Saturday, February 2, 2013

Motivations and Smiles for February

 As you may recall, I introduced January, 2013
with Advice and Philosophies
from my collection of yearly calendar quotes.

Excellence:  Doing the common things uncommonly well.  (Orison Swett Marden)

Patience:  The slow rhythm of waiting. (Adrian Cowell)

Devotion:  The way to love anything is to realize it might be lost.(Gilbert Chesterton)

Life:  I try to take life one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me
          at once. (Anonymous)

Winners expect to win in advance.  Life is a self-fulfilling prophecy.  (Anonymous)

All Things are difficult before they are easy.  (John Norley & Thomas Fuller)

Faith is necessary for victory.  (William Hazlitt)

From my 2013 Motivation Calendar with Invitation to Action:
Learn:  It is a good thing to learn caution
from the misfortunes of others. (Publilius Syrus)
(picture of a lone scuba diver among underwater reeds;
lurking above him is a mammoth gray shark!)

Are you familiar with these special event days this month?
                                *  February 2 ~ Groundhog Day and World Wetlands Day
                                    February 10 ~ Chinese New Year
                                    February 12 ~ Shrove Tuesday
                                    February 13 ~ Ash Wednesday
                                    February 14 ~ Valentine's Day
                                    February 15 ~ National Flag of Canada Day
                                    February 18 ~ Family Day (celebrated in British Columbia,
                                                            Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario)
                                    February 25 ~ Full moon

“Pearl of Wisdom”
Picture 3 skiers excitedly jumping off moguls
on a brisk winter day:
One cannot consent to creep
when one feels an impulse to SOAR!
(Helen Keller)

* A Few Whimsical Thoughts ~ Did you know?

   The Groundhog is a member of the squirrel family?

   The first official Groundhog Day was on February 2, 1887 at Gobbler’s Knob 
   (PA) about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

   “Punxsutawny Phil” (United States), the world’s most famous Groundhog has his 
   origins with German settlers in the 18th century. Canada’s version stars
    “Wiarton Willie” whose home is near the Bruce Peninsula (Ontario).

   What happened when the Groundhog met the dog catcher? 
    He became a “pound dog”!

   A Most Wonderful Groundhog Day!

   Over breakfast one morning, a woman said to her husband, “I bet you don’t know
   what day this is!”

   “Of course, I do!” he answered indignantly as he slammed the door and drove 
   to his office.

   At 11 am the doorbell rang.  There at her front door, was an UPS driver;
   in his hand was  a box containing a dozen red roses.  Later at 2 pm there was
   another knock at her door; this time it was a deluxe box of Belgian chocolates.

   Eventually, her husband came home, tired after a hard day’s work.
   His wife greeted him by saying, “First the flowers, then the chocolates.
   I’ve never had a more wonderful Groundhog’s Day in my life!”

                                            Merle Baird-Kerr...written January 24, 2013
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  1. •February makes a bridge, and March breaks it. - George Herbert

    I had all my Babies in February so I was blessed in a warm and cozy month to Revel in Creating Life.

    Slainte !

  2. What a Wonderful loving month for you...
    also the month of St. Valentine!
    Thank you for your comment, Slainte