FOOD FOR THOUGHT . . . bon appetite!

 

WORDS OF WISDOM TO INSPIRE, CONSOLE, COMFORT, ENERGIZE, INVIGORATE; 
PILLOWS TO REST THE WEARY HEAD AND ABSORB THE ENERGY OF 
LOVE AND HAPPINESS, AND JOI D’VIVRE!
  • FROM ME TO YOU

  • FOR THOSE WHO NEED TO KNOW

  • THE ILLUMINATED RUMI . . .

  • JOURNEY OF SURRENDER

  • LETTER FROM THEO . . .

  • INSTRUCTIONS for LIFE in the NEW MILLENNIUM from the DALAI LAMA

  • MAYA ANGELOU SAYS . . .

  • THE POSITIVE SIDE OF LIFE

  • INSPIRATIONAL BEAUTY TIPS

  • I WISH YOU ENOUGH

  • LESSON FOR TODAY by Stephen Ivory

  • TAKE HOLD OF EVERY MOMENT

  • HEAVEN'S GROCERY STORE

  • HOW WE TREAT PEOPLE

  • LEAVING THE CITY OF REGRET

  • CHRISTINE NORTHRUP SAYS . . .

  • YOUR INPUT DETERMINES YOUR OUTPUT

  • IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER by Erma Bombeck

  • WHAT IS TRUE SUCCESS

  • NATURAL HIGHS

  • GEMS FROM JEWEL DIAMOND TAYLOR

  • THE NET OF GRATITUDE

  • RELATIVE-LY SPEAKING . . .

  • THE PURPLE HAT

  • REVERSAL OF FORTUNE

  • ST. THERESA'S PRAYER

  • AFFIRMATION FOR VISION WARRIORS

 

FROM ME TO YOU

The universe is filled with infinite joy and love, which in turn bear limitless fruits of all kinds. We are the gardeners of Love and Light within and around us, and we must sow those seeds with great thought & care.

 

Like flowers that bloom in every season, let your inner light “photosynthesize” and your beauty, radiance, and unconditional love will flourish.

 

Wishing you peace, love, health & happiness now and always. Ciao 4 now.

 

Peace & love.

-SB

 

 

FOR THOSE WHO NEED TO KNOW

Many people have friends or loved ones going through cancer and want so badly to help or to "fix" it and feel helpless to do so. I want to share this with you so that you know and so you can tell others you may know who are caring for or know someone who is experiencing this health challenge: the kind of love and positivity you have given me even from near and afar, via phone, mail, email communications is so very important and vital. Just your feeling the Truth of that Love for that person is so powerfully felt even if you just stand in the room or send a note or touch their hand for a moment. As soon as people realize their own power to heal themselves and others by tuning into the Love of the Universe that is within and around all of us, than there will be healing and peace for all.

 

 

THE ILLUMATED RUMI . . .

“Keep walking, though there’s no place to get to.

Don’t try to see through the distances.

That’s not for human beings.

Move within.

But don’t move the way fear makes you move.”

 

“Let the beauty we love be what we do.”

 

"The Net of Gratitude"
Giving thanks for abundance
is sweeter than the abundance itself:
Should one who is absorbed with the Generous One
be distracted by the gift?
Thankfulness is the soul of beneficence;
abundance is but the husk,
for thankfulness brings you to the place where the Beloved lives.
Abundance yields heedlessness;
thankfulness brings alertness:
hunt for bounty with the net of gratitude.

 

 

JOURNEY OF SURRENDER

On your journey of Life you have good days, bad days, fair-to-middling days, feeling better, feeling great, then over-expanding and having a relapse. Feeling a lot worse. It's hard to remember sometimes that healing is a journey and not a destination. We want what we want, and we want it now.

It's sometimes hard to pace yourself, and you want to be further along, and convince yourself that it's true. So you ignore your condition and act out of some ideal, like going out without a jacket while its still cold. (It's Spring isn't it?). And then you wonder why you're freeeezing, and think "It's not fair". Hmmm.

Healing is a journey into surrender. Not lay-down-and-walk-all-over-me surrender. It's a much more graceful yielding to the conditions as they are and flowing with them in gracious response. It's a dance, and you learn to stay connected with your partners, whoever or whatever they might look like in the moment, no matter how beautiful, or how hideous. And dance. And dance some more, coming from a state of ease and rest.

No matter what the weather may look like outside, surrender becomes possible in an inner climate of awareness and love. Healing is a process of unwinding, of letting go and flowing, not clinging to your life as much as living it in grace. We don't have to do anything to be Whole and complete. We already are, and have only to recognize it.

 

 

LETTER FROM THEO . . .

Dear Sharon,

You may not know immediately or right on the surface or right in the middle of the big emotions, but there is a wisdom inherent in your being. And if you can find moments of quiet – if you can step away from the turbulent thoughts and emotions even for the tiniest moment, you may begin to hear the "still, small voice" that will give you insight into your situation and point the right way for you.

 

Everyone who cares about you naturally wants to come to your rescue or defense, and that can often sound like judgement or advice, or it can push you toward an imposed interpretation or conclusion. So it can feel like pressure. But there are no shortcuts for your own process of seeing your own way. I have no doubt that you will find your way beautifully, and that love will continue to find its own unique way to express in and through your life. It is already true.

 

And I have no doubt that whatever and however painful this passage, it is an opportunity for you to learn more about love and that will only bring blessing to your life – no matter what unfolds. It is inevitable that you will be blessed. Think of how you have been guided and loved and blessed by the universe so far! This is the truth and always will be.

 

Sending you very much love,

Theodora

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIFE IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM 

FROM THE DALAI LAMA:

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

3. Follow the 3 Rs: Respect for self, Respect for others, Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to

      enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up 

      the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go some place you've never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds 

      your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

 

 

MAYA ANGELOU SAYS . . .

When I was in my younger days,

I weighed a few pounds less,

I needn't hold my tummy in

    to wear a belted dress.

But now that I am older,

I've set my body free;

There's the comfort of elastic

Where once my waist would be.

Inventor of those high-heeled shoes

My feet have not forgiven;

I have to wear a nine now,

But used to wear a seven.

And how about those pantyhose-

They're sized by weight, you see,

So how come when I put them on

The crotch is at my knee?

I need to wear these glasses

As the print's been getting smaller;

And it wasn't very long ago

I know that I was taller.

Though my hair has turned to gray

    and my skin no longer fits,

On the inside, I'm the same old me,

It's the outside's changed a bit.

 

But, on a positive note...

I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three 

    things:  a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when 

    they're gone from your life.

I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life."

I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You 

    need to be able to throw something back.

I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right

    decision.

I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.

I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm 

    hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but 

    people will never forget how you made them feel.

 

 

THE POSITIVE SIDE OF LIFE

Living on Earth is expensive,

but it does include a free trip

around the sun every year.

 

How long a minute is

depends on what side of the

bathroom door you're on.

 

Birthdays are good for you;

the more you have,

the longer you live.

 

Happiness comes through doors you

didn't even know you left open.

 

Ever notice that the people who are late

are often much jollier

than the people who have to wait for them?

 

Most of us go to our grave

with our music still inside of us.

 

If Wal-Mart is lowering prices every day,

how come nothing is free yet?

 

You may be only one person in the world,

but you may also be the world to one person.

 

Some mistakes are too much fun

to only make once.

 

Don't cry because it's over;

Smile because it happened.

 

We could learn a lot from crayons:

some are sharp, some are pretty,

some are dull, some have weird names,

and all are different colors....but

they all exist very nicely in the same box.

 

A truly happy person is one who

can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

 

Have an awesome day, and

know that someone

who thinks you're great

has thought about you today!

 

 

INSPIRATIONAL BEAUTY TIPS

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in other people.

To lose weight, let go of stress, hatred, anger, contempt, and the need to control others.

To improve your ears, listen to the word of God (by whatever name you use).

Rather than focus on the thorns of life, smell the roses and count your blessings, giving 

    thanks for each one of them.

For poise, walk with knowledge and self-esteem.

To strengthen your arms, hug at least 3 people a day. Touch someone with your love.

To strengthen your heart, forgive yourself and others.

Don't worry and hurry so much. Rather than walk this earth lightly, walk firmly with 

    determination and leave your mark.

For the ultimate in business, casual, or evening attire put on the robe of LOVE; it fits like a 

    glove but allows room for growth. Best of all, it never goes out of style and is 

    appropriate for any occasion.

 

Doing these things on a daily basis will certainly make you a more beautiful person.

Peace is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of God.

 

 

I WISH YOU ENOUGH

Recently I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure. Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said “I love you and I wish you enough.” The daughter replied, “Mom, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom.”


They kissed and the daughter left. The mother walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see she wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on her privacy but she welcomed me in by asking, “Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?”

 

“Yes, I have,” I replied. “Forgive me for asking but why is this a forever goodbye?”

“I am old and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is – the next trip back will be for my funeral,” she said.

“When you were saying goodbye, I heard you say ‘I wish you enough.’ May I ask what that means?” She began to smile. “That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.”

She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail and she smiled even more. “When we said 'I wish you enough' we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them.”.

Then turning toward me she shared the following as if she were reciting it from memory:

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.
She then began to cry and walked away.


They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.

 

 

LESSON FOR TODAY by Stephen Ivory

I open my eyes in the morning, and I wonder:  What will it be today? I brush my teeth in anticipation.  How will it come? The phone rings and I ask myself – Is this it?  Is it in the newspaper I read?  The letter I am opening?  The glass of water I am drinking – is there something more to this activity than the obvious? When I am aware enough to contemplate it, I ask myself:  What lesson will I learn today?

 

The greatest thing about life is that no matter who you are, no matter where you live, whether you are rich or poor, young or old, everyday you have the opportunity to learn something new.   

 

Admittedly, I don't approach every day in this fashion. Like most people, quite often I waken, preoccupied with the day's deed at hand.  On the mornings that I am aware, however, I grow giddy.  Because to discover a lesson and recognize it as such is like being on a personal treasure hunt: I know that if I am open, I am bound to learn something. The world is a classroom, and tuition is free. The only thing to be paid is attention.

 

I might find it anywhere – in the lilt of a Jobim song whose Portuguese lyric I don't even understand, or in a conversation with a parking attendant. It may come by not talking at all, by simply watching him.  A stroll in the park could hold a revelation. Behind the shower curtain, an epiphany may await. 

 

A couple of days ago, my lesson was delivered by Jane, a long-retired grandmother who came to rest on my bench. During our conversation, she told me that three months after retiring – or was it three months after buying her home sixteen years ago? She slipped on the stairs and broke her foot. It didn't heal properly, and for several years she endured the pain before one doctor corrected the misdiagnosis of another. 

 

When I asked her how she dealt with her misfortune, she replied that she relied on two things: Gratitude and Faith. Gratitude that, despite her condition, things weren't worse, and faith that she'd find someone to fix it. Gratitude, she said, should always be the starting point from wherever you sit in life; wherever you are, be grateful for what you do have. And always have faith that things will get better, because if you are truly doing all that you can, they will. 

 

She told me she begins her day by sitting in her favorite chair with a cup of coffee and meditating. She gives thanks for her health and her family and her home, which she loves and the front yard of which she managed to landscape herself, even with a broken foot. And then she just sits there, sometimes up to an hour, enjoying the serenity of simply being alive.

 

At her home, Jane tries to fix at least one thing everyday. This way, no matter how small the repair, your life is always moving forward. Jane said that when she finally steps out of her home and into the world, she does so with the faith that she will always encounter something, anything, good. This, she said, is where I came in – which, I replied, was funny, considering that the moment she sat down, I suspected that with her would come my lesson. 

 

We began chatting that Saturday afternoon at about one-thirty. When Jane eased up off the bench, it was a little after five. We went our separate ways, both privately satisfied that what we each embraced in life was more than just a hunch. We'd affirmed not only our own views, but those of the other. 

 

The greatest thing about life is that no matter who you are, no matter where you live, whether you are rich or poor, young or old, everyday you have the opportunity. 

 

 

TAKE HOLD OF EVERY MOMENT

A friend of mine opened his wife's underwear drawer and picked up a silk paper wrapped package: ”This, - he said - isn't any ordinary package.” He unwrapped the box and stared at both the silk paper and the box. ”She got this the first time we went to New York 8 or 9 years ago. She has never put it on. Was saving it for a special occasion.”

 

Well, I guess this is it. He got near the bed and placed the gift box next to the other clothing he was taking to the funeral house, his wife had just died. He turned to me and said:

 

“Never save something for a special occasion. Every day in your life is a special occasion”. I still think those words changed my life.

 

Now I read more and clean less. I sit on the porch without worrying about anything. I spend more time with my family, and less at work. I understood that life should be a source of experience to be lived up to, not survived through. I no longer keep anything. I use crystal glasses every day. I'll wear new clothes to go to the supermarket, if I feel like it. I don't save my special perfume for special occasions, I use it whenever I want to.

 

The words ”Someday . . .” and “One Day . . .” are fading away from my dictionary. If it's worth seeing, listening or doing, I want to see, listen, or do it now.

 

I don't know what my friend's wife would have done if she knew she wouldn't be there the next morning, this nobody can tell. I think she might have called her relatives and closest friends. She might call old friends to make peace over past quarrels. I'd like to think she would go out for Chinese, her favorite food. It's these small things that I would regret not doing, if I knew my time had come. I would regret it, because I would no longer see the friends I would meet, letters that I wanted to write “One of these days.”

 

I would regret and feel sad, because I didn't say to my brother and sisters, sons and daughters, not times enough at least, how much I love them. 

 

Now, I try not to delay, postpone, or keep anything that could bring laughter and joy into our lives. And, on each morning, I say to myself that this could be a special day.

 

Each day, each hour, each minute, is special.

 

 

HEAVEN’S GROCERY STORE

As I was walking down life's highway many years ago, 

I came upon a sign that read Heaven’s Grocery Store.

When I got a little closer the doors swung open wide

And when I came to myself I was standing inside.

I saw a host of angels.

They were standing everywhere

One handed me a basket and said "My child shop with care."

Everything a human needed was in that grocery store

And what you could not carry you could come back for more

First I got some Patience.

Love was in that same row.

Further down was Understanding, you need that everywhere you go.

I got a box or two of Wisdom and Faith a bag or two.

And Charity of course, I would need some of that too.

I couldn't miss the Holy Ghost It was all over the place.

And then some Strength and Courage to help me run this race.

My basket was getting full but I remembered I needed Grace,

And then I chose Salvation for Salvation was for free

I tried to get enough of that to do for you and me.

Then I started to the counter to pay my grocery bill,

For I thought I had everything to do the Masters will.

As I went up the aisle I saw Prayer and put that in,

For I knew when I stepped outside I would run into sin.

Peace and Joy were plentiful, the last things on the shelf.

Song and Praise were hanging near so I just helped myself.

Then I said to the angel, "Now how much do I owe?"

He smiled and said "Just take them everywhere you go."

Again I asked "Really now, how much do I owe?"

"My child" he said, "God paid your bill a long, long time ago."

 

This poem has been sent to you with love and for good luck.

Feel free to copy and send it on to others whom you love and cherish.

 

 

HOW WE TREAT PEOPLE

Five (5) lessons to make you think about the way we treat people.

1.  First Important Lesson: Cleaning Lady

During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"

 

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question

blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

 

"Absolutely," said the professor. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say "hello".

 

I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

 

2.  Second Important Lesson: Pickup in the Rain

One night, at 11.30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rainstorm.  Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet,she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab.

 

She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home.

 

A special note was attached.. It read: "Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bedside jus! t before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others."

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Nat King Cole.

 

3.  Third Important Lesson: Always remember those who serve

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 -year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. "How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked.

 

"Fifty cents," replied the waitress. The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it. "Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired. By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.

 

"Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied. The little boy again counted his coins. "I'll have the plain ice cream," he said. The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left.

 

When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. there, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies. You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.

 

4.  Fourth Important Lesson: The Obstacle in Our Path

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

 

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand!

 

Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

 

5. Fifth Important Lesson: Giving When it Counts

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister.

 

I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes I'll do it if it will save her." As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away".

 

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

 

 

LEAVING THE CITY OF REGRET

I had not really planned on taking a trip this time of year, and

yet I found myself packing rather hurriedly. This trip was

going to be unpleasant, and I knew in advance that no real good

would come of it. I'm talking about my annual "Guilt Trip."

 

I got tickets to fly there on "Wish I Had" airlines.

It was an extremely short flight.

 

I got my baggage, which I could not check. I chose to carry it

myself all the way. It was weighted down with a thousand

memories of what might have been.

 

No one greeted me as I entered the terminal to the Regret City

International Airport. I say international, because people from

all over the world come to this dismal town.

 

As I checked into the "Last Resort" Hotel, I noticed that they

would be hosting the year's most important event, the "Annual

Pity Party". I wasn't going to miss that great social occasion.

Many of the town's leading citizens would be there.

 

First, there would be the "Done" family, you know,

"Would Have", "Could Have", and "Should Have".

 

Then came the "I Had" family.

You probably know ol' Wish and his clan.

 

Of course, the Opportunities would be present, 

"Missed" and "Lost".

 

The biggest family would be the "Yesterday's". There are far too

many of them to count, but each one would have a very sad story

to share.

 

Then "Shattered Dreams" would surely make an appearance. And It's

"Their Fault" would regale us with stories (excuses) about how

things had failed in his life, and each story would be loudly

applauded by "Don't Blame Me" and "I Couldn't Help It".

 

Well, to make a long story short, I went to this depressing

party knowing that there would be no real benefit in doing so.

And, as usual, I became very depressed.

 

But as I thought about all of the stories of failures brought

back from the past, it occurred to me that all of this trip and

subsequent "pity party" could be cancelled by ME!

 

I started to truly realize that I did not have to be there.

I didn't have to be depressed. One thing kept going through my mind:

 

I CAN'T CHANGE YESTERDAY, BUT I DO HAVE THE POWER 

TO MAKE TODAY A WONDERFUL DAY.

 

I can be happy, joyous, fulfilled, encouraged, as well as

encouraging. Knowing this, I left the City of Regret

immediately and left no forwarding address.

 

Am I sorry for mistakes I've made in the past? YES!

But there is no physical way to undo them.

 

So, if you're planning a trip back to the City of Regret, please

cancel all your reservations now.

 

Instead, take a trip to a place called, "Starting Again". I liked

it so much that I have now taken up permanent residence there.

 

My neighbors, the "I Forgive Myselfs" and the "New Starts" are 

so very helpful. By the way, you don't have to carry around heavy

baggage because the load is lifted from your shoulders upon arrival.

 

God bless you in finding this great town. If you can find it,

it's in your own heart.

 

Please look me up. I live on "I Can Do It" Street.

 

 

CHRISTINE NORTHRUP SAYS:

The only lasting safety and security come from the peace that you create within yourself.

 

We live the lives that we have the courage to live.

 

 

YOUR INPUT DETERMINES YOUR OUTPUT

by Willie Jolley, Host of “Willie Jolley Motivational Minute” syndicated radio show

Before you change your thinking, you have to change what goes into your mind.  To change where you are going, you must first change your thinking.

 

Your thinking affects how you act and therefore what you do, just as to change your weight and health you must change what you eat. And the same is true for your mind. You must fill your mind with positive, healthy, inspirational, and encouraging material and get rid of the things that will kill your dreams and aspirations: doubt, fear, and negative thinking. 

 

Just as you are what you eat, you are exactly what you think about.

Remember that your input always determines your output.

Change your thinking and change your life!

 

 

IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER –  by Erma Bombeck
(written after she found out she was dying from cancer)
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the 

    dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my 

    hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or 

    was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and 

    realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist 

    God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get 

    washed up for dinner." There would have been more "I love you's." More "I'm sorry's."
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute, look at it and really see 

    it, live it, and never give it back.

Stop sweating the small stuff.
Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what.
Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.
Let's think about what God HAS blessed us with. And what we are doing each day to 

    promote ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally. 

I hope you all have a blessed day.

 

 

WHAT IS TRUE SUCCESS

To have the ways, means, time, and guts to choose and follow my own path

To dissolve the line between who I am and what I "do"

To make decisions based not on fear, guilt, money, or politics but what truly feels right

To have much love, passion and fun in my life

To be healthy in body, mind, and spirit

To have enthusiasm when I wake up, and peace of mind when I go to bed

To use my unique gifts in a way that makes a positive difference in many peoples' lives

To inspire and motivate others

To be able to make people laugh – including myself

To know that I'm on the right path and not alone in my journey

To live with the understanding that "getting there" isn't half the fun, it's most of it

To make the most with what I've been given

To take advantage of every opportunity and face every fear

To live having true friends and die having no regrets

To be able to experience death not as a "grim reaper", but as a welcomed sleep after a 

    good, long day

I hope this inspires you to define and achieve your own life successes, 

    whatever that may be.

 

 

NATURAL HIGHS

1. Falling in love
2. Laughing so hard your face hurts
3. A hot shower
4. No lines at the supermarket
5. A special glance
6. Getting mail
7. Taking a drive on a pretty road
8. Hearing your favorite song on the radio
9. Lying in bed listening to the rain outside
10. Hot towels fresh out of the dryer
11. Chocolate milkshake. (or vanilla or strawberry!)
12. A bubble bath
13. Giggling
14. A good conversation
15. The beach
16. Finding a 20 dollar bill in your coat from last winter
17. Laughing at yourself
18. The mountains
19. Midnight phone calls that last for hours
20. Running through sprinklers
21. Laughing for absolutely no reason at all
22. Having someone tell you that you're beautiful
23. Laughing at an inside joke
24. Friends
25. Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you
26. Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep
27. Your first kiss (either the very first or with a new partner)
28. Making new friends or spending time with old ones
29. Playing with a new puppy
30. Having someone play with your hair
31. Sweet dreams
32. Hot chocolate
33. Road trips with friends
34. Swinging on swings
35. Making eye contact with a cute stranger
36. Making chocolate chip cookies
37. Sunsets
38. Holding hands with someone you care about
39. Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change
40. Watching the expression on someone's face as they open a much-desired present 

      from you
41. Watching the sun rise
42. Getting out of bed every morning and being grateful for another beautiful day
43. Knowing that somebody misses you
44. Getting a hug from someone you care about deeply
45. Knowing you've done the right thing, no matter what other people think

 

 

GEMS FROM JEWEL DIAMOND TAYLOR

“You may be delayed and discouraged ... Life is difficult and divine.  Life is bitter and it's sweet. When things go wrong, don't go with it. Sometimes there just aren't easy answers. Life offers mystery and miracles. Keep the faith. Believe in every cell of your being that you are strong, capable, lovable, worthy and resilient.”

 

“When you focus on your faith and start taking action, you are now moving toward solutions, peace and your breakthrough. You can't do both at the same time. Make up your mind that you won't be defeated and overwhelmed. Make up your mind to start today thinking, speaking and living in the light instead of darkness.”

 

“When you're feeling your worst, that's when you get to know yourself the best. Pressure reveals what you really believe. If you believe you are unqualified, unworthy, too late, too old, too fat, too slow, not enough or not ready . . . you're right. If you believe you are qualified, blessed, ready, determined, loved, significant, talented, and able to pass the test of stress . . . you're right. Whether you are in the unemployment line, the court room, the hospital room or recovery . . . don't give up. Your turnaround and breakthrough will come. Do not drink from the cup of discouragement and depression. Make up your mind not to let panic, self-pity, or bitterness steal your faith and determination to get through your circumstances. Continue seeking help from those around you who care and from your God who cares.”

 

"Change is something I have learned to endure and enjoy. Change is not always fair, convenient, predictable or controlled. What used to be so important, no longer seems SO important. What used to be so insignificant, now seems SO significant.

 

You cannot always choose the changes that come your way. But you can always choose your response. Whether you are facing; an empty nest, life after divorce, a new city, change in your health, or a change in your job location, policy and procedures, change in weather or a change of heart from a friend/lover/spouse, learn to adapt rather than be a victim of change. 

 

To stay in the game, it's crucial to learn how to enjoy, endure and embrace change. As the popular song reminds, "Everything must change. Nothing and no one remains the same.""

 

 

RELATIVE-LY SPEAKING:

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

 

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of  torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

 

If you can attend prayers in  a mosque, without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death, you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

 

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world.

 

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 8%  of the world's wealthy.

 

If your parents are still alive and still married, you are very rare, even in the United States.

 

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

 

If you can hold someone's hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder, you are blessed because you can offer healing touch.

 

If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.

 

Have a good day, count your blessings, and pass this along to remind everyone else how blessed we all are.

 

 

THE PURPLE HAT
Age 3: She looks at herself and sees a Queen.
Age 8: She looks at herself and sees Cinderella.
Age 15: She looks at herself and sees an Ugly Sister (I can't go to school looking like this!)
Age 20: She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly" –  but decides she's going out anyway.
Age 30: She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too all, too straight/too curly"– but decides she doesn't have time to fix it, so she's going out anyway.
Age 40: She looks at herself and sees "clean" and goes out anyway.
Age 50: She looks at herself and sees "I am" and goes wherever she wants to go.
Age 60: She looks at herself and reminds herself of all the people who can't even see themselves in the mirror anymore. Goes out and conquers the world.
Age 70: She looks at herself &sees wisdom, laughter and ability, goes out and enjoys life.
Age 80: Doesn't bother to look. Just puts on a purple hat and goes out to have fun with the world.

Send this on to all the women you are grateful to have as friends. Maybe we should all grab that purple hat earlier.

 

 

REVERSAL OF FORTUNE . . .

Dear Friends,

Hope everyone is well. With world events creating a preponderance of negativity in the world and an inclination to allow fear and a prevailing helplessness to subsist, it's important to realize that shifting the energy in our world starts on an individual basis. Here are some ways we can contribute in our day to day lives to help save this wonderful planet and bring it back to healthy equilibrium.

Love and Peace, 

Jim

 

1. Always maintain your contact with the source of all life the CREATIVITY of the universe.

2. Trust your gut feeling and intuition.

3. Help people overcome FEAR by realistically explaining the positive aspects of things.

4. Help people improve their self-esteem and take back their true power which emenates from the beauty of the soul and not from the overcompensating of the ego. The individual and collective's need to "compete" and over-assert will greatly diminish.

5. Do not let the negative powers divide us.

6. Remember who YOU are. Most of us are old souls. We possess creativity, sexuality. sensuality and LOVE for ourselves and OTHERS.

7. Remember we are all here to learn and work out our karma. Each person's mission is unique.

8. Remember everyone's reality is different. Be non-judgemental.

9. Everyday we make many decisions. Each is based on either LOVE or FEAR. Choose LOVE. If this is difficult, have the courage to go inward as deep as you can to find it . . .

 

 

ST. THERESA’S PRAYER:

May today there be peace within.

 

PRAYER
May you trust your highest power that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and 

    pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and 

    allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. 

It is there for each and every one of you.

 

 

AFFIRMATION FOR VISION WARRIORS:

LOVE BEFORE ME

LOVE BEHIND ME

LOVE AT MY LEFT

LOVE AT MY RIGHT

LOVE ABOVE ME

LOVE BELOW ME

LOVE UNTO ME

LOVE IN MY SURROUNDINGS

LOVE TO ALL

LOVE TO THE UNIVERSE

 

PEACE BEFORE ME

PEACE BEHIND ME

PEACE AT MY LEFT

PEACE AT MY RIGHT

PEACE ABOVE ME

PEACE BELOW ME

PEACE UNTO ME

PEACE IN MY SURROUNDINGS

PEACE TO ALL

PEACE TO THE UNIVERSE

 

LIGHT BEFORE ME

LIGHT BEHIND ME

LIGHT AT MY LEFT

LIGHT AT MY RIGHT

LIGHT ABOVE ME

LIGHT UNTO ME

LIGHT IN MY SURROUNDINGS

LIGHT TO ALL

LIGHT TO THE UNIVERSE

 

I TAKE REFUGE IN THE TRINITY OF COMPASSION, ALTRUISM AND JOY...

I ASK FOR DIVINE PROTECTION AND LOVE

I ASK TO BE OF SERVICE

I ASK THE DIVINE INTELLIGENCE TO ERADICATE ALL NEGATIVITIES FROM MY WORDS,

MIND, HEART, AND ACTIONS . . .

 

I AM MOST GRATEFUL  

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