Archive for the ‘Thought of the Day’ Category

Life is like a piano

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Life is like a piano. The white keys represent happiness. The black keys represent sadness. But as you go through life, remember that the black keys make music too.

— Anonymous

Life is like a piano. www.walled-in-berlin.com

Life is like a piano. www.walled-in-berlin.com

 

For a sneak peek at the first 20+ pages of my memoir, “Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom,” click “Download a free excerpt” on the home page of http://www.walled-in-berlin.com

The world is a dangerous place

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

The world is a dangerous place to live in, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.

— Albert Einstein

 

For a sneak peek at the first 20+ pages of my memoir, “Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom,” click “Download a free excerpt” on the home page of http://www.walled-in-berlin.com

Living on Earth is Expensive

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Living on earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.

— Anonymous

Living on Earth is Expensive. www.walled-in-berlin.com

Living on Earth is Expensive. www.walled-in-berlin.com

For a sneak peek at the first 20+ pages of my memoir, “Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom,” click “Download a free excerpt” on the home page of http://www.walled-in-berlin.com

The control paradox

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

 

You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.

— Steve Maraboli

Relax. You are not in control anyway. www.walled-in-berlin.com

Relax. You are not in control anyway. www.walled-in-berlin.com

 

 

The Hope of Freedom

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.

— Pearl S. Buck

Birds enjoying their freedom. Photo © J. Elke Ertle, 2016. www.walled-in-berlin.com

Birds enjoying their freedom. Photo © J. Elke Ertle, 2016. www.walled-in-berlin.com

We could learn a lot from Crayons

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

We could learn a lot from crayons: Some are sharp, some are dull, some are pretty, some are colorful. But they all fit very nicely into the same box.

— Anonymous

Crayons get along. Can't we? www.walled-in-berlin.com

Crayons get along. Why can’t we? www.walled-in-berlin.com

 

 

How to recognize a truly happy person

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

 

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

— Anonymous

A truly happy person can enjoy this sight even on a detour. Photo © J. Elke Ertle, 2017. www.walled-in-berlin.com

A truly happy person can enjoy this sight even on a detour. Photo © J. Elke Ertle, 2017. www.walled-in-berlin.com

 

Is Education expensive?

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

— bumper sticker

If you can …

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

If you can, always be cheerful.

If you can, resist complaining.

If you can, accept that your loved ones cannot always give you their time.

If you can, take criticism and blame without resentment.

If you can, conquer tension without medical help.

If you can, relax without alcohol.

If you can, sleep without the aid of drugs.

 

If you can do all of the above, then you are probably the family dog. But just in case you are not, make the family dog your role model. Inner peace and happiness will be yours. Guaranteed.

— Anonymous

 

If you can ... try to handle stress like a dog. J. Elke Ertle, www.walled-in-berlin.com

If you can … try to handle stress like a dog. J. Elke Ertle, www.walled-in-berlin.com

For a sneak peek at the first 20+ pages of my memoir, “Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom,” click “Download a free excerpt” on the home page of http://www.walled-in-berlin.com

 

What Creates Healthy Self-Esteem?

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

 

Self-esteem comes from being able to define the world in your own terms and refusing to abide by the judgments of others.

— Oprah Winfrey