Sunday, September 15, 2013
"Everyone has potential... It is an infinite resource that cannot be exhausted, but can be lost
in the clouds of fear and complacency. It may take courage to embrace the possibilities of
your own potential, but once you've flown past the summit of your fears,
nothing will seem impossible." Michael McKee
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill ...
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must — But Don't You Quit!
Life is strange with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns ...
And many a fellow turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up through the pace seems slow
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man ...
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late when the night came down
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt ...
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar.
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit ...
It's when things seem the worst
That You Mustn't Quit!
~William Murray Angus
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Sunday, September 08, 2013
THE JOYFUL THINGS
10 Life Lessons Learned
From a Grove of Giant Sequoias
In the hushed silence of the forest deep within Sequoia National Forest, life lessons were whispered from amazing heights as these elderly giants grew magnificently heavenward.
1. Be ever observant and aware of the Majesty that surrounds you.
2. A spirit of wonder and childlike delight will serve you and your community in ways that an adult may not understand until taking action and dwelling deeply in this spirit.
3. Beauty of this magnitude is effortless. It manifests simply by being, not by striving or struggling.
4. Growth continues over time, whether the life span is 15 years, 50 years, 85 years or 2,000 years, like the oldest Sequoias. When growth stops, breath stops.
5. Surrounding yourself with others who share a similar mission and message will increase the effectiveness of each one of you. You will encourage each other's growth, support each other's vision and purpose, and in allowing each other to be who you were meant to be, the outcome is a masterpiece that could not be accomplished as a solo act.
6. Choose the soil you plant your seed in carefully. Sequoias need a very specific soil to root in and remain healthy. Tend your soil. Plant yourself with loving care, not fearful acceptance of what is offered.
7. Delight in hospitality as you share what you offer to people who come to enjoy and learn from you. Spread your beauty and knowledge. Allow others to bask in your shade, soak up your radiance and take lots of notes and pictures.
8. Give shelter and comfort with care and compassion. Invite people to become empowered to their own brand of greatness, without expectation. Gratefully receive the same from someone else in your circle of friends and associates.
9. Remain steadfast and deeply rooted. Do not follow fads or false teachers. Listen carefully. Dance with the wind but do not be swayed by it.
10. Believe that the qualities you possess are truly magnetic. People will be amazed. They will travel for miles to hear the message: to see it, touch it, dwell in it, and breathe it in, deeply.
by Julie Jordan Scott
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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......
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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 ---
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