Desiderata (altered adaption)

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Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with everyone.

Speak the truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have a story.

Avoid loud and aggressive people,
they will vex your soul.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser people than you.

Enjoy your what you do but make no plans for the morrow.
Keep interested in your own thing, being humble;
it is a real possession in the changing world.

Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroes.

Be of good moral character.
Especially, do not indulge in carnal feelings.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all desolation and illusion
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly what you’ve learned through the years,
gracefully surrendering the childish things.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden trials.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings of doubt.

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of God,
no less than the trees and the stars belong to Him;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the world is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul
and salvation in your heart.

With all its deceit, lies, and wicked men,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy, helping others do the same.

Adapted from Desiderata (desired things), 1927

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Life is Important

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This summer I went to camp in a city a little bit north of where I live. I am still in high school and like most high schoolers, am an awful driver. I love to crank the music up and roll down the windows and I really never thought about the consequences of my actions.

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Somehow I convinced my parents to let me drive the hour and a half drive to camp – by myself. On the ride home, I decided I needed to call my boss to let them know I was coming home and could resume working. Having trouble finding my cell phone, while driving down the highway, I reached into the other seat looking for it. I was not focused on the road at all. I veered off into the median and when I corrected, I ended up losing control and going across a lane of traffic. At that point, an 18-wheeler ran over my Honda Accord, destroying the car but miraculously keeping me alive.

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No one has any memory of helping me out of the car and I didn’t get out of the car myself. I only had minor injuries and I believe God saved me.

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The accident has made me realize that I must live life it to the fullest-it’s important. I no longer view the world as black and white but rather, I see a world with many different possibilities and many in-betweens. I don’t know what my purpose is, but I know I have one.

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I hope that my story can get people to not only be more careful in cars but also to realize the importance of life.

Actual report:

A 34-year-old Houston, Texas, man was driving east in the center lane of I-4 just west of Interstate 75 around noon, troopers said. His vehicle entered the outside lane and collided with a semitrailer, driven by Imma C. O***-J*****, 49, of Jacksonville,…

Credit: “Q”

Thanks “Q” Great testimony! Glad you’re alive to tell it. Listen people, don’t look at or for that phone. It’s not worth your life, or the life of another. Don’t end up being sorry you even have a phone.

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And if you talk to people on the run ….DON’T! 

The life you save may be theirs. Love ’em?

HANG UP!

2013 U.S. Cell Phone and Driving Statistics
  • In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in distraction-related crashes.
  • About 424,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.
  • In 2013, 10% of all drivers ages 15 to 19 involved in fatal accidents were reported to be distracted at the time of the crash.

https://www.edgarsnyder.com/car-accident/cause-of-accident/cell-phone/cell-phone-statistics.html

 

I Survive (Poem)

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‘When the ocean empties and the land turns blue,
When my path is blocked and I can’t make it through,
When the stars fall down one by one and it rains snow,
When my car breaks down and I can’t find a tow,
I will still stand on my own feet proud and tall,
I will get back up on my feet after the hardest fall,
I will find my way home through the foggiest dim path,
I will always have the strength for a smile and a good laugh.

We walk each day down a narrow and winding road,
We struggle and always seem to survive each life turn,
No matter how big and heavy we always carry the load,
I may fall and crash but I won’t lie there to burn,
Each moment of life contains a lesson to be learnt.

So when at this days’ end I’ll have stood
against perils and sword,
For It is in this life you see, I trust the Lord.’

Credit: Tammy C.

Whenever something gets you down and all those bad feelings return you have to remember you’re the soldier and this life is your war. Are you going to let life beat you down and keep you there or are you going to fight for your rights?” -Tammy

*Thanks Tammy, wise words.

Have You Learned What Success is Yet?

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All our lives we have been told that we must work toward something. Whether it be good grades, a career, our goal has always been to make it happen and growing up, we have been groomed to chase “A dream.” But let’s be honest! Nobody’s mother or father ever told them, “Honey I want you to waste away your life watching the grass grow.”

I grew up with wanting success just as much as the next person only I thought I knew what success meant. I realize now that I had not the slightest clue what success meant.

We have all defined success by the jobs we hold, the money we make, the adventures we feel we need to take and then post it online for the world to see. Sadly though for some, we have allowed the things we own and the things we do before the world to define us in several points in our lives. I am still chasing “the dream” but in a different way.

SUCCESS to me is not what I make, show, say or do – it is what I leave behind.

I want to stand for something and make a difference where it counts. I realize that personal growth is not ABOUT ME.

I am a wife and a mother and I realize that I grow everyday in the smallest way. I watch my child, this extraordinary miracle that I was blessed with, and clarity comes to me like a slap in the face. I no longer mope around the house thinking I am useless to the world because I am not at work making money. I am doing what every mom wishes she could – being an active participant in my children’s life! I walked into this situation blindly but I am not blind to it. I remind myself that I am blessed everyday. THIS IS SUCCESS TO ME.

I look at my husband, when he does not know I am watching, and it amazes me how much in love with him I am. Never has a day gone by that I have not learned something from him. I know that I have found who God wants me to be with and I will never be alone again! THIS IS SUCCESS TO ME.

Success is doing what you love the most; what you were meant to do. Success IS personal growth. Success is the knowledge that YOU are NOT alone in the world. It is a loving family and friends. Success is health – to be able to do the simple things in life like BE HAPPY, TAKE A WALK, BREATHE…

I know that I am not done learning to be successful. As I grow, my definition of success will grow with me and God has given me the power to share and DEFINE success. SUCCESS is in my knowledge is that I DON’T HAVE TO FOLLOW THE WORLD’S PATH.

Life is my lesson and I am it’s humble student.

Credit: S. J. & Moraldiplomat

Thanks S.J. 🙂

Proverbs 31 Woman

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Who Are You?

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You are born into this world free
Free from fault or guilt
Born innocent.
You are then bombarded with
Expectations, control, blame, rules and responsibilities.

Does this make you defined by external sources?
Are you what you are told you are or who you are told to be?
NO!
WHY?
Because of something we are born with that cannot be taken away
A SOUL!
A soul that possess innate qualities that make us human.
These qualities are governed by choice.

We can choose to
Love or to Hate
Rejoice or Hurt
Laugh or Cry
Our life experiences can influence or seemingly compel us to follow a path but ultimately the choice is ours.

What keeps us from making a choice to change are our fears
Fears of
Being alone
Being judged
Being unworthy.

We can either change or be changed.
Souls are born free therefore WE must choose the life that is RIGHTEOUS so as not to imprison our soul!

Don’t be afraid of being alone
As long as you have your soul, knowing God loves you and it’s Him that changes for the better; you are not alone.

Don’t be afraid of being judged
Your soul doesn’t judge you so why should you let anyone else?
If you do good, who are they to judge you?

Don’t be afraid of being unworthy.
Your worth is not defined by what you do or what is done to you.
You are born with a worth to the Lord above that never fades.
You only have to look in your soul to find your worth.
It is always there.

Who you are is who you want to be.
Who you want to be is in your soul.
Nurture your soul. Listen for God’s voice.
Nobody can change your soul, not even you-ask God to do it.

You can ignore it or you can embrace it.
To ignore it is to die.
To embrace it is to live.
Choose LIFE for you are born free and live free – so live with FREEDOM.

YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE.

*Thanks to Anonymous :p

Rev 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

 

Enjoy the Coffee

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A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. The conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and in life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite – telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said:

“If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress.

“What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups and were eying each other’s cups.

Now consider this: Life is the coffee and the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and do not change the quality of Life. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided. So, don’t let the cups drive you … enjoy the coffee instead.”

Losing But Forever Loving

*Dedicated to my former friends Tommy & Melody

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To love and lose is one of the biggest tragedies in life, yet one fails to see the blessing in the loss. We lose for many reasons – a death, a divorce, a broken friendship and the end of a relationship. In that moment, we feel our life has come to an end or an awkward state. How are we to go on; and who can I call friend now, etc? A piece of your soul, a piece of your life is missing and possibly leaving an empty hole in your heart and the norms are out of balance.

The question of “why me” repeats in your mind but as the beauty of time progresses and realization that it’s not all about us, we see the answer. Loss makes us and those around us stronger and wiser. A loss helps us all to appreciate even the smallest, insignificant things in life. Our hearts become softer and full of even more love than we had to begin with. A loss helps us to see that we can’t do it alone, that we need faith and hope to get us through. We reach out and learn the mercy and grace of God.

When the grieving and the healing have taken their course, we are renewed, ready to begin a new chapter in our lives with a whole new outlook and attitude. Only then are we able to appreciate the lesson learned through that loss. One never forgets those we lost, but we do learn to let go.

We learn to keep living even though we don’t want to. We learn to treasure each moment and each person. In turn, losses make our lives a lot richer.

To love and lose is a tragedy, but it’s not the end of our lives. It’s part of our journey.

Credit: Yanira C.

Thanks Yanira

Job 19:14 “My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me.”

Job 42:10 “And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.”

Prov 17:17 “A friend loveth at all times, ….

Prov 18:24 “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”

Mt 8:22 “But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.”

Lk 9:60 “Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.”

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