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Friday, July 1, 2011

Today I Will Make a Difference

My husband sent the following in an email to me.  I loved it and so I've decided to use it as a post.  We are heading to New Harmony Utah for the 4th of July weekend.  I will post about that later.

"Today I will make a difference. I will begin by controlling my thoughts. A person is the product of his thoughts. I want to be happy and hopeful. Therefore, I will have thoughts that are happy and hopeful. I refuse to be victimized by my circumstances. I will not let petty inconveniences such as stoplights, long lines, and traffic jams be my masters. I will avoid negativism and gossip. Optimism will be my companion, and victory will be my hallmark. Today I will make a difference.

I will be grateful for the twenty-four hours that are before me. Time is a precious commodity. I refuse to allow what little time I have to be contaminated by self-pity, anxiety, or boredom. I will face this day with the joy of a child and the courage of a giant. I will drink each minute as though it is my last. When tomorrow comes, today will be gone forever. While it is here, I will use it for loving and giving. Today I will make a difference.

I will not let past failures haunt me. Even though my life is scarred with mistakes, I refuse to rummage through my trash heap of failures. I will admit them. I will correct them. I will press on. Victoriously. No failure is fatal. It's OK to stumble...I will get up. It's OK to fail...I will rise again. Today I will make a difference.

I will spend time with those I love. My spouse, my children, my family. A man can own the world but be poor for the lack of love. A man can own nothing and yet be wealthy in relationships. Today I will spend at least five minutes with the significant people in my world. Five quality minutes of talking or hugging or thanking or listening. Five undiluted minutes with my mate, children, and friends.Today I will make a difference."

Max Lucado
From "On The Anvil"

1 comment:

  1. I remember reading a quote quite some time ago. I can’t recall the authors name and am not sure I have the complete or correct wording. That being said, it goes something like this “If it is to be, it is up to me” Often times we are willing to sit back and wait for someone else to make the first move or suggestion. Why not try something new, collect your thoughts stand up and open your mouth. It would even be appropriate to say a silent prayer asking for courage and the ability to vocalize your thoughts. Yes, I agree the first couple of times you try this approach it will be pretty scary, but remember practice makes perfect. In no time at all you will become part of the solution. There is something very gratifying and rewarding when we stretch and grow. Helping others is one way we can serve our fellowmen.
    I Love You and cherish the knowledge that we will be together.
    Always and Forever