Friday, August 6

wise tidbits

Having spent some quality AND quantity time leaning over the toybox as I've been emptying it out, sorting all the millions of little things in it, tossing many broken things, putting away everything that doesn't belong in there, and then replacing everything else neatly back in it (yes, how long do you suppose it'll stay neat? HA!), I discovered a little book about three inches by three inches that once upon a time one of my little girls picked up at the local used book sale and which she used to carry around with her everywhere even though she wasn't even close to reading.  Perhaps it was because it was a book just her size and I noticed her little scribbles and even a little drawing of a person.  The book is Life's Little Treasure Book on Wisdom by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. and it is filled with little tidbits.  Let me share a few....

*Be kinder than necessary.

*Every person that you meet knows something you don't;  learn from them.

*Don't waste time responding to your critics.

*Never resist a generous impulse.

*Resist telling people how something should be done.  Instead, tell them what needs to be done.  They will often surprise you with creative solutions.  (Me - This is a neat concept to apply to older children to get them thinking!)
*Act with courtesy and fairness regardless of how others treat you.  Don't let them determine your response.

*Remember that what's right isn't always popular, and what's popular isn't always right.

*Be bold and courageous.  When you look back on your life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did.

*When there is a hill to climb, don't think that waiting will make it smaller.

*Pay as much attention to the things that are working positively in your life as you do to those that are giving you trouble.

Whew!  Have I given you enough things to ponder for the day?  Need some more wisdom?  Consult God's Word which is packed with bigger tidbits!

Enjoy this day in your garden!

Tammy ~@~


Laura said...

Dear Tammy,
These "tidbits" are wonderful! You never know what you will find in the "toybox". Thanks so much for sharing!

mom said...

You do never know what you'll find in a toybox! Trust me on that one! LOL!

And also trust me on the fact that you will be tested on some of these principles - repeating to myself over and over: "Be kinder than necessary, be kinder than necessary, be kinder than necessary...."

Tammy ~@~

val said...

Dear Tammy, Thank you for sharing these nuggets of gold - lots to ponder and lots of head nodding going on here! I wonder if your little girl will ever read them for herself ..... I hope so.
Have a blessed weekend,

mom said...

You know, now that she's reading, perhaps I should hand the book back to her, Val!

Thanks for stopping by :-)

Tammy ~@~

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