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Seize The Moment ...

Friday, October 15, 2010

Seize The Moment ...

Too many people put off something that brings them joy
just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule,
didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those folks on the Titanic
who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back.
From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said,
"How about going to lunch in a half hour?"
She would gasp and stammer, "I can't."

"I have clothes on the line."
"My hair is dirty."
"I wish I had known yesterday."
"I had a late breakfast".
"It looks like rain".
And my personal favorite: "It's Monday".

Because we cram so much into our lives, we live on a sparse diet of promises
that we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect.
We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Stevie toilet-trained.
We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet.
We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating, as we get older.
The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer.
One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of
"I'm going to," "I plan on" and "Someday, when things are settled down a bit."

When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend,
she is open to adventure and available for trips.
She keeps an open mind on new ideas.
Her enthusiasm for life is contagious.
You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet
for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

It's the life that you are living that is the most wonderful creation.
Make every second count and live your life as a work of art.
Paint and sculpt your life with care and become a
masterpiece of inspiration.

Now, go on and seize the moment ...
Do something because you WANT TO ....
Not because it's on your SHOULD DO list.

~ Author Unknown

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PRAIRIECROCUS 10/19/2010 2:44AM

    Thanks for posting this inspiring blog !

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AHOLLAND0108 10/18/2010 10:23PM

    This is so be-fitting right now. I got news that a childhood friend passed away today. I can only wonder if there were things or life that my friend put off. Live today as if it is your last day. I love it, I live it.

Thanks for your words to live by.

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GOSPELCLOWN 10/18/2010 12:46PM

    I shall take this wisdom and use it TODAY!

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CATIATM 10/17/2010 3:33AM

    Carpe diem!

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ROSEWCI 10/16/2010 6:48AM

    Thank you for this important message that life IS too short & we must live for today. How does that song go? Live as if you were dying...?

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TRYINGHARD1948 10/15/2010 4:30PM

    Lita, I love this blog, what a wonderful reminder that we do not have all the time in the world, and we should 'go for it'. emoticon

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DETERMINEDJANET 10/15/2010 12:48PM

    Great words to live by!

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HOPESINGH 10/15/2010 11:55AM

    Wonderful! Thank you for this one and I'm sending you lots of love emoticon just because you reminded me of the really important things.

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WILLOW49 10/15/2010 11:48AM

    Thanks, Lita! You're the best!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/15/2010 6:32AM

    wonderful as always, and so are YOU!!

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KELPIE57 10/15/2010 6:21AM

    So true, and a wise note from a dear friend, "you're keeping it for 'good', who's better than you!"

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MSHUFFNPUFFN 10/15/2010 6:16AM


I am printing this out and it's going on my fridge. I need to be reminded constantly that tomorrow is not promised--DO IT today, SAY IT today, LIVE today. Thank you for sharing the message with us. :)

God bless you on your journey,


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10 Inspiring Thoughts for Tough Times

Friday, October 08, 2010

10 Inspiring Thoughts for Tough Times
By Noah benShea

Difficult financial times often inspire people to become more extraordinary. Challenge and adversity can push people toward their own greatness. It can launch you on a deeper personal journey toward happiness, fulfillment, and a life of meaning. As you explore ways to gather strength and improve self-esteem, remember, it is not so much about what you have but who you are. May these tips inspire you. May you go from strength to strength and be a source of strength to others.

Broke Is Not Broken
Being broke is not the same as being broken, losing money is not the same as being lost, and finding your balance is not something you can do on a balance sheet.

Having Less Doesn't Mean You Are Less
Don't confuse having less with being less, having more with being more, or what you have with who you are.

Savor Life and Slow Down
When you're in a hurry, go slowly. The faster you go in life the sooner it is a blur.

Prayer Creates a New Path
Prayer creates a path where there is none and turns your stumbling blocks into building blocks.

Courage Is Not Absence of Fear
Put your faith, and not your fears, in charge. Courage isn't the absence of fears but how you wrestle with them.

Embrace the Future
If you're busy hugging the past, you can't embrace the future. Don't let the past kidnap your future.

Change Is the Only Constant
This too shall pass. Change is the only constant. In order to take a breath, you must release your breath.

Make a Difference
Do what you can, but never forget that letting go is very different from giving up. Of all the things you can make in life, remember you make all the difference in your life.

Embrace Happiness
Tough times don't require you to be tough on yourself. Find the courage to embrace happiness.

You Are Great
Things don't have to be good for you to be great.

Poet-philosopher Noah benShea is author of The Journey to Greatness and How to Get There (Corwin Press, 2009). A Pulitzer Prize nominee, he has also been quoted on 30 million Starbucks coffee cups . Noah benShea is the International Best-Selling author of 22 books translated into a eighteen languages. Visit him at www.NoahbenShea.com

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GOSPELCLOWN 10/18/2010 12:47PM

    I like the different perspective... keep sharing!

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ROSEWCI 10/10/2010 4:21PM

    Thanks for sharing these inspiring thoughts!

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CATIATM 10/10/2010 7:25AM

    So true. Thanks for reminding us, Lita.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 10/10/2010 3:47AM

    These are certainly words for the wise !

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/9/2010 9:15AM

    you are so wonderful..thank you!!

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TRYINGHARD1948 10/8/2010 7:24PM

    As always Lita - a great blog, Hugs and thanks

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WILLOW49 10/8/2010 5:29PM

    What a great blog! emoticon

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KLASSIE 10/8/2010 1:58PM

    Thanks for sharing these principles. They are timely.

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KELPIE57 10/8/2010 11:44AM

    Lovely! Yet more to put round the house....

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PLAYBLUES22 10/8/2010 11:32AM

    Sweetie, what a wonderfully.... inspiring blog emoticon

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JUDITHANNIE 10/8/2010 11:09AM

    Thanks much emoticon

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diet rock....

Monday, October 04, 2010


I found this poem posted on another thread and loved it.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
I thought it was worth sharing:


I'm a little diet rock, As cute as I can be.
Although I'm sweet to look at, I'm both fat and sugar free.
When you get up each morning, Lift me high in the air, and set me on the floor 10 times, before sitting on your chair.
Please place me on the table, at the place you plan to eat. Then remember that I'm watching, What you do and what you eat.
When you are serving your plate, Please leave my section free, and I'll reduce the calories, by the space you leave for me.
After you have eaten, although I'm just a rock, Please slip me in your pocket and take me for a walk.
If you do this faithfully, then in a month or two, Although I'll be just the same you'll be a slimmer "YOU"

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LYSALYSSA 11/7/2010 11:59AM

  That is a cute one! I hope you are doing well

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CATIATM 10/7/2010 10:51AM

    That is adorable! Perhaps you should name him "Rocky" or "Stone". emoticon

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RARA22 10/6/2010 11:45AM

    That is super cute!!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/5/2010 6:40AM

    LOVE this!! thank you!! and its so YOU!!

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    I have seen this before and it's a great poem. It's always good to see it again.
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TRYINGHARD1948 10/4/2010 6:31PM

    emoticon very good advice.

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MRSWAJDYK 10/4/2010 12:34PM

    Awesome love it! emoticon

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CHANGE4FIT 10/4/2010 11:25AM

    What a cute idea-the pet rock grows up!

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WILLOW49 10/4/2010 11:15AM

    How cute! I think I'll print out and poem and find a few rocks...great goodie bags for a few friends of mine :)

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KELPIE57 10/4/2010 9:22AM

    That is so cute, I'm going to put it all round the house, and maybe even carry a lottle pebble with me! emoticon

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MARCHMAID 10/4/2010 9:17AM

    Cute. I'd probably misplace the rock. . . emoticon

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TEXASGIRL48 10/4/2010 9:08AM

    Thanks Lita, what a cute and inspirational idea.

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CATHM26 10/4/2010 8:49AM

    This is super cute. Maybe I need to go find a pet rock motivator.

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MARPET44 10/4/2010 8:30AM

    Thank You. I think I will go out today and find a special rock in the yard. Printed the poem so that I can make little gag gifts with it.

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ALI_CAT9 10/4/2010 7:06AM

    Love it!!! Thanks for sharing it!


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Angel in my heart......

Friday, September 24, 2010

Angel in my heart.....

When I have no one to turn to
And I am feeling kind of low;
When there is no one to talk to
And nowhere I want to go...

I search deep within myself
For it's the love inside my heart
That lets me know Angels are there
Even though we are miles apart.

A smile then appears upon my face
And the sun begins to shine;
I hear a voice, so soft and sweet
Saying, 'Everything will be just fine.'

It may seem that I am alone
But I'm never by myself at all;
Whenever I need my Angels near,
All I have to do is call.

An Angel's love is always true
On that you can depend;
They will always stand behind you
And will always be your friend.

Through darkest hours and brightest days
Our Angels see us through;
YOU are one of my Angels ...
Perhaps I am one for you.

Thanks for being

~Author Unknown

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 9/25/2010 8:39AM

    you are, Lita, you are!!

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KELPIE57 9/25/2010 3:18AM

    You certainly are........and you might enjoy this link http://nordicwalkingnewsblog.blogsp
ot.com/ and the community that you find on the left.

Have a great weekend!

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WILLOW49 9/24/2010 8:10PM

    What a great blog :) Thanks for sharing with us!

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OUTDOORGIRL69 9/24/2010 8:08PM

    Thank you I need that tonight.

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TRYINGHARD1948 9/24/2010 7:24PM

    Thank you for being who you are, hugs.

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ABRANNEWME2014 9/24/2010 2:30PM

    Thanks for sharing this with us


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Friday, September 17, 2010


As the leaves surely change,
With time, so do we.
We grow and we learn,
From the things that we see.

Everything makes a difference,
Whether subtle or grand;
The heart can grow stronger,
And the mind will expand.

It's true, we're affected
By everything that's been said;
Every movie we've watched,
And all the books that we've read.

Though just like the leaves,
No two are akin;
Each one is unique
Like every person within.

And just like the seasons,
We're all changing as well;
For our lives are each different,
As are the stories we tell.

No matter how much we change,
You will always be special to me!

~Author Unknown

my husband seems to be recoverying well from the blood clot in his thigh.he seems to be responding well to the medictaion and blood test results have become more stable so far.......am praying this continues..........he does need to make some changes to become healthier but that is up to him to take charge of his health............
i am still plodding along as best i can .............am also waiting for a another appointment with the orth dr's with hopes they will move things along more quickly with the knee replacements.............patience seems to be the lesson of the day and i am trying to learn the lessons so as i can move on with living my best life.........
my plateau has disappeared and have had a small loss allbeit a loss none the less..........and am very grateful to see some changes once again.............
i appreciate everyone's help and support here on Sparkpeople and with out it i could not have come this far in my journey...................
blessings and hugs..................lita

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CATIATM 9/20/2010 11:52AM

    I'm glad DHis doing better, and I hope you get your "new knees" pronto! I know what it's like to live with that pain. emoticon

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KELPIE57 9/19/2010 8:04AM

    Glad that hubby seems to be on the mend, and I drove through your poem today... emoticon

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TEXASGIRL48 9/18/2010 5:15PM

    Lita glad to hear all of the good news today. I hope your husband continues to improve and you continue with those small losses. You are such an inspiration to everyone. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WILLOW49 9/18/2010 2:38PM

    So glad to hear that your husband is improving! And hooray for busing that plateau :)
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NEWDISCIPLINE 9/18/2010 12:59PM

    I'm glad that your husband is recovering. I pray that God will continue to expedite his healing.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 9/18/2010 8:32AM

    Glad your husband is improving and YAY for breaking through the plateau!!
You are so kind and supportive..what a wonderful woman you are, Lita!! Big hugs!!

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GERISE 9/18/2010 6:56AM

    what a beautiful poem.. i am glad to hear our husband is doing better,, i will keep you in my prayers.. god bless

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ROSEWCI 9/18/2010 6:50AM

    Beautiful poem. Hang in there & keep sparkin!

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    Thank you for sharing a very wonderful poem. Fall is my favorite time of year. Glad to hear your husband is doing better. Hope you are well too. Have a wonderful weekend.
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    Yes, fall is in the air. Even our "hot" 90 degree days turn cooler by early evening. My favorite time of year!

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MOMFAN 9/17/2010 11:43PM

    I love watching the leaves change! Although I would have loved to have had a longer summer!

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HOSTALADY 9/17/2010 11:03PM

    Wonderful poem. thank you for sharing. I will say prayers for your husband to be stronger in his healthier ways and pray to that your knee situation gets the attention you are needing too!
Congratulations on the lose that is something that always seems to put a smile on our faces no matter the number large or small.
Blessing to you!

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SANDYSLAND 9/17/2010 10:47PM

    Thanks for sharing the poem. It was meant for me to see that today.. emoticon

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MS5835 9/17/2010 9:49PM

    Beautiful poem. Glad to hear your husband is doing better. It must be a great relief. Also glad your plateau is over and you are starting to lose again. Have a wonderful weekend.

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DEPAULGIRL09 9/17/2010 9:46PM

    Beautiful poem...thanks for sharing it!

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