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.
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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.

I am there

I Am There

You cannot see Me,
yet I am the Light you see by.

You cannot hear Me,
yet I speak through your voice.

You cannot feel Me,
yet I am the power at work in your hands.

I am at work
though you do not understand My ways.

I am at work
though you do not recognize My works.

I am not strange visions,
I am not mysteries…
only in absolute stillness beyond self
can you know Me as I am
and then but as a feeling and a faith.

Yet, I am there. Yet I hear.
Yet I answer.
When you need Me, I am there.

Even if you deny Me, I am there.
Even when you feel most alone, I am there.
Even in your fears, I am there.
Even in your pain, I am there.

I am there when you pray
and when you do not pray.

I am in you
you are in Me.

I am the law
on which the movement of the stars
and the growth of living cells are founded.

I am the love
that is law’s fulfilling.

I am assurance.

I am peace.

I am openness.

I am the law
that you live by.

I am the love
that you cling to.

I am your assurance.

I am your peace.

I am one with you.

Beloved , I am there.

(author unknown)

I love hugs

The Hug!

It’s wondrous what a hug can do.

A hug can cheer you when you’re blue.

A hug can say, “I love you so,”

Or, “Gee, I hate to see you go.”

A hug is, “Welcome back again.”

And, “Great to see you! Where’ve you been?”

A hug can soothe a small child´s pain,

and bring a rainbow after rain.

The hug! There’s just no doubt about it-

we scarcely could survive without it!

A hug delights and warms and charms.

It must be why God gave us arms.

A hug can break the language barrier,

and make your travels so much merrier.

No need to fret about your store of ’em,

the more you give, the more there’s more of ’em.

So stretch those arms without delay

and give someone a hug today!

-Author Unknown-

Peace of heart

PEACE of HEART

Almighty and Eternal God,
Give me, I beseech You,
the great gift of inward peace.
Command the winds and storms
of my unruly passions.
Subdue, by Your grace, my proneness to love created thing too much.
Give me a love of suffering for Your sake.
make me forbearing and kind to others,
that I may avoid quarrels and contentions.
And teach me constantly to seek after
and to acquire that perfect resignation
to Your Holy Will
which alone brings interior peace.
Amen.

Universal Prayer

The Universal Prayer
Alexander Pope

Father of all! in every age,
In every clime adored,
By saint, by savage, and by sage,
Jehovah, Jove, or Lord!

Thou Great First Cause, least understood:
Who all my sense confined
To know but this—that thou art good,
And that myself am blind:

Yet gave me, in this dark estate,
To see the good from ill;
And binding Nature fast in fate,
Left free the human will.

What conscience dictates to be done,
Or warns me not to do,
This, teach me more than Hell to shun,
That, more than Heaven pursue.

What blessings thy free bounty gives,
Let me not cast away;
For God is paid when man receives,
To enjoy is to obey.

Yet not to earth’s contracted span,
Thy goodness let me bound,
Or think thee Lord alone of man,
When thousand worlds are round:

Let not this weak, unknowing hand
Presume thy bolts to throw,
And deal damnation round the land,
On each I judge thy foe.

If I am right, thy grace impart,
Still in the right to stay;
If I am wrong, oh teach my heart
To find a better way.

Save me alike from foolish pride,
Or impious discontent,
At aught thy wisdom has denied,
Or aught thy goodness lent.

Teach me to feel another’s woe,
To hide the fault I see;
That mercy I to others show,
That mercy show to me.

Mean though I am, not wholly so
Since quickened by thy breath;
Oh lead me wheresoe’er I go,
Through this day’s life or death.

This day, be bread and peace my lot:
All else beneath the sun,
Thou know’st if best bestowed or not,
And let thy will be done.

To thee, whose temple is all space,
Whose altar, earth, sea, skies!
One chorus let all being raise!
All Nature’s incense rise!

Yesterday today tomorrow

Yesterday is only a dream,
tomorrow only a vision, but today –
we live. If we live as we should,
our yesterdays will be dreams of
happiness, and our tomorrow’s will
be visions of hope.

Quote and poem by Steve Maraboli – Truth & Dare to be

“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“Dare to Be

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.

When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.

When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.

When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.

When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.

When times are tough, dare to be tougher.

When love hurts you, dare to love again.

When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.

When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.

When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.

When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.

When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.

When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.

Dare to be the best you can –

At all times, Dare to be!”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Angel feather poem

I am an angel feather,
Sent from God above,
To serve as a reminder
Of His most gracious love.
I’m from your guardian angel
That God assigned to you,
I fell out in the struggle
As your angel guarded you.
Each time you almost stumble,
Each time you nearly fall,
Thank God and all His angels
For answering your call.
– anonymous

Believe in your heart

Believe In Your Heart

Believe in your heart
that something wonderful
is about to happen.

Love your life.

Believe in your own powers,
and your own potential,
and in your own innate goodness.

Wake every morning
with the awe of just being alive.

Discover each day the magnificent,
awesome beauty in the world.

Explore and embrace life
in yourself and in everyone
you see each day.

Reach within to find
your own specialness.

Amaze yourself and
rouse those around you
to the potential of each new day.

Don’t be afraid to admit
that you are less than perfect;
this is the essence of your humanity.

Let those who love you help you.

Trust enough to be able to take.

Look with hope
to the horizon of today,
for today is all we truly have.

Live this day well.

Let a little sun out as well as in.

Create your own rainbows.

Be open to all your possibilities;
all possibilities and Miracles.

Always believe in Miracles.

………Author Unknown