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Each day is a gift

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Each day is a gift that is why it's called the present! It's a day to be what you choose to be. It's a day to celebrate and a day to enjoy all the blessings that are coming your way. Each day we are presented with a "new" canvas to paint however we want to reflect our day. There is no one but ourselves that can paint on that canvas. Do we want it dark and ominous or do we want it filled with bright colors and with an uplifting joy about it? Who's canvas would you rather be looking at? We would most likely all say that no doubt about it...we'd pick the bright canvas.
If that is the case, then make sure your canvas is bright, cause somebody is going to want to pick it! Paint your canvas with all the joy and exhuberance you can, fill it full to the very edges and even spill some over the sides.

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NJMATTICE 10/29/2007 5:35PM

    Thanks for the reminder. Can't get enough of those positive reinforcements. There is real freedom in knowing that you do have the choice of your reaction to each situation. Can't imagine what makes the difference except to continually commit to choosing the positive reaction. Makes life interesting and very COLORFUL! for sure. Have a great day and keep up the great work of spreading the good news.

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PEPPER15728 10/28/2007 9:37AM

    Beautiful sentiment. Sounds like something my Dad would say from the pulpit (yes, he's a retired minister). Wonderful way to think of the day. Inspiration to all.

P.S. Thanks for your b-day wishes. Helped make my day.

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DEBHOLLA 10/27/2007 4:59PM

    Amen. I'm not a great artist, but I pick wonderful colors most of the time.

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When we open our eyes....

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

What an incredible, wonderful day today. I had the day off work to do with as I chose.
First thing this morning, I called my wonderful friend who is losing her battle with cancer to see if she was feeling well enough for some company. YEA!, went out and spent the morning with her. This is hard for me because she and her husband both smoke, and I am allergic to smoke. But I know how much she needs to still know that she is still alive. Besides friends should be there for one another, regardless. I figure the bit that I suffer is a small price to pay, compared to what she is suffering. We laughed, we talked about her grandchildren, we shared spiritual things we hugged. I am so blessed to have her in my life.
So when I get home, I strip off all my clothing and throw it into the washing machine, go and have a shower and wash my hair. I am stuffed up and red eyed but I am alive! Husband phones and says lets meet for some lunch..,okay....day is turning out real well.
After lunch I decide to go for a walk...God has blessed us with an incredibly warm sunny day today...22 degrees Celcius, a rarity in October. A beautiful breeze is blowing, but still warm enough to go without a jacket. (good thing as mine is now in the washer). When we take every opportunity to acknowledge and receive the blessings we are given each day, they really mount up. Eyes wide open, breathing in the great outdoor air, and walking along enjoying all the Halloween decorations displayed in preparation for the Big Night. I am alive!
If I had chosen to stay at home (logged on to SP of course!) I would have missed the opportunity to stop and chat for a few minutes with a delivery man that used to deliver to my place of work...I would have missed all the Halloween decorations, the beautiful breeze, the warm sun shining down, the tabby cat perched on top of the fence watching everyone go by, the young man who saw me coming down the sidewalk and smiled and said hello, and yes the blisters on the bottom of my feet because I chose to walk in sandals....but they are a great reminder that I can walk! It's not even 3pm yet and already my day has been marvelous. I wonder what else God has in store for me today.....let me keep my eyes open so that I might see.
Hope your day has been filled with just as many blessings as mine.

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DEBHOLLA 10/26/2007 9:12PM

    Just now got around to reading your blog and what a wonderful day you had. My day today has been good except I went over my calorie count, but guess what? I'm alive and happy and I get to start all over again tomorrow. Aren't we blessed??

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FLUFF-N-STUFF 10/26/2007 9:34AM

    Thanks Wanda. I need to open my eyes outward and see the blessings around me when I get glum. It is such a waste of my life...and yes i am alive as well. Thank you thank you thank you.

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DDPATTERSON01 10/24/2007 7:09PM

    You are just so wonderful! I love reading your blogs, Wanda, and I have been the grateful recipient of your enthusiastic encouragement on more than one occasion!

Hug Hug Hug!


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NJMATTICE 10/24/2007 5:05PM

    Thanks Wanda. Your reminder to keep those eyes open is always welcome. Living life with eyes wide open, looking for the divine in our day jst brigns it right to us! Makes life an amazing adventure. I will take my walk (In about 2 minutes) with eyes wide open and I'm taking you with me.

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Best Prayer I Have Heard In A Long Time...

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Best Prayer I Have Heard In A Long Time...

Heavenly Father, Help us remember that the jerk who cut us off in traffic last night is a single mother who worked nine hours that day and is rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the laundry and spend a few precious moments with her children.

Help us to remember that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested young man who can't make change correctly is a worried 19-year-old college student, balancing his apprehension over final exams with his fear of not getting his student loans for next semester.

Remind us, Lord, that the scary looking bum, begging for money in the same spot every day (who really ought to get a job!) is a slave to addictions that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares.

Help us to remember that the old couple walking annoyingly slow through the store aisles and blocking our shopping progress are savoring this moment, knowing that, based on the biopsy report she got back last week, this will be the last year that they go shopping together .

Heavenly Father, remind us each day that, of all the gifts you give us, the greatest gift is love . It is not enough to share that love with those we hold dear. Open our hearts not to just those who are close to us, but to all humanity. Let us be slow to judge and quick to forgive, show patience, empathy and love.

Working for God on earth doesn't pay much .....but His retirement plan is out of this world!!!

I received this as an email and thought what better place to share it than here!
Take the time to enjoy the blessings of the day and lift up those around you.

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DEBHOLLA 10/23/2007 10:07PM

    Wanda, I received this prayer in an e-mail also and really liked it. I'm glad you shared it with everyone. I also appreciate your comments on my blog entries. I am always trying to keep in my mind that we shouldn't be so judgemental of those around us. Take care, Debbie

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2STEPSFORWARD 10/23/2007 2:25AM

    Wanda, thank you for sharing this beautiful prayer - it is a wonderful reminder that everyone has a story. I've always said that it's the motivation behind the actions of others that really counts, and most of the time, we are not offered a glimpse into that realm. We must, therefore, withhold our judgement, and instead, practice patience and compassion. After all, is there one of us that has not begged for understanding at one time or another? (Like my teenage daughter when she was first learning how to drive - I can't tell you how many fingers and glares were aimed in our direction because of her, slower, cautious driving!) And yet, perhaps even they have stories! So I try to live and let live - not only is it a kinder way to live, but it also takes a load of stress off us, having to play judge and huff and puff at people, and they say stress reduction helps us lose weight and be healthier besides! ; )

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DDPATTERSON01 10/22/2007 11:29PM

    Bravo for posting that prayer, Wanda. Always good to remember what we have and stop sweatin' the small stuff and becoming small stuff in the process.

My Mom and I have been through a lot with loved ones helping them write "the chapter" in their books of life. Everytime we have had a particularly vexing, irritating or just crappy day and have had to rise above and beyond, we jokingly tell each other that we added something to those heavenly mansions we are building. It's become a cheerful little game with us, lately.

She just got a garden put in, she says, the size of Versailles, due to fighting for my Grandma's patient's rights. (She has cancer and the treatment options at her age are limited, but we want to make the best choices for her quality of life while she is with us. Something "organized" medicine doesn't seem to take into consideration very often, it seems!)

Wow, I went off on a tangent there!
'S'cuse me!



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NUTMEG25 10/22/2007 9:12PM

    Right on Sister! I really appreciate you stoppin by my blog and leaving comments. Very encouraging.
Hugs, Meg

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FLUFF-N-STUFF 10/22/2007 7:30PM

    Thank you, I really loved that prayer.....I made a song up that goes like this

As I have loved you, love one another,
By this shall men know, ye are my disiples,
If you have lo...ve, one to a....noth....er.

Now the kids sing it without singing....we all do.

We also do the Lord's Prayer in a song form together.

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7 Reasons why you should smile

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Top 7 reasons why you should smile:

1. Smiling is a great way to make yourself stand out while helping your body to function better. Smile to improve your health, your stress level, and your attractiveness.

2. Smiling makes us attractive There is an attraction factor which draws up to people who are smiling. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is making them so happy. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away, but a smile draws them in!

3. Smiling changes our mood.Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There's a good chance your mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood. When we smile our body is sending the rest of us a message that life is good! Stay away from depression, stress and worry by smiling.

4. Smiling is contagious .When someone is smiling they lighten up the room, change the moods of others, and make things happier. A smiling person brings happiness with them. Smile often and people will be drawn to you.

5. Smiling relieves stress .Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress may be reduced and you'll be better able to take action.

6. Smiling lifts the face and makes you look younger .The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Just try smiling your way through the day, you'll look younger and feel better.

7. Smiling makes you appear more confident. Smiling people are more likely to be approached and appear more confident, so put on a smile at meetings and appointments and people will react to you differently.

Source: http://longevity.about.com

It's like the saying goes ''Smile and the world smiles with you, cry and you cry alone".
So hope your day has been filled with lots of smiling and happiness.

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PKLOSES 10/20/2007 3:25PM

    You usually make me smile when I read your blog, Wanda! Want to thank you for today's comments in my blog...LOL I chuckled about those extra treks to the bathroom :)

Thanks for being such an inspiration!!!!

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FLUFF-N-STUFF 10/19/2007 1:03AM

    Great inspiration. I live in one of those small towns that everyone says Hi to each other and when driving, passing it's polite to wave at who ever is in the other truck. And if asked how ya doing? It is polite to stop and tell the truth and snag how their folks are doing too.
When we go to a city and I talk to everyone, I find most are willing to talk a bit, and they all smile back. Every where is the same I suppose, smiles are contagious. So is laughter. Have a good one....

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TO_REBOOT_CHAR 10/18/2007 11:42PM

    Thanks for coming by and visiting my blog today. I realy enjoyed your "SMILE". blog. I have heard that smiling increase's your face value.

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NUTMEG25 10/18/2007 10:52PM

    Peace starts with a smile.
Loved your blog and thanks for what you said on mine!
Hugs, Meg

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

In the beginning there was nothing. God said, “Let there be light!” And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better by Ellen Degeneres.

I admire this woman's spirit. She is someone who enjoys every moment in every day. She finds the funny in life and turns it into a magically moment for those around her.

We should never be so serious that we forget to laugh. Laughter is healing. When we allow ourselves to laugh and find joy in all that we do, we create a healthy atmosphere for our minds and bodies. Our life journey should include plenty of laughter and joy.

Have you exercised your smiling and laughing muscles today? Include them as part of your exercise regime. You just might see a different attitude develop.

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DEBHOLLA 10/18/2007 8:16AM

    Amen, Wanda!!! I never feel better than when I've just had a hearty laugh over something with my daughters or cousin. It somehow changes your attitude and the tenor of the whole day. Talk about Attitude Adjustment!!!! Hugs........

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