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"Faith is taking the first step"!

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.

These words have long been an inspiration to me! Sometimes I have started to climb and missed the first step and have become afraid. Were it not for faith, I would never have been able to pull myself up by the bootstraps, and try again. I can think of so many instances where this faith has pulled me through, like when I was diagnosed with cancer, when I found out that I couldn't have children, when I had to fight as a woman to succeed, and anytime financial and unfeasible issues tried to stop my goals! And there were steps to start that have proved that because of this faith I have won, like when I met my husband and was afraid to marry but did anyway or how perseverance helped me into a wonderful non-profit career where I could make a difference for over 30 years and there are many more!

Because of these experiences I am what I am today. . . . but just what if I hadn't taken that first step?

What would have happened to the 4,000+ farmers and ranchers that I have worked for who were facing foreclosure? Would some not have gotten the help needed? What would have happened to my husband when he needed me and I wasn't there? Where would my my family and friends be when they needed me?

I thought my life was over when I found out that I could not be a Mom. If I were a Mom I wouldn't have had my life as a farm advocate... what if I had said no to my husband. . .. my joy, my soul mate and my confidant would have been absent! I would not have met the friends both new and old that I did and still am, and I would not be the patient my oncologist called “the cat with nine lives”.

This is not to say that I wear a halo or that I am all things to everything and is to say that behind every cloud there is a silver lining, a purpose!

Today I am 67 years young. I suppose that it would seem to those younger that I can sit back and take it easy....sorry that first step is just as important today as it was a half century ago! I am still making decisions to take the first step that will follow me the rest of my life! I may not know what lies ahead but the one thing that I can be sure of is that because I took the first step so many years ago, when it happens and it will happen, I can do it again and again if need arises.

Today I wanted to reminisce some about the past but I am my past today and where I go is still up to me. So I can do it or I can feel pity for my actions. I will miss and I will get up and take that first step up so that I find the sun behind the clouds!!

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SANDRALEET 2/6/2013 10:13AM

    Yes our experiences make us we are given hard times to learn compassion We are given a job if we look All things in our life have a purpose That is my experience to.

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YMWONG22 2/6/2013 9:30AM

  Wonderful blog. What you wrote motivated and inspired me. I don't want to look back on my life one day and think "what if".
Life is to be lived and savored to its full extent.
Thank you.
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Today is So Much Better!!!

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Good morning all! No more Monday blues. Our temperature is warming up! It is 16 now and that is a long way from teens below zero that we have been having!!! I might just feel spring because I think spring might be in the air. Yeah right! This is northern Wisconsin and it is just February! So I think the other great thing is that I just talked to me sister(NC). That always makes me feel better! Also my husband just called from work to let me know that he got his license for the training that he just completed and tested for.
And because of how I feel I am going to leave you with these thoughts:

As I said before I am working on motivation for exercise and cancer survival! I had missed this earlier but want to make sure that any of you reading this blog will be sure to see the below Spark Guy video:

Motivational Video Story Friday, February 01, 2013

It is really uplifting!!!

My hero, Mark Twain said, laughter is the greatest weapon that we humans possess and it’s the one we use the least. Daily, we have countless opportunities to use the power of laughter to make a positive difference.

Laughter is a wonderful coping device. It helps us to successfully traverse dangerous currents along life’s journey, as well as assisting us to fully enjoy the placid times of still waters. Humor is something I can get serious about. It is nothing less than an extravagant gift – to be frequently used and shared! I believe it was Billy Graham who said that “a keen sense of humor helps us to overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerate the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected, and out-last the unbearable.”

The best part of all is that you have already received the gift of laughter! Will you use it and share it often today?

A Smile
Author Unknown

A smile costs nothing, but gives much-
It takes but a moment, but the memory of it usually lasts forever. 
None are so rich that can get along without it-
And none are so poor but that can be made rich by it.

It enriches those who receive, without making poor those who give-
It creates sunshine in the home, 
Fosters good will in business, 
And is the best antidote for trouble-
And yet it cannot be begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is of no value
Unless it is given away.

Some people are too busy to give you a smile-
Give them one of yours-
For the good Lord knows that no one needs a smile so badly
As he or she who has no more smiles left to give.

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SLACHETKA103145 2/6/2013 10:42AM

SNUZSUZ you are more than welcome!

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SNUZSUZ 2/6/2013 10:14AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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SLACHETKA103145 2/5/2013 4:57PM

    emoticon for stoping by

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YOYONOMORE1 2/5/2013 3:46PM

    Daily I find something in my e-mails to smile about or laugh, it sure makes you feel good, it'd be such a sad, sad world if we didn't have humor. Have a smile, laugh filled day.


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SLACHETKA103145 2/5/2013 12:08PM

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SANDRALEET 2/5/2013 10:58AM

    We can with Gods help carry all loud He is there to give us love peace We make the most we can with our life Happiness can come from the most small thing The first flour we see outside a bird or wild animals a hug A rainbow God be with you.

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Only on a Monday

Monday, February 04, 2013

I guess that I am having a blue Monday but I don't know if I have ever missed my NC family like I have today! With this in mind, I have put together some quotes for all to share today hoping that they can be meaningful to you too.

Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one's soul. 
Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. 
Abraham Lincoln 

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. 
Martin Luther King, Jr. 

I would love to share some of yours!

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SLACHETKA103145 2/6/2013 10:41AM

SNUZSUZ glad to have you drop by!!! Hope you feel better so you can come back soon!!

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63KEEPONGOING 2/4/2013 3:05PM

  I understand how it feels to miss family that lives afaroff.
I enjoyed your blog. Hope you are feeling better.
Asking is the beginning fo receiving. Make sure you don't go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket so the kids won't laught at you. (Jim Rohn)

He that does a base thing for a friend burns the golden thread which ties their hearts together. (Jeremy Taylor)

The language of friendship is not words, but meanings. It is an intelligence about language. (Leave of Gold)

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A Quiet Sunday

Sunday, February 03, 2013

F lower Delivery ...
I would rather have one rose and a kind word from a friend
while I'm here, than a whole truck load when I'm gone .

These Are For You !!!

Happiness keeps you Sweet,
Trials keep you Strong,
Sorrows keep you Human,
Failures keep you Humble,
Success keeps you Glowing,

But ..... Only Friends ......
Keep You Going !!!

Thank you my friend for being a part of my life.

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SLACHETKA103145 2/4/2013 8:59AM

    I just asked you to be my friend! And thanks for stopping by!

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CAT609 2/3/2013 5:49PM

    You rock! What an awesome message to send! Your friends are very lucky to have you. emoticon emoticon

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It is still cold here

Saturday, February 02, 2013

It is still cold. Too cold for me to even walk outside. I may be over protective but I don't tempt to take health chances.

I have found a new use for the Spark website. I can't say that I am coping with retirement or having to stay indoors very well. I fear that not going to work everyday will make me a boring person so hope that I will note bore you with too many comments, blogs or emails.

I plan on trying all new food today since I do love to cook. I did a makeover of a Chef Meg southern meatloaf so that it would be both gluten free and vegetarian. I'll let you know how it comes out! I was able to still control the calories so I can enjoy it. I really do use the recipe calculator.

I am also trying a SW Bean and Rice casserole and am baking an oatmeal, peanut butter, banana muffin for the week-end.

Lunch anyone? Come on Over!

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CELLOPLAYER1 2/2/2013 9:28PM

    It has been realy cold here also.

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