Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ( Isaiah 41:10)
Thanks for a great example of how to live life and enjoy the priorities as well as the incidentals,.... Frank!!! Got to say, I'll tip my beer to you this weekend!!! love&care2, Dot
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large empty mayonnaise jar and processed to fill it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly.
The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous YES!
The professor then produced two beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. “Now”, said the professor as the laughter subsided, I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.
The golf balls are important things-your family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passion, and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car…..the sand is everything else- the small stuff.
“If you put the sand into the jar first, he continued, there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit the grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.
Take care of the golf balls first- the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand. One of the students raised their hand and inquired what the beer represented. The professor smiled and said, “I’m glad you asked”. The beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of beers with a friend.
it really appeared very much like this image
my sister had just passed from this earth
my heart held great faith that her suffering was now over
the drive from the country road in the Midwest to
to get to the airport for CA was ultra tranquil
it was breaking dawn and the light of the sun cut through
the dewy morning fog which drifted everywhere
[ it can not be explained how absolutely magical
the colors and the light across the rolling hills appeared,
- as a magical mix of all elements, and emotions,... ]
it was as though the prayers for my sister were
answered in a vision of immense beauty
telling me to feel my faith in a new way
to sense that my sister was extremely
well cared for now
and she was happy, too
it was a magical emotional experience (back in 2003)
comforting me to this day
the reassurrance of beauty-love-faith
conveying that my sister had transcended the troubles
of her life here, and was travelling in a new land
and sent a 'post card' to let me know
- her love was alive, and most beautifully expanding -
as the blue bird who flies &
This post was modified from its original form on 06 Mar, 16:55
... and Dot has all the above plus the ability to be patient with us all and join us her!!
There are days when I wonder,.......
It can be very difficult to give all the attention to our group that would be ideal, at least to my way of thinking.
In a quick look back over what's occured here on our positive's pages, I ran across some very sweet and encouraging comments/posts,...
It works both ways here:
Stuart never fails to show utter kindness!
Antonio certainly knows some complimentary language and offers them for a big boost.
Ioanna is constantly a sensitive and most gentle soul, - who must be a great person to take care of her adorable puppies!
Agnes has pazzazz and all that jazz with so many visual messages that make us happy!!!
So, this was not lost, - it is a day to rediscover how every word here has a special meaning to every member and can be shared across the globe and across time zones, and even on those busy days, - be REvisited.
Thanks to all Our Members for POSITIVE ENERGY that lasts a long long time,...!!!
I appreciate very much the way you write, Dot Alexander. You write like a professional writer and I miss your great texts on the Positively Speaking Group. You may share with us, the gift of writing that God gave you, my friend. Sending you a Big Hug, flying over the Atlantic and over the North America, from the East to the West cost, arriving in your good heart, in San Francisco. With care and love too, Antonio
Hi, Have not had a chance to meet Dot, but hope that whatever it is she is going through that she knows how much her community members support her and wish her all the best to get pass this. Keep positive thoughts growing in your heart.
The following message was sent to me by Dot.I think that se should like to be posted in here.
I want to add to Dot's comment that I,too,remember the people of my neighbourhood,of my country,of my youth, living under the same conditions,which make me thing and believe that people is the same all over the glob...
Our country, The United States of America, is not what I remember as a young girl growing up in the 1950(s). I remember our streets being safe. I remember our neighborhoods being friendly and looking after one another. I remember how it was unusual for violence to be woven so naturally into our culture, rather, we rejected such forms of entertainment and amusement. I remember children could play safely outdoors after dark. I remember unlocked doors to our homes and our automobiles. I remember, and I long for our world to remember, too. I know we can live without the violence that is encouraged by the outrage of injustice. I remember 'I Have A Dream' by Martin Luther King, Jr. - and if we could keep this dream in our hearts, we can lay down our anger and take up the courage to solve our troubles, in peace, with compassion, and look to one another with the hope and the wisdom of the heart. Dot (@ the limit)
Yes it is true that we are all missing Dot.We are missing Dot not only as a friend but also as the moving person for us to be "positive".Where are you Zee ,who have been so much positive some time ago?Well,just to be positive again for Dot's sake I suggest that we'll start a new topic which we shall call it "What is your opinion" in which we could discuss every time a different subject,let's say " carrying arms" for begining (which ,I know,is a favorite subject for you Antonio).
My opinion:I am strongly against carrying arms by anyone.Yes I accept carrying arms by those who are definitely practicing the sports.I don't believe that even for defence is right to carry (even legally) a gun.I can not trust that a common man holding a gun being face to face to a criminal could defend himself or his beloved.Perhaps this gun to be against him.And finally I believe that only an official goverment must have the right to exercise Legal violence.
What is your opinion on this?
I miss you very much, Dot Alexander! I hope you comeback soon.
A Big Hug,
Just a note to tell you that you are missed, Dot! With best wishes, Stuart