From Grief, Depression, or Illness to Positivity & Healing

July 20, 2009

A Woman and her fork – very touching

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 1:30 pm

Woman and a Fork

There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things ‘in order,’ she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes.

She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in.

Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her. ‘There’s one more thing,’ she said excitedly.

‘What’s that?’ came the Pastor’s reply.

‘This is very important,’ the young woman continued. ‘I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.’

The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say.

‘That surprises you, doesn’t it? ‘ the young woman asked.

‘Well, to be honest, I’m puzzled by the request,’ said the Pastor.

The young woman explained. ‘My grandmother once told me this story, and from that time on I have always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement. In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, ‘Keep your fork.’ It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming…like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!’

So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder ‘What’s with the fork?’ Then I want you to tell them: ‘Keep your fork ..the best is yet to come.’

=0 AThe Pastor’s eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the young woman good-bye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge. She KNEW that something better was coming.

At the funeral people were walking by the young woman’s casket and they saw the cloak she was wearing and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the Pastor heard the question, ‘What’s with the fork?’ And over and over he smiled.

During his message, the Pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died . He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. He told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either.

He was right. So the next time you reach down for your fork let it remind you, ever so gently, that the best is yet to come. Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. Cherish the time you have, and the memories you share. Being friends with someone is not an opportunity but a sweet responsibility.

Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND even if it means sending back to the person who sent it to you……

And keep your fork.

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June 8, 2009

If we Believe

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 2:55 pm

If we believe that suffering is as much a part of our lives as joy, and that we can grow even from the difficult experiences, then we will have the courage to live through the emotions and pain that are associated iwth suffering. If we are convinced that down the road, we will recover from our pain, perhaps having grown a bit, then it will be easier to accept the difficult stages along the way.

Author Unknown

June 5, 2009

Look up to the stars

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 12:47 pm

And at night you will look up to the stars. My star will be one of the stars, for you. And so you will love to watch, all the stars in the heavens. In one of those stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And when your sorrow is comforted (time soothes all sorrows), you will be content that you have known me. (Antoine de St. Exupery)

June 4, 2009

Just for Today

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 1:54 pm

Just for today I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle my life problems at once. I can do something for 12 hours that would appal to me if I felt that I had to keep it up for a lifetime.

Just for today I will be happy. Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Just for today I will adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my “luck” as it comes, and fit myself into it.

Just for today I will try to strengthen my mind. I will study. I will learn something useful. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.

Just for today I will exercise my soul in three ways. I will do somebody a good turn, and not get found out, if anybody knows of it, it will not count. I will do at least two things I don’t want to do – just for exercise. I will not show anyone that my feelings are hurt; they may be hurt, but today I will not show it.

Just for today I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, dress becomingly, talk low, criticize not one bit, not find fault with anything and not try to improve or regulate anybody except myself.

Just for today I will have a program. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it. I will save myself from two pests; hurry and decision.

Just for today I will have a quiet half hour all by myself, and relax. During this half hour, sometime, I will try to get a better perspective of my life.

Just for today I will be unafraid. Especially I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful, and to believe that as I give to the world, so the world will give to me.

June 3, 2009

Hope

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 4:40 pm

When all about you is black with gloom,
and all you feel is pending doom.
When your bones are racked with grim dispair,
when every breath is a gasp for air.
Keep on going, though you need to grop,
for around the bend is a ray of hope.

A ray of hope is perhaps all that’s left,
as your will to live has been bereft.
You’ve lost it all, it’s just no use!
You can end it all, you need no excuse.
But throw away that piece of rope
and give yourself a chance of hope.

Just give yourself another day,
brushing aside what your thoughts may say.
This is your life and you can make a new start,
by ignoring the brain – just follow the heart.
Taking baby steps in order to cope,
and minute by minute you’ll build on your hope.

Build on your hope, one day at a time,
though the road be steep and hard to climb.
The hurts of the past – they should be dead.
The fears of the future are all in your head.
Just live in the present and refuse to mope,
your life will sparkle for you’re living in hope.

Brian Quinn

June 1, 2009

Days & Bad Days

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 12:43 pm

“You’ll have good days and bad days” he said,
not knowing
but with his expectation
of my journey of grief.
“NO”, I replied,
with my own
my painful response
“I have days and bad days”.

There are no good days yet, my love
no days like days gone by
when life was good,
and shared,
and hopeful too.
Just days
of getting by,
survival days
without you.

And bad days –
oh, the bad days
of empty longings
and private tears,
and broken heart,
and missing you.

“I have days and bad days:
was the truth.
The expectation of this time?
Good days will come?
He did not say so
Perhaps he did not know.

BUt I know all too well,
I know my loss of you.
So, for all of now,
days and bad days is my story.
This, my knowing,
this, my living,
this, my expectation,
these, my days and bad days
and all my grief for you.

Author unknown

May 29, 2009

Time

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 2:51 pm

“It takes time” they said
“A long time”.
After all, time is a great healer.
So you’ll need the time.
Give it time; they said.

“But how much time?” I ask.
“How long a time
Will this great healing take?”
“What time will I be given?”
“What time does my grief need?” I asked

“More time” we say.
“A longer time than people know”.
“A time for healing of your pain.”
“You’ll know the need of that
given time”, we say.

“In time” I say
“I’ll know a time to live again”.
Be patient with me in my healing
I need the time it takes.
“My time” I say.

The times we shared
will turn to memories after time.
And longing time
and missing time
will ever be my times with you.

Author unknown

May 28, 2009

You never…

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 12:58 pm

You never said I’m leaving,
you never said goodbye.
You were gone before I knew it,
and only God knew why.

A million times we’ve needed you,
a million times we’ve cried.
If love alone could’ve saved you,
you never would have died.

In life we loved you dearly,
in death we love you still.
In our hearts you hold a place,
no one else will ever fill.

It broke our hearts to lose you,
but you didn’t go alone.
Part of us went with you
the day God took you home.

Author unknown

May 27, 2009

Words of Support

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 12:12 pm

At the moment you may be thinking
of how things used to be –
Before these trying times
which have brought such misery.

Yet please stop and think awhile,
of all that you have learned –
Of just how far you’ve travelled
and all the corners you have turned.

So, try always to remember
that this time won’t always be,
For then you may look forward
to when you shall be trouble free!

Author unknown

We Thought of you Today

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 12:11 pm

We thought of you today,
but that is nothing knew.
We thought of you yesterday,
and will tomorrow too.

We think of you in silence,
and make no outward show,
for what it meant to lose you,
only those who love you know.

Remembering you is easy,
we do it everyday.
It’s the heartache of losing you
that will never go away.

(Author Unknown)

May 14, 2009

Learning to Dance in the rain

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 12:06 pm

How to Dance in the Rain

It was a busy morning, about 8:30 , when an elderly gentleman in his 80s arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.

I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor’s appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry.
The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her health.

He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer’s Disease.
As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late.

He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now.
I was surprised, and asked him, ‘And you still go every morning, even though she doesn’t know who you are?’

He smiled
As he patted my hand and said,
‘She doesn’t know me,
But I still know who she is.’
I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought,

‘That is the kind of love
I want in my life.’

True love is neither
Physical, nor romantic.
True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

With all the jokes and fun that are in e-mails, sometimes there is one that comes along that has an important message. This one I thought
I could share with you.
The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything;
They just make the best
Of everything they have.
I hope you share this with someone you care about.
I just did.
‘Life isn’t about how to survive the storm,
But how to dance in the rain.

May 13, 2009

Creating a Positive Attitude to Create Positive Results

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 1:49 pm

CREATING A POSITIVE ATTITUDE TO ACHIEVE POSITIVE RESULTS
by Mark Victor Hansen

Your attitude determines the state of world you live in. It is the foundation for every success and every failure you have had and will have. Your attitude will make you or break you.

Attitude creates the way you feel about people and situations. Your actions are a result of your attitude, which, in turn, creates a reaction from others. So, basically, what you think … you get. It is your attitude toward others and the Universe that determines the resultant attitude toward you. Incorporate a positive, joyful attitude and you’ll have positive, joyful results. Put out a bad, negative attitude and you’ve failed before you begin.

I know it sounds simple, but the truth is….it IS simple!

WHERE DO NEGATIVE ATTITUDES COME FROM IN THE FIRST PLACE?

Negative attitudes come from thinking negative thoughts over and over until they have become a part of your subconscious – they’ve become habitual, a part of your personality. You may not even realize you have a negative attitude because it’s been with you for so long. Once you have a bad attitude, you expect failure and disaster. This expectation turns you into a strong magnet for failure and disaster. Then it becomes a vicious circle. You expect the worst – you get the worst – your negative beliefs are reinforced – you expect the worst – you get …

. . Got the picture?

SO, HOW DO WE SHIFT OUR THOUGHTS AND CREATE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE?

It takes work, but creating anything of value takes work. In order to have a new attitude we have to change our subconscious thinking. How do we do this? By analyzing every thought we have until positive thinking becomes habit. You’re merely replacing an old habit with a healthy habit, much like replacing exercise for smoking.

You can’t just stop being negative – you have to replace those negative thoughts with positive ones.

Some people would say, “But negative situations are a reality. They just show up in every day life.”

This is absolutely not true. Situations are a reality, yes. They do show up. It is your ATTITUDE that makes a situation positive or negative. It’s time for you to realize that YOU are in control of how you think and feel – no one else on earth has this power unless you give it away. Take control of your attitude, and you take control of your results.

“Your state of mind creates the state of your results.”

Mark Victor Hansen

May 6, 2009

Performing a Random Acts of Kindness Can Make YOU Feel Better!

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 1:28 pm

Breakfast at McDonald’s

This is a good story and is true, please read it all the way through until the end! (After the story, there are some very interesting facts!):

I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, 3) and have recently completed my college degree.

The last class I had to take was Sociology.

The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the qualities that I wish every human being had been graced with.

Her last project of the term was called, ‘Smile.’

The class was asked to go out and smile at three people and document their reactions.

I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone and say hello anyway. So, I thought this would be a piece of cake, literally.

Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, youngest son, and I went out to McDonald’s one crisp March morning. I t was just our way of sharing special playtime with our son. We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to back away, and then even my husband did. I did not move an inch…. an overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside of me as I turned to see why they had moved. As I turned around I smelled a horrible ‘dirty body’ smell, and there standing behind me were two poor homeless men…

As I looked down at the short gentleman, close to me, he was ‘smiling’ His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God’s Light as he searched for acceptance. He said, ‘Good day’ as he counted the few coins he had been clutching. The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend. I realized the second man was mentally challenged and the b lue-eyed gentleman was his salvation.

I held my tears as I stood there with them.

The young lady at the counter asked him what they wanted.. He said, ‘Coffee is all Miss’ because that was all they could afford. (If they wanted to sit in the restaurant and warm up, they had to buy something. He just wanted to be warm).

Then I really felt it – the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes. That is when I noticed all eyes in the restaurant were set on me, judging my every action. I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray. I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting spot. I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue-eyed gentleman’s cold hand.

He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, ‘Thank you.’

I leaned over, began to pat his hand and said, ‘I did not do this for you. God is here working through me to give you hope.’

I started to cry as I walked away to join my husband and son. When I sat down my husband smiled at me and said, ‘That is why God gave you to me, Honey, to give me hope..We held hands for a moment and at that time, we knew that only because of the Grace that we had been given were we able to give. We are not church goers, but we are believers. That day showed me the pure Light of God’s sweet love.

I returned to college, on the last evening of class, with this story in hand. I turned in ‘my project’ and the instructor read it. Then she looked up at me and said, ‘Can I share this?’

I slowly nodded as she got the attention of the class.

She began t o read and that is when I knew that we as human beings and being part of God share this need to heal people and to be healed. In my own way I had touched the people at McDonald’s, my son,the instructor, and every soul that shared the classroom on the last night I spent as a college student. I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn:

UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE.

Much love and compassion is sent to each and every person who may read this and learn how to

LOVE PEOPLE AND USE THINGS –

NOT LOVE THINGS AND USE PEOPLE.

There is an Angel sent to watch over you.

In order for her to work, you must pass this on to the people you want watched over.

An Angel wrote:

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart

To handle yourself, use your head..

To handle others, use your heart.

God gives every bird it’s food, but He does not throw it into its nest.

A box of gold

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

With a secret inside

that has never been told

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

This box is priceless but as I see

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

The treasure inside is precious to me

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Today I share this treasure with thee

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

It’s the treasure of friendship you’ve given me.

May 5, 2009

Success

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 12:47 pm

Don’t ever think success cant be achieved, inspiration is here and you need to read this for encouragement

Success

©Niderah

The road to success is not straight
There is a curve called Failure,
a loop called confusion,
speed bumps called Friends,
red lights called Enemies, and
caution lights called Family
But if you have a spare called Determination,
an engine called Perseverance,
insurance called Faith, and
a driver called Jesus,
you will make it to a place called Success!!

May 1, 2009

The Red Shirt – very touching story

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 1:31 pm

Red Shirt

If the red shirt thing is new to you, read below how it went for a man…

Last week, while traveling to Toronto on business, I noticed an army sergeant traveling with a folded flag, but did not put two and two together.

After we boarded our flight, I turned to the sergeant, who’d been invited to sit in First Class ( across from me), and inquired if he was heading home.

‘No’, he responded.

‘Heading out’, I asked?

‘No. I’m escorting a soldier home.’

‘Going to pick him up?’

‘No. He is with me right now. He was killed in Afganistan, I’m taking him home to his family.’

The realization of what he had been asked to do hit me like a punch to the gut. It was an honor for him. He told me that, although he didn’t know the soldier, he had delivered the news of his passing to the soldier’s family and felt as if he knew them after many conversations in so few days.

I turned back to him, extended my hand, and said, ‘Thank you. Thank you for doing what you do so my family and I can do what we do.’

Upon landing in Toronto , the pilot stopped short of the gate and made the following announcement over the intercom.

‘Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to note that we have had the honor of having Sergeant Steeley of the Canadian Armed Forces join us on this flight. He is escorting a fallen comrade back home to his family. I ask that you please remain in your seats when we open the forward door to allow Sergeant Steeley to deplane and receive his fellow soldier. We will then turn off the seat belt sign.’

Without a sound, all went as requested. I noticed the sergeant saluting the casket as it was brought off the plane, and his action made me realize that I am proud to be a Canadian.

So here’s a public Thank You to our military Men and Women for what you do so we can live the way we do.

Red Fridays.

Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every Friday. The reason? Canadians who support our troops used to be called the ‘silent majority.’ We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers. We are not organized, boisterous or overbearing.

Many Canadians, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of Canadians supports our troops. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that every red-blooded Canadian who supports our men and women afar, will wear something red.

By word of mouth, press, TV — let’s make Canada on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming Hockey game in the bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, co-workers, friends, and family, it will not be long before the Canada is covered in RED and it will let our troops know the once ‘silent’ majority is on their side more than ever, certainly more than the media lets on.

The first thing a soldier says when asked ‘What can we do to make things better for you?’ is ‘We need your support and your prayers.’ Let’s get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example, and wear something red every Friday.

IF YOU AGREE — THEN SEND THIS ON BY SHARING THE STORY
IF YOU COULDN’T CARE LESS — THEN HIT THE DELETE BUTTON

April 30, 2009

The Wooden Bowl

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 1:26 pm

The Wooden Bowl

I guarantee you will remember the tale of the Wooden Bowl tomorrow, a week from now, a month from now, a year from now.

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year – old grandson. The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather’s shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his plate on onto the floor.. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth. The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. ‘We must do something about father,’ said the son. ‘I’ve had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.’

So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl. When the family glanced in Grandfather’s direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food. The four-year-old watched it all in silence.

One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, ‘What are you making?’ Just as sweetly, the boy responded, ‘Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up.’ The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.

The words so struck the parents so that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.

That evening the husband took Grandfather’s hand and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.

On a positive note, I’ve learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles four things: a rainy day, the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I’ve learned that, regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.

I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as making a ‘life..’

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.

I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you

But, if you focus on your family, your friends,the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.

I’ve learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone.

People love that human touch — holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

I’ve learned that you should pass this on to everyone you care about .I just did.

April 28, 2009

The Brick

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 1:23 pm

A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag’s side door! He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown. The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked ar shouting,

‘What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing? That’s a new car and that
brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?’

The young boy was apologetic.

‘Please, mister…please, I’m sorry but I didn’t know what else to do,’ He pleaded. ‘I threw the brick because no one else would stop…’ With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. ‘It’s my brother, ‘he said ‘He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him up.’

Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, ‘Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He’s hurt and he’s too heavy for me.’

Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat.. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay. ‘Thank you and may God bless you,’ the grateful child told the stranger. Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy!
push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home.

It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message: ‘Don’t go through life
so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!’ God whispers in our souls and
speaks to our hearts. Sometimes when we don’t have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at us. It’s our choice to listen or not.

Thought for the Day: If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring. He sends you a sunrise every morning Face it, friend – He is crazy about you!

God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.

Read this line very slowly and let it sink in…If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it..

April 20, 2009

Quilt of Holes

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 12:44 pm

As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls.

Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles; an angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life.

But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in every day life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.

I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened.

My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air.

Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to thelight, the scrutiny of truth. The others rose; each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel looked upon me,and nodded for me to rise.

My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn’t had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life, and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness, and wealth, and false accusations that took from me my world, as I knew it. I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin be neath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me.

And now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was.

I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light. An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes.

Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes,creating an image, the face of Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, ‘Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles.

Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you.’

May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through!

God determines who walks into your life …it’s up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go.’

April 16, 2009

Dreams….Don’t ever let go of yours

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 1:13 pm

Here is a video clip from Susan Boyle’s audition on Britian’s Got Talent – just goes to show to never, ever give up on your dreams.

March 31, 2009

Hope

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 2:53 pm

Hope……….it’s a strange word isn’t it? How can we have hope when everything is gone? How can we believe that things will get better when we’ve lost not just ourselves, but others too?

The reason is because hope forces us to refuse to give up.

IT gives the infinite power to never stop trying. Hope is the underlying power that drives us to achieve any goal, anywhere, anytime.

Never stop believing in hope.

Somewhere, somehow, hope can exist. Use it to strengthen your heart and empower your soul!

Prayer – To Live with Grace

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 2:52 pm

May we discover through pain and torment,
the strength to live with grace and humor.
May we discover through doubt and anguish,
the strength to live with dignity and holiness.
May we discover through suffering and fear,
the strength to move toward healing.
May it come to pass that we be restored to health and to vigor.
May life grant us wellness of body, spirit, and mind.
And if this cannot be so, may we find in this transformation and passage
moments of meaning, opportunities for love
and the deep and gracious calm that comes
when we allow ourselves to move on.

Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro

Nine requisites for contented living

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 2:51 pm

Health enough to make work a pleasure.
Wealth enough to support your needs.
Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them.
Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them.
Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished.
charity enough to see some good in your neighbr.
Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others.
Faith enough to make real the things of God.
Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.

Johan Wolfgang von Goethe

March 20, 2009

Great Words from a Fantastic Friend

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories,MY Story of Grief — by Sue @ 5:05 pm

I had been having a REALLY rough time a couple of months ago and a really good friend said the following to me, which I read whenever I’m down and take it to heart.

Words that I’ll read and keep on reading till it sinks in. These are words that anyone can identify with that’s going through a tough time – one day at a time is what it takes to get through things.

“You need to take each day as it comes and not think too far ahead. You have been through so much and I’m sure every day you think you can’t take much more but you make it through and that says so much. You fight through it and you don’t give up and some days you don’t realize it, but that’s what you are doing about it.”

Thanks again Megan, love ya!

March 18, 2009

Heaven

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 5:37 pm

A little boy went to heaven to be an angel.
One day his mommy got to talk to him.
“Are you happy” she asked him.
‘Oh,yes’ he replied ‘Heaven is a really wonderful place’.
‘And do you play with all the other boys and girls’? she asked.
“No” he replied ‘I’m too busy carrying my buckets”.
‘But,surely you must get time to play with all the toys”?
“No” said the little boy ” I have to carry my buckets”.
“What’s this all about” she asked.
“Cant you set your buckets down sometimes and play with all the other angel’s?
The little boy looked at her sadly and said I’m too busy,because you see when you cry mommy,I gather up all your tears in my buckets and Jesus puts them in a bottle.
That’s my special job and it keeps me busy.

Author Unknown

March 17, 2009

Thoughts from our Angels Above

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 1:38 pm

I have not turned my back on you,
so there is no need to cry.
I’m watching you from heaven,
just beyond the morning sky.
I’ve seen you almost fall apart,
when you could barely stand.
I asked the Lord to comfort you,
and watched him take your hand.
He told me you are in more pain,
then I could ever be.
He wiped his eyes and swallowed hard,
then gave your hand to me.
Although you may not feel my touch,
or see me by your side.
I’ve whispered that I love you,
while I wiped each tear you cried.
So please try not to ache for me,
we’ll meet again one day,
beyond the dark and stormy sky,
a Rainbow lights the way.

March 12, 2009

Remembering Loved Ones

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 2:22 pm

Sometimes, it’s the little things that help us cope with loss – a photograph, a passing memory, a kindness that meant so much. These help sustain us as we wander through new feelings until we find our reserves of hope and strength again……….

Your parents taught you how to love with your whole heart, because that’s how they loved you – your whole life.

As children, we can’t comprehend or fully realize the meaning of our parent’s love, how tender and how wise, the patience and forgiveness that are part of every day. The unexpected “little things” they do in their own way. Years go by before we can look back on life and see through older eyes and wiser hearts their love and loyalty, and yet it’s these and other special things we’ll hold so dear, for memories of their steadfast love will keep them ever near.

March 11, 2009

The Dash

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 6:27 pm

I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on his tombstone
From the beginning to the end.

He noted that first came his date of birth
He spoke the following date with tears.
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
That he spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved him
Knew what that little line was worth.

For it matters not, how much we own;
The cars, the house, the cash,
What matters is how we live our life
It’s how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
Yes, it can still be rearranged.

Be less quick to anger,
Show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile,
Remember, that this is a special dash
It may only last a while.

So, when your eulogy’s being read
With your life’s actions to rehash,
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?

March 10, 2009

We should all have beliefs like this….

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 3:49 pm

I’m not a religious person, but this story is so inspiring, so true and so touching.’

GOD LIVES UNDER THE BED

I envy Kevin. My brother Kevin thinks God lives under his bed. At least that’s what I heard him say one night. He was praying out loud in his dark bedroom, and I stopped to listen, ‘Are you there, God?’ he said. ‘Where are you? Oh, I see. Under the bed…’

I giggled softly and tiptoed off to my own room. Kevin’s unique perspectives are often a source of amusement. But that night something else lingered long after the humor. I realized for the first time the very different world Kevin lives in.

He was born 30 years ago, mentally disabled as a result of difficulties during labor. Apart from his size (he’s 6-foot-2), there are few ways in which he is an adult.

He reasons and communicates with the capabilities of a 7-year-old, and he always will. He will probably always believe that God lives under his bed, that Santa Claus is the one who fills the space under our tree every Christmas and that airplanes stay up in the sky because angels carry them.

I remember wondering if Kevin realizes he is different. Is he ever dissatisfied with his monotonous life?

Up before dawn each day, off to work at a workshop for the disabled, home to walk our cocker spaniel, return to eat his favorite macaroni-and-cheese for dinner, and later to bed.

The only variation in the entire scheme is laundry, when he hovers excitedly over the washing machine like a mother with her newborn child.

He does not seem dissatisfied.

He lopes out to the bus every morning at 7:05, eager for a day of simple work.

He wrings his hands excitedly while the water boils on the stove before dinner, and he stays up late twice a week to gather our dirty laundry for his next day’s laundry chores.

And Saturdays -oh, the bliss of Saturdays! That’s the day my Dad takes Kevin to the airport to have a soft drink, watch the planes land, and speculate loudly on the destination of each passenger inside. ‘That one’s goin’ to Chi-car-go!’ Kevin shouts as he claps his hands.

His anticipation is so great he can hardly sleep on Friday nights.

And so goes his world of daily rituals and weekend field trips.

He doesn’t know what it means to be discontent.

His life is simple.

He will never know the entanglements of wealth, of power, and he does not care what brand of clothing he wears or what kind of food he eats. His needs have always been met, and he never worries that one day they may not be.

His hands are diligent. Kevin is never so happy as when he is working. When he unloads the dishwasher or vacuums the carpet, his heart is completely in it.

He does not shrink from a job when it is begun, and he does not leave a job until it is finished. But when his tasks are done, Kevin knows how to relax.

He is not obsessed with his work or the work of others. His heart is pure.

He still believes everyone tells the truth, promises must be kept, and when you are wrong, you apologize instead of argue.

Free from pride and unconcerned with appearances, Kevin is not afraid to cry when he is hurt, angry or sorry. He is always transparent, always sincere. And he trusts God.

Not confined by intellectual reasoning, when he comes to Christ, he comes as a child. Kevin seems to know God – to really be friends with Him in a way that is difficult for an ‘educated’ person to grasp. God seems like his closest companion.

In my moments of doubt and frustrations with my Christianity I envy the security Kevin has in his simple faith.

It is then that I am most willing to admit that he has some divine knowledge that rises above my mortal questions.

It is then I realize that perhaps he is not the one with the handicap. I am. M y obligations, my fear, my pride, my circumstances – they all become disabilities when I do not trust them to God’s care.

Who knows if Kevin comprehends things I can never learn? After all, he has spent his whole life in that kind of innocence, praying after dark and soaking up the goodness and love of God.

And one day, when the mysteries of heaven are opened, and we are all amazed at how close God really is to our hearts, I’ll realize that God heard the simple prayers of a boy who believed that God lived under his bed.

Kevin won’t be surprised at all!

When you receive this, say a prayer. That’s all you have to do. There is nothing attached. Prayer is one of the best free gifts we receive. There is no cost, but a lot of rewards.

FRIENDS ARE ANGELS WHO LIFT US TO OUR FEET WHEN OUR WINGS HAVE TROUBLE REMEMBERING HOW TO FLY.

March 8, 2009

Grief

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 1:25 pm

“Grief is so high you can’t get over it, so low you can’t get under it, so wide you can’t get around it, you must go through the door. So although you will never get “over” grief, you WILL get through it – somehow, someway, you will.”

Hope

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 1:22 pm

When all about you is black with gloom,
And all you feel is pending doom.
When your bones are racked with grim despair –
When every breath is a gasp for air.
Keep on going, though you need to grope,
For around the bend is a ray of hope.

A ray of hope is perhaps all that’s left,
As your will to live has been bereft.
You’ve lost it all, it’s just no use!
You can end it all, you need no excuse.
But throw away that piece of rope,
And give yourself a chance of hope.

Just give yourself another day,
Brushing aside what your thoughts may say.
This is your life and you can make a new start,
By ignoring the brain – just follow the heart.
Taking baby steps in order to cope,
And minute by minute you’ll build on your hope.

Build on your hope,. one day at a time,
Though the road be steep and hard to climb.
The hurts of the past – they should be dead.
The fears of the future are all in your head.
Just live in the present and refuse to mope
Your life will sparkle for you’re living in hope

by Brian Quinn

(I saw this in a group I belong to about dealing with loved ones who have had cancer and think it can be put into any aspect of life).a510480146_4299345_4040

Your time’s limited

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 1:19 pm

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living in someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. (Steve Jobs)

March 7, 2009

Life After Loss

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 4:18 pm

Experiencing a terrible loss and the grief that goes with it is the most concrete proof there is that you’re a normal, real, live human being.

We live in a mortal, frail imperfect world in which fair doesn’t always apply.

Grief is the last act of love we have to give those who have died. Grief is the final way we can say “I care about you, and you matter very much to me”.

Grief is so high you can’t get over it, so low you can’t get under it, so wide you can’t get around it, you must go through the door.

So although you will never get “over” grief, you WILL get through it – somehow, someway, you will.

March 5, 2009

What a Hug Can Do

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 2:34 pm

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!’ Or
‘Where’ve you been?’
A hug can soothe a 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.
Hugs are great for fathers and mothers,
Sweet for sisters, even brothers,
And chances are, some favorite aunts
Love them more than potted plants.
Kittens crave them, puppies love them,
Heads of state are not above them.
A hug can break the language barrier,
And make the dullest day seem merrier.
No need to fret about the store of ’em
The more you give, The more there are of ’em.
So stretch out those arms without delay
And give someone a hug today!

A Simple Hug

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 2:33 pm

There’s something in a simple hug, That always warms the heart;
It welcomes us back home And makes it easier to part

A hug’s a way to share the joy And sad times we go through,
Or just a way for friends to say They like you ’cause you’re you

Hugs are meant for anyone For whom we really care,
From your grandma to your neighbor, Or a cuddly teddy bear

A hug is an amazing thing – It’s just the perfect way
To show the love we’re feeling But can’t find the words to say

It’s funny how a little hug Makes everyone feel good;
In every place and type, It’s always understood

And hugs don’t need new equipment, Special batteries or parts
Just open up your arms And open up your hearts

Don’t Quit!

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 2:30 pm

DON’T QUIT – Don’t quit when the tide is lowest, for it’s just about to turn.

Don’t quit over doubts and questions, for there’s something you may learn.

A smile for you!

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 2:26 pm

Smiling is contagious, you catch it like the flu. When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.
I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin, when he smiled I realized I’d passed it on to him.
I thought abuot that smile when I realized its worth, a single smile,just like mine could travel round the earth.
So, if you feel a smile begin, don’t leave it undetected, let’s start an epidemic quick, and get the world infected.
Keep the smile going by sending this onto a friend, everyone needs a smile!

March 4, 2009

Zbigniew Herbert Quote

Filed under: Inspirational Quotes, Poems & Stories — by Sue @ 7:15 pm
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I found this quote in an Oprah magazine, it was right around the time I was at my lowest after losing my baby but at the same time, knowing I had to do SOMETHING to get out of the “funk” I was in. It really opened up my eyes and I hope it does to you too!

“I know it’s hard to be reconciled. Not everything is exactly the way it ought to be. But please turn around and step into the future. Leave memories behind & enter the land of hope” (Zbigniew Herbert – Oprah Magazine 2008)

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