It’s the littlest things that make the biggest difference. Little habits, little acts of kindness, little decisions, little sacrifices all add up to a big difference. I want my children to have good memories and know how to cherish the moments and preserve a life time of good memories and rich moments. My parents worked very hard and sacrificed everything for my up bringing and I don’t remember them ever speaking a word of complaint about not having something they could have had or about the demands of raising eight children. I hope I can pass those qualities on to my children by example as well. I was thinking back this week on the little words of wisdom that were often quoted to me growing up. I’ll try to remember a few of those old New England proverbs to share.
“It is not enough to be busy, the question is ,”What are you busy about?”
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”
“From the day you were born ’til you ride in a hearse, there is nothing so bad that it couldn’t be worse.”
“You can’t keep trouble from coming, but you don’t have to give it a chair to sit on.”
“The hardest work is to do nothing.”
“He who feels the benefit should feel the burden.”
“One today is worth two tomorrows.”
“Wishing isn’t doing.”
“An ounce of experience is worth a pound of theory.”
“Talk less and say more.”
“Take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.”
“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.” This one is one of my favorites. It serves so very well in many different areas of life.
“Small circumstances produce great events.”
“It won’t be warm till the snow comes off the mountains and the snow won’t come off the mountains till it gets warm.”