In a tense time, we can still make a positive difference

This week Christians celebrate Holy Week. Those of the Jewish faith celebrate Passover. Around the world, however,  it has been a week of tension due to many unfortunate events such as Russian intervention in Ukraine, Search for the missing plane in the Indian Ocean, sad memories of the Boston Marathon bombing a year ago, the tragic slaying of three gentiles by a Neo-Nazi targeting Jews near Kansas City, a ‘blood moon’ rumored to be a harbinger of the end of days, harsh spring storms and now the sinking of a ferry off the coast of Korea.

I have learned that trauma happens no matter what we do or say. Worry does us no good, because we worry about those things we can’t do anything about. A positive attitude and a thankful heart do more good than all of the worry and anxiety we could ever muster.

Over the past few days I have occupied myself in activities which I felt were beneficial. I went to a political meeting where candidates for federal, state and local offices could express their views. My wife and I went to church to worship God. We went to our granddaughter’s Easter party at school. We attended a Kiwanis meeting. Today she is going with her mother to visit her sister who was recently in the hospital, and I am going to visit a friend who has just been transferred from the hospital in a neighboring city to a local rehab center.Friday evening we are going to another town to judge dishes in a festival.

We are here to make a difference in this world. We may not move mountains, but we can encourage others who need our touch for that day.

After you do your best to help others, you may want to check out the excellent works of St. Clair Publications authors at, or on amazon worldwide. Have a blessed day!

Moments that take our breath away

There’s a proverb that says, Life is not measured by the nember of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. How true. With all of the ugliness we see on the news one might think that all is bleak–that no one cares–but that is not true. God cares for us all, and we are all in His hands.

If we paid less heed to media hype and spent more time on positive matters, we would see that there is much good to behold. So absorb yourself in your blessings today, not the evil which lurks in the dark corners of the minds of those who see no hope.

Think of the beauty of nature–the purple mountains’ majesty, the unconditional love of a mother for her child and that of the Creator for His creation. Read some inspiring poetry; watch an uplifting film.

The beauty, love and hope are out there for free. Inspiring poetry may be found in many places. One good source are books from St. Clair Publications like my Reflections on Life, Inspirational Poems of Encouragement by Philip C. Vinson and Apprentice on a Canadian poet and music teacher, Susan Flemming.

Lose yourself today in a moment which will take your breath away.

Garbage trucks

I get a lot of emails that I don’t ask for, as everybody does. Most of them are ‘spam,’ and there’s a story behind how they came to be called that, but I won’t get into that now, because that’s not what this post is about. I got one unsolicited email this morning from a friend that I took time to read, becaise it flowed along the stream of thinking which starts a positive day. I’m reposting it below. It’s food for thought.

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us.  My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly.
So I asked, ‘Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!’
This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, ‘The Law of the Garbage Truck.’

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment.
As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they’ll dump it on you. Don’t take it personally.

Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don’t take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day.
Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets,
So … Love the people who treat you right.

Pray for the ones who don’t

is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!

Have a
garbage-free day!

Long day, much accomplished

Sometimes when I have had a long day which involved a lot of work, either physical or mental, I am tired but have a great sense of accomplishment. I work in priorities. I get those things done first which are most needed and will produce the most lasting results.

When I have had a day like today, I always rest well because I know that it was not a day lived in vain. At the end of life’s day I want to have the same positive feelings that I have tonight. I want to feel that the efforts I made have helped others live better and feel better about themselves and what they have been able to accomplish. Not a bad goal, I think.

Failure is not an option

I have always been thankful for thre encouragement I received while growing up from my family. I was made to feel that anything I set my head and heart to accomplish, I could.

If we beileve we can achieve our goals, failure is not an option.

This modern statement of resolve came fully into our vocabulary in the 1990s, especially after Ed Harris used it playing Gene Kranz in Apollo 13 in 1995 (The phrase was not actually used by Kranz during the mission, though he did write a book by that title that strengthened the use of the phrase). But at least one printed example pre-dated that decade. The following citation is from an ad in Field and Stream in October, 1988.

“When one shotgun has to do the job of three, Failure is not an option.”

Set your goals high and never accept less than your best.


Connecting the dots

The metaphoric idiom, ‘connecting the dots’ is based on a process going back to the nineteenth century suggested by a professor at Yale to educate small children. The entirity of how this phrase evolved will be revealed in an upcoming dictionary.

Connecting the dots in our lives to make the most of our opportunities doesn’t happen by accident. We have to mentally prepare ourselves, believe in ourselves and make the most of every situation. Life ‘throws everyone curve balls.’ The next time this happens to you look up, not down.

Have a marvelous day!