~ Annetta Powell

A strong person is the one who knows how to be quiet, shed a tear for a moment, and then pick up their gloves and fight again.

(Amen…)

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~ Dae Zantamata

It’s easy to judge. It’s more difficult to understand. Understanding requires compassion, patience, and a willingness to believe that good hearts sometimes choose poor methods. Through judging, we separate. Through understanding, we grow.

(Thanks, Kay.)

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LIFE IS LIKE MAKING TEA . . .

. . . BOIL your ego, EVAPORATE your worries, DILUTE your sorrows, FILTER your mistakes, and GET a taste of happiness. ( ~ Punnky)

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Kindness…

To be KIND is more important than to be right. Many times, what people need is not a brilliant mind that speaks, but a special HEART that LISTENS.

( ~ simplereminders.com)

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Your Mother…

…is always with you. She’s the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street. She’s the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick, the fragrance of life itself. She’s the cool hand on your brow when you’re not feeling well. She’s your breath in the air on a cold winter’s day. She is the sound of rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a rainbow; she is Christmas morning. Your mother lives inside your laughter. She’s the place you came from, your first home, and she’s the map you follow with every step you take. She’s your first love, your first friend, even your first enemy, but nothing on earth can separate you…not time, not space…not even death.

This really touches my heart…hope it does yours as well…

( ~ Unknown / suzannesomers.com)

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Words of Wisdom…

You can’t let people scare you. You can’t go your whole life trying to please everyone else. You can’t go through life worried about what everyone else is going to think…whether it’s your hair, clothes, what you have to say, how you feel, what you believe, [or] what you have. You can’t let the judgment of others stop you from being you. Because if you do, you’re no longer you. You’re someone everyone else wants you to be.

( ~ Unknown)

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~ Joyce Meyer

  • DANCE.
  • LAUGH.
  • SING.
  • REJOICE.
  • ENJOY THE JOURNEY.
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Words of Wisdom…

Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it. ( ~ Confucius)

A wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. ( ~ Zen Proverb)

You can explore the universe looking for somebody who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and you will not find that person anywhere. ( ~ Buddha)

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Words of Wisdom

Gossips are worse than thieves because they steal another person’s dignity, honest reputation, and credibility, which are impossible to restore. So, remember this: When your feet slip, you can always recover your balance; but, when your tongue slips, you cannot recover your words.

( ~ iampoopie.com)

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Book Review/Highly Recommended Reading

When I Found You, by Catherine Ryan Hyde

As with most of us, the front cover of a book is what initially draws my attention to it, followed, of course, by reading the synopsis on the back of a paperback (or inside jacket cover of a hard copy, whichever the case may be). In this case, the paperback cover synopsis follows…

“Nathan McCann thought he didn’t want a family. But when he finds an abandoned newborn in the woods, he feels an inexplicable bond with the boy and starts to make plans to raise the child as his own…until the baby’s grandmother steps forward to claim him. Nathan makes a request of her, though, to one day bring the boy to meet his rescuer.

Fifteen years later, the widowed Nathan gets his wish when the boy and his grandmother show up on his doorstep. Named Nat and now an angry teenager with a criminal record, the boy is once again in need of rescuing. Nathan takes Nat in, swearing to never abandon him. Nathan believes that with love and patience anyone can change. And he just might be right.

. . . a poignant tale of love, pain, and trusting people to stay by your side in a world where leaving is easy.”

When I Found You is by far one of the most heartwarming and poignant novels I’ve read in a very long time as it reveals the eventual bond that forms and grows between these two men and the gradual, gentle changes that take place in Nat, primarily because of Nathan’s love, guidance, and fulfillment of his promise to never abandon him when they first met, when Nat was 15.

If you like warm stories of hope and faith, and a different twist on the word “success,” When I Found You is definitely a must, which I highly recommend you read. Kudos and thank you to Ms. Hyde. I look forward to reading many of the 18 additional books you’ve written!

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