Wednesday words to live by


Self Discovery activities

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Someone once said “it’s not enough to talk the talk, you have to walk the walk”. In other words, if you are really serious about discovering who you are then you have to put on your discovery hat and go for it!

One of the ways to enhance your growth is  to write in a  journal. But you are already doing that! Another way is to write a Personal Manifesto. Simply put, you describe your core values and beliefs, the specific ideas and priorities that you stand for and how you plan to live your life. This document will help frame your life, point you in the right direction to help you achieve your goals and become more attuned to becoming your real self.

To get started ask yourself questions that require more than “yes or no answers such as what things do I stand for? How do I want to live my life? What type of mentors or friends do I need to help me on this path I have chosen?

Print out your Manifesto and refer to it every day.







Memorial Day – revisited

Dear Fellow Journalers,

I found this true story recently and thought I would share.


In September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a History teacher at Valley Heights High School in Port Rowan, did something not to be forgotten.
On the first day of school, with the permission of the school Superintendent, the Principal and the Building Supervisor, she removed all the desks in her classroom.
When the First Period kids entered the room, they discovered that there were no desks.

“Ms. Cothren, where are our desks?”

She replied: “You can’t have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.”
They thought: “Well, maybe it’s our Grades.” “No.” she said.
“Maybe it’s our behavior.” She told them: “No, it’s not even your behavior.”
And so, they came and went ~~~ the First Period, Second Period, Third Period.
Still no desks in the classroom. Kids called their parents to tell them what was happening and by early afternoon, television crews had started gathering at the
school to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her
The final Period of the day came and the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the desk-less classroom.
Martha Cothren said: “Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he or she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you.”
At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it. Twenty-seven (27) Veterans, all in uniform, walked into that classroom,
each one carrying a school desk.
The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall. By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in
place, those kids started to understand —
perhaps for the first time in their lives — just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.

Martha said: “You didn’t earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. They went halfway around the world,
giving up their education and interrupting their careers and families so you could have the freedom you have. Now, it’s up to you to sit in them. It is your
responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens.
They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don’t ever forget it.”

By the way, this is a true story, and this teacher was awarded Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher
of the Year in 2006. She is the daughter of a WWII POW.

Let us always remember the Men and Women
of our Military and the rights they have won for us.

Wednesday words to live by


“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”


Books and your life

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Does what you read “for pleasure” tell you something about your personality? Oscar Wilde once wrote “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines who you will be when you can’t help it”. In essence, I think, we seek specific reading content that reflects our identities and views. There was a study that examined the connection between personality and people’s favorite books. It was based on the Big 5 Personality Traits:

Openess (those people who are creative, imaginative, curious and adventurous) Those people tended to read books that stimulated their intelligence and mostly read non-fiction, art books and some classics.

Conscientiousness (those people who were thoughtful, organized, goal-orientated) Those people tended to read religious, and  books in their career field.

 Extroverts (those people who were sociable, expressive, talkative, outgoing.) Those people read books about relationships, memories and autobiographies.

Agreeableness ( those people who were kind, trusting, cooperative)  Agreeable people read mostly books about relationships, faith-based and family drama.

Neuroticism (Neurotic people tended to have mood swings, lots of anxiety issues and are stressed a lot of the time. These people read to escape their lives so sci-fi books are high on their agenda.

In my view our tastes in books change over time like our lives. When I was young I loved to read adventure stories. As a teenager,  I read all the Nancy Drew books and of course, “The Little House” books. I was introduced to “Black Beauty by my Grandmother and so began my “love affair with horses and western. I admit freely that I liked most of “the required reading”books of high school and college (“Rebecca” and Tale of Two Cities” to name a couple).

If you take a look at The Good Reads column on the right side of my posts you will see a partial lit of what I m currently reading.

What does your bookcase say about you?



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