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The 12/10/13 Joy Jar

10 Dec

Some may wonder what happens to moi after the ‘Joy Jar’ exercise ends on Christmas Day. Sonia Choquette wrote in The Meaning of Christmas:

That hidden meaning is that Christmas is the festival of the human heart. It is a time of year when all the universe conspires to raise the vibratory level of consciousness on earth to one of peace and love toward ourselves and one another. This season resonates to the sweet, childlike innocence that resides in all of us. A time when the heavenly forces inspire us to shift our focus away from fear and toward one of joy, and healing.
The Christmas festival emphasizes this shift in two ways; one is the rebirth of the soul and the second is the return of the light to earth. Even before the rebirth of Christ which centers around our modern day Christmas festival, as far back as recorded history, in fact, these two themes of rebirth and light have emerged again and again during this time of year.
It is as if Divine Consciousness moves forward year after year, during the darkest season, to bring us back to light….
http://www.awakeningpath.com/articles/latest_sonia_ch_041128_the_meaning_of_chri9.htm

Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is looking forward to Christmas as the beginning of a period of change and growth for moi.

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
Maya Angelou

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Reinhold Niebuhr

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.
Margaret Mead

When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.
Viktor E. Frankl

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.
C. S. Lewis

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
Winston Churchill

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Leo Tolstoy

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
Lao Tzu

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
Wayne Dyer

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
Alan Watts

If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.
Gail Sheehy

Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.
Arnold Bennett

Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.
Confucius

The 11/04/13 Joy Jar

4 Nov

Today is the beginning of moi’s personal jubilee year. It begins with this Bible passage:

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “they are plans of good and not of disaster, to give you a future and hope.”
Jeremiah 29 verse 11

Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the ‘Jubilee Year,’

Here are some great passages about hope from Dance Lightly With Life:

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
The important thing is not to stop questioning.
– Albert Einstein

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
– Walt Disney

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

While there’s life, there’s hope.
– Cicero

When the world says, “Give up,”
Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.”
– Anonymous

I don’t know the key to success,
but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
– Bill Cosby

When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.
– Lee Ann Womack

Whoever is happy will make others happy too.
– Anne Frank

It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.
– Anne Frank

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
– Anne Frank

Hate destroys, Love builds.
Hate tears down, Love renews and creates.
Hatred holds no hope for the future.
Love creates Today as its own better future.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A true friend is a source of strength and hope.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.
– Zig Ziglar

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
-Thich Nhat Hanh

I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself.
For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness
is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.
– Martha Washington

Men cannot for long live hopefully unless they are embarked upon some great unifying enterprise – one for which they may pledge their lives, their fortunes and their honor.
– C. A. Dykstra

To be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Hopeful thinking can get you out of your fear zone and into your appreciation zone.
– Martha Beck

We all have possibilities we don’t know about.
We can do things we don’t even dream we can do.
– Dale Carnegie

Develop success from failures.
Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
– Dale Carnegie

First ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen?
Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst.
– Dale Carnegie

Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it… that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.
– Dale Carnegie

Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.
– Dale Carnegie

Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.
– Martin Luther

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
– Helen Keller

We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.
– Helen Keller

Science may have found a cure for most evils;
but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings.
– Helen Keller

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.
– Helen Keller

Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.
– Helen Keller

Life is either a great adventure or nothing.
– Helen Keller

Your success and happiness lies in you.
Resolve to keep happy, and your joy
and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
– Helen Keller

Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another.
– Elie Wiesel

Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings,
hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.
– Elie Wiesel

Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas.

Hope is a waking dream.
– Aristotle

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted,
every hill and mountain shall be made low,
the rough places will be made straight
and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
-Reinhold Niebuhr

If you’re alive, there’s a purpose for your life.
– Rick Warren

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.
– Emily Dickinson

Hope is patience with the lamp lit.
– Tertullian

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

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
– Helen Keller

It’s wonderful to climb the liquid mountains of the sky.
Behind me and before me is God and I have no fears.
– Helen Keller

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
– Albert Einstein

To eat bread without hope is still slowly to starve to death.
– Pearl S. Buck

To see a vibrant, exciting, and hopeful world, view the world through joyful eyes.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie
http://www.dancelightly.com/hope-hopeful.php

Here is to the beginning of a year of great growth and accomplishment.