Footprints in the Sand – by Mary Stevenson
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.
This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord, that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”
The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”
If I had my Life to Live Over- by Erma Bombeck
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day. I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage. I would have talked less and listened more. I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or sofa faded. I would have eaten the popcorn in the ‘good’ living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth. I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed. I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains. I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life. I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle. When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, ‘Later… Now go and get washed for dinner.’ There would have been more ‘I love you’s’ More ‘I’m sorry’s.’
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute, look at it and really see it .. Live it and never give it back. STOP SWEATING SMALL STUFF!
Feed your mind healthy books – this is the easiest andleast expensive way of developing personal and business success. Carry a book when traveling on public transit, waiting in offices etc. to maximize your time. Success and happiness is within us, we project this in our attitude without realizing it. A successful person feels good about themselves and others. We have to like ourselves first before we can like others. When one has self-confidence and an excellent attitude selling is easy and profitable.
RECOMMENDED READING FOR PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
- A Better Way To Live by Mandino
- Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins
- Choices – Making Right Decisions in a Complex World by Lewis B. Smedes
- Daily Reflections For Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
- First Things First by Stephen R. Covey
- How to Read A Person Like A Book by Gerald Nierenberg & Henry Calero
- How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life by Alan Lakein
- Life’s Greatest Lessons by Hal Urban
- Living the Simple Life by Elaine St. James
- Love! Reflections on Your Journey by Louise L. Hay
- Meditations For Women Who Do Too Much by Anne Wilson Schaef (Sorry Guys!)
- Simplify Your Life and Inner Simplicity by Elaine St. James
- Sound Mind, Sound Body by Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier
- Spontaneous Healing by Dr. Andrew Weil
- The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra M.D.
- Think and Grow Rich also Grow Rich With Peace of Mind and
- all other books by Napoleon Hill
- You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay