Saturday, February 16, 2013
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
The slogan, ‘Press on,’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes.
In order to be free, we must learn how to let go.
Release the hurt. Release the fear.
Refuse to entertain your old pain.
The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life.
What is it you would let go of today?
-Mary Manin Morrissey
Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
Motivation is what gets you started.
Habit is what keeps you going.
Only those who dare to fail greatly
can ever achieve greatly.
-Robert F Kennedy
It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.
It doesn’t matter if you try and try and try again, and fail.
It does matter if you try and fail,
and fail to try again.
-Charles Franklin Kettering
People often say that motivation doesn’t last.
Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.
When you know what you want,
and you want it badly enough,
you’ll find a way to get it
Desire is the starting point of all achievement,
not a hope, not a wish,
but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.
Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end.
It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing,
it’s when you’ve had everything to do
and you’ve done it!
Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.
To be beautiful is to be yourself. You don't need to be accepted by others. You just need to accept yourself.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Little things mean the most... 20 years ago my husband gave me a long stem rose for our first as a couple valentine . . . from the corner store..20 years later he did the same still from the same corner store!
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Call Me Crazy
Bangkok television used to air the American situation comedy LaVerne and Shirley. For whatever reason, officials there believed that a disclaimer was necessary for the Thailand audience, so this subtitle was added to each episode: “The two women depicted in the following episode are from an insane asylum.”
Personally, I’m thankful there is a little craziness in the world! And I don’t mind not acting like everybody else. Like the “irrepressible” Leo Buscaglia once said: “I don’t mind if people think I’m crazy. In fact, I think it’s great! It gives me tremendous latitude for behavior.”
It may seem like craziness to most people, but I try to be joyful whenever possible. I believe that a joyful response is, more than anything, a habit, just as fear and worry are life-long habits. And maybe I can’t be happy or rejoice for all things, but more and more, I’d like to learn to rejoice in all things.
Like pleasure. There are too few opportunities for hearty laughter, so none should be passed up! I don’t want to take the good that happens for granted.
And, if possible, I want to feel genuine happiness about those ordinary things and events that make up most of our days. The happier I am with everyday duties and responsibilities, the more grateful I am just to be alive.
But finally, I want to learn to be happy even in those difficult and trying times. I won’t be happy for them (who likes problems?), just in them. I need the soothing medicine of laughter when it hurts. I also know that at the other end of my problem is a lesson – I’ll emerge wiser, or maybe stronger, or perhaps a better person in any number of ways for having faced it successfully.
So call me crazy, but I want to learn to rejoice in all things. And I am just crazy enough to think it’s possible! From Touching Moments by By Steve Goodier
Whether crazy or not. . .Have a great week-end!
Thursday, February 14, 2013
A Valentine friend is someone you choose
To share your life with you,
Someone who is always there,
Whether you’re happy or blue.
With a Valentine friend, you can be yourself
You don’t need to pretend;
When you’re careful to choose a compatible match,
You create a perfect blend.
With you for my special Valentine friend,
My life is full and bright;
You bring contentment, joy and peace;
You’re my Valentine delight!
By Joanna Fuchs
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
What a year 2013 has been so far! It is almost as if a lifetime has passed by in only 42 days!
First my North Carolina sister lost her husband. This was followed by some good as I became 6 months free of cancer, my husband finished an agronomy class, took his certification exam and got his license. I continued to have good checkups and began to feel human again. I had enough hair to get a haircut!
The calendar turned over to to February. I was able to get on an exercise regime and boy did that give me strength and change my mood! I held my weight and I made many new friends here at SP. Cancer free days passed and a new CT scan scheduled. And once again my world came tumbling down! My cancer is back and even though it was going to happen...I feel so good that I thought that it might be in months not days before I would have chemo again. But now it may be as short as two weeks but if lucky, I will have a month!
I want to have a pity party in a way but my mood is not there! I still am looking forward to peddling, to writing this bog for some but a journal for me, and most important for me is that I plan to enjoy the friends that I have made on this journey!
As Gilda Radner said in her book: “What cancer does is, it forces you to focus, to prioritize, and you learn what's important. I mean, I don't sweat the small stuff. I used to get angry at cab drivers. It's not worth it.... And when somebody says you have cancer, you realize it's all small stuff. And if it weren't for the downside, everyone would want to have it. But there is a downside."
You see cancer changes your life, and if you let it oftentimes for the better.
And when I get to Chemo I am going to follow Author Melissa Bank's take on chemo: “During chemo, you're more tired than you've ever been. It's like a cloud passing over the sun, and suddenly you're out. You don't know how you'll answer the door when your groceries are delivered. But you also find that you're stronger than you've ever been. You're clear. Your mortality is at optimal distance, not up so close that it obscures everything else, but close enough to give you depth perception. Previously, it has taken you weeks, months, or years to discover the meaning of an experience. Now it's instantaneous.”
So I want to thank each of you for standing tall with me. I hope that you can carry this in your heart as because of this friendship I have much to give back.
Talk to you later!
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Today while I am anxiously awaiting an oncology appointment, I recognize that I worry too much before I know. Looking back over the more than half century, I think about how much time I have spent and how much more I have missed. Such a waste!
One of the people that I love to read is Maya Angelou. Boy do her words on courage ring true for me today!
"Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
Whether it is something simple as an appointment or something as big as going to war, we can all at one time or another associate with her words. It is just that at times, it seems like courage is like trying to pour the ocean into one petite seashell!
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