Give A Penny, Get A Penny

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Give A Penny, Get A Penny

Most gas stations in the South have little change dishes by the register. If you’re paying for a transaction and need an extra penny or two, you simply take one from the dish. People then reciprocate this good turn by dropping a few coins in the dish from time to time, thereby creating a community bank of sorts, based on goodwill.

So in that spirit, this is Southern Plate’s “Give A Penny, Get A Penny” page.” I dearly love positive quotes and am always scouring the web for more so I thought this would be a great place to compile all of those. I’ll post mine, you post yours, and we can all “Give A Penny” when we have one and come back to “Get A Penny” when we need one.

I’ll also draw on these quotes to include at the bottom of my posts and emails that I send out to Southern Plate readers and be sure to credit the person who provided it, so include a link to your blog if you have one.

I would consider it a personal favor if you’d take the time to share a quote of motivation or positivity in the comments section below. Quote yourself, your Mama, someone famous, or our best friend “Anonymous”, it doesn’t matter, long as you drop your penny and then come back on one of those days when you feel like you might need one yourself.

Gratefully,
Christy

Some of my favorite quotes to start us off

“Pretend you’re a star and poke a hole in someone’s darkness”

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
~Abraham Lincoln

“Squeeze every bit of love you can out of life, and life will HUG you back like never before” ~Ticha from Facebook

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Comments

  1. Terry says

    Don’t worry about what other people think. They don’t do it very often.

    What other people think of you is none of your business.

    If you’re looking to others to affirm your opinion of yourself, you gotta ask yourself whose opinion you’re trusting to decide that their opinion is better than yours.

  2. Florence Millard says

    “You may touch the dust, but please do not write in it.”

    Found a sign with this on it at a home decor store called Graples and just had to get it for my mom. She said, of course, it applied more to my house than her’s! Dusting was always my least favorite chore and I now live in an extremely dusty place (desert and surrounded by farm ground- lots of plowing!) so dust is a constant problem in my house. Makes me giggle every time I think about this saying!

  3. MARSHA G says

    Exercise daily, walk with the LORD!
    Pray more worry less.
    Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve. Mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we deserve!
    Set your goals high and don’t stop until you get there!
    Champions are made from something they have deep inside them, a desire, a dream, a vision-Muhammad Ali
    The difference the impossible, and the possible is in a persons determination – Tommy Lasorda

  4. Lisa, mom to 7 says

    I think this was said by Andy Rooney:

    “Never say no to a gift from a child.”

    I just find it such a heartwarming thought… that you are giving the child a gift by accepting his!

  5. Steve Lancastr says

    My favorite quote: I’d rather sit alone on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion. Henry David Thoreau US Transcendentalist author (1817 – 1862).

  6. Dianne says

    Broken Dreams

    As children bring their broken toys
    with tears for us to mend,
    I brought my broken dreams to God,
    because He was my friend.
    But then, instead of leaving Him,
    in peace, to work alone;
    I hung around and tried to help,
    with ways that were my own.
    At last, I snatched them back and cried,
    “How can you be so slow?”
    “My child,” He said,
    “What could I do?
    You never did let go.”

    – Author: Lauretta P. Burns

  7. Jan says

    Good morning Christy,

    I have a small wood art that is sitting on my kitchen window sill right now but sometimes it moves around our home that says – BE THE REASON SOMEONE SMILES TODAY.

    Thank you for your time, I enjoy visiting your Pinterest boards and always leave with a smile and a recipe I want to make.

    Also I would like to purchase one of the tractor t-shirts in charcoal (XS), are they still available to purchase and if so where do I go to order one?

    Have a Blessed wonderful day!
    Jan

  8. Jenny says

    “We’re all on a journey — each one of us. And if we can be sensitive to the person who happens to be our neighbor, that, to me, is the greatest challenge as well as the greatest pleasure.” – Fred Rogers

  9. Hannah says

    Here are some of my favorites.

    “Where we love is home. Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

    “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

    “Keep your face to the sun, and you cannot see the shadows.” – Helen Keller

    “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

    “I am not retreating. I am advancing in a different direction.” – General Douglas MacArthur

    “Just as bees make honey from thyme, the strongest and driest of herbs, so do the wise profit from the most difficult of experiences.” – Plato

    “It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures a prosperous voyage.” – George William Curtis

  10. Lisa says

    I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.

    A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.

    By John Burroughs

  11. nellie diaz says

    i love all your recipes i have never had southern food before, and your dishes are so easy to make thats one of thing i really enjoy is the step by step meals it,s like you beening in kitchen with me i would rate you a 10 in my book ,thank you very much Christy for opening the doors for folks my like self that never tasted this kind meals

  12. JULIA SCOTT says

    Things in life are sometimes uncertain and we make choices everyday, sometimes hard ones. I’ve found that this quote has stood up for me thru thick and thin. “If you don’t know whether to do something or not, don’t do it.”

  13. J. McMurry says

    Dear Christy – I’m shocked that you would take the time to even read these comments let alone share with others! I have a group of 8 special ladies all scattered across the US of A who have stood by me during this past year and have helped to lift me up when I was so down. I’ve dubbed them my “Dancing in the Rain Sisters”…….and we all (9 counting me) have become extremely close…..some know each other and there are a couple who haven’t met any of the others except through our emails. We range in age from 40’s to 70’s and all have been through marriage problems, health problems, death of spouses, etc. I had to share your newsletter with them and encouraged them to all sign up to receive your “offerings”. On the wall of the room I spent so many days receiving chemotherapy was written the saying “Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass…it’s about learning how to dance in the rain!” And, when I was completely bald this past winter from the chemo, my sister helped me walk outside one day when it was lightly raining (we live in the Phoenix, AZ area….not too much rain here!)….and for the first time in my life I felt rain drops on my head…..it was wonderful. I’ve learned to count tiny things as blessings. And I thoroughly enjoy reading your letters. You sound like you’d be the perfect neighbor for anyone! And….thank you for enjoying what my special hubby wrote about me and our relationship….this past May we had our 44th anniversary…..a month later we were shocked to learn that I was in a remission…..to go from Stage 4 ovarian cancer on January 15, 2010 to a remission as of July, 2010 only means God using fantastic doctors. I am so blessed. Julie McMurry

  14. Phyllis Seaton says

    Christy, you asked us to ignore your dirty dishes. There’s a little poem that goes–“Thank God for dirty dishes, they have a tale to tell. While others may be hungry, we’re eating very well”

  15. LOUISE says

    THESE ARE NOT EXACTLY QUOTES BUT YOU HAVE SO MANY GRANDMAMAS , I THOUGH YOU WOULD ENJOY THIS
    GRANDMA
    SHE’S THERE FOR YOU
    WHEN YOU ARE SAD AND BLUE
    SHE’S THERE WHEN YOU ARE HAPPY TOO
    SHE LAUGHS AND CALLS YOU HONEY
    AND IF YOU’RE BROKE
    SHE’LL LEND YOU MONEY

    AND THIS ONE I KEEP OVER MY DESK
    I AM A BIG TALKER
    OH LORD KEEP YOU ARM AROUND MY SHOULDER
    AND YOU';RE HAND OVER MY MOUTH

    NOW I AM GOING TO MAKE THOSE “SNOWBALL” PECAN COOKIES
    AND I AM MAKING YOUR S’MORES KIT FOR MY GRANDCHILDREN
    THANK YOU FOR ALL THE GOOD STUFF YOU SEND AND FOR BEING A DELIGHT TO READ YOUR STORIES

  16. Megan Hache says

    Not all who wander are lost.

    I love this one

    Life (a good life) is not lived waiting for the storm to pass.
    It’s about learning to dance in the rain.
    Thanks for your site Love Megan
    How about this. If you can talk you can sing. If you can walk you can dance. Byeeeeeeee

  17. Cheryl says

    I was very touched by your letter. We all go through difficulties; it is how we handle them that count. I can tell you know the Lord. It is when we praise him that we see the hand of GOD. I pray that you continue to enjoy life and that the Lord uses your positive spirit to minister to others!

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