rudyard kipling200px-Collier_1891_rudyard-kipling  Rudyard Kipling was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist. His quote “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind” is just as true today as it was then. He is remembered for poems of British soldiers and stories for children. One of his best known works was The Jungle Book (a collection of stories which includes “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi“); the short story, The Man Who Would Be King“; and two of his poems Mandalay and Gunga Din.

A verse from one of his poems:


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

April is poetry month. If you love poetry spend the next thirty days

looking up work from your favorite poets. Might I suggest you might

want to do that on even days and on odd days read the poems of poets you

aren’t familiar with.

Enjoy the month of poetry reaching and touching your heart.


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Fourth Secret to Beauty

david hume    David Hume was  a  Scottish   philosopher, historian, economist and essayist in the 1700′s. But his words are as potent today as they were then.  He said, “Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them”.

What do you keep your mind on? What do you feed your mind? What do you listen to? What do you read? I’m not being nosy. I am asking you these questions in order to say they are important. Just like what we feed our bodies is important for our health so is what we do with the mind.

If you want to have beauty, then you have to be careful to feel your mind with good things. You have to listen to good things and watch good things. I don’t need to explain what is good and what isn’t. We all know what is good for us and what is bad. There was a saying…Garbage in, garbage out.

The fourth secret to beauty if feeling our minds with what is good.

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Third Secret to Beauty


ben hogan Ben Hogan, one of the great golfers said, “As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.”

If you truly want to be beautiful, you have to slow down your pace a little. Yes we all have jobs to do, places to report for work, household chores but we need to slow down enough that we see the beauty that was created just for us. A beautiful blue sky, flowers with sweet smells and beautiful colors, oceans and mountains are all there for us. It offers us tranquility and an aura of peace so that we can breathe in the serenity that helps us navigate through our everyday responsibilities.

Being hurried all the time takes its toll on the beauty within and without.

The third secret of beauty is to take the time needed to appreciate the beauty around you.


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The Second Beauty Secret


220px-Walt_disney_portraitWalt Disney said, “The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.

You can always tell when a person is special. They don’t have to tell you they are. They aren’t boastful but confident in who they are. They recognize themselves. They aren’t trying to be like someone else. Like who you are. Get to know you.  You are made in God’s image and he made you special and unique in every way.

The second beauty secret, is recognizing ourselves as unique human beings.

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Beauty Secret


audrey hepburnth  Who could forget the beautiful Audrey Hepburn? A Hollywood Star with movies such as “Sabrina” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Her elegance and charm captured your heart.

But she was just as beautiful on the inside. She said, “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

Every female I know wants to be beautiful in their own fashion. Ms. Hepburn’s words tell you how. Words  that will  change you on the inside and overflow to the outside. A true beauty regimen. Try it for thirty days and watch the transformation of beauty before your eyes.




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Attitudes in Living


The_Prophet_Book_Kahlil_Gibran_Arcturus_foulshamKhalil Gibran was a Lebanese artist, poet, and writer who said, ” Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.

His book, The Prophet, was originally published in 1923. It continues to inspire millions worldwide. It holds timeless words of love and mystical longing.  Writing with insight, hope, and a remarkable compassion for the human condition, Kahlil Gibran explores ideas of joy and sorrow, friendship, good and evil, pleasure, reason and passion, expressing humanity’s yearning for a Unity of Being, only achieved through love.

In life we are going to have disappointments and hurts. We never want to get use to them but,  we want to know how to handle them.sad sack1 Our attitude toward them and how we handle them will determine to a great extent our success in life as a person. We don’t have to be down trodden. Yes, things happen, but we control our reactions to them. We are in control of our attitudes.



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One State to the Other

mark twainSamuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twin said, an American author and humorist said,   “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”

All through the working years, you  hear people say, “I will be glad when I don’t have to work anymore and can do what I want”. Or perhaps you’ve heard, “Boy, will I be glad when I can retire.” Other things are, “I shouldn’t have to work.”

Funny thing about that, when you get to the age when you can retire and not have to work anymore you just may find yourself wondering what to do with yourself all day.

Working is one of the rewarding parts of life. It teaches you many things as well as provides many things. One of the most important things it teaches is an appreciation of yourself and your efforts. Of course, the other thing it provides a roof over your head, clothes on your back and food in your mouth.

We pass from one stage to another in life. We seem to always be wishing for the next one, at least until we get there. Then we start the cycle over wishing we were in the next one. Perhaps we might find it more exciting to live in the present one instead of wishing for the other one. After all, it will come fast enough.


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Blame-Yours, Mine or Ours

kids blame    One of the things I noticed when my children were growing up is how quick they were to blame the other. They would say “It’s her fault, she did it, or she made me do it.”

Funny thing, that’s the same thing my sister and I would say when we were little. We would put the blame on each other. When we grew up, we quit blaming each other and took responsibility for our own mistakes.

It’s the same way we our attitudes. You know you have truly become an adult when you realize that you are the only one responsible for your attitude. You don’t blame someone else for how you feel.

I heard a speaker at a conference say, “No one can make you feel lousy, negative, ugly, or dumb. That is, unless you allow it.” He went on to say, “If you are confident in yourself, and who you are, you recognize no one has that kind of power…unless you give it to them.”

John C. Maxwell, author, speaker to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders and organizations and pastor,  once said, “The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.john c maxwell




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sadness1th We’ve all experienced disappointment. We know how it feels. Many years ago, as newlyweds, we were transferred to a new city. We prepared everything, put our condo on the market, visited the city, and a few weeks later found a house to buy. About that same time, we got an offer on our condo.

We were thrilled to say the least. It was working out perfectly. We accepted their offer; made an offer on the house in the new city, it was accepted. Three days later, the couple who was going to buy ours, backed out.

You can imagine our disappointment. The first few days the disappointment seemed to loom over me. I hated this feeling. I knew I had to change my attitude. For me, this meant changing the way I was looking at the situation.

I began looking for the positive in what happened. I had to dig deep at first but eventually I was able to see positive and eliminate the negatives I had felt. It wasn’t long, just a few days, and I was feeling much better and my attitude was on a comeback. A few weeks later, someone else made an offer, and it went through. And this offer was better than the first one.

The main thing for me was I felt better, even before the sale. That was an important lesson for me. To keep my attitude in check. When disappointment comes, and it will occasionally, look to see what positives are in that disappointment.

I am convinced having the right positive attitudes will help you soar upward and the negative attitudes keep you dragging on the ground.

W. Clement Stone said, “There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is the attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.”w.clementstone

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Which Do You Want To Choose?


Every morning when we get up, the first decision we will make is whether we will choose to have the right mental attitude for the day or whether we will choose the wrong mental attitude.

This is one decision we need to determine in our heads right up front; because our entire day is going to depend on it.

If we choose the right mental attitude, we can achieve anything. But if we choose the wrong mental attitude, we will not be able to achieve our goals, our desires, wants or needs.

Not everything that happens to us during the day is going to be a 100% wonderful, there just may be a few bumps, but our attitude will determine the outcome of how we let those bumps affect us.

Since we have a choice, wouldn’t it be better to choose the positive attitude than the negative one.

Thomas Jefferson said, “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude”.thomas jefferson

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