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THE FINAL INSPECTION......

Thursday, November 10, 2011



The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

'Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you ?
Have you always turned the other cheek ?
To My Church have you been true?'

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
'No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

'Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'

Author Unknown~






  
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SAM60SUMTHINK 11/17/2011 12:44PM

    Thanks for sharing this lovely message, Lita.


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GOSPELCLOWN 11/13/2011 11:03AM

    Thank you for sharing! I wish I'd read this earlier this week!

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MDGARDENGIRL 11/11/2011 8:40PM

    Thank you LITA..... perfect !

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WILLOW49 11/11/2011 6:16PM

    Thanks for posting! Just beautiful!
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KARENE10 11/11/2011 8:37AM

    Beautiful

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CHUBRUB3 11/11/2011 12:50AM

    Wonderful!
Amen!
Hugs,
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JAMER123 11/10/2011 11:41PM

    Thanks LITA! That was beautiful! God bless our service people as Veterans Day is tomorrow. emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/10/2011 10:17PM

    :-) thanks Lita.

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/10/2011 10:02PM

    That is a lovely poem Lita, thank you.

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THISISPRIVATE 11/10/2011 9:51PM

    Just beautiful...thank you so much!!!

God bless our Veterans!

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OUTDOORGIRL69 11/10/2011 9:02PM

    I love that. Thank you very much

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I BELIEVE................

Friday, October 28, 2011





I BELIEVE

I BELIEVE
that we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.
I BELIEVE
that no matter how good a friend is,
they're going to hurt you every once in a while and we must forgive them for that.
I BELIEVE
that it's not WHAT you have, but WHO you have in your life that counts the most..
I BELIEVE
that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are,
but we are responsible for who we become.
I BELIEVE
that your life can be changed in a matter of seconds by people who you don't even know.
I BELIEVE
that no matter the consequences,
those who are honest with themselves, get farther in life.
I BELIEVE
that two people can look at the same thing and see something totally different.
I BELIEVE
that heroes are the people who do what has to be done
when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
I BELIEVE
that you cannot make someone love you; all you can do is be someone who can be loved.
I BELIEVE
that sometimes the people you think might kick you when you're down,
will be the very ones to help you get back up.
I BELIEVE
that you CAN keep going long after you think you can't.
I BELIEVE
that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry,
but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.
I BELIEVE
that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.
I BELIEVE
that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others ...
sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.
I BELIEVE
that there are people who love you dearly, but just don't know how to show it.
I BELIEVE
that just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other
and just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.
I BELIEVE
that it's a process, not an event, for me to become the person I want to be.
~Author Unknown

  
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GOSPELCLOWN 11/5/2011 10:53PM

    True, so true!

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DDOORN 10/31/2011 8:52AM

    Wise words...thx for sharing!

Don

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CHUBRUB3 10/30/2011 10:15PM

    I believe that was beautiful!
Hugs,
Angela
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    emoticon wonderful! Thanks for sharing!!

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SNUZSUZ 10/30/2011 4:56AM

    Great!

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WILLOW49 10/29/2011 11:33AM

    Just beautiful!
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CHALLENGER15 10/29/2011 6:51AM

    Very nice.

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PURESTILLWATER 10/28/2011 11:16PM

    nice

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/28/2011 11:04PM

    Beautiful, Lita!!

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HAPPINESS 'ON HOLD'

Sunday, October 16, 2011






HAPPINESS 'ON HOLD'

We convince ourselves that life will be better after
we get married, have a baby, then another.
Then we are frustrated that the kids aren't old enough
...and we'll be more content when they are.
After that, we're frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with.
We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage.
We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our
spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car,
are able to go on a nice vacation, or when we retire.
The truth is, there's no better time to be happy than right now.
If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges.
It's best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.
Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have
and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special,
special enough to spend your time with...
and remember that time
waits for no one.
So, stop waiting
--until your car or home is paid off
--until you get a new car or home
--until your kids leave the house
--until you go back to school
--until you lose ten pounds
--until you gain ten pounds
--until you finish school
--until you get a divorce
--until you get married
--until you have kids
--until you retire
--until summer
--until spring
--until winter
--until fall
--until ??
There is no better time than right now to be happy.
Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
So ... work like you don't need money,
Love like you've never been hurt,
And dance like no one's watching!
~ Author Unknown ~

  
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SHARON10002 10/19/2011 10:33PM

    Thanks so much for the reminder. Lita. It's all about being and living in the present. That's why it's called a "present". emoticon

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TRYINGHARD1948 10/17/2011 10:51PM

    I love this LITA. thank you.

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    I needed this, thanks for sharing emoticon emoticon

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WILLOW49 10/17/2011 2:07PM

    So VERY true! Thanks for sharing with us!
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MELLIL 10/17/2011 12:50PM

    Reminds me of something I have posted on my fridge... a very similar article titled The Station -- compares our lives to a train trip... where we're always waiting to get to the next STATION... and forgetting to enjoy the ride! It's all true! Happiness is a choice... and it's the one I choose! emoticon

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NSPLADY 10/17/2011 9:48AM

    Thanks for posting this one Lita. It fit's my "Now" to a T

Barb

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DDOORN 10/17/2011 9:23AM

    So TRUE! We all feel SO much better when we strive for what makes us happy RIGHT NOW in the present!

Don

ps...thx so much for the SparkGoodie & birthday wishes!

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AQUAGIRL08 10/16/2011 8:39PM

    This is my philosophy to a "T"! Thanks for sharing!

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MOMTONOAH 10/16/2011 8:21PM

    So true! I loved this one:)

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/16/2011 8:05PM

    Great blogging Lita! Loved this!

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CHUBRUB3 10/16/2011 7:40PM

    Live in the moment.
Hugs,
Angela

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CHALLENGER15 10/16/2011 6:53PM

    Absolutely true!

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MINDA31807 10/16/2011 6:45PM

    I agree completely. Thanks!

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SAM60SUMTHINK 10/16/2011 6:02PM

    emoticon YES!!

LOVE this, Lita!!!
So ontarget for living a healthy, happy lifestyle!
And you posted it at a perfect time, too.
My list of wishes, if-onlys and someday-maybes can't be put off any longer.
No more waiting for the things that count.
I hereby declare all obstacles to enjoying the moment poofed!!
My someday is from now on my 'now'.
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Importance of Thankfulness.....

Sunday, October 09, 2011





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


~ Gathered from all over the Internet




wishing Canadians the best to you and yours this Thanksgiving weekend
blessings and hugs.................lita

  
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DDOORN 10/12/2011 9:23AM

    Wow...what a compendium on gratitude! Thx for sharing...hope your Thanksgiving was a special one!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/10/2011 11:35PM

    Happy Thanksgiving Lita! I'm most thankful to you.
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SHEENADEE 10/10/2011 7:49PM

    Very nice!

Not Canadian; but, still enjoy your blog.
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PEARL-LADY 10/10/2011 8:28AM

    Set me up for the week ahead! as always thankyou

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    Thank you, so important for each of us. emoticon

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SAM60SUMTHINK 10/9/2011 9:35PM

    Happy Thanksgiving weekend, Lita.
and thank YOU for all you do, for being the lady you are!!
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WILLOW49 10/9/2011 9:07PM

    How wonderful! Thanks for sharing with us :)

Happy Thanksgiving!
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MELLIL 10/9/2011 9:01PM

    Gratitude IS a wonnnnderful thing! Cures so MUCH of what ails us! Lovely post L*I*T*A*! emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 10/9/2011 8:00PM

    Thank you so much Lita for the beautiful messages and for the Canadian Thanksgiving wishes.
Hugs,
Angela
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KARENE10 10/9/2011 7:40PM

    Beautiful:) Thank You for sharing!

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A GLORIOUS RECIPE FOR THE SOUL ......

Sunday, October 02, 2011





Fold two hands together,
And express a dash of sorrow;
Marinate it overnight,
And work on it tomorrow.

Chop one grudge in tiny pieces
Add several cups of love,
Dredge with a large-sized smile,
Mix in ingredients from above.

Dissolve the hate within you,
By doing a good deed;
Cut in and help your friend,
If he or she should be in need.

Stir in laughter, love and thankfulness,
From the heart it has to come;
Toss with genuine kindness, then
share with folks who may need some.

The amount of people served,
Will all depend on you ...
This recipe can feed an entire world,
If you really want it to!

~Author Unknown

  
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PEARL-LADY 10/4/2011 11:02AM

    Lovely as always Lita! Hope you are well, sorry not been around for a while, been very busy with daughters wedding which went so well, now I am back, even though not logged in each day have kept to what I should eat and drink and my exercise on the bike is up to an hour - did have one small set back with swollen leg above the knee but seems to be a little better now, had scan nothing nasty lurking in there so all's well!

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SAM60SUMTHINK 10/4/2011 12:29AM

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Lovely! Thanks for sharing this, Lita!

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AFRESHSTART2 10/3/2011 8:43PM

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LOOOOOOOVE IT!!!!

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DDOORN 10/3/2011 9:00AM

    Wonderful share!

Thx so much for stopping by my blog!

Don

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SHEENADEE 10/2/2011 11:00PM

    Nice. Thanks for posting.

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    LOVE it!!! emoticon

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PURESTILLWATER 10/2/2011 8:40PM

    This is great. Thanks

The first poem I ever memorized when I was about 3 was similar:

Recipie for happiness:
Take a cup of kindness
Add a dash of charity
Mix with understanding
And a bit if courtesy

Top it off with patience
Sprinkle liberly with cheer
serve generously to everyone
You meet throughout the year


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MRSFARMER79 10/2/2011 7:45PM

    Love this!!!!! emoticon

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CHALLENGER15 10/2/2011 7:21PM

    Very nice indeed. I should remember it more often.

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SANDYBRUNO 10/2/2011 7:19PM

    Thank you! This is the best recipe I have seen.

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    A wonderful recipe to live life by. Thanks LITA emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 10/2/2011 3:26PM

    Beautiful!

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SUSANSERENE 10/2/2011 3:20PM

    Lita, you have such a beautiful, uplifting and inspirational page and blogs! That positive attitude is going to take you a long, long way towards success, girl, and those of us who follow you will get to enjoy the ride with you! Yay for us!

Thank you for sharing the beauty and love!
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AQUAGIRL08 10/2/2011 3:10PM

    What a lovely, uplifting post. Thank you for sharing it with us Lita!!!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/2/2011 2:27PM

    Glorious indeed

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WILLOW49 10/2/2011 2:02PM

    How wonderful! Thanks for posting!

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    Thanks for recipe and bon appetit! emoticon emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 10/2/2011 1:11PM

    I will have a full serving to share with others!
Great!
Hugs,
Angel
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