Remember others

When you find it hard to get to sleep tonight; Just remember the homeless family who has no bed to lie in.

When you find yourself stuck in traffic; don’t despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege.

When you have a bad day at work, think of the man who has been out of work for the last three months.

When you despair over a relationship gone bad, think of the person who has never known what it’s like to love and be loved in return.

When you grieve the passing of another weekend, think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week, for $15.00 to feed her family.

When your car breaks down, leaving you miles away from assistance, think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk.

When you notice a new gray hair in the mirror, think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.

When you find yourself at a loss, and pondering what is life all about, what is my purpose, be thankful. There are those who didn’t live long enough to get the opportunity.

When you find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities, remember, things could be worse. You could be them.

— Author Unknown

Angel Bridge (video sharing)

I came across this link and thought it was so beautiful, I wanted to share it with everyone.

http://www.openhandweb.org/angel_bridge_video_poem

I hope you like it too.

x niki

When aging reality sets in

When Aging Reality Sets In

* Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.
* Don’t let anyone tell you you’re getting old. Squash their toes with your rocker.
* The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
* Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me. I want people to know why I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved.
* Maturity means being emotionally and mentally healthy. It is that time when you know when to say yes and when to say no, and when to say WHOOPEE!
* How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
* When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.
* I don’t know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.
* The golden years are really just metallic years, gold in the tooth, silver in your hair, and lead in the seat.
* Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18.
* One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young. One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.
* Age seldom arrives smoothly or quickly. It is more often a succession of jerks.
* Yeah, being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.
* Old age is when former classmates are so gray and wrinkled, and blind they don’t recognize you.
* If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you are old.

Author Unknown

Don’t look back

DON’T LOOK BACK
Author Unknown

As you travel through life there are always those times
When decisions just have to be made,
When the choices are hard, and solutions seem scarce,
And the rain seems to soak your parade.

There are some situations where all you can do
Is simply let go and move on,
Gather your courage and choose a direction
That carries you toward a new dawn.

So pack up your troubles and take a step forward –
The process of change can be tough,
But think about all the excitement ahead
If you can be stalwart enough!

There might be adventures you never imagined
Just waiting around the next bend,
And wishes and dreams just about to come true
In ways you can’t yet comprehend!

Perhaps you’ll find friendships that spring from new things
As you challenge your status quo,
And learn there are so many options in life,
And so many ways you can grow!

Perhaps you’ll go places you never expected
And see things that you’ve never seen,
Or travel to fabulous, faraway worlds
And wonderful spots in between!

Perhaps you’ll find warmth and affection and caring
And somebody special who’s there
To help you stay centered and listen with interest
To stories and feelings you share.

Perhaps you’ll find comfort in knowing your friends
Are supportive of all that you do,
And believe that whatever decisions you make,
They’ll be the right choices for you.

So keep putting one foot in front of the other,
And taking your life day by day…
There’s a brighter tomorrow that’s just down the road –
Don’t look back! You’re not going that way!

Judge not

Judge Not

Rich man, poor man, beggerman, thief,
in life, they play their part,
Tis no matter what we may see,
Christ looks upon the heart.

He came not to condemn the world,
The ugly nor the fair,
The harlots who walk in darkness,
Nor men whose beds they share.

He finds no fault with the sinner,
For “All” He gave His life,
He loves us with all our faults,
Our problems, trials and strife.

Price tags on our lives are equal,
For Christ has made them all.
He paid the price with His own life
And lifts us when we fall.

Ah yes, my friend, be not surprised,
When life on earth is through,
And Heavens roll is called for us
Who’s standing next to you.

~© Monette Courtney~

Walk in stride

WALK IN STRIDE
–Author Unknown

The most creative power given to the human spirit is the power to heal the wounds of a past it cannot change.

We do our forgiving alone inside our hearts and minds; what happens to the people we forgive depends on them. The first person to benefit from forgiving is the one who does it.

Forgiving happens in three stages: we rediscover the humanity of the person who wronged us; we surrender our right to get even; and we wish that person well.

Forgiving is a journey; the deeper the wound, the longer the journey. Waiting for someone to repent before we forgive is to surrender our future to the person who wronged us.

Forgiving is not a way to avoid pain but to heal the pain.

Forgiving someone who breaks a trust does not mean that we give him his job back.

Forgiving is the only way to be fair to ourselves.

Forgivers are not doormats; to forgive a person is not a signal that we are willing to put up with what he does.

Forgiving is essential; talking about it is optional. When we forgive, we set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner we set free is us.

When we forgive we walk in stride with the forgiving God.

Listen to me

LISTEN TO ME
Author Unknown

Effective immediately, please be aware that there are changes YOU need
to make in YOUR life. These changes need to be completed in order that
I may fulfill My promises to you to grant you peace, joy and happiness
in this life. I apologize for any inconvenience, but after all that I
am doing, this seems very little to ask of you. I know, I already gave
you the 10 Commandments. Keep them. But follow these guidelines, also:

1. QUIT WORRYING
Life has dealt you a blow and all you do is sit and worry. Have you
forgotten that I am here to take all your burdens and carry them for
you? Or do you just enjoy fretting over every little thing that comes
your way?

2. PUT IT ON THE LIST
Something needs to be done or taken care of. Put it on the list. No,
not YOUR list. Put it on MY to-do-list. Let ME be the one to take care
of the problem. I can’t help you until you turn it over to Me. And
although My to-do-list is long, I am after all… God. I can take care
of anything you put into My hands. In fact, if the truth were ever
really known, I take care of a lot of things for you that you never
even realize.

3. TRUST ME
Once you’ve given your burdens to Me, quit trying to take them back.
Trust in Me. Have the faith that I will take care of all your needs.
YOUR problems and your trials. Problems with the kids? Put them on My
list. Problem with finances? Put it on My list. Problems with your
emotional roller coaster? For My sake, put it on My list. I want to
help you. All you have to do is ask.

4. LEAVE IT ALONE
Don’t wake up one morning and say, “Well, I’m feeling much stronger
now, I think I can handle it from here.” Why do you think you are
feeling stronger now? It’s simple. You gave Me your burdens and I’m
taking care of them. I also renew your strength and cover you in my
peace. Don’t you know that if I
give you these problems back, you will be right back where you
started? Leave them with Me and forget about them. Just let Me do my
job.

5. TALK TO ME
I want you to forget a lot of things. Forget what was making you
crazy. Forget the worry and the fretting because you know I’m in
control. But there’s one thing I pray you never forget. Please, don’t
forget to talk to Me – OFTEN! I love YOU! I want to hear your voice. I
want you to include Me in on the things going on in your life. I want
to hear you talk about your friends and family. Prayer is simply you
having a conversation with Me. I want to be your dearest friend.

6. HAVE FAITH
I see a lot of things from up here that you can’t see from where you
are. Have faith in Me that I know what I’m doing. Trust Me; you
wouldn’t want the view from My eyes. I will continue to care for you,
watch over you, and meet your needs. You only have to trust Me.
Although I have a much bigger task
than you, it seems as if you have so much trouble just doing your
simple part. How hard can trust be?

7. SHARE
You were taught to share when you were only two years old. When did
you forget? That rule still applies. Share with those who are less
fortunate than you. Share your joy with those who need encouragement.
Share your laughter with those who haven’t heard any in such a long
time. Share your
tears with those who have forgotten how to cry. Share your faith with
those who have none.

8. BE PATIENT
I managed to fix it so in just one lifetime you could have so many
diverse experiences. You grow from a child to an adult, have children,
change jobs many times, learn many trades, travel to so many places,
meet thousands of people, and experience so much. How can you be so
impatient then when it
takes Me a little longer than you expect to handle something on My to-
do-list? Trust in My timing, for My timing is perfect. Just because I
created the entire universe in only six days, everyone thinks I should
always rush, rush, rush.

9. BE KIND
Be kind to others, for I love them just as much as I love you. They
may not dress like you, or talk like you, or live the same way you do,
but I still love you all. Please try to get along, for My sake. I
created each of you different in some way. It would be too boring if
you were all identical. Please, know I love each of your differences.

10. LOVE YOURSELF
As much as I love you, how can you not love yourself? You were created
by me for one reason only — to be loved, and to love in return. I am
a God of Love. Love Me. Love your neighbors. But also love yourself.
It makes My heart ache when I see you so angry with yourself when
things go wrong. You
are very precious to Me. Don’t ever forget that! With all my heart, I
love YOU!

GOD

The serviceman – stay

A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside. Your son
is here,” she said to the old man. She had to repeat the words several
times before the patient’s eyes opened. Heavily sedated because of the
pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young man in the Marine Corps uniform
standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand. The Marine
wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man’s limp ones, squeezing a
message of love and encouragement. The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine
could sit alongside the bed. Nights are long in hospitals but all through the
night the young Marine sat there in the poorly lighted ward, holding the
old man’s hand and offering him words of love and strength. Occasionally, the
nurse suggested that the Marine move away and rest awhile. He refused.
Whenever the nurse came into the ward, the Marine was oblivious of her and of
the night noises of the hospital – the clanking of the oxygen tank, the
laughter of the night staff members exchanging greetings, the cries and moans
of the other patients. Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words.
The dying man said nothing, only held tightly to his son all through the
night.

Along towards dawn, the old man died. The Marine placed the lifeless
hand he had been holding and went to tell the nurse. While she did what she
had to do, he waited. Finally, she returned. She started to offer words of
sympathy, but the Marine interrupted her. “Who was that man?” he
asked. The nurse was startled, “He was your father” she answered. “No, he
wasn’t,” the Marine replied. “I never saw him before in my life.” “Then why
didn’t you say something when I took you to him?” “I knew right away, there
had been a mistake, but I also knew he needed his son, and his son just wasn’t
here.
When I realized that he was too sick to tell whether or not I was
his son, I knew how much he needed me so I stayed.”
The next time someone needs you…be there. Stay!

The bird that talked – Inspirational Story

There is an old story about a fellow who lived alone and went to a pet store
to buy a parrot. He thought the bird might fill some of his lonely hours.
The very next day, however, he came back to complain, “That bird doesn’t
talk.”

The store owner asked if he had a mirror in its cage, and the man said he
didn’t. “Oh, parrots love mirrors,” he explained. “When he sees his
reflection in the mirror, he’ll just start talking away.” So he sold him a
birdcage mirror.

The bird owner was back the next day to gripe that his parrot still hadn’t
said a word. “That’s very peculiar,” allowed the pet expert. “How about a
swing? Birds really love these little swings, and a happy parrot is a
talkative parrot.” So the man bought a swing, took it home, and installed it
in the cage.

But he was back the next day with the same story. “Does he have a ladder to
climb?” the salesman asked. “That just has to be the problem. Once he has a
ladder, he’ll probably talk your ear off!” So the fellow bought a ladder.

The man was back at the pet store when it opened the next day. From the look
on his face, the owner knew something was wrong. “Didn’t your parrot like
the ladder?” he asked. His repeat customer looked up and said, “The parrot
died.”

“I’m so sorry,” the stunned businessman said. “Did he ever say anything?”

“Well, yes. He finally talked just before he died. In a weak little voice,
he asked me, “Don’t they sell any bird seed at that pet store?'”

Some of us have mistakenly thought that happiness consists of lining our
cages with toys, gadgets, and other stuff. Excessive consumption has become
the hallmark of our life. “Whoever has the most toys wins” seems to be the
likely candidate to be the bumper sticker for an entire culture. But is it so?

There is a spiritual hunger in the human heart that can’t be satisfied by
seeing one’s own image reflected back in vanity mirrors, playing with our
grown-up toys, or climbing the corporate ladder. Our hearts need real
nourishment. The love of family and friends, relationships over the pursuit
of more things, personal integrity, a secure connection to God –these are
the things that feed the soul.

Have you chosen a life course that leads to a destination that matters?

Which one are you – Moral of the story

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed. Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire.

Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot and ground coffee beans in the third pot. He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup.

Turning to her, he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?” “Potatoes, eggs and coffee,” she hastily replied.

“Look closer”, he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft.

He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.

“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.

He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity-the boiling water. However, each one reacted differently. The potato went in strong, hard and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak. The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard. However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

“Which one are you?” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

Moral: In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is how you choose to react to it and what you make out of it. Life is all about learning, adopting and converting all the struggles that we experience into something positive.