Kerry Egan, a hospice chaplain, ends her book On Living with the advice she received from one of her dying patients. “Promise me that you’ll have a great life no matter what happens.”
My mother used to say that you can tell the size of a person by what makes him or her angry. I thought about that quote recently when I got very angry at someone at the post office. I didn’t yell, but I felt like yelling. I wasn’t really all that angry at the post [...]
I’m sharing another quote from Maya Angelou. It’s one that my friend Lynn shared with me. “The nights of work, the hours of hope amount at last to this day of joy,” Angelou once said. –Joy
My friend Lynn received two cards with quotes from Maya Angelou and shared them with me. One says: “Determine to live life with flair and laughter.” I’ll share the second quote in our next blog post. –Joy
Leigh Anne Jasheway, in her book Don’t Get Mad, Get Funny, offers a new approach to resolutions. These are four of her suggestions: * Do something daily that makes you laugh out loud. * Eat right 90 percent of the time. * Focus on what you did right every day, instead of what you did [...]
The All-China Women’s Federation, founded by the Chinese Communist Party in 1949, has advice for young women on its website. The federation tells them to hurry up and get married before they’re 30 and warns them that “as women age, they are worth less and less; so, by the time they get their M.A. or [...]
I love quotes, and I especially love finding a quote—a bit of wisdom—that seems written just for me. Here’s one I found recently while browsing at Barnes & Nobles. “The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work,” Robert Frost once said. I’ll share another quote with you [...]
I love quotes, and I especially love finding a quote—a bit of wisdom—that seems written just for me. Here’s one I found recently while browsing at Barnes & Nobles. “Happiness is not in another place, but in this place. It’s not in another hour, but in this hour,” Walt Whitman once said. I’ll share more [...]
“We all get one life,” says swimmer Diana Nyad, who swam 110.86 miles from Cuba to Florida in 2013. “You don’t get to do any day over again.” Now past 60, Nyad’s not going to spend any of her one life worrying about getting older. “I color my hair, for sure,” she told The Dallas [...]
“Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle.” I found that advice in a classroom at the elementary school where I volunteer as a mentor. –Joy
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