many physical health issues.
I’ve finally had it dawn on me, in recent time, that I’d best make all of my todays count! So when I see this advice wander through my mind’s eye, it’s a wake up call to get over myself and get on with the day. There is something I can do daily – maybe even a lot of somethings I can do – to help another person. Or to make myself better. To enjoy life more and to find increased happiness around me.
One biggie for me this year: After several years of basically being down and out to the point of not being able to socialize much, my goal for this year is to enjoy time with friends on a regular basis. I can’t even tell you how much this one decision has blessed my year so far!
Making time for lunch dates with girl friends, visiting with neighbors alone, or doubling with my hubby, has brought delight. To be honest, I imagine it has helped me heal. However I can visit, improve, or do something positive, I love the advice to make today count. It vastly improve the joy factor!
That’s it, my friends. For this week, I simply needed to share three sentences that make my life better. A few good words improve the quality of my life. That’s good stuff.
And goodness matters.