A short story I read on line

A woman who had worked all her life to bring about good was granted one wish:“Before I die let me visit both hell and heaven.” Her wish was granted.

She was whisked off to a great banqueting hall. The tables were piled high with delicious food and drink. Around the tables sat miserable, starving people as wretched as could be. “Why are they like this?” she asked the angel who accompanied her. “Look at their arms,” the angel replied. She looked and saw that attached to the people’s arms were long chopsticks secured above the elbow. Unable to bend their elbows, the people aimed the chopsticks at the food, missed every time and sat hungry, frustrated and miserable. “Indeed this is hell! Take me away from here!”

She was then whisked off to heaven. Again she found herself in a great banqueting hall with tables piled high. Around the tables sat people laughing, contented, joyful. “No chopsticks I suppose,” she said. “Oh yes there are. Look – just as in hell they are long and attached above the elbow but look… here people have learnt to feed one another”




There are people who come into your life for a reason then leave –

learn to say goodbye

There are people who come into your life for a season then leave –

learn to let go

There are people who come into your life for a lifetime –

choose wisely

There are people who come into you life to learn from you –

be kind

There are people who come into your life & you both benefit from each other –

be friendly

There are people who come into your life to shape, challenge, & sharpen you –

be humble




“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues,
but the parent of all the others.”
~ Cicero

“Joy is a heart full and a mind purified by gratitude.”
~ Marietta McCarty

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest
form of thought; and that gratitude is
happiness doubled by wonder.”
~G.K. Chesterton

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like
wrapping a present¬†and not giving it.”
~William Arthur Ward

The Japanese master

The Japanese master

A great Japanese master received a university professor who came to enquire about wisdom. The master served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he could no longer restrain himself. ‘It is overfull. No more will go in!’ ‘Like this cup,’ the master said, ‘you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you wisdom unless you first empty your cup?


Just because you have explained it to me,
does not mean that I understand.

I may have heard, but not understood
So be patient with people who ask questions.

Your way of understanding is not mine,
Take time to listen to the one asking.



A new year with new thoughts, goals, & a chance to
make a difference

we wait and hope for the best in the coming days

we are told if you start well you finish well too

So lets begin

have a splendid year ahead