The lizard (true inspirational story)

This is a true story that happened in Japan.

In order to renovate the house, someone in Japan tore open the wall. Japanese houses normally have a hollow space between the wooden walls. When tearing down the walls, he found that there was a lizard stuck there because a nail from outside was hammered into one of its feet. He saw this, felt pity, and at the same time he was curious. When he checked the nail, turns out, it was nailed 10 years ago when the house was first built.

What happened?

The lizard had survived in such a position for 10 years! In a dark wall partition for 10 years without moving, it is impossible and mind boggling. Then he wondered how this lizard survived for 10 years without moving a single step–since its foot was nailed!

So he stopped his work and observed the lizard, what it had been doing,
and what and how it has been eating. Later, not knowing from where it
came, appeared another lizard, with food in its mouth.

Ahh! He was stunned and at the same time, touched deeply.
Another lizard had been feeding the stuck one for the past 10 years…

Such love, such a beautiful love!
Such love happened with this tiny creature…

What can love do?
It can do wonders!
Love can do miracles!

Just think about it; one lizard had been feeding the other one
untiringly for 10 long years, without giving up hope on its partner.

If a small creature like a lizard can love like this…
just imagine how we can love if we try.

Inspiration Online Magazine – Chameleons in Love

The best day of my life

The Best Day Of My Life

Today, when I awoke, I suddenly realized that this is the best day
of my life, ever! There were times when I wondered if I would make
it to today; but I did! And because I did I’m going to celebrate!

Today, I’m going to celebrate what an unbelievable life I have had
so far: the accomplishments, the many blessings, and, yes, even the
hardships because they have served to make me stronger. I will go
through this day with my head held high, and a happy heart. I will
marvel at God’s seemingly simple gifts: the morning dew, the sun,
the clouds, the trees, the flowers, the birds. Today, none of these
miraculous creations will escape my notice.

Today, I will share my excitement for life with other people. I’ll
make someone smile. I’ll go out of my way to perform an unexpected
act of kindness for someone I don’t even know.

Today, I’ll give a sincere compliment to someone who seems down.
I’ll tell a child how special he is, and I’ll tell someone I love
just how deeply I care for her and how much she means to me.

Today is the day I quit worrying about what I don’t have and start
being grateful for all the wonderful things God has already given
me. I’ll remember that to worry is just a waste of time because my
faith in God and his Divine Plan ensures everything will be just
fine.

And tonight, before I go to bed, I’ll go outside and raise my eyes
to the heavens. I will stand in awe at the beauty of the stars and
the moon, and I will praise God for these magnificent treasures.

As the day ends and I lay my head down on my pillow, I will thank
the Almighty for the best day of my life. And I will sleep the
sleep of a contented child, excited with expectation because I know
tomorrow is going to be the best day of my life, ever!

~ Author Unknown

You are very special

You Are Very Special

In all the world there is nobody, nobody like you. Since the beginning of time there has never been another person like you. Nobody has your smile, your eyes, your hands, your hair. Nobody owns your handwriting, your voice. You’re Special.

Nobody can paint your brush strokes. Nobody has your taste for food or music or dance or art. Nobody in the universe sees things as you do. In all time there has never been anyone who laughs in exactly your way, and what makes you laugh or cry or think may have a totally different response in another. So – You’re Special.

You’re different from any other person who has ever lived in the history of the universe. You are the only one in the whole creation who has your particular set of abilities. There is always someone who is better at one thing or another. Every person is your superior in at least one way. Nobody in the universe can reach the quality of the combination of your talents, your feelings. Like a roomful of musical instruments some might excel in one way of another but nobody can match the symphonic sound when all are played together. Your Symphony. Through all eternity no one will ever walk, talk, think or do exactly like you. You’re Special.

You’re rare and in all rarity there is enormous value. You’re Special and it is no accident you are. Please realise that God made you for a special purpose. He has a job for you to do that nobody else can do as well as you can. Out of the billions of applicants only one is qualified. Only one has the unique and right combination of what it takes and that one is you. You’re Special!

Motivation – Ralph Marston

Motivation:
Have you noticed?
+++++++++++++++++++

Have you noticed how beautiful the world is today? Have you
seen some of the fresh, new opportunities that are coming to
life?

Have you remembered today what a unique and wonderful
blessing it is to be alive? Can you feel the richness that
lives in this very moment?

Do you understand how truly fortunate you are to be you? Can
you see the magnificent possibilities that are close enough
to touch?

Do you realize the immense value that your thoughts and
actions are able to create? Do you feel the power of your
own special purpose?

This is not just any day. It is the day that you now have to
work with, and a day in which you can accomplish so very
much.

Open yourself to the best possibilities. This day is now
yours to fulfill.

Ralph Marston

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.