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EVERY DAY IS CHRISTMAS...

Friday, December 17, 2010







EVERY DAY IS CHRISTMAS...

Every day is Christmas when you have the kind of mind,
That stores up all the goodness and the sweetness it can find
When you don't need an occasion, to spread a bit of cheer,
But just keep on a-giving, of yourself throughout the year

Every day is Christmas, with a gaily wrapped surprise,
When you've learned to see the friendship in someone else's eyes.
When you try a little harder, and complain a little less,
Holding fast to all the fervor of the faith that you possess

Every day is Christmas, when you've found that you can be
More concerned with words like 'you' and less with 'I' and 'me'.
When it's fun to do a favor, and to lend a helping a hand,
When being understood means less, than when you understand

Every day is Christmas, with a beauty deeply cast,
When you find it doesn't matter, if you're first or if you're last
When you can face your conscience, and be glad of who you are,
Then every day is Christmas, for you'll have friends near and far.

~ Author Unknown




i have recently being referred to a new orth dr for my knees it isn't till February so am looking forward to hopefully finding some level of resolution for my knees...........
i continue to plod along every day because of everyone here who keeps me coming back every single day!!!
thanks everyone for all the help and support given to me whether through my blogs teams or page.....
i truly appreciate everyone who has in one way or another dropped into my life............
you have all become a great blessings to me!!!
thanks again and again...........
blessings and hugs.........lita


  
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CATIATM 12/22/2010 10:43AM

    Lita,

Your poem warms my heart. It so easy to only see the problems and disappointments in life. You are a Godsend, and Sparkpeople is lucky that you do keep coming back, day after day!

Merry Christmas!
Cat

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GERISE 12/18/2010 1:36PM

    It is you who is the blessing lita you inspire me every day.. your guidance through everything has been so helpful.. I will pray that your new doctor will give you the results you need.

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MS5835 12/18/2010 11:32AM

    Have a wonderful holiday. Hope the new doc will have good news for you.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/18/2010 9:34AM

    and YOU are a blessing to US!!! hugs and love to you, Lita!!

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    Very Nice blog! Good luck with the new Doc:) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WILLOW49 12/17/2010 5:37PM

    GREAT poem :) Sure hope the new ortho doc can help you! I know what's it's like to suffer with bad knees...
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DETERMINEDJANET 12/17/2010 5:35PM

    Yes, every day should be Christmas!

Hope the new Ortho doc is helpful in the New Year!

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HOLIDAY 'GOTCHAS'

Friday, December 10, 2010

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HOLIDAY 'GOTCHAS'

No peeking at the answers until you finish the quiz ....

1. Which of these names does NOT belong to one of Santa's reindeer?
A) Comet
B) Prancer
C) Blitzen
D) Klaxon
2. In Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker", who is the nutcracker's main enemy?
A) A girl called Clara
B) The King of the Mice
C) Dr. Almond
D) Drosselmeyer the Magician
3. Electric Christmas tree lights were first used in:
A) 1789
B) 1895
C) 1938
D) 1946
4. Why is the day after Christmas traditionally named "Boxing Day"?
A) The day the rich gave presents to the poor
B) The day people threw out all the Christmas boxes and packaging
C) The day on which important boxing matches were held
D) The day everyone packed away their gift boxes to re-use the next year
5. Which pie originates from medieval Christmas time?
A) Pigeon pie
B) Humble pie
C) Mince pie
D) Pumpkin pie
6. In Sweden, a common Christmas decoration is the Julbukk, a small figure of a goat. Of what material is it usually made?
A) Candy
B) Straw
C) Uranium
D) Fir wood
7. Good King Wenceslas was king of which country?
A) Sweden
B) England
C) Poland
D) Bohemia
8. America's official national Christmas tree is:
A) Displayed at the Rockefeller Center in New York
B) Erected in Washington D.C. each year
C) Located in King's Canyon National Park in California
D) A Scotch pine
9. In the Ukraine, what does it mean if you find a spider web in the house on Christmas morning?
A) Good luck
B) Misfortune will strike in the coming year
C) The winter will be unusually cold
D) Your house needs cleaning!
10. Part of the fun of eating Christmas pudding is finding a trinket that predicts your fortune for the coming year. For instance, finding a coin means you will become wealthy. What will you be if you find a button?
A) Poor
B) Famous
C) A bachelor
D) Called away on a trip
11. One of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes takes place during the Christmas season. Which of these does the tale hinge upon?
A) A burglar disguised as Father Christmas
B) A blue diamond found in a goose
C) A cat trapped in an organ pipe
D) A poisoned flask of Napoleon brandy
12. Where did the real St Nicholas live?
A) At the North Pole
B) In Turkey
C) In Holland
D) In Finland




ANSWERS:
1. Which of these names does NOT belong to one of Santa's reindeer?
D) Klaxon: A klaxon is actually a powerful electric horn. Its name comes from a German word meaning "shriek".
2. In Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker", who is the nutcracker's main enemy?
B) The King of the Mice: The King of the Mice, usually represented with seven heads, leads his troops against the nutcracker's toy soldiers. He loses the battle when Clara, the heroine, stuns him with a shoe.
3. Electric Christmas tree lights were first used in:
B) 1895: The idea for using electric Christmas lights came from an American, Ralph E. Morris. The new lights proved to be much safer than the candles which had traditionally been used. Decorating Christmas trees originated in Germany, but has been hugely popular in England since 1841, when Prince Albert famously set up and adorned a tree for his wife Queen Victoria in Windsor Castle.
4. Why is the day after Christmas named Boxing Day?
B) It was the day the rich gave presents to the poor: According to British tradition, Boxing Day was the day the wealthy boxed up gifts for their servants. It was also the day in which money collected in church boxes was distributed to the poor. This practice was banned in the 14th century as being offensive, but became widespread once again in the 19th century. Today, traditionally people write their thank-you letters to those who gave them gifts.
5. Which pie originates from medieval Christmas time?
B) Humble pie: Humble or 'umble pie was made from the 'humbles' of a deer (the heart, liver, brains and other bits). Whilst the Lords and Ladies ate the choice cuts, the servants baked the 'humbles' into a pie, thus making the food go further. This is most probably the origin of the phrase, 'to eat humble pie.'
6. The Julbukk is a small figure of a goat. Of what material is it usually made?
B) Straw: Scandinavian Christmas festivities feature a variety of straw decorations in the form of stars, angels, hearts and other shapes, as well as the Julbukk.
7. Good King Wenceslas was king of which country?
D) Bohemia: 'Good King Wenceslas' is best known from the popular carol, written in 1853 by John Mason Neale. The actual historical figure, Wenceslas, was in fact the Duke of Bohemia, not the King, and lived in the tenth century. The song expresses his high moral character in describing King Wenceslas braving a fierce storm in order to help feed a poor neighbor.
8. America's official national Christmas tree is:
C) Located in King's Canyon National Park in California: The General Grant tree, the third largest tree in the world, is 267 feet tall and 107.6 feet in circumference at its base. The tree, believed to be about 3500 years old, was designated the "Nation's Christmas Tree" in 1926, and a service is held at the tree on Christmas morning every year.
9. In the Ukraine, what does it mean if you find a spider web in the house on Christmas morning?
A) Good Luck: There once lived a woman so poor, says a Ukrainian folk tale, that she could not afford Christmas decorations for her family. One Christmas morning, she awoke to find that spiders had trimmed her children's tree with their webs. When the morning sun shone on them, the webs turned to silver and gold. An artificial spider and web are often included in the decorations on Ukrainian Christmas trees.
10. What will you be if you find a button?
C) Bachelor: A ring means you will get married; while a thimble predicts spinsterhood. The idea of hiding something in the pudding comes from the tradition in the Middle Ages of hiding a bean in a cake that was served on Twelfth Night. Whoever found the bean became "king" for the rest of the night.
11. One of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes takes place during the Christmas season. Which of these does the tale hinge upon?
B) A blue diamond found in a goose: In "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" Holmes manages to recover the jewel but, in the spirit of the Christmas season, allows the repentant thief to go free, on the condition that he leave England forever.
12. Where did the real St Nicholas live?
B) In Turkey: St Nicholas was born in 280 AD, in Patara in what is now Turkey. He was a rich and generous man, who travelled the country helping the poor with gifts of money and presents. To keep his identity secret he'd leave gifts late at night. A famous story about St Nicholas concerns a poor man who had no money for his three daughters' dowries. St Nicholas dropped bags of gold down the chimney and they landed in the stockings the girls had hung up to dry by the fire. Ever since, children have hung up stockings on Christmas Eve hoping that they will be filled with presents by Christmas morning!

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GOSPELCLOWN 12/14/2010 12:13AM

    I really enjoyed that! I got many wrong especially the US official tree, but maybe I'll remember the answers for next year.



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CATIATM 12/12/2010 3:30AM

    Fun! And I learned something, too!

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TRAVELNISTA 12/11/2010 9:44PM

    Loved this!

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GERISE 12/11/2010 9:40AM

    well i wasnt too smart here but i did learn something.. thanks Lita.. I love these

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WILLOW49 12/10/2010 6:05PM

    Thanks for sharing with us :)

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TRYINGHARD1948 12/10/2010 3:46PM

    Thanks Lita, very interesting how all our tales come from all over the world.

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DEBBIE_J 12/10/2010 3:42PM

    Very interesting. Some of the answers really surprised me. emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/10/2010 11:25AM

    loved this thank you!! i coulda sworn it was going to be mince pie..

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BANISHING HOLIDAY BLUES

Saturday, December 04, 2010





BANISHING HOLIDAY BLUES

A case of the holiday blues probably has as many causes as there are sufferers. Your personal experience dictates what you find stressful, as well as how you handle anxiety. Understanding the basic reasons people can feel sad during this "happy time" will help you see that you're not alone! If you are suffering from a bah-humbug attitude, try to incorporate these spirit-generating ideas into your season:



1. Banish resentment. If it is an obligation, reconsider your need to do it.
Will Aunt Sue really perish without your chocolate meringues?

2. Avoid common stressors.
Do parties make you panic? Skip them altogether or be selective about where you go to deck the halls.

3. No competition.
Why does this year need to be better than that great Celebration of '87? Try not to get into the pattern of outdoing yourself every year.

4. Shop online.
There are no long lines to contend with in the virtual malls of the world, and fewer sights, smells, and sounds to overwhelm the senses!

5. Shop ahead of time.
For those overwhelmed by tasks, shopping all year round can help alleviate last minute stress. Of course, it may be too late for this year, but take this tip with you into the new year.

6. Lasso the credit cards.
What is a reasonable amount to spend on the holidays this year? Now divide by the number of gifts you must buy. That's your dollar limit: Stick to it. Unfortunately, spend-aholics are likely to use the holidays as an excuse to buy. Remember: Credit card bills can lead to post-holiday blues.

7. Rejuvenate your spirit.
Reacquaint yourself with the church or synagogue; or shine up your spirituality with a class on visualization or meditation. Get out of your own 'little world' and contribute your time or money to those in need. Make a donation in someone's name to an organization you know he or she would like to support.

8. Avoid commercialism.
Take the kids to a free Hanukkah menorah lighting or Christmas caroling in the park. Or meet new friends by joining up with the neighborhood carolers.

9. Make' yourself' the gift.
Have the children gather unused toys for donation. Or do something with those years of piano practice by organizing a holiday concert at a nursing home.

10. Ban martyrdom.
Why not take others up on their offer to help? You are not a bad hostess if you let Aunt Mary bring the dessert, have your brother-in-law scrub the casserole dish, or put the teenagers in charge of wrapping presents.

11. Find time for you.
Pamper yourself with a half-hour pedicure or get a massage. Does painting give you pleasure? Then make the time to do it!

12. Declare victory over vices.
There is no harm in a little fudge or an occasional glass of champagne, but think moderation. Too much alcohol or sugar can alter moods and disrupt sleep patterns.

13. Avoid weighty issues.
Guilt is a likely byproduct of overindulgence. Give away extra treats that arrive as gifts and don't make three batches of peanut brittle. Holiday salads anyone? Three well-balanced meals will help keep your moods at an even keel. If you have a momentary lapse of judgment, don't sweat it. That's what those nasty New Year resolutions are for.

14. Keep it moving.
It's easy to shelve plans to work out during the hectic season. But resigning yourself to the couch will only make you feel worse. Twenty minutes, three times per week, should continue to be your goal. Get out and do! Activity, either social or physical, will do more for the spirit than watching the Brady Family Special.

15. Surround yourself with love.
Avoid inviting people to your home out of obligation. It may be difficult to turn away a relative, but it is worth your sanity. Make the holidays special for the kids. By reinventing the season, you escape your own childhood issues and you won't transfer the blues to your children.

16. Expand your support system.
Friends may be busy with their own families, but that doesn't prevent you from making new friends. Take a class or join an online chat group. Post on message boards when it's convenient for you to talk!

17. Laugh often!
Rent funny movies or surround yourself with those who make you laugh. It's not easy to laugh and be depressed at the same time.



~By Lisa Allan, Oxygen.com




  
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GOSPELCLOWN 12/14/2010 12:18AM

    That's a good collection of ideas.

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CATIATM 12/6/2010 4:30PM

    I think these are terrific ideas, Lita. I do many of these, and I know I enjoy the holidays more than most people. It doesn't have to be stressful and overwrought - we make it so.

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KARRYB1 12/6/2010 1:22PM

    Great tips to follow, Thanks! emoticon

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 12/6/2010 3:22AM

    I'll keep coming back to this blog as the holiday season progresses. emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/4/2010 8:22PM

    love this Lita thank you!!!

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RANDOMKINDNESS 12/4/2010 6:46PM

  Thanks for sharing the article. I really liked #15 because after years of struggling with the guilt of making that choice, I'd finally decided that this was THE year that I was finally going to go through with not having those negative ppl around me. Of course the positive way the article stated it 'surround myself with love' sounds much better LOL. Being raised on 'be sweet now' makes this a tough one for me - but reading #15 has redoubled my determination. Less stress = happier holidays for sure. Thanks again for taking time to share these great tips.

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TRYINGHARD1948 12/4/2010 4:34PM

    Very good advice and loved the funnies at the end. Hugs.

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MS5835 12/4/2010 12:19PM

    Thanks for sharing this good advice

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    Love the pictures! emoticon

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DEBBIE19580 12/4/2010 8:55AM

    What a great blog. I use the online shopping, it really is so worth it and totally stress free. Happy December!!! emoticon emoticon

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    Excellent advice emoticon

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Sound advice! Thank you!

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HOPESINGH 12/4/2010 6:26AM

    Loved these tips. Happy December! emoticon

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KELPIE57 12/4/2010 3:43AM

    Great to see what we "know" written down! Thanks

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WILLOW49 12/4/2010 2:31AM

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing with us :)
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IMPORTANCE OF THANKFULNESS......

Tuesday, November 23, 2010



IMPORTANCE OF THANKFULNESS


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






WISHING YOU AND YOURS AN AWESOME THANKSGIVING....
MAY IT BE AS SPECIAL AS YOU ARE ALL TO ME!!!
BLESSINGS AND HUGS.................LITA

  
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_CYNDY55_ 12/2/2010 12:57AM

    What A Beautiful emoticon
Thank You For Posting This
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Thankfulness Always In Our Life!
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CATIATM 11/26/2010 12:57PM

    Gratitude is an important part of contentment, Lita. Thanks frot he reminder!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/24/2010 4:23PM

    Thank you!! Happy Thanksgiving to YOU!!! hugs and love
Holly

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RUFFIT 11/24/2010 11:50AM

    Thanks for posting this blog. Take care, Moni emoticon

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KELPIE57 11/24/2010 11:34AM

    We all have so much to be thankful for

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WILLOW49 11/24/2010 5:22AM

    Terrific! Thanks for sharing :)
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TRYINGHARD1948 11/24/2010 3:36AM

    Happy thanksgiving Lita. We have so much to be thankful for, thank you.

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ALI_CAT9 11/24/2010 2:08AM

    Fantastic thanks so much!!!

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MOBETTAMERF 11/23/2010 7:59PM

    Thanks for sharing so many beautiful and inspiring quotes! They are especially appropriate for the holiday, but important for everyday of the year. May you have a joyful and relaxing Thanksgiving! emoticon

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DETERMINEDJANET 11/23/2010 7:05PM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too! I enjoyed reading through this today.

Janet

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The Train Of Life................

Friday, November 19, 2010



The Train Of Life

Some folks ride the train of life
Looking out the rear,
Watching miles of life roll by,
And marking every year.

They sit in sad remembrance,
Of wasted days gone by,
And curse their life for what it was,
And hang their heads and cry.

But, I don't concern myself with that,
I took a different vent,
I look forward to what life holds,
And not what has been spent.

So strap me to the engine.
As securely as I can be,
I want to be out on the front,
To see what I can see.

I want to feel the winds of change,
Blowing in my face,
I want to see what life unfolds,
As I move from place to place.

I want to see what's coming up,
Not looking at the past,
Life's too short for yesterdays,
It moves along too fast.

So if the ride gets bumpy,
While you are looking back,
Go up front and you may find,
Your life has jumped the track.

It's all right to remember,
'That's part of history,
But up front's where it's happening,
There's so much mystery.

The enjoyment of living,
Is not where we have been,
It's looking ever forward,
To another year and ten.

It's searching all the byways,
Never should you refrain,
For if you want to live your life,
You've gotta drive the train!

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CATIATM 11/23/2010 5:57AM

    A lovely sentiment, Lita. Thanks for sharing!

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KELPIE57 11/22/2010 6:14AM

    Thank you

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KLONG8 11/21/2010 12:31PM

    Very motivational words...thanks for opening this door for us.

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/20/2010 5:32PM

    Love it!

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DEBBIE_J 11/20/2010 12:27PM

    ~A~W~E~S~O~M~E~ emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/20/2010 9:26AM

    this is GREAT!! and you know..on the team..if you need help all you need do is ask!!
Hugs
Holly

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_CYNDY55_ 11/19/2010 11:40PM

    .*`* . .*`*..*`* ..*`*. *~*Awesome Words*~*
(`v) A Great Way To Travel Too*`!
~Thank~
**~You~*


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WILLOW49 11/19/2010 11:22PM

    What a wonderful poem! emoticon

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MOBETTAMERF 11/19/2010 11:11PM

    That's a great poem! Thanks for sharing that! emoticon

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