“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.
Promise me you’ll always remember:
You’re braver than you believe,
and stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.
“Sometimes”, said Pooh,
“the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
How do you spell ‘love’?” – Piglet
“You don’t spell it…you feel it.” – Pooh
Some people care too much.
I think it’s called love.
How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.
If you live to be a hundred,
I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.
Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart,
it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.
A.A. Milne – Winnie the Pooh
Frank Weston Benson – Summer
Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
“Pooh!” he whispered.
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw.
“I just wanted to be sure of you.”
You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you.
You have to go to them sometimes.
Oh, the comfort – the inexpressible comfort of
feeling safe with a person -
having neither to weigh thoughts
nor measure words,
but pouring them all right out,
just as they are,
chaff and grain together;
certain that a faithful hand
will take and sift them,
keep what is worth keeping,
and then with the breath of kindness
blow the rest away.
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another:
“What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”
The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand,
not the kindly smile,
nor the joy of companionship;
it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one
when you discover that someone else believes in you
and is willing to trust you with a friendship.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
William Bouguereau – Le Passage du gue
Be careful not to mistake insecurity and inadequacy for humility!
Humility has nothing to do with the insecure and inadequate!
Just like arrogance has nothing to do with greatness!
C. JoyBell C.
Humility has nothing to do with depreciating ourselves and our gifts
in ways we know to be untrue.
Even “humble” attitudes can be masks of pride.
Humility is that freedom from our self which enables us
to be in positions in which we have neither recognition nor importance,
neither power nor visibility,
and even experience deprivation,
and yet have joy and delight.
It is the freedom of knowing that we are not in the center of the universe,
not even in the center of our own private universe.
David F. Wells
I believe that the first test of a great man is his humility.
I don’t mean by humility, doubt of his power.
But really great men have a curious feeling
that the greatness is not of them, but through them.
And they see something divine in every other man and
are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful.
To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.
Charles de Montesquieu
True humility is not thinking less of yourself;
it is thinking of yourself less.
True humility is contentment.
Henri Frederic Amiel
May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships,
So that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and
to turn their pain to joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done,
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.
You never know when someone
May catch a dream from you.
You never know when a little word,
Or something you may do
May open up a window
Of the mind that seeks the light
The way you live may not matter at all…
But you never know – it might.
And just in case it could be
That another’s life through you.
Might possibly change for the better
With a broader brighter view.
It seems it might be worth a try
At pointing the way to the right.
Of course, it may not matter at all,
But then again it might.
Helen L. Marshall
Happiness comes from spiritual wealth, not material wealth.
Happiness comes from giving, not getting.
If we try hard to bring happiness to others,
we cannot stop it from coming to us also.
To get joy, we must give it,
and to keep joy, we must scatter it.
The Grand essentials of happiness are:
something to do,
something to love,
and something to hope for.
Allan K. Chalmers
Cultivate an attitude of happiness.
Cultivate a spirit of optimism.
Walk with faith,
rejoicing in the beauties of nature,
in the goodness of those you love,
in the testimony which you carry in your heart
concerning things divine.
Gordon B. Hinckley
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Some people complain because God put thorns on roses,
while others praise Him for putting roses among thorns.
O Lord that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness.
When we honestly ask ourselves
which person in our lives means the most us,
we often find that it is those who,
instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures,
have chosen rather to share our pain and
touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand.
The friend who can be silent with us
in a moment of despair or confusion,
who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement,
who can tolerate not knowing, not curing,
not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness,
that is a friend who cares.
We are all in the gutter,
but some of us are looking at the stars.
At times our own light goes out and
is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think
with deep gratitude of those
who have lighted the flame within us.