Archive for the ‘Thought of the Day’ Category

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

The sun still shines above

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Even when the sky is filled with clouds, the sun still shines above.

— Anonymous

Even when the sky is filled with clouds, the sun still shines above. Photo © J. Elke Ertle, 2017. www.walled-in-berlin.com

Even when the sky is filled with clouds, the sun still shines above. Photo © J. Elke Ertle, 2017. 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

 

Hopes not Fears

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.

— Nelson Mandela

 

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

 

Time – an unappreciated dressmaker

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.

— Faith Baldwin

Time's sewing kit is rarely helpful. www.walled-in-berlin.com

Time’s sewing kit is rarely helpful. 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 is jealousy?

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

 

Jealousy is an unfortunate affliction. It tends to well up the moment we realize that someone else took advantage of opportunities we missed or ignored.

— J. Elke Ertle

 

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