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A Lesson in Life

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Lesson in Life

Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good or bad luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, if they be events, illnesses or relationships, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere.
If someone hurts you, betrays you , or breaks you heart, forgive them. For they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to who you open your heart to.

If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love and opening your heart and eyes to things you would have never seen or felt without them.

Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again.

Talk to people you have never talked to before, and actually listen. Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you either.

You can make of your life anything you wish. Create your own life and then go out and live it.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JESSICA_0029 10/1/2009 8:21PM

    Thanks for posting this blog so true!

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URBANLOTUS 10/1/2009 3:00AM

    One thing I always say is that no experience is wasted if you learn from it. Thanks for the post, Willow49.

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D2SHELTON 9/30/2009 2:30PM

    Good lessons learned. I have to remind myself that everything happens for a reason, sometimes.

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LINDA25427 9/30/2009 12:15AM

    I enjoyed reading your blog thanks for sharing . God bless. emoticon

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SHASTA11 9/29/2009 11:58PM

    I do like what you had to say. I should remember it when dealing with my son-in-law.

Thank you. emoticon

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TRUELOU 9/29/2009 11:29PM

    A good lesson to remember.


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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/29/2009 10:54PM

    This is wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing that.

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L*I*T*A* 9/29/2009 10:49PM

    great words everyone should to live by.....if they did................the world would be a much better place.........thanks for sharing..........blessings and hugs................lita

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KNOXIEII 9/29/2009 10:26PM

    Thanks for the pep talk!

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Please wish WORKOUTWITHPAM a Happy Birthday!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Today is WORKOUTWITHPAM's birthday! Please take the time to stop by her page & wish her a happy birthday!

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LINDA! 9/27/2009 5:07PM

    Happy Birthday!!

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ZABINAS 9/27/2009 12:33AM

    I didn't know it was her b-day. Thanks!

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L*I*T*A* 9/26/2009 9:25PM

    thanks for letting us know..........hope you are having a great weekend.....blessings and hugs...........litag

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THEMINT2 9/26/2009 9:17PM

    I did.. thanks for letting us know!

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LINDA25427 9/26/2009 7:28PM

    Happy Birthday Pam and many more emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHASTA11 9/26/2009 6:39PM

    I did. Thanks for letting us know.

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TRUELOU 9/26/2009 3:48PM

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WILLOW49 9/26/2009 3:23PM

    Just corrected her page name...sorry for listing it incorrectly!


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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/26/2009 3:01PM

    It says no page found???????

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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/26/2009 2:58PM

    going there now! thanks for the reminder!

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PANDA131 9/26/2009 2:36PM

    I will try and find her and do that.

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Thank you for being my friend

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

This says it better than I ever could...

Thank you for believing in me
when I found it difficult
to believe in myself...
for saying what I've needed
to hear sometimes,
instead of what I've wanted
to hear...
for siding with me...
and for giving me
another side to consider.
Thank you for opening
yourself up to me...
for trusting me with your thoughts
and disappointments and dreams...
for knowing you can depend on me
and for asking my help
when you've needed it.

Thank you for putting so much
thought and care and imagination
into our friendship...
for sharing so many nice times
and making so many
special memories with me.

Thank you for always being honest with me
being kind to me...being there for me.

Thank you for being a friend to me
in so many meaningful ways.

-Larry S. Chengges-

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SEASHELL71 10/1/2009 8:27AM

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TIGER111680 9/26/2009 2:48PM

    This is a lovely poem. Thanks for sharing.

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D2SHELTON 9/25/2009 1:31PM

    What a wonderful poem! Thanks for sharing!

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SLCB1023 9/24/2009 3:28PM

    Thanks so much for sharing with all your SP friends. We feel the same about you!! emoticon

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WILLOW49 9/24/2009 3:04PM

    Thanks everyone for your comments! Don't know what I'd do without my Spark Friends :) emoticon

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JESSICA_0029 9/23/2009 9:04PM

    Thank you for being such a positive friend.
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BETRME100 9/23/2009 7:59PM

    Beautiful...thanks for sharing that!

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SHASTA11 9/23/2009 7:15PM

    Thank you for the great words and for chosing me as a friend.

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ZABINAS 9/23/2009 5:57PM

    Thank you. That was very beautiful. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRUELOU 9/23/2009 5:25PM

    Thank you for being the awesome SP friend that you are:)
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Homemade applesauce...a different recipe.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Friday afternoon I picked apples. I haven't been apple picking in over 15 years. It was time! I filled my bag in no time; apples are plentiful this year after so much summer rain.

This recipe only takes 45 min. to make. The lemon juice brings out the flavor of the apples and balances the sweetness.

Homemade Applesauce

3-4 bls. of peeled, cored, and quartered apples. (Use a good cooking apple.)
4 strips of lemon peel
Juice of 1 lemon (3-4 Tbsp.)
3 inches of cinnamon stick
1/4 c. Splenda brown sugar
1/4 c. Splenda (I use less as I like it less sweet)
1 c. water

Put all ingredients into a lart pot. Cover. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 20-30 min.

Remove from heat. Remove cinnamon sticks and lemon peels.

Mash with potato masher. (I like chunky applesauce so omit this step.)

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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/24/2009 1:12AM

    This sounds delicous! I made similar apple sauce or cooked apples last winter in the crockpot for 3 hours on low. When cooled I put it in freezer containers for later desserts. Yummm I'm glad i learned of this and it makes the house smell heavenly when it is cooking.

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THEMINT2 9/22/2009 7:41PM

    You have inspired me to go out and pick or at least pick up some apples from a farmer's market! I will try your recipe - it sounds yummy!

Life is good!


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SUZI219 9/21/2009 12:28PM

    This sounds so good!! I will be trying it very soon! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 9/20/2009 10:51PM

    sounds great and yummy too...........thanks for sharing...........have a wonderful week............blessings and hugs.................lita

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TRUELOU 9/20/2009 8:43PM

    Yum, bring me some please!

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A Small Request

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A small request. Just one line...

Dear God, I pray for the cure of cancer. Amen


My grandfather, uncle, and 2 aunts died from cancer. My mom was a cancer survivor for 10 years. This is near and dear to my heart. I hope you will be one of the 7% who passes this along.

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SHASTA11 9/18/2009 11:33PM

    I pray for the cure to all cancer. A dear friend lost her daughter to breast cancer. My mom survived breast cancer. Another friend's mother has breast cancer. It is a devastating disease.

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D2SHELTON 9/18/2009 2:50PM

    I'll join you in that prayer. I lost my mother almost three years ago (in Oct.) to pancreatic cancer. She had survived breast cancer for three years before that. He father died of cancer as well (same month, ironically).

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TRUELOU 9/17/2009 11:31PM

    I'll join in that prayer.

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L*I*T*A* 9/17/2009 10:10PM

    thanks so much for sharing and bringing a greater awareness to cancer and the power of prayer............will continue to keep this in my prayers...........blessings and hugs................lita

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PLANSEEKER 9/17/2009 10:03PM

    Amen! My husband has just been diagnosed with lung cancer and I have had 3 aunts, 2 uncles, a cousin's husband and my mother and mother-in-law and grandmother and my best friend from school all stricken with different cancers. Some survived, some did not. It is such an awful disease. It is such a helpless feeling to have someone you love have to go through that and not be able to do anything to help them get better. I will pass this along to my "survivors" and we will all send up prayers for the cure!

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WLROSIE 9/17/2009 9:33PM

    I have prayed this for many years. Lost my grandpa and his sister, and my best friend's father. Even my cat died of lung cancer last year (in a non smoking house).
I am part of an astrology group and they are actually trying to chart cancer. If you have the birth times and dates of your loved ones, it would help the study greatly. You don't have to give their names if you don't want, just what sex they are and what kind of cancer they had.

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