This week the love world lost a great writer, the woman who inspired many and helped many hearts, “Abby,” of the Dear Abby column. Today I thought I would share a few of her words of wisdom to inspire the families and relationships she cared so much about.
“Loneliness is the ultimate poverty.”
“There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who walk into a room and say, “There you are” and those who say, “Here I am.”
“If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we’d all be millionaires.”
“The less you talk, the more you’re listened to.”
“Fear less, hope more. Eat less, chew more. Talk less, say more. Hate less, love more, and never underestimate the power of forgiveness.”
“If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.”
“Kissing power is stronger than will power.”
“JUST FOR TODAY, I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once.
I know that I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up for a lifetime.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things that I can correct and accept those I cannot.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I’ll not speak ill of others. I will improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking. Just for today, I will refrain from improving anybody but myself.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will do something positive to improve my health. If I’m a smoker, I’ll quit. If I’m overweight, I will eat healthfully — if only for today. And not only that, I will get off the couch and take a brisk walk, even if it’s only around the block.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will gather the courage to do what is right and take the responsibility for my own actions.”
Thank you for your wisdom Pauline Phillips. What have you learned from her writings?