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Goals

Thursday, January 19, 2012

If an idea, I reasoned, were really a valuable one, here must be some way of realizing it. ~Elizabeth Blackwell

These words were written by the first woman who earned a medical degree. They're useful to anyone who fears that their most precious dreams are doomed to failure.
If our dreams are valuable ideas, they will be useful goals. If they're childish fantasies, they won't, although those can be fun. It's important to distinguish the ones we can achieve from the ones we can't. The first kind will nourish us, like bread; the others, like candy, won't.
We have a responsibility to those nourishing dreams because they come from what's best in us. Our responsibility is to live so that the dream might be realized. When dreams become goals, they have a way of calling us forth. Goals organize our lives, so that we may reach them.

Reaching my goal is never as important as the progress I make toward it. It is all about the journey and living my life each day to the fullest.







POSITIVES ALWAYS:
GOD
FAITH
HOPE
LOVE
FREEDOM
BLESSINGS AND ANSWERED PRAYERS
SMILES and HUGS
ACCEPTANCE
Thankful for each new day that I am given!!!
Appointment with nephrologists this morning
Getting results of CT scan of kidneys and blood work
The choice and freedom to try...
Our armed forces and all who are protecting us and our freedom
Doing at least one special thing each day for others and myself
Too many positives and blessings to list them all here...Praise the Lord!!!

  
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GHOSTFLAMES 1/21/2012 6:44AM

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SRHALLIN 1/20/2012 8:24PM

    Again, you provide us with such powerful insights and positive opportunities for self-improvement and personal growth. Thank you!

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COLEENCOLE 1/20/2012 7:27PM

    Especially love the quote about the scar.

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DIDMIS 1/20/2012 1:20AM

    I loved your blog. You are good at posting things.
May all go well with you.
Irene

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JILL313 1/20/2012 1:02AM

    Love your blog and how much you enjoy life. You are so right as I only need to focus on Goals that are doable in my stage of life. . .don't want to skydive now like I did at 20. God Bless.

Love,

Jill

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/19/2012 10:05PM

    I also want to live each day to the fullest.

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DEE107 1/19/2012 1:36PM

    thanks for sharing HUGS

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I.M.MAGIC 1/19/2012 11:54AM

    OMG, girl. You remind me of something I wrote YEARS ago... back in '05.

I hunted it down, and posted it on my blog... we are so much alike in so many ways, m'dear! That same gift of creating word images... humbling, and kind of scary! LOL

LOVE this--love YOU!

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ALMMOM 1/19/2012 10:54AM

    I love the "scar" quote. You are healed and move on!!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/19/2012 10:53AM

    Wow, Helen! Is all this wisdom pouring out from your mind, or what? I'm impressed! emoticon

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MSLZZY 1/19/2012 9:58AM

    You have such insight! Thanks for sharing! HUGS!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/19/2012 9:23AM

    What a beautiful blog! I esp. like the saying that I can't brag about my love for God, because I fail Him daily, but I can brag about His love for me, because He never fails me! Soooooo true. Thank goodness His love never fails.

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DESUE55 1/19/2012 8:49AM

    Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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POETICBLONDE 1/19/2012 2:42AM

    Wow. This is an inspiring and beautiful post. I hope things go well at your appointments as well. Good luck.

Peace & Prayers

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SUSIEPH1 1/19/2012 2:20AM

    Hi darling !! Good luck with your appointments hope all is good !! ..
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Personal Choice

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

One is happy as the result of one's own efforts. ~George Sand

Our attitude about our circumstances or our hopes determines the mood of a moment, eventually of the whole day.
No attitude, no feeling or emotion, is foisted upon us. We have always made the choice. Perhaps our passivity regarding choices has all too often eased us into situations detrimental to our emotional, and maybe even our physical, health. Nevertheless, responsibility for the pain that accompanies poor choice is always our own. On the other hand, the joy that is ushered in by certain other choices is also our responsibility.
Personal power commands our lives, and the fruits are as bountiful as are our choices, selectively made. We will be as happy as our choices make us, and as we decide to be.

Today is all mine, and whatever I make of it is by my personal choice.








POSITIVES ALWAYS:
GOD
FAITH
HOPE
LOVE
FREEDOM
BLESSINGS AND ANSWERED PRAYERS
SMILES and HUGS
ACCEPTANCE
Thankful for each new day that I am given!!!
Appointment with nephrologists Thursday
Getting results of CT scan of kidneys and blood work
The choice and freedom to try...
Our armed forces and all who are protecting us and our freedom
Doing at least one special thing each day for others and myself
Too many positives and blessings to list them all here...Praise the Lord!!!

  
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SRHALLIN 1/20/2012 8:14PM

    I could not agree with what you have said more if I'd said it all myself! We are as accountable for our bad decisions as we are for our good decisions. And the decision to do nothing about our lives is one of those things that we are also accountable to. At any time, each of us has the ability to simply change our minds.

That is such a powerful and important message; because it reminds each of us that we are empowered to improve our lives EVERY MOMENT of EVERY DAY! Love it!

Congrats on the improvements to your health and the positivity and self-empowerment I see moving through your spirit! Best wishes to you, Ken, Denny and Jo!

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GHOSTFLAMES 1/20/2012 3:52AM

    GO HELEN GO HELEN~!

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DEE797 1/19/2012 4:33PM

    Terrific blog, thanks for sharing it with us.

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PARAEAST 1/19/2012 9:48AM

   
Great blog!!

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TAGSUIT2 1/19/2012 8:44AM

    I love the wisdom that you put out there.Keep it coming, Keep it coming. emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 1/19/2012 2:42AM

    I believe in the "you never know if you don't try" Liked your blog!

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/19/2012 1:23AM

    Lovely attitude!

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    emoticon for sharing Helen!!
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DEE107 1/19/2012 12:13AM

    thanks for sharing great blog

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_LINDA 1/18/2012 10:22PM

    I have always loved your upbeat attitude in the facing of all things.
Praying for good results for your appointment tomorrow!
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MSLZZY 1/18/2012 10:01PM

    I choose for myself and will live with the consequences. It is no one
else's choice for me but mine alone. Thank you!

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MILLISMA 1/18/2012 9:51PM

    Always keep you in my prayers! Sending extra emoticon. Love your faith and your fantastic attitude.

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MARYSABEAN 1/18/2012 9:40PM

  Great positive attitudes.

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Struggles

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

No man is an island entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. ~John Donne

Our problems seem so singular that we often feel alone with our struggles. It's true that each of us must come to our own terms with whatever situation faces us. But no struggle facing us is free from the influence of other people and their struggles. We have a shared destiny which is accompanied by individual perceptions and both singular and mutual responses to the ebb and flow enfolding us all.
Knowing that we share this journey offers comfort when we need it in our daily struggles. We are not alone, forgotten, unimportant to the destiny of others. Nor are others without meaning in the experiences we're gifted with. Our existences are mutual--we are interdependent contributors to the total life cycle.
What each of us learns eases the struggles of another. All experiences are meant for the good of us all.

Today I may feel alone, but I'm not. My life is fully in concert with those around me, and all is as it should be.

POSITIVES ALWAYS:
GOD
FAITH
HOPE
LOVE
FREEDOM
BLESSINGS AND ANSWERED PRAYERS
SMILES and HUGS
ACCEPTANCE
Thankful for each new day that I am given!!!
Our armed forces and all who are protecting us and our freedom
Doing at least one special thing each day for others and myself
Too many positives and blessings to list them all here...Praise the Lord!!!












  
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SUGARSMOM2 1/20/2012 1:12PM

  i needed a push in the right direction . thank you dear. words to think about .

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COLEENCOLE 1/18/2012 8:23PM

    Again a great and inciteful blog.

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JUSTA123 1/18/2012 4:31PM

    Oh did I need that today emoticon

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FROSTY99 1/18/2012 3:52PM

    Thanks Helen for reminding me there is always Someone who is sharing the trials with us-most of the time I think He is truly carrying us when we are so low but we don't realize it at the time, only later. Truly a wonderful blog.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/18/2012 10:05AM

    Great blog and great truths. We are interconnected. We need each other.

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1CRAZYDOG 1/18/2012 9:30AM

    That's right!! Sharing a journey makes it a little easier.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/18/2012 9:19AM

    emoticonto you, Helen, and I'm hoping you are extremely blessed today! emoticon

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GHOSTFLAMES 1/18/2012 4:34AM

    THANKS FOR SHARING AND YOU KNOW WE ARE ALWAYS HERE FOR EACH OTHER, HUGS,CHAR

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OPALMOON 1/18/2012 2:25AM

    Heart-warming blog, Helen!

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_LINDA 1/18/2012 1:32AM

    Sorry you are feeling the blues.. Your Spark friends are always here should you want a good vent. You are such a positive person you never let us see any sadness, difficulties or emotional troubles you may be going through. But once in awhile, maybe accept a shoulder to lean on. You don't always have to be the strong, upbeat role model. You are allowed to be human and show weaknesses too. Though I doubt you have hardly any it seems like..
Take care of yourself too,
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DEE107 1/18/2012 12:18AM

    thank you so much great blog

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NORASPAT 1/18/2012 12:03AM

    THANKS HELEN, I needed that today.

Pat in Maine.

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SLIMLILA 1/17/2012 11:53PM

    Loved reading your blog, so well said... emoticon

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ALMMOM 1/17/2012 10:45PM

    Its true - what we do and feel affects many others!!

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SUSIEPH1 1/17/2012 10:06PM

    Thanks for sharing Helen!.
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MILLISMA 1/17/2012 10:02PM

    Very well said and so true. Thanks for sharing.

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NELLIEC 1/17/2012 9:54PM

    I like the one with the kitty holding on!

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Getting started...beginnings

Monday, January 16, 2012

Getting started can be very hard for people who have trouble with beginnings. After all, where do beginnings begin? ~Dorothy Bryant


Most of us have trouble getting started at one time or another. It is a common phenomenon, whether the project is Christmas cookies, an annual report, or cleaning the attic. "I just don't know where to begin."
It is a good rule to begin with ourselves in the moment that is. Start the project where we are now. The other things that are necessary, details from the past and plans for the future, will reveal themselves as the project takes shape.
Sometimes we will begin, like writers, by talking about how hard it is to begin. This seems to oil the wheels, they start to turn, and before we know it, we've begun...though we may have to throw away the first paragraph.

Trying to begin at the beginning is a good way to drive myself mad. I will grasp the tools that are at hand, myself and the moment.

I started my healthy lifestyle journey again today...this morning. I can not start at the beginning...beginning of when? My beginning is today and I can only move forward. Anything that has happened in the past will stay there...nothing I do can change it. It is over and done. But from today forward, I will grasp the tools that SparkPeople has provided for me...the nutritional planner (food tracker), my exercise program made of exercises that are doable for me and which I enjoy. I will read the book, THE SPARK for guidance, motivation and inspiration!
There are many things that I cannot change even moving forward. But I can and will do the very best I can each day. My best may be different each day but I can and will continue to do my best.
I am not setting a certain weight as my goal. My goal is to be the healthiest and happiest person I can be.
Above all, I will trust and have faith in my Lord, knowing that FAITH DOESN'T MAKE IT EASY, IT MAKES IT POSSIBLE!!!







POSITIVES ALWAYS:
GOD
FAITH
HOPE
LOVE
FREEDOM
BLESSINGS AND ANSWERED PRAYERS
SMILES and HUGS
ACCEPTANCE
Thankful for each new day that I am given!!!
Our armed forces and all who are protecting us and our freedom
Doing at least one special thing each day for others and myself
Too many positives and blessings to list them all here...Praise the Lord!!!

  
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PATRICIAANN46 1/17/2012 5:36PM

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TEDDYBEAR4788 1/17/2012 4:47PM

    Thank you for a very motivational blog today...or rather yesterday as I'm reading this on Tuesday. I enjoy reading your blogs as you always have something to say that I need to hear. Yes, today is the 'beginning' of the rest of my life and I can only start every day wanting to be healthy and happy. I love your note as well. "Don't you dare give up". Thanks for being there for me when I need you. emoticon emoticon

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SNUZSUZ 1/17/2012 4:08PM

    Loved your blog!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/17/2012 3:49PM

    I loved your attitude and your idea of a fresh start. I hope you are very successful.

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JUSTA123 1/17/2012 2:58PM

    I needed this motivation today thanks ! emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/17/2012 10:11AM

    I LOVED this part of your blog!

"I started my healthy lifestyle journey again today...this morning. I can not start at the beginning...beginning of when? My beginning is today and I can only move forward." emoticon

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GHOSTFLAMES 1/17/2012 4:55AM

    YES WE ALL NEED TO HAVE FAITH AND NOT GIVE UP AS HARD AS IT MAY SEAM AT TIME WE WILL DO THIS THERE IS STRENGTH IN NUMBERS.

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DRUIDPRINCESS 1/17/2012 4:53AM

    I always love reading your blogs. They are always so powerful. I am about to make a new start. And you have given me the energy and focus to do it with power, positivity and determination.

Love and hugs to you!

Lyn
xxxooo

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ALASKAN 1/16/2012 11:14PM

    HELLO HELEN,
i LIKE YOUR POSITIVE ATTITUDE YOU SAID JUST RIGHT. IT WAS emoticon AND LIKED WHAT YOUR BLOG IS ABOUT. MAYBE SHOULD BECOME A LEADER TOO. LOL WHAT YOU SAID ALSO MAKES ME WANT TO BE MORE MOTIVATED AND THANK YOU FOR OPENING MY EYES WIDER. TALK TO YOU AND TAKE CARE. STAY WELL AND KEEP GOING FORWARD. ALWAYS, ERNA emoticon

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DEE107 1/16/2012 10:17PM

    you are great and love your blogs and love the DONT YOU DARE GIVE UP thanks

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JILL313 1/16/2012 8:40PM

    Love your motivating blog. Wish you healthy success!

Hugs,

Jill

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_LINDA 1/16/2012 7:16PM

    That is the wonderful thing about Sparkpeople. They will always be here to return to. They, and your Spark friends could care less what happened in the past. They are concerned with what is happening now. Here is to getting your Spark on!
You go girl!! You can do it!
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MAURIZIA 1/16/2012 6:41PM

    This was the discussion at our support group this morning.

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FROSTY99 1/16/2012 6:39PM

    Well said my friend.

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Life

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Rivers and roads lead people on. ~Georgia O'Keeffe

Life is flowing and continuous, it is full of crossroads, tributaries, and sudden bends. To live is to travel, and navigable space attracts us. We want to follow the road or the river to find what lies around the next bend or just over the next rise. The mere fact that they exist at all seems to tell us that we should follow them.
No one has ever lived our lives before us. This moment we are in space and time that have never been traveled. Many past events have prepared us for this moment. We may often feel as though we were following a track that has been laid out for us, but at other times we feel as though we are strapped to the nose of a rocket, plunging through space where no one has even been.
Then, at times (and we may wish they were less rare), we become one with our path, immersed in our lives unquestioningly. This is the condition we prefer; when the river that leads us through life simply flows.

I will endeavor to accept my life as it is taking me where I need to go.





POSITIVES ALWAYS:
GOD
FAITH
HOPE
LOVE
FREEDOM
BLESSINGS AND ANSWERED PRAYERS
SMILES and HUGS
ACCEPTANCE
Thankful for each new day that I am given!!!
Our armed forces and all who are protecting us and our freedom
Doing at least one special thing each day for others and myself
Too many positives and blessings to list them all here...Praise the Lord!!!

  
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DANLIN60 1/16/2012 11:28AM

    thank you for such a beautiful blog, are you a writer by any chance?

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TESHIE4ME 1/16/2012 9:45AM

    Brings to mind the Garth Brooks song: "You know a dream is like a river. Ever changing as it goes and the dreamer's just a vessel that must follow where it goes."

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COLEENCOLE 1/15/2012 9:54PM

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BADBOY97 1/15/2012 5:51PM

    WELL MOMMA LIFE IS FULL OF SURPRISES BUT WE STILL


PUSH ON FOR A BETTER ONE . SOME DAY ALL OF US WILL

LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLIEST AND BE HAPPY.

I AM SAYING LIFE IS TO SHORT AND WE SHOULD BE

THANKFUL FOR EVERYDAY WE ARE ALIVE


WELL BE GOOD AND I LOVE YA TTYL. emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 1/15/2012 5:18PM

    Well said Helen! You have truly accepted your path in life, as ever handling everything that comes your way so well!
My your river of life have less turbulent waters ahead!
Hugs,
Linda

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EVWINGS 1/15/2012 5:14PM

    How beautifully you expressed yourself and I'm sure many others. You put into words what others are thinking to become successful.

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ALMMOM 1/15/2012 5:14PM

    I like the quote about every second is a chance to turn your life around. Much of life is circumstance - but we are given a choice how we respond to those circumstances.


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DEE107 1/15/2012 5:12PM

    thanks for sharing Amen and PTL

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PMFISH 1/15/2012 3:49PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/15/2012 12:32PM

    Helen, thank you for another beautiful blog full of wisdom! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 1/15/2012 10:22AM

    This is an excellent blog. We definitely all have things in life we'd rather not have to deal with, but that's not the reality of the situation. It's a matter of accepting the things we cannot change, changing the things we can and having the wisdom to know the difference. That's where prayer and faith come into play.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

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FROSTY99 1/15/2012 9:58AM

    I appreciate you sharing this-I need some help getting my brain to accept things at the moment and I need to just relax and go with the flow instead of trying to control things. Thanks for the reminder.
Pat

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BHOLMAN1005 1/15/2012 8:31AM

    Great reflections I now will be more alert to what is going on emoticon

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GHOSTFLAMES 1/15/2012 7:36AM

    THANKS FOR SHARING!

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DRUIDPRINCESS 1/15/2012 7:29AM

    Thank you for your thoughtful and thought-provoking words. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I hope that we can provide you with support and comfort and friendship, in the same way you provide them to us.

Love and hugs,

Lyn
xxxooo

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SUSIEPH1 1/15/2012 12:58AM

    WOW! Definately food for thought !! .
Love and Hugs My friend .. God Bless .
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