Remember to breathe and cough; It is beneficial.

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Deep breathing and coughing

To prevent lung problems after surgery, it is important to do deep breathing and coughing exercises.

Your lung tissues are made up of many air sacs (alveolar sacs) which are fully expanded during normal breathing. After surgery, it is common for you to take shallow breaths because you may have pain or because it is hard to move. This sometimes causes secretions (phlegm/mucous) to stay in your lungs and collapse the air sacs. This is known as atelectasis.

Breathing deeply does the following:

  • Moves air down to the bottom areas of the lungs
  • Opens up the air passages and moves the mucous out; coughing is also easier
  • Helps the blood and oxygen supply to your lungs, boosting circulation
  • Lowers the risk of lung complications such as pneumonia and infections

Coughing helps bring up mucous from deep within your lungs. As you do your breathing you may feel this in the back of your throat or hear a rattle sound when you breathe. Be sure to cough when this occurs.

How to perform deep breathing and coughing exercises:

  • Get yourself in a comfortable position such as lying on your back with your knees bent, lying on your side, or in a sitting position
  • Place your hands on your stomach; take a deep breath in through your nose; continue until your lungs feel full of air and you notice your stomach pushing against your hand
  • Slowly blow air out in one long, slow breath through pursed lips; when you breathe out, concentrate on making your stomach sink in;   repeat steps 1, 2 & 3 to complete five breathing cycles.
  • Take another deep breath, hold for 3 seconds then huff out 3 times (Huffing is a short sharp pant or like pretending to create a mist on a pane of glass.); on the third huff, cough deeply from the lungs, not the throat
  • Repeat steps 2 & 4 to complete 5 coughing exercises
  • Until you are walking, these exercises should be done every hour while awake; ask for pain medication if you are sore and not able to do your coughing exercises

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*** Music:

** Need energy right, then join the wars starting with “STAR WARS Suite for Orchestra (Complete) Orquesta y Coro RTVE”

** Get emotional here “Tchaikovsky: El lago de los cisnes – Swan Lake – Rizzo – Orquesta Joven de la OSG en María Pita”

. ** So sweet of this “Comfort” music *Soak oneself in the hot bath, sip a glass of dark red wine and imagine the Milky Way with this “Twilight” music here   * Remember to breath: Breathe *You could feel so proud of yourself with these music: “Wyciszenie”  *”Sunrise over the ocean by Tim Janis” *A calming music – “With Utmost Calm”  Carefree 古琴-琴禅 Guqin Flute Chinese pure music

** Classical music: Happy Classical Music

** Movie soundtracks – Violin movie soundtracks《经典银幕名曲》小提琴曲

*** Living:


《湘西》 第一集 故乡的凝眸 | CCTV纪录

*** Health


*** Computer, Technology related:

. 4/21/2020 Lee Holloway programmed internet security firm Cloudflare into being. Then he became apathetic, distant, and unpredictable—for a long time, no one could make sense of it.

. How to get Facebook dark mode on desktop

. “Unless something goes wrong with the battery circuitry, you can’t overcharge a modern phone,”

. How to Cover Your Tracks Every Time You Go Online

. Privacy for anyone anywhere – Tails OS is a live operating system, runs from any computer

. The Best VPNs to Protect Yourself Online

. How to Fix the ‘Preview Could Not Be Loaded’ Error (3/30/2020 My temporary fix is to disable the AMP debugging option on the page.):

. “Almost” free web hosting:

. Using these sample videos:

*** Health

. Cold fingers

If your fingers are getting cold when the temperature is normal, there could be an underlying cause. Cold fingers could be an indication of several problems, including Raynaud’s syndrome, hypothyroidism, vitamin deficiencies, anemia, arterial disease, or even an autoimmune condition.  Source:

*** Science

. “Does Time Really Flow? New Clues Come From a Century-Old Approach to Math.” on

. Singularity Vladimir Arnold defines the main goal of singularity theory as describing how objects depend on parameters, particularly in cases where the properties undergo sudden change under a small variation of the parameters.

*** Religions

** 楞嚴咒全文‧字大‧有注音〈全文下載〉

Cry with me

The White Feather by Diane Arkenstone, David Arkenstone

“簫簫風”兮易水寒,壯士一去兮不復返。Cry with me, wouldn’t you? “The White Feather” by Diane Arkenstone and David Arkenstone. The music here:

Quote from :

Jing Ke [荊軻]

Jing Ke [荊軻]
Traditional Chinese荊軻
Jing Ke (? – 227 BC) was a retainer of Crown Prince Dan of the Yan state and renowned for his failed assassination attempt of King Zheng of the Qin state, who later became Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor (reign from 221 BC to 210 BC). His story is told in the chapter entitled Biographies of Assassins (刺客列傳) in Sima Qian‘s Records of the Grand Historian

Quote from :

出自於佚名的《荆轲歌 / 渡易水歌》





風蕭蕭地響把易水岸邊吹得很冷,壯士荊軻去了就再也不回來了。刺殺秦王就像是到虎穴到龍宮一樣危險啊,但是我們的英雄英勇的氣概,連仰天吐氣都能形成白虹.史書上說,高漸離擊築,荊軻悲歌“風蕭蕭兮易水寒,壯士一去兮不復還”,唱得太悲壯了,以至於聽者嗔目,發盡上指。  一段唱畢,只聽見荊軻仰頭長嘆一聲,天空中居然出現一道七彩虹。高漸離趁勢變了一個調,樂音顯得更爲激昂,荊軻繼而唱道:探虎穴兮入蛟宮,仰天呼氣兮成白虹。太子丹最後被徹底地感動了,跪在地上向荊軻敬了一杯酒。

Classical music is forever.

Angela Gheorghiu – Casta Diva, Bellini, “Norma” Maria Callas – Un bel di vedremo, Puccini, “Madama Butterfly” Anna Netrebko – Addio del passato, Verdi , “Traviata” Kiri Te Kanawa – O mio babbino caro, Puccini, “Gianni Schicchi” Renata Tebaldi – Chi il bel sogno di Doretta, Puccini, “La Rondine” Teresa Berganza – Una voce poco fa, Rossini, “Il barbiere di Siviglia”

I have found that listening to classical music lasts the longest. Beautiful opera arias, famous female opera singers

  • Angela Gheorghiu – Casta Diva, Bellini, “Norma”
  • Maria Callas – Un bel di vedremo, Puccini, “Madama Butterfly”
  • Anna Netrebko – Addio del passato, Verdi , “Traviata”
  • Kiri Te Kanawa – O mio babbino caro, Puccini, “Gianni Schicchi”
  • Renata Tebaldi – Chi il bel sogno di Doretta, Puccini, “La Rondine”
  • Teresa Berganza – Una voce poco fa, Rossini, “Il barbiere di Siviglia”

A miracle happens this morning: I woke up, turned on the iMac, and found this sweet voice: [情難枕 – 林慧萍]

A miracle happens this morning: I woke up, turned on the iMac, and found this sweet voice: [情難枕 – 林慧萍]

Love this sweet voice, love the melody, love! love! love! [情難枕 – 林慧萍] 歌手:林慧萍 作曲:李子恒 作詞:李子恒 Quote: “紅塵任他淒涼 誰能斷了這情份 除非把真心放在一旁 今生隨緣聚散 無怨無悔有幾人”

Close the eyes and start imagining

There is always the time that one wants to close the eyes, listen to this music and start imagining; the music is “Henrik Chaim Goldschmidt plays “Gabriel’s Oboe”

And, the movie scenes: “The Mission, One of the best scenes of the movie with the main theme composed by Ennio Morricone”

The Milky Way, where we are
The Milky Way, where we are

Quote from . Today [12/31/2013] … the Faroe Islands. Located between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Norwegian Sea, the archipelago has a rich tradition of music and singing. Despite its tiny population – less than 50,000 people – it boasts an impressive symphony orchestra. Its first performance took place 30 years ago, and if you’re lucky enough to be on holiday at the moment, do watch out for the Faroes’ annual New Year concert!

About this music “Gabriel’s Oboe” on

“Gabriel’s Oboe” is the main theme for the 1986 film The Mission directed by Roland Joffé.[1] The theme was written by Italian composerEnnio Morricone, and has since been arranged and performed several times by artists such as Yo-Yo Ma,[2]Holly Gornik,[3] and Brynjar Hoff,[4] among others. The theme has been called “unforgettable”[5] and a “celebrated oboe melody”.[6]

In the film [The Mission], the theme is most prominently used when the protagonist, the Jesuit Father Gabriel, walks up to a waterfall and starts playing his oboe, aiming to befriend the natives with his music so he can carry his missionary work in the New World. The Guaraní tribesmen, who have been stalking him from a distance, approach Gabriel for the first time, puzzled by the sounds of the unknown instrument. The chief of the tribe, however, is displeased by this, and breaks Gabriel’s oboe. This marks the beginning of the relationship between Father Gabriel and the Guaraní natives.

Let the wars start; are you ready?

I am ready for the wars, are you?

Star Wars, The Rise of Skywalker: Rey by Daisy Ridley
Star Wars, The Rise of Skywalker: Rey by Daisy Ridley
Star Wars, The Rise of Skywalker: Rey by Daisy Ridley
Star Wars, The Rise of Skywalker: Rey by Daisy Ridley

*** Great STAR WARS Suite for Orchestra (Complete) Orquesta y Coro RTVE (the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra)

*** Definitely for the fan like me here Star Wars in Het Concertgebouw – Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest List of songs:
8:00 <Orchestra Tuning> (I love this sound)
9:23 <Darth Vader Enters>
9:35 The Imperial March (intro)
11:23 The imperial March
14:50 <Leona Philippo introduction speech. (Dutch)>
17:37 20th Century Fox Theme (variation)
18:10 Star Wars Main Title / Rebel Blockade Runner
20:18 End Title (A New Hope)
24:03 Yoda’s Theme
27:36 The Asteroid Field (variation)
32:20 <Leona Philippo talking about the history of Film music (Dutch)>
34:11 Walkürenritt (Richard Wagner)
39:16 <Leona Philippo discussing Leitmotifs (Dutch)>
40:14 Rey’s Theme
43:23 March of the Resistance
45:55 The Jedi Steps and Finale
48:24 <501st Legion enters><break>1:24:00 <Leona Philippo takes over>
1:25:43 Battle of the Heroes
1:30:54 <Leona Philippo introducing the influence of “The Planets” on Star Wars>
1:32:45 Mars, the Bringer of War
1:40:17 <Introduction of comparisons>
1:40:42 Rebel Blockade Runner
1:41:27 <Introducing Le Sacre du Printemps>
1:42:00 Le Sacre du Printemps (Stravinsky) (excerpt)
1:42:14 <Letting the audience guess what it inspired>
1:43:06 The Stormtroopers (excerpt)
1:43:33 <Introducing another excerpt>
1:43:59 Le Sacre du Printemps (Stravinsky) (Excerpt)
1:44:31 <Audience guess>
1:44:58 The Dune Sea of Tatooine (Excerpt)
1:45:33 <Introducing influences from Erich Wolfgang Korngold>
1:46:10 Kings Row Main Title (Erich Wolfgang Korngold) (excerpt)
1:47:42 …
1:51:55 <Introducing the end>
1:52:26 <conscripting the audience into the choir>
1:54:35 Duel of the Fates
1:57:12 Scherzo for X-Wings
1:59:36 Princess Leia’s Theme
2:05:19 Throne Room and End Title
2:17:40 Across the Stars

Oh my love, the emotion is running so deep: Kristina Cooper-“Emanuel”

Oh my love, the emotion is running so deep: Kristina Cooper-“Emanuel”

Kristina Cooper-“Emanuel”

Quote from Kristina Cooper was born in New York City. Her father, Rex Cooper, is an American pianist and former professor at the University of the Pacific and her mother, Mutsuko Tatman, is a violinist of Japanese descent[1] and concertmaster of the American Symphony. Kristina Reiko Cooper began her musical studies on the piano before transitioning to the cello. She has received her Bachelors and Masters in Music, and Doctorate in Musical Arts from the Juilliard School. She serves as a visiting professor at Tel Aviv University in Israel.

She made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall with the Tel Aviv Academy Orchestra. She was the musical director of The Israel Chamber Music Society, and is currently on the board of the America Israel Cultural Foundation.[4]

Cooper converted to Judaism and currently spends her time between New York and Tel Aviv with her husband, Leonard Rosen, an investment banker, whom she married in 2006.[5][6] They have three children.

Want to get an energy, play this “Stand By You”

A favorite workout tune for my mom: “Rachel Platten – Stand By You (Official Music Video)” 我媽媽的運動音樂,必播!必播! 🥰🥰🥰😘😘😘

Picture of Rachel Platten
Picture of the singer Rachel Platten

Lyrics of Stand by You by Rachel Platten:

Hands, put your empty hands in mine

And scars, show me all the scars you hide

And hey, if your wings are broken

Please take mine so yours can open too

‘Cause I’m gonna stand by you

Oh, tears make kaleidoscopes in your eyes

And hurt, I know you’re hurting, but so am I

And love, if your wings are broken

Borrow mine so yours can open too

‘Cause I’m gonna stand by you

Even if we’re breaking down, we can find a way to break through

Even if we can’t find heaven, I’ll walk through hell with you

Love, you’re not alone, ’cause I’m gonna stand by you

Even if we can’t find heaven, I’m gonna stand by you

Even if we can’t find heaven, I’ll walk through hell with you

Love, you’re not alone, ’cause I’m gonna stand by youYeah, you’re all I never knew I needed

And the…

Have love and one will be all right.

So soft, so sweet, so loving; can one resist falling in love in June?

. Pachelbel – Canon – Stringspace String Quartet

. Canon In D | Pachelbel’s Canon | 1 Hour Version

Elīna Garanča – Ave Maria

How romantic this “Elīna Garanča – Ave Maria(HD)” is, am I wrong? I just want to cry.

Quote from Wikipedia: Elīna Garanča is a Latvian mezzo-soprano. She began to study singing in her hometown of Riga in 1996 and continued her studies in Vienna and in the United States. By 1999 she had won first place in a significant competition in Finland and had begun a career in Europe. Source: Wikipedia

Ave Maria, maiden mild
Oh, listen to a maiden’s prayer
For thou canst hear amid the wild
‘Tis thou, ’tis thou canst save amid, despair
We slumber safely till the morrow
Though we’ve by man outcast reviled
Oh maiden, see a maiden’s sorrow
Oh mother, hear a suppliant child
Ave Maria
Ave Maria gratia plena
Maria gratia plena
Maria gratia plena
Ave ave dominus, dominus tecum
The murky cavern’s air so heavy
Shall breathe of balm if thou hast smiled
Oh maiden, hear a maiden pleadin’
Oh mother, hear a suppliant child
Ave Maria
Ave Maria

My life’s battle hymn: “Battle Hymn of the Republic”

The United States Army Field Band performs “Battle Hymn of the Republic”. Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe; Music by William Steffe; Setting by Peter J. Wilhousky and Arranged by James Neilson. Led by First Lieutenant Alexandra Borza.

The United States Army Field Band performs "Battle Hymn of the Republic"
The United States Army Field Band performs “Battle Hymn of the Republic”

Quote from Wikipedia: “The “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, also known as “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” outside of the United States, is a lyric by the abolitionist writer Julia Ward Howe using the music from the song “John Brown’s Body”. Howe’s more famous lyrics were written in November 1861 and first published in The Atlantic Monthly in February 1862. The song links the judgment of the wicked at the end of the age (Old Testament, Isaiah 63; New Testament, Revelation 19) with the American Civil War. “

Lyrics: Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord; He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword; His truth is marching on. Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on. I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps; They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps; I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps, His day is marching on. I have read His fiery gospel writ in rows of burnished steel! “As ye deal with my condemners, so with you My grace shall deal! Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel, ” Since God is marching on. He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat; He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat; Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him; be jubilant, my feet! Our God is marching on. In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea, With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me; As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free! While God is marching on.

A song in Mandarin: Friend, Don’t cry 朋友别哭 吕方

朋友别哭 吕方


有沒有一扇窗 能讓你不絕望 看一看花花世界 原來像夢一場 有人哭 有人笑 有人輸有人老 到結局 還不是一樣

朋友別哭 我依然是你心靈的歸宿 朋友別哭 要相信自己的路 紅塵中有太多 茫然痴心的追逐 你的苦 我也有感觸

有沒有一種愛 能讓你不受傷 這些年 堆積多少對你的知心話 這麼酒醒不了 什麼痛忘不掉 向前走 就不可能回頭望

朋友別哭 我依然是你心靈的歸宿 朋友別哭 要相信自己的路 紅塵中有太多 茫然痴心的追逐 你的苦 我也有感觸

朋友別哭 我一直在你心靈最深處 朋友別哭 我陪你就不孤獨 人海中難得有 幾個真正的朋友 這份情請 你不要不在乎 人海中難得有 幾個真正的朋友 這份情請 你不要不在 乎


Tori Kelly – Colors Of The Wind

So beautiful; “How high will the sycamore grow If you cut it down, then you’ll never know.” … “You can own the Earth and still All you’ll own is Earth until
You can paint with all the colors of the wind.”

Tori Kelly – Colors Of The Wind

You think you own whatever land you land on
The Earth is just a dead thing you can claim
But I know every rock and tree and creature
Has a life, has a spirit, has a name
You think the only people who are people
Are the people who look and think like you
But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger
You’ll learn things you never knew, you never knew
Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
Or asked the grinning bobcat why he grinned
Can you sing with all the voices of the mountains
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind
How high will the sycamore grow If you cut it down, then you’ll never know
And you’ll never hear the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
For whether we are white or copper skinned
We need to sing with all the voices of the mountains
We need to paint with all the colors of the wind
You can own the Earth and still All you’ll own is Earth until
You can paint with all the colors of the wind

Music for the lonely, exhausted, in pain, deserted

今年,二零一八年, 十二月十五日於加州聖地牙哥家聽韓德爾的彌賽亞聖歌及以下的聖誕節於挪威的歌唱,我似乎悟到原來宗教能給孤單、疾苦、微弱、無助、被遺/棄的人一些心靈的扶助、解脫及寄望。

On December 15, 2018 in San Diego, California home, I become realizing that the religious belief provides a shelter, sanctuary and healing.

.Love, love, love. May love be with you. JUL I NIDAROS / CHRISTMAS IN NORWAY

. Christmas in Vienna 2018

Christmas Eve is one week to go, so this: “The best of Silent Night – Christmas in Vienna”

Silent Night lyrics:

Silent night, holy night
All is calm and all is bright
Round yon virgin, mother and child
Holy infant, so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace, ooh
Sleep, sleep in heaven, heavenly peace
Silent night, holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories streams from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing, alleluia
Christ the savior is born, he’s born
Christ the savior is born
Round yon virgin, mother and child
Holy infant, so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace, oh
Sleep in heavenly peace

Handel – Messiah always for my Christmas celebration

My Christmas music celebration usually starts around Thanksgiving Day. I always want to listen to the full version of Handel’s Messiah many many times during this wonderful Christmas season, and my spirit is often lifted by this magical music piece.  The following is a list of web page links for the classical music recordings of Handel’s Messiah.

. Handel – Messiah – by London Philharmonic (Complete Concerto/Full) :

. Messiah – A Sacred Oratorio, Handel – London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Colin Davis

. Handel Messiah The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge:

Quote from Messiah (HWV 56)[1][n 1] is an English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible, and from the Coverdale Psalter, the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer. It was first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742 and received its London premiere nearly a year later. After an initially modest public reception, the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.

Handel’s reputation in England, where he had lived since 1712, had been established through his compositions of Italian opera. He turned to English oratorio in the 1730s in response to changes in public taste; Messiah was his sixth work in this genre. Although its structure resembles that of opera, it is not in dramatic form; there are no impersonations of characters and no direct speech. Instead, Jennens’s text is an extended reflection on Jesus as the Messiah called Christ. The text begins in Part I with prophecies by Isaiah and others, and moves to the annunciation to the shepherds, the only “scene” taken from the Gospels. In Part II, Handel concentrates on the Passion and ends with the “Hallelujah” chorus. In Part III he covers the resurrection of the dead and Christ’s glorification in heaven.

Handel wrote Messiah for modest vocal and instrumental forces, with optional settings for many of the individual numbers. In the years after his death, the work was adapted for performance on a much larger scale, with giant orchestras and choirs. In other efforts to update it, its orchestration was revised and amplified by (among others) Mozart (Der Messias). In the late 20th and early 21st centuries the trend has been towards reproducing a greater fidelity to Handel’s original intentions, although “big Messiah” productions continue to be mounted. A near-complete version was issued on 78 rpm discs in 1928; since then the work has been recorded many times.

Daily quote from “Spirit Lifters”

Highlight quote: “禪宗契此和尚《播秧詩》云:「手把青秧插滿田,低頭便見水中天,六根清淨方為道,退步原來是向前。」”

While I am reading the following daily quotes, I also like to play my favorite listening on (Click the link to play the video): 1) Rubinstein plays Beethoven “Emperor” Piano Concerto No.5, Op.73 – 2nd Movement; 2) Frédéric Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 2. II Larghetto | Arthur Rubinstein 3) a very exciting recording: Beethoven – 5th Piano Concerto ‘Emperor’ (Zimerman, Bernstein, Wiener Philharmoniker) 4) To quiet my mind: “The second movement of Dvořák Symphony No. 9 – “From the New World” symphony 5) Edvard Grieg – Piano Concerto II. Adagio | Arthur Rubinstein (2/3) 6) Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt Suites – 1 and 2 7) George Frideric Handel – Music for the Royal Fireworks (such a grandeur) 8) Classical Music for Relaxation… 9) Castle in the Sky 久石讓 – 天空之城交響樂版 10) Bizet’s L’Arlésienne Suite (阿萊城姑娘) – 小步舞曲 & 法蘭多爾舞曲-4th movement 11) Haydn Trumpet Concerto (3rd Movement): Wynton Marsalis, trumpet 12) Amazing Grace – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Specials: Click the following link for the video of Walk Beside Me (Live In Concert From The Round Room At The Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland)  Quote: “… song was written by Mutt Lange. Based on a quote by Albert Camus, French philosopher “Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.””

A friend gave me, probably in year 2006, a deck of 365 cards titled “Spirit Lifters: Inspirational thoughts for each day of the year”.  I continue to read the daily quote since then.  A friend of mine, Gwen Jorgensen, mentioned to me on April 29, 2016 that I might consider to post the daily quote for sharing; so I start here.

(Aside: I’m a buddhist, but I appreciate this prayer said in Mother Teresa’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in 1979 quoted in the following): The entire Acceptance speech can be found here

Mind calming song in Mandarin: Tzu Chi song: Love and compassion are in my prayer. Also《慈濟歌曲》誠心齋戒(十遍)Tzu Chi’s prayer

Mother Teresa said: The poor people are very great people. They can teach us so many beautiful things.

Lord, make a channel of Thy peace
that, where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that, where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
that, where there is error, I may bring truth;
that, where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that, where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that, where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that, where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted,
to understand than to be understood;
to love than to be loved;
for it is by forgetting self that one finds;
it is forgiving that one is forgiven;
it is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.

– St. Francis of Assisi

Daily Quote from “Spirit Lifters” by McAn Ltd., 6 Hampton on Auburn Rolling Meadows, IL 60008, 1984 edition:

April 29: Character is like the foundation to a house … It is below the surface.

April 28: Love truth, and pardon error.

April 27: It’s bad to have an empty purse, but an empty head is a whole lot worse.

April 26: Don’t let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter.

April 25: Don’t feel bad about growing old.  Some people never get the chance.

April 24: You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.

April 23: Truth doesn’t hurt unless it ought to.

April 22: Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not to envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not to flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.

April 21: Hit the ball over the fence and you can take your time going around the bases.

April 20: Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions.  All life is an experiment, the more experiments you make, the better.

April 19: There are three ways to get things done; do it yourself, hire someone, or forbid your kids to do it.

April 18: The truest joys they seldom prove, who free from quarrels live; ’tis the most tender part of love, Each other to forgive.

April 17: Don’t tell your friends their social faults, they will cure the fault and never forgive you.  (Ren’s own note – Personally, I disagree with this thought because if the social fault is cureable, it should be told.)

April 16: Love cannot be wasted.  It makes no difference where it is bestowed, it always brings in big returns.

April 15: Three hundred sixty-five days in a year You work like the dickens to make it And just when you’re ready To start eating steady, The government’s ready to take it.

April 14: Be more prompt to go with a friend in adversity than in prosperity.

April 13: Friendship is a commitment.  A trust that consists of not letting a person down when they need you.  It is rare and should be treasured.

April 12: Light tomorrow with today!

April 11: He who merits praise he never receives is better off than He who receives praise he never merits.

April 10: Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age.

April 9: Blessed are the hard-of-hearing for they miss much small talk.

April 8: Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come.

April 7: Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.

April 6: We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

April 5: Don’t part company with your ideals.  They are anchors in a storm.

April 4: Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.

April 3: The only way to help yourself is to help others.

April 2: It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can do only a little.  Do what you can.

April 1: If a donkey bray at you, don’t bray at him.  A. Lincoln

March 31: Some people think they are honest because they’ve never been caught stealing.

March 30: Patience is a virtue that carries a lot of wait.

March 29: Life is too short — To remember slights and insults.  To cherish grudges that rob me of happiness.  To waste time in doing things that are of no value.

March 28: Forget injuries; never forget kindness.

March 27: Just about the time you think you can make both ends meet, somebody moves the ends.

March 26: Everybody wants to live forever; but no one wants to grow old.

March 25: The first point of wisdom is to know the truth; the second, to discern what is false!

March 24: Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good; try to use ordinary situations.

March 23: If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.

March 22: He who cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.

March 21: Money will buy a fine dog, but only love will make him wag his tail.

March 20: It is natural to love them that love us, but it is supernatural to love them that hate us.

March 19: When alone, we have our own thoughts to watch; When in family, our tempers; When in society, our tongues.

March 18: True patience means waiting without worrying.

March 17: Prescription for a happy marriage: never forget your wife’s birthday, and never remember which one it is.

March 16: For if there were no grief to hollow out our hearts, where would there be room for joy.

March 15: So live that you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.

March 14: Don’t let your mind become so busy that your heart can’t respond.

March13: The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.

March 12: Some people grin and beat it.  Others smile and change it.

March 11: Be grateful for luck, but don’t depend on it.

March 10: There is no limit to how much good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.

March 9: Luck is only where preparation meets with opportunity.

March 8: Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.

March 7: Never ask of money spent where the spender thinks it went.  Nobody was ever meant to remember or invent what he did with every cent.

March 6: It’s not the number of hours you put in, but what you put in the hours that count.

March 5: Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

March 4: Better ask twice than go wrong once.

March 3: Be not too hasty to trust or admire the teachers of morality; they discourse like angels, but they live like men.

March 2: The mind like a parachute functions only when open.

March 1: Assert your right to make a few mistakes.  If people can’t accept your imperfections, that’s their fault.

February 29: Assert your right to make a few mistakes.  If people can’t accept your imperfections, that’s their fault.

February 28: Cherish your own emotions, and never undervalue them.

February 27: If we succeed in giving the love of learning, the learning itself is sure to follow.

February 26: Take time to live because the world has so much to give.

February 25: The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.

February 24: Make your life a mission – not an intermission.

February 23: The world is full of beauty when your heart is filled with love.

February 22: Look to a gown of gold, and you will at least get a sleeve of it.

February 21: Real love begins where nothing is expected in return.

February 20: Flattery is like cologne; it is to be smelled, not swallowed.

February 19: The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention.

February 18: When you have an elephant by the hind leg, and he is trying to run away, it’s best to let him.

February 17: There is no greater invitation to love than in loving first.

February 16: Let each day be your masterpiece.

February 15: “I expect to pass through this world but once.  Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me know it now… for I shall not pass this way again.”

February 14: Love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay.  Love isn’t love ’til you give it away.

February 13: No man is so poor as to have nothing worth giving.  Give what you have to some, it may be better than you dare to think.

February 12: I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.  Abe Lincoln

February 11: Faith is the key to fit the door of Hope, but there is no power anywhere like love for turning it.  Elaine Emans.

February 10: Happiness is found along the way, not at the end of the road.

February 9: Don’t grumble because you don’t have what you want; be thankful you don’t get what you deserve.

February 8: We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust our sails.

February 7: The person who is always finding fault, seldom finds anything else.

February 6: “Cheerfulness and content are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks.”

February 5: To overlook the little things in life is to miss the biggest part of life itself.

February 4: The only sharp edged tool that gets sharper with use is the tongue.

February 3: A good thing to remember  And a better thing to do,  Is to work with the Construction Gang  And not the wrecking crew.

February 2: God wisely designed the human body so that we can neither pat our own backs nor kick ourselves too easily.

February 1: He who has no money is poor, but he who has nothing but money is the poorest of all.

January 31: If you have lost faith in yourself, just go out and get acquainted with a small child.  Win his love and your faith will come streaking back to you before you know it.

January 30: Be responsible: No one can be perfect; he can only aim at being a likable, reasonable being.

January 29: Humility is a strange thing-when you think you’ve gained it, you’ve lost it.

January 28: Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.

January 27: A gossip is someone who suffers from acute indiscretion.

January 26: Where there is great love there are always great miracles.

January 25: The secret of life is to know who you are and where you are going.

January 24: Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends.

January 23: I asked of life: “What have you to offer me?”  And the answer came: “What have you got to give?”

January 22: Let me give so much time to the improvement of myself that I shall have no time to criticize others.

January 21: Every day is given to you as an eternity to be happy.

January 20: Children may close their ears to advice, but they open their eyes to example.

January 19: If you meet one too tired to smile, Leave one of yours; Nobody needs a smile, as much as those who have none to give.

January 18: Tomorrow is not promised us, so let us take today and make the most of it.

January 17: The palest ink is better than the best memory.

January 16: To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

January 15: Whatever my secrets are, remember when I entrust them to you, they are part of me.

January 14: Waste not fresh tears over old griefs.

January 13: Only in a world of love can we unfold and bloom.

January 12: True wisdom lies in gathering precious moments out of each day.

January 11: Times flies, suns rise and shadows fall.  Let time go by.  Love is forever.

January 10: To be mature means to face and not evade every fresh crisis that comes.

January 9: You cannot lift your children to a higher level than on which you live yourself.

January 8: When you’re tired and worn at the close of the day; And things don’t seem to be going your way, When even your patience has come to an end, Try taking time out and confide in a friend.

January 7: You can’t keep trouble from coming, but you needn’t give it a chair to set on.  — Old Proverb

January 6: Blessed are they who are pleasant to live with.

January 5: Ulcers are what you get from mountain climbing over molehills.

January 4: Make the mistakes of yesterday your lessons for today.

January 3: A little more kindness in word and in deed.  A little more boosting that others may need.  A little  more love for the folks that we know.  A little more effort so friendships may grow.  Just a little of these-as we plod along here – Will make it a wonderful, wonderful year.

January 2: This year is the one in which you promised to do so much last year.

January 1: God bless thy year- the rough, the smooth, the bright, the dear- GOD BLESS THY YEAR!

December 31: And as the Old Year slips away, He kindly with him takes The pages we have blurred and marred With failures and mistakes.  The blighted hopes and needless fears are gone beyond recall.  And ours once more than fair, clean page  The New Year brings to all.

December 30: It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.

December 29: Beware of the high cost of low living.

December 28: You can’t change the past, but you ruin a perfectly good present by worrying about the future.

December 27: The greatest thing in life is to be needed.

December 26: It’s a little too much to save, And a little too much to dump.  There’s nothing to do but eat it.  That makes the housewife plump.

December 25: CHRISTMAS is the delight of loving and being loved in return, not for gifts tied with bows, but for gifts of the Spirit offered with an open heart every day of the year. Peal Buck

December 24: Many look with one eye at what they give, but with seven at what they receive.

December 23: Not what we give, But what we share, For the gift without the giver is bare.

December 22: Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.  H. W. Mable

December 21: Christmas is a time to remember timeless stories from days of yore, A time to ponder what’s ahead, A time to open another door.

December 20: Before your gifts are all wrapped up and gayly ribbon tied, Please remember to tuck a lot of love inside.

December 19: There is no right way to do the wrong thing.

December 18: Christmas is a time for children  No matter what their age.  Spirit is the only ticket, And heart the only gauge.

December 17: A partnership with God is motherhood.

December 16: A fault-mender is better than a fault-finder.

December 15: CHEER UP!  Birds also have bills, but they keep on singing.

December 14: Help me never to judge another until I have walked a day in his steps.

December 13: 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.

December 12: Every speaker has a mouth, An arrangement rather neat.  Sometimes it’s filled with wisdom, Sometimes it’s filled with feet.

December 11: When God measures a man, He puts the tape around the heart instead of the head.

December 10: To err is human; to forgive, infrequent.

December 9: People rarely succeed at anything unless they have fun doing it.

December 8: So much of what is great has sprung from the closeness of family ties.

December 7: Finish each day and be done with it… You have done what you could, some blunder and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can.  Tomorrow is a new day; You shall begin it well and serenely.  Ralph W. Emerson

December 6: Love is not measured by how many times you touch each other, but by how many times you reach each other.

December 5: When a happy person enters the room, it’s as if another candle had been lighted.

December 4: Get pleasure out of life: as much as you can.  Nobody ever died from pleasure.

December 3: You cannot possess a richer treasure than that of the loyalty of a friend.

December 2: Even the best things are not equal to their fame.

December 1: He who distributes the milk of kindness cannot help but spill a little on himself.

November 30: Wit ought to be a glorious treat, like caviar; never spread it about like marmalade.

November 29: I used to censure everyone, I was a Pharisee; Until, quite unexpectedly.  I got a glimpse of me.

November 28: The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

November 27: Thank God for dirty dishes, They have a tale to tell; While others may go hungry, we’ve eaten very well.  With home, health and happiness I shouldn’t want to fuss, By the stack of evidence, God’s been very good to us.

November 26: If you scatter thorns, don’t go barefoot.

November 25: The price of success is perseverance.  The price of failure comes cheaper.

November 24: If you can think of nothing for which to give thanks, you have a poor memory.

November 23: Love me what I am, Not what you want me to be.

November 22: What makes life worth the living is our giving and forgiving.

November 21: Tolerance is a virtue, but the greatest crime of our age has been the toleration of wrong.

November 20: When you begin to dislike someone, do something nice for him.

November 19: Aspirations can cure headaches.

November 18: You may not have been responsible for your heritage, but you are responsible for your future.

November 17: Virtue is like rich stone, best plain set.

November 16: ‘Tis the set of the sail that decides the goal and not the storms of life.

November 15: The Golden Rule is of no use to you whatever, unless you realize that it is your move.

November 14: Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.

November 13: Ideas are funny little things.  They won’t work unless you do.

November 12: My grandfather once told me that there are tow kinds of people; Those who do the work and Those who take the credit.  He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition there.

November 11: Behavior is a mirror in which everyone displays his image.

November 10: When things are bad we take a bit of comfort in the thought that they could always be worse.  And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.

November 9: Faults are thick when love is thin.

November 8: We lose the peace of years when we hunt after the rapture of moments.

November 7: Optimism is the handmaiden of faith.  Together, they help us see the light at the end of tunnels yet to be built.

November 6: Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value to its scarcity.

November 5: Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

November 4: In labors of love, every day is pay day.

November 3: In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself.

November 2: Success covers a multitude of blunders.

November 1: Never open the door to a little vice lest a great one enter with it.

October 31: Good intentions are no substitute for action; failure usually follows the path of least persistence.

October 30: Take a tip from nature — man’s ears weren’t made to shut — his mouth was.

October 29: You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends.

October 28: Do not worry about whether or not the sun will rise. Be prepared to enjoy it.

October 27: Never lose sight of the fact that old age needs so little but needs that little so much.

October 26: An old man was asked what had most robbed him of joy in his life. His reply was, “things that never happened”.

October 25: Hide not your talents, they for use were made.  What’s a sun-dial in the shade?

October 24: If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.

October 23: Trouble is part of your life, and if you don’t share it, you don’t give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough.

October 22: No brain is stronger than its weakest think.

October 21: There is no freedom on earth or in any star for those who deny freedom to others.

October 20: Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.

October 19: Treat the other man’s faith gently; it is all he has to believe with.  His mind was created for his own thoughts not yours or mine.

October 18: “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”

October 17: Don’t walk before me I many not follow, Don’t walk behind me I may not lead, Just walk beside me And be my friend.

October 16: Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.

October 15: Contentment consists not in great wealth but in few wants.

October 14: Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.

October 13: Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.

October 12: Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.

October 11: Love is like a bazaar. The admittance is free but it costs you something before you get out.

October 10: The man who pays an ounce of principle for a pound of popularity gets badly cheated.

October 9: Remember when life’s path is steep to keep your mind even.

October 8: True obedience neither procrastinates nor questions.

October 7: Waste of time is the most extravagant and costly of all expenses.

October 6: Do not trust the man who tells you all his troubles but keeps from you his joys.

October 5: Money is a terrible master, but an excellent servant.

October 4: Find an aim in life before you run out of ammunition.

October 3: If people could really see your heart, would they be happily surprised or dismally disappointed?

October 2: Age is a matter of the mind; if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

October 1: Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.

September 30: If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.

September 29: Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

September 28: If you really do put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise the price.

September 27: Knowledge is folly unless grace guides it.

September 26: You are young and useful at any age if you are still planning for tomorrow.

September 25: While faith makes all things possible, it is love that makes all thing easy.

September 24: Demand not that events should happen as you wish, but wish them to happen as they do, and you will go on well.

September 23: Some husbands know all the answers.  They’ve been listening for years.

September 22: Some folks carry their religion on their shoulder like a burden, instead of in their hearts like a song.

September 21: Keep looking up; Remember there is only mud under your feet.

September 20: Don’t discuss yourself, for your are bound to lose; if you belittle yourself, you are believed; if you praise yourself you are disbelieved.

September 19: If you find it hard to say, “Thank You” make up your mind that there is something wrong with you.

September 18: The world has weary hearts That we may bless and cheer, And a smile for every day Makes sunshine all the year.

September 17: He that will not command his thoughts will soon lose command of his actions.

September 16: Failure is success if we learn from it.

September 15: Don’t make use of another’s mouth unless it has been lent to you.

September 14: Help me overlook others faults in the hope that they will overlook mine.

September 13: Good, better, best; never let it rest till your good is better and your better is best.

September 12: Nothing we wear makes as much difference as the expression on our faces.

September 11: In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.

September 10: Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.

September 9: Have the courage of your desire.

September 8: Have regard for your name, since it will remain for you longer than a great store of gold.

September 7: Since we cannot get what we like, let us like what we can get.

September 6: Never let a difficulty stop you; it may be only sand on your track to prevent your skidding.

September 5: Make the most of your regrets… to regret deeply is to live afresh.

September 4: I saw tomorrow look at me from the little children’s eyes, and I thought how carefully we’d teach, if we were really wise.

September 3: When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all.

September 2: It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.

September 1: The way you go must be your decision.

August 31: A parent cannot in simple justice demand from any child a standard of conduct which he does not himself fulfill.

August 30: Love is never afraid of giving too much.

August 29: Trouble is usually produced by those who produce nothing else.

August 28: Make sure to be in with your equals if you’re going to fall out with your superiors.

August 27: The ornaments of a house are the friends who visit it.

August 26: Those who won’t mind their own business, soon have no business to mind.

August 25: Don’t run too far; you will have to return the same distance.

August 24: The trick is to make sure you don’t die waiting for prosperity to come.

August 23: Kindness is becoming at any age.

August 22: It’s the little things that bother us, And keep us on the rack; We can sit upon a MOUNTAIN, But not on a TACK.

August 21: He who forgives, ends the quarrel.

August 20: Behold the turtle.  He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.

August 19: Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow.  Delay may give clearer light as to what is best to be done.

August 18: One of the beautiful surprises of middle age is the discovery that mature love is not only richer and deeper, but every bit as breathtaking as it was in the beginning.

August 17: A SMILE: It creates happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in business, and is the countersign of friends.

August 16: The size of your troubles generally depends on whether they are coming or going.

August 15: Let brotherly love continue.  Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

August 14: We flatter those we scarcely know, And please our fleeting guest, But render many a heartless blow, To those we love the best.

August 13: Never suffer the prejudice of the eye to determine the heart.

August 12: The art of conversation lies in listening.

August 11: Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

August 10: If we appreciate what we have, it always becomes more.  If we belittle what we have, it always becomes less.

August 9: The time to pray is not when we are in a tight spot but just as soon as we get out of it.

August 8: If you can laugh at your troubles, you will never run out of something to laugh about.

August 7: Never mind whom you praise, but be very careful whom you blame.

August 6: A quiet tongue shows a wise head.

August 5: With a small boy cleanliness is not next to godliness.  It is next to impossible.

August 4: Giving advice is sometimes only showing our wisdom at the expense of another.

August 3: If you think you can win, you can win.  Faith is necessary to victory.

August 2: A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness.

August 1: When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.

July 31: If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.

July 30: To see what is right, and not to do it, is want of courage, or of principle.

July 29: The surest way to go broke is to sit around waiting for a break.

July 28: There are hundreds of languages in the world, but a smile speaks all of them.

July 27: You can’t turn the clock back.  But you can wind it up again.

July 26: Half our trouble comes of wanting to have our own way, and the other half is due to failure to face the facts.

July 25: Youth is not a time of life, It is a state of mind.  Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years; People grow old by deserting their ideals.

July 24: Never think that God’s delays are God’s denials.  Hold on; hold fast; hold out.  Patience is genius.

July 23: Shut out all of your past except that which will help you weather your tomorrows.

July 22: About the only thing that comes without effort is old age.

July 21: Always refuse the advice that passion gives.

July 20: If you cannot do great things, you can at least do small things in a great way.

July 19: A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

July 18: Peace of mind never comes to any home when someone is always handing out a piece of his mind.

July 17: Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.

July 16: It’s not what you eat that causes ulcers; it’s what’s eating you.

July 15: With the kiss of the sun for pardon  And the song of the birds for mirth  One is nearer God’s heart in a garden  Than anywhere else on earth.

July 14: Stay at home in your mind.  Don’t recite other people’s opinions.

July 13: The way some people find fault, you’d think there was a reward.

July 12: Never mind yesterday, life is today!  Never mind yesterday, lay it away!  Never mind anything over and done, Here is a new moment, lit with new sun.

July 11: You can never do a kindness too soon … because you never know how soon … it will be too late.

July 10: It is always commendable to get in and dig, but be careful where you throw the dirt.

July 9: Be careful that victories do not carry the seeds of future defeats.

July 8: You are often sorry for saying a harsh word.  But you will never regret saying a kind one.

July 7: The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions – the little soon-forgotten charities of a kiss of smile, a kind look, a heart-felt compliment.

July 6: Worry is like a rocking chair; it will give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.

July 5: A man’s feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.

July 4: This day must be remembered.  The stars and stripes unfurled; Ours is a glorious heritage.  So bless the whole wide world.

July 3: The goal in marriage is not to think alike, but to think together.

July 2: People who deal in sunshine Are the ones who draw the crowds.  They always do more business Than those who peddle clouds.

July 1: You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.

June 30: A golden wedding is when the couple has gone fifty-fifty!

June 29: Love does not consist of looking at each other, but in looking outward together, in the same direction.

June 28: While looking for ways to serve and help others, you will find most of your own faults automatically corrected.

June 27: Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood.  Make big plans, aim high in hope and work.

June 26: Aim at the sun, and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly higher than if aimed at an object on a level with yourself.

June 25: When you turn “green” with envy, You’re getting “ripe” for trouble.

June 24: Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?

June 23: When fate hands us a lemon, let’s try to make lemonade.

June 22: You cannot help people permanently, by doing for them what they should do for themselves.

June 21: We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.

June 20: Always behave like a duck.  Keep calm and unruffled on the surface, but paddle like the devil underneath.

June 19: The three great essentials of happiness are: Something to do, Someone to love, And Something to hope for.

June 18: A friendship true is like pure gold … It won’t wear out because it’s old.

June 17: The greatest gift a father can give his children is to love their mother.

June 16: You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them.

June 15: Only a dad, but he gives his all.  To smooth the way for his children small; These are the lines that for him I pen; Only a dad, but the best of men.

June 14: Many a man who is offered the chance of a lifetime for a song can’t sing.

June 13: When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.

June 12: If you think what you ought to do for other people your character will take care of itself.

June 11: When saving for old age, be sure to lay up a few pleasant thoughts.

June 10: A heart full of joy and gladness will always banish sadness and strife, so always look for the silver lining and try to find the sunny side of life.

June 9: If a thought comes to you of doing a kindness to some one, do it that very minute!  What’s the use of doing kindness if you do it a day too late?

June 8: Children are the only people wise enough to enjoy today … without regretting yesterday or fearing tomorrow.

June 7: To some people a tree is something so incredibly beautiful that it brings tears to the eyes.  To others it is just a green thing that stands in the way.

June 6: No parent should spend all of his time in the garden of a child’s life digging up weeds; there is always the danger of scratching out flowers not above the ground.

June 5: Always imitate the behavior of the winners when you lose.

June 4: When you cannot get a compliment any other way, pay yourself one.

June 3: Learn how to pay compliments.  Start with the members of your family, and you will find it will become easier later in life to compliment others.  It’s a great asset.

June 2: Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.

June 1: Better do a kindness near at home than walk a thousand miles to burn incense.

May 31: Could we read the final chapter of our life, then we would see great advantages and blessings come from our adversity.

May 30: If you cannot lift the load off another’s back, do not walk away.  Try to lighten it.

May 29: Rings and jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts.  The only gift is a portion of thyself.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

May 28: What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.  They are but trifles to be sure, but scattered along life’s pathway the good they do is inconceivable.

May 27: In giving advice, seek to help, not please your friend.

May 26: If you cannot make light of your troubles, keep them in the dark.

May 25: Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.  God is awake.

May 24: Great opportunities come to those who make most of small ones.

May 23: If a parent takes one step into the world, his children will take two.

May 22: The way to a friend’s house is never long.

May 21: Worry does not empty the day of its trouble, but only of its strength.

May 20: The real character of a man may be measured by what he does when no one is looking.

May 19: When you “bury the hatchet” don’t leave the handle sticking out.

May 18: Always begin anew with the day, just as nature does; it is one of the sensible things that nature does.

May 17: When a thing is done, its done.  Don’t look back.  Look forward to your next objective.

May 16: If you are being run out of town, get in front of the crowd and make it look like a parade.

May 15: When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.

May 14: Some things may come to us with rough wrappings, but there is good inside.

May 13: You are young only once, but you can stay immature for life.

May 12: Life is precious; handle with prayer.

May 11: You may have tangible wealth untold; Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold; Richer than I you can never be – I had a mother who read to me.

May 10: The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.

May 9: There is nothing human so dependable, so irresistible, so unselfish as true mother love.

May 8: A mother is the only person on earth who can divide her love among ten children and each child still have all her love.

May 7: Keeping house is like threading beads on a string with no knot at the end.

May 6: Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

May 5: If you have built castles in the air, your work not be lost; that is where they should be.  Now put foundations under them.

May 4: A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor the man perfected without trials.

May 3: If you think education is expensive – try ignorance.

May 2: Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.

May 1: Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.

April 30: Don’t be afraid of opposition: Remember, a kite rises against, not with the wind.

Life becomes beautiful because of you: A Japanese song – 花心 (in 日語)

This song’s singer: Japanese singer, 城 南海(1989年12月——),日本女歌手

Life becomes beautiful because of you. Listen to this Japanese song on Youtube: 花心

Lyrics in Traditional Chinese 歌曲: 花心, 作詞:厲曼婷, 作曲:喜納昌吉 (Kina Shoukich) 花的心藏在蕊中 空把花期都錯過 你的心忘了季節 從不輕易讓人懂 為何不牽我的手 共聽日月唱首歌 黑夜又白晝 黑夜又白晝 人生悲歡有幾何 #春去春會來 花謝花會再開 只要你願意 只要你願意 讓夢劃向你心海 Repeat #花瓣淚飄落風中 雖有悲意也從容 你的淚晶瑩剔透 心中一定還有夢 為何不牽我的手 同看海天成一色 潮起又潮落 潮起又潮落 送走人間許多愁 Repeat #,#只要你願意 只要你願意 讓夢劃向你心海

huā de xīn cáng zài ruǐ zhōng
(The heart of the flower is hidden in the pistil)
kōng bǎ huā qī dōu cuò guò
(Empty flowering period is all wrong)
nǐ de xīn wàng le jì jié
(Your heart forgot the season.)
cóng bù qīng yì ràng rén dǒng
(From not light easy to let people understand)
wèi hé bù qiān wǒ de shǒu
(Why not hold my hands)
gòng tīng rì yuè chàng shǒu gē
(Listen to Day and Moon Sing The First Song)
hēi yè yòu bái zhòu
(Black night and day)
hēi yè yòu bái zhòu
(Black night and day)
rén shēng wéi huān jǐ hé yǒu
(People born for a few happy how there)
chūn qù chūn huì lái
(Spring Go Spring Will Come)
huā xiè huā huì zài kāi
(Flowers Thank You Flowers Will Open Again)
zhǐ yào nǐ yuàn yì
(Just for you, i’d like to.)
zhǐ yào nǐ yuàn yì
(Just for you, i’d like to.)
ràng mèng huá xiàng nǐ de xīn hǎi
(Let the dream draw to your heart)
huā bàn lèi piāo zài fēng zhōng
(Petaltears in the wind)
suī yǒu bēi yì yě cōng róng
(Despite the sadness also from the)
nǐ de lèi jīng yíng tī tòu
(Your tears crystal clear)
xīn zhōng yí dìng hái yǒu mèng
(Heart in one definitely have a dream)
wèi hé bù qiān wǒ de shǒu
(Why not hold my hands)
tóng kàn hǎi tiān chéng yí sè
(With the sea sky into a color)
cháo qǐ yòu cháo luò
(The tide is up and down.)
cháo qǐ yòu cháo luò
(The tide is up and down.)
sòng zǒu rén jiān xǔ duō chóu
(Send away people between many worries)
chūn qù chūn huì lái
(Spring Go Spring Will Come)
huā xiè huā huì zài kāi
(Flowers Thank You Flowers Will Open Again)
zhǐ yào nǐ yuàn yì
(Just for you, i’d like to.)
zhǐ yào nǐ yuàn yì
(Just for you, i’d like to.)
ràng mèng huá xiàng nǐ de xīn hǎi
(Let the dream draw to your heart)
chūn qù chūn huì lái
(Spring Go Spring Will Come)
huā xiè huā huì zài kāi
(Flowers Thank You Flowers Will Open Again)
zhǐ yào nǐ yuàn yì
(Just for you, i’d like to.)
zhǐ yào nǐ yuàn yì
(Just for you, i’d like to.)
ràng mèng huá xiàng nǐ de xīn hǎi
(Let the dream draw to your heart)
zhǐ yào nǐ yuàn yì
(Just for you, i’d like to.)
zhǐ yào nǐ yuàn yì
(Just for you, i’d like to.)
ràng mèng huá xiàng nǐ de xīn hǎi
(Let the dream draw to your heart)

Falling in love? Some memorable classic music

Ballerina on her toes

You will fall in love “9 Unforgettably Beautiful Melodies from SYMPHONIES”

The list:

9. Brahms: 8. Beethoven: 7. Mozart: 6. Mahler: 5. Beethoven: 4. Schubert: 3. Beethoven: 2. Tchaikovsky: Video Unavailable 1. Dvořák:

Apple Macbook might start using Apple’s own ARM processor in 2021.

People say that the new Apple Macbook will start using Apple’s own ARM processor (instead of current Intel processors like i3, i5 and i7) in 2021. Quote from “5 reasons you’ll want to upgrade to an ARM MacBook, By Jason Snell, June 14, 2020. Apple’s about to build its own laptop chips — here’s why that’s a smart move” on

. Apple chips will run cooler and quieter. Modern Apple has released a single laptop with a passive cooling system — the fanless 12-inch MacBook, which had an underpowered Intel processor and some serious thermal throttling issues. Meanwhile, the iPad has never had a fan, not even that eight-core iPad Pro. An ARM Mac laptop should run cooler than its Intel counterparts. Fundamentally, an ARM Mac laptop should run cooler than its Intel counterparts. This could mean that ARM Mac laptops need to be throttled less, allowing them to run faster and do more work. It could also mean that Apple can dial back the fans on its active cooling systems, leading to a quieter laptop. And who knows, maybe Apple will even venture back into the realm of a fanless Mac laptop — this time, with a processor that’s capable of delivering performance without needing to blow air over it.

. When Apple moved the Mac to Intel, many developers had to move house from third-party development environments to Apple’s in-house tools. Today’s Apple development landscape is largely a monoculture, with Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Apple TV development all happening within a single app: Apple’s own Xcode. In fact, Xcode is already able to compile software for both Apple and Intel processors. When a developer tests their iOS app on their Mac, they’re running a version built for Intel. The version that goes to the App Store is, of course, compiled for Apple’s processors. Apple has carefully built its compiler toolchain and even added support for intermediate bytecode so that apps can be recompiled at the App Store level for iOS. All the pieces are in place. Any app that’s actively being developed should be ready for ARM Macs on day one. It will put the Mac’s previous chip transitions to shame. And if you’re wondering why Apple won’t have the same trouble Microsoft and its partners have had with ARM devices, the answer is simple: Apple’s complete control over its platform allows it to move everything — hardware, software, development tools, and apps — wherever it needs them to go. Apple has transitioned the entire Mac product line to a new processor architecture before, and it’ll do it again.

“Windows 10 Alert: Defragger bug defrags SSD Drives too often” , Quote

Disable Windows 10’s disk optimizing on your Solid State Drive (SSD) at this moment until Windows 10’s incorrectly optimizing SSD issue is fixed. Quote from “Windows 10 Alert: Defragger bug defrags SSD Drives too often” By Lawrence Abrams, June 14, 2020 on

. Defragging SSD drives too often: The general rule has always been that you should avoid defragging solid-state drives (SSDs) to prevent unnecessary wear and tear.
Microsoft developers, though, have stated in the past that there is some benefit to defragging a solid-state drive (SSD) that has become heavily fragmented, and due to this will defrag an SSD drive once a month.
“Actually Scott and Vadim are both wrong. Storage Optimizer will defrag an SSD once a month if volume snapshots are enabled. This is by design and necessary due to slow volsnap copy on write performance on fragmented SSD volumes.”
Unfortunately, since the last optimization times are being forgotten, the Windows 10 automatic maintenance will cause an SSD drive to be defragged much more often than once a month if you commonly restart Windows.
These automatic drive optimizations are scheduled for once a week, but can be configured to be done daily.
This issue was confirmed in numerous tests by BleepingComputer, where the automatic maintenance tool would perform a defrag of an SSD every time after a reboot.
1. This is a problem, as defragging an SSD too much is not good for the drive as it could prematurely reduce its lifespan.
Until this issue is fixed, if you use an SSD drive, it is suggested that you disable the automatic drive optimization of SSD drives in Windows 10.
To remove a drive from the Windows 10 automatic drive optimization, follow these steps:
In the Start Menu, search for ‘Defrag’ and click on the ‘Defragment and Optimize Drives’ result when it appears.
2. When the Optimize Drives screen opens, read through the list of drives and write down the drive letters for solid-state drives (SSD). Then click on ‘Change Settings.’
3. At the Optimize Drives settings screen, click on the ‘Choose’ button.
4. You will now see a list of drives that will be automatically optimized on a regular schedule. Uncheck all SSD drives from the list and then press the OK button.
5. You can now close the Optimize Drives screen. All of your SSD drives should now be removed from automatic drive maintenance. When the issue is resolved in the future, you can add them back to automatic maintenance.

[Windows 10’s additional disk optimization issue] Trimming non-SSD drives:
In addition to the issues described above, the Windows 10 defragger is trying to trim non-SSD drives.
The trim feature allows an operating system to tell an SSD drive when data is no longer being used and can be wiped on the drive.
As this is an SSD-specific feature, it is strange that the Windows 10 defragger is attempting to perform it on fixed disks when optimizing them. This procedure fails, as non-SSD drives do not support the trim command.

Methods of showing/adding battery percentage icon on iPhone 11’s screen

Quote about showing iPhone 11’s battery percentage on screen from

. Option 1: View in Control Center – Without a doubt, the easiest way to check out your iPhone’s battery percentage is to activate Control Center. Do so by swiping down in the top-right corner of the display, appropriately where the battery icon is. Once you do, you’ll see your battery percentage in all its glory right next to the main battery icon.

. Option 2: View in Batteries Widget – You can also check the battery percentage via the “Batteries” widget. To do so, open the Today View by swiping right on the lock screen or the first page of the home screen. If you don’t see the Batteries widget here, you can add it by scrolling to the bottom of this page, tapping “Edit,” authenticating yourself if applicable, then tapping the (+) button next to “Batteries.”
Once the Batteries widget is added, you’ll see your iPhone’s battery percentage right away. As a bonus, you’ll see the battery percentage of any connected devices, such as AirPods or an Apple Watch.

. Option 3: Ask Siri – If you want a little extra feedback, trying asking Siri, “What’s my iPhone’s battery percentage.” The digital assistant will happily tell you exactly how much juice you have left.

. Option 4: Plug It In, Plug It In – While not a convenient method by any means, plugging your iPhone into power will work as well. When your iPhone begins charging, it will report the current battery percentage on-screen. It will continue to do this every time you wake up your iPhone until you unplug the device from power.

My heart is talking via this song “Sleepsong” – Fionnuala Gill and Secret Garden

Fionnuala Gill

My heart is talking via this song: “Sleepsong” – Fionnuala Gill and Secret Garden (Aragorn & Arwen)

Quote from Fionnuala Gill’s web site: Fionnuala Gill – Based in Dublin, Fionnuala Gill holds an honours degree in Psychology and has had a personal meditation practice for over 30 years. Having experienced the profound benefits of mindfulness practice in her own life, she completed her first MBSR mindfulness teacher training with the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches (IMA, Germany) in 2010. Since that time Fionnuala has introduced mindfulness to adults, young people and children throughout Ireland in many different settings. She is a facilitator of the .b Mindfulness in Schools Programme and the Sitting Still Like A Frog mindfulness programme for children and also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills.
In the quest to deepen her commitment to best practice in the teaching of MBSR, she furthered her training with the Centre for Mindfulness (CFM) University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMass) and became a CFM qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher in 2017.
Fionnuala has offered mindfulness trainings to many organisations such as the Rape Crisis Centre, Crime Victims Helpline, The Oasis Centre and The Sanctuary, where she has run many courses and workshops over the past eight years. She has worked as a professional musician (singer and harper) for many years and has a particular interest in mindfulness and creativity. She is a qualified yoga teacher (RYT 200) and adheres to the Good Practice Guidelines set out by the Mindfulness Teachers Network of Ireland (MTNI), thus receiving regular supervision of her work and attending retreats and further mindfulness trainings each year.
Fionnuala is passionate about the importance of supervision and has completed the mindfulness supervision training with The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) at Bangor University in North Wales. She feels privileged to offer supervision to MBSR teachers and those using mindfulness in their work. Source:

Google Pixel 3 setting tips

Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL

Quote from “Pixel 3: 10 settings to change right away
Default settings aren’t always the best settings. By Jason Cipriani mugshot, Jan. 17, 2019 on

. Ambient display
When your Pixel is sitting idle, an always-on display feature called Ambient Display is used. Ambient Display shows you the current time, pending notifications, the weather, and even what song is playing via the Now Playing feature.

If you’d rather not use the Ambient Display, or you want to modify how it works, head to the Settings app to customize your experience.

Where to go: Settings > Display > Advanced > Ambient display.

. Fingerprint gesture
The fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone can be used as a trackpad of sorts. Specifically, you can enable the sensor to use a swipe down across the sensor as a gesture to pull down the notification shade, revealing any pending alerts you may have.

Enable or disable the feature to fit your preference.

Where to go: Settings > System > Gestures > Swipe fingerprint for notifications.

So sweet, so beautiful: THE PRAYER / SAVIOR REDEEMER of My Soul – by ELENYI – ft. Jaantje, Hallie, Sarah

The vocalist Elenui

So sweet, so beautiful: THE PRAeYER / SAVIOR REDEEMER of My Soul – by ELENYI – ft. Jaantje, Hallie, Sarah – music video here

“The Prayer” lyrics:

I pray you’ll be our eyes
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise
In times when we don’t know
Let this be our prayer
When we lose our way

Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
To a place where we’ll be safe
I pray we’ll find your light
And hold it in our hearts
When stars go out each night
Let this be our prayer
When shadows fill our day

Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe
We ask that life be kind
And watch us from above
We hope each soul will find
Another soul to love
Let this be our prayer
Let this be our prayer
Just like every child
Just like every child
Need to find a place
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe

Fitbit Charge 4 health tracker setup blank screen issue resolved

I started setting up my new Fitbit Charge 4 (FC4) health tracker on 5/23/2020; My Google Pixel 3 XL’s Fitbit App. could connect to the Fitbit Charge 4 (via Fitbit app. for Android mobile phone), synchronized health statistics from the Fitbit Charge 4; but the Fitbit’s screen remained dark (blank) and its left button didn’t respond to pressing – meaning the Fitbit device setup had not succeeded.

I resolve this issue on 5/24/2020 with these steps:
Fitbit Charge 4 health tracker setup
5/24/2020: My Fitbit Charge 4 (FC4) setup issue (blank Fitbit Charge 4 blank screen) is resolved after:

1) Removing (unpairing) previous paired FC4 (failed setup) from my Google Pixel 3 XL mobile phone, 2) Connecting the included Fitbit Charge 4 charging cable to my own Anker PowerPort+ 10W USB adapter (UL-certified wall charger, only this powerful adapter works), 3) On Pixel 3 XL mobile phone’s Fitbit app., I add FC4 again and successfully set up FC4. (More reference from


* Make sure you have the following: * Charge 4 charging cable that came in the box with your device.  * UL-certified wall charger. Note: Don’t plug the charging cable into a computer or USB hub for these troubleshooting steps.* Before getting started, make sure your device is connected securely to the charging cable: 1. Clip the end of the charging cable to the port on the back of Charge 4. 2. Make sure the pins on the charging clip lock securely with the gold contacts on the back of the tracker.   3. Make sure the device is centered in the charging cable and that the button on the side of Charge 4 is visible through the side of the clip.  4. When the connection is secure, Charge 4 vibrates, and a battery icon appears on the screen. Note: You may have to adjust the tracker into the correct position in the charging cable. 

* Connect Charge 4 to the charging cable, making sure the connection is secure, as described above. * Plug the charging cable into the USB port on a UL-certified USB wall charger.  * If you don’t see a smiley face or the Fitbit logo on the screen after 5 seconds:  * Remove Charge 4 from the charging cable, then place it in the charging cable again. Make sure the connection is secure, as described above.  * Try a different wall charger. * Make sure the device is securely in the charging cable and restart Charge 4:  * Press and hold the button on the side of Charge 4 for at least 10 seconds. When a smiley face appears on the screen, release the button. Note: The device vibrates when you press or release the button.  * If you don’t see a smiley face after 10 seconds, adjust the position of the device in the charging cable, verifying it’s securely in place. Try holding the button again for 10 seconds or until the smiley face appears. Note: If you still don’t see a smiley face, wait 15 minutes before you try again. * After you see the smiley face, wait for another 10 seconds or until the Fitbit logo or clock face appears.  * If a clock face appears—Charge 4 is set up and you can start using it. For more information, see How do I get started with Fitbit Charge 4? * If the Fitbit logo appears—set up Charge 4. Note the device must be charged to at least 50% to set it up.