VELVETCATT's SparkPeople Blog VELVETCATT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Today's Inspiration 'Everyday, think as you wake up, <BR> 'Today I am fortunate to have woken up, <BR> I am alive, <BR> I have a precious human life, <BR> I am not going to waste it. <BR> <BR> I am going to use all my energies <BR> to develop myself, <BR> to expand my heart out to others, <BR> to achieve enlightenment <BR> for the benefit of all beings.' Fri, 29 Jul 2011 21:07:21 EST "Is a believer supposed to be able to feel the Holy Spirit?" While certain ministries of the Holy Spirit may involve a feeling, such as conviction of sin, comfort, and empowerment, Scripture does not instruct us to base our relationship with the Holy Spirit on how or what we feel. Every born-again believer has the indwelling Holy Spirit. Jesus told us that when the Comforter has come He will be with us and in us. “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, b... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 14:23:18 EST Inner Insight ~The persons that seem to be the strongest, are the ones who are most weak. <BR> <BR> ~The persons that always defend others, are the ones who most need your help. <BR> <BR> ~The persons that spend most their time visiting others, are the ones who most need your company. <BR> <BR> ~The persons that spend most of the time helping others, are the ones who most need help. Sun, 12 Jun 2011 20:17:12 EST Thought for Today Do not judge yourself harshly. <BR> Without mercy for ourselves <BR> we cannot love the world. <BR> <BR> <BR> Buddha, 563-483 B.C. <BR> The Enlightened One Fri, 10 Jun 2011 20:43:44 EST The One Common Denominator <BR> If you are searching for the common denominator in your life, you are in luck. You are it. Now that you know you are the only consistent factor in any situation, you can begin to figure out how you are contributing to your recurring challenges and problems. <BR> <BR> This is great news because, once you realize you are at least part of the problem, you can begin to change your behavior, beliefs and attitudes that are contributing to the situation. Keep in mind that you have to concern... Mon, 30 May 2011 18:35:23 EST Untie the Knots... Dear God, <BR> <BR> Please untie the 'knots' that are in my mind, my heart and my life. <BR> Remove the have-nots, the can-nots and the do-nots that I have in my mind. <BR> Erase the will-nots, may-nots and might-nots that may find a home in my heart. <BR> Release me from the could-nots, would-nots and should-nots that obstruct my life. <BR> <BR> And most of all, dear God, I ask that you remove from my mind, my heart and my life all of the am-nots that I have allowed to hold me back, e... Thu, 26 May 2011 19:33:13 EST Words, Hugs, Thoughts, Hearts.... Words that come from deep within the soul <BR> <BR> Convey warmth that makes one feel whole <BR> <BR> Hugs are part of expressing true emotion <BR> <BR> Special human contact delivering devotion <BR> <BR> Thoughts are forever eternal to the mind <BR> <BR> As they give birth to memories that bind <BR> <BR> Hearts have eyes with which they can see <BR> <BR> The many visible kinds of love meant to be. Wed, 18 May 2011 20:22:24 EST Quote If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I think I am living for, in detail, and ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thomas Merton, 1915-1968 <BR> Trappist Monk, Author, Poet and Social Activist Fri, 29 Apr 2011 21:29:42 EST QUOTE "Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. <BR> It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year. <BR> It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow. " <BR> <BR> <BR> W. E. B. Du Bois, 1868-1963 <BR> American Historian and Civil Rights Activist Tue, 26 Apr 2011 01:56:37 EST Today's Quote "For every beauty there is an eye somewhere to see it. For every truth there is an ear somewhere to hear it. For every love there is a heart somewhere to receive it." <BR> ~Ivan Panin Mon, 25 Apr 2011 02:32:17 EST THOUGHT FOR TODAY Do you want me to tell you <BR> something really subversive? <BR> Love is everything it's cracked up to be. <BR> That's why people are so cynical about it. <BR> It really is worth fighting for, <BR> being brave for and risking everything for. <BR> <BR> <BR> Erica Jong Fri, 15 Apr 2011 21:06:47 EST Love Yourself Someone shared this with me and I felt it was worth passing on: <BR> <BR> I do believe that the single most important thing I could ever share with you with regard to maximizing the health, harmony, and happiness in your life can be summed up in just two words: <BR> <BR> ' Love yourself. ' <BR> Sat, 9 Apr 2011 08:38:26 EST Quote of the Day "The depth and the willingness with which we serve is a direct reflection of our gratitude." <BR> ``Gordon T. Watts Wed, 6 Apr 2011 21:48:47 EST THANK YOU "Thank you" is the most powerful thing you can say. The more you say "thank you", the better somebody feels. <BR> <BR> And that somebody is you. <BR> <BR> There are few things you can do to boost your mood over the long term, than get into the habit of saying "thank you". I don't mean just muttering "thanks" to the store clerk when she hands you your receipt. I mean saying "thank you" and really meaning it, to somebody who does something nice, like holding open a door for you or helping on ... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 22:38:52 EST EXERCISE The concept of "walking it off" has some truth to it. Punching a punching bag also has some merit. When overwhelmed with negative feelings - frustration, anger, guilt - getting physically active does help. Channelling the negative reactions into positive physical <BR> actions is an excellent way of turning a lemon into lemonade. <BR> <BR> Next time demons seem to be arising inside, just take them for a walk. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>326</em> Sat, 5 Mar 2011 08:55:20 EST SILLY Make a face in the mirror. Make another. Make sure they are funny faces. <BR> <BR> We adults sometimes get so caught up in our serious worlds that we forget to act silly. Acting silly is a great stress reliever. It's not that we are happier when we act silly, as much that we are usually happier if we act silly every now and them. <BR> <BR> So go ahead and make a silly face in the mirror. <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 2 Mar 2011 07:51:39 EST MOTIVATION <BR> We all have plans. We all have goals. We all have improvements we have to make. We all battle to stay motivated. Whether it's a diet or a fitness plan, a habit we wish to change or a skill we wish to build, we can sometimes get lost in the doing, in the routine. The best way to keep motivated is to not lose sight of the reason we want to achieve our goals. <BR> <BR> Write yourself a note and place it where you'll see it when you need to (just before you need to take an action to advanc... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 22:53:24 EST TRUST (Someone shared this with me) <BR> <BR> A positive relationship requires mutual trust. Without trust, spouses, diplomats, friends and co-workers cannot build an enjoyable relationship. <BR> <BR> Sadly, many people think that they have a great relationship as long as "they can get away with it", rather than ensuring they are trustworthy. <BR> <BR> Many - not all, of course - divorces boil down to one partner or both devaluing trust. War is usually the result of one or more countries or lead... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 16:46:53 EST When we understand... We are afraid of losing what we have, <BR> whether it's our life or our possessions and property. <BR> But this fear evaporates when we understand <BR> that our life stories and the history of the world <BR> were written by the same hand. <BR> <BR> <BR> ~Paulo Coelho Sat, 19 Feb 2011 10:34:19 EST The 4 Candles The Four Candles (author unknown) <BR> <BR> The Four Candles burned slowly. Their ambiance was so soft you could hear them speak... <BR> <BR> The first candle said, "I Am Peace, but these days, nobody wants to keep me lit." Then Peace's flame slowly diminishes and goes out completely. <BR> <BR> The second candle says, "I Am Faith, but these days, I am no longer indispensable." Then Faith's flame slowly diminishes and goes out completely. <BR> <BR> Sadly the third candle spoke, "I Am Love ... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 21:48:45 EST TODAY'S QUOTE Love is always bestowed as a gift - <BR> freely, willingly and without expectation. <BR> We don't love to be loved; <BR> we love to love. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dr. Leo Buscaglia, 1924-1998 Mon, 14 Feb 2011 19:39:54 EST More Food For Thought... There's always a little truth behind every 'just kidding.' <BR> <BR> A little knowledge behind every 'I don't know.' <BR> <BR> A little emotion behind every 'I don't care.' <BR> <BR> A little love behind every 'I hate you!' <BR> <BR> A little uneasiness behind every 'I'm okay.' <BR> <BR> A little pain behind every 'forget it.' <BR> <BR> A little fear behind every 'leave me alone.' <BR> <BR> A little hope behind every 'goodbye.' <BR> <BR> And a little 'something' behind every '... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 20:17:25 EST HAPPINESS "If you are not happy here and now, you never will be." <BR> <BR> Those words by Taisen Deshimaru are so very true. We often put off being happy because we have so much to do, so much to accomplish. "Leave me alone. I don't have time to be happy. I have great things to accomplish." <BR> <BR> But if we do not bring happiness to ourselves and others, what have we accomplished? <BR> <BR> Make a resolution right now not to put off being happy. Now, and here, is where happiness lives. Thu, 3 Feb 2011 22:45:30 EST Life's Mathematics Add your friends <BR> Subtract your enemies <BR> Multiply your joys <BR> Divide your sorrows <BR> and draw a circle with God as center and love as radius <BR> <BR> ~ANON Mon, 31 Jan 2011 23:32:43 EST YOU Someone shared this with me and I thought it was pretty good.... <BR> <BR> <BR> Who is your best friend? <BR> <BR> If you said that you are, you are right ... I hope. It is very important to be your own best friend. As long as you exist, there is only one person 100% guaranteed to be with you, and that person is you. Even when you go on a business trip or sit by yourself in a canoe <BR> on a calm lake, without so much as a fish in sight, you are still there with you. You are your own const... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 13:34:12 EST Food for Thought "If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it's not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever." <BR> <BR> Tenzin Gyatso <BR> 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet Thu, 27 Jan 2011 21:38:24 EST HAPPINESS "True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose." <BR> <BR> Helen Keller always says such wise things. People need a purpose in life. The perpetual question "Why am I here?" will never go away. <BR> <BR> Find a purpose, a worthy cause. Find a reason for you to be here. Choose something where you know you can make a difference. No, you won't change the world all by yourself. But what if you knew the world was a better place - even just a l... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 21:12:21 EST EXPERIENCE "Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him." ~by Aldous Huxley <BR> <BR> A lot will happen to you. Some will be really awful. What will you do with what happens to you? Will you grow stronger? Will you learn from it? Will you find a way to turn a negative into a positive? <BR> <BR> A lot of positive things will happen, too? What will you do with them? Will you enjoy them -- I mean really enjoy them? Will you learn from them, too? Will you fin... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 13:27:26 EST Words of Knowledge "Do not let failure leave you stuck. Take the lesson that was given, <BR> and round up the courage to try again - or break out in a new spot. <BR> The struggle is part of the journey." Wed, 19 Jan 2011 20:55:31 EST Food for thought... The Internet, useful tool, addiction - or both? <BR> <BR> "Turning off mobile phones, avoiding the internet and tuning out of the television and radio can leave people suffering from symptoms similar to those seen in drug addicts trying to go cold turkey, researchers have found." <BR> <BR> So, what do YOU think? Sun, 16 Jan 2011 14:33:43 EST APPRECIATION If you can read this message, that means you are very lucky. Only one in four people in the world have access to the Internet. <BR> <BR> If you are reading this on your own home or work computer, you are even luckier. <BR> <BR> And if you are reading this on a satisfied stomach, you are luckier still. <BR> <BR> Let's take a moment to appreciate how lucky we are. Truly poor people will never read this. Sat, 15 Jan 2011 08:01:49 EST SING Quick. What's your favorite song? <BR> <BR> OK, I'll give you a minute to think about it. <BR> <BR> Now, when was the last time you sang that song? I know, I can't carry a note either, but I sure can sing in the shower. Actually, I can sing all over the house. <BR> <BR> Why don't you sing in the shower? I mean, really belt it out. Singing is a great stress reliever and it makes people feel younger and more energized. Wed, 12 Jan 2011 21:07:53 EST New Year - New You Another fresh new year is here … <BR> Another year to live! <BR> To banish worry, doubt, and fear, <BR> To love and laugh and give! <BR> <BR> This bright new year is given me <BR> To live each day with zest … <BR> To daily grow and try to be <BR> My highest and my best! <BR> <BR> I have the opportunity <BR> Once more to right some wrongs, <BR> To pray for peace, to plant a tree, <BR> And sing more joyful songs! <BR> <BR> <BR> William Arthur Ward, 1921-1994 <B... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 10:06:23 EST "If Only..." What will it take for you to be happy? Will it take an "if only"? <BR> <BR> If only your car or home would be paid off. <BR> <BR> If only you could get a new car or home. <BR> <BR> If only your kids would leave the house. <BR> <BR> If only you could go back to school. <BR> <BR> If only you could finish school. <BR> <BR> If only you could lose 10 lb.. <BR> <BR> If only you could gain 10 lbs. <BR> <BR> If only you could get married. <BR> <BR> If only you could get a divorce. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 17:55:24 EST "What sort of New Year’s Resolution should a Christian make?" (SOMEONE SHARED THIS WITH ME AND I WANTED TO PASS IT ON) <BR> <BR> The practice of making New Year’s resolutions goes back over 3000 years to the ancient Babylonians. There is just something about the start of a New Year that gives us the feeling of a fresh start and a new beginning. In reality, there is no difference between December 31st and January 1st. Nothing mystical occurs at midnight on December 31st. The Bible does not speak for or against the concept of New Year’s resolutions. Howe... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 21:53:29 EST STEPS TO LIFE WATCH WHAT YOU THINK, <BR> <BR> IT BECOMES WHAT YOU SAY. <BR> <BR> WATCH WHAT YOU SAY, <BR> <BR> IT BECOMES WHAT YOU DO. <BR> <BR> WATCH WHAT YOU DO, <BR> <BR> IT BECOMES YOUR CHARACTER. <BR> <BR> WATCH YOUR CHARACTER, <BR> <BR> IT DETERMINES WHAT YOUR FUTURE WILL BE LIKE... <BR> Sat, 18 Dec 2010 17:53:15 EST "How can I forgive those who sin against me?" Everyone has been wronged, offended, and sinned against at some point. How are Christians to respond when such offenses occur? According to the Bible, we are to forgive. Ephesians 4:32 declares, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Similarly, Colossians 3:13 proclaims, “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” The key in both Scriptures is that we are... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 13:33:58 EST A PRAYER FOR THANKSGIVING For flowers that bloom about our feet, <BR> For tender grass so fresh and sweet, <BR> For the song of bird and hum of bee, <BR> For all things fair we hear or see, <BR> Father in heaven, we thank Thee. <BR> <BR> For blue of stream and blue of sky, <BR> For pleasant shade of branches high, <BR> For fragrant air and cooling breeze, <BR> For beauty of the blooming trees, <BR> Father in heaven we thank Thee. <BR> <BR> For this new morning with its light, <BR> For rest and shelter of the night, ... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 09:52:40 EST LOSS A lot has been written about coping with loss. Much less has been written about helping someone else who has just suffered a loss, whether that is the loss of a spouse or the loss of a job. What do we do to help our friends? <BR> <BR> 1. Be a good listener. Sometimes a person has to talk through her feelings to deal with them. <BR> <BR> 2. Tell them you are there for them, so they feel less alone. <BR> <BR> 3. Don't tell them how to grieve. Even if they are grieving in a way that increases... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 07:31:48 EST THORNS If you scatter thorns, don't go barefoot. This is the premise, more or less, of our entire moral code. Treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves. As long as we follow this code, we should all be treated fairly well by others. <BR> <BR> The reality is that people who smile a lot get treated in a friendly manner more often than people who frown. People who engage in malicious gossip get spoken about in a like manner. <BR> <BR> Look carefully at the garden you are growing around yo... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 08:45:24 EST Perspective... "A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg." - Samuel Butler is reminding us that perspective is very important. <BR> Sometimes we create misery or stress for ourselves by taking the wrong perspective. <BR> Will something really matter in the long run? <BR> Did that person do that on purpose? <BR> Can I wait just a little longer? <BR> Sometimes an objective response to questions like these can reduce a lot of stress and <BR> worries. Sun, 24 Oct 2010 12:53:19 EST Your Own Happiness "Oh how bitter a thing to look into happiness through another man's <BR> eyes." <BR> <BR> This line from As You Like It, by Shakespeare, reminds us how <BR> important it is to see our own happiness through our own eyes, rather <BR> than to look through someone else's eyes and wish we had their <BR> happiness (while they are probably looking through our eyes, wishing <BR> they had ours.) Fri, 22 Oct 2010 13:30:05 EST T G I F Thank God it's Friday. That's the rallying cry of a nation, if not much of the world. After spending all week working in the office, now we can all go home and work there. <BR> <BR> Hmm. Somehow that doesn't sound right, but it does ring true. Have you scheduled some leisure time? <BR> <BR> Please do. Have a wonderful Friday and an even better weekend. Fri, 15 Oct 2010 15:27:33 EST IT'S ALL IN THE ATTITUDE "The biggest handicap you have often is your attitude. It's what you do with what you have at the end of the day that makes the difference." <BR> <BR> These words come from The Man In Motion, Rick Hansen. Here is a guy in a wheel chair who toured the planet, raising $24 million for spinal chord research. If he can accomplish that, imagine what we could do with his attitude. <BR> <BR> Is there something you want to accomplish? Are you feeling sorry for yourself over something? Is there some... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 12:40:56 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY "The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it on." <BR> ~~Julia Alvarez Mon, 11 Oct 2010 12:13:15 EST THANKS Thank you. <BR> Magical words that say how much you are pleased <BR> <BR> Thank you. <BR> Tiny words that open bigger doors than "please". <BR> <BR> Thank you. <BR> A sign that someone's effort is well spent. <BR> <BR> Thank you. <BR> An invitation for more effort again. <BR> <BR> Thank you. <BR> Words to take you a mile. <BR> <BR> Thank you. <BR> Words that smile. <BR> <BR> Thank you. <BR> <em>304</em> Sun, 10 Oct 2010 13:41:22 EST WILDFLOWER Are you a wildflower? <BR> Wildflowers grow from mere dust to reach their full potential. <BR> Wildflowers grow well, even in adverse soil conditions. <BR> Wildflowers don't require late nights at the office to grow. <BR> Wildflowers grow thick and stick together. <BR> Wildflowers grow strong and tall. <BR> Wildflowers display their brilliant personalities for all to see. <BR> Wildflowers withstand drought and grow all the more beautiful when watered. <BR> Wildflowers withstand frost and hale... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 14:27:38 EST LET IT GO!!! Unfortunately, we human beings sometimes hold on tight to some very painful things: guilt, hate, anger. We even hold on to something as little as frustration, which should evaporate quickly. <BR> <BR> Here's a trick that works for some people. <BR> <BR> Imagine emptying all your negative feelings, or just one feeling you would like to remove, into a large pot. The pot is full of this feeling. Now walk that pot over to the washroom. You know where you're going to dump it. Lift the lid. Pour... Thu, 7 Oct 2010 13:29:36 EST Quote of the Day "Life is lived one day at a time, and the best way to prepare for tomorrow is to live at your very best today." <BR> <BR> <BR> Author Unknown, <BR> But Very Much Appreciated! Fri, 1 Oct 2010 14:40:31 EST Thought for today... The adventure of life is to learn. <BR> The purpose of life is to grow. <BR> The nature of life is to change. <BR> The challenge of life is to overcome. <BR> The essence of life is to care. <BR> The opportunity of life is to serve. <BR> The secret of life is to dare. <BR> The spice of life is to befriend. <BR> The beauty of life is to give. <BR> The joy of life is to love. <BR> ~~William Arthur Ward <BR> Thu, 30 Sep 2010 14:55:40 EST