Lessons Learned in Life

(Thanks for this one, Sue B…it’s perfect for me to share on my blog!)

“I don’t judge people based on race, creed, color, or gender. I judge [them] based on spelling, grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure.”

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~ Chased-by-Bears, Santee-Yanktonai Sioux, 1843-1915

“When a man does a piece of work [that] is admired by all, we say that it is wonderful; but when we see the changes of day and night, the sun, the moon, and the stars in the sky, and the changing seasons upon the earth, with their ripening fruits, anyone must [emphasis added] realize that it is the work of someone more powerful than man.”

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~ The Dalai Lama

“The failure to understand emptiness and interdependence is ignorance, and as one strengthens one’s conviction about emptiness, the mind of ignorance loses its power. Through cultivating this awareness of emptiness, the ignorance that is the source of our confusion and suffering can be extinguished.”


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~ The Acturians

“Your work is not to drag the world kicking and screaming into a new awareness. Your job is to simply do your work…Sacredly, Secretly, and Silently…and those with eyes to see and ears to hear, will respond.”

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Take a moment to consider that…

“If you ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it…but, if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.” ( ~ Frank Lloyd Wright)

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Thought for the day…

“It’s not easy letting go of someone you love. It’s even harder when you know it’s the right thing to do.”

(Thanks, Heather [Rollins], for sharing this one on Facebook…I’ve lived it and done it and know for a fact that it is indeed very painfully true!)

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~Mother Teresa

Thank you, Nancy Francisco for posting this one on FB several days ago…[as an aside, Nancy and her husband, John, and I graduated HS together in 1960...yes, 1-9-6-0 ! Feel free to do the math.]) Anyhow, back to Mother Teresa…

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.

If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.

For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”

[I loved and always will love this woman for all she has inspired in me and, hopefully, in all of you as well. She was a saint indeed!]


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“Focus On The Good” ( ~ Jose N. Harris)

(Thanks, Patricia Pisano Casey for sharing these inspirational words on Facebook recently. Fortunately, I re-adapted this approach to life [again] about 17 years ago.)

“There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it.

You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and FOCUS ON THE GOOD. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don’t.

Life is too short to be ANYTHING BUT HAPPY. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.”


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Thought for the day…

“Friends pick us up when we fall down; and, if they can’t pick us up, they lie down and listen for a while.”

I am blessed and grateful to have such friends…hope the same is true for you…

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~ Nishan Panwar

“Choose your thoughts carefully. Keep what brings you peace, release what brings you suffering. And know that happiness is just a thought away.”

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