little chest


A dear friend of mine gave me the simplest gift awhile back–During a rough time.


I’ve been wanting to share it with you.

  It is an idea

if you were searching for something

to give to someone

  who needed a little uplift–

 A gift that keeps on giving.

little chest

little chest

She gave me a tiny little chest.

Doesn’t look like much.

Inside was stuffed, and I mean stuffed with tiny strips of paper folded in half.

She had searched,



and folded

little uplifting thoughts,


and poems

to pull out when needing an uplift.

It was like a fortune cookie surprise.

I tried to limit myself to one a day but sometimes I snuck more.

If you don’t have the time to search for thoughts

I posted some so you could cut and copy them easily.

I have used the idea many times…

(I placed them in a simple jar)

for a friend who broke her back,

aging bedridden parents,

a friend recovering from a hip replacement,

other cancer survivors, and

birthday gifts.

They loved it as much as I did.

I hope you enjoy…

and that it works its magic for your loved ones too…

Listed below are some thoughts you can copy and cut and fold to use if you don’t have the time to search:

And the greatest thing is that as we experience the mental sunshine of gratitude, we begin to glow with sunshine ourselves.  Suddenly not only is the world brighter, but we are too.  Soon we notice that our lives are full of people who want to be around us because we exude peacefulness, happiness, and joy.


My beloved brothers and sisters, I testify of angels, both the heavenly and the mortal kind. In doing so I am testifying that God never leaves us alone, never leaves us unaided in the challenges that we face.  By Jeffrey R . Holland


 The next time you’re tempted to groan, you might try to laugh instead. It will extend your life and make the lives of all those around you more enjoyable.  

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin


Press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.

2 Nephi 31:20



Embrace and rely upon the Hope of Israel, for the love of the Son of God, pierces all darkness, softens all sorry, and gladdens every heart.  By  Dieter F. Uchtdorf


 Challenges, difficulties, questions, doubts—these are part of our mortality. But we are not alone. As disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have enormous spiritual reservoirs of light and truth available to us. Fear and faith cannot coexist in our hearts at the same time. In our days of difficulty, we choose the road of faith. Jesus said, Be not afraid, only belief. Mark 5:36 Elder Neil L. Anderson


 That which is God is Light. And he that receiveth light and continueth in God, receiveth more light; And that light growth brighter and brighter until the perfect day. D&C 50:24


 And I will also be your light in the wilderness, and I will prepare the way before you, if it so be that ye shall keep my commandments; wherefore, inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall be led towards the promised land; and ye shall know that it is by me that ye are led. 1 Nephi 17: 13


 Behold I am Jesus Christ, the son of God. I am the life and the light of the world.

D&C 11:28



“And so I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness

any more than on our goodness that the world’s healing hinges,

but on His. When He tells us to love our enemies,

He gives, along with the command, the love itself.”

(Corrie Tem Boom, The Hiding Place)



Don’t cry because its over,

smile because it happened

Dr. Suess



According to Thomas Watson, Failing doesn’t make you a failure—instead you’ve discovered one way something won’t work. Failing is a discovery process and can be a solid stepping stone, much like rungs on a ladder. We fail only when we stop trying. If nine out of ten things fail, we must courageously try ten more things.


 By Spencer W. Kimball:

 Pain stayed so long I said to him today,

“I will not have you with me anymore!”

I stamped my foot and said “Be on your way.”


And paused there, startled at the look he wore.

“I, who have been your friend” he said to me.

“I who have been your teacher—all you know,

Of understanding love, of sympathy, and patience,

I have taught you, shall I go?”


He spoke the truth, this strange unwelcome guest;

I watched him leave, and knew that he was wise.

He left a heart grown tender in my breast,

He left a far clear vision in my eyes.


I dried my tears, and lifted up a song—

Even for one who’d tortured me so long.”



There are two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle.  –albert einstein



We have complete control over what we think about our circumstances, the meaning we attach to them.  No matter our circumstances—we can focus on the positive and make a difference by virtue of our attitude. (Attitudes of Gratitude)




The more you cultivate a positive attitude, even if you don’t feel it, the more you experience the feeling.  The more loving we are the more love we feel.  The more joy we radiate, the more comes back our way.  And the more thankful we are, the more we experience the richness of spirit that grateful feelings produce.




Gratefulness is really Great-fullness. 

Our lives become full and rich when we feel gratitude.


 Inside yourself or outside, you never have to change what you see,

only  the way you see it.

–thaddeus golas


 Be gentle with yourself.  The more you allow what is true for you to be true, and the less you “should” yourself,[I should do this and aI should do that..] the more space you create for the possibility of gratitude to quietly, softly enter your heart.


 As we learn how  to appreciate the miracle of being alive, we will find the peace and the strength to face life’s challenges as they come.


The Zan Master Ling Chi said that the miracle is not to walk on burning charcoal or in the thin air or on the water; the miracle is just to walk on earth.  You breathe in.  You become aware of the fact that you are alive.  You are still alive and you are walking on this beautiful planet…The greatest of all miracles is to be alive.   –Thich nhat hanh


The most powerful agent of growth and transformation is something much more basic than any technique; a change of heart.    –john welwood



The most invisible creators I know of are those artists whose medium is life itself.  The ones who express the inexpressible—without brush, hammer, clay, or guitar.  They neither paint nor sculpt—their medium is their being.  Whatever their presence touches has increased life.  They see and don’t have to draw.  They are the artists of being alive.  —-J stone



While there are plenty of things in life to be justifiable annoyed, angry, or hurt at, that doesn’t mean that I should completely ignore all that is beautiful, good, and touching.  Gratitude is an inner light that we can use to illuminate our soul.


The more light you allow within you, the brighter the world 

you live in will be.–shakti gawain


 You cannot be grateful and unhappy at the same time.   Gratitude births only positive feelings—love, compassion, joy, and hope.  AS we focus on what we are thankful for, fear, anger, and bitterness simply melt away, seemingly without effort.


 Feelings of gratitude release positive endorphins throughout the body, creating health  –sharon hufman


 And the greatest thing is that as we experience the mental sunshine of gratitude, we begin to glow with sunshine ourselves.  Suddenly not only is the world brighter, but we are too.  Soon we notice that our lives are full of people who want to be around us because we exude peacefulness, happiness, and joy.

Gratitude is so powerful.  It helps us to return to our natural state of joyfulness where we notice what’s right instead of what’s wrong.

Use what talents you possesses; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those who sang best! Anon.


We never know what ripples of healing we set in motion by simply smiling on one another.    Henry Drummond


There is nothing I can do to change the past, but the manner of my life today effects not only today but also tomorrow.


“Obstacles, difficulties, trials, and disappointments tend to produce patience and sympathy; and as every effort is bent to overcome them, they become the steps upon which one climbs to greater heights. anon.


Duty makes us to things well, but love makes us do them beautifully. Phillip Brooks

What seems to grow fairer to me as life goes by is the love and grace and tenderness of it; not its wit and cleverness and grandeur of knowledge, grand as knowledge is, but just the laughter of little children and the friends and the cozy talk by the fireside and the sight of flowers, and the sound of music. –John Richard Green

Each of us is obligated to make the little circle in which we live, and love, and work, and play together a better and brighter place in which to do things. Each of us is obligated to see to it that out of that small, but ever widening circle may flow the greatest good of all. Faye C. Walker

To love is not to absorb but to radiate..Lewis S. Strong

No man can choose the conditions under which he will be happy, but anyone can choose to be happy whatever the conditions. anon.

If life gives you lemons—squeeze the tarnation out, add lots of sugar and make lemonade!

In the old days a little scotch woman always place her lamp in the window. Asked why she did this, she retorted with spirit, “And why not? Placing it there dinna’ rob me of any light, and its gleam may be a boon to someone passing by.” -Focus

Life is weird! Laugh with it!

No ray of sunlight is ever lost, but the green it wakes into existence needs time to sprout, and it is not always granted to the sower to live to see the harvest. All work that is worth anything is done in faith.

There is a lot of hope and a lot of faith, and a lot of love mixed up in a miracle.  -Journey from Peppermint Street, Meindert DeJong

*There is no such thing as calling in sick on mammyhood.—Cokie Roberts


The best way to reach out for Christ is by taking His hand firmly and constantly! He has said encouragingly, to us…”I will lead you along,” “because ye cannot bear all things now. (D&C 78:18)

Whatever Jesus lays his hands upon lives. Elder Howard W. Hunter


The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. Crying gives me a headache. Glimpses, an autobiography of Sister Hinckley.


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