REGILIEH's SparkPeople Blog REGILIEH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Veterans Day, My hero, my uncle! Veterans Day is so special! Veterans Day should be everyday as we are free because of the Veterans! <BR> <BR> My uncle was a bombardier in WWII and dropped the first bomb in Germany. He flew 33 missions. Can you imagine being a 21 year old and seeing all the devastation and being told not to become close friends to your comrades as many planes won’t come back. <BR> <BR> He lived to be 93 and his last three years he lived with us as he had Alzheimer’s. At 92 he was still riding his bic... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 23:07:34 EST My friend Dr. Edie! I met Dr. Edie the year she would turn 70, today she is 90. I just finished reading her new book "THE CHOICE Embrace the Possible". I wish I could make it required reading for everyone, especially young people. <BR> <BR> Dr. Edie is a holocaust survivor, her story is incredible, she is incredible, I believe you will be incredible and excited after reading her book as you will see what more is available to you in your life, no matter your age or circumstances. <BR> <BR> Dr. Edie has change... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 10:36:00 EST I GET to! My goodness, I know this but I had lost it along the way. I was reminded of it this morning with my daily Bible readings. <BR> <BR> I GET to eat healthy because I can buy and fix healthy meals! <BR> I GET to exercise because I have the physical ability to do so! <BR> I GET to do our laundry and it is made easy for me as I have a washer and dryer. <BR> I GET to clean the house because I have a house, I have a roof over my head. <BR> I GET to go on daily walks because I live in a free country... Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:24:00 EST Price "No matter what we want of life we have to give up something in order to get it." <BR> -----Raymond Holliwell <BR> <BR> "You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing." Andrew Jackson <BR> <BR> "There is no victory at bargain basement prices." Dwight David Eisenhower <BR> <BR> "There is no royal road; you've got to work a good deal harder than most people want to work." <BR> ---Charles E Wilson Sun, 2 Jul 2017 19:57:09 EST Giving "What you keep to yourself you lose, what you give away, you keep forever." Munthe <BR> <BR> <BR> "Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much." Erich Fromm <BR> <BR> <BR> "When you give yourself, you receive more than you give." Antoine DeSaint-Exupery <BR> <BR> <BR> "Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours." C S Lewis Sat, 1 Jul 2017 19:54:17 EST Persistence Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people 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. Calvin Coolidge Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:49:22 EST Reputation and Character REPUTATION is what you are supposed to be. <BR> CHARACTER is what you are. <BR> <BR> REPUTATION is the photograph. <BR> CHARACTER is the face. <BR> <BR> REPUTATION comes from without. <BR> CHARACTER comes from within. <BR> <BR> Your REPUTATION is learned in an hour. <BR> Your CHARACTER does not come to light for a year. <BR> <BR> REPUTATION is made in a moment. <BR> CHARACTER is built in a lifetime. <BR> <BR> REPUTATION makes you rich or makes you poor. <BR> ... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:17:42 EST A wish for you! May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue. <BR> And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through. <BR> <BR> Unknown Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:53:36 EST Thought's We all need to clean our weeds out of our thoughts. <BR> <BR> It's none of our business what other people think of us. <BR> <BR> Forgive them even when they're not sorry. Matt 18:21-22 Mon, 12 Oct 2015 23:29:23 EST PEOPLE Don't regret knowing the people that came in to your life! <BR> <BR> Good people give you happiness <BR> Bad ones give you experience <BR> The worst ones give you lessons <BR> And the best ones give you memories <BR> <BR> Unknown Wed, 30 Sep 2015 23:05:07 EST Change "When we are no longer able to change a situation- we are challenged to change ourselves." <BR> <BR> Victor Frankl Mon, 28 Sep 2015 22:05:55 EST 1st! The 1st to Apologize is the Bravest <BR> <BR> The 1st to Forgive is the Strongest <BR> <BR> The 1st to Forget is the Happiest <BR> <BR> Author Unknown Sat, 26 Sep 2015 21:14:31 EST Favorite Quote "Work for a cause, <BR> NOT for applause, <BR> Live life to express, <BR> NOT to impress. <BR> Don't strive to make <BR> your presence noticed <BR> Just make your absence felt" <BR> <BR> Unknown Sun, 20 Sep 2015 21:55:48 EST Listen "When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new." Dalhi Lama Fri, 18 Sep 2015 22:42:02 EST Book Review 2015 I am in Milan, Italy and just finished a book by Gail Evans, "PLAY LIKE A MAN, WIN LIKE A WOMAN." After owning my own company for 25 years and working in a man's world for 35 years, sometimes part time, being raised by a single parent and one that was a woman and career oriented, this was the most thought provoking book! I might add also from being a token woman on many boards and organizations. <BR> <BR> This book was, interesting, funny and so full of recognizing myself or many other men... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 11:32:49 EST A Rainbow May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue. And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through. <BR> <BR> Unknown Thu, 6 Aug 2015 21:34:38 EST Do Not Be Afraid! "Do not be afraid" is written in the Bible 365 times. That's a daily reminder from God to live everyday fearless. Tue, 4 Aug 2015 15:35:22 EST What are we? When life goes wrong we can see our true selves. <BR> <BR> For what we are in the worst of times is what we really are in our hearts! <BR> <BR> Unknown Mon, 3 Aug 2015 22:49:12 EST Adversity The trick to growing through adversity is not "becoming a victim " by looking for reasons "why", but by looking for the benefits in the situation. <BR> <BR> David Boufford Sun, 2 Aug 2015 15:40:48 EST People you meet in life! Don't regret knowing the people that came in to your life! <BR> <BR> Good people give you happiness <BR> Bad ones give you experience <BR> The worst ones give you lessons <BR> and the best ones give you memories. <BR> <BR> Unknown Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:58:42 EST Part 2 of Vesper Service Speech George Bernard Shaw was once asked if he could do his life over who would he want to be? <BR> He personally knew all kinds of statement, famous musicians, Kings, etc. But without hesitation George Bernard Shaw answered, he would like to be the man George Bernard Shaw could have been but wasn't. <BR> <BR> Wealth, experience and power are no real measure of success. The only true measure is the ratio between what we might have been, and what we have become. <BR> <BR> If you choose to be a su... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 09:56:15 EST High School Graduation Vesper Service Speech I was asked to give the Vesper Service Speech at my the High School that I graduated from 40 years ago. I decided to share it. <BR> <BR> Good Evening! I am honored to be here tonight. It has been a very reflective time for me in getting ready for this evening - it seems impossible that 40 years ago I graduated from high school! 20 maybe - but 40?! No way. I know you'll never believe me - but you too will not believe 40 years passed so fat come 2055! You too will think you feel no diff... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 15:03:44 EST Nothing! Please excuse me as I don't really have time to blog but I want to get over 200 Sparkpoints for the day! <BR> <BR> I wish all my wonderful Sparkfriends the VERY BEST! You ARE THE BEST!!! <BR> <BR> Anne Wed, 3 Sep 2014 18:35:43 EST ARE YOU A VICTIM? I am an observer of people and see so many making themselves a victim. I read once that at some point in our lives each one of us decide whether we are going to be a victim or not. <BR> <BR> I finally read something that explained it to me. <BR> <BR> "The trick to growing through adversity is not "becoming a victim" by looking for reasons "why", but by looking for the benefits in the situation." David Boufford <BR> <BR> I think the next time I realize I am with someone being a victim I w... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 07:28:06 EST 10 WORDS TO REMEMBER Most selfish 1 letter word......I.........AVOID it. <BR> <BR> Most satisfying 2 letter word.....WE.......USE it. <BR> <BR> Most poisonous 3 letter word.....EGO.....OVERCOME it. <BR> <BR> Most used 4 letter word.....LOVE.....VALUE it. <BR> <BR> Most pleasing 5 letter word.....SMILE.....KEEP it. <BR> <BR> Fastest spreading 6 letter word.....RUMOR.....IGNORE it. <BR> <BR> Hardest working 7 letter word......SUCCESS........ACHIEVE it. <BR> <BR> Most enviable 8 letter word..........JEALOUSY... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 17:13:40 EST FOOD FOR THOUGHT. #8 What is the difference between a goal and a purpose? A goal is something you accomplish. It has a beginning and an end - while a purpose is ongoing and gives meaning to our lives. <BR> <BR> People go on chasing goals to prove something that doesn't have to be proved: that they're already worthwhile. Goals are very important in helping us get what we want. But, too often we run around using them to get what we already have - our worth. <BR> <BR> Worrisome images we create and play in o... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 21:07:49 EST ENTHUSIASM <BR> ENTHUSIASM IS THE MAJOR PART OF DOING ANYTHING WELL. SOME PEOPLE ARE GLAD TO BE ALIVE AND OTHERS FEEL THE WHOLE THING IS AN ENDURANCE TEST. ONE PERSON HAS CONFRONTED TROUBLE AND SURVIVED; ANOTHER HAS NEVER REALLY HAD MUCH TROUBLE AND IS BORED WITH HIS OWN BREATH! <BR> <BR> DO WE HAVE TO BE THREATENED BEFORE WE CAN APPRECIATE LIFE AND SHOW ENTHUSIASM? OR DO WE JUST NEED TO BE QUICKENED WITHIN OURSELVES TO KNOW GRATITUDE AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO GROW. A SIMPLE CHANGE OF ATTITUDE CAN MA... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 07:22:05 EST FOOD FOR THOUGHT #7 THE PEOPLE YOU CHOOSE TO BEFRIEND AND THE BEHAVIORS YOU CHOOSE TO TOLERATE ARE A MEASURE AND A REFLECTION OF YOU AND YOUR CHARACTER. <BR> <BR> IT TAKES STRENGTH OF CHARACTER TO ACCEPT REAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN PERCEPTIONS, ATTITUDES, AND ACTIONS. <BR> <BR> VALUES INVOLVE NOT ONLY HOW YOU BEHAVE, BUT THE BEHAVIOR YOU ACCEPT IN OTHERS. <BR> <BR> MORALS DON'T INTERFERE WITH LIFE, THEY DETERMINE THE QUALITY OF THAT LIFE. <BR> <BR> DON'T LOOK TO <BR> PSYCHOLOGY FOR THE MEANING OF LIFE;... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 17:40:10 EST ANYWAY PEOPLE ARE OFTEN UNREASONABLE, ILLOGICAL AND SELF-CENTERED; <BR> FORGIVE THEM ANYWAY. <BR> <BR> IF YOU ARE KIND, PEOPLE MAY ACCUSE YOU OF SELFISH, ULTERIOR MOTIVES; <BR> BE KIND ANYWAY. <BR> <BR> IF YOU ARE SUCCESSFUL, YOU WILL WIN SOME FALSE FRIENDS AND SOME TRUE ENEMIES; <BR> SUCCEED ANYWAY. <BR> <BR> IF YOU ARE HONEST AND FRANK, PEOPLE MAY CHEAT YOU; <BR> BE HONEST ANYWAY. <BR> <BR> IF YOU FIND SERENITY AND HAPPINESS, THEY MAY BE JEALOUS; <BR> BE HAPPY ANYWAY. <BR> <BR> THE GOOD YOU D... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 13:02:47 EST DON'T QUIT WHEN THINGS GO WRONG AS THEY SOMETIMES WILL, <BR> WHEN THE ROAD YOU'RE TRUDGING SEEMS ALL UP HILL, <BR> WHEN THE FUNDS ARE LOW AND THE DEBTS ARE HIGH, <BR> AND YOU WANT TO SMILE, BUT YOU HAVE TO SIGH. <BR> WHEN CARE IS PRESSING YOU DOWN A BIT. <BR> REST IF YOU MUST, BUT DON'T YOU QUIT. <BR> LIFE IS QUEER WITH TWISTS AND TURNS. <BR> AS EVERYONE OF US SOMETIMES LEARNS <BR> AND MANY A FAILURE TURNS ABOUT <BR> WHEN SHE MIGHT HAVE WON HAD SHE STUCK IT OUT. <BR> DON'T GIVE UP THOUGH THE PACE SEEMS ... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 09:54:19 EST FOOD FOR THOUGHT #6 PROGRESS HAS BEEN DEFINED AS THAT DEGREE OF DISSATISFACTION WITH THE PRESENT WHICH CAUSES US TO ADOPT NEW AND BETTER WAYS OF DOING THINGS. EDISON KEPT A SIGN OVER HIS DESK UNTIL THE DAY HE DIED THAT READ - "THERE'S A BETTER WAY TO DO IT, FIND IT." <BR> <BR> THE UNWILLINGNESS TO ADOPT NEW WAYS HAS ALWAYS BEEN A JAILER OF PROGRESS. <BR> <BR> WE CANNOT ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING EXCEPT THAT WHICH WE ARE. BEFORE WE CAN DO WE MUST FIRST BE. JUST AS WATER CANNOT RISE ABOVE ITS SOURCE, THE PERFORMANCE... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 13:13:13 EST FOOD FOR THOUGHT #5 FAILURE IS NOT THE FALLING DOWN BUT THE STAYING DOWN. <BR> <BR> PERHAPS WE WOULD DO WELL TO SEE ALL OF OUR PROBLEMS AS PREPARATION FOR GUIDING SOMEONE WHO WILL COME INTO OUR LIFE. <BR> <BR> PREJUDGING SOMEONE SHOWS A LACK OF SINCERITY IN OUR OWN MAKEUP - MAYBE EVEN INSECURITY THAT MAKES US SEE IN OTHERS WHAT WE ARE AFRAID OF FINDING IN OURSELVES. <BR> <BR> COMMITMENT IS WHAT TRANSFORMS A PROMISE INTO A REALITY. IT IS THE WORDS THAT SPEAK BOLDLY OF YOUR INTENTIONS. AND THE ACTIONS WHICH S... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 19:30:30 EST PRAYERS FOR ALL THOSE DEALING WITH HURRICANE SANDY I HAD PLANNED TO DO ANOTHER FOOD FOR THOUGHT BLOG BUT I JUST COULDN'T AS I HAVE HAD ALL THE PEOPLE DEALING WITH SANDY ON MY MIND, IN MY HEART AND PRAYERS. <BR> <BR> I HAVE BEEN PRAYING ALL DAY FOR ALL OF YOU DEALING IN ANYWAY WITH HURRICANE SANDY. I HAVE ALSO BEEN THANKING GOD FOR ALL MY BLESSINGS. <BR> <BR> I AM ANXIOUSLY AWAITING TO HEAR FROM EACH ONE OF YOU AND I KNOW AND I AM CLAIMING YOU ARE SAFE. <BR> <BR> GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND I AM KEEPING YOU IN MY PRAYERS. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 22:04:35 EST FOOD FOR THOUGHT #4 SUCCESS AND FAILURE CONSTITUTE A TWO-EDGED SWORD. YOU CAN ONLY ATTAIN SUCCESS BY MAKING YOURSELF VULNERABLE TO A CERTAIN CHANCE OF FAILURE. YOU CAN ONLY EXPERIENCE THE SPLENDOR OF LIFE BY BEING WILLING TO EXPOSE YOURSELF TO THE PAIN AND SUFFERINGS OF YOUR EXISTENCE. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR VALLEYS AS WELL AS YOUR MOUNTAIN TOPS. <BR> <BR> <BR> REMEMBER THAT IF YOU LEARN FROM A DEFEAT, YOU HAVEN'T REALLY BEEN BEATEN. NOTHING HOLDS YOU BACK FROM SUCCESS MORE THAN THE FEAR OF FAILURE. YOUR GREA... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 12:11:19 EST FOOD FOR THOUGHT #3 GEORGE BERNARD SHAW WAS ONCE ASKED---IF YOU COULD BE BORN AGAIN AND RELIVE YOUR LIFE, WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE? GEORGE BERNARD SHAW KNEW ARTISTS, WRITERS, STATESMEN, ROYALTY, ETC. MR. SHAW REPLIED - "I WOULD LIKE TO RELIVE MY LIFE TO BE THE MAN GEORGE BERNARD SHAW COULD HAVE BEEN BUT WASN'T!!! <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>345</em> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 10:41:57 EST FOOD FOR THOUGHT #2 SEE HOW MUCH YOU CAN GIVE FOR A $, INSTEAD OF HOW LITTLE YOU CAN GIVE FOR A $. <BR> <BR> DO THE VERY BEST OF YOUR ABILITY - NO MATTER HOW MENIAL THE TASK - MY BEST MIGHT NOT BE AS GOOD AS YOUR BEST BUT AS LONG AS IT IS MY BEST - I HAVE NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF. WHEN WE DO LESS THAN OUR BEST, ALL OF A SUDDEN OUR BEST IS NOW LESS THAN OUR BEST ONCE WAS. <BR> <BR> THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION THAT A PERSON HAS TO MAKE IN LIFE IS NOT WHAT HE WANTS TO BE, BUT WHAT KIND OF LIFE HE WANTS TO LIVE.... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 11:12:19 EST FOOD FOR THOUGHT THE PAST IS HISTORY, THE FUTURE IS MYSTERY. TODAY IS A GIFT, IT IS WHY WE CALL IT A "PRESENT". <BR> <BR> GOD GIVES US TEMPTATIONS SO WE CAN MAKE CHOICES. <BR> <BR> THE PRESIDENT OF A GREAT THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY ONCE SAID "IN THIS THING OF PREACHING, OF LEAST IMPORTANCE IS THE SERMON. OF MAJOR IMPORTANCE IS THE DEDICATION, INTEGRITY & ENTHUSIASM OF THE PREACHER. "THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT LIMITED TO PREACHERS, IT IS TRUE IN ANY AND ALL FACETS OF OUR ENDEAVORS." <BR> <BR> WE NEED TO HAVE COURA... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 10:24:39 EST OUR CHOICE MAN'S CONSCIENCE HAS FOREVER BEEN PLAGUED AND CONFUSED BETWEEN TWO DECISIONS: WHAT IS LEGALLY RIGHT AND MORALLY WRONG; FINANCIALLY SHREWD BUT SPIRITUALLY STUPID; IMPORTANT FOR THE MOMENT BUT LOST IN THE AGES. BOTTOM LINE - WHETHER HE WANTS TO SATISFY HIS IMMEDIATE IMPULSE OR ACCOMPLISH HIS ULTIMATE PURPOSE. AND THAT IS OUR CHOICE - YOURS AND MINE - OUR CHOICE THAT NO ONE ELSE CAN MAKE FOR US. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 09:14:55 EST RULES TO MAKE LIFE EASIER 1. If you open it, close it. 2. If you turn it on, turn it off. 3. If you unlock it, lock it. 4. If you break it, admit it. 5. If you can't fix it, call in someone who can. 6. If you borrow it, return it. 7. If you value it, take care of it. 8. If you make a mess, clean it up. 9. If you move it, put it back. 10. If it belongs to someone else and you want to use it, get permission. 11. If you don't know how to operate it, leave it alone. 12. If it's none of your business... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:29:34 EST LESSONS TO LIVE BY LET US COUNT OUR BLESSINGS INSTEAD OF OUR CROSSES. <BR> <BR> COUNT OUR GAINS INSTEAD OF OUR LOSSES. <BR> <BR> COUNT OUR JOYS INSTEAD OF OUR WOES. <BR> <BR> COUNT OUR FRIENDS INSTEAD OF OUR FOES. <BR> <BR> COUNT OUR SMILES INSTEAD OF OUR TEARS. <BR> <BR> COUNT OUR COURAGE NSTEAD OF OUR FEARS. <BR> <BR> COUNT OUR FULL YEARS INSTEAD OF OUR LEAN. <BR> <BR> COUNT OUR KIND DEEDS INSTEAD OF OUR MEAN. <BR> <BR> COUNT OUR HEALTH INSTEAD OF OUR WEALTH. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 08:28:37 EST Lessons to Live by A GREAT HUNGER PEOPLE HAVE IS TO BE NEEDED, WANTED AND LOVED. HELP CREATE THOSE FEELINGS IN OTHERS. BE KIND TO PEOPLE. YOU CAN'T ALWAYS RESPECT THEM BUT YOU CAN ALWAYS BE KIND TO THEM. LEARN TO LIKE YOURSELF - OTHERS WILL RESPOND TO YOU THE WAY YOU RESPOND TO YOURSELF - BE POSITIVE, BE ENTHUSIASTIC. DO THINGS TO MAKE PEOPLE FEEL IMPORTANT - GIVE A COMPLIMENT - SAY THANK YOU - PRAISE - ENCOURAGE - SUPPORT - COOPERATE. COMMUNICATE CHEERFULNESS - IF YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE FUN OF SOMEONE - MA... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 09:54:13 EST DON'T QUIT! When things go wrong as they sometimes will, <BR> When the road you're trudging seems all up hill, <BR> When the funds are low and the debts are high, <BR> And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, <BR> When care is pressing you down a bit, <BR> Rest if you must, but don't you quit. <BR> Life is queer with twists and turns, <BR> As everyone of us sometimes learns <BR> And many a failure turns about <BR> When she might have won had she stuck it out. <BR> Don't give up though the pace seems ... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 15:12:29 EST SUCCESS "Success is in the way you walk the paths of life each day. It's in the little things you do, and in the things you say. Success is not getting rich, or rising high to fame. It's not alone in winning goals, which all people hope to claim. <BR> <BR> Success is being big of heart and clean and broad in mind. It's being faithful to your friends, and to the stranger, kind. It's in the children whom you love, and all they learn from you. Success depends on character, and everything you do!"... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 07:38:50 EST