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Monday, October 29, 2018

Baking a Cake

Baking a Cake

A young man is telling his Grandma how everything is going wrong. School problems, friend problems, family problems, financial problems, severe health problems, etc.,

Meanwhile, Grandma is baking a cake.  She asks her grandson if he would like a snack, which, of course, he does.

"Here, have some cooking oil." "Yuck", says the young man.  "How about a couple of raw eggs?" "Gross, Grandma!" "Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?" "Grandma, those are all yucky!"

To which Grandma replies: "Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves.  But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake! God works the same way.  Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He puts these things all in his order, they always work for good."

"We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!"

"God is crazy about you.  He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning.  Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen.  He can live anywhere in the world, and He chooses your heart."

Anonymous on internet.

The cake you create is one of a kind and delicious!  Hang in there! 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Life Goes On

"What I've Learned:

I've learned that no matter what happens, or 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 these three things: 1) a rainy day, 2) lost luggage, 3) tangled Christmas Tree lights.

I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you will miss them when they are gone from your life.

I've learned that "making a living is not the same 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 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.

Finally, always remember: people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.....

Anonymous from the internet

Remember how special you are and how many opportunities you have to make a difference in someone's life!

Friday, October 5, 2018

How Much Am I Worth?

A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill.
In the room of 200, he asked,  Who would like this $20 bill?"  Hands started going up.

He said, "I am going to give this to one of you. But first, let me do this."
he proceeded to crumple the bill up.  He then asked, "Who still wants it?" Still the hands were in the air.

"Well," he replied, "what if I do this?"  He dropped it on the ground, and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe.  He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty.
"Now who still wants it?"  Still hands went into the air.

"My friends, you all have learned a very valuable lesson.  No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it, because, it did not decrease in value.  It was still worth $20."

"Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel we are worthless, but, no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value.  Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who love you."

"The worth of our lives come not in what we do or who we know, but by who we are. You are special.  Don't ever forget it!"  Copied from the internet

All of you are special!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018


I recently had a visit from a friend who is very special because she has survived an incredibly difficult childhood.  She has evolved into a very compassionate human being with a warm heart, ability to listen, and the will to reach out to others who are hurting. 

What would life be like without friends?  Friends are are defenders of our sanity, protectors of our reputations, cushions through the fear of new situations, loyal over many years of life crisis, active listeners as we pour out deep emotions, present when we need support, provide shoulders to cry on, are champions of our successes, and models of inspiration. 

I have many friends that I have been privileged to interact with for many years.  I have also met individuals that I met only briefly in my life but the friendship was instantaneous and timeless.  The world is full of potential friends who do not want anything from you except for your friendship. 

I hope that we can all look for all the relationships that are possible among individuals, family, acquaintances, neighbors, fellow parishioners, and co-workers.  Our governments have the opportunity to look for the good people in other cultures, other countries, and in the world in general.  If we all have a goal to make the world safe, peaceful, pristine, beautiful, productive (with jobs, homes, nutrition, health and commerce), collaborative while sharing resources, diplomatic to reduce war, famine, homeless refugees and turmoil, creative while conserving beauty, and friendly with our world neighbors. 

In movies and literature, we are considered a primitive society because we do not trust each other, we have constant wars, we do not protect our environment, we are not reliable stewards of the gifts we have been given, we are not friendly and protect each other's backs.  We are king and queen of manipulation, terror, fear, lack of integrity, unethical standards, intimidation, discrimination, murder, war mongers, death and destruction, pain and suffering and loss of hope.

Friends on the other hand, look out for each other in the pitfalls of life, provide timely and efficient assistance, are lifelong supporters without compensation, are loving, kind, and giving. I hope we can be open to finding friendships among others that we have already met but haven't taken time to know, with new friends we have not yet met, and with ourselves so we know we have a huge opportunity to serve and be served by friends.