Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences that come from the little things–a chance word, a tap on the shoulder, a penny dropped on a newstand, I am tempted to think there are no little things.–Bruce Barton
“Be what you are, give what you can and the rest of the time mind your own business”
Don’t look for flaws as you go thru life
And even when you find them
It’s wise and kind to be somewhat blind
And look for the virtue behind them
The cloudiest night has a hint of light
Somewhere in the shadows hiding
It’s better by far to hunt for a star
Than the spots on the sun abiding
The current of life runs ever away
To the bosom of God’s great ocean
Don’t set your force against the river’s course
And think to alter its motion
Don’t waste a curse on the universe
Remember it lived before you
Don’t butt at the storm with your puny form
But bend and let it go o’er you
This world will never adjust itself
To suit your whims to the letter
Some things must go wrong as it says in the song
The sooner you know it the better
Its folly to fight with infinite
And go under at last in the wrestle
The wiser person shapes into God’s great plan
As water shapes into a vessel
Someone once gave a thesis on words summarized thusly: The five most important words are “I am proud of you”; the four most important words are “What is your opinion?”; the three most important words are “If you please”, and the two most important words are “Thank you.”
“You cannot solve the problems of today by creating tyranny for tomorrow.”-Justice Louis Brandeis
Success is a journey, not a destination. Happiness, the true measure of success, is to be found a long the way, not at the end of the road. For then the journey is over and it is too late. Today is the hour, the time for each of us to sense the fact that life is good with all its trials and troubles and perhaps more interesting because of them.
Let no one imagine that the work of the lowly or the uninfluential is not worth doing. There is no legal limit to the possible influence of a good deed or wise word, or a generous effort….
“Charity is never lost; It may meet with ingratitude, or be of no services to those whom it was bestowed, yet does a work of beauty and grace upon the heart of the giver.”–Middleton
The Pilgrims fell on their knees at Plymouth Rock and fifty years later they fell on the necks of the Quakers who believed differently than the Pilgrims. Taking the poor Quakers to the public square, fastening them in stocks, jeering at them, throwing eggs at them, and branding them with hot irons…We should take care that our zeal does not turn into tyranny. We should not forget what is real Christianity. We are all God’s children or we wouldn’t be here.
In our anxiety to be zealous, we go after the little faults others, while we forget the beam that is in our own eye. We go after field mice with an elephant gun. Are we in a position to criticize? Are we quite as broadminded as we should be? Do we ever take time to look at another person to find out what kind of heart beats there?–Attributed to a Bishop Ashton.