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7 years ago
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When We Share
Poet: Unknown
When we share laughter, there's twice the fun;
When we share success, we surpass what we've done.

When we share problems, there's half the pain;
When we share tears, a rainbow follows rain.

When we share dreams, they become more real;
When we share secrets, it's our hearts we reveal.

If we share a smile, then our love shows;
If we share a hug, then our love grows.

If we share with someone on whom we depend,
That person becomes family or friend.

And what draws us closer and makes us all care,
Is not what we have, but the things that we share.




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ABC's For Life.....

A - Accept
Accept others for who they are and for the choices they've made even if you have difficulty understanding their beliefs, motives, or actions.

B - Break Away
Break away from everything that stands in the way of what you hope to accomplish with your life.

C - Create
Create a family of friends whom you can share your hopes, dreams, sorrows,and happiness with.

D - Decide
Decide that you'll be successful and happy come what may, and good things will find you. The roadblocks are only minor obstacles along the way.

E - Explore
Explore and experiment. The world has much to offer, and you have much to give. And every time you try something new, you'll learn more about yourself.

F - Forgive
Forgive and forget. Grudges only weigh you down and inspire unhappiness and grief. Soar above it, and remember that everyone makes mistakes.

G - Grow
Leave the childhood monsters behind. They can no longer hurt you or stand in your way.

H - Hope
Hope for the best and never forget that anything is possible as long as you remain dedicated to the task.

I - Ignore
Ignore the negative voice inside your head. Focus instead on your goals and remember your accomplishments. Your past success is only a small inkling of what the future holds.

J - Journey
Journey to new worlds, new possibilities, by remaining open-minded. Try to learn something new every day, and you'll grow.

K - Know
Know that no matter how bad things seem, they'll always get better. The warmth of spring always follows the harshest winter.

L - Love
Let love fill your heart instead of hate. When hate is in your heart, there's room for nothing else, but when love is in your heart, there's room for endless happiness.

M - Manage
Manage your time and your expenses wisely, and you'll suffer less stress and worry. Then you'll be able to focus on the important things in life.

N - Notice
Never ignore the poor, infirm, helpless, weak, or suffering. Offer your assistance when possible, and always your kindness and understanding.

O - Open
Open your eyes and take in all the beauty around you. Even during the worst of times, there's still much to be thankful for.

P - Play
Never forget to have fun along the way. Success means nothing without happiness.

Q - Question
Ask many questions, because you're here to learn.

R - Relax
Refuse to let worry and stress rule your life, and remember that things always have a way of working out in the end.

S - Share
Share your talent, skills, knowledge, and time with others. Everything that you invest in others will return to you many times over.

T - Try
Even when your dreams seem impossible to reach, try anyway. You'll be amazed by what you can accomplish.

U - Use
Use your gifts to your best ability. Talent that's wasted has no value. Talent that's used will bring unexpected rewards.

V - Value
Value the friends and family members who've supported and encouraged you, and be there for them as well.

W - Work
Work hard every day to be the best person you can be, but never feel guilty if you fall short of your goals. Every sunrise offers a second chance.

X - X-Ray
Look deep inside the hearts of those around you and you'll see the goodness and beauty within.

Y - Yield
Yield to commitment. If you stay on track and remain dedicated, you'll find success at the end of the road.

Z - Zoom
Zoom to a happy place when bad memories or sorrow rears its ugly head. Let nothing interfere with your goals. Instead, focus on your abilities, your dreams, and a brighter tomorrow.
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i like your quotes Les and Kay.

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Life is a miracle don't let it slip away,
Open your heart to others, give of yourself each day.
See the beauty in everyone, regardless of where they've been,
Some have a difficult journey and really need a friend.
Share your gifts and talents, listen with your heart.
Do the things you dream about but don't have time to start.
Pick a bouquet of flowers, show someone that you care,
Be gracious and forgiving, for life is never fair.
Hold on to your courage, you may need it down the road,
We all have a cross to bear, it could be a heavy load.
If you practice all these things, wherever you may roam,
You might find both sun and rain, but you'll never feel alone!
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Never Miss a Sunset
By Nancy Loucks-McSloy
The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.
~Henry Miller
Growing up with the golden sands of Sauble Beach at my doorstep, I realize now how rich we really were. Fondly referred to as the "Daytona of Canada," Sauble Beach, Ontario is famous for its eleven kilometres of pure, golden, sugary sand, embracing the warm, clean waters of Lake Huron. When I visited my relatives in the "city," I envied their beautiful houses, their stylish clothes and even the cookies that came out of a bag instead of the oven! As I take a nostalgic look at the past I now know that what we had money could not buy.
We lived on a modest farm on Silver Lake Road, just a mile or so from "the beach." My parents had grown up during the Depression, so frugality was a way of life. On the other hand they were so generous and giving. My dad would grow a huge garden to feed us throughout the winter and there was always enough for the "city" relatives to come and visit and take fresh vegetables home.
We seldom went out for a fancy dinner or to a movie, but one thing that we did from the time the weather turned nice in the spring until the snow came and the lake froze over was to go to the beach. My father always said, "Never miss a sunset." In the early spring we would sit at the beach, watching the icebergs as they moved in and out, and of course watching for that beautiful sunset. As spring turned into summer, we would go to the beach and swim until it was time to watch the sunset. Summer would turn to autumn, when the evenings were chilly and the water would begin to get rough. As we watched the waves, listening to them hit the shore, we would wait for those last sunsets of the season, knowing that soon it would be winter and we would be waiting for spring to once again watch the sunset over the lake.
I grew up, married and moved away from the beauty of the lake and its breathtaking sunset. My parents retired and looked forward to summer when our children would spend summer holidays with them. Our children are now grown with children of their own, but they still talk about the days when Grandma and Grandpa would take them to the beach to swim and how Grandpa always said, "Never miss a sunset."
During his golden years, Dad would spend his time in the spring puttering around, making maple syrup and preparing to plant his garden. He would come back from the sugar bush in time for dinner and to take that short drive to watch the sunset. During the summer, he would work in his garden, or relax under the beautiful twin maple trees in the side yard. Evening would come and he would say to Mom, "We better go for an ice cream cone and eat it while we watch the sunset." Autumn was no exception. He still took that short jaunt to the lake shore most evenings.
Dad had lived there from birth; the only time he had been away from home was during World War II when he was in the army. He always said, "There is no place like home."

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It was early spring. Dad called with some urgency in his voice, asking us to come and visit for the weekend. We went and helped him do a few things around the farm. When we finished our work he said, "We better go and watch the sunset." That was the last sunset that I watched with my dad. A week later, we got the call. Just the night before, he and Mom went to the beach and watched their last sunset together. Suddenly he had been called to another home. The news was devastating and our next trip home was for his funeral. Spending the next several days at the farm, grieving and not knowing what to do with myself, I would wake up early, drive to the beach to watch and listen to the waves. I felt as if Dad were with me. Every evening, I would say to my family, "If Dad were here he would say never miss a sunset," and off we would go to watch God's artwork, reminiscing about a wonderful husband, father and grandpa.
The memories of the sunsets of the Lake Huron shores have never left my heart. No matter what season I am travelling in the area, I feel an urge to be at the "beach" for the sunset. The spiritual healing that I have had just sitting on the beach, watching the sunset is more than money could ever buy! Living in our crazy "rat race" world I have learned to "take time to stop and smell the roses" and to "never miss a sunset."


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Hi Kay, That is a lovely and truly inspiring story. Sunsets at a beach are wonderful.

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Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there…to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson or help figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be but you lock eyes with them, you know that very moment that they will affect your life in some profound way.
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And sometimes things happen to you at the time that may seem horrible, painful and unfair, but in reflection you realize that without overcoming those obstacles you would never realize your potential, strength, will power or heart.
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Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of luck. Illness, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test limits of your soul.
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Without these small tests, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere safe and comfortable but dull and utterly pointless.
The people you meet affect your life. The successes and downfalls that you experience can create whom you are, and the bad experiences can be learned ffrom. In fact they are probably the most poignant and important ones. If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them because they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart.
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Talk to people whom you have never talked to before, and actually listen. Let yourself fall in love, break free and set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right to.
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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. Create you own life and then go out and live it.
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Share this with anyone whom you believe
has made a difference in your life!
"If you take your eyes off your goals, all you see is obstacles."
Everything happens for a reason
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It's amazing what one person can do~ Some people build you up just to bend and break you~  Some people bring out parts of you that you had no clue existed~  All throughout life, we meet people and every single one of them brings something to us, gives us some sort of purpose~  We come across people that will hurt us so incredibly much that it seems unbearable to go on with our lives, but the truth is, we can overcome anything we want to if we believe in it enough, if we have faith in ourselves, in who we are~  The most important thing in life is to find yourself~ Know who you are at all times and stand by that for the rest of your life~ No one has to the right to tell you who you are and control your life, 'cause it's yours. Your life is meant to be lived by no one else but yourself~ We sometimes let people get the best of us, destroy us and change our opinions on what we believe is true~ Only you know what's right for yourself~ You have the power, you make the choices and you learn~. Each experience we go through in a life is a lesson to be learned~  We all make mistakes, Why is that so hard for some to understand~  No one should be judged by the mistakes they have made~ It's past news.... Everything happens for a reason, and without the hard times, how would we ever realize our true strength~  It's only through a time of suffering when we realize how strong we truly are inside, when we realize how much we can actually put up with and deal with before we eventually break.....
The Happy Book
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I think I will start my own happy book <img src= happy">  Hugs
The Happy Book
By Jennifer Quasha
Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day.
~Author Unknown
I've spent a lot of my life unhappy. Looking back there were times that it was okay to feel that way, for example when my parents got divorced, when I was mugged at gunpoint during a vacation, when two friends died in a car accident when I was in high school, and when I was brutally assaulted in my early twenties.
But there were the other times, too. In middle school I didn't think that I was as smart as everyone else; I didn't have cool enough clothes; my mother dropped me off at school in a beat-up car. Junior high was the same. I wasn't as tall and thin as all the other girls; my baby teeth hadn't fallen out yet; and where were my boobs? Fast forward to high school. Still the boys had eyes for others; still everyone was smarter; still everyone dressed better. Yes, my boobs had finally arrived, but somehow that paled in comparison to everything else. In my first job out of college I wasn't making as much money as my friends; my apartment wasn't as nice; when I looked around there was always something to feel miserable about.
I come from a long line of people who have suffered from diagnosable depression.
When I was single, I assumed that was just who I was -- it was the genes I had been dealt.
When I was twenty-four I met my husband. We got married three years later, and three years after that I had my first child.
Once we had kids, my excuse of "it's-in-the-genes" didn't work so well for me anymore because that meant my kids were going to be depressed. And although I realize that that still might be the case, I began looking at my unhappiness in a new way.
It was something I had to work on myself.
Over the years many things have helped me fight depression: healthy eating, exercise, fresh air, friends, volunteering, church, therapy and medicine. It all helps.
But I have a little secret, too.
It's an exercise that I do every night before bed. By the side of my bed I have a small datebook. It covers January to December, but it's small -- every day only has enough space to write one line.
Every night I ask myself this question: "What made me the happiest today?"

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Because I don't have space to write very much it seems easy, and it only takes me a few seconds. But in those seconds I replay my day and decide on its happiest moment. Some days I come up with answers I expect, and other days I find myself surprised.
Some days it's: "my husband came home early," "reading before bed with the kids," "laughing with a friend on the phone," "getting a parking space when I was late... Right in front!"
And some days aren't as easy and it's: "finally getting to get into bed," "being able to stay calm during a fight with my daughter," "not having to cook dinner -- again."
But the spin on my life has changed. I actively seek the positive. Every day.
And sometimes, if I have a sour day, I look back through the book, read, and remember those happy moments in the past.
In fact, I wish I had started my happy book back in middle school. Entries might have been: "I don't need braces like everyone else," "I caught Charlie S. Looking at me today," and "I didn't trip when I went up on stage to receive my Most Improved Player award."
6 years ago

Kay all of what you have shared hear is simply put--beautiful and inspiring.

for the sake of another,...
6 years ago

This thread is completely inspiring - thought this kiosk would fit well~



This Group has wonderful members contributing - just for the sake,....

6 years ago

As  I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and  less critical of myself. I've become my own  friend.

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,  or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50, 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).

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Our dear friend, Les has graciously given me permission to use a quote of his on a tag that I make. Thank you, Les, and here it is:

in - spirit *
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Nice Share for us all, Lynn G.,  You walk the talk! 

Have a good Friday All!!! & enjoy your weekend*

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I feel that this needs no words.

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Dont look back.....

As you travel through life, there are always those times
When decisions just have to be made;
When the choices are hard and solutions seem scarce,
And the rain seems to soak your parade.

There are some situations where all you can do
Is to simply let go and move on,
Gather courage together and choose a direction
That carries you toward a new dawn.

So pack up your troubles and take a step forward-
The process of change can be tough,
But think about all the excitement ahead,
If you can be stalwart enough.

There could be adventures you never imagined
Just waiting around the next bend -
And wishes and dreams just about to come true
In ways you can't yet comprehend.

Perhaps you'll find friendships that spring from new interests
As you challenge your status quo,
And you learn there are so many options in life
And so many ways you can grow.

Perhaps you'll go places you never expected
And see things you've never seen -
Or travel to fabulous far-away worlds
And wonderful spots in between.

Perhaps you'll find warmth and affection and caring -
A "somebody special" who's there
To help you stay centered and listen with interest
To stories and feelings you share.

Perhaps you'll find comfort in knowing your friends
Are supportive of all that you do -
And believe that whatever decisions you make,
They'll be the right choices for you.

So keep putting one foot in front of the other,
And taking your life day by day.
There's a brighter tomorrow that's just down the road,
Don't look back, you're not going that way.

6 years ago

Wonderfully inspirational posts, Kay dear. It's too bad that we don't know who wrote the beautiful ones by "unknown" I stand in awe of people who write from their hearts but don't put their names to their lovely thoughts.

I keep this poem on my desk and whenever I'm disheartened over something, I read it and I feel renewed strength. This also is an unknown author.

6 years ago
Focus On The Best

You always get more of what you focus upon. So, what are you focused upon
right now?

Are you focused on the problems, the distractions, the frustrations, the
excuses, the shortcomings and the annoyances in your world? Or, are you
focused on your dreams, your greatest possibilities, your positive passions,
and on the things that you value most?

You can choose your focus in every moment, and by doing so you can choose
the reality of your life. Though it may seem that circumstances conspire to
steal your focus, they can only do so with your cooperation.

Yes, there are plenty of things that will pull your focus in a negative,
destructive direction. And yet, you have the strength and the ability to
persistently pull your focus back in line with your most positive and
empowering intentions.

It’s not that difficult to maintain your focus. It’s just a matter of
overriding some negative habits you may have developed.

Focusing on what’s positive and productive and empowering is actually a
lot of fun, and the more you do it, the more you’ll like it. Focus on the
best you can imagine, and watch all those good things grow more abundant in
your life.

Ralph Marston
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Seven Words Of Well-Being
By Rachel Snyder

Your address, your bed, your body, your bookshelf.
Take a walk, take a hike, take a step away from
Stagnating jobs, relationships and life patterns.
Change perspective. Move closer to people who meet
You with authenticity and nourish your wildest dreams.
You don't have to move mountains, shifting a single
Pebble can work wonders.

Touch the part of your own body that you love.
Embrace in the bakery, in the parking lot, in
The doorways all over town. Kiss people on the
Cheek. Stroke your cat more, pet your dog more.
Savor the sensation of a silky scarf, of a well-
Sanded piece of wood, of the triad of textures
In an Almond Joy. Moss, bark, rocks and the water
Work, too. The more you do it, the less you bump
Up against the "ouch" in touch.

Sit in silence and see how much there is to hear.
Listen to people. What are they really saying?
Listen to the very last notes of every song.
Listen to your own inner voice - the one you hear
Only when the din of every day is diminished. Hear
The rustle of a leaf, the call of a bullfrog, the
Pop and crackle of your wood stove. Listen with
Your toes, listen with your heart and always listen
To that which is never spoken.

Feel the pain, feel the joy, until you feel you'll
Surely evaporate. Stop holding back from laughing
With your belly, loving from the deepest places of
Your heart, swooning with the sensuality of life
Itself. When another's disregard or arrogance
Enrages you, feel the anger rise up and roar! If
You're not truly feeling, you're not truly alive -
You're just going through the motions.

Stop second-guessing yourself. You know what you know,
You know? That inner tickling is your highest truth.
It will serve you well; the backfire comes when you deny
Or discount it. Take in information, from all sides,
Yet trust, in the end, that you - and you alone - know
what's best for you. If all day you pine to paint,then
That is what you must do. If you ache to walk beside the
Ocean, find a way to get there. Without complete trust,
You are left only to rust.

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Gather together with women and men you love.

Sip tea together, walk in the woods together,

Talk and talk and talk, read aloud to each other,

Do absolutely nothing together. Revel in how your

Hair and your skin and your bodies and your stories

Are so different - and so utterly alike. Cook and

Eat together, stand beside the washing machine and

Cry and hug and wail together. And most assuredly,

Laugh together until your sides ache.


For once, stop giving, giving, giving to everyone

But yourself. Accept a compliment with grace.

Voice what you need - be it a hug, a moment of talk,

Food for your table, a loan of money - and know that

It will be provided. Loosen your white-knuckled,

Stressed-out grasp on life, and then let the palms of

Your hands fill to overflowing. Know that you deserve

All you receive, and remember to show your gratitude

For the sheer magnificence of a life lived well.

6 years ago

I enjoyed reading the above post Kay; it has so many good ideas and meanings to it that are worthwhile.

6 years ago

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant."

-Robert Louis Stevenson

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Imagine the sun, only shining on days you
deserve its warmth. Imagine the moon, only
coming out on nights you earn its comforting
glow. Imagine love, only given when you are
worthy of its gift.

Despite our flaws and imperfections, we are
blessed with the warmth of the sun, the glow of
the moon and the love of those we love in return.

We won't always be happy with the decisions
and actions of those we love and they won't
always be happy with ours. But we don't with-
hold our love to bring the other person in line
with our way of thinking. It's not a tool of
discipline or control, given and withdrawn at
will. Using it as such is an abuse of a powerful
emotion, a tear in the fabric of trust.

Knowing we are loved on worst days, makes
our best days far more precious and oh so
much sweeter. Returning love at that same level,
institutes a two-way treasure. It generates a flow
of devotion that gives as well as receives.

 -- Living in love and loving life,
     Terri McPherson
5 years ago

These inspiring posts touch my heart!

Thank you!

5 years ago

My sister posted in another group,I know she will not mind if I share it.

5 years ago

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps
as you walk the tightrope of life.

~William Arthur Ward


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5 years ago

Always A New Beginning - how about you, in 2014~
4 years ago

This is a great thread to reactivate for this year, 2014.  Mostly, I find that people are my greatest inspiration.  After all, it is that spark of kindness and love that makes this world go 'round.  - in other words, we all find life worth living when we share the 'best' of ourselves.  I know this is true for me.  And that includes being forgiving, for we are all human, and this most generous of gifts, -forgiveness- allows us to move forward into the future and let go of anything which has harmed us or caused an injustice.   Always, an incentive, to do better the next time,...  Hope each one has a great inspiration for this New Year!!!  love&care2, Dot

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