Tuesday, August 27, 2013
We Are All Sparkling Jewels
Though only a boy of 12, Silas Harper exhibited all the characteristics that ingratiated his elders. It was hard not to like the kid cheerful, enthusiastic, diligent, helpful your typical boy scout type. His family eked out a meagre existence on a less than desirable piece of property on the outskirts of town. The rocky outcrops on the small Arkansas farm did not bode well for wheat or corn, so the Harpers did what they could with some livestock and doing odd jobs for the other families in town. Silas, as always, did more than his share to help with the chores.
As he grew into adulthood, his ambitions and charm grew too. Some thought he would become a banker or lawyer. But Silas had bigger dreams than that. "My dad's farm is a nice place, but what would I do with that property?" he asked friends. He didn't get any arguments. The farm was hardly workable and for all intents and purposes was "good for nuttin."
By the time he was 19, Silas had saved enough money to board the train and head west to seek his fame and fortune. He set up an import business in San Francisco and was not only well received by the business community there, but achieved success in a relatively short time. Colleagues liked and trusted him. It seemed that luck was on his side, until several years later when he stood on the street and cried while he watched a fire destroy his business. Everything he had worked for had gone up in smoke.
The Worst Day of My Life
But nothing and no one would ever stand in his way. "I must say that I thought that was the worst day of my life," Silas later recalled, "but that wasn't the only setback I experienced as destiny handed me my fate." Indeed, Silas spent the next forty years spanning the globe, living in exotic places, and putting deals together. However, he was overtaken with illness, dishonest business partners, and other misfortunes.
He sought peace and contentment by eventually finding his way back home. The old homestead had been boarded up for many years, and the farmhouse was in desperate need of repair. But Silas enjoyed the company of his old friends, and he invested what he had to fix the place up.
One spring day, Silas was relaxing in his rocking chair on the back porch of the old farmhouse. It was a nice day. But something was about to happen that would make it very special. A glint of sunlight had caught his eye. It caused him to look up and search the rocky field. Silas caught the spot in the field where the ray of light had come from. He got up, walked over to the spot, knelt down, and saw something. "At that point," he said, "I tried to look more closely. My eyesight hadn't been the best, so I got my spectacles out. I can't say I know one rock from another, but I've been around enough to think I knew what I was looking at."
Within a week, geologists from a state university had confirmed his find. Silas was looking at a diamond. But that's not all. They had surveyed his property and discovered the place was littered with diamonds so many in fact, that Silas was now sitting on the largest diamond field in North America. That worthless piece of rock infested earth the same one that Silas had forsaken decades before for opportunity in distant lands turned out to be one of the most valuable pieces of real estate anywhere. If Silas was bitter before, he could only kick himself now. "If I had only known," he told friends, "that my riches were not only right in front of me, but given to me early, I would have lived my life very differently."
You Already Have the Key
As a rich celebrity, Silas spent the remaining years of his life going to schools and telling students the lessons he learned. They listened intently. "Don't think for a minute that what you are looking for is down that track, or over the next hill. Don't be fooled into thinking that someone else has what you want. Yes, strive for what you seek. Work hard and honestly for what you want. But don't blind yourself to what you can find in front of you right now! You already have the key to unlock the treasures.
"It took me a lifetime to discover the secret I am telling you now. Please don't misunderstand. I'm not telling you to go to the trouble of running outside with a shovel. No, it's much easier than that. You don't even have to get your hands dirty! The trick to finding your treasure involves opening your eyes, and opening your heart. Look in front of you, and within you. Some of you are afraid to look because you have grown comfortable struggling with troubles you've come to expect.
"Believe me when I tell you that you have been given everything you need. You already own the gifts you seek. Don't spend your lifetime seeking your happiness, when in reality, you already have the means to it. Everyone is good at something, and you'll come to find out that the more you share your treasures, the shinier they get, and the more valuable they become. We can become rich beyond imagination when we discover that WE ARE ALL SPARKLING JEWELS."
~ Lee Simonson ~
it has been quite a while since i have updated everyone......
since having the band removed i gained some weight but not as much as i thought i might which is a good thing.....am feeling so much better ......than i have been in quite a very long time......i have a new endocrinologist who is helping me with the hypothyroid,weightloss, and diabetes...this is a most recent development......although the dr's are not convinced that am a true diabetic didn't realize there was a difference!!!! i am also seeing an ob/gyn dr as with one of the problems i was having after the band was removed was severe heartburn which still lingers today.....on the ultra sound they found a large ovarian cyst??? but the thinking at the moment is to watch and leave things alone for now as i have no real symptoms etc...so that is up in the air at the moment am going shortly for my 3rd pelvic ultra sound......with this new endocrinologist i have been feeling much better and am slowly losing some weight finally getting off those very long months of plateaus with no real changes so that to me is the most fantastic change occuring at the moment.....it is not much but for sure it is something........i have felt many times to just give up and forget this journey as if often brought times of feeling i could not accomplish the impossible.......so glad i didn't let those feeling come to pass.....
thanks is it in a nutshell......
thanks so much for dropping by and offering your support..
i truly appreciate it so much as it helps all as we journey here togteher.........
could not have done it without each and everyone here at Sparkpeople.....
blessings and hugs...............lita
Sunday, August 18, 2013
How Do You Handle Adversity?
A daughter complained to her father about her life and how things have been so hard for her. She didn't know how she was going to make it and she wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed that just as one problem was solved, another arose.
Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. There he filled three pots with water, put them on the stove and placed the fire on high. Soon the three pots came to a boil.
In one pot he placed carrots, in the other he placed eggs, and in the last he placed ground coffee beans. He let them sit and boil, without saying a word.
The daughter sucked her teeth and impatiently wondered what he was trying to do. She had problems and he was making this strange concoction.
A half an hour later, he walked over to the stove and turned down the fire. He pulled the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in another bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out and placed it in a third bowl.
Turning to her he asked, "Darling what do you see?"
Smartly, she replied, "Carrots, eggs, and ground coffee beans."
He brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did so and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Her face frowned from the strength of the coffee.
Humbly, she asked, "What does it mean Father?"
"Each of them faced the same adversity, 212 degrees of boiling water. However each reacted differently.
The carrots went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. But after going into boiling water, they softened and became weak.
The eggs were fragile. Their thin outer shells protected a liquid center. But after sitting in the boiling water, their insides became hardened.
The coffee beans are unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they became stronger and richer."
"Which are you?" he asked his daughter.
When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond?
Are you like the carrots, eggs, or coffee beans?
Are you the carrots that seem hard, but with the smallest amount of pain, adversity, or heat you wilt and become soft with no strength?
Are you the eggs, which start off with a malleable heart, a fluid spirit? But after a death, a breakup, a divorce, or a layoff you became hardened and stiff? Your shell looks the same but you become so bitter and tough, with a stiff spirit and heart, internally.
Or are you like the coffee beans? The beans don't reach their peak flavor and robustness until they are in water that reaches 212 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water gets the hottest, they just taste better.
When things are at their worst, do you get better? When people complain the most, do your praises increase? When the hour is the darkest and trials are at their greatest, does your worship elevate to another level?
How do you handle adversity?
Are you a carrot, an egg, or coffee bean?
--- Author Unknown ---
Sunday, August 11, 2013
HOW TO STAY YOUNG
1. Try everything twice ...
Once seen on a tombstone epitaph: "Tried everything twice loved it both times!"
2. Spend time with cheerful friends ...
The grouches and complainers will pull you down.
3. Keep learning ...
Learn more about crafts, computers, gardening, whatever.
"An idle mind is the devil's workshop" and the devil's name is Alzheimer's!
4. Enjoy the simple things ...
When the children are young, that is all that you can afford.
When they are in college, that is all that you can afford.
When you are on retirement, that is all that you can afford!
5. Laugh often, long and loud laugh until you gasp for breath ...
If you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots of time with him or her.
6. The tears happen endure, grieve, and move on ...
The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be alive while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love ...
Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health ...
If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don't take guilt trips ...
Take a trip to the mall, to the next state, or even to another country, but NOT to Guilt City.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them ...
at every opportunity.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER ...
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.
thanks so much for dropping by blog....
appreciate your support...
blessings and hugs..........lita
Sunday, August 04, 2013
Achieve Your Dreams
Life is what happens while you are making other plans.
A person of words and not deeds is like a garden full of weeds.
It's better to be trusted than liked, Underpromise - Overperform.
The key to happiness and success is to have a dream.
All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today.
You always pass failure on the way to success.
You have to wake up in order for your dreams to come true.
Don't let lack of praise nip you in the bud.
The surest way to go broke is to sit around and wait for a break.
The only thing worse than an alarm going off is the one that doesn't.
An ego trip won't get you anywhere.
The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is just that little extra.
If you want the rainbow you gotta put up with the rain.
Count your age by friends, Count your life by smiles.
A natural tendency is to want to be understood rather than understand.
Don't prepare for rainy days without enjoying today's sunshine.
Keep your heart a little softer than your head.
Don't think there are no crocodiles just because the water is calm.
Stand for something or you'll fall for anything.
Growing old is when fun is a lot more work.
Never insult a crocodile until you've crossed the river.
If you don't lie down no one can walk on you.
If you think things improve with age attend a class reunion.
A good scare is sometimes worth more to a man than good advice.
Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes.
We have two ears and one mouth, Think twice, speak once!
Experience is the best teacher because it's always on the job.
You're never fully dressed until you wear a smile.
It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
The greatest mistake you can make is to be afraid of making one.
Happiness is the journey not the destination.
People with goals succeed because they know where they are going.
Does your employer consider you profit or overhead?
Look at life through the windshield not the rear view mirror.
To succeed do the best you can, where you are, with what you have.
Don't let your voice mail be "voice jail" to your callers.
A man without humor is like a car without shock absorbers.
Wisdom is what's left over after we smarten up.
Many people quit looking for work when they finally get a job.
About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age.
Don't wait for your ship to come in swim out to it.
Every job is a self portrait of those who did it.
Talk less - Say more.
Love at first sight saves a lot of time.
Autograph your work with quality.
You can only control two things your attitude and your activity.
Remember, there's nothing more constant than change.
If you tell the truth sooner or later somebody's going to find out.
Experience is the one thing you can't get on easy payments.
Remember change and change for the better are two different things. be on the level and you won't go downhill.
All play and no work, does not work.
A goal is a dream with a deadline.
A liar needs a good memory.
Dream of worthy accomplishments and stay awake to achieve them.
The only place success comes before work is the dictionary.
You can be happy without needing others to agree with you.
You are not late until you get there.
Glory comes from daring to begin.
Have a back bone not a wish bone.
Give your troubles to God, He will be up all night anyway.
The greater part of progress is the desire to progress.
Happiness is the place between too little and too much.
Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Destiny is not a matter of chance it's a matter of choice.
Your children need your presence more than your presents.
Each of us has two ends a sitting end and a thinking end, Success depends on which we use.
Many spend half the time wishing for things they could have if they didn't spend half the time wishing.
For every person who climbs the ladder of success there are a dozen waiting for the elevator.
Happiness is a choice not a response.
God works with you, not for you.
If your dreams turn to dust vacuum.
Do it now, you become successful the very moment you start.
People may doubt what you say but they will believe what you do.
Success -Don't do what you like, Like what you do.
thanks so much for your support and dropping by.....
blessings and hugs............lita
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