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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:41 pm 
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We can't always choose our circumstances but we can choose our attitude towards them. :w:


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 9:11 am 
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I found this poem when I was looking for another quote. It is a beautiful poem, even if it doesn't reflect my own non-Christian beliefs. For those of us who do not subscribe to any religion or faith, I suggest a substitute: "wholeness" or "oneness" or "love" (or whatever fits your personal beliefs, religious or not).

“I tell of hearts and souls and dances...
Butterflies and second chances;
Desperate ones and dreamers bound,
Seeking life from barren ground,
Who suffer on in earthly fate
The bitter pain of agony hate,
Might but they stop and here forgive
Would break the bonds to breathe and live
And find that God in goodness brings
A chance for change, the hope of wings
To rest in Him, and self to die
And so become a butterfly.”
― Karen Kingsbury, Oceans Apart

Be well.

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Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. (Viktor E. Frankl)


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 6:16 pm 
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thank you
I will post this in my personal thread
to quote you
be well

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:16 am 
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I didn't know this post existed.....thank you for bringing it back to life! I love inspirational quotes and stories.
This one appeared in my daily devotional this morning, and I found it so fitting:


There is a little plant, small and stunted, growing under the shade of a broad-spreading oak; and this little plant values the shade which covers it, and greatly does it esteem the quiet rest which its noble friend affords. But a blessing is designed for this little plant.

Once upon a time there comes along the woodman, and with his sharp axe he fells the oak. The plant weeps and cries, “My shelter is departed; every rough wind will blow upon me, and every storm will seek to uproot me!”

“No, no,” saith the angel of that flower; “now will the sun get at thee; now will the shower fall on thee in more copious abundance than before; now thy stunted form shall spring up into loveliness, and thy flower, which could never have expanded itself to perfection shall now laugh in the sunshine, and men shall say, ’How greatly hath that plant increased! How glorious hath become its beauty, through the removal of that which was its shade and its delight!’”

----Spurgeon


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:18 am 
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'Being patient means to welcome wholeheartedly whatever arises, having given up the idea that things should be other than what they are.'

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 11:45 am 
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(not to be taken seriously, it's just the only thing I could think of while reading)

A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field. While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was. The dung was actually thawing him out!
He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, promptly dug him out and ate him.

Morals of the story:
(1) Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy.
(2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend.
(3) And when you're in deep shit, it's smart to keep your mouth shut!


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 10:48 am 
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Wild Geese
by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 6:46 pm 
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Had to post another Mary Oliver poem. I've been finding great truth and solace in her poetry.

The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice – –
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
‘Mend my life!’
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.

You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations – –
though their melancholy
was terrible. It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.

But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice,
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do – – determined to save
the only life you could save.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 6:51 pm 
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this has probably done the rounds but it was new and thought provoking to me
so
A man dreamed that he was shopping and behind the counter stood God
The man said God is that really you
God replied yes
The man said what can I get from you in this shop
God said anything that you want
In disbelief the man quickly thought and said
Well I want a long and happy life,
I want to love and be loved by a great wife
I want three extremely gifted children.
health, wealth and security
God said is that it?
the man realising he was being selfish added
I want to rid the world of war, poverty, sickness, greed, dishonesty, famine and hatred
God said OK and withdrew to the back in order to meet the man's order
when he returned he presented the man with a small paper bag
The man in disbelief said surely all that I requested cannot be contained in such a small bag
God said
I only provide the seeds !

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 Post subject: Invictus
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Invictus by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.


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