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Ageing

Having recently celebrated another birthday I thought I would go and see what I have in my collections in regards to getting older.  And these are a few of the quotes that I came up with.

For some of us, age has a way of creeping up on us; and this first quote would seem to indicate the way age can come upon some of us.

 

“Time has laid his hand upon my heart, gently not smiting it; but as a Harper lays his open palm upon his harp to deaden its vibrations.”

Henry W Longfellow

The next one I have found is in point form and has some funny but true points.  I have had it in my collection for a long time now. And is titled –

You Know You Are Getting Old When . . .

Everything hurts, . . . And what doesn’t hurt, doesn’t work.

The gleam in your eye is the sun on your bifocals .

You feel like the morning after, but you haven’t been anywhere!

Your little black book only has names ending in M.D.

You get winded playing cards

You join a health club, but don’t go.

Your children begin to look middle age.

A dripping tap causes an uncontrollable urge.

You know all the answers, but nobody asks the questions!

You look forward to a dull evening.

You need glasses to find your glasses

You turn out the light for economy, instead of romance.

You sit in a rocking chair, but can’t make it go.

Your knee’s buckle, but your belt won’t!

Your back goes out more times than you do.

You put your Bra on back to front, and it fits better.

Your house is too big and your medicine cabinet is not big enough

You sink your teeth into a steak, and they stay there!

Your birthday cake sinks under the weight of the candles.

And when the candles are lit, the fire brigade comes

I hope you had a bit of a laugh at some of the points made in this quote, I know I did.  And some of them I can relate to. . . Can you?

While not directly relating to ageing these next couple of quotes remind us that there is a purpose to how we live our lives and the way we look at our lives. First is one from Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“Life is a journey, not a destination.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Looking at this quote it reminds me that my life is not the focus of my life.  It what happens along the way.  The experiences I have and how my life impacts on others that is what should be important to each of us.  Perhaps that is why I like our next and final quote for today.  From Thomas S Monson we have this –

“Life’s journey is not traveled on a freeway devoid of obstacles, pitfalls and snares. Rather it is a pathway marked by forks and turnings. Decisions are constantly before us.  To make them wisely, courage is needed; the courage to say no, the courage to say yes.  Decisions do determine destiny.”

Thomas S Monson

Decisions not only effect our destinies, they can effect how we enjoy our lives and how we impact those around us. Whether it be a positive impact or a negative one, it is our choice.

But that’s enough from me for now. So I will bid all adieu for now. Till next time.

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Daily Quote

I was thinking on the poems that I had posted relating to Christmas and i started going through my collection, and I found another poem relating to Christmas.  I have had it for awhile, but I don’t know who originally wrote it.  If anyone does know please let me know.

It is called . . . . .

 

The Christmas Spirit

I am the Christmas Spirit

I enter the homes of poverty, causing pale – faced children to open their eyes in pleased wonder.

I cause the Miser’s clutched hand to relax and thus paint a  bright spot on his soul.

I cause the aged to renew their youth and to laugh in the glad old way.

I keep the romance alive in the heart of childhood and brighten sleep with dreams woven of magic.

I cause eager feet to climb dark stairways with filled baskets, leaving behind them amazed at the goodness of the world.

I cause the prodigal to pause a moment on his wild, wasteful way, and send to anxious love some little token that releases glad tears – tears that wash away the hard lines of sorrow.

I enter the dark prison cells, reminding scarred manhood of what might have been, pointing forward to good days yet to come.

I come softly into the still, white home of pain; and lips that are too weak to speak just tremble in silent, eloquent gratitude.

In a thousand ways I cause the weary world to look up into the face of God, and for a little moment forget the things that are small and wretched.

I am the Christmas Spirit

It is such a beautiful poem, and captures so beautifully the true spirit of christmas.  So I hope you like it.  And if you can help me identify the author of it I would be gratefull. So once again I bid you Adieu till next time.

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Daily Quotes

Being the christmas season I thought it appropriate to post some poems that I have about this wonderful season of thankgiving for the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

To start off here is a poem by a lady called Lucille Jensen, called “Why The Nativity?”

 

 

Why The Nativity?

Why a babe

swaddled,

warmed,

held to Mary’s heart,

born to men through

Deity?

Why a Star,

And kings afar

Kneeling, feeling?

Why a stable,

and shepards able

Worshipping in fields

Of angels?

Why a life

So pure

be taken,

Shaken in Gethsemane,

Then struck upon

A violent cross?

Why?

For me

For me!

Lucille Jensen

Next I have what I call a Christmas Letter, it was given to my wife by a friend.  And i think it is just right for the season.

A Christmas Letter

If you look for me at christmas

you won’t need a special star

I’m no longer just in Bethlehem

I’m right there where you are

You may not be aware of me amid the celebrations

You’ll have to look beyond the stores and all the decorations

But if you take a moment from your

list of things to do and listen to

Your heart you’ll find I’m waiting there for you.

Your the one I want to be with,

Your the reason that I came and you’ll

find me in the stillness as I’m

whispering your name.

Love  Jesus

I hope that these poems help you to remember why we celebrate christmas.  So I wish you all the best for this christmas season.  And hope that you and your families have a great christmas together.  Always remember the reason for this holiday season.

So I bid you adiu, till the next time.

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Quote of The Day

We have recently had a new addition to our family. So in honour of our newest granddaughter I would like to share a poem from Carol Lyn Pearson. I have always like this poem and it was only recently that I learned that it had been written by Carol Lyn Pearson.

It is called ‘Day Old Child’ and as you can understand from the title it deals with the birth of children and our reactions to the new individual that has been added to our families

 

Day Old Child

 

My day old child lay in my arms

With my lips against his ear

I whispered strongly, how I wish. . . . .

I wish that you could hear.

 

I’ve a hundred wonderful things to say

(a tiny cough and a nod)

Hurry, hurry, hurry and grow

So I can tell you about God

 

My day old baby’s mouth was still

And my words tinkled his ear,

But a kind of light passed through his eyes

And I saw this thought appear.

 

How I wish I had a voice and words;

I’ve a hundred things to say

Before I forget, I’d tell of God. . . .

I left him yesterday.

 

Carol Lynn Pearson

So n this note I will leave you for now and i hope you enjoy this poem just as much as I do.

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Father’s Day

Since it is Father’s Day here in Australia today I thought I would post one of my favorite poems about Father’s that I have in my collection and a few others i feel are related to Father’s.

i don’t remember where I got this poem, nor have I recorded who wrote it. But here it is .

What Makes A Dad

God took the majesty of a mountain

The majesty of a tree

the warmth of a Summer sun

The calm of a quite sea

The generous soul of nature

The comforting arm of night

The wisdom of the ages

The power of the eagles flight

The joy of a morning in spring

The faith of a mustard seed

The patience of eternity

The depth of a family need

Then God combined these qualities

And then there was nothing more to add

He knew his masterpiece was complete

And so he called it . . .  .  .Dad!

And now for something completly different, and a bit humourous.

“A Father said he knew his son was growing up when he saw him looking at a girl the way he used to look at chocolate cake.”

James Dent

To finish off, from one of my favorite western writers, Louis L’Amour- from his book ‘High Lonesome’

“Folks talk a lot about the maternal feelings in a woman, but they say nothing about man’s need to protect and care for someone; yet the one feeling is as basic as the other.”

                               High Lonesome                                                                                Louis L’Amour

So Happy Father’s Day to all the Father out there.  Spend time with your families and enjoy your life.

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Special Times

Over the last few weeks we have been very busy attending a wedding and also welcoming a new grandson into our family.  So in honour of my newest grandson and the wedding of my youngest son I would like to share some of my favourite quotes; first for my new Grandson.

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Day Old Child

My day old child lay in my arms

With my lips against his ear

I whispered strongly, how I wish. . . . .

I wish that you could hear.

 

I’ve a hundred wonderful things to say

(a tiny cough and a nod)

Hurry, hurry, hurry and grow

So I can tell you about God

 

My day old baby’s mouth was still

And my words tinkled his ear,

But a kind of light passed through his eyes

And I saw this thought appear.

 

How I wish I had a voice and words;

I’ve a hundred things to say

Before I forget, I’d tell of God. . . .

I left him yesterday.

 

And now some thoughts in relation to marriage; for my son and his wife.

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The thing that counts most in the pursuit of happiness is the right travelling companion.

                                                                                                                                 Adrian Anderson

 

  My son has found his travelling compnaion.

 

 

Men and women are what happened to little boys and girls.

 

 

   And from one of my favorite stage show and movie; I liked both versions.

 

Is this the little girl I carried?

Is this the little boy at play?

I don’t remember growing older –

When did they?

 

Sunrise Sunset, Sunrise sunset

Swiftly fly the years,

One season following another

Laden with happiness and tears.

 

Fiddler On The Roof                                                                        Sheldon Harwick

  Very important in a marriage relationship.

Let every husband stay a true lover, and every wife a sweetheart too.

 

 

And one of my personal favourites;

 

It’s a myth that brides blush.  Actually their faces are just flushed with victory.

 

And one more: and one which is so true.

Marriage; the best method ever, to become acquainted.

 

                                                                                                Arnold Glasgow

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Thinking – Or What Thought Can Do

The Thinking Man sculpture at Musée Rodin in Paris

The Thinking Man sculpture at Musée Rodin in Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the things I have noticed throughout my life is the amount of thinking or thought people give to what they do with their lives. Most people don’t think or give a great deal of thought to what they do. Most of them just either go with the flow or react to what happens around them. Instead of giving thought to what they wanted to do.
So my theme for today is about thinking. As a martial artist one of the earliest things I learned was this:

“Think before you act, act before you think.”

In other words, learn how to react to a given set of circumstances, so that when those circumstances came you would not have to think about what to do as you already knew how to react to them.
One of my favourite quotes on this theme is:

“Thinking is the hardest thing we do, that is probably why so few indulge in it.”

This goes along with what I was saying earlier about people not giving a lot of thought to what they do with their lives.

“We become what we think . . . . . . always.”

And in the same vein, this one relates, in a way, to the sort of people and situations that we often find ourselves involved with or in.

“You attract the things you give a great deal of thought to.”

Whether you think positive or negative thoughts, the most dominant type of thought is the sort of thing that you will have to face or be involved in.
When I need to do some deep or heavy thinking I always use this, or approach my subject matter with the contents of this next quote.

“I keep six honest serving men; they taught me all I know. Their names are; what, where, when, why, how and who”.

I have always found it very easy and helpful to use these six words as a basis for my thinking. And the thing I like most about them is that they always approach each problem or challenge in a manner that will help you to resolve or reach a solution in a more positive manner than any other way.
To finish off our theme for today here is a poem by a gentleman by the name of Walter D Wintle.

The Man Who thinks He Can

If you think you beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don’t
If you like to win, but think you can’t
It’s almost a cinch, you won’t
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost

For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you’re outclassed, you are.
You’ve got to think high to rise.

You’ve got to be sure of yourself before you can win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later to the man who thinks he can!

Walter D Wintle

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