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Comfort, Clarity and Inspiration

Post by Timeout on Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:07 am

Sent to me Saturday morning by a very dear friend:

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I dare to be powerful,
to use my strength in the service of my vision,
then it becomes less and less important
whether I am afraid.

-- Audre Lorde

The weak can never forgive.
Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

-- Mahatma Gandhi
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Re: Comfort, Clarity and Inspiration

Post by Vigs on Sun Jan 11, 2009 12:36 pm

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Re: Comfort, Clarity and Inspiration

Post by Timeout on Sun Jan 11, 2009 1:36 pm

Nice!
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Re: Comfort, Clarity and Inspiration

Post by Z on Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:57 pm

I don't forward alot of forwards that I get in my e-mail, but that was one of the ones I did forward. It's just a little more inspiring form Nick Vojicek than from someone who has no difficulties of his or her own and had been somewhat priviledged throughout his or her life. Nick Vojicek is the epitome of inspiration.

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Re: Comfort, Clarity and Inspiration

Post by Admin on Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:58 pm

Hey Vigs,

Awesome video. Thanks for puting it on here.
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Re: Comfort, Clarity and Inspiration

Post by Vigs on Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:38 am

Very Happy you bet! I figure we all need a step back to realize what we have.
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Re: Comfort, Clarity and Inspiration

Post by Timeout on Tue Jan 13, 2009 9:11 pm

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune--without the words,
And never stops at all,
--Emily Dickenson


Hope smiles on the threshold of the year to come, whispering that it will be happier.
--Alfred, Lord Tennyson


A friend just sent me Tennyson's quote and I've been familiar with Emily Dickenson's writing my whole life. When I saw Emily's quote above Deb's kitchen doorway, I knew I had met a lifelong friend. We all go through times of despair - to live without hope brings us there. Some kind words, a hopeful phrase or thought can change a person's life. My good friends and even strangers do that for me. People I don't even know on this forum do that for me.

I went on a mini-retreat this weekend and prayed for healing in our town in a very mixed group of faiths, practices and beliefs. I created a little symbol of the town out of leaves and flowers and placed it with all the other prayers in an exquisite circle.

I spoke with Len on Sunday afternoon and told him that when I first read his list of New Year's Resolutions, I thought, who the heck does he think he is writing out our resolutions for us? Then I thought, doesn't he have anything better to do? The third reading made me think...well, I do share those values...the fourth made me realize maybe he had a point. He laughed when I told him this and said..."It took you four times to get it?" Lol...yup, it did. I hope people keep reminding me because it's easy to forget.

Happy New Year.
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