Saturday, January 22, 2011


What you take into your hands, you take into your heart...

It's a quote from the movie Witness. I heard it years ago and it stuck in my head.
It's the part where John Booker has grabbed a gun...(he is living amongst the Amish)
And an old Amish man is admonishing him for resorting to violence.
It struck me at the time. I thought it was bs.

But then I thought more about it, the more I realized that it is correct.
What we touch. What we think about. What we focus on.
We become.

If we are focused on only our own self interest..
We become self absorbed.
If we focus only on money.
We become greedy.
If we focus on food.
we get fat.
If we focus on the wrongs done us.
We get bitter.
If we focus on our own shortcomings..
and on how unfair things seem.
Or on other's success
We become jealous and bitter.
If we focus on what we lack.
We become stingy with our time, love and material possessions.

If we focus on self acceptance
we start accepting others.
If we focus on our own strengths
we see the strength in others.
If we focus on what we have...
We are thankful and able to give.
If we see our success through God's eyes.
We will be able to revel in the success of others.

Every day we wake up with a new opportunity to do things right.


  1. What a really great post! These are words to live by.

  2. Gosh - I haven't seen Witness in a long time!! That was great film, wasn't it?!!?

    Thank you for these wise words - I always think it's easier to focus on the negative and harder to do so on the positive. I think it's because the positive takes so much effort - but the rewards are a millionfold - so it really is worth doing! I hope that makes sense!! Take care

  3. That was a good movie, and there sure is a lot of truth there fur sure!

  4. Happy Saturday, sweet friends.

    What a fantastic picture!!!!!!!!!!

    Love to all of you.

  5. We loved this. We've been tellin' Mom this forever! Our motto is to CAT-scentuate the positive and we always start with purrs to each other and then purrs to our friends. As old Martha Stewart says, "it's a good thing".

  6. That was a great film - more effort is required to focus on the positives in life but negativity is such a waste of time.

  7. Abby what a lovely post....
    The Witness is one of those movies that mom watches over and over...she finally visited Amish country and was once again impressed by their style of living...simply.
    Hugs Madi

  8. Witness is one of my favourite movies...I remember that scene and quote so well!

    Wise words, wonderful post :-)

  9. I loved reading about that and I'm so glad you have this here for us to read and think about.

  10. That is such a beautiful post!