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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Thank you Angelbaby !

I have received yet another honor. This one coming fromAngelbaby. She is so very kind. Thank you so much for this award. You brightened my day. It's times like this that I feel motivated to continue writing.



These are the instructions that came with it:
1) Add the logo of the award to your blog
2) Add a link to the person who awarded it to you
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4) Add links to those blogs on your blog

Thank you so much. I really appreciate you thinking of me. Now I am passing the award to:

1. Yoga, Pranayam, Meditation

2. Wishing On A Falling Star

3. Revellian Dot Com

4. The Big Bald Blog

5. Daily Blissings

6. Texas Medical Freak

7. Space Of Reality

Saturday, September 27, 2008

If You Didn't Like Your Friends Partner, Would You End Your Friendship?

Poll results are:

60% said 'Not Sure'
40% said 'NO'

Most of the polls I have hosted here have surprised me in one way or another. I guess surprise isn't the best word to describe my reaction to this poll. I think my feeling is more one of disappointment. I surely thought more of you would NOT even consider ending a friendship because you didn't like your friends partner.

Friendship is something I do not take for granted. I value a true bond of friendship, for a true friend does not come along very often. Many people come and go in our lives. It's said that most people can count on one hand the number of true friends they have in their life. I am speaking of true friends here, not acquaintances.

To me, lifetime friends are built on unconditional love and continued friendship. I believe that some people have lost sight of the meaning of true friendship. As the poll indicated, 60% were not sure if they would end the friendship if they didn't like their friends partner. I wouldn't even consider that and the thought would never enter my mind.

I was in that situation many years ago, but chose to accept my friends decision. After all, she was the one living with this person. She fell in love with him. It wasn't my choice, but hers. Just because I didn't like my friends partner, it didn't change the person she was nor did it change our friendship. In respecting my friend and our friendship, I was cordial and respectful to him. Wouldn't I want the same in return if the situation was reversed? True friendship involves freedom of choice...

I believe true friendship is based on loyalty, forgiveness, honesty, and dedication. Friends often share likes and dislikes, interests, pursuits, and passion. Friends share a sense of caring and concern. Friends make no judgments and accept differences and want each other to grow and develop.

Yes, I do believe friends and people come into our lives for a reason, a season or lifetime, but lifetime friends should be cherished, not easily cast aside, especially in this world that can be phony and temporary.

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People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend and they are.

They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it; it is real; but only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons, things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

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"Portrait of a Friend"

I can't give solutions to all of life's problems, doubts,
or fears. But I can listen to you, and together we will
search for answers.

I can't change your past with all it's heartache and pain,
nor the future with its untold stories.
But I can be there now when you need me to care.

I can't keep your feet from stumbling.
I can only offer my hand that you may grasp it and not fall.

Your joys, triumphs, successes, and happiness are not mine;
Yet I can share in your laughter.

Your decisions in life are not mine to make, nor to judge;
I can only support you, encourage you,
and help you when you ask.

I can't prevent you from falling away from friendship,
from your values, from me.
I can only pray for you, talk to you and wait for you.

I can't give you boundaries which I have determined for you,
But I can give you the room to change, room to grow,
room to be yourself.

I can't keep your heart from breaking and hurting,
But I can cry with you and help you pick up the pieces
and put them back in place.

I can't tell you who you are.
I can only love you and be your friend.
--Unknown

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Juicing For Optimum Health

Drinking the juice of fresh fruit and vegetables has the power to protect us from disease and illness by strengthening our immune system. It stimulates our metabolism and keeps us 'clean' on the inside.

I published a squidoo lens that will provide all you need to know about juicing...you will learn how to obtain better health, review a dosage chart so you can see the amount of vitamins needed to keep our bodies healthy, which fruit and vegetable juice will help with any symptoms you are experiencing and much more.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Why Men Won't Go To The Doctors?

Here's yet another mystery that I have yet to solve where men are concerned. My humorous post on why men don't ask for directions was written about a few months ago and I had gotten many replies as to why they behave in that manner.

Now, I want to hear your take on why men will not go to the doctor. It seems along with myself, many women complain that the men in their lives refuse to see a doctor, even when they are experiencing symptoms or feel ill.

Is it because they will feel weak, less manly if they go to the doctors? Do they not want to know if something is wrong?

I can't even get my son to get his yearly exam for two health issues. I get the 'eye roll' and the 'shoulder shrug'.

There are a few men I work with that obviously have a health issue, but will not go or go back to the doctors to receive treatment. It boggles my mind.

I understand that we all are fearful sometimes of what the doctor may say, but isn't it best to find out and take care of an illness before it is too late?

Us women take preventative care and in most cases, I believe it saves lives. I know we hate to take time out of our busy schedules to make an appointment, but...we do it. What women likes to go have their breasts painfully squashed during a mammogram or go see their Gynecologist? Um, they are not pleasant visits...

Men you are no different. You are not indestructible. Taking preventative care is important for you as well.

Men's Health magazine posted a guideline to follow. On my blog, Mind Body & Soul, I posted their recommendation. If you men aren't interested, Women...go take a look and see if you can't get the man in your life to take care of himself.

Believe it or not, we women want you around for a long, long time...

Can Anyone Relate?

Snapdragons

I just wanted you to know I have entered the snapdragon part of my life.

Part of me has snapped...

AND, the rest of me is draggin!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Does Religion / Spirituality Influence Your Life?

A Circle of Women Poll Results:

80% yes
6.7% no
13.3% sometimes


The idea for this poll came about after posting on my blog: Mind, Body & Soul. I was surprised by the results in a good way. It seems people do keep the faith and that is encouraging.

In what areas does Religion or Spirituality impact your life?

We are all spiritual in differing ways and to differing degrees at various times and you may not realize how your religion or spirituality is ever present.

I also think some may question faith in times of trouble, when having health issues, when we experience the loss of a loved one and then again, in happy times we may feel wonderful how our faith played a role in the situation.

You can read my entire post by going HERE

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Fate…Destiny or Coincidence?

So which word would you use to describe someone who is constantly crossing my path? When I least expect to run into this person...there he is. When I thought I would never see him again, I end up bumping into him.

I could even be at a planned event and think for sure he would never be there, but I turn around...and there he is.

I could go out to meet with friends and find to my surprise that this person knows someone I know and was invited to join us.

I have been invited to go out somewhere and as I walk through the door, find this other person is already there.

It’s just one surprise after another...

Is it fate? Destiny? Or a Coincidence? These three words seem to be closely related. If you look up these three words in the dictionary, you will find the meanings to be:

Fate:

1. something that unavoidably befalls a person; fortune; lot:

2. the universal principle or ultimate agency by which the order of things is presumably prescribed; the decreed cause of events; time:

3. that which is inevitably predetermined; destiny:

4.a prophetic declaration of what must be

5. That which is inevitably destined.

Synonyms: fated, foreordained, ineluctable, inescapable, predestined, predetermined, unavoidable

Destiny:

1. something that is to happen or has happened to a particular person or thing; lot or fortune.

2. the predetermined, usually inevitable or irresistible, course of events.

3. the power or agency that determines the course of events.

Synonyms: design, destination, expectation, fate, fortune, goal, inevitability, karma, kismet, purpose, stars, terminus,

Coincidence:

1. The state or fact of occupying the same relative position or area in space.

2. A sequence of events that although accidental seems to have been planned or arranged.
3. a striking occurrence of two or more events at one time apparently by mere chance:

Synonyms: accident, agreement, chance, concourse, concurrence, conjunction, correspondence, fate, fluke, parallelism

Now don’t get me wrong. Running into this person is not at all a bad thing. These occurrences have been happening for about a year and a half and it just has me wondering. Is it just meant to be? Or is there a deeper meaning?

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Optical Illusions

THIS IS A CEILING MURAL IN A SMOKER'S LOUNGE



There's another..below.

BATHROOM PAINTED FLOOR

IMAGINE YOU ARE AT A PARTY...Tenth floor of a hi-rise building...

AND THEN YOU HAVE TO VISIT THE BATHROOM...

You open the door...
NOW, REMEMBER .......THE FLOOR IS JUST A PAINTED FLOOR!

KINDA TAKES YOUR BREATH AWAY.....

DOESN'T IT?





Would this play with your mind??? Would you be able to walk into
this bathroom??? I wouldn't be able to.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Virus Alerts and General Reminders

I take for granted the little tricks and scams I see on the Internet and move on with my day, but I wanted to send out a brief note to remind everyone what to look out for.

The below is some advice I received from our IT department at work and thought I'd pass it along.

1.) If you receive an email called' POSTCARD,' even though sent to you by a friend, do not open it!

2.) Do not open any message with an attachment entitled 'POSTCARD FROM HALLMARK,' regardless of who sent it to you. It is a virus which opens A POSTCARD IMAGE, which 'burns' the whole hard disc C of your computer.
This emails intention is to trick you into clicking into a web site that (if you do not have a current xp service pack and/or anti-virus software you are vulnerable).

3.) The most common scam that I see that scares me is an e-mail that claims to be from your bank and looks like your on-line login screen. Banks will never send you an email for you to directly log into your on-line banking and the goal of this scam is to get your username and password.

4.) Same rules as always with e-mail – if you don’t know who sent it and it looks like junk mail – just delete it.


Solutions and Advice
My favorite anti-virus software for a home computer is a product called avg and you can download it for free at www.grisoft.com

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