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    Here’s some Amish proverbs to consider, ponder, whathaveyou. (All of the following are taken from Amish Peace by Suzanne Woods Fisher.) Pick one at random, pick your favorite, whatever you wish, but do yourself a favor and take a moment out of your day to think about something purely for yourself. If you’d like, tell us about your thoughts in the comments.

    You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him.

    Before we can pray “Thy Kingdom come”, we must pray “My kingdom go”.

    A man is rich in proportion to the things he can afford to leave alone.

    Jumping for joy is good exercise.

    Beware the man who knows the answer before he understands the question.

    A task takes as long as it takes.

    It isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.

    Do unto others as if you were the other.

    Blessed are they who have nothing to day, and who cannot be persuaded to say it.

    Good deeds have echoes.

    93 Responses to “Need a thought?”

    1. Brandy says:

      Thanks for sharing Maryanne…I am going to spend some time today with “A task takes as long as it takes”. I was injured at work on Friday morning, and have a concussion, and I’m already impatient for it to be “all better”. It’s hard for me to be dependent on others to drive, etc. It’s hard to know that I really do need to lie down (again). It’s hard to not be able to read. But, healing will take as long as it takes, and I need to be loving and nurturing and patient with myself. Thanks so much for the reminder!

    2. Julie says:

      Very cool. #1 was an ouch since a disaster house was totally derailing me. And #6 is what I need to chant when a particular husband occasionally drives me crazy!

    3. Carolyn says:

      Well, Maryanne, you helped me helped me clarify my thinking about getting distracted with that list of proverbs. I’ve been trying to work on this.