WHAT IS LIFE?

A small boy sat on his father’s lap and asked,”Father, what is life?”His father became reflective and after a long pause said,”Life is a long journey, my son.It’s a journey whereby you mustcarefully observe the worldaround you and grow inwisdom and understandingand the ability to serve.When you see hunger and poverty,you will learn to show compassion.When you see fear and hate,you will discover the power of love.When you see anger and conflict,you will find ways to create peace.Where you see hurt and pain, you will teach the healing power of forgiveness.When you see sadness and despair,you will inspire hope and … Continue reading WHAT IS LIFE?

SOMETIMES I STRUGGLE

Sometimes I struggle.I don’t always know what it isthat I’m struggling about.I just feel the struggle inside me.I know it sounds crazy butonce when I was really strugglingI looked up the definition to seewhat the dictionary said I was doing.”A struggle is making an effort to dosomething in the face of difficulties.”That definition surprised me.But it gave me a better perspective.I didn’t realize that when I struggleI’m not giving up. I’m not giving in.I’m actually doing SOMETHING.I’m making an effort to do SOMETHINGabout what it is I’m dealing with.That really helped me. Gave me hope.How I face my struggles tells … Continue reading SOMETIMES I STRUGGLE

YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN 4 PRICELESS GIFTS

LIFEYou have been given the gift of LIFE.Open this gift each morning as you awaken andcelebrate it. Give thanks to be blessed with another day.Then consider what gift you can give LIFE.TIMEYou have been given the gift of TIME.Your journey thus far has molded you for good.Go and give of your TIME as a gift to others.No gift is more expensive than your TIME — it’s priceless.Each inch of your TIME is a gift of gold — it’s precious.But your gift of TIME has a time limit — waste not.CREATIVITYYou have been given the gift of CREATIVITY.It comes from being … Continue reading YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN 4 PRICELESS GIFTS

THERE’S A SPARK OF HOPE WITHIN YOU

Hope is not somethingyou can purchase.It’s not a gift you can receive.Hope is a spark thatlives within you.And only you can ignite it.Only you can decide howbright you want it to burn.But it’s best to igniteyour spark of hope often.It will burn brightestduring your darkest hours.It will guide you throughyour heaviest moments.It will shine bright whenyou reach for your dreams.It will glow bright whenyour heart needs healing.It will lift your spiritswhen doors seem closed.A bright light of hope isstronger than fear,tougher than despair, andmore powerful than doubt.As long as you keep thespark within you burning,you will always have HOPE.Never let … Continue reading THERE’S A SPARK OF HOPE WITHIN YOU

HOW TO STOP GROWING OLD

There’s a difference betweengrowing OLDER and growing OLD.Growing OLDER is simply a fact of life.It’s a natural process of life itself.Growing OLD is a state of mind.You can choose to grow old or not.YOU GROW OLD WHEN —You give up and lose enthusiasm for life.You count years instead of memories.You feel pain instead of healing.You count conflicts instead of victories.You counts moments of despairinstead of mountain-top experiences.You see negatives instead of positives.You see ugliness instead of beauty.You see dark clouds instead of rainbows.You feel gloom instead of glory.You feel defeat instead of hope.These are the ways you grow OLD.HOW DO … Continue reading HOW TO STOP GROWING OLD

10 THOUGHTS ON HOW TO LIVE LIFE FULLY

1. Start your day with determination to befully alive and thrive, to live the day withpurpose, hope, and a little laughter.2. Whatever you do, stay true to yourself.Believe in yourself, work hard, and nevergive up on what you want in life.3. Take time to reflect on the changes youwant to make in your life. Focus on one changeat a time. Celebrate every single change youmake. Be proud of your changes.4. Create your own happiness. Don’t wait onsomeone else to make you happy.Find joy in each precious moment you have to spend with those you love.5. Take time to count your … Continue reading 10 THOUGHTS ON HOW TO LIVE LIFE FULLY

FIGHT FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN

There’s an old cheer that goes like this:”Fight, team, fight.Fight with all your might.If you wanna win,Then fight-fight-fight.There’s a lot of truth in that cheer.You can apply it to most things in life.It’s up to you to decidewhat it is you want to fight for.It’s different for each person.It may be a fight for dignity and respect,or your reputation.You may fight for someone you love,or for your rights as a person.You may fight for your own survival,or a cause you believe inMaybe you fight for justice,or to right a wrong.Or perhaps you fight to makeyour dreams come true.Whatever you do…..Don’t … Continue reading FIGHT FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN

THERE’S A HOPE THAT LIVES WITHIN YOU

There’s a HOPE that liveswithin you.Draw upon it to help youdream of what can be.It’s a feeling of optimismthat something you want can be had,an anticipation that something goodwill come in the future.Even in your darkest momentsHOPE is trusting that there is lightdespite all the darkness,trusting there is healingdespite hurt and pain.It’s knowing that even in the darkest night,the stars will be shining bright.It’s trusting that after a long nightthe dawn will come.HOPE is clinging to what is possible.It’s refusing to give up,refusing to give in.A single thread of HOPE is oftenthe strongest thread of all.Hang on to it.Don’t let … Continue reading THERE’S A HOPE THAT LIVES WITHIN YOU

HOW TO JUMP-START YOUR DAY AND HAVE A POSITIVE OUTLOOK ON LIFE

Sometimes we can feela little dull in the morning,maybe even a little bit down,and we need somethingto jump-start our day,something to get us going,something to perk us up,something that will give us apositive start to our day andkeep us feeling positive all day.Here’s a tip that works for me.Look around you for just one small thingthat reminds you of something positive.It could be a photo or a book you’ve read.It could be a small gift that someone gave you,or a note in a card that someone sent you,it could even be a ring on your finger.The key is to look … Continue reading HOW TO JUMP-START YOUR DAY AND HAVE A POSITIVE OUTLOOK ON LIFE

ALL YOU REALLY NEED IS HEART

Lyrics to the song,”You Gotta Have Heart,” state the following:”You gotta have heart,miles and miles and miles of heart….All you really need is heart.When the odds are sayin you’ll never winthat’s when your grin should begin….When your luck is batten zeroGet your chin up off the floorcause you can be a heroYou can open any door.There’s nothin to it but to do it….All you really need is heart.”What does it mean “to have heart?”Helen Keller once said,”The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched.They must be felt from the heart.”Even when you’re downHEART is refusing … Continue reading ALL YOU REALLY NEED IS HEART