A Great Reward

The infectiously joyous men and women are those who forget themselves in thinking about others and serving others.
Robert McCracken

Te be of service is a solid foundation for contentment in this world.
Charles Eliot

Joy can be real only if people look on their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.
Leo Tolstoy

When people are serving, life is no longer meaningless.
John Gardner

Servants work for low pay, long hours and no applause, “wasting” their talents and skills among the poor and uneducated. Somehow, though, in the process of losing their lives they find them.
Philip Yancey


I didn’t want to look back when I’m an old man and say, “You had a special talent and you didn’t get the most of it.” That’s been a real motivating factor for me, something I think about every day.
Kerry Collins

When my time is up and I stand before my maker, I’d like to be able to say, “God, I don’t have one ounce of talent, love, compassion or energy left. I used every gift you gave me.”
Montel Williams

Trying to get by on talent is a fatal mistake.
Pete Maravich

It is not the possession of extraordinary gifts that makes extraordinary usefulness, but the dedication of what we have to the service of God.
Frederick Robertson

How to Set Goals

Let your goals be important enough to override your distractions.
Billy Casper

There were dozens, even hundreds, of small goals that led me to the point where I finally became a Yankee.
Derek Jeter

Motivated people raise the bar to supposedly unreachable heights and then establish the methods necessary to reach those heights. They purposely set difficult goals for themselves, because they realize that if the challenge isn’t worthy, the payoff will be empty and unsatisfactory.
Rick Pitino

Make sure your goals are clear and specific. If your goals are nebulous, the results are likely to be nebulous too.
Pat Williams

If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not being very innovative in what you’re doing.
Weston Agor

Today Is the Day

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so.
Mary Irion

If you lived today as if it were your last, you’d buy up a box of rockets and fire them all off, wouldn’t you?
Garrison Keillor

Yesterday is a memory; tomorrow is an imagination; today is eternity. Cut out two days of your life, yesterday with its mistakes, tomorrow with its fears, and live only today.
Virgil Reed

Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can.
Douglas Pagels

One of the most difficult yet basic fundamentals to master is the art of enjoying each moment that you are given on this planet. It’s easy to do that, of course, when the birds are singing and life is going your way. It’s not so easy when you are struggling. Yet even the struggle is a gift, if you are willing to see it that way.
Isiah Thomas

Children Enrich Our Lives

Once the children were in the house the air became more vital and more heated; every object in the house grew more alive.
Mary Gordon

Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.
Henry Ward Beecher

God sent children for another purpose than merely to keep up the race – to enlarge our hearts; and to make us unselfish and full of kindly sympathies and affections; to give our souls higher aims; to call out all our abilities to extended enterprise and exertion; and to bring round our firesides bright faces, happy smiles and loving, tender hearts.
Mary Howitt

The pleasures we get from children are far more precious than gold.
Jewish proverb

Many people have said to me “What a pity you had such a big family to raise. Think of the novels and the short stories and the poems you never had time to write because of that.” And I looked at my children and I said, “These are my poems. These are my short stories.”
Olga Masters

It’s the Little Things

Many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.
Luke 16:10

The power of a man’s virtue should not be measured by his special efforts, but by his ordinary doing.
Blaise Pascal

Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.
Dale Carnegie


Of all the friends we have, our mother is the most loyal, the most steadfast. Her love knows no limits.
Rhonda Hogan

One mother can achieve more than a hundred teachers.
Jewish proverb

We can’t nourish our children if we don’t nourish ourselves. Parents who manage to stay married, sane and connected to each other share one basic characteristic: the ability to protect even small amounts of time together no matter what else is going on in their lives.
Ron Taffel

It seems to me that since I’ve had children, I’ve grown richer and deeper. They may have slowed down my writing for a while, but when I did write, I had more of a self to speak from.
Anne Tyler

If you focus your attention on housework and meal preparation and diapers, raising children does start to look like drudgery pretty quickly. On the other hand, if you see yourself as nothing less than your child’s nurturer, role model, teacher, spiritual guide and mentor, your days take on a very different cast.
Joyce Maynard