Saturday, November 30, 2013


At the first sign of disease, or at the first word from a doctor that you may be seriously ill, your thoughts and feelings shift. You make a sudden movement into your mortality, which you have probably ignored for years. Life now changes radically. Relationships shift. The things that give meaning are put into perspective. You wonder endlessly. You discover new fears. You try to sort out what is important from what is distracting.
(Thomas Moore, Dark Nights Of The Soul, p. 267)
30 November 2013

Friday, November 29, 2013


Not all traditions are good.
(after Three Minutes A Day by The Christophers, Vol. 41, 26 October)
29 November 2013

Thursday, November 28, 2013


Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received.
Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling.
Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.
(Henry Van Dyke, in Peace Flowing Like A Gentle River, 21 November)
28 November 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

All Right

Today, I will accept myself just the way I am.
(Perry Tilleraas, The Color Of Light, 15 October)
27 November 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

On The Sunny Side Of The Street

Even if you are generally upbeat and walk on the sunny side of the street, you cannot ignore the surprises, sometimes painful ones, life has in store for each of us.
(The Christophers, Three Minutes A Day, Vol. 41, 29 October)
26 November 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Problem In Life

But the problem in life is that we all, in some situations, come to the end of our abilities, strength, knowledge, and experience, and at that moment, just having faith in faith, or belief in belief, or even faith in ourselves is not enough. We need more.
(Cloud & Townsend, God Will Make A Way, p. 19)
25 November 2013

Sunday, November 24, 2013


How much trouble he avoids who does not look to see what others say or do, but only what he does himself, that it may be just and pure.
(Marcus Aurelius: Meditations in One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 22 July)
24 November 2013

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Live Intentionally

Don't let your life speed out of control. Live intentionally. Slice out time from your schedule to do something today that will last beyond your lifetime.
(Betty Johnson in Promises Of Joy, p. 189)
23 November 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013


... practice discernment.

Relationships can get messy; people often harbor personal agendas and attempt to mask their true motives or to make them sound more noble than they really are.
(Leadership, John C. Maxwell, 15 July)
22 November 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013


Any way you look at it, confrontation is part of relationships...
(Cloud and Townsend, Boundaries Face To Face, p. 242)
21 November 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Time Is Passing

... time is passing and you don't have all the time in the world to accomplish what you desire.
(Thomas Moore, Dark Nights Of The Soul, p. 297)

One's life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.
(Luke 12:15 in Three Minutes A Day, Vol. 44, by The Christophers, 24 October)

Don't stop the flow of abundant energy by hoarding or owning what you receive. Keep it moving. Use your prosperity in the service of others, and for causes greater than your ego.
(Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, The Power Of Intention, p.185)

I urge you to simply accept the fact that you'll never get it all done and begin to live more fully in the only moment that you have - now!
(Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, The Power Of Intention, p. 194)

Although I cannot expect to achieve perfection, I can observe my progress and enjoy the deep satisfactions it can bring me.
(One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 24 June)

Your home is your castle. Keep it clean and healthful as you can.
(The Christophers, Three Minutes A Day, Vol. 44, 20 October)

Solving a problem starts with changing your viewpoint.
(The Christophers, Three Minutes A Day, Vol. 41, 19 October)

My goal will be to make myself entirely ready to let go of the negative habits of thought that have been reflected in the happenings of my life.
(One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 20 June)

The defects of character I want to be rid of, are sure to have deep roots in habit. My daily conscious cooperation will be needed as I ... try to deal with them patiently, one by one.
(One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 20 June)

The dark night of illness sets severe limits on what you can do. It forces you to slow down and focus on things that matter.  It keeps you in one place and on your back...
(Thomas Moore, Dark Nights Of The Soul, p. 282)

This day belongs to me. I can do wonderful things with it, creative things, including the creation of order in my surroundings and in my mind. Nobody else owns my particular segment of time, so it depends on me how well I will fill every moment to my satisfaction.
(One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 30 July)

The choices we make nearly always reflect our true character.
(John C. Maxwell, Leadership, 4 August)

Character isn't created in a crisis, it only comes to light. Everything you have done in the past -- and the things you have neglected to do -- come to a head when you're under pressure.
(John C. Maxwell, Leadership, 31 July)

[Often people] ... have personal patterns they are unable to change, ways of thinking, behaving, and living that defeat their best efforts.
(Cloud and Townsend, God Will Make A Way, p. 11)

Confront because you want to help solve a problem...
(Cloud and Townsend, Boundaries Face To Face, p. 228)

Positive confrontation is a sure sign that you care for a person and have their best interests at heart. Each time you build up ... [a person] and identify their problems, you give them an opportunity to grow.
(John C. Maxwell, Leadership, 28 July)

All confrontations require love so that the person you confront can metabolize the truth without feeling hated, bad, or defensive.
(Cloud and Townsend, Boundaries Face To Face, p. 226)

Finally, you may need to accept that the person ... [you are confronting] won't change. You may be dealing with a person who is ... [unable to listen or change] and confrontation may not help. At some point you may need to evaluate if you need to leave the relationship or setting because of the problem... or you may conclude that although you don't like what is going on, the advantages and good things make it worthwhile to stay. (Cloud and Townsend, Boundaries Face To Face, p. 263)

The true test of human contentedness is not wealth, but the answer to the questions, "Why am I here?" and, "What happens when I die?"
(I failed to record the source.)

Compiled by Richard E. Henthorn
20 November 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Free Lunch

All over the country, people are suffering the consequences of desiring rewards without investment. Many bought houses and cars they couldn't afford; and because finance companies were willing to fund those bad loans, they ignored good judgment and only saw the rewards they could have with little to no sacrifice.  Those rewards they thought they could have so easily are in jeopardy or gone completely; and the reality that we can't have something for nothing is here to stay.
(David Jeremiah, Journey, 26 July)
19 November 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

Live From Your Soul

You can live from your soul rather than your self. This means to be less in control, less certain of the truth of things but more in touch with your intuitions and emotions. It means to be less focused on the self and more identified with others.  It means to understand that you are part of nature and that your soul, which is the source of your identity is a piece of the world's soul. Your roots reach downward, not into the brain, but into the soul.
(Thomas Moore, Dark Nights Of The Soul, p. 294)
18 November 2013

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Take Two Pills And Call Me In The Morning

There's nothing natural about living a life filled with stress and anxiety, having feelings of despair and depression, and needing pills to tranquilize yourself.
(Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, The Power Of Intention, p. 188)
(17 November 2013)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Greatest Achievements

The greatest achievements are the results of accumulated experience, maturity, and the application of healthy principles.

Today is just a brief entry in our daily journals ...

Tomorrow holds great promise for us if we can see it as another page in our lives instead of the whole book.
(Night Light, Amy E. Dean, 26 October)
15 November 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013


When our serenity is dependent on someone else's behavior, we're in trouble.
(The Color Of Light, Perry Tilleraas, 17 October)
15 November 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Good Communicators

Photo by Mr. Dickie

Good communicators are aware of their feelings and able to express them. How we feel is at least as important as what we think. Knowing our own feelings and being able to tell our loved ones about them can be extremely helpful.
(Harry & Emily Griffith, This Love We Share, 20 June)

Focus is important. Focus on those parts of yourself that are working. Look at yourself as someone ... [who] is in the process of healing. Concentrate of the positive parts.
(Will Garcia in The Color Of Light by Perry Tilleraas, 3 November)
14 November 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

I Can See My Way Clear

"If you don't know where you're going, you're liable to end up someplace else."
(Yogi Berra in This Love We Share by Harry & Emily Griffith, 29 June)
13 November 2013 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Detaching doesn't mean we don't care. It means we learn to love, care, and be involved without going crazy.
(Melody Beattie, in The Color Of Light, by Perry Tilleraas, 11 November)
12 November 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

Say What?

Backyard photo by Mr. Dickie

... people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. (The One Year Book Of Bible Readings, 7 June)
11 November 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

What's The Good Of It?

"What new and good things happened to you today?"
Putting some gratitude in your attitude can help calm your inner worrywart.
(Three Minutes A Day, The Christophers, 15 October)
10 November 2013

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Tackle These Ideas

  • Listen more than you talk.
  • Give more than you get.
  • Smile more than you frown.
  • Compliment more than you criticize.
  • Be fascinated more than you're frustrated.
  • Be accepting more than rejecting.
  • "Walk the walk" more than you "talk the talk."
  • See the cup "half full" more than "half empty."
  • Think "we" more than "me."
  • Help more than you hinder.
  • Work more than you whine.
  • Laugh more than you cry.
  • Believe in yourself more than you doubt.
  • Above all, love more than you ever have.

(The Christophers, Three Minutes A Day, Vol. 41, 6 November)
9 November 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013

Make A Difference

In the face of great need, there is usually some way each of us can make a difference.
(The Christophers, Three Minutes A Day, Vol. 41, 23 October)
8 November 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Positive Results

We ... need to remember to surround ourselves with people who expect positive results - people who bolster our confidence and support us in our determination and recovery. (Perry Tilleraas, The Color Of Light, 24 October)
7 November 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Negative Beliefs

Try to uncover the negative beliefs that keep doors shut 
replace them with the positive belief that new possibilities are open.  
(after The Color of Light, Perry Tilleraas, 1 November)
6 November 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

It's Too Much

People are losing faith in the ability of our leaders to govern. There is:

  • Too much secrecy
  • Too little privacy
  • Too many lies
  • Too many unnecessary wars
  • Too many corporate tax breaks
  • Too many tax increases
  • Too much election corruption
  • Too much election district gerrymandering
  • Too little participation of the American public in the process of governing 
  • Too few jobs
  • Too low minimum wage
  • Too easy access to guns
  • Too many guns
  • Too little access to health care insurance
  • Too much cancer, heart disease, Aids, and obesity
  • Too many unnecessary surgeries
  • Too many dying cities
  • Too many illegal immigrants
  • Too much pork barrel spending
  • Too many bridge to nowhere projects
  • Too little infrastructure maintenance
  • Too many water main breaks
  • Too many power outages
  • Too many bridges in poor repair
  • Too many domestic terrorist killings
  • Too much talking and texting while driving
  • Too much drug use
  • Too many red light and speed cameras
  • Too much delay in filling top level Presidential appointments
  • Too much delay in filling all government jobs
  • Too much political talk with little action
  • Too many filibusters 
  • Too many under-educated children and adults
  • Too little Christian religion
  • Too many government projects that fail
  • Too little compromise in the houses of Congress
  • Too many members of Congress who have been in office too long
  • Too few viable political parties 
  • Too little accountability

When you get right down to it, it's all just Too Much!

Mr. Dickie
4 November 2013

Sunday, November 3, 2013


When the country is in chaos everybody has a plan to fix it -
But it takes a leader of real understanding to straighten things out.
(Proverbs 28:12 (The Message) in Leadership by John C. Maxwell, 4 July)
3 November 2013

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Is Stuff Enough?

You're not what you have and what you do; you're an infinite divine being disguised as a successful person who has accumulated a certain amount of stuff.

The stuff is not you.

This is why you must avoid being attached to it in any way.

Attachment is ... [a] roadblock. When you hang on to that which arrives, rather than allowing it to move through you, you stop the flow [of positive energy and impede your ability to do what you want and be where you want to be.] You hoard it or decide to own it, and the flow is disrupted.

Concerning abundance, one of the most effective ways to increase that pulling power from intention to you is to take the focus off of dollars [and possessions] and place it on creating abundant friendship, security, happiness, health and high energy.
(Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, The Power of Intention, extracted and modified from, pages 179-81]

Dick Henthorn
2 November 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013

Business As Usual

Mr. Dickie sitting down on the job

Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
(Thomas Carlyle in Night Light by Amy E. Dean, 14 October)
1 November 2013