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“One smile has the power to…Calm fears. Soften stone walls. Warm a cold heart. Invite a new friend. Mimic a loving hug. Beautify the bearer. Lighten heavy loads.Promote good deeds. Brighten a gloomy day. Comfort a grieving spirit. Offer hope to the forlorn.
Send a message of caring. Lift the downtrodden soul. Patch up invisible wounds. Weaken the hold of misery. Act as medicine for suffering. Attract the companionship of angels.
Fulfill the human need for recognition. Who knew changing the world would prove so simple?”  ― Richelle E. Goodrich

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A Bridge to Tomorrow

Bridge1Who loves the dark when it feels like we can’t turn the light on the moment we want to? Maybe that is why emotional darkness is so hard….we know the light switch that will turn us “back on” is not easily accessible. Life can be hard, dark, depressing and difficult. It can also be wonderful, exhilarating, and full of promise. We cannot always choose the degree of difficulty that we will experience in our lives but we can always choose to find light. Light is everywhere around us – even if we temporarily can’t see it. It’s like being in a cave underground with the absence of light immediately around us but knowing that there is a passage from the cave that will return us back to the light. Most of the time, light does not automatically come to us. When it comes to light, we have to be seekers. I’ve been in the dark before. I know how difficult it can be. I’m also proof positive that when we are willing to fight and willing to seek for light – that the light will come and the most brilliant light that we will find will be the light that burns within us.

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Life is an Adventure!

Life is an AdventureI had to share this meme! It brought such joy to my heart! When my father was still alive – I had a standing joke with my dad that difficult events were not trials; they were adventures. I remember the first big “adventure” I had with my dad. My grandmother was very ill and my family and I were headed home to Butte, Montana after Thanksgiving. Our plan was for my dad to follow us home and then he would park his truck and he and I would drive to Idaho to see my grandma. My husband had driven ahead of us to Billings for business and the kids and I had joined him a few days later so we could spend Thanksgiving with my family. Our family caravan was driving home from Billings to Butte and my dad was following in his truck behind my family.(This was in the days before cell phones.) My dad started having mechanical problems with his truck. My dad flagged us with his lights and we turned around to check out why he had pulled over. After determining that my dad’s truck issues were not going to be a remedied without additional parts, my husband took our three oldest children and headed home. I stayed behind with our youngest daughter to provide transportation for my dad. My dad and I ended up “on the road” for a couple of days while he tried to locate the parts he needed to repair his truck. The conditions were cold and miserable and I had little to keep my young daughter entertained with. However, no matter how exasperated we felt – we joked that we were on an adventure and our trial became a game. In our “adventure” game, the first one to complain would lose. After that experience, all of our difficulties became adventures. Neither one of us would ever complain to each other – we would only talk about our “Adventures”.  How grateful I am for my dad teaching me how to have an adventure. Adventures demand a different mindset. Adventures have no room for complaints and negative outlooks. Adventures are new experiences that can thrill us, teach us and bring us to new vistas! Now, as I look back on all of my “adventures”, I realize that adventures can be learned from and looked at from a learning perspective much sooner than trials can. Trials can make us feel like we are being treated unfairly. Trials can nudge us to shrink and withdraw from life. Adventures remind us that each positive step we make in our climb is a step up. Adventures help us look forward to the view from the next summit. Life is full of stretching experiences – I prefer that mine be adventures!

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Lift above the Opposition!

Lift1Doesn’t it seem sometimes likes there is another kind of gravity that tries to pull us down? I’m talking about the opposition that so frequently addresses our lives. There is a myth trying to perpetuate itself in the world – that myth says that we can accomplish amazing things without disciplining ourselves or with little or no effort. The truth is that everything that is worthy, worthwhile, and important takes effort and usually plenty of it. The good news is that we are always rewarded in some amazing way when we persist and overcome! remember that a kite only flies with wind – and so do we!

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