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It's a beautiful thing Regina! thank you. emoticon

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This is fun. Thanks for posting it.

Lola - in Oregon

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I saw this posted on another team and liked the meassage, so I decided to share!


Plant a Garden of Success

Plant 5 rows of peas:

Patience
Perseverance
Preparation
Planning
Positiveness

Include 3 rows of squash:

Squash negativity
Squash dieting
Squash deprivation

Add 5 rows of lettuce:

Let us be positive
Let us take responsibility
Let us be in control
Let us reward our accomplishments
Let us be empowered

No garden is complete without turnips:

Turn up with a positive attitude
Turn up with a smile
Turn up with new ideas
Turn up with real determination
Turn up with success

May your garden flourish!


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How very true this is. DH's aunt, the last of his mother's family, is in a nursing home about an hour's drive from here. She is so hard to visit and most of his cousins have quit trying to spend time with her. Unfortunately we don't spend as much time as we should either. I'm sure she is lonely.

It could be a good resolve to focus on a positive attitude rather than a negative one. Smile, my friends.

Lola - in Oregon

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Brenda thank you for sharing, isn't that the truth. Some people immediately pick you up and others drag you down with their complaints and gloom and doom. I knew an old person like that who I visited with often and I always left feeling down and depressed because she was so negative. I understand she was old and life was not what she wanted it to be anymore but she lost a lot of company because people stopped going as the emotional wall hit you as soon as you walked in.



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I received this in an email today. They are not my words and I don't know who to attribute them to.....

Every time we walk into a room, meet people, and talk, we either bring sunshine or gloom, shadow or sparkling enjoyment. We create a mood wherever we go. And the mood we create produces a mental climate that others have to live with. So keep an eye on your moods.

Learn to manage your moods, or your moods will manage you.

* * *

Don't we all know people who light up a room with their presence. And then there are those who bring gloom when they enter. I would venture to say that ALL of the spark people that I meet on line have brought sunshine into my life.....with their stories, suggestions, encouragement and inspiration. This is a great place to come for "sparkling enjoyment".

Have a wonderful day.

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well i didn't know then what i know now but am now wiser then the child that started it all . so its been a good ride . lets of happy memory's and some very good friends along the way .your words very good makes you think and feel .

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Lola, I forgot to save that the first time......I will not make the same mistake twice......it is so wonderfully written and the DH liked it too!!!

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Donna, those wedding bells were ringing a lot that year. We were young, fearless and sure that all would turn out right in our future. I wonder some times if it was confidence or foolhardiness that led us at that time.

Brenda, feel free to use these words as you please. My classmates appreciated them - many of mine had the same feelings about our journey too.

Lola - in Oregon

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oh the class of 57 . that was the year . yes . graduated and married . all in that year. i remember it well . ...

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LOLA, I really enjoyed this and can relate to it completely. I am currently trying to put my 50th reunion together for August 2009 and I think I'll steal your words. Do I have to pay a residual? I love coming to this thread and just slowly reading and relaxing.

This whole team is magic....

Together we can........

“If you only do what you know you can do- you never do very much.”

"Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid it will never begin.."

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I wrote the following for my HS reunion book. I think we all can relate to the journey we've made over the past years.

THEN AND NOW

Our class entered CHS in the fall of 1953 as lowly freshmen. The school was large, confusing, and full of students who appeared so much bigger, smarter, and more adult that we. We had to learn the location of the classrooms, the gym, our locker numbers. The seniors appeared to be almost adults and the teachers were so very wise. Whether in sports, academics, or performing arts, the accomplishments and talents of those older students seemed well beyond our reach. We advanced to be sophomore and juniors, moving through our teen years and finally we became seniors. But at the end of our senior year we did not feel very old and as we looked forward we realized we were just beginning the first stage of our adult lives. We faced many trials and challenges which were greater, more varied and less certain in their outcome than we could imagine. We were unable to comprehend that we would live to see the year 2000—and much less able to comprehend that we would be attending our own 50th reunion of the Class of 1957.

Now we are seniors again. We have met life headlong over the past five decades. We undoubtedly will be facing more challenges in the remaining time allotted to us. We, as a whole, are healthier and more active than prior generations. We have more free time and more skills to offer to our communities as we choose. We have time to read, pursue hobbies, travel, and communicate with our friends and families in a much broader way via email and the internet. Our families are more dispersed, often being separated by many miles - west to east, north to south. Our roles as grandparents are far different from the model of the grandparents we had when we were young. We’re still finding our way.

All of us have gained wisdom (and perhaps grey hair, aching bones and rounder bodies) from a broad range of experiences. Yet despite all the changes and differences in our experiences over the past 50 years we can easily reconnect and for a few hours become the CHS Class of 57 once again.


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Lori, thank you for these posts. It's so easy to be caught up in the daily worries and chores that we don't appreciate the positive attributes we now have and the postion in live that we now occupy. There are many youthful worries that we can abandon. Let's grasp our new freedom to be ourselves and live life to the fullest. On our own terms. No longer seeking approval from the 'outside' but looking for that inner glow that is there.

Lola - in Oregon

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So true Lori, unfortunately sometimes the thought of aging make people try to be forever young and as a result they are never just happy to be who they are. Every stage in life has its own benefits and old age gives you the freedom just to enjoy your friends and family without the stresses of trying to build a career or raise a family.

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I am now, probably for the first time in my life, the person I have always wanted to be. Oh, not my body! I sometime despair over my body, the wrinkles, the baggy eyes, and the sagging butt. And often I am taken aback by that old person that lives in my mirror, but I don't
agonize over those things for long.

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become more kind to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.

I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon?

I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 & 70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love ... I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just
as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what
other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned
the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every
single day. (If I feel like it)

Note from Lori: I like what this says. I know it doesn't give me an open ticket to not take care of myself. Just enjoy every day and be kind to yourself. You deserve it.

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So true, Regina. I love just coming here sometimes and just reading, wandering around people's pages and the teams and just seeing the diversity and how everyone is working so hard toward "health" for themselves.

Jean, I love Einstein's quotes, my favorite is one I put on one of my school pages:

polaris.umuc.edu/~mmcphill/

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See my signature line: I mean it from the bottom of my heart.

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, but expecting different results!" Albert Einstein

We have to start some small changes if we want to change the way things have always been, and find that beautiful lady that lives inside of all of us.

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It is a great place to visit isn't it. I quite often read just one or two when I think why bother. I know it always lifts my spirits and gets me through those tough days. We have come a long way and we have done it together. Wow look at Donna biking, would you have thought that three months ago? We really are an awesome group and I for one am really glad I decided to stop by a couple of months ago. You know the strange thing, I feel like I have known some of you forever and that is the magic.

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Today was magic... and then i came here to read all the wonderful magic this team shares with us. Thank you LOLA for reminding us to drop by and enjoy! emoticon

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to me the magic is all of you!!

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For a big dose of inspiration go to the bottom of the Share the Magic thread and read it all. Every post. Take the time to stop and think about what is being said. Stop and consider the posts and comments. See how far we've come!! See what we can do together. Listen to the encouragement and wisdom so freely given. Thank you all who have shared their magic. You make my day.

Lola - in Oregon

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i have gone and done it..
gone and done it..
i just rode my bike... around the block 2 times.
wow
my knees were sore the other days cause of the weather.. everyone in winnipeg had trouble who have arther and rhum.. so today they felt good so ken held onto the back and then let me go when i told him to and i went.. and he got his bike out so he could follow me .. incase i fell.. poor guy he had to go to the bathroom so bad.. but he followed me instead... i LOVE THE BIKE. wooohhooo
and maybe even my DH...lol

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My most recent magic is the new iPod with audio books. I keep walking to keep listening -- what a healthy addiction. I am finally heading confidently towards my goal. That's magic, too.
Jean

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have i been missing somethng..
i read and read and read.. and now i want a nice cup of tea. please. and here i was going to get rid of all my china cups .. the ones i picked up at garage sales. and where ever.. gotton some as gifts. now i will start usning.. especiall y my ones i got from my D Grandma..

Brenda thanks for th e tea this morning..


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I am here Brenda...........I thought maybe the little handbag might be too much.....what do you think? Maybe if I had little gloves???

I have to go painting first......the good news is....I am painting GREEN........LOL...

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I really have enjoyed reading the posts to this thread, and am sorry I did not pay closer attention.

I went and checked out all my subscriptions and re clicked all the ones I had lost as links to be sent to my email. This was one, the Tootin' thread was another, the M for Motivation Thread was also dropped off.

Dear me, I need to do some reading.......and it is so nice to see everyone using the other threads too!

Great team, great friends, great messages!

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Getting out the good china makes me think of Donna and her putting liquid dish detergent in her dishwasher. I guess she did double time and had enough soap to wash the floor too! LOL

This is a good subject, and I am enjoying reading the comments. I liked your little "saying" Lori, and was trying to remember the picture that went with that email... LOL..

So Google nut here, decided to Google "good dishes". I found a link telling us "How to Wash Dishes" LOL.

First, there are 15 steps to follow.
Then, 3 tips and 3 warnings....
THEN, a LIST of things you will need.....and there are 12 of them......hahah, the first being....."dishes to wash"

THEN! There are related LINKS..........

The first one is for Donna......"How to wash dishes without soap."

Hhahahah, ya gotta love the internet!
www.wikihow.com/Wash-Dishes

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Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, champagne in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming WOO HOO what a ride!

I have told my friends for years that when I am really old and can't do much but sit in my rocking chair, I want to remember all the things I did with a big smile on my face.



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Brenda, I love your posts and I too refuse to use paper plates. We eat with real dishes. But I haven't gotten my china out in a while, so I'm going to just that.

Your posts are a good reminder that every minute you let slip by is a minute you'll never get to have again. And that every today is yesterdays tomorrow.

Lori W
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Thank you all for your beautiful comments. I have always been somewhat of a procrastinator, but as life goes one, I realize that good intentions need to be carried out immediately. We really feel badly when we must say, "I should have" "I wish I would have" "I could have"...and don't save that special silk nightie for the hospital, wear it because it's Tuesday and it makes you feel special....

Sometimes when just the kids are here, my DIL will say "why don't we just use paper plates" and I always say "no way, that is why I have a dish washer." I believe that to make both family and company feel special, you treat family like company and company like family.

Hope you all can come for breakfast tomorrow, dressed up, and we will have a tea party with the good china and the special dishes, Just because.....

But, you don't have to dress up either, the smaller jeans that you are wearing will be just fine....Comfort is my motto.....

Edited by: BRENMAN at: 5/20/2008 (20:24)
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I think i want tea instead of coffee please . hey a joke ..one man was swatting flys and his wife walks in and asks what are you doing ? he says he was killing flys 3 males and 2 females . how can you tell what sex they are ? he replied three males where on the beer can and two females on the phone . emoticon emoticon please pass the cookies .

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Brenda, what an inspiration you are to our team!!

Those are some of the best words I've ever read and there have been times in my life when I decided to do something 'later', and later was 'too late'.

I will print out your message and put it on my refrigerator or my mirror to remind me to live for today.
Now I will go treat myself to a long soak in the tub and put on some of my 'special' perfume. I will reach out and touch someone who may be lonely.
Thank you for caring and sharing.

I live in my own little world, but I like it here.
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Brenda, what a wonderful message.

I have a video I like to watch. In it, the gal talks about her mother and of "using the good dishes". The "good dishes" only would come out for company, often for people she didn't even know. Family-- she said, got to use the chipped mason jars to drink out of, the mis-matched cutlery while the stainless sat in it's pretty sectioned wooden box.

She, like you, discovered that there is no sense saving things for later. My grandmother saved all the nighties she ever got for Christmas, birthdays, Mother's Day, all nicely folded, neatly tucked away in her drawer, for when she had to go to the hospital. She died at home.....

I ditched all my everyday dishes years ago. I use my "good dishes", and tend to overdress for everyone and anyone. I could not agree with you more, and I am so excited to see you write this message, and so very thankful to Regina for bringing it to the attention of all of us.

We will be over for coffee in the morning......slightly overdressed, looking like we just stepped out of the pages of Vogue. We will enjoy your lace tablecloth, you lovely china and two tiered plate of cookies.

Wonderful post.....just wonderful........pass the creamer please.........thank you........and yes, I will have a sugar cookie too.......




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wonderful thoughts . yes time to put them into action. use or lose they say . why try to wait until tomorrow . it might not come and then we can wait for ever to see it come . live now . enjoy it all . good friends are like pearls and the shine if you keep them polished and used ..

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Brenda you have a wonderful way with words. I so totally agree with what you say. I have always used my good china, crystal and silver for sometimes no other reason than that I felt like it. I do believe beautiful things are to be enjoyed and savoured throughout our lives. They do not like to be locked away for no one to use. Like a set of pearls they improve with age.

I try to live each day to the fullest and we have lost enough friends and family the last few years to know that you do not put off until tomorrow, so often tomorrow is too late.

Thank you so much for reminding me that every day needs to be lived as if it is the last one on earth.

You truly motivate me to enrich and better my life in all phases of my existence.



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Dear Spark Friends:

I'm reading more and dusting less. I'm sitting in the yard and admiring the view without fussing about the weeds in the garden. I'm spending more time with my family and friends and less time working.

Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experiences to savor, not to endure. I'm trying to recognize these moments now and cherish them.

I'm not "saving" anything; we use our good china and crystal for every special event such as losing a pound, getting the sink unstopped, or the first Amaryllis blossom.

I wear my good blazer to the market. My theory is if I look prosperous, I can shell out $28.49 for one small bag of groceries. I'm not saving my good perfume for special parties, but wearing it for clerks in the hardware store and tellers at the bank.

"Someday" and "one of these days" are losing their grip on my vocabulary. If it's worth seeing or hearing or doing, I want to see and hear and do it now

I'm not sure what others would've done had they known they wouldn't be here for the tomorrow that we all take for granted. I think they would have called family members and a few close friends. They might have called a few former friends to apologize and mend fences for past squabbles. I like to think they would have gone out for a Chinese dinner or for whatever their favorite food was.

I'm guessing; I'll never know.

It's those little things left undone that would make me angry if I knew my hours were limited. Angry because I hadn't written certain letters that I intended to write one of these days. Angry and sorry that I didn't tell my husband and parents often enough how much I truly love them. I'm trying very hard not to put off, hold back, or save anything that would add laughter and luster to our lives. And every morning when I open my eyes, tell myself that it is special.

Every day, every minute, every breath truly is a gift from God.

"People say true friends must always hold hands, but true friends don't need to hold hands because they know the other hand will always be there."

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance


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"Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid it will never begin.."

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Brenda I am sorry to hear that. My mom passed away on her 86th birthday last July 26. You are right they do live on in us. We were lucky but somehow it always seems there wasn't enough time.

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My Mother has just been gone one year this May 3rd. We were fortunate to have had them for so many years. They live on in us.....

Together we can........

“If you only do what you know you can do- you never do very much.”

"Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid it will never begin.."

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Brenda thank you, how true. This is the first year without my mom. I will miss her but know that for her she is in a better place.

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Brenda,
Thanks for your so very inspirational posts especially this last one about mothers,so very true.
Greatly appreciated.
Roz.

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In all your ways acknowledge HIM and HE shall direct your paths.

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MOTHERS

When God took a rib from man to make woman. He mold it like a potter would do clay in order to smooth out the rough edges so that our skin would be soft and fitting for a woman but hard to take on life. When you touch a woman on the outside, you feel her beauty and all of the love she has to offer. You see her warm and gentle smile, you experience her God given spirit and soul that showers you in your time of need. Because of the many masks that she wears, few people see her tears, her fight for her children, her roar for protecting her family, her stand for survival. Mother's! I want you to know that God sees and hears all! You are not alone in your quest. God has your back! You are special, you are queens, I love you and so does our Father.

Together we can........

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Brenda I have read that before but thanks for reminding me again. You are so right as we get older the days and weeks and months go by so much faster and before you know it that friend you said you had to see is gone and it is much too late. The only thing left is regrets.

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Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word 'refrigeration' mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched 'Jeopardy' on television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, 'How about going to lunch in a half hour?' She would gas up and stammer, 'I can't. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain.' And my personal favorite: 'It's Monday.' She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.

Because we cram so much into our lives, we tend to schedule our headaches. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of 'I'm going to,' 'I plan on,' and 'Someday, when things are settled down a bit.'

When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process the other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now...go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to... not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask 'How are you?' Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, 'We'll do it tomorrow.' And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say 'Hi?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift.... Thrown away. ... Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.

'Life may not be the party we hoped for... but while we are here we might as well dance!'


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What a great post, thanks for sharing.

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I found this on the internet and I read it keeping my weight loss journey in mind with each one. It's great food for thought.

THOUGHTS ABOUT THOUGHTS

#10 in a series

You can receive no more or no less into your life than what your thoughts will allow you to receive.

Everything you see, in any direction you look, first began as a thought in someone's mind

Criticizing ourselves for any reason causes us to attract more thoughts to criticize ourselves about because thoughts are magnetic vibrations that attract thoughts of the same frequency in response to the thoughts we are currently thinking. In other words, like attracts like.

Thoughts that we focus our attention on guarantees that we will attract more of the same.

Thoughts are things of power... All the good in the world and all the bad in the world originates from the thoughts of people like you and me, formed in our minds and then acted out in our lives.

You can't see, taste or touch a thought but thought is more powerful than the nuclear bomb itself because it was thought that created the nuclear bomb in the first place.

Underestimating the power of your thoughts to harm yourself or others is like underestimating the power of a loaded shotgun in your mouth to blow your brain outs.

Nothing is created in the physical reality without the power of someone's thoughts behind it.

No one's thoughts but yours have the power to make your life turn into one miraculous event after another or one disaster after another for the same power that creates the good in your life, your thoughts, also creates the bad.

Spending time dwelling on thoughts that make you feel bad attract more of the same until you end up feeling so bad that you either want to die or commit suicide..

You change your life by changing your thoughts. There is no other way for real change to take place in your life. If you don't change your thoughts, your life will not change. Thoughts come first and the result of your thoughts come second.

If you don't think you have any real power in life that's because of the thoughts you think.

All power begins with a single thought and from a single thought of power will come more powerful thoughts to think about until you can't tell the difference between yourself and your thoughts of power...

You are only as powerful or as weak as the thoughts you choose to think and what you choose to think, moment by moment, is always up to you, no one else, just you.

FREDERICK ZAPPONE

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Linda that sounds wonderful. I just mowed part of the lawn and got snowed on. Have a great trip.

Lori, we can and we will.

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Brenda, great post and a great reminder. The magic is in all the encouragement we get from each other. Amazing!

Linda, you enjoy your trip and bring back lots of good stories and pictures.

Regina, absolutely sticking together IS what it's all about.



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Wonderful posts. I love reading them.

Cocoba, I hope you attain each and every goal.

Brenda, we cannot live by comparing ourselves to others. Yet, we must know that God has a reason for all this variety.

Have a great day.

I will be away, and loving it. Going to Dominica.



Linda

I can do all things through God who strengthens me.

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Hi BRENDA,

Really enjoyed your post "Here's to the Girls."

And thanks for sending us girls the good lookin' feller! LOL

Take care,
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Brenda so true. Thank you for sharing. Have a great day. We have to stay committed and together we can do this.

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HERE'S TO THE GIRLS!!!

All of us girls..
Old and young...
Near and far...
Hold special memories of good times we've shared.
We've had our share of hard times when our friends were there to make us feel better..
We've shared... our hearts, our time, our secrets, our fears, our hopes, and our dreams.

Let us never break the chain of friends!

Someone will always be prettier.
Someone will always be smarter.
Their house will be bigger
They will drive a better car.
Their children will do better in school.
And their husband will fix more things around the house.

So let it go, Be Happy!
And love yourself and your circumstances.
Think about it.

The prettiest woman in the world can have trouble in her heart.
And the most highly favored woman on your job may be unable to have children.
And the richest woman you know, she's got the car, the house, the clothes....might be lonely.
And the word says if 'I have not Love, I have nothing.'
So, again, love you.
Love who you are.
Look in the mirror in the morning and smile and say
'I am too blessed to be stressed and too anointed to be disappointed!'
I like that!
'Winners make things happen.
Losers let things happen'
Be Blessed ladies and pass this on to encourage another woman.
'To the world you might be one person,
But to one person, you just might be the world'.

SEND THIS TO YOUR FAVORITE WOMEN - I JUST DID!

HERE'S TO YOU MY FRIENDS!


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Wow! These posts are miracles all by themselves. You are all so inspiring. And I needed the miracle of determination back. Thank you for reminding me I can do this!

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When I started my journey to better fitness and health, I did so with mixed feelings. All the old questions and concerns came back. Can I do this, will I be successful, how will I manage, on an on to the big one, will I be able to keep it off should I ever reach my goal??? Have I laid them all to rest, no, sometimes they still pop up.

2 ½ months later I have finally understood something that has eluded me all my life. There are no quick fixes, the expression no gain without pain is an undeniable truth. Getting fit and healthy is not easy. There are many times when the task seems to be insurmountable, when it would be so much easier just to say I QUIT!!

But then I look in the mirror and think, I can see my chin clearly, my cheeks are not as round as they used to be. Instead of two rolls I only have one and that one is much smaller and my determination rises to where I think yes I can, I can do this, maybe not as fast as I thought I could but slowly and steadily, day by day, good days and bad days, in the end I will succeed.

Diet pills, those magic diets that promise ten lbs. gone in a week, are still out there. There is a different one almost every week. I am not so prone to believe or try those anymore. If my weight loss and a fitter me is to be permanent, I have to change my way of thinking, living and being. I have to remain focused on where I want to be at the end of my journey.

I will not give up anything forever, I will have that cake or that treat but I will budget for it and include it in my calorie plan for that day. Maybe I will just have a nibble but I will have enough to satisfy me and just by allowing myself, I find that quite often I really do not need or want it.

I am proud of what I have accomplished so far, 22 lbs. and two sizes gone. The realization of how far I have come were evident this weekend when I went to visit my daughter and son-in-law. They live a ways away and so I hadn't seen them since I started. They looked at me and went wow. My daughter said mom I know you have been trying to loose weight but I didn't realize just how much you have lost, you look wonderful. At that point I felt beautiful and ready to go on.

I have learned to be vigilant and read labels and make smarter choices. One can eat out and still stay within the allotted calorie range. Restaurants these days all carry salads even McDonald’s.

This site has certainly helped me to accomplish that. It provided guide lines, friends and laughter all in the same boat as I am. Their support and sharing has helped me over those rough moments, when a quart of ice cream would have been the fix in years gone by. It has provided me with tools to track and monitor everything I do.

I have approx. 12 lbs. to go to the new and slimmer me and I find that I do not need all the tools anymore, they have become ingrained and I make smart choices automatically. This site helped and I will continue to find the support I need here but I guess I have realized that in the end it was I that did it and it was my commitment that has got me as far as I have.

I will continue my journey and hopefully by mid-summer will have accomplished my goal.



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