Archive for April, 2010

Celebrate Life!



 Celebrate  Life!!!          
 



I  woke up early today...

 

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excited about all that I get to do before  midnight...

 

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I have responsibilities to fulfill that  are important....

My job is to choose what kind of day I'll  have...


 
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Today I can complain because it is  raining...


 
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or


I can be thankful the grass is  getting watered for free!


 
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Today I can feel sad that I don't have more  money...



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or

 
I can be glad that my  finances encourage me to plan

my purchases wisely and guide me  away from waste!


 
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Today I can grumble about my health...


 
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or

 
rejoice that I am alive!

 

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Today I can lament over all that my parents  didn't give me

 when I was growing up...


 
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or

 
I can feel grateful that they  allowed me to be born!

 

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Today I can cry because roses have thorns...

 

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or

 
I can celebrate that thorns  have roses!

 

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Today I can mourn my lack of friends...

 

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or

 
I can excitedly embark upon a  quest

to discover new relationships!

 

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Today I can whine because I have to go to  work...

 

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or


I can shout for joy because I  have a job to do!


 
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Today I can complain because I have to go to  school...

 

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or

 
I can eagerly open my mind

and  fill it with rich new knowledge!

 

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Today stretches ahead of me,

waiting  to be shaped....

 

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I am the sculptor, ready to do the  shaping....



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What today is like is up to me because I get  to choose

what kind of day I will have..........

 

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Treasure this moment!



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Celebrate Now!!!



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The Road of Life

It can be a funny thing as we travel on this train called life.

Happiness may seem to be a hard thing to achieve at times

but it is never impossible. There are so many events in

each of our lives that can be a learning experience.

I have learned never to judge a person upon a first encounter.


Different people have different baggage; you never know

when you may meet a person on a bad day.

Never leave a love one with cross words or on a bad note.

Not only do you risk the chance of never seeing this person

again the conscience-..stricken feelings you are left

with are practically unbearable.


I have come to believe the most beautiful sound in the

world is the laughter of a small child. There is not one

sound that is more innocent and full of hope, life and possibilities.

Always love what you do as you work your way through life.

Life is much too short to be stuck in a mundane job that

you hate to go to everyday. You can choose to spend your

time doing something you love or waste it and in the end have nothing.


Through trials and tribulations,

I have learned you can love someone with all of your heart

and they will never, ever love you back.

I have also found along this journey that the best love is

developed from true friendship. Being able to love the

person you call your best friend is a miracle within itself.


In anger, you may find words that hurt others

on the edge of your tongue. The best place for those

words is left on the tongue. Once spoken, words can

never be taken back, much less forgotten.

Learning to forgive is one of the greatest strength

a person can develop. It is never easy to forgive and almost

impossible to forget, being able to go down the road less

traveled will take discipline but is very much worth the ride.

I have discovered many times the ones you love and

depend on most will hurt you. It may not be intentionally,

but it will happen. Trust takes a long time to build and

only a matter of seconds to destroy.

I have determined that in most cases it is best to mind

your own business. You never know when the information

you learn will change your life forever.


We fall in and out of love but as bad as you may feel at times,

you will not die of a broken heart. Life will take many turns.

Some ups and some downs, we must always remember to be

true to ourselves. Only you can make yourself happy.

Remember, Stand up for the things you believe in,

stand by those you love and always be true to yourself.


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“The Past – Holding On- Letting Go”..


“The Past – Holding On – Letting Go”..

..

Holding on to the past is trying to

breathe life into a play which is closed.

It is struggling to raise the curtain

in a dark theatre, on a dusty stage,

by ourselves.

The other players have left.

The stage in empty.

It is going over our everyone’s lines,

long since said,

playing all the parts – alone.

It is being stuck.

..

It is entrapment in a time warp.

The costumes no longer fit.

The buttons have popped.

We are different people today

but we still force the action.

It is a brutal attack on ourselves,

because we become, on this stage,

both the victim and the attacker.

..

..

We don’t forgive ourselves………...

We get caught in the “if onlies,”

hanging on to dreams

which did not come true,

losses – a loved person who has died,

an unhappy childhood,

a love affair which did not

end happily ever after,

a youth gone –

opportunities which have disappeared.

The game is over,

but we are bad sports.

We refuse to accept defeat.

We run the tape over and over.

We can put it on rewind but we

can’t get into the movie anymore.

..

..

Dr. Wayne Dyer, author of

many wonderful books,

likens it to our holding on

to the bars of a cage.

..

..

We rattle them,

desperately trying to get free.

But the bars are just in front of us.

If we look to the right,

to the left or behind us,

there are no bars.

All we have to do is turn

around and walk away.

We are looking for love in that past.

.

A cry that was not answered,

a unhappy childhood,

that lover who left,

that job to validate us.

We wanted to feel safe,

wanted, worthwhile.

Yet we know that we cannot

infuse love into what is gone.

We can only give and receive love now.

We have shackled ourselves in bondage.

It is time to walk away from the cage.

..

..

The past is not holding us.

We are holding it.

Picture all your past relationships,

now lifeless forms,

hanging on hooks in a closet.

The closet goes with you

wherever you go.

The relationships are part of you –

they have made up your experience –

but you are no longer part of them.

Although you carry them with you,

you can no longer breathe

life into them.

They are your past.

You can open the closet door

and look at the array.

..

But, if you take them out

and try to carry them around,

they are a heavy and unnecessary burden.

Bits and pieces are pinned on these hanging

forms as progress is made

through forgiveness.

And, it is possible that you may

meet again in the present,

but it will always be a new relationship.

You travel with your closet,

filling it more and more each day.

But it is carried for you.

There is no need for you

to put it on your back.

You cannot lose it because it is

the summation of who you are.

But it no longer applies to your present

except as experience and learning.

These are the records of your life

and of your heart.

It is up to you to decide to

keep the door closed,

or to live within the boundaries

of a closet.

We can’t put the past on rewind.

The buttons are stuck.

The actors have gone on to other roles.

The set has been dismantled.

The movie is over.

..

~Corinne Edwards..

“…and here we are again

the door is closed behind us

and the long road lies ahead

where do we go from here

it’s time to make a change

lets trace the problem

to its source

no more riding the waves

on a river that’s run its course

I stood at the door

to a new beginning

two choices before me

and I was afraid

tied to a fading memory

of something lost in time

afraid to make the change

scared to leave the past behind

the future called

and frightened I turned away

we stand at the door

to a new beginning

two choices before us

don’t be afraid

close your eyes, forget the fear

leave the past behind…”

..

..

In order to be free,

we must learn how to let go.

Release the hurt.

Release the fear.

Refuse to entertain your old pain.

The energy it takes to hang onto

the past is holding you back

from a new life.

So many people today are living

below their God-given potential.

They’ve put their dreams on hold

because of disappointments.. or setbacks.

But God doesn’t want us to spend

a single moment living in regret

or condemnation.

He doesn’t want us to settle for mediocrity,

He wants us to make the most

out of every moment of our lives.

He promises to make all things new.

He promises to restore everything the

enemy has stolen from us.

..

..

There are only two responses we can have:

internalize the anger and become bitter

or let go!

Bitterness only closes our hands,

not to let go the past and keep replaying

past memory tapes of us

being done wrong.

Most of all bitterness keeps us from

grabbing hold to the blessing in front

of us all because we are afraid

to let go the negativity of the past.

I wish I could tell you that if you

let go you will not be hurt again

but that is not true.

But I can tell you

if you do not let go,

you will not feel the joy that you

will gain more out of life.

..

..

It’ is ok…...

..

….to Let Go!..

..

We are the ones who have to

make the decision to let go

of the past so we can make

the most of today.

We have to choose to keep

moving forward one step at a time.

When you choose to walk in forgiveness,

you are making the most of your life.

When you reach out to help others,

you are making the most of your life.

When you give of your time, talent,

and resources to build the kingdom of God,

you are making the most of your life.

..

..

Choose today to let go of the past

so you can embrace every opportunity

the Lord has in store for your future!

..

..

“For a human being to be transformed

and to transcend all imperfections

and limitations, the past has to die.

Everyone has the capacity to do this,

provided they have the right determination.

Forget who you were or

what you may have done in the past.

Focus on what you would like to be,

and then, while you are doing

whatever is necessary to attain the goal,

let go of the future as well.

..

..

Who or what you may have been

until now is of little importance.

The past can be compared to a graveyard,

and it wouldn’t be wise to live

in such a place, would it?

Forget your past.

Remember it only when you really

need to do so,

but don’t settle down in it.”

~ Amma, “Awaken Children!”..

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Easter Reflections


Easter Reflections

With OUR EYES we see

The beauty of Easter

as the earth awakens once more…

With OUR EARS we hear

The birds sing sweetly

to tell us Spring again is here…

With OUR HANDS we pick

the golden daffodils

and the fragrant hyacinths…

But only with OUR HEARTS

can we feel the MIRACLE of GOD’S LOVE

which redeems all men…

And only with OUR SOUL

can we make our ‘pilgrimage to God’

and inherit His Easter Gift of ETERNAL LIFE.


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