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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Courage to Love Yourself

When you love yourself
You realize you are not meant to suffer and you are never alone
As life is nothing but a school in which to learn
You accept the past for what it had to teach you
Learning from the lessons and thanking the teachers along the way.
Forgiving ourselves for what we have done, the harm we have caused
Letting that go and belonging in the now.

When you love yourself
You learn to forgive those who didn’t love you
the way you wanted them to.
They loved according to their own definition.
They did the best they knew how.
Forgive and release them.
Forgive and release yourself to experience your incredible potential
To live, to love, to learn, to take chances, and to serve.

When you love yourself
You celebrate “what is” and realize
That possibly you are not ready for “what isn’t”
We are all Masterpieces in different stages of Manifestation.
Everything at every moment is exactly as it is meant to be.

When you love yourself
You realize we are all here for a profound purpose.
To somehow make this world a better place.
You have come perfectly equipped with the exact strengths
And the courage to challenge your shortcomings
with joy and determination
For you are a unique orchestration of both.

When you love yourself
You are willing to laugh at your fallacies and share your strengths
Taking care of your BEING to ensure maximum energy for all
For all is powerful and all is possible
When you love yourself.

Janice Mae

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CATIATM 6/17/2011 9:22AM

    Ahh ... but it's harder than it sounds. Thanks for the reminder, Lita!

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SMILEYBEE 6/16/2011 3:06PM

    Love the encouragement and positive vibes you exude! emoticon

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HOPESINGH 6/13/2011 3:43AM

I'm still struggling with this challenge of loving myself emoticon

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TRYINGHARD1948 6/12/2011 8:56PM

    Wonderful Lita, thank you.

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WILLOW49 6/12/2011 8:41PM

    What a wonderful poem! Thanks for sharing with us :) You always find the nicest things to share!

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DEBBIE19580 6/12/2011 6:10PM

    that was beautiful!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUSFOLK 6/12/2011 5:20PM

    Lots of good food for thought here...thanks for sharing!

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Sunday, June 05, 2011


A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: "I am blind, please help." There were only a few coins in the hat.

A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, "Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?"

The man said, "I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way." I wrote: "Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it."

Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

"Life has to be an incessant process of repair and reconstruction, of discarding evil and developing goodness. Paddy grains have to be de-husked in order to become edible as rice. Cotton has to be converted as yarn to become wearable cloth. Gold nuggets have to be heated in the crucible to remove the impurities. Man too, must purify his impulses, emotions and desires and cultivate good thoughts, words and deeds so that he can progress spiritually." ~ Prasanthi Nilayam


Invite others towards good with wisdom. Live life with no excuse and love with no regrets. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear.

~Author Unknown

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GOSPELCLOWN 6/16/2011 1:33AM

    I've seen this story done in video. Good thing to remember.

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CATIATM 6/10/2011 9:51AM

    Thank you for sharing, Lita!

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HOPESINGH 6/8/2011 1:30PM

    emoticon again, Lita!
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LITTLETEAPOT17 6/7/2011 12:50PM

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! So true, Lita...thanks for sharing with us.
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DDOORN 6/6/2011 8:55AM

    Great story and message...thx for sharing!


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TRYINGHARD1948 6/6/2011 1:48AM

    I loved this story. emoticon

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WILLOW49 6/5/2011 11:33PM

    A great blog! Thanks :)

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    Really good one

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AQUAGIRL08 6/5/2011 10:21PM

    Thanks for a great blog Lita. It was just what I needed to hear today!

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JUSFOLK 6/5/2011 9:50PM

    Perspective can change everything...great thots!

Thanks for dropping off the orchid goodie and poem. Hope your week goes well:)

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Sunday, May 29, 2011


The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being.

She said, "Hi handsome. My name is Abigail. I'm eighty seven years old. Can I give you a hug?" I laughed and enthusiastically responded, "Of course, you may!" and she gave me a giant squeeze.

"Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?" I asked. She jokingly replied, "I'm here to meet a rich husband, get married, have a couple of children, and then retire and travel."

"No seriously," I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age. "I always dreamed of having a college education and now I'm getting one!" she told me.

After class we walked to the student union building and shared a coke. For three months we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this "time machine" as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.

Over the course of the year, Abigail became a campus icon and easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.

At the end of the semester we invited Abigail to speak at our football banquet and I'll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor.

Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said "I'm sorry I'm so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I'll never get my speech back in order so let me just tell you what I know." As we laughed she cleared her throat and began:

"We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success.

"You have to laugh and find humor every day. You've got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die. We have so many people walking around who are dead and don't even know it!"

"There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don't do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight. Anybody can grow older. That doesn't take any talent or ability.

The idea is to grow up by always finding the opportunity in change." "Have no regrets. The elderly usually don't have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets." She concluded her speech by courageously singing The Rose. She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives:

"The Rose"

Some say love, it is a river that drowns the tender reed.
Some say love, it is a razor that leaves your soul to bleed.
Some say love, it is a hunger, an endless aching need.
I say love, it is a flower, and you its only seed.

It's the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance.
It's the dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance.
It's the one who won't be taken, who cannot seem to give,
And the soul afraid of dyin' that never learns to live.

When the night has been too lonely and the road has been too long,
And you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong,
Just remember in the winter far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed that with the sun's love in the spring becomes the rose.

At the year's end Abigail finished the college degree she had begun all those years ago. One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep. Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it's never too late to be all you can possibly be. These words have been passed along in loving memory of Abigail. REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL. We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.

~Author Unknown

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JUSFOLK 5/31/2011 12:07AM

    I've volunteered at a large Christian campground, and it amazes me the energy and enthusiasm of folks in their 70s and even 80s who are energetically serving there! Age definitely is just a number:)

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HOPESINGH 5/30/2011 9:49AM

    Very few things are as inspiring as old people. My grandma is even older than Abigail in the story, and there are so many things I learn from her, even if it's just her attitude.
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TRYINGHARD1948 5/30/2011 4:58AM

    Loved this.

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KELPIE57 5/30/2011 3:19AM

    Thank you for the timing of this, just what I needed, to get on and follow my own dream.

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KAREN1924 5/29/2011 10:56PM

    This was very deep. Funny, I was just thinking about those kind of things earlier. I always said "There are people who live and learn and there are others that just live." We can't give up our dreams and we can't live in the past, there is NO future in it. YES, Abigail had it right "We have so many people walking around who are dead and don't even know it!" I choose to try and live life to it's fullest and not live a stale or stationary life. To me, that is like giving up and that I can't even begin to fathom.

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WILLOW49 5/29/2011 10:22PM

    Love "The Rose". One of my best friends sang it at our wedding :)

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Sunday, May 22, 2011


A Sioux Indian story...
My grandfather took me to the fishing pond
when I was about seven, and he told me
to throw a stone into the water.

He told me to watch the circles created by the stone.
Then he asked me to think of myself as that stone person.

"You may create lots of splashes in your life,
but the waves that come from those splashes will disturb the peace
of all your fellow creatures," he said.

"Remember that you are responsible for what you put in your circle
and that circle will also touch many other circles."

"You will need to live in a way that allows the good that comes
from your circle to send the peace of that goodness to others."

"The splash that comes from anger or jealousy will send
those feelings to other circles. You are responsible for both."

That was the first time I realized each person creates the
inner peace or discord that flows out into the world.

We cannot create world peace if we are riddled with
inner conflict, hatred, doubt, or anger.

We radiate the feelings and thoughts that we hold inside,
whether we speak them or not.

Whatever is splashing around inside of us
is spilling out into the world, creating beauty or discord
with all other circles of life.

Remember the eternal wisdom:


~Author Unknown

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    Simply beautiful, thanks for sharing!

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CATIATM 5/24/2011 11:29AM

    That's a great story, Lita. Thanks for sharing it with us

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WILLOW49 5/23/2011 11:17AM

    Wonderful blog! Thanks for sharing with us :)

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HOPESINGH 5/23/2011 10:01AM

    emoticon for reminding me that inner peace is not just "inner"...

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DDOORN 5/23/2011 9:19AM

    An eloquent reminder of Gandhi's "Be the change you want to see in the world!"

Thx for sharing!


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TRYINGHARD1948 5/23/2011 4:36AM

    How beaurtifully put.

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MOMFAN 5/23/2011 1:26AM

    "Remember that you are responsible for what you put in your circle
and that circle will also touch many other circles.

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GOSPELCLOWN 5/22/2011 11:51PM

    I'm glad you shared that today. I was feeling a lot of disharmony and confusion at work... I didn't feel as if I could move forward with the interruptions and bombarding of queries.
My little circle was disturbed today!

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Sunday, May 15, 2011


Look out, look in. Every day has a sunrise.
Wherever you are, like a magic circle, the world is all around you.
Everything has a purpose. Every action a reaction.
All around you there are happenings.

People, places and ideas, all offering you opportunities.
Some to be touched and changed by the very nature of your uniqueness.
Others to be left alone for they are not worthy of you.
Life is a love affair. Love the people around you, love what you do.

Every day dawns with a sunrise. Always, high days and low days.
Blue skies of pleasure, there to enjoy. Celebrate.
Dark clouds of storming hurt, however black, they always pass.
Today was yesterday’s tomorrow; yesterday is gone. History.
And the wonder of yesterday is whatever we didn’t like is behind us.
Make a change. Unlimited you. Greatness from within.

There is no such thing as failure, only learning experiences.
Some things are easy to learn, others hard.
What is easy for one may be hard for another.
Lessons to be learned, not burdens to be carried.
Everyone is different. Everyone is special.
We are all creative. We are all tool makers.

Greatness and humility. Both are you.
Leader and follower. Warrior and water carrier.
Teacher and student. Champion and cheerleader. Who is to say?
One day you are one, the next day you are the other.
Pace setters tread the untrodden path.
Never given away your sunrise day of action to an excuse.

'When the time is right.' 'When I feel like it.' 'When I've enough money.'
Sometimes it’s too easy to justify not taking action.
Sometimes you have to say 'no' to your inner voice ...
when it tries to keep you too comfortably where you're at.
Always a new light. Always a new day. Each day a gift of opportunity.
There is always a sunrise even when it is far from our view.

There is always a door. We simply have to seek.
There is always a key. We simply have to persist.
And, sometimes, we just have to wait a while. Patience does have virtue.
There is always a future. The future is hope and the magic is faith.

It begins with you today. Today a new day. Always.
Today our decision to be the person we really want to be.
Today our choice of courage to accept what we cannot change.
Today our choice to rise to the challenge of changing what we must.
These are the choices of happiness.

Always an answer. You simply have to believe.
The dawn. The magic of a new day given to us.
A love affair. A love affair with today.
Today, a gift of opportunity; to laugh; to learn; to achieve;
to make someone happy, to be happy.
Always a sunrise.

~ By Rex Barker

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SHARON10002 6/2/2011 8:12PM

    I really needed something like this today. Lita. What a positive, uplifting poem.
Thank you for finding it and posting it.

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TRYINGHARD1948 5/15/2011 8:08PM

    This is a great poem tostart the day with. Thank you.

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DDOORN 5/15/2011 6:01PM

    Thank you for such a beautiful share!


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WILLOW49 5/15/2011 4:12PM

    What a wonderful poem! Thanks for sharing with us :)
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KAREN1924 5/15/2011 3:13PM

    So much truth in this and also so much inspiration.

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HOPESINGH 5/15/2011 2:39PM

    emoticon for another touching poem. The kind of thing I always have to remind myself.

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