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 Take The Time to Tell Someone You Care0 comments
picture21 Feb 2004 @ 21:33
I was reading a message from Stuart today, which made me take stock and think about how important it is to tell those we love and care for, how much we love them. To tell them how proud we are of them. Our failure to do so can leave many scarred for life.  More >

 A Time Less Travelled – A Time Of Acceptance6 comments
picture14 Feb 2004 @ 20:23
I am feeling whimsical today, thinking of the meaning of my life. Why I am here, wishing I could go home. Please indulge me as I share my feelings, as this is food for my soul. This is the substance that gives me the strength to face another day, another challenge.

Tomorrow someone I work with will be told she no longer has a job with the company that she has worked for over 27-years. I feel sorry for her and I feel angry with her because she should (could) have taken control of her life, listened and done something about addressing the issues that had been raised with her. Many people went ‘out on a limb’ for her – but she refused to change, refused to listen and now she will pay the price. Even though I am angry with her my heart feels for what she will go through tomorrow. She has no partner, no support net; she will be largely on her own. I know her; she will continue to drive people away. I also feel to some degree that I have failed which is what prompted me to write the following.

For Pip,  More >

 What a world we have created!!!!5 comments
picture7 Feb 2004 @ 17:30
What a world we have created!!!!

A world where exposing a boob at the super bowl invokes such outrage - threats of legal actions, cancellation of Janet Jackson’s bookings etc as a result of what was really a very silly stunt. .

Yet, daily we are bombarded with murder, violence, and senseless killings but do we clamber to fine our news services, moviemakers who pollute our environment with this rubbish – who contribute to the de-sensitization of the young and old alike? No!!

What warped morality have we created. Is this the type of world we want? I certainly don’t  More >

 by Maya Angelou1 comment
picture10 Jan 2004 @ 17:47
In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah...on her 70+ birthday. Maya really is a marvel who has led quite an interesting and exciting life. Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older. And, there on television, she said it was "exciting." Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring everyday...like her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first. The audience laughed so hard they cried. She is such a simple and honest woman...with so much wisdom in her words. Because of that, I share this  More >

 Journey Home1 comment
picture28 Dec 2003 @ 00:02
Our world is struggling to renew and as a result many are facing tragedy on an immense scale. Safe journey, to those who are going home.

Journey Home


Seeker of truth
Seeker of light
Seeker of faith, come forth now

We are fractured
We are scarred
We seek nurturing and warmth

Our tasks have been painful
Our path has been arduous
Our spirit is fragile and we seek to go home

Seeker of truth
Seeker of light
Seeker of faith, come forth now and guide me home

Nemue December 2003  More >

 In Remembrance of My Father5 comments
11 Oct 2003 @ 21:06
My Father chose to leave this world on Friday October 10. His passing was swift and my pain is great because I was not with him. I did not have the chance to hold his hand, to help him on his way. To tell him that I loved and respected him. To comfort and tell him not to be afraid. To tell him that I regret not making the effort to spend more time with him when he was here. He was not alone and for that, I am grateful but I was not there. Perhaps it was fitting that it was his son who spent the last few hours and minutes of my Father's earthly life, with him.

On the world stage, his name was known but the legacy he leaves is greater than any world leader. His gift was one that no money can buy; that no world leader can give it was the gift of a generous man to his family. It was his belief and his encouragement that enabled to us to lead our lives with courage and the belief that we could be and do what ever we set our minds to achieve. He taught his children and his grandchildren to respect nature and the earth to read and to appreciate music and life. In many ways, he had a hard life especially as a child. Many people hurt him but he left this world forgiving them and making peace with those whom had caused him pain. In his way, he understood the lessons that he was here to learn and therefore he left this world in peace. In this respect he was wiser than most.

He said to me recently that he believed he was a failure. I was shocked when he said this for in his mind he was measuring success in material terms. Anyone with the right circumstance can be a leader in business and such but it takes a special man to influence others to be different. On the material side, he gave anything he had to others. Some abused this taking advantage but he did not see this side of others, all he saw was that someone needed help and if he could, he gave it. I tried to explain to him that he was successful in more ways than he could know. In his influence on us - in how we have always believed in ourselves. In the encouragement that he gave us and me in particular to be different. I know that at times he thought that I was a shingle short with some of my beliefs, but he listened nevertheless. He supported me regardless of what he thought and I know that he respected my stance on many issues.

Last, but not least he was man of honour and commitment. If he made a promise, he kept it. He loved his family, his wife, his children his grandchild and his bothers and his sister. The world is sadder place for his leaving but his legacy lives on.  More >

 Yet Again We Turn A Blind Eye5 comments
24 Apr 2003 @ 19:54
We can say the attention is elsewhere but when has anyone taken notice of what is happening here...why are these people of less value? I think we know why...

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 The Glen1 comment
picture23 Apr 2003 @ 23:16
The glen is alive you can feel the spirit,
The water nymph dances across water and sky,
The dragonfly hovers above the reeds,
and life is good.

The birds gather to share their thoughts,
The clouds in the sky are fluffy and white,
The deer graze on grass lush and green,
and life is good.

The fairy dell is ablaze with colour,
The flowers with faces smiling bright,
The bees sup until they fall to sleep,
and life is good.

The earth worms slither through growth thick and moist,
The insects chatter and scavenge for food,
The sun is shining and full of warmth,
and life is good.

The trees stand tall protecting the earth,
The rains gentle mist forms a gossamer veil,
The guardians of the earth are in their heaven,
and life is good  More >

 Who I (You) Are Makes A Difference2 comments
20 Apr 2003 @ 22:56

This message was sent to me today.  It is beautiful...


 


WHO I AM MAKES A DIFFERENCE


 



A teacher in New York decided to honor each of her seniors in high school by telling them the difference they each made. She called each student to the front of the class, one at a time. First she told each of them how they had made a difference to her and the class.


Then she presented each of them with a blue ribbon imprinted with gold letters, which read, "Who I Am Makes a Difference."


Afterwards the teacher decided to do a class project to see what kind of impact recognition would have on a community. She gave each of the students three more ribbons and instructed them to go out and spread this acknowledgment ceremony. Then they were to follow up on the results, see who honored whom and report back to the class in about a week.


One of the boys in the class went to a junior executive in a nearby company and honored him for helping him with his career planning. He gave him a blue ribbon and put it on his shirt. Then he gave him two extra ribbons and said, "We're doing a class project on recognition, and we'd like you to go out find somebody to honor, give them a blue ribbon, then give them the extra blue ribbon so they can acknowledge a third person to keep this acknowledgment ceremony going. Then please report back to me and tell me what happened."


Later that day the junior executive went in to see his boss, who had been noted, by the way, as being kind of a grouchy fellow. He sat his boss down and he told him that he deeply admired him for being a creative genius.


The boss seemed very surprised. The junior executive asked him if he would accept the gift of the blue ribbon and would he give him permission to put it on him. His surprised boss said, "Well, sure." The junior executive took the blue ribbon and placed it right on his boss's jacket above his heart.


As he gave him the last extra ribbon, he said, "Would you do me a favor? Would you take this extra ribbon and pass it on by honoring somebody else? The young boy who first gave me the ribbons is doing a project in school and we want to keep this recognition ceremony going and find out how it affects people."


That night the boss came home to his 14-year-old son and sat him down. He said, "The most incredible thing happened to me today. I was in my office and one of the junior executives came in and told me he admired me and gave me a blue ribbon for being a creative genius. Imagine. He thinks I'm a creative genius. Then he put this blue ribbon that says: "Who I Am Makes a Difference, on my jacket above my heart. He gave me an extra ribbon and asked me to find somebody else to honor. As I was driving home tonight, I started thinking about whom I would honor with this ribbon and I thought about you.


I want to honor you. My days are really hectic and when I come home I don't pay a lot of attention to you. Sometimes I scream at you for not getting good enough grades in school and for your bedroom being a mess, but somehow tonight, I just wanted to sit here and, well, just let you know that you do make a difference to me. Besides your mother, you are the most important person in my life. You're a great kid and I love you!"


The startled boy started to sob and sob, and he couldn't stop crying. His whole body shook. He looked up at his father and said through his tears, "Dad, earlier tonight I sat in my room and wrote a letter to you and Mom explaining why I had killed myself and asking you to forgive me. I was going to commit suicide tonight after you were asleep. I just didn't think that you cared at all. The letter is upstairs. I don't think I need it after all."


His father walked upstairs and found a heartfelt letter full of anguish and pain. The envelope was addressed, "Mom and Dad."


The boss went back to work a changed man. He was no
longer a grouch but made sure to let all his employees know that they made a difference. The junior executive helped several other young people with career planning and never forgot to let them know that they made a difference in his life...one being the boss's son.


And the young boy and his classmates learned a valuable lesson. Who you are DOES make difference.
You are under no obligation to send this on to anyone...not to two people or to two hundred. As far as I am concerned, you can delete it and move on to the next message. But if, you have anyone who means a lot to you, I encourage you to send him or her this message and let them know. You never know what kind of difference a little encouragement can make to a person.


Send it to all of the people who mean anything important to you, or send it to the one, two, or three people who mean the most. Or just smile and know that
someone thinks that you are important, or you wouldn't have received this in the first place. Remember that!
I give you a blue ribbon
.



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 Embrace Me2 comments
18 Apr 2003 @ 20:17


 

When I am young and can't fend for myself
Embrace me and keep me warm....

 

When I am sad and struggling with life..
Embrace me and keep me safe
 
When I am happy and full of joy..
Embrace me so that I may share my happiness
 
When times are tough as indeed they are..
Embrace me give me the courage to keep going
 
When success comes my way through sweat and toil..
Embrace me for you played a part in helping me there
 
When you are old and can't fend for yourself..
I will embrace you and keep you warm..
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
From a daughter to a mother
From a son to a father

 



Written By Salama (April 2003)  More >



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For each of us expression is such an important right.  To share our views and to have the ability to learn from each other a privilege that many of us take for granted.  Our quest is peace.  May we unite in that cause. 


Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.


Jawaharlal Nehru - Indian politician (1889 - 1964)


 


 



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