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Believe In Yourself.....

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Believe In Yourself

There may be days when you get up in the morning and things aren't the way you had hoped they would be... that's when you have to tell yourself that things will get better.

There are times when people disappoint you and let you down, but those are the times when you must remind yourself to trust your own judgments and opinions, to keep your life focused on believing in yourself and all that you are capable of.

There will be challenges to face and changes to make in your life, and it is up to you to accept them.

Constantly keep yourself headed in the right direction for you. It may not be easy at times, but in those times of struggle you will find a stronger sense of who you are.

So when the days come that are filled with frustration and unexpected responsibilities, remember to believe in yourself and all you want your life to be, because the challenges and changes will only help you to find the goals that you know are meant to come true for you.

Keep believing in yourself.

--- Author Unknown

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blessings and hugs...............lita

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GOANNA2 4/20/2013 7:02AM

    Thanks for the positive post. I needed this today.
I agree with Susan that we all have to start believing
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    “Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”
-Mary Anne Radmacher

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AQUAGIRL08 4/16/2013 3:23PM

    Just what I needed to read today. Thank you for posting this blog, Lita!

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DEE107 4/16/2013 12:11AM

    thank you for sharing this and thanks for the great inspiration

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CATIATM 4/15/2013 10:54AM

    Words to live by!

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    emoticon I needed this! I always need reminders like this. Thanks so much for sharing. Your blogs always make my day! emoticon

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JUST_BREATHE08 4/14/2013 11:01PM

    emoticon Lita. I needed this blog today!! emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 4/14/2013 10:33PM

    So like you. Thanks for the positive post.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 4/14/2013 8:30PM

    I always enjoy your uplifting blogs, Lita!

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    I needed that this afternoon. Thank you!

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PHOENIX1949 4/14/2013 5:32PM

    emoticon emoticon Thank you for the reminder.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 4/14/2013 5:15PM

    I think that is the biggest stumbling block most of us have "not believing in ourselves" emoticon

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JACKIE542 4/14/2013 3:30PM

    Thank you Lita, somedays it's very hard but very important to push on past the challenges. I am moving on thank you. emoticon emoticon

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SEAWILLOW 4/14/2013 3:15PM

    Thank you!

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WILLOW49 4/14/2013 2:50PM

    What a wonderful blog!

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ASHAIXIM 4/14/2013 2:14PM

    Absolutely lovely.

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CHUBRUB3 4/14/2013 1:56PM

    Awesome blog LIta! So true.
It also helps having spark friends like you believe in us too.

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Have the courage to accept change......

Sunday, April 07, 2013

If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit

After you've done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion. And after ten years, throw it away and start all over.
~Alfred Edward Perlman

Change always comes bearing gifts.
~Price Pritchett

The circumstances of the world are so variable that an irrevocable purpose or opinion is almost synonymous with a foolish one.
~William H. Seward

When you are through changing, you are through.
~Bruce Barton

There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse! As I have often found in raveling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position, and be bruised in a new place.
~Washington Irving

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.
~John Kenneth Galbraith

Stubborness does have its helpful features. You always know what you are going to be thinking tomorrow.
~Glen Beaman

The man who looks for security, even in the mind, is like a man who would chop off his limbs in order to have artificial ones which will give him no pain or trouble.
~Henry Miller

Growth is the only evidence of life.
~John Henry Newman, Apologia pro vita sua, 1864

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.
~Anatole France

Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed.
~Irene Peter

Life is its own journey, presupposes its own change and movement, and one tries to arrest them at one's eternal peril
~Laurens van der Post

Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them.
~Marcel Proust

Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
~Dwight D. Eisenhower

If you're in a bad situation, don't worry it'll change. If you're in a good situation, don't worry it'll change.
~John A. Simone.

Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer.
~Shunryu Suzuki

You can avoid having ulcers by adapting to the situation: If you fall in the mud puddle, check your pockets for fish.
~ Unknown

We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves.
~Lynn Hall

No two men ever judged alike of the same thing, and it is impossible to find two opinions exactly similar, not only in different men but in the same men at different times.
~Michel Montaigne

People don't change. Only their costumes do.
~Gene Moore

The birds are molting. If only man could molt also — his mind once a year its errors, his heart once a year its useless passions.
~James Allen

All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.
~Ellen Glasgow

If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing.
~Saint Augustine

What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.
~Mignon McLaughlin

Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable and free of conflict have not learned their history.
~Joan Wallach Scott

The wheel of change moves on, and those who were down go up and those who were up go down.
~Jawaharlal Nehru

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.
~Harold Wilson

Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights.
~Pauline R. Kezer

A good question is never answered. It is not a bolt to be tightened into place but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
~John Ciardi

We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.
~Harrison Ford

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator. ~Francis Bacon, "On Innovation," Essays, 1597

If you want to truly understand something, try to change it.
~Kurt Lewin

Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly. ~Francis Bacon

It's the most unhappy people who most fear change.
~Mignon McLaughlin

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
~Author unknown, commonly misattributed to Charles Darwin

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. ~Victor Frankl

If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies.
~Author Unknown

From www.QuoteGarden.com

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blessings and hugs....lita

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1MIN17SECB412PM 4/11/2013 11:45AM

    Oh, thank you, Lita!! I *love* these quotes and even found a few that particularly *JUMPED*OUT* at me!!

You can avoid having ulcers by adapting to the situation: If you fall in the mud puddle, check your pockets for fish.

We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves.
~Lynn Hall

No two men ever judged alike of the same thing, and it is impossible to find two opinions exactly similar, not only in different men but in the same men at different times.
~Michel Montaigne

People don't change. Only their costumes do.
~Gene Moore

The birds are molting. If only man could molt also — his mind once a year its errors, his heart once a year its useless passions.
~James Allen

The wheel of change moves on, and those who were down go up and those who were up go down.
~Jawaharlal Nehru

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.
~Harold Wilson

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SEAWILLOW 4/10/2013 10:22AM

    Sorry I lost track of my blogs so I am making a change!

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ARMATTHAEI 4/9/2013 8:34PM

    Thank you for these great reminders of how change is the reason we are all in this & are working toward an improved self.

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    Love the quotes on change. I want to write a couple of them down. Thank you for sharing and have a nice day.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 4/8/2013 6:37PM

    So true! People dread change but often times they are blessings in disguise

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    Thanks for sharing! I could always use inspirational quotes!

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    emoticonQuotes!! emoticon emoticon

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JAMER123 4/7/2013 11:31PM

    WOW!! Wonderful quotes!! I didn't know about that site. Thanks for sharing!!
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LIVINHEALTHY9 4/7/2013 8:19PM

    All awesome quotes. I love QuoteGarden.
Thanks Lita!

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PATRICIAAK 4/7/2013 6:19PM

    Change is vital. Without it, there would be the stink of stagnation.

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NELLIEH1 4/7/2013 5:26PM

    emoticon emoticon Really appreciate all these "change" quotes because they are balanced so we don't go off in only one direction. Thank you! emoticon

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WILLOW49 4/7/2013 4:43PM

    Great quotes! Thanks for sharing :)

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JACKIE542 4/7/2013 4:33PM

    Love all these quotes on change. Change is very important in our lives. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 4/7/2013 3:08PM

    emoticon Sharing this with non-Spark family & friends. Always look forward to your Blogs.

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PLPSAVAGE 4/7/2013 3:01PM

    Awesome list ... embrace the change! emoticon

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Tuesday, April 02, 2013


Winter is ending. We've been wrapped in a cocoon of a warm house and/or warm clothes to stay comfortable and protected from the elements.
Now spring is arriving. The weather is warming up, the flowers are blooming and the clear skies and sun are pulling us out into the beautiful world. We no longer need our protective cocoon.
This changing of the seasons draws us out of our cocoon of warmth to the warming rays of the sun. As the butterfly spreads its wings as it emerges from it's cocoon, it's life is transformed.
The caterpillar was limited to crawling slowing from leaf to leaf. The world has opened up to the butterfly; it is no longer bound to the area it could crawl to.
Your life can be transformed like the butterfly's. Most of us live in a cocoon of safety, called our comfort zone, to protect ourselves from the elements. We are accustomed to the routine of our lives. We know what to expect each day as we crawl out from under our warm covers.
Our comfort zone keeps us safe. But our comfort zone limits us, just as the caterpillar is limited when compared to the butterfly. To the caterpillar, life is fine. There are branches to climb. There are leaves to eat. It can even use the leaves to hide from the birds of prey.
But to the observer who can see the whole picture, the reality of the caterpillar's life is very limited. That observer can see the possibilities of transformation that lie ahead for the caterpillar. That observer can also see the possibilities of transformation that can lie ahead for you.
Our comfort zone limits us in the same way the caterpillar is limited. The vision of the caterpillar is limited to a few feet around it. It cannot even imagine a life beyond it's vision. But the caterpillar is lucky. Nature has provided a path that will transform it into a butterfly with a hugely expanded vision. It doesn't have a choice.
We also have a path of possibilities. But instead of nature making the transformation for us, we have to do it ourselves. We do have a choice.
We do have a vision beyond our comfort zone. But our comfort zone wraps us tightly to keep us safe. We may not be able to even imagine the possibilities in store for us that the observer can see, but we do have a vision beyond our life today.
Break out of your limiting comfort zone, just like the butterfly emerges from it's cocoon. Do what is uncomfortable. Do what scares you. Do what stretches your limits. The more you do, the more your vision expands and the more you can see is possible for you.
Breaking out of your comfort zone does amazing things for you. It transforms your life, just like the butterfly's life is transformed. Today, just like the caterpillar, you cannot even imagine what your life can be like. But you too can emerge from your comfort zone into a life of limitless possibilities and beauty.

Russ Stiffler from "I Desire Success"
Russ is a two-time World Record Holder
and coach of World and National Champions


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KARENE10 4/7/2013 11:50AM

    Inspiring blog emoticon

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CATIATM 4/7/2013 9:12AM

    Ahhh ... this is all too familiar. Thanks for the reminder!

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NELLIEH1 4/4/2013 10:47AM

    emoticon Thanks, LITA for sharing this! Bullfrogs and butterflies surely have lessons for us. Part of my comfort zone is self-protection against emotional pain. So that stepping out, as scary as it seems is really a GOD-gift to move toward dealing with control issues. emoticon

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 4/3/2013 7:56PM

    This whole weight loss and lifestyle change scares me but I'm going to do it! Wonderful blog emoticon

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WILLOW49 4/3/2013 10:04AM

    How inspiring! Thank you!

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1MIN17SECB412PM 4/3/2013 9:26AM

    emoticon Thank you for that wonderful reminder, Lita. I read somewhere, the life lessons from a butterfly and it went like this: let go of the past, trust the future, embrace the change, come out of the cocoon, ride the breeze, savor the flowers, put on your brightest colors and... let your beauty show. I also read a quote by Arthur Burt, "Nothing happens until the pain of remaining the same outweighs the pain of change." Sooo... as Melanie Moushigian Koulouris said (I use *us* for the plural of *you*) "Never underestimate the power that is, and has always been within us." emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRYINGHARD1948 4/3/2013 7:54AM

    Wonderful LITA. We are now in Autumn, a beautiful month with wonderful colours and already some early shoots of freesia are popping through reminding us that Spring will return. Have a great and successful week.

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    Thank you for a wonderful inspiring blog. emoticon

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    Thanks, this was very helpful! emoticon

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FLEMIDG 4/3/2013 12:38AM

    What a lovely blog. Thanks Lita.

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    Inspiring blog! emoticon

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JAMER123 4/3/2013 12:07AM

    Spring has sprung!! Thank you for a wonderful blog, LITA!!
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JACKIE542 4/3/2013 12:00AM

    Very true we should leave our comfort zone. The possibilities are endless. I do so many things now that I did not think I could do anymore, riding my bike again, hiking. I guess you could say I did leave my comfort zone, and I am sure glad I did. emoticon emoticon

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LATTELEE 4/2/2013 11:54PM

  Beautiful butterfly

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An Inspirational story for Easter..

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

An Inspirational story for Easter..

Easter Blessings Written by Allison Massari

I must share a true story that is so miraculous, so inspiring, that it must be known… I hope to lift your spirits and create a bright light for you and within you when you read this incredible story!Do you still believe goodness and abundance can blossom in the midst of challenging circumstance? As a child, I learned that there was wonder and brilliance, but I also learned the reality of intense sadness and pain in the world. More than anything, my parents wanted me to believe that good could prevail; they wanted me to believe that no matter what, even in the darkest of places, beauty and love could bloom.
When I was seventeen, I was handed a newspaper clipping. It was one of the most painful things I had ever read, about a little 2-year-old baby by himself in the closet of his home, playing with a Bic lighter (at the time, there were no child-proof safety latches). Within seconds the entire closet and all the clothes were consumed in fire around him; he was completely helpless. His body was burned so completely, the doctors didn’t know if this small child would live.I was so affected by this story. I remember the feeling vividly. I was touched and felt deeply connected with this little boy. I didn’t know what it was, but something about the story would not let go of me. It was one of those situations where you pause and think, “There is no good that can come from this. There is no reason. There is no way.” I felt hopeless. I carried that story with me my whole life and never forgot that little baby.
I could not have known that years later, at age 32, I would be burned. I too was consumed by fire all around me in an enclosed space. I was watching myself in a horrific scene – burning alive. I was trapped and unable to breathe when a total stranger ran towards the colossal blaze, kicked in the window and saved my life. The pain I went through was beyond my ability to explain. I should be dead, but I came through. I healed.
After my accident, I understood at the deepest levels the needs of other burn survivors. I was compelled to create a program for teens with burn injuries, and with the help of volunteers, my dream became reality. The program has been running for over a decade now, through the Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte, Colorado. The minute these kids get off the plane, there’s a jam-packed schedule. They go to snowboarding and skiing lessons. They go dog sledding, ice climbing, rock climbing and snowshoeing at night… The week is full of adventure. It’s an incredible thing, a privilege, to spend time with these remarkable young people; year after year, we’ve healed together. I’ve witnessed again and again how the right attitude changes everything.
One participant was an extraordinary young man named CJ. His face and body were burned in totality, and his fingers were gone except for nubs an inch above the palm, but he did have one knuckle- and a very charismatic smile. Year after year, he was the guy who would show up and throw a party for everyone. He’d play the music. He’d get the snacks. He’d spread the word. He was that person who walked into the room with such a quiet assuredness that you quickly forgot he was burned; his love just burst out of his body. He is in his twenties now and is an amazing person.One day I was on the phone with CJ. We were talking about life, brainstorming ideas, catching up. “CJ,” I said, “All these years I’ve known you, we’ve always had fun when we talk… But I never asked you what your story was. How were you burned?”He paused, “Did you ever hear the story of the baby with the Bic lighter? That was me.”
I was silenced.It took me two weeks to call him back. I was so stunned. I finally contacted him and told him how I knew of his story when he was just two. We were both speechless. There was love there. It was real. My whole life, I needed to know if that little baby was okay. Not only is he okay, he’s an incredible person. He’s my friend.
Even in the most painful of places, in the most tragic and horrific of stories, love and beauty can unfold in ways we never imagined. Life carries poetry. This is a reminder to watch for the goodness – to pay attention. Don’t let the poetry of life pass you by. Turn the pages of life with expectation for magic, because the miraculous is budding everywhere.

For more from me Allison Massari please got to to link below...
I survived burning alive, a brain injury and so much more and have come out the other side to an incredible life. I am dedicating my life to helping others now.


thanks for dropping by....
wishing you and yours all the blessings of Easter!
blessings and hugs........lita

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BOMBCHELL23 4/1/2013 9:18AM

    This story has just touched my life in a way you cannot imagine. I have never dealt with or had experience with burn victims but this has opened my eyes. I thank you for sharing this insightful story because in reality we don't know how we affect other people or if it is in a positive manner.

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ARMATTHAEI 3/31/2013 9:09AM

    The world can be so big, yet so small. Small actions do make big differences not only in our own lives, but in the lives of others.

Thank you so much for sharing this story. Thank you so much for the work you have put into this great organization & the joy & hope it helps grow in these young people.

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    What an inspiring story! emoticon

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LADYMARCIA1 3/29/2013 1:05PM

    On this most blessed of Good Fridays, how profound to find this blog entry. I'm always amazed at how life goes full circle. Your story, your blog and your inspirational life have once again shown me the power of love. I am truly honored to have been given this gift of inspiration and grateful that your story is told. Thank you for sharing the incredible journey your life has been. What a lesson you have to share.

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GOANNA2 3/28/2013 5:52PM

    The power of love. Truly a miraculous story. I have
goosebumps. You are such an inspiration. emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 3/28/2013 5:32PM

    This was just what I needed to read this afternoon. I can't thank you enough for sharing!

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    Thanks for sharing! So good to hear about someone overcoming adversity in their life!

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GOSPELCLOWN 3/28/2013 10:52AM

    Working in mysterious ways again.....

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1MIN17SECB412PM 3/28/2013 7:29AM

    This is one incredible story of survival for both the young teenage girl and the little baby. Her love and caring heart for that little boy never left her and then... there he was, years later, answering the question, "did he make it?" Yes, both made it and finally met. And now, they work to make other fire victims lives heal. It is amazing to think that each life is a poem- filled with miracles and *magic* Thank you for sharing!!

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JUST_BREATHE08 3/27/2013 11:28PM

    emoticon for Sharing!! emoticon Happy Easter! emoticon

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NELLIEH1 3/27/2013 11:07PM

    What a blessing to share this story so that we all can see something even more in our Lord's gift of HImself at this Resurrection time. Thank you!

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PATRICIAAK 3/27/2013 6:35PM

    I've always sensed you were special. I'm honored to be your friend.
Blessed Easter.

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JOANIEBUG46 3/27/2013 4:07PM

    I have goosebumps -- and tears in my eyes. Whew! What an amazing story!! Can not imagine going through this . . . .

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JACKIE542 3/27/2013 2:09PM

    Beautiful story Lita, so glad you posted this. So inspiring.
I wish for you and your family all the blessing of Easter too, big emoticon Jackie.

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PHOENIX1949 3/27/2013 2:02PM

    Wow, what an awesome story! Thank you for sharing. This sure helps one realize the day-to-day nuisances that many of us deal with could be much more difficult. These two people are shining examples of doing the best you possibly can with what you have and where you are.

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PICKIE98 3/27/2013 12:48PM

    Thank you.

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 3/27/2013 12:38PM

    Just what I needed to read this morning, Lita! Thanks so much for sharing! Easter Blessings to you and your family!

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Sunday, March 17, 2013


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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    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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PHOENIX1949 3/18/2013 1:35AM

    Interesting blog - thanks for sharing.

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JUST_BREATHE08 3/18/2013 12:59AM

    emoticon so much. I loved it!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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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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NELLIEH1 3/17/2013 7:25PM

    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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