Writers Quote Wednesday

Can You Live a Life of No Regrets? #BeWoW #WritersQuoteWednesday #WQWWC

It’s been quite a while since I’ve made the time to contribute to the BeWoW/Writers Quote Wednesday effort – too long. But life seems to get in the way often these days and I just haven’t.  But a thought has been nagging me for a while so here we go …

George Burns

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 Back in the 1980s I recall seeing George Burns on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson being his usual, unpredictable, hilarious self during an interview. Mr. Burns answered a question from Carson which I can’t recall , but will never forget his answer:

“Don’t believe everything they tell you. I use salt. I smoke 15 cigars a day. I have three or four martinis a day. If I don’t like the food, I send for ketchup. I’m almost 90 and I have no regrets.”

Being young and naive I was inspired; this was how I was going to live my life: with no regrets! And I managed do that for a while – until I got older and wiser and realize just how badly I’d failed my attempt to do this. (For those interested, you can find similar quotes like this one on the web.)

The other night as I was putting my grandson to sleep I sang an old hymn to him, one that I’ve sung him to sleep with for years. But on this night he asked about its meaning, which I explained to him. I was happy he remembered the song and was interested in it,but it reminded me of how much better I could have done with my own children if I had spent less time at work and more time with them: one of my a biggest regrets I have.

I’m glad that I have had the opportunity to make up for some of that time, though it was with a high cost. And I look forward to being a bigger presence in my grandsons (the one here now and the one coming in July) in a positive, godly way. 

Regrets are, in my opinion, inevitable; we are human and we falter and make mistakes. The most important things are how we recognize, respond, and recover when we do fail. Whatever it is that needs done, do it in humility, love, and with great urgency. And learn from them! Don’t waste precious time on regrets; recognize, respond, and recover from them and move on. Life is too short to live in the past. 

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Great Ideas #BeWoW #WritersQuoteWednesday 

As the old year winds down I usually do a little assessment of it and “grade” it according to my judgement. While I look at all aspects of my life, I focus primarily on the spiritual side. I’m not done with my assessment as of this writing; I’m writing on Monday, scheduling for today. 

I don’t “do” resolutions; studies and personal experience show they don’t work. But last year I discovered this idea of One Word; focus on a single word for the year and see how it works in your life. I liked it. I’m in the process of getting my word for 2016 now. 

As I’ve been pondering the last year I came across this quote I wanted to share. CD Jackson Quote 

Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings. – Charles Douglas Jackson

In setting goal and making plans we tend to go big; there’s nothing wrong with that. However, it seems most of the time we don’t have a full plan for getting from where we are to where we want to be. Then when the inevitable fork in the road comes we are lost. 

This year I pray that we each have a happy, healthy, blessed year. And I hope we all get our landing gear in order before we see out on our trips. 

Although I know there’s not an official Writers Quote Wednesday this week, I figured that shouldn’t stop me from linking to it anyhow. As far as I know Ronovan’s BeWoW is still on but I may be wrong in that. Nevertheless, this post is linked to both. 

Amy Carmichael #BeWoW #WritersQuoteWednesday 

I came across this quote and image on my Facebook feed several days ago and saved it for today.  

Image courtesy of the Banner of Truth; click rhe image for more information.

 

“Let nothing be said about anyone unless it passes through the three sieves: is it true? Kind? Necessary?”

– Amy Carmichael

It speaks volumes to me about how we ought to act but, seemingly nowadays, don’t. This is one of those rare times when I really hope my perception is off. 

This post is linked to both the BeWoW and Writers Quote Wednesday communities; make sure to check them out!

Memories #BeWoW #WritersQuoteWednesday

Once we have finished out our days here in this life our possessions will quickly be dispersed, assets liquidated, what will be left? Memories. 
The memories of the time we spent and things we did – our real legacy – is the only lasting thing we will leave behind.
  

“The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.” ~ Billy Graham

How will you be remembered? Do you care or have you thought about it? Today is the day to begin improving on anything you feel could be better. Why today? Because tomorrow may not come. 

This post is linked to both the BeWoW and Writers Quote Wednesday communities. 

Selflessness #BeWoW #WritersQuoteWednesday

It seems to me that we live in an age that is more self-centered than ever before. Don’t  believe me? Look at the popularity one of the newest gadgets on the market the Selfie Stick, the most popular Christmas gift of 2014. Of course the Selfie Stick fad will likely fade away but it is a fair assessment of our narcissistic society in my opinion (on which I;m the leading expert).

Thinking about an experience I had a couple of years ago with a man at a Christian gather brought to mind a quote of one of my favorite authors, C.S. Lewis: “Selfishness has never been admired.”- C.S. Lewis

Being anything but fleet of foot, I am usually near the end of most lines; sometimes this is by choice, given my balance issues, but mostly is is because I can’t move very fast. As I made my way to the lunch line with a Brother I was discussing some of the issues we were voting on, the man, a minister from another state, made sure to let us in front of him. At first I thought he was being cordial and I appreciated that. But then I heard him paraphrase a verse of Scripture saying, “he who would be first will be last and he who is last shall be first”. And then he allowed another person to get in front of him, repeating his paraphrase; I witnessed this no less than three times. I later told my friend that by his actions, saying what he did aloud time again, he was being proud not humble as the Scripture intends to teach us; he agreed.

In my experience it is much more gratifying to be selfless than to be selfish. And I find that what Lewis said is true, as is the opposite; a selfless person garners respect and admiration if it is sincere selflessness. It takes less effort, too, to be selfless than to be selfish in my experience; you have only to think of others needs before acting. I will admit sometimes it does require more effort and perhaps a little sacrifice to be selfless but not always usually.

I challenge you this week to be a blessing to someone by being selfless toward someone in some way; make it easy and do something for a friend or loved one. Better yet, make it a a little more of an effort and be selfless to a complete stranger.

(This post is linked to both the BeWoW and Writers Quote Wednesday communities.)

Thanksgiving #BeWoW #WritersQuoteWednesday

 Being Thanksgiving Eve I thought that a quote about being thankful would be most appropriate for this week’s BeWoW and Writers Quote Wednesday post. I think that this one pretty well sums up my idea of what thanksgiving ought to be.  

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.”
– Henry David Thoreau

Thanksgiving shouldn’t be just a day of feasting and football. Thanksgiving should be a way of life that we choose daily. 

Generosity #BeWoW #WritersQuoteWednesday #Quotes

I ran across a quote this weekend that struck me because it was so simple and yet so profound.   

“Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.”
Khalil Gibran

I’ll be honest: I didn’t recognize the name when I read it. It wasn’t until I read about him (click his name for more) that I realized he was such a well known writer and poet; he is the third best selling poet in history in fact. 

This post is connected with both the BeWoW and Writers Quote Wednesday communities. Be sure to check them!

It Could Be Worse #BeWoW #WritersQuoteWednesday

The title of this post pretty well sums it all up: no matter what your situation, there’s someone that is worse off than you are.

 

“No cases of eye strain have been developed by looking on the bright side of things.” – Unknown

 
(Despite looking, I could find no attribution for this quote. I did find it in multiple place and variations but no idea of who it came from.)

Be thankful for what you have, where you are, and where you’re not.

“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

(This post is linked to no the BeWoW and Writers Quote Wednesday communities; make sure to check them both out.)

,Character #BeWoW #WritersQuoteWednesday

This is the final day of the Three Day Quote Challenge I was invited to participate in by Meredith.

Today’s quote comes from one of my favorite authors and preachers Charles H. Spurgeon and it deals with character:

  

“May your character not be a writing on the sand, but an inscription upon the rock!” C. H. Spurgeon 

Known today as the prince of preachers, Spurgeon inspired many in his day with his sermons and writings, as he continues to do today.

In my lifetime I have witnessed, in my opinion (on which I am the leading expert), a change in folks’ character in general. When I was young we were raised that a man’s word was his bond and a handshake meant something almost sacred: it meant that two individuals were in agreement on a given issue and they staked something more precious than money as the collateral, their character. Our society places a very high value on many things; I don’t think that character – honesty, integrity, righteousness – is anywhere in the top 25 of their list, probably it’s much lower. I know this is not a universal truth, thankfully, but I fear it is solidly a general fact. Until the collective we once again place value in that which is truly valuable, esteem others higher than ourselves, hold fast to our convictions, we will keep seeing a persistent skewing of our moral compass, a continuation of the epidemic of addictions plaguing our nation, the further crumbling of the family unit, and an apathetic nation of takers walking over anyone between them and their “wants” believing this is normal.

I remember a time when our country was esteemed in the world community, unlike the persona that is and has been attached to us for some time now. I also remember a time when our country was referred to as The United States or The United States of America, not simply as America. I’m not sure exactly when this transition began but I’m fairly certain if one were to research it the timing will correspond with when we started to shift our values from those of our forefathers, the ones they fought so hard and passionately for that a nation was born.

When we begin to value character again, when we begin to love our brothers and sisters again, when we decide to put our houses rightly in order again, then we will begin to be united again. And until we are once again The United States of America we aren’t the country or people that scores of men and women have bled and died for; we are someone/something they wouldn’t recognize. 

This post is linked to both the BeWoW and Writers Quote Wednesday communities; make sure to check out both of them.