Fictional Men We Wish Well Were Real

 



Fictional Men We Wish Well Were Real

Fictional Men We Wish Well Were Real

A lot of us have been reading since a very young age. There is something magical about reading because it takes you to its own world, where you become a part of the protagonist’s life. However, there are instances when we wish that the fictional characters we read so much about were real. Here is a list of the most popular fictional characters that people wish were real.

Harry Potter

It is very hard to find people who began reading at a very young age and did not like Harry Potter. Everyone loves Harry potter. Who would miss a chance to meet ‘the boy who lived’? J.K. Rowling took us into Harry’s world and we were a part of his journey, be it in Hogwarts or his war against Lord Voldemort. Imagine how great it would have been if Hogwarts was real and we were all set to leave on September first via the Hogwarts Express.

Gandalf

Gandalf is another character that we wish was real. Who wouldn’t want this wise character from the Lord of the Rings to come to life and fight all the evil powers? Plus, we would get a chance to hear about all the elves and hobbits that he shared his time with.

Sherlock Holmes

We might not be as smart as Sherlock Holmes but we can be at least around someone as smart as him. It was such a pleasure to read about him in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels and to see Benedict Cumberbatch play the role in the popular TV series that goes by the same name. Think about all the things that we would have asked him if only he was real!

Chandler

Everyone loved the popular TV show FRIENDS and if we had to pick one character from the group of six who we wish would come to life, it will be Chandler. It will be so much fun to listen to his sarcastic comments, watch him dance, and of course watch him pose for a picture!

Mr. Darcy

Every girl who has read the masterpiece Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen has loved Mr. Darcy. There is something magical about this man who belongs from the Victorian era. Oh the things that we would do to hear him say, “In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” Seriously, that is swoon worthy.

Atticus Finch

Atticus Finch from to Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is another fictional character we wish was real. Think of all the intellectual conversations that you can have with him about racism, politics, and of course, Alabama.

Captain Jack Sparrow

Captain Jack Sparrow is witty and spontaneous and is also a bit careless just like us, which is why we wish that he was real.

 

So, which fictional character do YOU want to see come to life?


“Real people are made out of a whole lot of things—flesh, bone, blood, nerves, stuff like that. Literary people are made out of words.” ~ Thomas C. Foster,


A Selection of Fictional Character Quotes


“I love fictional characters…they can’t break your heart.”  ~ Julia Hall


“I do believe that characters in novels belong to their writers and their readers pretty equally. I’ve learned a lot of things about the characters I write from people who read about them. Readers expand them in ways I don’t think of and take them to places I can’t go.”  ~ Ann Brashares


“…history is filled with fictional people. We have all been fooled into believing in people who are entirely imaginary – made-up prisoners in a hypothetical panopticon. But the point isn’t whether or not you believe in imaginary people; it’s whether or not you want to.”  ~ Robyn Schneider, The Beginning of Everything


“I have always believed there is great value in studying the flaws of mankind and men —even fictional characters. All of us are flawed. All of us are diminished by some form of prejudice and bias. If a fictional character is to be realistic, he must struggle with imperfections and weaknesses.”  ~ K. Lee Lerner, Government, Politics, and Protest: Essential Primary Sources


“Real people are made out of a whole lot of things—flesh, bone, blood, nerves, stuff like that. Literary people are made out of words.” ~  Thomas C. Foster, How to Read Literature Like a Professor

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Real Life Stories about Heroic Disabled Pets


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Real Life Stories about Heroic Disabled Pets

You have probably seen or heard a story of an owner leaving their pet at an animal shelter because they could no longer care for it because it was disabled. Don’t you think they deserve a happy life as well? Don’t you think they deserve to be surrounded by a family that loves them unconditionally? They do, but they are not as lucky as perfectly healthy pets. When their disability becomes too much for an owner to bear, they send them off to a shelter.

Most even get put down because the shelter needs to make space for the other animals. They are not adopted, they do not get a loving home—they get death. To encourage you not to buy from pet shops, but to adopt disabled pets instead, here are real life stories of disabled pets:

1.     Blind Cats and Dogs

You might not know straightway that you bought a puppy or a kitten that cannot see. Later on, you find out the reason your pet has been knocking over things. What do you do? You take them to a vet, care for them, and love them anyways. With time, your blind pet will learn to accommodate to its surroundings. You can help them adjust to their disability by not moving the furniture and padding any sharp edges that could pose as a danger to them.

The Story

Samuri, a blind dog, came to her owner’s aid when she collapsed because she had a stroke. Her dog dashed outside to alert a neighbor as to what had happened. If it were not for Samurai, the owner would not be alive today to tell the tale of her heroic blind dog.

2.     Deaf Dogs and Cats

Cats and dogs have supersonic hearing, meaning when they hear a pin drop or a rustle in the bushes, their ears stand up automatically sensing the direction the noise came from. When they lose their hearing and become deaf, it is devastating. Knowing that, they can learn to adapt to their environments, as their others senses become heightened. Deaf pets are an expert at reading body language and most can read the lips of their owner.

The Story

Bosco, a deaf dog, discovered that his owner had passed out. Bosco ran upstairs to get her roommate who then called the paramedics. Before, they did not think Bosco could serve as a good guard dog because of his disability, but they realized that he could. This is mainly because his bark is incredibly loud, as he cannot sense the rise in the level of his voice.

3.     Three-Legged Cats and Dogs

A sense of sadness might come over you when you see a three-legged dog or cat, but you should not be overcome with emotions. A three-legged cat or dog can do almost everything a four-legged cat and dog can do.

The Story

Maty is a three-legged dog that won awards and acclaim for displaying its athletic ability at competitions. Maty jumped over obstacles with one hind leg. Now, that is incredible. When Maty is not jumping obstacles, the dog is caring for abandoned kittens.

Give a home to a disabled or abandoned pet and they will show you how thankful they are for your kindness.

 


"Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes." ~ Benjamin Disraeli


A Selection of Quotes About Heroics

“I think that we all do heroic things, but hero is not a noun, it’s a verb.”

~ Robert Downey, Jr.


“The simple act of caring is heroic.” ~ Edward Albert


“When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.” ~ Joseph Campbell


“The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one’s self a fool; the truest heroism is to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when it be obeyed.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne


“Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.”

~ Benjamin Disraeli


“Christianity is not the faith of the complacent, the comfortable or of the timid. It demands and creates heroic souls like Wesley, Wilberforce, Bonhoeffer, John Paul the Second, and Billy Graham. Each showed, in their own way, the relentless and powerful influence of the message of Jesus Christ.” ~ Mitt Romney


“To be really great in little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization.”

~ Harriet Beecher Stowe


“There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one – keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.” ~ Mark Twain


“We don’t tend to write about disease in fiction – not just teen novels but all American novels – because it doesn’t fit in with our idea of the heroic romantic epic. There is room only for sacrifice, heroism, war, politics and family struggle.” ~ John Green


“When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.” ~ George Orwell



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“180” Movie ..from pro-choice to pro-life..


"180" Movie ..from pro-choice to pro-life..


“180” Movie ..from pro-choice to pro-life..


“180” Movie ..from pro-choice to pro-life.. This is undoubtedly the most confronting video that I have ever seen… if you have 33 minutes, please consider this watching this video on the holocaust and abortion: Like me….It altered my views…..It may change you too!


(Don’t watch if you are easily affected by images that are real but confronting)



 

HEALTH MESSAGE



HEALTH MESSAGE


HEALTH MESSAGE



As I was lying in bed pondering the problems of the world, I rapidly realised that I don’t really give a rat’s **se.


My  HEALTH MESSAGE 


It’s the tortoise life for me!


1.  If walking/cycling is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.


2.  A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, and is fat.


3.  A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years.


RABBIT


4.  A tortoise doesn’t run and does nothing, yet it lives for 450 years.


And you tell me to exercise??  I don’t think so.


I’m retired.  Go around me!


HEALTH MESSAGE


Author: Unknown (& edited by Richard Bejah)


 

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 Joke:


A woman came home to find her retired husband waving a rolled up newspaper round his head.  


Wife: ‘What are you doing dear?’ 


Husband: ‘Swatting flies – I got 3 males and 2 females’


Wife: ‘How on earth do you know which gender they were?’


Husband: ‘Easy – 3 were on the beer, and the other 2 were on the phone’  


Author ~ Unknown   


Quote:

“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.” 
Mark Twain

“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.” ~ Mark Twain

Who Started Christmas?


Who Started Christmas?


 

Who Started Christmas?

This morning I heard a story on the radio of a woman who was out Christmas shopping with her two children. After many hours of looking at row after row of toys and everything else imaginable and after hours of hearing both her children asking for everything they saw on those many shelves, she finally made it to the elevator with her two kids. She was feeling what so many of us feel during the holiday season time of the year.

Overwhelming pressure to go to every party, every house-warming, taste all the holiday food and treats, getting that perfect gift for every single person on our shopping list, making sure we don’t forget anyone on our card list, and the pressure of making sure we respond to everyone who sent us a card.

Finally the elevator doors opened and there was already a crowd in the car. She pushed her way into the car and dragged her two kids in with her and all the bags of stuff. When the doors closed she couldn’t take it anymore and stated, “Whoever started this whole Christmas thing should be found, strung up and shot.”

From the back of the car everyone heard a quiet calm voice respond, “Don’t worry we already crucified him.” For the rest of the trip down the elevator it was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop.

Don’t forget this year to keep the One who started this whole Christmas thing in your every thought, deed, purchase, and word. If we all did it, just think of how different this whole world would be.

Author: Unknown

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Was Santa Claus Invented by

Coca Cola?    The True History

How did the idea for Santa Claus originate?

The true story of Santa Claus remains one of the biggest mysteries of all time. Stories and legends of this jolly, red-clad symbol of kindness and Christmas cheer have been passed around for centuries in countries all over the world. Some believe Santa Clause has his roots in Christianity while some believe that he was really based on the mythological god, Odin. Others think that he was invented by the Coca Cola companies in the early 1900’s to sell more pop.

Below are a few different explanations for the history of Santa Clause.

Early Christianity

One story of Santa Claus, or St. Nicholas as he is often referred to, says that he was a Christian bishop named Saint Nicholas of Maya. As this account has it, Saint Nicholas was a bishop who gave wedding dowries to poor women, allowing them to catch husbands and avoid lives of prostitution. This Saint Nicholas can still be seen on German holy cards.

Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands

In Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, Santa Claus is thought to be based on the Norse god Odin (or Woden), god of wisdom, war and death. Legend was that Odin would throw a party around Christmastime for other gods and dead warriors, and that he would ride to the party on his horse, Slepnir. Children in these countries leave straw, carrots or sugar in their shoes for Odin’s flying horse, which are replaced with treats or gifts during the night.

Austria and Italy

Early folk tales in southern Austria and northwest Italy tell of a holy man who reforms a hideous child-eating monster. As the story goes, there was a large demon, covered in furs (known as Belsnickle, or “Furry Nicholas”) that snuck into homes at night to kill village children violently and stuff them up the chimney, or drag them away to be eaten later. A saint traps the demon with magic shackles, forcing him to bring the children toys and candy instead, to make up for how many of them he ate. In some stories, the demon persuades imps and other creatures to help him, similar to Santa’s elves, and in others, he chooses to go back to Hell instead.

Britain

The Brits’ rendition of Santa Claus, dating back to the 17th Century, is most similar to ours. Santa, or Father Christmas, was a bearded man in a green, fur-lined robe, that starred in the Charles Dickens story, A Christmas Carol, as the “Ghost of Christmas Present” – no pun intended.

Early America

America, called the melting pot of modern civilization, is also the melting pot of Santa Claus mythology. British, Dutch and early American influences came together to give us the Santa Claus that most of us are familiar with today: the jolly old man, distributing gifts yearly with the help of his entourage of elves and reindeer. The Coca Cola/Santa Claus myth stems from when companies in the early 1900s, like White Rock Beverages and Coca Cola began using Santa’s image to promote their products-and of course, his distinctive red and white colors didn’t help dispel the rumor.

The only thing we’re really sure of is that Santa Claus was not invented by Coca Cola, as the urban legend states. But no matter where the real Santa hails from, what he stands for remains the same throughout every country: kindness, goodness and the generous, giving spirit associated with Christmas.

Source: https://www.wikipedia.com/


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>>>Click on the Picture of Santa above to NORTH POLE SANTA TRACKER.

 


How did the idea for Santa Claus originate?How did the idea for Santa Claus originate?


The American version of the Santa Claus figure received its inspiration and its name from the Dutch legend of Sinterklaas (a Dutch variant of the name Saint Nicholas).

Dutch colonists took this tradition with them to New Amsterdam (now New York City) in the American colonies in the 17th century.

As early as 1773 the name appeared in the American press as “St. A Claus,” but it was the popular author Washington Irving who gave Americans their first detailed information about the Dutch version of Saint Nicholas. In his History of New York, published in 1809 under the pseudonym Diedrich Knickerbocker, Irving described the arrival of the saint on horseback each Eve of Saint Nicholas.

This Dutch-American Saint Nick achieved his fully Americanized form in 1823 in the poem A Visit From Saint Nicholas more commonly known as “The Night Before Christmas” by writer Clement Clarke Moore. Moore included such details as the names of the reindeer; Santa Claus’s laughs, winks, and nods; and the method by which Saint Nicholas, referred to as an elf, returns up the chimney. (Moore’s phrase “lays his finger aside of his nose” was drawn directly from Irving’s 1809 description.)

The American image of Santa Claus was further elaborated by illustrator Thomas Nast, who depicted a rotund Santa for Christmas issues of Harper’s magazine from the 1860s to the 1880s. Nast added such details as Santa’s workshop at the North Pole and Santa’s list of the good and bad children of the world. In the first Nast illustration, Santa was delivering Christmas gifts to soldiers fighting in the Civil War. The cartoon, entitled “Santa Claus in Camp” appeared in Harper’s Weekly on January 3, 1863.

Merry Christmas A human-sized version of Santa Claus, rather than the elf of Moore’s poem, was depicted in a series of illustrations created by Haddom Sundblom for Coca-Cola advertisements introduced in 1931. In modern versions of the Santa Claus legend, only his toyshop workers are elves.

An advertising writer named Robert May, invented Rudolph, the ninth reindeer, with a red and shiny nose, while working on a catalog for the Montgomery Ward Company in 1939.

In looking for the historical roots, one discovers that Santa Claus, as we know him, is a combination of many different legends and mythical creatures.

The basis for the Christian-era Santa Claus is Bishop Nicholas of Smyrna (Izmir), in what is now Turkey. Nicholas lived in the 4th century A.D. He was very rich, generous, and loving toward children. Often he gave joy to poor children by throwing gifts in through their windows.

The Orthodox Church later raised St. Nicholas, miracle worker, to a position of great esteem. It was in his honor that Russia’s oldest church, for example, was built. For its part, the Roman Catholic Church honored Nicholas as one who helped children and the poor. St. Nicholas became the patron saint of children and seafarers. His name day is December 6th.

In the Protestant areas of central and northern Germany, St. Nicholas later became known as der Weinachtsmann. In England he came to be called Father Christmas. St. Nicholas made his way to the United States with Dutch immigrants, and began to be referred to as Santa Claus.

In North American poetry and illustrations, Santa Claus, in his white beard, red jacket and pompom-topped cap, would sally forth on the night before Christmas in his sleigh, pulled by eight reindeer, and climb down chimneys to leave his gifts in stockings children set out on the fireplace’s mantelpiece.

Children naturally wanted to know where Santa Claus actually came from. Where did he live when he wasn’t delivering presents? Those questions gave rise to the legend that Santa Claus lived at the North Pole, where his Christmas-gift workshop was also located.

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This SPECIAL Blog is to help in your ENJOY CHRISTMAS.


I do hope you enjoy and a have a wonderful Holiday period…

 

Merry Christmas

 


Quote:

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” ~ Psalms 100:4

 


 

LIFEBOOK BALANCE


LIFEBOOK BALANCE


LIFEBOOK BALANCE

Health


1.    Drink plenty of water


2.    Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar


3.    Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants, and eat  less food that is manufactured in plants


4.    Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy


5.    Make time for prayer


6.    Play more games


7.    Read more books than you did in last year..


8.    Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day


9.    Sleep for 7 hours 10.  Take a 10-30 minutes walk every day —- and while you  walk, smile  


 Personality


                                       


11.  Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.


12.  Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control.        ~


Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.


13.  Don’t over do; keep your limits


14.  Don’t take yourself so seriously; no one else does


15.  Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip


16.  Dream more while you are awake


17.  Envy is a waste of time.  You already have all you need.


18.  Forget issues of the past.      ~ Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past.      ~ That will ruin your present happiness.


19.  Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.


20.  Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present


21.  No one is in charge of your happiness except you


22.  Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn.     ~ Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.


23.  Smile and laugh more


24.  You don’t have to win every argument.


Agree to disagree.


Community

Got Balance?


25.  Call your family often


26.  Each day give something good to others


27.  Forgive everyone for everything


28.  Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age  of 6


29.  Try to make at least three people smile each day


30.  What other people think of you is none of your business


31.  Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your family and friends will.   ~ Stay in touch.    


Stay in touch.


Life




32.  Do the right things


33.  Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful

34.  GOD heals everything


35.  However good or bad a situation is, it will change


36.  No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up


37.  The best is yet to come


38.  When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it


39.  Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.  


Last but not the least


40.  Share this with everyone you care about.  


Author ~ Unknown.


  Thoughts for TODAY:~ “The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man.” ~ Euripides  


 


Quote:

“Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. ” ~ Robert Fulham

 

Story of Appreciation


 

Story of Appreciation

Story of Appreciation

One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company.

He passed the first interview, the director did the last interview,
made the last decision. The director discovered from the CV that the youth’s academic achievements were excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research, never had a year when he did not score good grades.

The director asked,
“Did you obtain any scholarships in school?” the youth answered “None.”

The director asked,
” Was it your father who paid for your school fees?”

The youth answered,
“My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.”

The director asked,
“Where did your mother work?”

The youth answered,
“My mother worked as clothes cleaner.”

The director requested the youth to show his hands.
The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

The director asked,
” Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?”

The youth answered,
“Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books.  Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.”

The director said,
“I have a request.  When you go back today, go and clean your mother’s hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.”

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job
was high.
  When he went back, he happily requested his mother
to let him clean her hands.  His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to the kid.

The youth cleaned his mother’s hands slowly.
His tear fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother’s hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands.  Some bruises were so painful that his mother shivered when they were cleaned with water.


The youth cleaned his mother's hands..His tear fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother's hands were so wrinkled slowly.


This was the first time the youth realized that it was this
pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable
him to pay the school fee.  The bruises in the mother’s hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his graduation, academic excellence and his future.

After finishing the cleaning of his mother hands,
the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.
That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.
Next morning, the youth went to the director’s office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth’s eyes, asked:
“Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?”

The youth answered,
“I cleaned my mother’s hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes.”

The director asked,
“Please tell me your feelings.”

The youth said,
 1.     I know now what is appreciation.
Without my mother, there would not be the successful me today.

2.     By working together and helping my mother, only I now realize how difficult and tough it is to get
something done.

3.     I have come to appreciate the importance and value of family relationship.

The director said,
“This is what I am looking for to be my manager.”
 
I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life.  You are hired!

Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and as a team.
The company’s performance improved tremendously.

A child, who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, would develop “entitlement mentality” and would always put himself first.  He would be ignorant of his parent’s efforts. 
 
When he starts work, he assumes that every person must listen to him,
and when he becomes a manager, he would never know the sufferings
of his employees and would always blame others. 
 
For this kind of people, who may be good academically, may be successful for a while, but eventually would not feel sense of achievement. 
 
He will grumble and be full of hatred and fight for more. 
 
If we are this kind of protective parents, are we really showing love or are we destroying the kid instead?

You can let your kid live in a big house, eat a good meal, learn piano, watch a big screen TV.   

But when you are cutting grass, please let them experience it.  


After a meal, let them wash their plates and bowls together with their brothers and sisters.

It is not because you do not have money to hire a maid, but it is because you want to love them in a right way.

You want them to understand, no matter how rich their parents are, one day their hair will grow gray, same as the mother of that young person.

The most important thing is your kid learns how to appreciate the effort and experience the difficulty and learns the ability to work with others to get things done.

…… Please share with your children for their self awareness

Author
~ Unknown 


Appreciation

The most important thing is your kid learns how to appreciate the effort and experience the difficulty and learns the ability to work with others to get things done.

Life’s a bully good game with its kicks and cuffs
Some smile, some laugh, some bluff;
Some carry a load too heavy to bear
While some push on with never a care,
But the load will seldom heavy be
When I appreciate you and you appreciate me.

He who lives by the side of the road
And helps to bear his brother’s load
May seem to travel lone and long
While the world goes by with a merry song,
But the heart grows warm and sorrows flee
When I appreciate you and you appreciate me.

When I appreciate you and you appreciate me,
The road seems short to victory;
It buoys one up and calls “Come on”;
And days grow brighter with the dawn;
There is no doubt or mystery
When I appreciate you and you appreciate me.

It’s the greatest thought in heaven or earth-
It helps us know our fellow’s worth;
There’d be no wars or bitterness,
No fear, no hate, no grasping; yes,
It makes work play, and the careworn free
When I appreciate you and you appreciate me.

Poet:~ William Judson Kibby


Thought for TODAY  Thought for TODAY:~ One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We dream of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our window today.”  Dale Carnegie 




Quote:

“I learned more from my mother than from all the art historians and curators who have informed me about technical aspects of art history and art appreciation over the years. ”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
~ David Rockefeller 

 


 

It is in the Digging that LIFE is lived.


It is in the Digging that LIFE is lived.

It is in the Digging that LIFE is lived.

If you have ever been discouraged because of failure, please read on.

Far often, achieving what you set out to do is not the important thing.

Let me explain.

Two brothers decided to dig a deep hole behind their house. As they were working, a couple of older boys stopped by to watch.

“What are you doing?” asked one of the visitors.

“We plan to dig a hole all the way through the earth!”

One of the brothers volunteered excitedly.

"We plan to dig a hole all the way through the earth!"


The older boys began to laugh, telling the younger ones that digging a hole all the way through the earth was impossible.

After a long silence, one of the diggers picked up a jar full of spiders, worms and a wide assortment of insects. He removed the lid and showed the wonderful contents to the scoffing visitors.

Then he said quietly and confidently, “Even if we don’t dig all the way through the earth, look what we found along the way!”

Their goal was far too ambitious, but it did cause them to dig. And that is what a goal is for – to cause us to move in the direction we have chosen; in other words, to set us to digging!

But not every goal will be fully achieved.

Not every job will end successfully.

Not every relationship will endure.

Not every hope will come to pass.

Not every love will last.

Not every endeavor will be completed.

Not every dream will be realized.

But when you fall short of your aim, perhaps you can say, “Yes, but look at what I found along the way! Look at the wonderful things which have come into my life because I tried to do something!”

It is in the digging that life is lived.



And I believe it is joy in the journey, in the end, that truly matters.



And I believe it is joy in the journey, in the end, that truly matters.

 Author ~ Unknown

 

 

 

Quote:

“I describe my plots as follows; A character is walking down the street when all of a sudden a piano falls on them. They spend the rest of the story digging out from under that piano. How they dig, how long and how well, this all depends entirely on the character. ” ~ Sarah Zettel 
 


The Real Meaning Of Peace


The Real Meaning Of Peace

The Real Meaning Of Peace

There once was a king who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of Peace. Many artists tried. The king looked at all the pictures. But there were only two he really liked, and he had to choose between them.

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.

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The other picture had mountains, too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky, from which rain fell regularly and in which lightning played. The side of the mountain was steep and un-inviting. This did not look peaceful at all.

But when the king looked closely, he saw on the mountain a tiny nest built into the side of the rock mountain. In the rocks a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the barren rocks, sat the mother bird on her nest in perfect peace.

Which picture do you think won the prize? The king chose the second picture.

Do you know why?

“Because,” explained the king, “Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace.”

 

Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and 

still be calm in your heart…

Author: Unknown (& edited by Richard Bejah)

 

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Quote:

 “People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.”
~ Ramona L. Anderson

I Hope It Applies… “A dollar and eleven cents”

I Hope It Applies... "A dollar and eleven cents"

 

I Hope It Applies…
“A dollar and eleven cents” 

 

You may not need this today but there might be someone who does need to hear it.

And, we never know what tomorrow will bring.

A little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet.

She poured the change out on the floor and counted it carefully.   

Three times, even..

The total had to be exactly perfect.. No chance here for mistakes.

Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and made her way 6 blocks to Rexall’s Drug Store with the big red Indian Chief sign above the door.

She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention, but he was too busy at this moment.

Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise.  Nothing.  She cleared her
throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster.  No good.  Finally she took a quarter from her jar and banged it on the glass counter.

 

That did it!

‘And what do you want?’ the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone
of voice.. I’m talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven’t seen in ages,’ he said without waiting for a reply to his question.

‘Well, I want to talk to you about my brother,’ Tess answered back in the same annoyed tone. ‘He’s really, really sick….and I want to buy a miracle.’

‘I beg your pardon?’ said the pharmacist.

‘His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now. 

So how much does a miracle cost?’

 ‘We don’t sell miracles here, little girl. I’m sorry but I can’t help you,’ the pharmacist said,    softening a little.

‘Listen, I have the money to pay for it.. If it isn’t enough, I will get the rest.
Just tell me how much it costs.’

The pharmacist’s brother was a well dressed man. He stooped down
and asked the little girl, ‘What kind of a miracle does your brother need?’

‘ I don’t know,’ Tess replied with her eyes welling up.  I just know he’s really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation.
But my Daddy can’t pay for it, so I want to use my money..’

‘How much do you have?’ asked the man from Chicago.

‘One dollar and eleven cents,’ Tess answered barely audible.

‘And it’s all the money I have, but I can get some more if I need to.’

‘Well, what a coincidence,’    smiled the man.

‘A dollar and eleven cents—the exact price of a miracle for little brothers.’

'A dollar and eleven cents---the exact price of a miracle for little brothers.'

He took her money in one hand and with the other hand he grasped her mitten and said ‘Take me to where you live.  I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let’s see if I have the miracle you need.’

That well-dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon, specializing in neuro-surgery. The operation was completed free of charge and it wasn’t long until Andrew was home again and doing well.


Mom and Dad were happily talking about the chain of events that had led them to this place.
 

 ‘That surgery,’ her Mom whispered. ‘was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost?’

Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle cost….one dollar and eleven cents…plus the faith of a little child.

In our lives, we never know how many miracles we will need.

A miracle is not the suspension of natural law, but the operation of a higher law. I know you’ll keep the ball moving by retweeting this Blog!

Here it goes. Throw a tweet out to to you followers or simply copy the link and email to someone who means something to you!

A ball is a circle, no beginning, no end. It keeps us together like our Circle of Friends and followers. But the treasure inside for you to see is the treasure of friendship you’ve granted to me.

HEART FELT Blessings to ALL.

Author:- Unknown  


MY OATH TO YOU…

When you are sad…..I will dry your tears.

When you are scared……I will comfort your fears.

When you are worried……I will give you hope.

When you are confused…..I will help you cope.

And when you are lost…and can’t see the light,
I shall be your beacon…shining ever so bright.

This is my oath…..I pledge till the end.

Why you may ask?….Because you’re my friend.

Signed: GOD


 


Quote:

 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” 
 
 
~ John 3:16 

 

 

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