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The 09/04/13 Joy Jar

4 Sep

After a holiday, sometimes it is just hard to get going. Everyone at one time or the other needs motivation to put the foot one before the other. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is motivation.

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
Dalai Lama

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
Norman Vincent Peale

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
Ayn Rand

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
C. S. Lewis

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
Helen Keller

If you can dream it, you can do it.
Walt Disney

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Thomas A. Edison

The 08/29/13 Joy Jar

30 Aug

Interstate 5 divides Seattle. It is showing its age. There are actual ruts and chucks of pavement missing as one goes from Northgate through the University District and on the city center. Moi is guessing that many of those who drive Interstate 5 on a regular basis long for a good road. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ are good roads.

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.

The road to perdition has ever been accompanied by lip service to an ideal.
Albert Einstein

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.
Henry Ward Beecher

I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.
Stephen Hawking

If you come to a fork in the road, take it.
Yogi Berra

The middle of the road is where the white line is – and that’s the worst place to drive.
Robert Frost

What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don’t like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don’t expect freedom to survive very long.
Thomas Sowell

You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.
Oprah Winfrey

We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.
C. S. Lewis

The 08/10/13 Joy Jar

9 Aug

Moi has got a list of children’s books that she will be reviewing for her blog. She is looking forward to reviewing the books and she is glad that there are so many good books for children and adults. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ are really great children’s books.

“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”
C.S. Lewis

“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

“Anything can become a children’s book if you give it to a child…Children are actually the best (and worst) audience for literature because they have no patience with pretence.”
Orson Scott Card

“As you read my stories of long ago I hope you will remember that the things that are truly worthwhile and that will give you happiness are the same now as they were then. Courage and kindness, loyalty, truth, and helpfulness are always the same and always needed.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder

“~Reading a book is like looking through a window!”
Zetta Hupf

“Every child deserves to be read to. It is a great bonding time for you and your baby.”
Abha C.

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
Lemony Snicket

“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested throughly.”
Cornelia Funk

“There is more treasure in books, than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.”
Walt Disney

“The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can’t.”
-Mark Twain

“When you sell a man a book you don’t sell just 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue – you sell him a whole new life.”
Christopher Morley

“We read to know we are not alone.”
C.S. Lewis

“Don’t just teach your children to read…
Teach them to question what they read.
Teach them to question everything.”
George Carlin

The 06/01/13 Joy Jar

31 May


Moi began the ‘Joy Jar’ when the Mayan Calendar or end of the world thing went bust. This is a one year exercise about being grateful. At the half way point of the exercise, moi surveys her future moi claims the prophecy of::


Jeremiah 29:11

New International Version (NIV)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


Moi relies of God’s plan and her Future is so Bright Gotta Wear Shades


Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is a bright future with expectation.















Being fully present is the best guarantee for a bright future.
Guy Finley



















It’s hard to accept, but you can’t change the past. You can’t go back and manipulate things to the way you wanted them to happen. Because life’d be meaningless and boring and just not worth living. But you can change the future and that’s a beautiful thing about life. Yes, you will make mistakes. And yes, you will have bad days, but as long as you let the past go, you’ll have such a gorgeous and bright future ahead of you. Knowing that things were meant to happen. Knowing that each day you will learn something so that you keep growing to be a better person. Life is like a rope, twined in all its complexities and yet weaved into one marvelous stream that you have the chance you use something amazing from. So grab hold of it.


Kayode Anthony

















We are what we believe we are!”
C.S. Lewis























Your future is only as bright as your mind is open.”


Rich Wilkins






















Keep standing, keep believing and keep hoping because God has a bright future in store for you!





The 03/12/13 Joy Jar

11 Mar

Moi rode one of those big articulated buses this evening. The buses bend in the middle, One of the features of certain models of these buses is there are two rows of elevated seats in the middle. The elevation allows one to look over the heads of other passengers and to look at the street signs as one passes through the city. Hard to believe, but there are some locations on this planet that do not have street signs. One obviously has to be an insider in those locales to know where you are going. Street signs are really a metaphor for directions in life’s journey. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ are the signs which guide us through life.

Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!
Bob Marley

Words are but the signs of ideas.
Samuel Johnson

The very contradictions in my life are in some ways signs of God’s mercy to me.
Thomas Merton

Dreams are road signs along the nighttime highway of sleep.                             

Astrid Alauda

The safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.
C. S. Lewis

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.
C. S. Lewis

The 01/09/13 Joy Jar

8 Jan

Is a sunset art? What about a rainbow? Can a sea shell be art? Dictionary.com attempts to capture the meaning of the term ‘art’ with the following definition:



1. the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.

2. the class of objects subject to aesthetic criteria; works of art collectively, as paintings, sculptures, or drawings: a museum of art; an artcollection.  See fine art, commercial art.

3. a field, genre, or category of art: Dance is an art.

4. the fine arts collectively, often excluding architecture: art and architecture.

5. any field using the skills or techniques of art: advertising art; industrial art.

Art, is whatever provokes the soul to a response in awareness of its presence. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is art.

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
Pablo Picasso

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”
Albert Einstein,
Albert Einstein

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”
Edgar Degas

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”
C.S. Lewis,
Mere Christianity

Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn’t matter. I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for.”
Alice Walker

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”

All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.”
James Baldwin

Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.”
G.K. Chesterton