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Life's Clock
The clock of life is wound but once,
And no man has the power
To tell just where the hands will stop
At late or early hour.

To lose one's wealth is sad indeed:
To lose one's health is more:
To lose one's soul is such a loss
As no man can restore.

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The present only is our own,
Live, Love, toil with a will --
Place no faith in 'tomorrow' --
For the clock may then be still.

Author Unknown

Whatever Your Gift

What is that you hold in your hand?
Nothing, you say? Look again.
Every hand holds some special gift –
A hammer, a broom, a pen,
A hoe, a scalpel, an artist’s brush,
A needle, a microscope,
A violin’s bow, a way with words
In the giving of faith and hope.
What is that you hold in your hand?
Whatever your gift may be,
It can open your door to abundant life –
You hold in your hand the key.

Helen Lowrie Marshall


We never know how strong we are until stronger is the only choice we have.
I speak to everyone in the same way,whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university ~Albert Einstein

“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.”  John Muir



The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

The really special person is the one who treats all others as though they were special.

Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.

"Never Make Someone a Priority, When all you are to them is an Option."   Author: Unknown
Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.” - Benjamin Franklin


"I can live for two months on a good compliment." ~
Mark Twain

The greatest sermons are lived – not preached. – Jo Greene

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A good friend will come and bail you out of jail.............
but, a true friend will be sitting next to you saying, "Damn...that was fun!"

We never really grow up. We just learn how to act in public



Do not stand at my grave & weep;
I am not there . I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night,
Do not stand at my grave & cry.
I am not there; I did not die.

Author Unknown

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The Simple Things

Do we forget the simple things
That make our lives worthwhile?
The grace of a flowing tear,
The tenderness of a smile.

We tend to dwell on the problems
That each day seems to bring.
Is there nothing better to recall?
Have we forgotten everything?

Stop now and remember
Some memories you've stored away,
Something worth recalling
To make a better day.

Linda Durham

Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: If you’re alive, it isn’t.

A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work. ~ The Pepper Box

For every problem there is a solution – even if it’s learning to live with the problem. ~ Our Daily Bread

A wise man doubts often, and when presented with true evidence changes his mind.  A fool knows all things but his own ignorance.  ~  J.W. Kline

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Life has a way of bringing us back to reality. Who has not stubbed his toe while counting stars.

Don't listen to someone because he has a degree unless it's a degree in common sense.

When you question your wife’s judgment, remember that she married you. – Woodmen of the World

One thing you learn the hard way is that there is no easy way.  ~  Ivern Ball

Indifference often is a more obnoxious response than criticism.

If our behavior isn’t governed by the effect it has on those around us, "sorry" may not be enough to repair the damage.

"When you choose the behavior you choose the consequences" ~ Dr. Phil

Sorrow is the rust of the soul. Activity will cleanse & brighten it. – Samuel Johnson

The man who tried his best and failed is superior to the man who never tried.

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Love not returned is like a garden without sunshine. ~ Rachel Mergen

The biggest mistake we can make is to worry about mistakes. ~  Bern Williams

To live and let live is good. To live and help live is better.

There is no pleasure in having nothing to do. The fun is having lots to do and not doing any of it.

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Life is like a game of cards. We cannot help the hand that is dealt us but we can help the way we play it.

Enjoy what you have – hope for what you lack.

Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself.

Character is much easier kept than recovered.

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To paraphrase a quote from Nathaniel Hawthorn: "Happiness is like a butterfly – the more you chase it, the more it will elude you But if you turn your attention to other things, it comes and softly sits on your shoulder."

Who you are is more important than who you were but less important than who you can become. ~ Frank Tyger

Enjoy the little things. One day you may look back and realize that they were the big things. ~ Country Magazine

Inside every old person is a young person wondering what the hell happened!

Having lots of money won't solve all your problems but it sure makes them a heck of a lot easier to live with.

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Tomorrow is tomorrow. Let it wait. Don’t run to meet it. Leave it at the gate…...Have no fear of what it holds for you ~  Problems there will be ~   But blessings, too.  Today is now. Today is yours to live ~  So live it well.  Work, laugh and hope and give ~  Your best until the last hour fades away-  And lets tomorrow come. Enjoy today.

Patience Strong

Slow Down Therapy
--author unknown .

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1. Slow down; you are not responsible for doing it all yourself, right now.

2. Remember a happy, peaceful time in your past. Rest there. Each moment
has richness that takes a lifetime to savor.

3. Set your own pace. When someone is pushing you, it's OK to tell them
they're pushing.

4. Take nothing for granted: watch water flow, the corn grow, the leaves
blow, your neighbor mow.

5. Taste your food. It is to delight as well as to nourish.

6. Notice the sun and the moon as they rise and set. They are remarkable
for their steady pattern of movement, not their speed.

7. Quit planning how you're going to use what you know, learn, or possess.
Gifts just are; be grateful and their purpose will be clear.

8. When you talk with someone, don't think about what you'll say next.
Thoughts will spring up naturally if you let them.

9. Talk and play with children. It will bring out the unhurried little
person inside you.

10. Create a place in your your your heart...where you
can go for quiet and recollection. You deserve it.

11. Allow yourself time to be lazy and unproductive. Rest isn't luxury;
it's a necessity.

12. Listen to the wind blow. It carries a message of yesterday and
tomorrow-and now. NOW counts.

13. Rest on your laurels. They bring comfort whatever their size, age, or

14. Talk slower. Talk less. Don't talk. Communication isn't measured by

15. Give yourself permission to be late sometimes. Life is for living, not

16. Listen to the song of a bird; the complete song. Music and nature are
gifts, but only if you are willing to receive them.

17. Take time just to think. Action is good and necessary, but it's
fruitful only if we muse, ponder, and mull.

18. Make time for play-the things you like to do. Whatever your age, your
inner child needs re-creation.

19. Watch and listen to the night sky. It speaks.

20. Listen to the words you speak, especially in prayer.

21. Learn to stand back and let others take their turn as leaders. There
will always be new opportunities for you to step out in front again.

22. Divide big jobs into little jobs. If God took six days to create the
universe, can you hope to do any better?

23. When you find yourself rushing and anxious, stop. Ask yourself "WHY?"
you are rushing and anxious. The reasons may improve your

24. Take time to read. Thoughtful reading is enriching reading.

25. Direct your life with purposeful choices, not with speed and
efficiency. The best musician is one who plays with expression and meaning,
not the one who finishes first.

26. Take a day off alone; make a retreat. You can learn from monks and
hermits without becoming one.

27. Pet a furry friend. You will give and get the gift of now.

28. Work with your hands. It frees the mind.

29. Take time to wonder. Without wonder, life is merely existence.

30. Sit in the dark. It will teach you to see and hear, taste and smell.

31. Once in a while, turn down the lights, the volume, the throttle, the
invitations. Less really can be more.

32. Let go. Nothing is usually the hardest thing to do - but often it is
the best.

33. Take a walk-but don't go anywhere. If you walk just to get somewhere,
you sacrifice the walking.

34. Count your friends. If you have one, you are lucky. If you have more,
you are blessed. Bless them in return.

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The best music of all are the sounds of nature.   Esther M. Ziock Carroll

Hang in there!

When life is tough, and luck runs thin,
Or when you feel you cannot cope,
Cling to the truth that you CAN win…
And never, ever, give up hope!

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For life is not the thing we thought,
And not the thing we plan.
And woman in a bitter world,
Must do the best she can.

"The Harpy" by Robert Service

I'm Glad You're in My Dash

I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone,
From the the end.

He noted that first came her date of birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years.

(1934 - 1998)

For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth...
And now only those who loved her,
Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own;

The cars...the house...the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard...
Are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
To consider what's true and real,
And always try to understand
The way other people feel

And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile.
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy's being read
With your life's actions to rehash...
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?




We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give ~ Sir Winston Churchill

Be yourself - everyone else is already taken ~ unknown

Cherokee Wisdom ~ Two Wolves
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.   He said, "My son, the battle is between two 'wolves' inside us all.  One is evil.  It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority & ego.  The other is good.  It is joy, peace, love, hope, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, & faith."  The grandson thought about it for a minute & then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf wins?"  The old Cherkee replied simply, "The one you feed."



To get something you never had ~ you have to do something you never did.


"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life." - Winston Churchill


Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem,
first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.” ~ William Gibson


Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you're a nice person
is like expecting a lion not to attack you because you're a vegetarian.


Some people in life are anchors. They try to pull you down with them.
It can be hard, but sometimes it's best to cut the rope & let them sink themselves.



Tell Them Now

If with pleasure you are viewing
Any work a man is doing,

If you like him or you love him tell him now.
Don't withhold your approbation
Till the parson makes oration
And he lies with snowy lilies on his brow,

For no matter how you shout it
He won't really care about it

He won't know how many teardrops you have shed
So if some praise is due him
Now's the time to slip it to him
For he cannot read his tombstone when he's dead.

More than fame and more than money
Is the comment kind and sunny

And the hearty warm approval of a friend,
For it gives to life a savor
And it makes you stronger, braver,
And it gives you heart and courage to the end.

If he earns your praise, bestow it
If you like him, let him know it

Let the words of true encouragement be said.
Do not wait till life is over
And he's underneath the clover,
For he cannot read his tombstone when he's dead.

Author Unknown            Contributed By:  Singing Jude


Truth is, everyone's gonna hurt you. You just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.

Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for truth. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

"I do not exist to impress the world. I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy."
Richard Bach (Illusions)
Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon, here is always someone to tell you that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
Ralph Waldo Emerson



Counting From: 1 Oct. 2002

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