Quotes can be uneven. Not all are really true. Not all are truly wise. Some just make you laugh while others can sometimes make you want to cry. The quotes I love best open up my mind the way a bee opens a flower when it is in the process of extracting pollen. They fulfill something inside that you always knew as a truth but somehow your mind was never quite able to express it. I love when that happens, don’t you ? I hope you will be edified by this sampling. - The Castle Lady
A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses.
-a Chinese Proverb
We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
- Samuel Johnson
The following is lucid writ by a friend and fellow flutist of mine, Jan Spell Pritchard. Some years ago she put this in her Flute Network monthly bulletin and I felt that it was so good that I have decided to share it with my faithful readers, as well. This is better than chewing on resolutions every year:
You can’t be all things to all people.
You can’t do all things at once.
You can’t do all things equally well.
You can’t do all things better than everybody else.
Your humanity is showing just like everyone else.
You have to find out who you are and be that.
You have to decide what comes first and do that.
You have to discover your strengths and use them.
You have to learn not to compete with others.
Because no one else is in the contest of being you.
You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.
You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.
You will have learned to live with your limitations.
You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due…
becoming a most vital mortal.
Dare to believe…
That you are a wonderful, unique person.
That you are a once-in-all-history event.
That it’s more than a right, it’s your duty to be who you are.
That life is not a problem to solve but a gift to cherish.
Dare to believe in yourself and you’ll be able to stay one up on what used to get you down.
The Castle Lady
…to all my readers everywhere for making this the best year ever !
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog and sent it to me. The interesting part is that much of what they came up with I had already noticed. One instance is that Have a Super Sparkly Day has been my most popular blog post ever during the history of this blog. I lost count more than a year ago but on my Dashboard it’s always at the top of the list ! Obviously children are my best friends. Have you seen the latest ‘castle’ toy ? It’s called Cra-Z-Sand and is dubbed the ultimate sand castle creator. It’s a 25 piece set which includes four pounds of red, green, blue and tan sculptable sand and the pictures on the box look pretty incredible. For children four and up it’s sure to be a big hit. Only $40 ! Where else can you find colored sand ?
Click here to see the complete report. And have a great New Year’s Eve celebration but don’t do anything I wouldn’t do…. I can’t afford to lose a single reader ! LOL
The Castle Lady
The Babe was laid in the Manger
Between the gentle kine*-
All safe from cold and danger-
“But it was not so with mine,
(With mine! With mine!)
“Is it well with the child, is it well ?”
The waiting mother prayed.
“For I know not how he fell,
And I know not where he is laid.”
(*archaic double plural for cattle )
A Star stood forth in Heaven;
The Watchers ran to see
The Sign of the Promise given-
“But there comes no sign to me
(To me! To me!)
“My child died in the dark.
Is it well with the child, is it well?
There was none to tend him or mark,
And I know not how he fell.”
The Cross was raised on high;
The Mother grieved beside-
“But the Mother saw Him die
And took Him when He died.
(He died ! He died !)
“Seemly and undefiled
His burial-place was made-
Is it well, is it well with the child?
For I know not where he is laid.”
On the dawning of Easter Day
Comes Mary Magdalene;
But the Stone was rolled away,
And the Body was not within-
“Ah, who will answer my word?
The broken mother prayed.
“They have taken away my Lord,
And I know not where He is laid.”
“The Star stands forth in Heaven.
The watchers watch in vain
For Sign of the Promise given
Of peace on Earth again-
“But I know for Whom he fell”-
The steadfast mother smiled,
“Is it well with the child- is it well?”
“It is well- it is well with the child !”
The Castle Lady