Turn away from the crowd and its fruitless pursuit of fame and gold.
Never look back as you close your door to the sorry tumult of greed and ambition.
Wipe away your tears of failure and misfortune.
Lay asisde your heavy load and rest until your heart is still.
Be at peace.
Already it is later than you think, for your earthly life, at best, it's only the blink of an eye between two eternities.
Nothing here can harm you except yourself.
Do that which you dread and cherish those victories with pride.
Concentrate your energy.
To be everywhere is to be nowhere.
Be jealous of your time, since it is your greatest treasure.
Reconsider your goals.
Before you set your heart too much on anything, examine how happy they are who already possess what you desire.
Love your family and count your blessings.
Reflect on how eagerly they would be sought if you did not have them.
Put aside your impossible dreams and complete the task at hand no matter how distasteful.
All great achievements come from working and waiting.
God's delays are never God's denials.
Know that your paymaster is always near.
What you sow, good or evil, that will you reap.
What you are is through your choice alone.
Learn to live with honest poverty, if you must, and turn to more important matters than transporting gold to your grave.
Never meet trouble halfway.
Anxiety is the rust of life, when you add burdens to today's, their weight becomes unbearable.
Avoid the mourner's bench and give thanks instead, for your defeats.
You would not receive them if you did not need them.
Always learn from others.
He who teaches himself has a fool for a master.
Do not overload your conscience.
Conduct your life as if it were spent in an arena filled with tattlers.
If you see anything that puff you with pride, look close and you will find more than enough to make you humble.
Realize that all men are not created equal, for there is no equality in nature, yet no man was ever born whose work was not born with him.
Work every day as if it was your first, yet tenderly treat the lives you touch as if they will end at midnight.
Love everyone, even those who deny you, for hate is a luxury you cannot afford.
Seek out those in need. Learn that he who delivers with one hand will always gather with two.
Be of good cheer.
Above all, remember that very little is needed to make a happy life.
Cling simply to God and journey quietly on your pathway to forever with charity and a smile.
When you depart, it will be said by all that your legacy was a better world than the one you found.
Credenda Og Mandino
Thursday, September 25, 2014
I am busy.
I feel overwhelmed.
Cam and Guen wanted help canning peaches.
So we canned 3 boxes of peaches for them.
And 20 pounds of chicken.
Then I decided I needed to can.
So I did 3 boxes of peaches.
48 quarts of deliciousness.
But I wasn't done.
I didn't have enough of a mess in canning season.
I needed to can beets just to make it super messy.
And then 40 pounds of chicken.
Delicious for curry soup, enchiladas, chicken soup, chicken salad......
Love canned chicken.
Now I am canning chicken soup. But I don't use it like that.
We reorganized a space for all of this.
It has been so nice to have it easily accessible instead of under beds, in closets and behind the couch.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
After leaving Brunswick, Georgia
and spending 26 hours in the Atlanta airport....
I made it to Florida.
Three days of beaches!
And amazing friends!
Diane, me and Rebecca
Enjoying the pier on Navarre Beach
These were our hosts.
Gary and Cortney.
Cortney is due any day with their first baby.
Cortney is Diane's daughter.
They were so kind and patient.
Imagine having your home invaded by 3 middle-aged women.
The sand was so warm and beautiful.
I'll need to remember this day in January.
Diane feeding the gulls.
It was a blast!
Thursday, August 21, 2014
I'm home now.
Stuff hanging from these enormous trees.
Gigi says it's all over.
Kind of amazing.
Pretty sure all scary movies have this hanging from the trees.
Very wicked looking.
While there we toured a plantation.
I loved learning about its history.
The trees just fascinated me.
All of the furnishings and everything is exactly like it was.
The China is beautiful.
We went to St. Simon's Island.
I can't remember what Gigi said this building used to be but
I loved the colors and textures.
A row of trees.
It would be scary to walk through here on Halloween.
Snapped Gigi in front of this viney stuff and grows on trees.
Then we climbed up the lighthouse.
I had never seen a lighthouse before.
Isn't she just the cutest!?!
The view of the ocean from the top of the lighthouse.
The view to the bottom of the lighthouse.
Gigi the tour guide!
We also had lunch with this lady.
I work with Miss Ella's niece.
It was an interesting coincidence Gigi and I discovered several years ago.
Wow. We've known each other for a longer time than that.
Blogging is amazing.
Really bad blurry cell phone picture of the three of us.
Miss Ella is the sassiest 80 year old I've ever met.
Apparently you can't visit the south without having true Southern food.
Harry and Travis and Harrison and Gigi's dad fixed a true Southern delicacy.
Low Country Boil.
Potatoes, corn on the cob, Sausage and shrimp boiled in a pot with
special cajun seasoning.
I didn't get a picture of that.
Apparently I was too busy eating.
Best food ever.
We fed the missionaries.
They really enjoyed it.
They had been doing a service project just before they came over.
There was massive amounts of food.
But we all managed to make a large dent in it.
This was my room at Gigi's.
She and Harry made me feel so welcome.
It was the best time ever!
I'll never be able to say thanks enough for such an amazing time.
Monday, August 11, 2014
After my little Southern Belle Gigi dropped me off at the airport I went to my gate and waited to get to Phase 2 of this getaway.
Not like cats and dogs rain.
More like elephants.
After 3 or 4 delays they finally cancelled the flight.
I got rescheduled to fly out the next day.
At 1:30 in the afternoon.
I called Howie panicked.
He is also traveling for work.
He said to catch a shuttle and go to a hotel.
My daughter told me to rent a car and drive to Pensacola.
The thought of doing the whole get back to the airport thing was more than I could cope with.
And no way was I going to drive.
I live I Idaho.
Nothing more than two lanes on the interstate.
Besides there were no cars to rent.
So I stayed.
"Travis Griffis you saved me"
Thank goodness for my pillow.
So after 26 hours in Atlanta's airport
And an hour on the Tarmac I finally got in the air.
If I ever see that airport again it will be too soon.
And then finally.....
I have found bliss.
Friday, August 8, 2014
The trip started with these two.
My favorite kind of people.
At Simons Island
And the flashing light has a different blink.
I didn't know that.
Gigi my shouldabeenasister was delightful.
I had met her a few years ago and knew she was a gem.
I got to meet Bentley.
Behind is is Jekyll Island.
Only 1 in 1000 turtles that hatch will make it to adulthood.
They don't have yummy shrimp like that in Idaho.
Thank you Gigi.
It was a trip of a lifetime.