Monthly Archives: June 2012

Hospitality vs Loneliness

This is WEEK 24 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by! 

“There are hermit souls that live withdrawn In the place of their self-content; There are souls like stars that dwell apart, In a fellowless firmament; There are pioneer souls that blaze their paths Where highways never ran,– But let me live by the side of the road, And be a friend to man.” –  Sam Walter Foss

“Hospitality should have no other nature than love.” - Henrietta Mears 

Hospitality means:
1. kindness in welcoming strangers or guests
2. receptiveness Read the rest of this entry

Gratitude vs Ungratitude

This is WEEK 23 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!   

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say “thank you?”  ~William A. Ward

Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture.  ~Kak Sri

Gratitude turns what we have into enough ~Unknown

Gratitude means: a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation

Synonyms for Gratitude: appreciation, thanks, acknowledgement
Antonyms for Gratitude: disregard, neglect Read the rest of this entry

Gentleness vs Harshness

This is WEEK 22 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!   

Gentle Jesus, meek and mild, Look upon a little child; Pity my simplicity, Suffer me to come to Thee.

Lamb of God, I look to Thee; Thou shalt my Example be; Thou art gentle, meek, and mild; Thou wast once a little child.

Loving Jesus, gentle Lamb, In Thy gracious hands I am; Make me, Savior, what Thou art, Live Thyself within my heart. Read the rest of this entry

Generosity vs Stinginess

This is WEEK 21 of the Character Development Series I am doing for 2012.  So glad you stopped by!

Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish. - Richard Dawkins

What we call generosity is for the most part only the vanity of giving; and we exercise it because we are more fond of that vanity than of the thing we give.Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Real generosity is doing something for others even when you are certain you will get nothing back,  even a thank you.
Michael Josephson

Generosity means:
1. Liberality in giving or willingness to give. (sharing what you have to benefit another)
2. Nobility of thought or behavior. (freedom from pettiness in character or mind) Read the rest of this entry

See

The Gypsy Mamma : 5 minute challenge
So now on Fridays over here a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

SEE….

When I close my eyes, what do I see……well, certainly not you looking back at me.
I often think about what it would be like to lose your vision because I work with patients sometimes who have altered vision or they are legally blind.  What a challenge to put them in an environment they are not familiar with and what an amazing feat to see how well  they cope and continue on with life.
What difference would it make in my thoughts if I couldn’t see the beauty of the world reflected back to me…the flowers, the colors, the people’s faces I love to see.  Well I would have to heighten other senses….listen more to what others say, enjoy music, audio books…..enjoy and rely on touch more….a soft caress, a gentle kiss, a hug.
But I also wouldn’t see the latest fashions, styles, gizmos, and all the other things our eyes tempt us with, and make us believe we have to have. I would deal with life in a more REAL kind of way I think.
Wow!  maybe then I would truly SEE.

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