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People come into your life.................

Monday, March 23, 2009

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person.
When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support,
to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on
Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.
LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons,
things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson,
love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.
Thank you for being a part of my life,
whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime.

thanks so much for all the support and motivation i recieve from so many here on sparkpeople................without it i would not still be here plooding along as hard as i can to reach my goals.................much appreciation to everyone.............blessings and hugs..................lita

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CINNIEMAY 3/24/2009 11:57AM

    You are very welcome my friends!

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    emoticon emoticon,I love that poem. You are so wonderful I don't know what we would do without you.

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COLEMANSR 3/24/2009 9:30AM

    Thanks so much for all the support and motivation I receive from You. emoticon

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SAMODER 3/23/2009 11:08PM

    I have seen this before, but it "hits"me every time. THanks for sharing.

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SHERI1969 3/23/2009 10:49PM

    Ah, good friends are hard to find, so be careful to keep them that way. Good blog Lita!

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JLUVSHIKIN 3/23/2009 10:43PM

    very nicely said.


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KRYSTALDOO82 3/23/2009 10:33PM

    That was beautiful, thanks for sharing!

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Saturday, March 14, 2009


If wishes worked like magic,
And plans worked that way too,
And everything you wished for,
Whether good or bad for you,
Immediately was granted
With no effort on your part,
You’d experience no fulfillment
Of your spirit or your heart.

For things achieved too easily
Lose their charm and meaning too,
For it is life’s difficulties
And the trials we go through
That makes us strong in spirit
And endow us with the will
To surmount the insurmountable
And to climb the highest hill.

So wish not for the easy way
To win your heart’s desire,
For the joy’s in overcoming
And withstanding flood and fire,
For to triumph over trouble
And grow stronger with defeat
Is to win the kind of victory
That will make your life complete.

Helen Steiner Rice (1900-1981)

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AQUAGIRL08 3/14/2009 7:22PM

    I totally agree. Thanks for sharing such a lovely and insightful poem Lita! It gives me a lot to think about.


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COLEMANSR 3/14/2009 11:53AM

    Amen. Nice.

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CINNIEMAY 3/14/2009 11:20AM

    Very good insight!

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DINA:-) 3/14/2009 9:53AM

    great poem--- and how true! without the bitter, the sweet isn't so sweet.

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SHERI1969 3/14/2009 6:07AM

    Great poem! I wonder if she is the person who wrote DON'T QUIT as well? It has the same type of rhyme and rhythm. Glad you are doing well Lita! You are a good friend! emoticon

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I Live in the Land of Thankfulness

Saturday, March 07, 2009

I Live in the Land of Thankfulness
I love the Land of Thankfulness where blessings overflow.
I claim it as my native home, most charming land I know;
And if I've need of anything, no matter what it be,
I just give thanks with confidence and see it come to me.
I like to live in Thankfulness! Would live there all my days;
Would let its spirit stir my soul and fill my heart with praise.
I questioned once how I had found a place of such a kind;
Knew I'd discovered it, because I'd thankful thoughts in mind
Oh, come with me to Thankfulness! We ask this of you:
That you be always thankful, friend, but this is all you do.
And if there's anything you need, no longer doubt or fear;
The thing you seek's awaiting you, it surely will appear.
Copyright © 2004 - Frank B. Whitney
Founder of Unity Publication "Daily Word"

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the
thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron,
so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!
~Henry Ward Beecher

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by
a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with
deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
~ Albert Schweitzer

Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there be
for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song.
~Konrad von Gesner

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it ...
is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
~ William Arthur Ward

If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is,
"thank you," that would suffice.
~Meister Eckhart

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial
into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.
~Melody Beattie

What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it ...
would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way.
In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer,
you must truly appreciate what you already have.
~Ralph Marston

Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.
~Gladys Berthe Stern

Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion.
Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception.
Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude.
Every virtue divorced from thankfulness
is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.
~John Henry Jowett

When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears.
~ Anthony Robbins

The hardest arithmetic to master
is that which enables us to count our blessings.
~Eric Hoffer

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget
that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

We can only be said to be alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
~Thornton Wilder

Let's be grateful for those who give us happiness;
they are the charming gardeners who make our soul bloom.
~Marcel Proust

Real life isn't always going to be perfect or go our way,
but the recurring acknowledgment of what IS working in our lives
can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties.
~Sara Ban Breathnach

Make it a habit to tell people thank you.
To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the
expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those
around you, and you'll soon find many others around you.
Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it.
~ Ralph Marston

No longer forward nor behind
I look in hope or fear;
But, grateful, take the good I find,
The best of now and here.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier

Gathered from all over the Internet

i am truly grateful to sparkpeople and everyone here...............who has made my journey a little bit easier....................whether it be by kind words on my blogs,goodies,page and through the various teams i lead and am part of as a member......................without your great support and continued encouragement i would not have been able to persevere as long as i have albeit ever so slowly as i plod along...........to reach my goals.................
thanks for truly caring and inspiring me as well as many others a long the way too ..................you are truly a blessing to me..................blessings and hugs to all................lita

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LAILA07 3/11/2009 8:57PM

    Lita, I'm so thankful that you're such an inspiration to so many and that you always take the time to encourage somebody else. You're absolutely amazing!!

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AQUAGIRL08 3/11/2009 7:29AM

I'm loving this blog! This was the perfect thing for me to read first thing this morning! Thanks for sharing and for just being you - a real and loving soul.


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JAZZYJUDE 3/10/2009 12:52PM

    I love this! VERY postive and makes me smile to continue on! Thanks for sharing this!
emoticon Jazzy!!

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SHERI1969 3/9/2009 9:06PM

    Well said. Good for you for finding all the quotes to go with your theme! It's a very positive and uplifting one. We need more uplifting things in life that don't cost a penny!

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COLEMANSR 3/8/2009 4:33PM

    Great quote. Thanks.
Have a great week.

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CINNIEMAY 3/8/2009 3:48PM

    Very Nice!

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DINA:-) 3/8/2009 1:07AM

    great quotes, lita! and how very true that we don't always appreciate what we have. i too am thankful for sparkpeople and for you!


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APACHE85 3/7/2009 10:34PM

    Dear Lita,
YOU are an INSPIRATION to ME as well! I love your background and I am lucky to have a FRIEND LIKE YOU as well!! Your message could be a "ditto" from me to you as well! Take care dear one and I will try to be in better touch than previously! Breathe easy sweet lady! emoticon

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Through All of Life's Changes

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Through All of Life's Changes

Together, we have seen many changes in our lives
and the world since we first became friends.
But somehow, even with all that has happened,
our friendship hasn't changed, except to grow stronger.

Feeling close to another is such a special feeling
and adds so much to life ... no wonder your friendship
means so much to me. When I stop to think
about it, the closeness we share is right up there
with the things I value most in life. Just being
together always means the start of good times...
thought-provoking times ... and even provoking times!
(But isn't that the way it should be?)

If we couldn't talk things over and make things right,
we never would have made it through these changing
times, remaining the good friends we are.

There aren't many people I could say this to, but I
can say to you — if there's ever anything I can do
to boost you up or help you out or get you through,
I'll be there. And if you simply want me to be
with you to share a joyful moment ...
nothing could make me happier.

We've been through so many changes—some of them
for the good. Others have been difficult. But through
it all, we've known we could always
count on each other

That's why I feel so good about the times we'll share
in days to come ... positive about life and all the
happiness it can hold. And I truly know in my
heart, through all of life's changes,
we'll always be friends.

~By Larry S. Chengges -

update................the results of my blood work are back ,looks like my thyroid has been the problem all along...................who would have thought???? as over the years when tested for thyroid i was always borderline????well because of a wonderful dietician beleiving in me she kept insisting i get a full panel not the usual thyroid testing................well it took some time as my dr would order it and the lab threw it out as it is only covered under certain condition etc................once they were met the test was finally done and i am at rock bottom with those results..............am now on medication to hopefully get everything back on track..............the dr says it may take a month or more before things start to get better..............i am wrtting this because they are many many women out there in the same boat .............................


Because thyroid hormone regulates the biochemical activity of most tissues, the deficiency symptoms can be myriad. Few people will have all of these findings, but rather some constellation of the following:
fatigue impaired memory
lethargy depression or low mood
sleepiness subtle personality changes
decreased initiative PMS
slowed speech & movement menstrual disturbances
dry or puffy skin, acne infertility
hair loss recurrent infections
coarse, brittle hair slowed wound healing
loss of hair curl increased allergies
thick slow growing nails headaches
weight gain muscle & joint pain/stiffness
difficulty losing weight bursitis
constipation hoarseness
watery eyes & puffy eyelids decreased sweating
swelling of face/extremities decreased sex drive
cold hands & feet decreased hearing
poor tolerance to cold anemia
increased cholesterol slowed heart rate
increased triglycerides heart dysfunction & irregularities
numbness & tingling shortness of breath
thick tongued difficulty maintaining normal physical & mental activity

Diagnosing low thyroid can be difficult using the current medical model. Although there are numerous lab values that can be used to evaluate thyroid function, many physicians use only one lab test for diagnosis: Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). Many patients with 8 out of 10 low thyroid symptoms will be told that their thyroid is not the cause of their symptoms because their TSH level is "normal." Doctors using the TSH test as the sole criterion for detecting and treating the low thyroid patient are missing a great opportunity to help more sick people. Recently, the AACE has lowered the acceptable TSH values in order to detect more patients with this condition.

Although TSH is the most common method to diagnose low thyroid, having "normal" TSH levels does not automatically rule out hypothyroidism. In addition to the TSH test, a more complete thyroid panel should also include free T3, free T4, and possibly TPO antibodies, and reverse T3. Although these are the best tests to evaluate thyroid function, these tests are often not performed because they are more expensive than the common tests and may not be covered by your insurance companies. When choosing a doctor to treat your possible thyroid problem, ask your doctor what tests they include in their thyroid panel.

here is an article: Hypothyroidism - What your doctor may not tell you but you need to know
by Dr. William Nelson, NMD


A LITTLE SIDE NOTE: because of all the previous problems and headlines a few years back,with taking hormones...............i only took a synthetic hormone for a while................once the symptoms passed i just stopped...............then watching oprah i realized perhaps i needed to do something about it once again................i really wasn't aware about how i was feeling till i saw the show............it sure opened my eyes...............it's in a cream form which is as close to your natural hormone as is possible and the many women it helped i decided to try it.................i have only been doing this for 2 weeks and already find quite the difference for me.................you have to get it in a compunding pharmacy..............
i hope this helps some else too........things are looking better NOW.............
IT'S ALL IN GOD'S HANDS................have a great weekend.............blessings and hugs...................lita

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APACHE85 3/7/2009 10:38PM

    I read this AFTER just commenting on your other newer blog! I also want to share that if the THYROID is NOT the issue, have the doctors check the LIVER function-before they diagnoses my liver disease, they did check the thyroid. In my case, my liver is unusual, so it is actually a liver/gall bladder issue with me, but at one point when I was very sluggish they did do a thyroid retake. That time I was just incredibly moody and depressed, the thyroid checked out, so now I am on cialopram for depression/mood swings.
Between all of us here on Spark People, maybe WE CAN SAVE LIVES with sharing these issues! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS!

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SAMODER 3/1/2009 9:02PM

    Thank you for sharing this.

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CINNIEMAY 3/1/2009 5:39PM

    I am glad that you finally have some answers!

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SHERI1969 3/1/2009 12:13AM

    Yup, I totally understand low thyroid. It is NO FUN at ALL! I've had it for over a year and it makes me tired, lethargic, and my whole body feels like a wet noodle. Can't get enough sleep and so on. I hope if you are put on meds they help. Mine are helping but I'm wondering if they can be raised when I see my doctor on the 13th. Best wishes Lita.

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COLEMANSR 2/28/2009 8:35PM

    Thank you, thank you. I'm so glad I read your blog today. I have quite a few of the systoms mention and I will be talking to my Doctor again. I'll tell him about the test. All mine keep coming back normal. Thanks again for the article. emoticon May God bless ou to continue to be a blessing to us.

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TEXASGIRL48 2/28/2009 1:34PM

    Thanks Lita for sharing. I have a lot of these symptoms. Mt test always come back normal as well. When I was in mt 20's I was on thyroid meds but when I got a different doctor I wasn't given any. My doctor has closed his practice so when I get a new one I will press for the full panel.

I'm glad you finally got answers.

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AQUAGIRL08 2/28/2009 1:33PM

    Hi Lita,
I'm so glad that you are finally getting some answers to your health problems. I am also on the Thyroid Team where there is a lot of information and discussion regarding all of the things you mention in your blog. I'd love to hear more about the cream that you mention. I'm currently taking Levoxyl 150mcg. and my endo is playing with my dose. I just hate that!
Thanks for sharing all of this great information!


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    Again thank you for sharing this info. I have been telling my doc about all this and he says it isn't so. He repeats time and time again I just need to be able to start moving more and exercising as tolerated. I read the article and have bookmarked it. I think I will start compiling these and hilite the symptoms that apply to me. I think women need to start paying closer attention to their symptoms and not settle for the tried and true answers from the doc. Keep searching until you feel comfortable with the answers. emoticon

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DINA:-) 2/28/2009 11:02AM

    hi lita- i'm so glad you finally have an answer for what you've been going through! thank you for sharing with us- you never know who is going through the same thing and can be helped form your story. i with you all the best!

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

"Potential" ... Fine Art By Linda Gadbois "MindScapes - Concepts of the Imagination"


When the "storms of life"
Gather darkly ahead,
I think of these wonderful words
I once read ...

And I say to myself
As threatening clouds hover,
"Don't fold up your wings
And run for cover."

But like the eagle,
Spread wide your wings
And soar far above
The troubles life brings.

For the eagle knows
That the higher he flies,
The more tranquil and brighter
Become the skies.

And there is nothing in life
We were ever asked to bear
That we can't soar above
On the wings of prayer.

And in looking back over
The storm you passed through,
You'll find you gained strength
And new courage, too.

For in facing life's storms
With an eagle's wings,
You can fly far above
Earth's small, petty things.

Helen Steiner Rice (1900-1981)

have a great weekend everyone.........blessings and hugs...................lita

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FUTURERNAIMEE 2/25/2009 11:07PM

    That is really pretty! Hope everything is going well for you!

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AQUAGIRL08 2/25/2009 11:03PM

    What a lovely peom! Thanks for sharing!

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SAMODER 2/22/2009 5:30PM

    The poem and picture go together so well Lita. Thanks for sharing.

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CINNIEMAY 2/22/2009 4:24PM

    very nice!

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SHERI1969 2/22/2009 12:53AM

    You picked a very good poem for the picture or vice versa. They suit each other wonderfully. Helen Steiner Rice is a wonderful writer. You have a great weekend too Lita!

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COLEMANSR 2/21/2009 2:15PM

    Wonderful poem, beautiful picture.

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DINA:-) 2/21/2009 10:40AM

    wonderful poem! i truly agree that making it though rough times makes you a better, stronger, more beautiful person.


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    Thank you for sharing this lovely poem. How true these words are.

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SAM60SUMTHINK 2/21/2009 2:22AM

    How lovely! And the picture...perfect! Thanks for sharing!

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    I like this poem. Thank you for sharing. Hope you have a great weekend.


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