Twelve Good Thoughts

Ten things to ponder.  
Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one so that when we finally meet the right person,   we will know how to be grateful for that gift.    When the door of happiness closes, another opens but often times we look so long at the closed door that we don’t see the one which has been opened for us.   The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch and swing with never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you’ve ever had.   It’s true that we don’t know what we’ve got until we lose it, but it’s also true that we don’t know what we’ve been missing until it arrives.    There are things you’d love to hear that you would never hear from the person who you would like to hear from, but don’t be so deaf as not to hear it from the one who says it from their heart.    Don’t go for looks, they can deceive. Don’t go for wealth, in the end it fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright.    A careless word may kindle strife, a cruel word may wreck a life, a timely word may level stress, a loving word may heal and bless.    The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.    Happiness lies for those who cry, those who hurt, those who have searched and those who have tried, for only they can appreciate the importance of people who have touched their lives.    The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past, you can’t go on well in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches. Great St. Joseph  

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, then circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say, or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.   We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes ——————– And before I bow out, let me leave you with this saying; Thomas Jefferson Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” Great St. Joseph  

Building Wisely    
An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer of his plans to leave the house-building business to live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy his extended family. He would miss the salary each week, but he wanted to retire.   The employer  was sorry to see his good worker go & asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but his heart was not in his work. He started doing bad workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.   When the carpenter finished his work, his employer came to inspect the house. Then he handed the front-door key to the carpenter and said, “This is your house… my gift to you.”   The carpenter was shocked!   What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently.   So it is with us. We build our lives, a day at a time, often putting less than our best into the building. Then, with a shock, we realize we have to live in the house we have built. If we could do it over, we would do it much differently.   But, you cannot go back. You are the carpenter, and every day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Someone once said, “Life is a do-it-yourself project.” Your attitude, and the choices you make today, help build the “house” you will live in tomorrow. Therefore, Build wisely! Great St. Joseph                  

Life Still Has A Meaning  
If there is a future there is time for mending- Time to see your troubles coming to an ending.     Life is never hopeless however great your sorrow- If you’re looking forward to a new tomorrow.     If there is time for wishing then there is time for hoping- When through doubt and darkness you are blindly groping.     Though the heart be heavy and hurt you may be feeling- If there is time for praying there is time for healing.   So if through your window there is a new day breaking- Thank God for the promise, though mind and soul be aching,     If with harvest over there is grain enough for gleaning- There is a new tomorrow and life still has meaning. Great St. Joseph  

Do You Feel There is No Hope
  In your times of deep despair, Do you feel there is no hope? As the darkness closes in on you, Do you feel you cannot cope?   As you struggle on through every trial, Do you say “When will it end”? As you cry yourself to sleep at night, Do you wish you had a friend?   When your body’s racked with aches and pains, Do you feel you are alone? When you think about the future, Do you fear the great unknown?   There is someone who really cares, And He hears your every cry. His arms are reaching out to you, And on Him you can rely.   When things close in around you, He sees your fear and doubt – He wants to hold you in His arms, And He will never cast you out.   As you stumble through the darkness, He will be your guiding light. He wants to wipe away your tears, For you are precious in His sight.   Reach out right now to Jesus, And let Him take complete control – He’ll take that heavy burden, And He’ll touch and make you whole.   He’s reaching out His arms to you, And He wants to be your friend. Let Him take you in His loving arms, For His love will never end.  

Growing Good Corn
There was a farmer who grew a very good corn. Each year he competed in the state farmers’ competition and his corn always emerged as number 1.   One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his corn seeds with his fellow farmers.   “How can you afford to share your best corn seeds with your neighbours when they are competing against you in the state competition each year?” the reporter asked.   “Why not?,” said the farmer, “didn’t you know that the wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and blows it from farm to farm. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. So, if I am to continue to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn.”   This farmer is very much aware of the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbor’s corn also improves.   So it is in other dimensions. Those who choose to be at peace must help their neighbors to be at peace. Those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.   The lesson for each of us is this: No man is an island; for us to succeed in life, we have to help our neighbours succeed too.  Great St. Joseph

The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.       I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that that lit up her entire being.       She said, “Hi, handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?” I laughed and enthusiastically responded, “Of course you may!” and she gave me a giant squeeze.       “Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?” I asked.       She jokingly replied, “I’m here to meet a rich husband, get married, have a couple of children, and then retire and travel.”       “No seriously,” I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.       “I always dreamed of having a college education and now I’m getting one!” she told me.       After class we walked to the student union building and share a chocolate milkshake. We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this “time machine” as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.       Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she revealed in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.       At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I’ll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor. Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, “I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know.”       As we laughed she cleared her throat and began: “We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy and achieving success. “You have to laugh and find humour every day. You’ve got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die. We have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know it!”       “There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight. Anybody can grow older. That doesn’t take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding the opportunity in change.”       “Have no regrets. The elderly usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets.”       She concluded her speech by courageously singing The Rose. She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives. At the years end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago.       One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep.       Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it’s never too late to be all you can possibly be.     
1.          You are never too old to learn.        
2.          Laugh and find humour everyday.        
3.          Don’t let change overwhelm you, let change help you find opportunities you may have never seen!       

Do you have a dream, a wish, then turn it into a goal today – break it down, take one step, then another and accomplish your dream.  — Catherine Pulsifer                 The Value of Difficulties Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. If God allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us.   We would not be as strong as what we could have been.
We could never fly!  
I asked for Strength……… And God gave me Difficulties to make me strong.  
I asked for Wisdom……… And God gave me Problems to solve.  
I asked for Prosperity……… And God gave me Brain and Brawn to work.  
I asked for Courage……… And God gave me Danger to overcome.  
I asked for Love……… And God gave me troubled people to help.  
I asked for Favours……… And God gave me Opportunities.  
I received nothing I wanted…….. But I received everything I needed!  
Trust in God. Always! Great St. Joseph  ~ Author unknown~    

The Two Brothers    
Two brothers worked together on the family farm. One was married and had a large family. The other was single. At the day’s end, the brothers shared everything equally, produce and profit.   Then one day the single brother said to himself, “It’s not right that we should share equally the produce and the profit. I’m alone and my needs are simple.” So each night he took a sack of grain from his bin and crept across the field between their houses, dumping it into his brother’s bin.   Meanwhile, the married brother said to himself, “Its not right that we should share the produce and the profit equally.   After all, I’m married and I have my wife and my children to look after me in years to come. My brother has no one, and no one to take care of his future.” So each night, he took a sack of grain and dumped it into his single brother’s bin.     Both men were puzzled for years because their supply of grain never dwindled. Then one dark night the two brothers bumped into each other. Slowly it dawned on them what was happening. They dropped their sacks and embraced one another.   The moral of this story is; our blessings come in the exact same amount we give to others. We should give without expecting a reward for our reward is sure. Great St. Joseph  

The Value Of A Smile    
By Francie Baltazar-Schwartz  
The value of a smile is priceless, yet it is the cheapest, easiest, most rewarding and most sincere gift to anyone that crosses your path. A smile makes a person’s day, anybody’s day even a stranger’s day. A smile is infectious. Start infecting people with your smile today.   A smile is nature’s best antidote for discouragement. It brings rest to the weary, sunshine to those who are sad, and hope to those who are hopeless and defeated.  

Some food for thought
Where are we heading?    
The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider Hghways, but narrower viewpoints; we spend more, but have less; we buy more but enjoy it less.  
We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time; we have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgement; more experts, but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.  
We drink too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.  
We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life;
We’ve added years to life, not life to years.  
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.
We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space;
We’ve done larger things, but not better things.  
We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul; we’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice.
We write more, but learn less; we plan more, but accomplish less.  
We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait; we have higher incomes, but, lower morals.  We build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication;
We’ve become long on quantity, but short on quality.
These are the days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes.  
These are the days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throw away morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and drugs that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. Where are we heading ….?  
If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days.  But the family we left behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.   And come to think of it, we dedicate ourselves more into our work than to our family an unwise investment indeed.  

Let us stop for a while and ponder this question and learn these few lessons;   Do not undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.  
Do not set your goals by other people’s standards. Only you know what is best for you.  
Do not let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past nor for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live all the days of your life.  
Do not give up when you still have something to give.Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.  
Do not dismiss your dreams. To be without dreams is to be without hope; To be without hope is to be without purpose.  
Do not run through life so fast that you forget not only where you have been, but also where you are going.
Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way.  


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