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A THOUSAND REASONS TO SMILE....

Sunday, June 05, 2011

A THOUSAND REASONS TO SMILE



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

MORAL OF THE STORY:

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!

Don

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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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PURESTILLWATER 6/5/2011 11:09PM

    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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REALIZING YOUR DREAM .........

Sunday, May 29, 2011

REALIZING YOUR DREAM

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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THE SPLASHES OF LIFE ...

Sunday, May 22, 2011



THE SPLASHES OF LIFE ...

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:

WHATEVER YOU FOCUS ON EXPANDS...


~Author Unknown

  
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WILDFIREKRISTIN 5/28/2011 12:13PM

    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!

Don

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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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JOYCERN12 5/23/2011 1:22AM

    LIKE, HOPE I AM SPLASHING BEAUTY, THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT JOYCE

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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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ALWAYS A SUNRISE ........

Sunday, May 15, 2011





ALWAYS A SUNRISE

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 yesterdayís tomorrow; yesterday is gone. History.
And the wonder of yesterday is whatever we didnít 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 itís 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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JOYCERN12 5/15/2011 11:12PM

    MOVING POEM, THANKS FOR SHARING emoticon JOYCE

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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!

Don

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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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CRYS828 5/15/2011 1:21PM

    Beautiful...

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BEING A MOTHER...

Saturday, May 07, 2011

i got this email the other day and thought it worth posting here....


BEING A MOTHER...

After 17 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to
take another woman out to dinner and a movie. She
said, 'I love you, but I know this other woman loves
you and would love to spend some time with you.'
* * *
The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit
was my MOTHER, who has been alone for 20 years,
but the demands of my work and my two boys had
made it possible to visit her only occasionally.
* * *
That night I called to invite her to go out for
dinner and a movie.
* * *
'What's wrong, aren't you well,' she asked?
* * *
My mother is the type of woman who suspects that a
late night call or a surprise invitation is a sign
of bad news.
* * *
'I thought it would be pleasant to spend some
time with you,' I responded. 'Just the two of us.'
She thought about it for a moment, and then said,
'I would like that very much.'
* * *
That Friday after work, as I drove over to pick
her up I was a bit nervous. When I arrived at her
house, I noticed that she, too, seemed to be nervous
about our date. She waited in the door. She had curled her hair and was wearing the
dress that she had worn to celebrate her last
birthday on November 19th.
* * *
She smiled from a face that was as radiant as an
angel's. 'I told my friends that I was going to go
out with my son, and they were impressed,' she said,
as she got into that new white van. 'They can't wait to hear about our date'.
* * *
We went to a restaurant that, although not
elegant, was very nice and cozy. My mother took my
arm as if she were the First Lady. After we sat
down, I had to read the menu. Her eyes could only
read large print. Half way through the entries, I
lifted my eyes and saw Mom sitting there staring at
me. A nostalgic smile was on her lips. 'It was I
who used to have to read the menu when you were
small,' she said. 'Then it's time that you relax and
let me return the favor,' I responded.
* * *
During the dinner, we had an agreeable
conversation- -nothing extraordinary but catching up
on recent events of each other's life. We talked so
much that we missed the movie.
* * *
As we arrived at her house later, she said, 'I'll
go out with you again, but only if you let me invite
you.' I agreed.
* * *
'How was your dinner date?' asked my wife when I
got home.
'Very nice. Much more so than I could have imagined,'
I answered.
* * *
A few days later, my mother died of a massive
heart attack. It happened so suddenly that I didn't
have a chance to do anything for her.
* * *
Some time later, I received an envelope with a
copy of a restaurant receipt from the same place
mother and I had dined. An attached note said: 'I
paid this bill in advance. I wasn't sure that I
could be there; but nevertheless, I paid for two
plates - one for you and the other for your wife.
You will never know what that night meant for me. I
love you, son.'
* * *
At that moment, I understood the importance of
saying in time: 'I LOVE YOU' and to give our loved
ones the time that they deserve. Nothing in life is
more important than your family. Give them the time
they deserve, because these things cannot be put off
till 'some other time.'
* * *
Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back
to normal after you've had a baby.... somebody
doesn't know that once you're a mother,
'normal' is history.
* * *
Somebody said you learn how to be a mother by
instinct. somebody never took a three-year-old shopping.
* * *
Somebody said being a mother is boring ....
somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver's permit.
* * *
Somebody said if you're a good' mother,
your child will 'turn out good'....
somebody thinks a child comes with
directions and a guarantee.
* * *
Somebody said you don't need an education to be a
mother.... somebody never helped a fourth grader
with his math.
* * *
Somebody said you can't love the second child as
much as you love the first .... somebody doesn't
have two children.
* * *
Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother
is labor and delivery...
somebody never watched her 'baby' get on the bus
for the first day of kindergarten .
or on a plane headed for military 'boot camp.'
* * *
Somebody said a mother can stop worrying after her
child gets married....somebody doesn't know that
marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law to a
mother's heartstrings.
* * *
Somebody said a mother's job is done when her last
child leaves home; somebody never had
grandchildren.
* * *
Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so
you don't need to tell her.... somebody isn't a
mother.
* * *
Pass this along to all the 'mothers' in your life
and to everyone who ever had a mother. This isn't
just about being a mother; it's about appreciating
the people in your life while you have them....no
matter who that person is.......



have a wonderful day on sunday as we celebrate" mother's day"a day for all women................
blessings and hugs..............lita

  
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WILDFIREKRISTIN 5/28/2011 12:18PM

    I cried and cried like a baby. What a touching story and so true. I am losing my own mom and I remind myself daily that I have few precious days left with her, this reminded me even more.

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CATIATM 5/12/2011 3:08PM

    Awwww ....

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MOMFAN 5/12/2011 1:28AM

    Thanks, I missed spending the day with my mom because she had to cancel the trip because she has been sick. Had a lovely time with my dd's though.

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JUSFOLK 5/10/2011 10:14PM

    Touching...all those "somebodys" in the stroy don't know much about motherhood, do they?
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TRYINGHARD1948 5/7/2011 10:17PM

    Lita, you made me cry. Have a wonder filled day. Hope you don't mind but I put it on my Facebook, just didn't want to lose it. emoticon

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SASSYCHRIS1952 5/7/2011 8:02PM

    Very nice blog, happy mothers day emoticon

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DDOORN 5/7/2011 7:53PM

    What a Special Share!

Thx so much for all you do and all the SUPPORT!

...and have yourself a MOST Special Mother's Day as well!

Don

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AQUAGIRL08 5/7/2011 3:00PM

    Lita,
Thanks so much for sharing. You brought tears to my eyes. Have a Mother's Day filled with blessings....
Hugs,
Cyndi

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/7/2011 1:46PM

    tears here too!

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GRITS46 5/7/2011 1:41PM

    OK, Lita, I'm sitting hear tears streaming down my face -- I wish my brothers had done something like this. They lived nearer mom than me (I was 2200 miles away) and rarely, if ever, visited or took her out. In her last year, I moved her closer to me because they weren't keeping an eye out at the nursing home where they had placed her, and I found out she was being abused there. Although my life with mom had been a difficult and somewhat abusive one, that last 10 months healed our relationship through the grace of God, with no words passed about the past and no dredging up of painful history. We just learned to really love each other. I never thought I'd miss my mom, but I do, and this made me ponder those last few months with her in a way I'd never done before. THANK YOU!!!

Happy Mother's Day with hugs and blessings,
Sherrey

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HOPESINGH 5/7/2011 1:22PM

    A very touching text - thank you so much. emoticon

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JOYCERN12 5/7/2011 11:37AM

    OKAY- I CRIED TOO, CALLING IN ON MY MOTHER TODAY!
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!! JOYCE

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COOLPOODLE 5/7/2011 10:49AM

    gosh you made me cry. i love being a mother. I hope my son someday gets to have kids of his own. thanks!

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DRASADAF 5/7/2011 10:41AM

    OMG that was awesome...my tears cudnt stop flowing...omg..it was simply amazing...i love u so much for this LITA...wish u a Happy mothers day too....


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WILLOW49 5/7/2011 9:49AM

    Wonderful blog! Happy Mother's Day!
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