Eight gifts that don’t cost a cent
THE GIFT OF LISTENING . . .
But, you must really listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.
THE GIFT OF AFFECTION . . .
Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back, and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.
THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER . . .
Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, “I love to laugh with you.”
THE GIFT OF A WRITTEN NOTE . . .
It can be a simple “Thanks for the help” note, or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.
THE GIFT OF A COMPLIMENT . . .
A simple and sincere, “You look great in red”, “You did a super job”, or “That was a wonderful meal” can make someone’s day.
THE GIFT OF A FAVOR . . .
Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.
THE GIFT OF SOLITUDE . . .
There are times when we want nothing better than to left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of time alone to others.
THE GIFT OF A CHEERFUL DISPOSITION . . .
The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really it’s not that hard to say “Hello” or “Thank you”.
I ADD, THE GIFT OF ACCEPTING . . .
If someone does one of the above, be kind and accept the gift or gesture in the manner in which it was intended, a gift to be given and received.
The Difference Between someone who has failed and being a failure
A failure is a person who has blundered but is not able to cash in on the experience.
ELBERT GREEN HUBBARD (1856-1915)
A failure is not someone who has tried and failed: it is someone who has given up trying and resigned himself to failure; it is not a condition, but an attitude.
SYDNEY J. HARRIS (1917-1986)
Failure is not failing down; it is remaining there when you have fallen.
Great accomplishments are often attempted but only occasionally reached. Those who reach them are usually those who missed many times before. Failures are only temporary tests to prepare us for permanent triumphs.
CHARLES R. SWINDELL (1934-)
I’ve never met a person, I don’t care what his condition is, in whom I could not see possibilities. I don’t care how much a man may consider himself a failure, I believe in him, for he can change the thing that is wrong in his life any time he is ready and prepared to do it. Whenever he develops the desire, he can take away from his life the thing that is defeating it The capacity for reformation and change lies within.
PRESTON BRADLEY (1888-1983)
No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep picking ourselves up each time. We shall of course be very muddy and tattered children by the time we reach home. . . It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of his presence.
C.S. LEWIS (1898-1963)
Our Father in heaven . . . help us to see that it is betyter to fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed than to succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail.
PETER MARSHALL (1902-1949)
The probability that we may fail in the struggle should not deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1809-1865)
There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.MICHEL EYQUEM DE MONTAIGNE (1533-1592)
Whose job is it?This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done, and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got any about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.