The purpose of Mr. Dickie's Blog is to provide a place where I can post quotations I like and write about things that are on my mind. As of the summer of 2011 I have NetworkedBlogs posting a link to this blog to Facebook.
You'll feel better about yourself once you realize that completing something is a worthy goal in itself.
(The Christophers, Three Minutes A Day, Vol. 41, 20 March)
Yesterday I spent time on the phone with the Micro Center help desk. I tried to renew my ESET virus software on May 13th and thought I'd been successful. Later I noticed that I was getting a message when I booted the computer telling me there was a problem. I'd printed out the pages with all the information. The person working the Help desk took remote control of my computer and then talked me through the steps. It wasn't too difficult. I think the problem was caused when I didn't sign on as Administrator. I'm still confused about this. At any rate all of the feedback indicated a good install. The messages at sign-on this morning looked correct.
With some people, you really want to put an effort into the relationship, with others, you don't want to deal with the person. How can you evaluate what's at stake? How do you know when to hang on and when to let go?
(Sandra A. Crowe, Since Strangling Isn't An Option, p. 242)
29 May 2014
Do not disturb yourself by thinking of the whole of your life. Let not your thoughts at once embrace all the various troubles which you may expect to befall you. But on every occasion ask yourself, "What is there in this which is intolerable and past bearing?" For you will be ashamed to confess. In the next place, remember that neither the future nor the past pains you, but only the present. But this is reduced to a very little, if you only circumscribe it, and scold yourself if you are unable to bear even this.
(Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Chapter VII, 36)
28 May 2014
Whatever may happen today, I will think of it as a challenge which I am well able to meet. If it is good, I will receive it gratefully as a special gift. If it is not good, I will deal with it as well as I can, knowing it will pass if I do not let it overwhelm me. I will not let the good make me complacent, nor will I allow the not-good to drown me in despair.
(One Day At A Time In Al-Anon, 27 May)
27 May 2014
Patience is very necessary for each of us, because many troubles befall us in this life. No matter what we do to live in peace, life cannot be without struggle and sorrow.
(after Thomas 'a Kempis, The Imitation Of Christ, Book 3, Chapter 12)
26 May 2014
Because a thing is difficult for you to do, do not think it is impossible for any man; but whatever is possible for any man to do and right for his nature, think that you can achieve it too.
(Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Chapter VI, 19)
24 May 2014
What people resist about change is being changed. They want to be enticed and supported, but not forced. They like to think that changes in their behavior are born of their own motivation to be better people, and they want to take credit for their own growth. They don't want to be made to change; they want to make the change themselves and they want to think it was their idea.
(Sandra A. Crowe, Since Strangling Isn't An Option, p. 35)
23 May 2014
My friend, do not trust the way you feel at the moment, for your feelings will soon change. All your life you are subject to change, even if you do not want to be. Sometimes you are happy, sometimes you are sad, sometimes you are calm, sometimes restless, now full of devotion, now not, now studious, now lazy, now solemn, now lighthearted. The person who is wise and well instructed in spiritual things is above these changes, not paying attention to his own feelings or which way the wind blows. Instead, he directs his full attention toward reaching his desired goal.
(Thomas 'a Kempis, The Imitation Of Christ, Book 3, Chapter 33)
20 May 2014
There is no better training ground for forgiveness than in the home. The importance of our relationship, the constancy of it, the intimacy and vulnerability all work together to make it likely we'll often fail to live up to each other's expectations.
(Harry & Emily Griffith, This Love We Share, 14 November)
18 May 2014
You cannot be fully satisfied by material possessions, for you are simply not made to enjoy them. Even if you owned every good thing in the world you would not be happy and blessed, for your blessedness and joy is in God, who created all those things.
(Thomas 'a Kempis, The Imitation Of Christ, Book 3, Chapter 16)
14 May 2014
How can we possibly think, read, meditate, or write in a journal with noise bombarding us?
To learn to sit comfortably alone in silence, we need to try it in small steps.
(Amy E. Dean, Night Light, 8 February)
13 May 2014
Understanding is the key to right principles and attitudes, and right action is the key to good living.
(Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 125 found in Daily Reflections, 16 February)
Melva, Cyndi and I went to the huge multi-family yard sale in the University Park community today. I hit the CD Jackpot. At one house I bought 15 CDs for $15.00. I got some country, some Bluegrass, some jazz and many latin discs.
10 May 2014
Thanks to everyone who helped me celebrate my 75th birthday by posting messages on Facebook, sending cards, posting Email and taking the time to call me.
Acceptance is the ability to deal with reality, in both heart and mind. When we accept the way things are, we stop fighting for what cannot be and become content with what is.
(Cloud & Townsend, God Will Make A Way, p. 176)
8 May 2014
There's nothing odd about wanting our beliefs to be supported by facts. Yet we must recognize that wishing does not make something so and that we cannot invent the truth to please ourselves. Be willing to think clearly and judge rationally - and to accept the truth, like it or not.
(The Christophers, Three Minutes A Day, Vol. 41, 16 January)
6 May 2014
Whenever you change your behavior patterns, people don't know what to make of it. At first they will insist on maintaining their own behavior patterns, hoping to keep up the familiar game. Then they will probably be a bit confused. Ultimately they will change in response to you.
(Sandra A. Crowe, Since Strangling Isn't An Option, p. 179)
5 May 2014
That child who is eternally present in our thoughts and dreams may be full of weakness and faults, but that is who we are. We are who we are as much because of our gaps and failures as because of our strengths.
(Thomas Moore, Care Of The Sould, p. 51)
4 May 2014)
Many of us have painful memories we carry with us like pictures in a wallet. We keep these memories alive through feelings generated by these moments. Why are we so attached to unpleasant memories?
(Amy E. Dean, Night Light, 5 January)
1 May 2014
I have been retired from the U.S. government for many years. I was a long time paying member of AOL until May 2009. Until October 2008 I had a fairly extensive genealogy website on AOL. They dropped support.
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