Reaping and sowing. We reap what we sow. We plant the seeds and watch them grow.

We reap what we sow. We plant the seeds and watch them grow. Reaping and sowing.

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Life is like a garden, you reap what you sow. Paulo Coelho

One of the things my oldest sister has always said is, “If we put all our problems on the line with everyone else’s we’d take our own problems back.” It might be the same with success.

If we knew the choices someone else had to make to become the success they are would we do what they did? I was listening to one of my favorite speakers Jim Rohn yesterday. He was talking about what he learned about building a Network Marketing Business part-time.

He learned he could work at his day job to pay the bills and part-time he could work at becoming wealthy. He learned there is a ratio of success. If he could get ten people out to meetings one would join his organization. When he got better two would join his organization, when he got really good three would join his organization. Everywhere we look we have the law of averages and we don’t have to hit every ball to have a good batting average. We have to take the chance. Wayne Gretzky said he missed every shot he didn’t take.

Life isn’t different for us even if we think it is. Jim Rohn talks about the law of sowing and reaping. We all know we can’t reap what we don’t sow. Some of us would like to reap what someone else sowed. That doesn’t work very well. We can’t reap happiness if we sow anger, disrespect, and discord in our marriage.

He tells us that if we are a sower with good seed and a diligent sower some of that seed will be eaten by the birds. Should we run after the birds and leave our seed, and our sowing. NOOoooo! We should keep on sowing. The birds will get some of it but they won’t get it all. Some of our seeds will fall on rocky ground. It will sprout but the first hot day will kill our little seedling. Our seeds will bear different amounts but we shouldn’t worry about that. We need to let our seeds mature into what they are going to be.

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson

This is a metaphor for our lives. As long as we live we need to be sowing and reaping. We will have good years and bad. Life is always opportunity mixed with difficulty. Sometimes it’s more difficulty and sometimes it’s more opportunity. For things to change we have to change. He tells us not to wish life was easier but to wish we were better. We need more skills to deal with the problems in our lives, and we need more wisdom to deal with the challenges. This applies to all areas of our lives, our relationships, opportunities, and finances.

I was one of the seeds that fell on rocky ground in Network Marketing. I’ve always liked the Rah, Rah of it but I’ve never stuck with any of them. I didn’t build my part-time business until now.

Writing is now my part-time business. When I fill out my income tax this year I will have “Royalties” to add as income. I have one book published, I am writing another, and after that another, and another. We never know where life will take us. We don’t know what seeds planted today will bear fruit in the future.

When we find something we love to do it isn’t only about the money. Sometimes it seems we are made to feel ashamed if we want more money. Don’t we all want more money if we are honest with ourselves? Isn’t prospering one of the blessings we hope to get in life?

Getting more isn’t the problem, throwing someone under the bus to get more, is. Taking what someone else has is the problem. When we build a business often we provide something that helps someone else and a lot of little businesses can create a prosperous town or city. Prosperous farms feed the people in prosperous towns and cities. Prosperous towns and cities create a prosperous country. Prosperous countries create a prosperous world. Artists, athletes, writers, and entertainers, who don’t provide the necessities of life only do well when the society is prosperous enough to support them.

We live in a prosperous society but not everyone is prospering. Is there a way to build our society so everyone prospers? Is there a way to make our relationships better? How is the law of sowing and reaping working in our lives?

The natural principle of sowing and reaping is always at work. Whatever you plant, whether physical, spiritual, mental, financial, relational, or emotional, will grow and someday return to you in a multiplied fashion. It can be incredibly good or terribly bad, depending on your seed. Paul J. Meyer

Every day you make a choice either to sow some of your seed or to eat it. When you exercise faith and sow, you release God’s law of prosperity. When you give in to your fear and eat your seed, or hide it, you release God’s law of poverty. John Avanzini

They who sow courtesy reap friendship, and they who plant kindness gather love. Saint Basil

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Gratitude and generosity. Respecting others and respecting ourselves. Are we living by the golden rule?

Are we living by the golden rule? Gratitude and generosity. Respecting others and respecting ourselves.

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When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others. The Dalai Lama

Are we living lives of gratitude and generosity? If when we help others we help ourselves. What does real help look like? Some people seem naturally more giving, generous, and helpful. I don’t mean the givers of advice and criticism where I may find myself. Is it easier in small communities to be helpful and generous?

How do we cultivate an attitude of generosity and gratitude? There is a form of generosity that I think if we would adopt would go a long way toward healing the hurts so many people have. We need to extend grace toward people who have wronged us, this generous act will gradually change how we see ourselves, our world, and our future. This isn’t easy when we feel people misjudge us, and ascribe motives to actions we don’t agree with.

This of course is easy for me to say because I haven’t been wronged very often in my life. I am blessed to live in peace and plenty. I haven’t traveled extensively but the few places I’ve gone have always welcomed me. If I’m not grateful for the life I’ve been blessed to live, what was I expecting would be enough to start being grateful?

We won the genetic lottery just being born. In my life, I’ve never gone a single day hungry that I didn’t choose as a fast day. I am grateful for good health and the good health of my family. I am grateful for prosperity even though I don’t consider myself rich. At this stage in my life, I still have goals and dreams and I am grateful for that.

My son tells me I am not a positive person, and I know what he is saying is true. I have second-guessed myself in ways I don’t think a truly positive person would. Perhaps if I was given a choice I would be different than I am but I’m okay with who I am, the life I’ve lived, and the choices I’ve made. They haven’t always been the best choices. Does anyone anywhere always make the best choices in every situation? Would that even be possible? What would we learn if we never made mistakes? How would we grow if we never failed?

Whenever you share the goodness in your heart. You always end up a winner because life is an echo. It gives you back what you have given. Unknown

I think of the Canadian Author who has a multi-million dollar contract for her first two novels. The first one is now published. Does early success work for us or against us? Do we always need to find a way to use our successes as stepping stones to other successes? Regardless of the heights we achieve, we can’t sit there; we need challenges and accomplishments throughout our life. We dream of overnight success, but is it what we really want? Isn’t it better to build success over time incrementally so we’ve built a strong foundation? If I was offered the multi-million dollar deal for my first novel and the sequel I am writing what effect would it have on my life? My retirement would be assured. I would feel I never have to work again, but would that be a good thing?

I am enjoying the little successes that are coming my way. A conversation with someone that tells me, “You are exactly who we are looking for to feature on our talk show, and it only costs $1250.00 American.”

“I’m looking for free publicity right now,” I tell her. We end our call and she tells me, “If you change your mind call me anytime.” It is not such a crazy price that I couldn’t pay it. I am hoping that Internet Radio Shows and regular radio shows looking for guests will contact me, or be interested when I contact them. Maybe “Pay to Play” has its advantages, maybe it doesn’t. I’m too new at this to know.

The publicity part of being an author is new to me. I am enjoying it. The one Internet Radio Show I was featured on was fun. “In the Author’s Corner with Etienne,” he’s a good host and put me at ease. We talked and laughed for an hour on air with no awkward dead spots. I am grateful he gave a newbie Indy author the opportunity to be on his show.

If we are grateful for the opportunities in our life we are told we will get more. If we want to be forgiven for our trespasses we must forgive others their trespasses against us. We may never live up to what we expect a life of gratitude and generosity should look like, but we can work toward becoming more grateful and generous. We can take a step, another, and then another. Where it will take us we do not know. We may be on a lifelong journey we can’t imagine.

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch heaven. Johannes A Gaertner

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. John Wesley

Life is an Echo. What you send out comes back. What you sow you reap. What you give you get. What you see in others exists in you. Regardless of who you are or what you do, if you are looking for the best way to reap the most reward in all areas of your life, you should look for the good in every person and in every situation and adopt the golden rule as a way of life. Zig Ziglar

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Our life shows on our faces. Can we make the wrinkles be where the smiles were?

Can we make the wrinkles be where the smiles were? Our life shows on our face.

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A beautiful face will age, and a perfect body will change, but a beautiful soul will always be a beautiful soul. Monik Heidi

Life is an adventure if we look at it that way, or it can be sad, lonely, and unhappy. Is the choice ours to make?

When we reach a goal we need a new one. I’m the Coordinator for our Toastmasters Speechcraft six-week series that gives people the opportunity to experience Toastmasters for a short period of time. Some people don’t have time in their life for a weekly commitment. Some people don’t want to commit to a yearly membership fee. It is a chance to have a Toastmasters experience and build some skills over a short period of time.

If you’ve never been a member of Toastmasters you will wonder how it could be fun, and for some, becomes one of the highlights of their week. It is hard to explain but being part of a group working on improvement is empowering, inspiring, and helps us to continue to improve. When we finish a project we move onto the next and this is what we must do in life.

We do move on. We never eat the same dinner twice. Change is happening every day even if we don’t acknowledge it. Last night my husband and I sat and watched a part of “My Six Hundred Pound Life” the woman wanting bariatric surgery didn’t know or didn’t acknowledge she had regained half (over fifty pounds) of the weight she had lost in her goal to be eligible for bariatric surgery. How do you not know if you’ve gained over fifty pounds? My husband and I got up and found something else to do.

The thing is we can lie to ourselves and we do it all the time. We tell ourselves it won’t matter if we skip our exercises, or we eat ice-cream instead of what we should eat. We’ll be okay if we don’t study, don’t practice the speech, don’t write today, or don’t make an effort with the ones we love.

Little things we do daily give us the life we have. It is a harsh truth but I believe successful people do things that make them successful and unsuccessful people do things that make them unsuccessful. Little things build on each other. We build our life with our habits and it isn’t big things, but little things that build on each other. Do you notice that the posture of older people is not like the posture of younger people except sometimes we see older people who have been vigilant about their posture and they appear more youthful?  Pulling in our stomachs and keeping our shoulders back is a habit.

Nothing is more beautiful than a smile that has struggled through years and tears. Unknown

I remember the father of my daughter’s tutor. He was ramrod straight and looking at him I thought, there is a disciplined man. Sometimes we had good habits and we gave them up. We should instead keep all of our good habits and continue building on those good habits throughout our lives.

What do we want to learn, achieve, accomplish that we haven’t done yet? What virtues can we aspire to? What relationships can we nurture, heal, or develop? Who can we help, inspire, and mentor? Who can we find to mentor us? No matter how much time we spend we will never be the best we can be in every area of our life. This means we can grow and develop until we die.

Don’t we love it when we meet older people who still have a sparkle in their eyes? They are willing to try new things, meet new people, share their wisdom, and encourage others. They see potential instead of problems. They instruct and encourage instead of criticizing and demeaning. When I grow old I want to be one of those old people. It is easy to focus on what is wrong, but if we focus on the possibilities of what can be, what we can do, where we do have influence instead of the things beyond our power we can make a difference in our own and other people’s lives.

What habit should we develop? What incremental change would have a compounding effect on our life? Whatever we do will compound in one direction or the other. If two sisters start off at the same weight and one loses twenty pounds and the other gains twenty pounds they now have a forty-pound weight difference. If one continues to get fit and stay at a healthy weight and one continues to gain weight we can see the compound effect in their lives. It is also evident in the other choices we make. Smiling, happy people have a different look on their face as they age than unhappy people. If our life experience shows on our face, what face do we want to have in our old age?

The face you have at twenty-five is the face God gave you, but the face you have after fifty is the face you earned. Cindy Crawford

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art. Eleanor Roosevelt

Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young. Ben Franklin

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Family is the most important thing. We all come from a family. What are we passing on to the next generation? Is it blessings or curses?

We all come from a family. What are we passing on to the next generation? Is it a blessing or a curse? Family is the most important thing.

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A happy family is but an earlier heaven. George Bernard Shaw

Today is Family Day, a day to celebrate our families, or is it just a paid vacation day? I doubt if we took a poll that families are any better with Family Day than they were without it. Just like Valentine’s Day doesn’t strengthen our relationships. We are no more in or out of love on Valentine’s Day than any other day. It puts pressure on people to be romantic. What is being romantic? Haven’t you noticed how high the prices for flowers get on Valentine’s Day? If you love me you’ll pay $50.00 for flowers that usually cost $20.00. Is that love? Our relationships are as good or as bad as they are. Relationships ebb and flow. Does how romantic Valentine’s Day was indicate anything.?

Nor will what we have planned for Family Day be an indication of how our family is.  Days that cause us to reflect on our lives and the people in them may be a good thing. We should be grateful every day for the people who share our lives. If our relationships work we make our family feel loved every day. We share warm, loud, and wonderful dinners full of laughter.

Not being able to get together is one of the hardships right now. Long phone calls full of laughter take the place of in-person meetings. We can have telephone calls where we might talk about things we wouldn’t talk about in person.

One of the things that days like Family Day and Valentine’s Day remind us of is the importance of people in our lives. While they are still part of our life we can enjoy their presence. We don’t know from day to day or year to year who will be able to come to the next family gathering, or even if we will. We can live life fully while we live. We can love our family as fiercely as we can and encourage them to forge their own family.

The leader of my writer’s group says she knows she did a good job when she sees her grandchildren with their children. Societies that work are based on strong families.

There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues… are created, strengthened and maintained. Winston Churchill

My son tells me one of his friends is now working in a Youth Detention Centre. Has every one of those kids been failed by their family? A few years ago I met a woman in my writing group, she wrote a book, “Young Lives on the Line.” She spent years working in Youth Detention Centers. What is the difference between kids who get into trouble, and troubled kids? We all did things we shouldn’t have, didn’t we? But, we didn’t all end up in trouble. Resilience was built into our families and our lives, so we could have second and third chances. If one job didn’t work out we had people we could turn to while we regrouped and went in a different direction.

Some of the Youth in that detention facility will have strong families that will be able to help that errant youth get on the right path. They aren’t all hopeless cases in there. Some of them will do the time, get out, then go on to lead happy and productive lives. Some of them won’t. What is the difference between the one’s that will go on to better lives, and the ones that will go on to worse ones? It might be simplistic to say that the family is a big part of the equation, but I believe the family is the main part of the equation.

If it is true that we pass blessings or curses to our families then we must choose which of these we’ll pass down. It means we must deal with our demons so our families don’t have to deal with them further down the line. My Grandfather didn’t allow strong drink in the house because his stepfather was mean when he drank. Did he stop a curse that would have gone down the generations?

This gives me pause as I think about what behaviors, mindsets, or actions could be negative and passed down to the generations to come. What do I need to work on that will be a blessing to the rest of my family? What inheritance do I want my grandchildren and great-grandchildren to get from me? How will their lives be easier or harder because of the decisions I’ve made and actions I’ve taken?

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Romans 12:9

Family and friendships are two of the greatest facilitators of happiness. John C. Maxwell

Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter. Brad Henry

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Take the step the bridge will be there. Say yes to life.

Say yes to life. Take the step the bridge will be there.

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Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. Robert F. Kennedy

We want to do something but we tell ourselves it will be too hard, it won’t work, or what if we fail. Often if we will take that step to make a change in our life the bridge will be there and by crossing that bridge we may find it easier to make decisions and trust things will work out in the future.

Does it also work the other way? The more things we don’t do, tell ourselves can’t work and didn’t push forward on the less we feel prepared to take the step ahead of us?

What if there aren’t really many things in life that are good or bad, but our thinking makes it so? We can bemoan the opportunities that eluded us or we can grab hold of what is in front of us. Not everyone we meet sees greatness, encourages us, helps us, or even likes us. How much growth in our life would we have if it was so easy we had no challenges to overcome, no growth, and no perseverance. We would also not have achievement. If we need to struggle to grow then we should be happy when things don’t work out as planned. I know, this is a stretch.

In Grace Cirocco’s book “Take the Step the Bridge Will Be There” she gives us the “The Self-Defeating Cycle.”

Fear becomes a lack of self-love which becomes a lack of courage, turning into a lack of faith, resulting in no action, turns into depression, which becomes regret, ending in sadness. We had a choice we didn’t take and we end up sad with less self-confidence.

She also gives us the “Braveheart Cycle.”

We face fear and feel uncomfortable feelings, we take action facing risk, we grow and develop self-confidence, and we end up feeling courageous.

We may think these cycles are only relevant in the big areas of our lives. Don’t they happen all the time? We wish we said something and because we didn’t we live with regret. We wish we’d changed something years ago, but we hesitate to do it now because it’s been so long, and we continue to live with regret.

We are always here in this moment and it is in this moment we have the power to decide to do something, feel courageous, or not do something and live with sadness and regret.

You can have anything you want if you want it passionately enough. You must want it with an inner exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world. Sheila Graham

Sometimes we regret in the short term and are happy in the long term we didn’t make that decision and take that action. It isn’t always wrong to hold back, and it isn’t always right to forge ahead. When we make the right decision we call it good judgment. We teach our children to have good judgment and not to follow the crowd. Somewhere we need to find a balance between being a risk-taker and being careful about the risks we take. Putting the mortgage money on red is brave, stupid, foolhardy, and not likely to end up well.

Have you seen the movie “Yes Man” starring Jim Carey, he takes few chances and lives a lonely unsatisfied life? He is pushed into joining a movement where the only answer is “Yes” to whatever is asked. He starts saying “Yes” to everything and his life changes in a big way.

Sometimes we have to jump in, sometimes we have to wade in slowly, and sometimes we need a push to get going. It isn’t important how we do it, it’s important that we do it. How do birds know they can fly? Is there a step you want to take, a change you want to make, something new you want to bring into your life? Take the step, the bridge will be there.

“Come to the edge,” he said. They said, “We are afraid.” “Come to the edge,” he said. They came. He pushed them… and they flew. Guillauwe Apollinaires

You know that if you get in the water and have nothing to hold on to, but try to behave as you would on dry land, you will drown. But if, on the other hand, you trust yourself to the water and let go, you will float. And that is exactly the situation with faith. Alan Watts

Passion lops off the length of weariness. Passion is the elixir that renews… Oh, don’t sigh heavily from fatigue: seek passion, seek passion, seek passion. Rumi

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Creating good daily habits is more important than we think. Our life is built on the seemingly unimportant things we do daily.

Our life is built on the seemingly unimportant things e do daily. Creating good daily habits is more important than we think.

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You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. John Maxwell

The kitchen makeover is almost complete. White paint now covers pink pickled oak and yellow paint has replaced the wallpaper.  The new handles haven’t arrived yet so the old ones with a little paint on them have been reinstalled. A pretty shelf liner in black and white will replace what was there before. We want to get back to eating at our table, have our utensils back in their drawers, and enjoy the sunnier and brighter kitchen we now have.

We could have done our kitchen slowly ripping off the wallpaper an hour here and an hour there. It took me a week and a half of long hours to get the wallpaper off. Getting the wallpaper off was the biggest part of the job.

When we want to make a change in our lives some things we can do quickly and some things we have to do slowly over time. A lot of us are good at the big things. We will work as hard as we need to get something done. Are we willing to daily do the things we want to change that we can’t change in a day, week, or month?

Yesterday for many of us was a day of overeating, over-drinking, and over-celebrating. We can eat and drink like that a few days a year but what if we did it daily? We might be able to do a 5k, 10k, or full marathon but we can’t do it every day. The marathon isn’t going to make us fitter and healthier.

We may dream of winning a million dollars. We can build ourselves up to millionaire status by investing over time in small amounts. The value and dividends compound over time. We might not think a small amount deposited regularly will amount to much. Haven’t we all heard about the magic of compound interest, we need to make it work for us.

Success doesn’t come from doing extraordinarily difficult things. It’s doing simple things consistently. Unknown

We often worry about our weight. We want to lose weight so we try something drastic we can’t possibly stick to over the long haul. If we adopt an eating and exercise habit we can stick to we will not see results quickly but they will compound over time. Mom’s habit of doing back exercises in bed before she gets up has paid dividends over the years. She is still doing them and she is still reaping the benefit.

Our daily habits might not seem like much, but for good or bad they will compound into something. If we eat 100 calories less than we need over time we will lose weight, if we eat 100 calories more than we need over time we will gain weight. We won’t see either of these in six months but if we keep it up which direction we are going in will be evident.

Intermittent fasting is all the rage now. I’ve adopted it myself. Eating a little later for breakfast isn’t a hardship. A twenty-four-hour fast a couple of days a week is doable. A small morning exercise routine might hardly seem worth doing. These aren’t practices that will make a huge difference immediately, but over time they lead to better health.

We may sit down and read a book at one sitting. This will not change our life. If we read ten pages or a few minutes every day, this can change our life. Small incremental changes can move us in a direction we want to go, as we keep the good habits we have and develop new ones we keep moving forward toward our goals.

We might think we need to make a grand gesture in our marriage but what if we started small? A little more respect, a little less flying off the handle at the unimportant, a peck on the cheek, a hug, an invitation to something fun? We might think we need a big holiday to put the romance back in our marriage. That might be a way of not doing the little things we can do to make things better. We have a choice to make every day, we can make things worse or we can make things better. We can be grateful for the partner we have or we can wish they would change. We can look for little ways to thank them for the things they do that bring pleasure, security, order, and fun into our lives.

It’s the little things in life that make a big difference. Sometimes they are so little we don’t see where they are leading. Is it true if we look after the little things the big things look after themselves? We have more control over the little things. If it’s true we all have more power in our lives than we think we do.

That monthly deposit into an investment plan over time will turn into something. Waiting until we have enough to invest may keep us always waiting with good intentions but not getting anywhere. We want to see the big changes in our lives but the real difference is made in our daily habits. It is in the daily things we do where we see the compound effect. Is our life compounding in the positive or negative direction?

The compound effect is the principle of reaping huge rewards from a series of small, smart choices. Darren Hardy

Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it… He who doesn’t… pays it. Albert Einstein

The truth is, what you do matters. What you do today matters. What you do every day matters. Successful people just do the things that seem to make no difference in the act of doing them and they do them over and over until the compound effect kicks in. Jeff Olson

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The call to adventure. You’ve got to read this.

You've got to read this. The call to adventure.

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The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. Dr. Seuss

If we are on the Heroes’ journey or want to be on the heroes’ journey we get a call to adventure and we have to accept it. We say yes to reading the book, taking the job, getting married, having children, starting a business, joining Toastmasters, writing a book, taking a class, or moving somewhere to start anew. Every new thing in our life has a catalyst – a call to adventure. Come and see where this leads.

Isn’t every book we buy like that? We go to the book store or look on Amazon and we have an array to choose from. Maybe we have the gift card from Christmas in our pocket. We aren’t even worried about the price. We want a worthy book.

Just the other day Mom asks me if I’ve read “The Nightingale” a book set in 1941. She tells me it is a book everyone should read because we should understand how fortunate we are, and be grateful. Mom lived through 1941 in Canada, 1941 in France would have been an entirely different story. We don’t know how hard things were for people in Europe during World War ll. How could we, most of us were not born?

One of the things that amaze me is the books Mom reads. How does she happen to be reading the book everyone else is reading? The answer of course is because she’s a reader, someone whispers to someone who whispers to someone else you should read that book, and the whispers reach Mom. When everyone was reading “The Help,” Mom was reading it. “The Nightingale” is showing up in Good reads in the “What are you reading posts.” It’s also showing up on a book lovers Facebook group.

Anybody who creates any product or business hopes someone whispers to someone “Have you,” and then their company, book title, or product is said next.

Word of mouth is still the best advertising. It is what you can’t buy with Facebook ads, TV spots, or by being on a radio show. We can all afford word of mouth because all we need is a “Worthy” product that some people will talk about. We don’t need everyone; we need a few people willing to invest time and money into our book or product for the experience and pleasure of consuming it.

Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once. Stephen King

My husband’s cousin, a teacher in The Bahamas reads Danielle Steele books. I read Danielle Steele books too but I think my husband’s cousin is a very loyal fan. Obviously, to become the author Danielle Steele has become she has hordes of loyal fans. It all probably started with “Have you read,” whispered to someone who whispered to someone, and the whispering never stopped.

A book is a call to adventure, what characters will we meet, where will we go, and what will we learn? We will spend our time in a world created by an author. It is an investment in time and money. Time is more important than money. We can only read so many books. We only have so much time. We may not know how we decide what book it is we excitedly pay for, can’t wait to get home or be delivered and start. We can order the Ebook and start immediately. Somehow, out of the array we had to choose from we made a choice.

If many people make the same choice we have a best seller. It isn’t advertising that makes a best seller, its readers choosing to buy, and whisper to someone “You’ve got to read this book.”

Have you read a good book and whispered the magic words, “You’ve got to read this?” Are you heeding the call to adventure when someone whispers them to you?

If you want to read about love and marriage, you’ve got to buy two separate books.

When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does. Nora Ephron

If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t yet been written, then you must write it. Toni Morrison

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Patience is not passive. Patience may be the ingredient we need in our lives to make everything work out for the best.

Patience may be the ingredient we need in our lives to make everything work our for the best. Patience is not passive.

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Patience is not passive, on the contrary, it is concentrated strength. Bruce Lee

We want things to happen now but we have to be patient. Being patient is hard. When we paint our nails, not letting them dry before we start doing something often wrecks our nails.

We are painting our kitchen cabinets white. To practice, we are doing a test on bathroom cabinets. The prep is important to a nicely finished paint job. They must be degreased, sanded, and primed. The primer needs to dry for 24 hours. When I realized I missed some spots on the drawers. I should have waited another 24 hours to let that primer dry, but I didn’t have the patience and I hope I don’t end up looking at that spot on the drawer as a reminder to be more patient. I wanted the first coat on so I could do the final sand today and apply the second coat. I am hoping I don’t need three coats of paint.

Choosing the white paint to paint white cabinets was a huge decision. White is white, right? No, definitely not, what undertone do we want our cabinets to have? My sister, “The Kitchen Whisperer” tells me she has clients call her up and tell her they didn’t get the right color of cabinets. She has even looked at the cabinets in their kitchen and agreed until she compares what they got to the sample and it is the correct color. It doesn’t look like what they thought they were getting under their lighting and the other colors in their home. The direction our windows face will also color our paint color.

Decorators talk about warm whites think yellow undertone, and icy whites think blue undertone. I finally chose Chantilly Lace, an icy white. The kitchen is now painted Hawthorne Yellow and the trim is Hi Gloss Manufactured White. The Chantilly Lace looks exactly like I want it to with one coat of paint on the doors. I can’t wait to see the doors with the second coat on. This is where patience comes in. I was going to go with a warmer white but next to yellow that might not have looked white enough. So far I am happy with my color choices.

Our patience will achieve more than our force. Edmund Burke

Color is important and we feel better surrounded by color. All white homes are a trend right now that doesn’t appeal to me, although in pictures they do look beautiful.  When I see white sofas I shudder to think what they look like after they’ve been lived with for a while. I always feel better when I wear certain colors. Orange/Red is one of the colors I often wear on zoom calls. I look better on zoom in orange/red than any of the other colors I wear. A friend had her husband paint their garage door in three different shades of Hunter Green. I don’t know if she was finally happy with the color or if he refused to paint it a fourth time.

My daughter wonders what color battles might be in her future. Her husband likes grey and she loves color. Creating a color scheme for a home is a huge decision. We have to live with our, and sometimes someone else’s choices for years. Colors come in and out of style but we aren’t changing our flooring to match trends. The choice of the aqua carpet when we bought this home is still a choice we live with on the second floor. Some day it will be gone but it is a process, a long-drawn-out process.

The process of painting the kitchen cabinets might try my patience but in the end, if they look as good as I think they will it will be worth it. It’s amazing what a little paint, patience, and perseverance can do.

Patience is the best remedy for every trouble. Plautus

Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind. David G. Allen

Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is “timing” it waits on the right time to act, for the right principle and in the right way. Fulton J. Sheen

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