Tuesday, February 28, 2017

World War I mine crater

Monday, February 27, 2017

Lent: What to give up

A Lenten Reflection

Give up complaining——focus on gratitude.
Give up pessimism——become an optimist.
Give up harsh judgments——think kindly thoughts.
Give up worry——trust Divine Providence.
Give up discouragement——be full of hope.
Give up bitterness——turn to forgiveness.
Give up hatred——return good for evil.
Give up negativism——be positive.
Give up anger——be more patient.
Give up pettiness——become mature.
Give up gloom——enjoy the beauty that is all around you.
Give up jealousy——pray for trust.
Give up gossiping——control your tongue.
Give up sin——turn to virtue.
Give up giving up——hang in there!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Chris Pratt in front of the Washington Monument

Be sure to read about the Washington Monument here.

House in the middle of the street

Quotes about leadership

1. "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples." -Mother Teresa
2. "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou
3. "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right." -Henry Ford
4. "Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence." -Vince Lombardi
5. "Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it." -Charles Swindoll
6. "If you look at what you have in life, you'll always have more. If you look at what you don't have in life, you'll never have enough." -Oprah Winfrey
7. "Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent." -Eleanor Roosevelt
8. "I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." -Jimmy Dean
9. "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" -Audrey Hepburn
10. "To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart." -Eleanor Roosevelt
11. "Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears." -Les Brown
12. "Do or do not. There is no try." -Yoda
13. "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve." -Napoleon Hill
14. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain
15. "I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." -Michael Jordan
16. "Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." -Albert Einstein
17. "I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions." -Stephen Covey
18. "When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." -Henry Ford
19. "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." -Alice Walker
20. "The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." -Amelia Earhart
21. "It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." -Aristotle Onassis
22. "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." -Robert Louis Stevenson
23. "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." -Ayn Rand
24. "If you hear a voice within you say, 'You cannot paint,' then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. -Vincent Van Gogh
25. "Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs." -Farrah Gray
26. "Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck." -Dalai Lama
27. "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." -Albert Einstein
28. "What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do." -Bob Dylan
29. "I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do." -Leonardo da Vinci
30. "When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us." -Helen Keller
31. "When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy.' They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life." -John Lennon
32. "The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
33. "Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear." -George Addair
34. "We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." -Plato
35. "Nothing will work unless you do." -Maya Angelou
36. "Believe you can and you're halfway there." -Theodore Roosevelt
37. "What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality." -Plutarch
38. "Control your own destiny or someone else will." - Jack Welch

Fall in Love poem by Pedro Arrupe, SJ

Attributed to Pedro Arrupe, SJ 

Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination,
will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read,
whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love,
stay in love,
and it will decide everything.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Run through the rain

A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in Walmart.
She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced
image of innocence.

          It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to flow down the spout. We all stood there, under the awning, just inside the door of the Walmart. We waited, some patiently, others
irritated because nature messed up their hurried day.

          I am always mesmerized by rainfall. I got lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world. Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a child came pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day.

          Her little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in, 'Mom let's run through the rain,'

          She said. 'What?' Mom asked.

          'Let's run through the rain!' She repeated.

          'No, honey. We'll wait until it slows down a bit,' Mom replied.

          This young child waited a minute and repeated: 'Mom, let's run through the rain..'

          'We'll get soaked if we do,' Mom said.

          'No, we won't, Mom. That's not what you said this morning,' the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom's arm.

          'This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?'

          'Don't you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, ' If God can get us through this, He can get us through anything! ' '

          The entire crowd stopped dead silent.. I swear you couldn't hear anything but the rain.. We all stood silently. No one left. Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say.

          Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly. Some might even ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child's life. A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith.

          'Honey, you are absolutely right. Let's run through the rain. If GOD lets us get wet, well maybe we just need washing,' Mom said.

          Then off they ran. We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes, through the puddles. They got soaked.

          They were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars. And yes, I did.

          I ran. I got wet.  I needed washing.

          Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they can take away your money, and they can take away your health. But no one can ever take away your precious memories...So, don't forget to make time and take the opportunities to make memories everyday.

          To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.


Monday, February 6, 2017

What you sew you reap!

What you sew you reap!
If you plant honesty, you will reap trust.
If you plant goodness, you will reap friends.
If you plant humility, you will reap greatness.
If you plant perseverance, you will reap victory.
If you plant consideration, you will reap harmony.
If you plant hard work, you will reap success.
If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation.
If you plant openness, you will reap intimacy.
If you plant patience, you will reap improvements.
If you plant faith, you will reap miracles.
If you plant dishonesty, you will reap distrust.
If you plant selfishness, you will reap loneliness.
If you plant pride, you will reap destruction.
If you plant envy, you will reap trouble.
If you plant laziness, you will reap stagnation.
If you plant bitterness, you will reap isolation.
If you plant greed, you will reap loss.
If you plant gossip, you will reap enemies.
If you plant worries, you will reap wrinkles.
If you plant sin, you will reap guilt.

So be careful what you plant now,
It will determine what you will reap tomorrow.

source unknown

Friday, February 3, 2017

This is us Timeline

This is us Timeline

August 31, 1944 - Jack Pearson is born.
1950 or 1951 - Rebecca Malone is born.
1974-1976 - Jack and Rebecca meet.
1979 - William Hill meets Randall's biological mother.
January 20, 1980 - Kevin, Kate, and Kyle Pearson are conceived in the bathroom of a bar called Froggy's (keepin' it classy) during Super Bowl XIV.
May 1980 - Jack swallows his pride and asks his father for money to buy a house.
August 31, 1980 - Randall is dropped off at a firehouse by his biological father, William Hill. A fireman takes him to the hospital. Kevin and Kate are born at the same hospital. Kyle does not make it. The Pearson's adopt Randall.
1980 - Rebecca meets William Hill and requests that William stay away from Randall.
1982/1983 - Jack gets a new job in an office.
1989 - Jack has been drinking quit a lot and decides to quit drinking. Rebecca meets William a second time.
August 31, 1990 - Kevin professes his love for Sophie.
1998-2000 - Jack Pearson dies (we don't have a year for this yet but in the funeral flashbacks, the three children appear to be in their late teens or early twenties).
1999 - Randall Pearson marries Beth Pearson.
2000-2003 - Kevin marries Sophie.
2000-2005 - Rebecca Pearson marries Miguel, Jack's best friend .(no idea what year this happened but they appear to have been married for quite some time).
2004 - Kevin and Sophie are divorced.
2007-2010 - Randall and Beth Pearson two daughters are born - Annie and Tess (not sure how old they are yet).
August 31, 2016 - Randall finds his biological father, William. Kevin quits the TV show he starred in...a sitcom called The Manny. Kate meets Toby Damon at a weight-loss support group.