PARABLE OF THE GIRL NOBODY WANTED

In one of the border skirmishes that the Russians had with the Ukrainians, little six-year old Anna‘s parents were killed and she was placed in an orphanage. Americans often visited the Ukraine to find children to adopt.  On this one occasion, a group of American couples were at the orphanage talking to the children, hoping to discover at least one child that would appeal to them, one they could adopt and love and take home to America. Anna was never chosen when the Americans came.  Perhaps it was partly her unkempt appearance.  Perhaps it was partly the smudges on her … Continue reading PARABLE OF THE GIRL NOBODY WANTED

THE MIRACLE OF RETRIEVING YOUR MEMORIES

  In the mysterious deep recesses of your mind is a special private place, a safe and secure BANK, where thousands and thousands of wonderful MEMORIES are stored. All the special moments in your life are neatly filed there….forever. Every precious moment you ever experienced. All the people you ever knew. All the hopes you ever had. All the dreams you ever dreamed are there. And by some MIRACLE you can send a signal to that space and instantly RETRIEVE any one of those MEMORIES and RELIVE it. You can pick and choose what you want. Many of the MEMORIES … Continue reading THE MIRACLE OF RETRIEVING YOUR MEMORIES

WHAT HAPPENS “IN BETWEEN” HELLO AND GOODBYE IS IMPORTANT

The older I get, the harder it is to say goodbye to the people I love. Yet I try to be realistic. Time may last forever but LIfe does not. All we have to work with and enjoy is “in between” HELLO and GOODBYE. It’s what we do with the “in between” that counts and where our focus should be. It’s the “in between” that makes us feel fortunate to have had the OPPORTUNITY to LOVE someone who is hard to say GOODBYE to. Though the distance  “in between” may be close or far away, OPPORTUNITY allows us to DO … Continue reading WHAT HAPPENS “IN BETWEEN” HELLO AND GOODBYE IS IMPORTANT

GROWING A HEART THAT LOVES UNCONDITIONALLY

May I grow in my ability to love others unconditionally, without restrictions, without expectations, without demands. May I learn to accept others for who they are, as they are, and all the baggage they carry, and not try to change them. May I grow a heart that loves others at their worst, and always be ready with open arms to hold and support them at their weakest. Continue reading GROWING A HEART THAT LOVES UNCONDITIONALLY

O’ THE THINGS THAT WE CARRY

O’ the things that we carry. When we’re young we often carry childhood fears. As we mature, we carry hopes and dreams. As we get older we often carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. Too often we carry guilt and regret. When we face trials and struggles, we know we must carry on. When we see beauty we carry the images in our mind. And the people we love dearly we carry in our hearts… forever. O’ the things that we carry. Continue reading O’ THE THINGS THAT WE CARRY

THREE WORDS ARE THE SECRET TO A FULFILLED LIFE

There’s an old world legend that says, ”THREE WORDS are the SECRET to a FUILFILLED LIFE.” If you can MASTER these THREE WORDS, you will achieve HAPPINESS and ABUNDANT LIVING. You will open the door to a SELF-ACTUALIZED LIFE. The KEY is MASTERY. Nothing less than applying well-developed skills to these THREE WORDS will do. The THREE WORDS in the order they are to be mastered are: VISION BELIEF EFFORT All great accomplishements, all hopes, aspirations, and dreams, all fulfilled, contented lives start with a VISION of what is possible, what can be, a clear picture of what you want … Continue reading THREE WORDS ARE THE SECRET TO A FULFILLED LIFE

TO CONTRIBUTE OR NOT CONTRIBUTE TO LIFE?

I know I’m not REQUIRED to contribute, but as I meander down the winding path of LIFE, I can’t help but wonder if I have made a CONTRIBUTION. LIFE has given me so much. Have I given anything back? It has been said that “we make a life by what we give.” I can’t help but wonder what kind of LIFE I have made. What have I GIVEN? It’s also been said that ”the quality of your life is determined by the quality of your CONTRIBUTION.” I wonder what the quality of my life is. Still another has said that … Continue reading TO CONTRIBUTE OR NOT CONTRIBUTE TO LIFE?

FREEDOM IS ONE SECRET TO HAPPINESS

We have so many FREEDOMS. It’s staggering. ONE of the secrets to HAPPINESS is the FREEDOM to CHOOSE. We can CHOOSE what we say, how we say it,, when we say it, and to whom we say it. We have the FREEDOM to set HEALTHY BOUNDARIES and CHOOSE to say YES or CHOOSE to say NO and CHOOSE to STAND UP for our RIGHTS. We can CHOOSE what we will ACCEPT and what we will NOT ACCEPT. The only thing that LIMITS our FREEDOM and, thus, our HAPPINESS is our failure to EXERCISE our CHOICES.     Continue reading FREEDOM IS ONE SECRET TO HAPPINESS

SEIZE THE DAY AND LIVE LIFE ABUNDANTLY

May I never be satisfied to simply exist, to drift through Life and MISS all the OPPORTUNITIES that Life offers. The older I get the more I want to make EVERY MINUTE COUNT. I want to get up EVERY morning and SEIZE THE DAY. CARPE DIEM. May I NEVER miss the OPPORTUNITY to live Life ABUNDANTLY, to BREATHE IN every BLESSING that Life offers, to fill my HEART with GRATITUDE for the CHANCE I have to EXPERIENCE Life FULLY EVERY SINGLE DAY. May my Life not end with regrets for having failed to EMBRACE LIFE…. for having failed to OPEN … Continue reading SEIZE THE DAY AND LIVE LIFE ABUNDANTLY