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THE SPIRIT OF ST. PATRICK......

Sunday, March 17, 2013





THE SPIRIT OF ST. PATRICK




St. Patrick the legend
Many legends attributed to St. Patrick remain unverified. As a youth, he fell victim to slavery. His work as a herdsman endured 6 years during which time he prayed daily. At age 22, a divine voice directed him to escape his captors via ship. He fled and successfully traveled to a port 200 miles away where he boarded a ship and returned home to his family. Patrick remains best known for driving the snakes out of Ireland. However, modern research reveals that snakes didn't even exist in Ireland at this time. This folklore probably refers to the symbolic snake (or serpent), the symbol of Druidism.

Patrick lived almost 1000 years prior to the setting of the Blarney Stone, yet it continues to evoke a lighthearted practice for the Irish and non-Irish alike and is, for some reason, associated with St. Patrick's Day. Patrick died on March 17, 493 after he spent the latter part of his life ministering in Northern Ireland. Nonetheless, his impact on Christianity resulted in a worldwide observation. Whether we take a moment to reflect on this good man's work, or celebrate in our own way, the feast day of St. Patrick allows us to visit a few symbols and ponder their significance.


Snakes what we fear
The symbolic snake causes the heebie-jeebies for many of us just as much as a physical snake. What represents the snakes in your life? Examine the demons you need to expel from your psyche. Real or imagined, the effect remains the same: The things you fear the most, control you. When you focus your attention on fear, the fuel in your think-tank then provides the impetus which propels that fear into action. When you live in fear, it consumes your thoughts as you use self-preservation to search for ways to avoid the dreaded outcome or to circumvent it.
We think, over-think and look for a way out. These thoughts originate as self-protective measures by examining the multitude of possible outcomes and purport to help in decision making. However these "worst-case scenarios" evolve from a passing thought to a request that the Universe give you exactly what you concentrate on. Spirit says, "You must really want it, because that's all you're thinking about." The so-called "self-fulfilling prophecy" results from truly our own creation when we abdicate our power to the fear, it obediently responds by showing up in our lives.
You see that which you fear, all around you. When you look for a snake, everything that wiggles from a dog-tail to a plate of spaghetti reminds you of a snake. Rarely do we consider a snake-free environment. In fact, denying your fears or considering the opposite (a positive resolution), proves more difficult than obsessing about the negative. Conversely, when you affirm what you really want in your life, life responds, accordingly. While St. Patrick drove out the proverbial snakes, perhaps your most heroic effort would be to not think of snakes in the first place. What do you really want?


Blarney stone what we believe
St. Patrick lived well before the institution of the Blarney Stone. In 1446, the block of bluestone was secured in place on the top story of the Castle of Blarney beneath the battlements. Since then, tales of the stone's origination and movement throughout the world, as well as its powers, grew into legend. While the origins of the tradition of "kissing the Blarney Stone" vary considerably, each year thousands of tourists visit the castle to test the superstition's truth.
In short, Blarney, (somewhat colloquialized into the American term "baloney"), means "the ability to influence and coax with fair words and soft speech without giving offense." In short, the kisser receives the gift of eloquence. Fortunately, we don't rely on this practice in order to create an articulate life. But what we believe (with or without a kiss) empowers us just the same. The ability to which we express ourselves speaks loudly to others our sense of self-respect. We use our words to interact with others, to convey our thoughts and feelings. The impression we make formulates largely from our ability to communicate.
Turning inward, how effectively does our self talk represent our self-esteem? When you choose often-used words of degradation (I'm such a loser) you dismiss the "blarney" and eventually transform your negativity into the truth about yourself. How great it would be to kiss a stone and suddenly speak well of yourself! Instead, we must carefully and deliberately watch our words those which we use with others and those by which we identify ourselves.



Green who we are
The color green, forever associated with the holiday, appears in many forms for St. Patrick's Day. From the unappealing green bagels, to the Chicago River dyed green, to practically everyone's wearin-o-the-green clothing or accessories, it represents acelebration of the spirit. Parades and parties, Irish music in beer halls and Irish-for-the-night taverns, emerge as expected traditions each year. For this one day and night, everyone is Irish, whether your heritage says so or not.
The original color associated with Patrick, however, was blue. But since his long association with the shamrock, the color green evolved into the representative color. Patrick taught about the Christian trinity using the 3 leaves of the shamrock and his followers often wore one on a lapel to symbolize their belief in both the religion and of Patrick.
In most of the world, and in most of its shades, the overwhelming meaning of the color green is of health and life. You may pretend to be Irish for one night, but who you really are, underneath the wearing-o-the-green, stays constant. Apart from the revelry of the holiday, look for ways, each day to celebrate life and enjoy the company friends and strangers alike.






As you walk through the countryside of life, take time, just for a moment, to reflect on St. Patrick,
one simple man who continues to make a difference in the world some 1,500 years later.

How will you make an impact? How will you be remembered?
History will determine your contribution to the world, along with the memory of
your descendants. But today, pay attention to your fears, listen to how you
express yourself and remember who you are. After all, it's your Lucky Day!
2007 By Marlene Buffa at www.WordsOfMind.com

hope everyone had a great St Patrick's day.....
thanks for dropping by...
blessings and hugs............lita

  
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1MIN17SECB412PM 3/18/2013 2:18PM

    emoticon WOW!! I never knew that *snake* thing!! It certainly does make perfect sense though. I'm really gonna have ta' THINK on this one and see what I can 'do' to accomplish some harnessing and eventual CONTROL over it. Thanks sooo MUCH for sharing!!

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HEALTHYNEWPAIGE 3/18/2013 3:11AM

    Interesting!!! Very inspirational! Thanks for sharing!!! emoticon I need to remember about speaking positively about myself which I tend not to do.

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    Interesting blog - thanks for sharing.

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PATRICIAAK 3/17/2013 11:32PM

    Great blog.
He is my patron saint.

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JACKIE542 3/17/2013 7:31PM

    Thank you Lita, great blog and again gives me so much more to think about.
Hope you are having a good St, Patrick's Day. emoticon Jackie emoticon

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GOANNA2 3/17/2013 7:29PM

    Thank you Lita for sharing these wonderful facts.
I hope you are having a great St. Paddy's Day. emoticon

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    emoticon Thanks for sharing and challenging us to ponder the subjects of our thoughts and words and actions! How will we each begin? emoticon

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I BELIEVE

Sunday, March 10, 2013


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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1MIN17SECB412PM 3/12/2013 9:34PM

    emoticon You are one of the kindest people I ever had the privilege to *see* on the SPsite. Where ever I go, I may encounter you *lifting* someone up. You've even given me advice b4, and today, I think I'll try to 'do' it again. emoticon

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CATIATM 3/12/2013 2:22PM

    All good things to believe in, Lita!

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PATRICIAAK 3/10/2013 9:48PM

    I BELIEVE you care and I appreciate it. Thanks.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 3/10/2013 7:33PM

    I believe Spark People is a great place to make some wonderful friends.

Thanks Lita!



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    I believe - you are a wonderful friend. emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 3/10/2013 6:34PM

    I believe...you are a wonderful person and a marvellous friend!!

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    Thanks for sharing with us :)
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FRIENDS MAKE A DIFFERENCE.....

Sunday, March 03, 2013






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


thanks to everyone here for making such a great difference to me as we journey here together.........without this great network of help and support i would not be were i am today..........much appreciation and thanks to all for dropping by........blessings and hugs.............lita

  
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    this is lovely!!

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TRYINGHARD1948 3/4/2013 4:44AM

    ....a stank you to you for being such a wonderful part of my life experience.

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    Friends are so necessary! I'm so glad to have you as an SP friend! Thanks for sharing!
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LIVINHEALTHY9 3/3/2013 8:12PM

    Thanks, Lita!

Friends are the best and so glad you are one!

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    Thanks Lita! I feel the same way about you. emoticon emoticon

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    Thank you Lita. I completely agree. I could never survive
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PATRICIAAK 3/3/2013 4:57PM

    Totally agree, Friend. You make a difference.

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DETERMINEDJANET 3/3/2013 4:47PM

    Agree that "friends" are making so much of a difference in my journey!

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JACKIE542 3/3/2013 4:27PM

    Thank you Lita as usual so beautiful, agreed friendships do make a difference. I love hearing from you, the inspiration and pretties you leave on my page, you are a wonderful friend. Big hugs , Jackie emoticon emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 3/3/2013 4:24PM

    Thanks Lita!
Been a minute, but I appreciate your support, too!

Sonya

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CHUBRUB3 3/3/2013 4:20PM

    No matter where we met, I call you "friend":
A word so small ... yet so large in feeling ... a word filled with emotion.

Thank you Lita! I feel the same.
Love and hugs,
Angela


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A great lesson on Stress....

Sunday, February 24, 2013



A great lesson on Stress


A young lady confidently walked around the room while explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, 'half empty or half full?'...

She fooled them all .... "How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile.

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. To 20 oz.

She replied , "The absolute weight doesn't matter.
It depends on how long I hold it.

If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem.
If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.
If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.

In each case it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes." She continued, "and that's the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on."

"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden - holding stress longer and better each time practiced.

So , as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down.

Don't carry them through the evening and into the night... Pick them up tomorrow.

1 * Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue!

2 * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
3 * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

4 * Drive carefully... It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker..

5 * If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague

6 * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

7 * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

8 * Never buy a car you can't push.

9 * Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

10 * Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

11 * Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

12 * The second mouse gets the cheese.

13 * When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

14 * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

16 * Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.

17 * We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

18 * A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

19 * Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY

20 *Save the earth..... It's the only planet with chocolate!*


thanks for dropping by........
blessings and hugs........lita

  
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SHARON10002 2/28/2013 5:47PM

    A woman after my own heart - Save the planet - it's the only one with chocolate! I'd give up chocolate, but I'm no quitter! emoticon
Great story, and so true. The longer we hold onto, or carry something, the more of a toll it takes on us. Good lesson on why letting go is so important!
Loved every single bit of this blog - I like #8. Good wisdom, but I wonder if they make one in my size? emoticon

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    Love this one!! thanks Lita!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 2/25/2013 8:39PM

    Love this, Lita! Thanks for posting it.

For the longest time, stress was my middle name. Glad I finally let some of it go. It's such a relief.





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PATRICIAAK 2/25/2013 3:19AM

    esp like #20!

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TRYINGHARD1948 2/25/2013 2:26AM

    Fabulous blog LITA. I'm living through a stress FULL time and this has come just at the right time for me. Thank you.

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    Great blog Lita and so true!
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    Love this very much Lita, thank you, many emoticon

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SEAWILLOW 2/24/2013 11:45PM

    Applause!

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GOANNA2 2/24/2013 11:43PM

    L*I*T*A* thank you so much. I live with so much stress
and sometimes I wonder why I just can't let go of so
many trivial things that seem to upset me.

I have copied your blog and will look at it every day to
remind myself to just get on with it and not stress so
much. Thank you. emoticon

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❤L*I*T*A* !
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I BELIEVE

Sunday, February 17, 2013




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

Thanks for dropping by...
blessings and hugs...............lita

  
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SHARON10002 2/28/2013 5:42PM

    Although I've seen this before it is indeed something we can always be reminded of these simple truths.
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    Beautiful words from the heart

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    I, also, Believe. emoticon

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  Thanktou for shareing these wonderful thoughts.

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GOANNA2 2/18/2013 4:57AM

    I believe you too. Thank you. I really needed this
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TRYINGHARD1948 2/18/2013 3:56AM

    Thanks LITA, this journey is for life and every day gives an opportunity to do better.

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AQUAGIRL08 2/17/2013 9:32PM

    Lovely! It was just what I needed to read today. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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SEAWILLOW 2/17/2013 8:25PM

    I believe too!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 2/17/2013 7:55PM

    Thanks, Lita
Very Nice.

You have a wonderful week.

Jackie

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PATRICIAAK 2/17/2013 7:27PM

    good thoughts

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    Thank you! Just what I needed!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 2/17/2013 2:13PM

    And I believe...that you are right!!!!

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    Thank you Lita, love your posts, always make me stop and think. Many hugs to you emoticon emoticon

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Beautiful Thank You

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