“Depression, anxiety, and panic attacks ARE NOT a sign of weakness. They are signs of having tried to REMAIN STRONG FOR SO LONG. [One in three] of us go through depression, anxiety, or panic attacks at least once in our life. Please know that you are NOT alone.”

( ~ Heart 107.3)

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(Thanks to SUSIE MONTANO for sharing this one on Facebook sometime ago.)

“As you waste your breath complaining about life, someone out there is breathing their last. Appreciate what you have, be thankful, and STOP COMPLAINING! [emphasis added] Live more; complain less. [Smile much more and] enjoy [far] less stress.” 

…a GREAT reminder to us ALL!

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“If you . . . [wrote] a note to your younger self, what would you say in only two words?” . . . ( ~ Annetta Powell)

[Mine would be: "Help...someone!" Fortunately, I no longer have to say or think of those two words and what they meant when I was a kid.]

So…what are your two words?

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Annetta Powell

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try! There are seven days in the week and “someday” isn’t one of them. When you wake up in the morning, you have two choices: [to] go back to sleep and dream your dreams, or wake up and chase those dreams.”

I opt for the latter…how about you? Get out and/or create your bucket lists and start doing those things you’ve always wanted/dreamed of doing…and please start NOW because “someday” may never come!

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ALWAYS a good reminder…

“God grant me the strength to accept the things I canNOT change , [the] courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

As an “it is what it is” person, this is a good daily reminder for me because I have a very difficult time dealing with situations that are out of my control…regardless the angst they produce!

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Take a moment to consider that…

“Hugging is good medicine…

It transfers energy and gives the person hugged an emotional lift. You need four hugs a day for survival, eight for maintenance, and twelve for growth. Scientists say that hugging is a form of communication because it can say things you don’t have the words for. And the nicest thing about a hug is that you usually can’t give one without getting one [in return].”

PS: Yes, I am a notorious hugger…love to give and receive ‘em!

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A Mighty Girl…

“As you read my stories of long ago, I hope you will remember that the things that are truly worthwhile and that will give you happiness are the same now as they were then. Courage and kindness, loyalty, truth, and helpfulness are always the same and [are] always needed.” ( ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder)

Even though some consider me “golden,” I purchased the entire set (7 books) of “Little House – Big Adventure” several years ago (one of my wiser decisions in life!). Regardless of age, this is a series I highly recommend for those who just might want to read about innocence and, for those who have never felt and/or had it, a sense of purity and family.

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“365 Days of Walking the Red Road”…(by Terri Jean)

This little book is filled with “inspiring quotations…and ancient knowledge from Native American elders passed on from generation to generation for centuries, and shows you how to move positively down your personal road without fear or doubt.” Personally, I hold this book in high regard and am indeed inspired when I read the quotations Terri has included; therefore, I recommend the book enthuastically and hope you’ll get a copy for yourself. Meanwhile, I am delighted to include a few of the quotations below:

“Native American Proverb: ‘Friendship between two persons depends upon the patience of one.’ (Amen!)

“Did You Know? ‘The bald eagle, the national symbol of the United States, was first the symbol of the Iroquois Nation.’

“Cochise: ‘There is a dignity about the social intercourse of old Indians, which reminds me of a stroll through a winter forest.’

“Shawnee Saying (edited): ‘Do not wrong or hate your neighbor, for it is not…that you [are wronging them]; you [are] wronging yourself.'” (Another Amen from yours truly!)

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A bit of humor from Paula Poundstone…

“I’m at my friend’s wedding in Waukegan, Illinois. If the groom goes for me instead, I’m gonna feel awful.”

Paula is one of my favorite comediennes…hope you chuckled at this one, too.

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Thought for the day ( ~ Project Eve)

“While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die…whether it is our spirit, our creativity, or our glorious uniqueness.”

[I am blessed that mine are all still intact! I hope yours are as well...]

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