I have in my hands two boxes,
Which God gave me to hold.
He said,"Put all your sorrows in the black,
And all your joys in the gold."
I heeded his words, and in the two boxes,
Both my joys and sorrows I store.
But though the gold became heavier each day,
The black was as light as before.
With curiosity, I opened the black,
I wanted to find out why?
And I saw, in the base of the box, a hole,
Which my sorrows had fallen out by.
I showed the hole to God, and mused aloud,
"I wonder where my sorrows could be?"
He smiled a gentle smile at me.
"My child, they're all here with me."
I asked, "God, why give me the boxes,
Why the gold, and the black with the hole?"
"My child, the gold is for counting your blessings,
the black is for you to let go."
~ Author Unknown ~
I sought to hear the voice of God
And climbed the topmost steeple,
But God declared: "Go down again —
I dwell among the people."
~ John Henry Newman ~
The hero is no braver than an ordinary man,
but he is brave five minutes longer.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~
The tissue of life to be
We weave with colors all our own,
And in the field of Destiny
We reap as we have sown.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier ~
When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would have
not a single bit of talent left and could say,
I used everything You gave me.
~ Erma Bombeck ~
Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.
When you educate a man you educate an individual;
when you educate a woman you educate a whole family.
~ R.M. MacIver ~
Overheard in An Orchard
Said the Robin to the Sparrow:
"I should really like to know
Why these anxious human beings
Rush about and worry so."
Said the Sparrow to the Robin:
"Friend, I think that it must be
That they have no heavenly Father
Such as cares for you and me."
~ Elizabeth Cheney ~
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