Thursday, December 04, 2008

Austria




Tomorrow I am off to Austria to speak at the Austrian Prayer Congress in Vienna. I have never been to Austria before so I am really looking forward to it. The theme is face to face and I have been studying all week along with a load of other winter jobs, hence the lack of blogging.

It's going to be cold, actually it's been cold here this week but probably not as cold as Vienna!

I wrote a little article for the the 24-7 prayer site you should check the whole site out, there are loads of inspiring and challenging stories on it.

I also found this really interesting from Andrew Jones Blog about conference speakers and the recession, loads of great comments.

And finally I read this on Phil Emersons Blog

“Enlightened Perspective”, by Andy Rooney

I've Learned

That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.
That when you're in love, it shows.
That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day.
That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.
That being kind is more important than being right.
That you should never say no to a gift from a child.
That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way.
That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.
That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.
That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.
That money doesn't buy class.
That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.
That love, not time, heals all wounds.
That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.
That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.
That life is tough, but I'm tougher.
That opportunities are never lost, someone will take the ones you miss.
That when you harbour bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
That I wish I could have told my Mom and Dad that I loved them one more time before they passed away.
That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.
That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
That when your newly born child/grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life.
That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.
That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Austria!! Cool! I lived there for two years, met my husband there and thus ended up in wonderful N Ireland! :-)

Nina

Judyann said...

I like what you have learned, you made me smile. You have a lot of wisdom :)