"IF" 

(by Rudyard Kipling, 1865-1936)


If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting, tooi.


If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or being lied about—don't deal in lies,

Or being hated (don't give way to hating)

And yet don't look too good nor talk too wise.


If you can dream and not make dreams your master;

If you can think and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with triumph and disaster

And treat those two imposters just the same.


If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken

Twisted by Knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or see the things the gave your life to broken,

And stoop to build 'em up worth worn out tools.

If you force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your tun long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the will that says to them "Hold on!"


If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it in one turn of pitch and toss,
And lose and start again at your beginning

And never breathe a word about your loss.


If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue

And walk with kings nor lose the common touch;
If neither foe nor loving friend can hurt you;

If all men count with you, but none too much.


If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With 60 seconds worth of distance run

Yours is the earth and everything that's in it,

And which is more, you'll be a man, my son!

Isaiah 58:6-11


I'll tell what it really means to worship the Lord.

Remove the chains of prisoners who are unjustly chained.

Free those who are abused!

Share your food with everyone who is hungry; share your 

  home with the poor and the homeless.

Give clothes to those in need; don't turn away your  

  relatives.


Then your light will shine like the dawning sun, and you will

   will quickly be healed. 

Your honesty will protect you as you advance, and the

   glory of the Lord will defend you from behind.

​When you beg the Lord for help, He will answer "Here I am!"


Don't mistreat others, or falsely accuse them, or say something    cruel.

Give your food to the hungry and care for the homeless.

Then your light will shine in the dark; your darkest hour will  

   be like the noonday sun.


The Lord will always guide you and provide you with good

   things to eat when you are in the desert.

He will make you healthy.

​You will be like a garden that has plenty of water or like a

   stream that never runs dry.

The Paradoxical Commandments

​            (Kent M. Keith)

People are illogical, unreasonable and self-centered.

     Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.

     Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies 

     Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.

     Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.

     Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.

     Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.

     Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.

     Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.

     Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.

     Give the world the best you have anyway.


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

             - Margaret Mead (1901-1978)

"Something wonderful is about to happen."


                   - Hugo Tschudin (1929-    )

If we change our negative thought, opinions and emotions  into nurturing, loving thoughts and actions, we can literally change the world....If I touch ten people in a day and make their day,  they may go and  touch ten others in the same way. Now I have touched not ten, but one hundred people.

Every step in the right direction is its own reward.

                 - Ruth Tschudin, in

                   "Bark Up the Right Tree"



Rendition of "Anyway" credited to Mother Teresa

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.

     Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.

     Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies.

     Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you.

     Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight.

     Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous.

     Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow.

     Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough.

     Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see, in the final anysis, it is between you and God.

     It was never between you and them anyway.​​



“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” 

              ― Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

Beauty Tips  by Audrey Hepburn

(inspired by David Wagner, from his book "Life as a Daymaker," p. 13)


For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

​For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge that you'll never walk alone.


People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed.  Never throw out anybody.


​Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm. As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself and one for helping others.​​

"Lord, help me to do great things as though they were little, since I do them in your power; and little things as though they were great, since I do them in your name."


                        - Blaise Pascal (16​23-1662)