I am love – A wedding vow

Some say I can fly on the wind, yet I haven’t any wings.
Some have found me floating on the open sea, yet I cannot swim.
Some have felt my warmth on cold nights, yet I have no flame.
And though you cannot see me, I lay between two lovers at the hearth of fireplaces.
I am the twinkle in your child’s eyes.
I am hidden in the lines of your mother’s face.
I am your father’s shield as he guards your home. And yet…
Some say I am stronger than steel, yet I am as fragile as a tear.
Some have never searched for me, yet I am around them always.
Some say I die with loss, yet I am endless.
And though you cannot hear me, I dance on the laughter of children.
I am woven into the whispers of passion.
I am in the blessings of Grandmothers.
I embrace the cries of newborn babies.
And yet… Some say I am a flower, yet I am also the seed.
Some have little faith in me, yet I will always believe in them.
Some say I cannot cure the ill, yet I nourish the soul.
And though you cannot touch me, I am the gentle hand of the kind.
I am the fingertips that caress your cheek at night.
I am the hug of a child.
I am love.

7 Ups for friendship

7 Ups For Friendship

1. Open Up.
Be honest, open and candid (tempered with kindness).

2. Stand Up.
For your friends, whether they are there or not.

3. Put Up.
Give your friend the freedom to be imperfect (like you!).

4. Speak Up.
Say what you feel; be generous with sincere (public/private) praise.

5. Show Up.
Be there; do what you say you’ll do.

6. Make Up.
Don’t hold a grudge; be the first to say, “I’m sorry, please forgive me.”

7. Re-Up.
Take inventory and re-commit yourself to the friendship often.

Pass this on to all your friends…

– Author Unknown

Youth by Samuel Ullman

“YOUTH”
Samuel Ullman

Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.

Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite, for adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man of sixty more than a boy of twenty. Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust.

Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being’s heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing child-like appetite of what’s next, and the joy of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the infinite, so long are you young.

When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at twenty, but as long as your aerials are up, to catch the waves of optimism, there is hope you may die young at eighty.

Words are windows or they’re walls

Words are Windows or They’re Walls by Ruth Bebermeyer

“I feel so sentenced by your words,
I feel so judged and sent away,
Before I go I’ve got to know
Is that what you mean to say?

Before I rise to my defense,
Before I speak in hurt or fear,
Before I build that wall of words,
Tell me, did I really hear?

Words are windows, or they’re walls,
They sentence us, or set us free.
When I speak and when I hear,
Let the love light shine through me.

There are things I need to say,
Things that mean so much to me,
If my words don’t make me clear,
Will you help me to be free?

If I seemed to put you down,
If you felt I didn’t care,
Try to listen through my words
To the feelings that we share.
by Ruth Bebermeyer

Love’s Philosophy

Love’s Philosophy
By Percy Bysshe Shelley

The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle.
Why not I with thine?—

See the mountains kiss high heaven
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth
And the moonbeams kiss the sea:
What is all this sweet work worth
If thou kiss not me?

Time to pray

Time to Pray

I got up early one morning
and rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish
that I didn’t have time to pray.

Problems just tumbled about me,
and heavier came each task.
“Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered.
He answered, “You didn’t ask.”

I wanted to see joy and beauty,
but the day toiled on, gray and bleak;
I wondered why God didn’t show me.
He said, “But you didn’t seek.”

I tried to come into God’s presence;
I used all my keys at the lock.
God gently and lovingly chided,
“My child, you didn’t knock.”

I woke up early this morning,
and paused before entering the day;
I had so much to accomplish
that I had to take time to pray.

Author unknown

No regrets

You will never be sorry …

for thinking before acting.
for hearing before judging.
for forgiving your enemies.
for being candid and frank.
for helping a fallen brother.
for being honest in business.
for thinking before speaking.
for being loyal to your church.
for standing by your principles.
for closing your ears to gossip.
for bridling a slanderous tongue.
for harboring only pure thoughts.
for sympathizing with the afflicted.
for being courteous and kind to all.

Author Unknown

No time

NO TIME
Author Unknown

I knelt to pray but not for long,
I had too much to do.
I had to hurry and get to work
For bills would soon be due.

So I knelt and said a hurried prayer,
And jumped up off my knees.
My christian duty was now done
My soul could rest at ease.

All day long I had no time
To spread a word of cheer.
No time to speak of Christ to friends,
They’d laugh at me I’d fear.

No time, no time, too much to do,
That was my constant cry,
No time to give to souls in need
But at last the time to die.

I went before the Lord,
I came, I stood with downcast eyes.
For in His hands God held a book;
It was the Book of Life.

God looked into his book and said
“Your name I cannot find.
I once was going to write it down . . .
But never found the time”

Defining you

You are not your age,
Nor the size of clothes you wear,
You are not a weight,
Or the color of your hair.
You are not your name,
Or the dimples in your cheeks,
You are all the books you read,
And all the words you speak,
You are your croaky morning voice,
And the smiles you try to hide,
You’re the sweetness in your laughter,
And every tear you’ve cried,
You’re the songs you sing so loudly,
When you know you’re all alone,
You’re the places that you’ve been to,
And the on that you call home,
You’re the things that you believe in,
And the people you love,
You’re the photos in your bedroom,
And the future you dream of,
You’re made of so much beauty,
But it seems that you forgot,
When you decided that you were defined,
By all the things you’re not.
e.h.

My fears

MY FEARS

I feared being alone…until I learned to like
myself.

I feared people’s opinions…until I learned
that people would have opinions about me anyway.

I feared failure…..until I realized that
they are only the stepping stones to success.

I feared rejection ….until I learned
to have faith in myself.

I feared pain…until I learned
that it is necessary for growth.

I feared the truth….until I saw the ugliness
in lies.

I feared life…until I experienced
that it depends solely on my attitude.

I feared death….until I realized
that it is only a beginning.

I feared hate…until I saw
that it was nothing more than ignorance.

I feared love….until I realized that
I do need the other person to love me back

I feared ridicule….until I learned
how to laugh at myself.

I feared success … until I learned
that it is okay to be the best I can.

I feared growing old….until I realized
that I gained the beauty of wisdom every day.

I feared the dark…until I saw
the beauty of the stars and moonlight.

I feared the past….until I realized
that it can only hurt me if I allow it to do so.

I feared the future….until I realized
that it is only this moment that matters.

I feared change…..until I saw
that even the most beautiful butterfly had to undergo
a metamorphosis before it could fly.