Have nothing is your house that you do not know to be useful,
or believe to be beautiful.
Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
be it ever so humble,
there’s no place like Home.
T. Howard Payne"
Learn to like what doesn’t cost much.
Learn to like reading, conversation, music.
Learn to like plain food, plain service, plain cooking.
Learn to like fields, trees, brooks, hiking, rowing, climbing hills.
Learn to like people,
even though some of them may be different…
different from you.
Learn to like to work and enjoy the satisfaction of doing your job as well as it can be done.
Learn to like the songs of birds, the companionship of dogs.
Learn to like gardening, puttering around
the house and fixing things.
Learn to like the sunrise and sunset, the beating of the rain
on the roof and windows,
and the gentle fall of snow on a winter’s day.
Learn to keep your wants simple and
refuse to be controlled by the likes and dislikes of others.
You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’
You make a mistake.
If you are not content with what you have,
you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon"
A babe in the house is a well-spring of pleasure,
a messenger of peace and love,
a resting place for innocence on earth,
a link between angels and men.