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FRIENDS MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Sunday, February 20, 2011


FRIENDS MAKE A DIFFERENCE


Some people come into our lives and quickly go;
Some people move our souls to dance; they awaken us to new understanding
With the passing whisper of their wisdom;
Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon.
Friends share simple, ordinary times in our lives,
Moments that become memories that stay in our hearts forever
... And we will never, ever be the same.
Friendship is a strange thing ...
It is by chance we met, by choice we became friends;
We find ourselves telling each other the deepest details of our lives,
things we don't even share with our families who raised us.
But what is a friend? A confidant? A lover? A fellow email junkie?
A shoulder to cry on? An ear to listen? A heart to feel?
A friend is ALL of these things and more;
No matter where we met, I call you "friend":
A word so small ... yet so large in feeling ... a word filled with emotion.

Once the package of friendship has been opened,
It can never be completely closed;
It is a constant book always waiting to be read ... and enjoyed.
We may have disagreements,
We may argue, we may concern one another ...
Friendship is a unique bond that lasts through it all.
A part of me is put into my friends: some is my humor, some is my listening ear,
Some is real life experience, some is my romanticism, but with all, it is FRIENDSHIP ...
Thanks for making a difference in my life!

Author Unknown


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CATIATM 2/25/2011 12:37AM

    They do indeed, Lita!

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GOSPELCLOWN 2/22/2011 11:41AM

    I want to pass this on to my lady friends! hugs, from Karen in Saanichton

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TRYINGHARD1948 2/21/2011 8:16PM

    Your blogs always lift my spirit, thank you Lita.

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HOPESINGH 2/21/2011 4:30AM

    So true. Did you know that friendship with other women actually improves women's health?
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    Beautiful!!! You make a difference to me. emoticon

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    emoticon to you, my emoticon

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GREGSTEAM 2/20/2011 12:07PM

    good stuff

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 2/20/2011 10:07AM

    you make a difference in my life, too, Lita!!! Hugs to you!!

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GERISE 2/20/2011 9:49AM

    I love it so beautiful......

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WILLOW49 2/20/2011 9:14AM

    So very true! Thanks for sharing with us :)
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CHANGE4FIT 2/20/2011 9:02AM

    Lita,
This and your spark status really struck home today. Thank you!
PJ

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    Lovely, and so true emoticon

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    emoticon emoticonVery Beautiful emoticon emoticon
Thank You for posting this L*I*T*A*
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May You Always Feel Loved

Sunday, February 13, 2011

May You Always Feel Loved

May you find serenity and tranquility in a world you may not always understand.

May the pain you have known and conflict you have experienced give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with courage and optimism.

Always know that there are those whose love and understanding will always be there, even when you feel most alone.

May you discover enough goodness in others to believe in a world of peace.

May a kind word, a reassuring touch, a warm smile be yours every day of your life, and may you give these gifts as well as receive them.

Remember the sunshine when the storm seems unending.

Teach love to those who know hate, and let that love embrace you as you go into the world.

May the teaching of those you admire become part of you, so that you may call upon them. Remember, those whose lives you have touched and who have touched yours are always a part of you, even if the encounters were less than you would have wished. It is the content of the encounter that is more important than its form.

May you not become too concerned with material matters, but instead place immeasurable value on the goodness in your heart.

Find time in each day to see the beauty and love in the world around you.

Realize that each person has limitless abilities, but each of us is different in our own way. What you may feel you lack in one regard may be more than compensated for in another. What you feel you lack in the present may become one of your strengths in the future.

May you see your future as one filled with promise and possibility. Learn to view everything as a worthwhile experience.

May you find enough inner strength to determine your own worth by yourself, and not be dependent on another's judgements of your accomplishments.

May you always feel loved.


by Sandra Sturtz Hauss
Copyright © 1987 Sandra Sturtz Hauss. All rights reserved.

lifeisapoem314.blogspot.com/2008/12/
may-you-always-feel-loved.html



wishing everyone a wonderful Valentine's Day.....
appreciate your help and support as always....
blessings and hugs....lita

  
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CATIATM 2/19/2011 1:34AM

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 2/14/2011 5:45PM

    And to you, too my dear friend!!

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EOSTAR_45 2/14/2011 5:32PM

    Great poem. May it be so!

Happy Valentine's Day.


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YESKATIECAN 2/14/2011 11:22AM

    This is awesome. I am printing it out and posting it on my desk :)

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KELPIE57 2/14/2011 9:56AM

    Beautiful!

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WILLOW49 2/14/2011 6:32AM

    How beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us :)

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TRYINGHARD1948 2/14/2011 2:40AM

    Thank you Lita for reminding us of the important things in life. Happy Valentine's.

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GRITS46 2/14/2011 1:45AM

    Lita, thank you for the beautiful piece and the Valentine's wishes!

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_CYNDY55_ 2/14/2011 1:19AM

    ..........Thank ☆-:¦:-☆ You
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Many Blessings...and {{{HuGGs}}} To ~You~ !
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MSHUFFNPUFFN 2/14/2011 1:04AM

    Thank you! That was very beautiful and most certainly puts everything into perspective. Happy Valentines Day to you! God Bless!

~~Debra~~

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Perseverance — Just Keep Planting

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Perseverance — Just Keep Planting


Just Keep Planting
When Paul was a boy growing up in Utah, he happened to live near an old copper smelter, and the sulfur dioxide that poured out of the refinery had made a desolate wasteland out of what used to be a beautiful forest. Paul vowed that some day he would bring back the life to this land.
Many years later Paul was in the area, and he went to the smelter office. He asked if they had any plans to bring the trees back. The answer was “No.” He asked them if they would let him try to bring the trees back. Again, the answer was “No.” They didn’t want him on their land. After praying about the matter, Paul realized he needed to become more knowledgeable before anyone would listen to him, so he went to college to study botany.
At the college he met a professor who was an expert in Utah’s ecology. Unfortunately, Paul was told that the wasteland he wanted to bring back was beyond hope. He was told that his goal was foolish because even if he planted trees, and even if they grew, the wind would only blow the seeds forty feet per year, and that’s all you’d get because there weren’t any birds or squirrels to spread the seeds, and the seeds from those trees would need another thirty years before they started producing seeds of their own. Therefore, it would take approximately twenty thousand years to revegitate that six-square-mile piece of earth. His teachers told him it would be a waste of his life to try to do it. It just could not be done.
So he tried to go on with his life. He got a job operating heavy equipment, got married, and had some kids. However, as a good Christian, he knew that “faith by itself, if not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:17). So, he kept studying about the subject, and prayed for guidance on the matter. Then one night he felt led to take action by faith alone. He would do what he could, and trust God to do the rest. This was an important turning point.
Samuel Johnson wrote, “It is common to overlook what is near by keeping the eye fixed on something remote. In the same manner, present opportunities are neglected and attainable good is slighted by minds busied in extensive ranges.” Paul stopped busying his mind in extensive ranges and looked at what opportunities for attainable good were right in front of him. Who among us hasn’t wondered what God wants us to do in our life here on earth? Under the cover of darkness, Paul sneaked out into the wasteland with a backpack of seedlings and started planting. For seven hours he planted seedlings.
He did it again a week later. And every week, he made his secret journey into the wasteland and planted trees and shrubs and grass. But most of it died. Like so many of our hopes and dreams. However, Paul had faith, and kept planting.
For fifteen years he did this. When a whole valley of his fir seedlings burned to the ground because of a careless sheep-herder, Paul broke down and wept. Have any of you had this kind of set-back in your life? I sure have! But Paul got up, and kept planting.
Freezing winds and blistering heat, landslides and floods and fires destroyed his work time and time again. But he kept planting. One night he found a highway crew had come and taken tons of dirt for a road grade, and all the plants he painstakingly planted in that area were gone. I don’t know about you, but this sounds like the way things have gone in my life. Time for some major prayers. Then Paul kept planting.
Week after week, year after year he kept at it, against the opinion of the authorities, against the trespassing laws, against the devastation of road crews, against the wind and rain and heat… even against plain common sense. He just kept planting.
Slowly, very slowly, things began to take root. Then gophers appeared. Then rabbits. Then porcupines. The copper smelter eventually gave him permission, and later, as times were changing and there was political pressure to clean up the environment, the company actually hired Paul to do what he was already doing. They even provided him with machinery and crews to work with. Progress accelerated.
Now the place is fourteen thousand acres of trees, grass, bushes, as well as all kinds of wildlife. Paul has now received almost every environmental award Utah has. He says, “I thought that if I got this started, when I was dead and gone people would come and see it. I never thought I’d live to see it myself!”
It took him until his hair turned white, but he managed to keep that impossible vow he made to himself as a child.
What was/is it you want to do, that you think is impossible? Paul’s story sure gives a perspective on things, doesn’t it?
The way you get something accomplished in this world is to trust God for guidance, and just keep planting. He will show you the way if you have faith, and keep working. Just keep plugging away at it one day at a time for a long time, no matter who criticizes or laughs at you, no matter how long it takes, no matter how many times you fall. Get back up again, keep trusting God, and just keep planting.
–Anonymous



www.usu.edu/saf/h051900.htm


lifelessons4u.wordpress.com/2009/09/
16/perseverance-just-keep-planting/

  
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CATIATM 2/13/2011 12:21AM

    A wonderful story, Lita. Just what I needed! Thank you for sharing!

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    Just what I needed to read today.....Thank you :) emoticon

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    Lita, this is beautiful, thank you.

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HOPESINGH 2/7/2011 4:57PM

    Actually this story resembles many stories about the founding of big and tiny cities in modern Israel, as well as some of its... well - I'm not sure what we have can be called "forests" - maybe "groves".
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HOSTALADY 2/6/2011 2:54PM

    What a wonderful time in my journey for you to have shared this story. What a lift it has given me.
Thank you so much Lita.

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GERISE 2/6/2011 10:28AM

    very good Lita I love it...very inspirational emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 2/5/2011 7:50PM

    Very inspirational and yes, perseverance does pay off. Thank goodness!
Hugs,
Angela
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GRITS46 2/5/2011 2:58PM

    What a wonderful story and what an inspiration! Thanks -- we'll all keep planting and praying!

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MY_LIFE_NOW 2/5/2011 1:06PM

    awesome..this was a great story..just keep on planting.... hugs

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 2/5/2011 1:05PM

    what a truly wonderful story!! thank you Lita!! i keep praying..and i keep planting my friend!

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"The Train of Life"

Friday, January 28, 2011




"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 head 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 gotta drive the train.

~By Marv Hardin

  
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KASEYCOFF 2/4/2011 11:35AM

    Lita, this is great - thanx for posting it! I hope you don't mind if I pass it along, too!
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    emoticonPost! I really like this. Keep finding more like this one.....

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/29/2011 5:00PM

    Oh Lita i REALLY like this one!!

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I need to start driving again!!!!!

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GERISE 1/29/2011 9:51AM

    very nice....

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CATIATM 1/29/2011 3:31AM

    I've never seen this before. It's beautiful!

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_CYNDY55_ 1/29/2011 12:30AM

    ¸.•*¨¸.•*¨¸.•*¨ Love This ~THANK YOU~ ! ¸.•*¨¸.•*¨¸.•*¨

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TRYINGHARD1948 1/28/2011 11:21PM

    I too love this. thanks LITA.

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CHUBRUB3 1/28/2011 8:28PM

    I LOVE this!
Thanks for posting a wonderful and true poem.
Hugs,
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LIFE IS A MIRACLE......

Friday, January 21, 2011

LIFE IS A MIRACLE


Life is a miracle don't let it slip away,
Open your heart to others, give of yourself each day.
See the beauty in everyone, regardless of where they've been,
Some have a difficult journey and really need a friend.
Share your gifts and talents, listen with your heart.
Do the things you dream about but don't have time to start.
Pick a bouquet of flowers, show someone that you care,
Be gracious and forgiving, for life is never fair.
Hold on to your courage, you may need it down the road,
We all have a cross to bear, it could be a heavy load.
If you practice all these things, wherever you may roam,
You might find both sun and rain, but you'll never feel alone!

~ Author Unknown

  
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SHARON10002 1/25/2011 10:50PM

    Very nice, Lita, Thanks for sharing this.
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    AS ALWAYS (INSPIRATIONAL)........LOVE IT! emoticon

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GERISE 1/22/2011 7:27AM

    wow so beatiful

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    Just what I needed to read today. Thank you for posting it. emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 1/21/2011 9:54PM

    This is beautiful! Thank you!
Hugs,
Angela
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TRYINGHARD1948 1/21/2011 4:37PM

   
So beautiful and so inspiring. You take my breath away. Thank you, hugs.

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DETERMINEDJANET 1/21/2011 1:29PM

    Beautiful!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/21/2011 11:34AM

    you always put a smile in my face and a song in my heart, my friend!! thank you!

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ERIECANALGAL 1/21/2011 9:36AM

    I love your blog, Lita. What wonderful thoughts to live by! And I love your page it is so soothing and peaceful looking!
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