Retiring was an extremely emotional move for me because I had loved being an elementary school principal. I worked with incredible educators, wonderful parents and children who brightened my days. It was an all consuming, provocative, exhausting, joyful job and one I knew that I would miss. Not the politics, no I would not miss that aspect of the job. But the people, I would surely miss the people. And I did!
So here we are 16 months later and I am having a ball, traveling with my husband, sleeping in, writing books and a parenting blog and loving what I am now doing. Hence, out came all of the books that I had previously received. This particular book is a compilation of comments and quotes. Some I associated with, others I just stepped right over. But I realized as I read and reread this book that I wished that I had owned this book when I was a young mother, wife and educator. If I had, I should have written these phrases in chalk in every classroom, on my daily calendar, posted them on my refrigerator and soaped them on the bathroom mirrors for all to see. And I can only hope that being reminded of these simple phrases would have helped me to more fully enjoy each and every day with my kids, my husband, my teachers, colleagues, parents and students.
So now let me share with you a few of the inspirational quotes from this wonderful book with. And you don't even have to retire to earn these gentle reminders of how great life can be, should be and is!
Happiness is in your hands
Deep down we all know that life is not a race to be run; it's a journey to be savored every step of the way.
This is your life; don't miss a day of it
Time is a precious gift… so precious that it is only given to us moment by moment
Imagine seeing everything as if for the first time
The little things in life aren’t little
If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?
If you want a great life, ask great questions
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives
If it's not fun, why do it?
Do whatever your heart leads you to do – but do it!
Without risk, nothing new ever happens!
At the beginning of every day, ask yourself how you can make today a day you'll wish you could relive again years from now. At the end of every day take a quiet moment to give thanks …for all you've done, given, dreamed, said, created, loved, survived, learned, attempted, overcome, savored and enjoyed throughout your day.
Happiness is not another place, but this place, not for another hour, but this hour.
Have a wonderful day! And thank you to the special friend who gifted me this incredible book!