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Saturday, October 30, 2010


Drop a pebble in the water: just a splash, and it is gone;
But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,
Spreading, spreading from the center, flowing on out to the sea.
And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be.

Drop a pebble in the water: in a minute you forget,
But there's little waves a-flowing, and there's ripples circling yet,
And those little waves a-flowing to a great big wave have grown;
You've disturbed a mighty river just by dropping in a stone.

Drop an unkind word, or careless: in a minute it is gone;
But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on.
They keep spreading, spreading, spreading from the center as they go,
And there is no way to stop them, once you've started them to flow.

Drop an unkind word, or careless: in a minute you forget;
But there's little waves a-flowing, and there's ripples circling yet,
And perhaps in some sad heart a mighty wave of tears you've stirred,
And disturbed a life was happy ere you dropped that unkind word.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness: just a flash and it is gone;
But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,
Bearing hope and joy and comfort on each splashing, dashing wave
Till you wouldn't believe the volume of the one kind word you gave.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness: in a minute you forget;
But there's gladness still a-swelling, and there's joy circling yet,
And you've rolled a wave of comfort whose sweet music can be heard
Over miles and miles of water just by dropping one kind word.

~ By James W. Foley (1874-1939) Poet-laureate of North Dakota 1930-1939

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SHARON10002 11/2/2010 10:31PM

    Very nice. . . There's a ripple effect for every thought, word, or action that originates from each of us.

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CATIATM 11/1/2010 2:32PM

    Words to remember. Thanks, Lita!

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FREEDANCER 11/1/2010 1:54PM

    You are Beautiful emoticon Thank you emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/31/2010 11:05AM


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GERISE 10/31/2010 9:12AM

    Love it......I always tell my daughter action speak louder than words.. emoticon

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KELPIE57 10/31/2010 5:20AM

    Thank you for reminding us that every action has a result

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ABRANNEWME2014 10/31/2010 1:14AM

    Thanks for sharing this Lita it's beautiful


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TRYINGHARD1948 10/31/2010 12:29AM

    And you, my friend, send ripples of love and joy around the world. Thank you, hugs.

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    I enjoyed reading that very much. Thank you.

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MS5835 10/30/2010 8:07PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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ROSEWCI 10/30/2010 7:49PM

    LOVE this! emoticon Rose

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Go After Your Dreams ........

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Go After Your Dreams

You're good, but you're going to be great.

You're the best, but you're going to get better.

Sometimes the paths we take are long and hard, but remember: those are always the ones that lead to the most beautiful views.

Challenges come along inevitably: how you respond to them determines who you are - deep down inside - and everything you're going to be.

Increase the chances of reaching your goals by working at them gradually. The very best you can do is all that is asked of you.

Realize that you are capable of working miracles of your own making. Remember that opportunities have a reason for knocking on your door, and the right ones are there for the taking.

You don't always have to win, but you do need to know what it takes to be a winner.

It's up to you to find the key that unlocks the door to a more fulfilling life.

Understand that increased difficulty brings you nearer to the truth of how to survive it - and get beyond it.

Cross your bridges.

Meet your challenges.

Reach out for your dreams, and bring them closer and closer to your heart.

Get rid of the "if only's" and get on with whatever you need to do to get things right.

Go after what you want in life, with all the blessings of all the people who care about you. And find out what making your wishes come true really feels like.

~ Collin McCarty ~

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KELPIE57 10/27/2010 2:49AM

    As always, an inspiration, thank you emoticon

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CATIATM 10/26/2010 3:35PM

    I'm going! I'm going! How about you?

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_CYNDY55_ 10/25/2010 11:47PM

    ♥*`*♥ emoticon ♥*`*♥
And So Right On~~Loved Your emoticon

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LYSALYSSA 10/25/2010 1:54PM

  Hi I cannot sparkmail yet --thanx for the welcome I am considering Lap Band and I need some facts and reassurance from people with similar problems PLEASE tell me does it really help you and how does it help?

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WILLOW49 10/24/2010 11:50PM

    Wonderful blog as always!

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TRYINGHARD1948 10/24/2010 7:52PM

    Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous

Your blogs are always so life affirming, thank you, you add sparkle to my day. emoticon

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FASTFREDDY1 10/23/2010 9:58PM

  Love this post! Inspirational and uplifting. If only and what ifs are the kiss of death!!

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GERISE 10/23/2010 9:56PM

    that was very moving thanks lita

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GANDERRUN 10/23/2010 7:30PM

    You are so right! I needed to add some of that to my daily self pep talk. thanks!

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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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