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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A Good Woman…

A pretty face will always grow old.  A nice body will always change with age. However, a GOOD WOMAN will always be a GOOD WOMAN.

Thanks, Annetta Powell…

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Wisdom has no color. There exist neither black mathematics nor white mathematics, black poetry nor white poetry, black philosophy nor white philosophy, black justice nor white justice. There exists ONLY TRUTH.

( ~ Russell Kirk, March 1969)

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~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl; but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.

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Words of Wisdom from Annetta Powell…

Don’t love what you can’t trust. Don’t hate what you can’t have. Don’t say what you can’t show. Don’t judge what you don’t know.

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~ FitFat2Fit

Turn your demons into art, your shadow into a friend, your fear into fuel, your failures into teachers, [and] your weaknesses into reasons to keep fighting. Don’t waste your pain. Recycle your heart.

(Thanks for sharing this one, Kay.)

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Words of Wisdom…

No old person has ever told me I should work more and spend less time with those I love. They always tell me the opposite. One day, in all our lives, work will fizzle away, but we’ll always need people. We’ll always want to hold a hand, be given a hug, have someone look deep into our eyes. Have deep conversation. Know that someone is right there. That we can be there for someone, too. Cherish the sweethearts in your life. Don’t get so caught up in being driven that you forget the people who make your heart soar. Life is short. So is the time we get to be together.  ( ~ Unknown)

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The Miracle of Friendship

There is a miracle called Friendship that dwells within the heart, and you don’t know how it happens or when it even starts. But the happiness it brings you always gives a special lift, and you realize that Friendship is God’s most precious gift. ( ~ Unknown)

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