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Monday, October 17, 2005
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 t o 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..
"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 just before he passed away... God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others."
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 is 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, was one quarter, two dimes 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.
Now you have 2 choices.
1. Ignore this post, or
2. Repost it so other people can read it.
I hope that you will choose No. 2 and remember.
"Work like you don't need the money, sing like no one is listening, love like you've never been hurt, and dance like you do when nobody's watching."
NOW more than ever - Please...Pay It Forward...hug three people you love and ask them to pay it forward as well.
~~"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away" -Unknown~~
~~"The risk takers might not live long, but the cautious never live at all" -Unknown~~
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Sunday, October 16, 2005
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I Am There
Written by James Dillet Freeman
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Do you need Me?
I am there.
You cannot see Me, yet I am the light you see by.
You cannot hear Me, yet I speak through your voice.
You cannot feel Me, yet I am the power at work in your hands.
I am at work, though you do not understand My ways.
I am at work, though you do not understand My works.
I am not strange visions, I am not mysteries.
Only in absolute stillness, beyond self, can you know Me
as I AM, and then but as a feeling and a faith.
Yet I am here. Yet I hear. Yet I answer.
When you need ME, I am there.
Even if you deny Me, I am there.
Even when you feel most alone, I am there.
Even in your fears, I am there.
Even in your pain, I am there.
I am there when you pray and when you do not pray.
I am in you, and you are in Me.
Only in your mind can you feel separate from Me, for
Only in your mind are the mists of “yours” and “mine”.
Yet only with your mind can you know Me and experience Me.
Empty your heart of empty fears.
When you get yourself out of the way, I am there.
You can of yourself do nothing, but I can do all.
And I AM in all.
Though you may not see the good, good is there, for
I am there. I am there because I have to be, because I AM.
Only in Me does the world have meaning; only out of Me does the world take form;
Only because of ME does the world go forward.
I am the law on which the movement of the stars
And the growth of living cells are founded.
I am the love that is the law’s fulfilling. I am assurance.
I am peace. I am oneness. I am the law that you can live by.
I am the love that you can cling to. I am your assurance.
I am your peace. I am ONE with you. I am.
Though you fail to find ME, I do not fail you.
Though your faith in Me is unsure, My faith in you never
Wavers, because I know you, because I love you.
Beloved, I am there.
i needed this morn to be reminded that God is there no matter what no matter when no matter whatever i'm second guessing about my move to the mountains i'd do it in a heartbeat if kyle wasn't here maybe as i let this be for now, kyle will learn of whether he'll be deployed to iraq but, i also recognize the advantages of living in town so i'm torn and not sure what to do at the moment so when there's a fork in my road and i don't know which way to travel, i wait the answer will come to me and i know God will show me which way....
Saturday, October 8, 2005
i made it to the balloon fiesta this morn what a great way to wake up! pics coming soon...as soon as i get them loaded...
loaded finally.....these photos are to capture what the balloon fiesta is like....i have a few more for the next entry....eventually i'm getting a zoom lens that will capture the sky pics better....
hope you all enjoy!
Friday, October 7, 2005
morning everyone! it's been a few days since writing, but it's been my cable connection that's been out finally it was back on yesterday but last nite i talked with Carol & Rich on the phone they're my second parents that live in Spokane, WA we adopted each other 20yrs ago when i was stationed up there i met them thru a friend and we've stayed connected ever since it was great to talk with them Rich isn't doing so well he's had heart problems for years now at the moment they can't figure out what is wrong i'm saying a prayer for him and hope he will be fine once retired, i'm headed up there first thing.....after talking with them, i chatted with Dona online for a bit she sent me some jams 2 weeks ago, but i haven't received them yet i'm calling the station this morn and see if the carrier has seen it.....
now, for the latest in my world wednesday i check out a couple places in the mountains to live the first was a beautiful home surrounded my trees everywhere there is a dog pen, but it's full of trees also it's also $50 more than i desire to pay for rent i'll take this house only as a second choice the other house i checked out is on 5 acres of land, has a horse corral and is a plane jane country home square inside and out, but that's no big deal i love the horse corral for keeping my dogs in and there's a fenced chicken coupe that i can use for charlie she'll take the coupe out, but it is all enclosed which is perfect for keeping charlie penned in and yes, both places have comcast cable high speed internet connection the second place is also in my price range for rent so, i'm putting the deposit together now and hope to move in by the first of november say a prayer for me, k?
the autumn clouds are here and have been here ever since last week we've even been getting some rain the clouds are covering the city right now, but there's no forecast for rain hopefully they'll burn off later this morn and hopefully it won't rain the next few days of the Balloon Fiesta i have yet to get out there i'm going saturday morn for there is definitely rain in the forecast for sunday i'll post pics asap
little ms jasmine is hanging out with me more often these days she even slept with me a couple times if kyle gets to go to iraq, she'll become my dog while he's gone yet remember him upon his return home kyle and nicole don't want her socialized which i disagree with so while he's gone, i'm socializing her she's such asweetie pie well now that she lies in my lap, i will sign off for now i'll be on & off for awhile til i'm moved take care God Bless you all!
Monday, October 3, 2005
WHAT is up with you guys and duct tape? every time i have duct tape here in the house, some guy comes along, uses it and it disappears they don't know what they do with it and i've only seen it a few days ago one big fat roll and you lose it former roommates, the neighbor and now kyle %$$#@! have you ever heard of replace it back to where you got the item? -aaaaargh!-
well wednesday i have 3 places in the mountains to look at for rent i've been plugging away at kyle that it would probably be best if he got a place in town today he said he was moving with me-UGH!!! i must make it clear he can't use my car when we move up there there will be no commuting-me taking and picking him up at work-no sharing my car i told him he must have his own car! i've lived up there before and i know once i'm home up there, there's no coming down the mountain to run to the store granted there are larger grocery stores up there, but still once home, i stay home it's too peaceful and quiet to do anything else, which i enjoy immensely plus, kyle's commute back and forth to work will be an hour one way we'll see what happens he thinks he's going to iraq for sure i'm trying to prepare him if that doesn't happen right now i'm just going to focus on getting out of here and we haven't told the neighbors they'll find out soon enough ....i talked with Pat my realtor today she says my repairs will only run me about $1200 which i believe includes her niece painting the interior so at her suggestion, i started packing today o boy, what junk and dirt i have i thought i kept the house pretty clean despite the dogs, however, i discovered it is still filthy despite my efforts so i'm turning over a new leaf, or so i am going to try once i move the dogs will stay outside ALL the time, except below freezing temps once i find the place, i'll immediately work on dog housing and keeping it warm during the winter i do prefer a spit shine house, although i have eased up on that since having my kids still, they're tracking toooo much dirt in-ugh!.....what a day kyle just left for work i can chill for the nite and do my homework for class finally that is what i intended for the day, then work on the house; but it didn't work out ....o well......for now, until i see you folks again....
Sunday, October 2, 2005
To walk alone in the forest is to walk unmolested,
To climb the peak of a grand mountain
And feel the wind, icy cold, strong fingers through your hair,
And breathe impeccable breath,
And to see valleys far, far away,
To sit in a stream of running water forever, forever, forever,
To place a thought on a passing leaf as it makes its way to the ocean,
To be filled in the joy of midnight,
To dance like elfin queens underneath starry midnight,
To become intoxicated with the light of the silvery moon
Waxing and waning till dawn,
To be astride a great fiery steed riding with the wind
And having its mane blowing around your chest and in your face
As you cover meadows, hills and dales,
And riding wild and free,
Of being a great seer
Who can see the invisible world dance and play,
Without harm, without violence, without misery.
To go and sit by a crackling fire,
Watching the sparks and the embers glow and hue
Like some faraway city,
To have soft slippers and good tobacco
And the smell of old books and fine leather,
To have a pot of tea, and to sip it,
To look behind you, at the window, curtains drawn alas,
And the moment of that silence only disturbed by the cry of a night bird,
And the faintness of it is heard,
And, alas, you watch the embers,
And all that you are,
And all that you are enjoying,
The splendor of that moment impregnated with life,
Brings unsoliciited joy that is beyond understanding,
It is simple.