A Long and Successful Life

I often get the question, “How have you had such a long and successful life?” I try to have something good with which to look forward. It could be as simple as a dinner with friends, a forthcoming trip to Pittsburgh, etc. This keeps my mind free from bad thoughts that try to creep in. I also make it a point to think every day how I can improve my life, as well as everyone else’s. Hope-Inspiration-Courage-Comfort-Love Are values that keep my mind active. These simple principles have kept me going for 85 years, Perhaps they can do the same for...

Change | It Isn’t Easy

It is not easy to try to change your life. It is also hard to change someone else’s. What has surprised me is that many people are open to improving their lives through change. Don’t be afraid to dispense a small dose of Hope, Inspiration, Courage, Comfort, and Love To those who could use it. You may be surprised at the...

Relationships | Consider the Feelings of Others

As we interact with others, it is important to consider their feelings as well as listen to their words. People who are filled up with themselves, and don’t consider the feelings of others, do not establish long and active relationships with anyone. They are thought of as brash, presumptuous, and tactless! Relationships are important, and feelings play a big part in establishing them. Be sure feelings are part of your...

Backpacking | God Works in Strange Ways

Before school starts every year, my church has a drive to give out backpacks. They fill them with all kinds of things that are useful as the kids enter school. One of the things included is the One Day at a Time book. Last year I got a text from one of the recipient’s fathers who was having a difficult life. When he opened his daughter’s backpack to check it, he found the little book. He texted me that it was just what he needed to get his life moving forward again. His comment was, “That God once again works in strange ways.” I totally agree! Can the book One Day at a Time help you and your family in their search for Hope – Inspiration – Courage – Comfort – and Love? I hope...

God Help Me To Realize…

Everything just doesn’t come my way Cars on the street go in two directions Things will get better The storm does not last forever People don’t always mean what they say You have to work for it Life doesn’t go on forever You can make a difference Romance may be just around the corner Divorce might also Death might too Kindness has no equal Truth is fundamental Grief is the price we pay for deep love Love is meant to be shared We all need hope and inspiration Happiness is a wonderful feeling Giving up is out of the question Understanding is a lot better than a misunderstanding Most everything is possible Anger is just one D away from...

Love | We All Need to Know We Are Loved

Love is used in many ways. The surprising thing is the phrase, “I love you,” in the past was almost never spoken between older adults and their children. When I brought this up at a group meeting of people sixty years and older, there was almost 100% agreement with what I just wrote. All of us need to use these important words among those we love. I have a hard time believing every one somehow cannot utter, “I love you,” when it is appropriate. People just seem to take it for granted that others are aware of these unspoken thoughts. They are not! The good news is that I hear younger people using, “Love, Love Ya, All My Love,” seemingly all the time. Who says we aren’t making progress! This blog, I hope, will be a reminder that we all need to know that we are...

Hope | Be Open to Possibilities

We all need to have hope! Even in the worst of times, there is still a possibility. Hope just does not come from wild imaginations, but realities that can be open to us all. Hope is the step prior to inspiration that is necessary to help us get through life. People that believe in God seem to have more hope in their lives. Every day I hope that I can impact someone’s life for the better. I hope that you will join me in...

Happy People | Send the Right Message

I don’t know too many happy people. But, I certainly recognize them when I see them. And, when I get to know them, there is no question about it. My wife died about two years ago, and I wondered if I could ever be happy again. I found out that I could. When I selected a new church for a Sunday service, I got there early and took a seat in the very last pew in the center section. I was half an hour early. As I watched the congregation arrive, I observed a lady who seemed to know every one that entered; and she struck me as the happiest person I had ever seen. Surprisingly, as it got closer to 11 o’clock, she came in and sat down next to me. I later found out that I had taken the seat that she regularly occupied. This went on for several Sundays, and I finally broke the ice by asking her what made her so happy. The answer was, “A divorce.” She was alone, I was alone, and we still are alone. But, we have had some wonderful times going out to dinner, the theater, and of course being in church together. Now you will recognize two happy people, if you join us in the last pew! Being happy sends a message – The right message. Be sure your name is on...

Depression | Help is Available

It’s easy to get depressed. It happens to me quite often. Fortunately, it only lasts hours, not days. Having felt depression, I know what you are going through. Get help if it is long term. Help is...

Freedom | Give Thanks to Veterans

Give thanks to all the service personnel who have protected our country. Show them your appreciation. While I have received much appreciation for my 4 years in the military service, I am one who is appreciative of what the service did for me. I got to spend three years in Europe with the US Air Force during the early 50’s.  If there was ever appreciation time, that was it. The dollar to the German mark was 4.20.  Gasoline was $.15 a gallon. Yes, the decimal point is correctly placed.  The rest and recreation centers in Garmisch were $.75 cents a night and you could eat out in one of Wiesbaden’s best restaurants for $1.50. I think many veterans feel appreciative and thankful of acquiring many skills that lasted a lifetime while they were serving their...