Life is just a “Walk in the Park” right?

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The groom’s mom & my grand-daughter.

I have just returned from my nephews wedding a couple of states away, and haven’t felt so great this week.  I have tried to comment of as many of your blogs as possible, but I know I’m terribly far behind, so please bear with me.

While out of town for the wedding, I was able to see my brother’s little grandson for more than 15 minutes. LOL We walked to a park about a block away from his house and let him play for a while.  Children seem to have such boundless energy… I will mention that instead of just the ground or saw dust under the playground equipment, they had shredded pieces of old tires.  It made it springy when you walked on it and if the kids fell down, they were less likely to get hurt.  I’m sure some of you know of this already, but I had never seen it before (and I worked in Elementary schools for 30 years) and thought it was such a cool idea.

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I wonder when we all lost the INNOCENCE OF CHILDREN ?????

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Before video games, when the kids would play outside all day without fear of being snatched. We had rope swings, played hide and seek, pretended we were cowboys &/or Indians (Yes, that is when my brother tied me to a tree with rope… and left me there), we played dress up in the bags used by cleaners cuz they printed Disney dressed on them(just imagine me running around in a white, crinkly, cleaners bag pretending to be Cinderella we only had to cut holes for neck and arms, one of the most fun things we did was pull off LONG streamers of toilet paper and watch it curl up in a spiral as it was lifted up to through the attic fan, we even walked around the lake & went fishing. All things that kept us busy back then for hours, or at least until dinner. Until mom or dad rang the dinner bell or whistle for us (yes, like dogs..LOL).

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Oh, still looking for a new (to me) house…. Seems like my hubby and I just can’t agree.  Guess I’ll never be able to get an old house like I’d like.  Oh well… What is life without COMPROMISE?

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I am needed elsewhere so need to go… Wishing everyone a wonderful week as we go through an try to live each day as if it were our last. Don’t rush through your life… if you do, you look back and see that you have missed SO much!

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DRAGONBRIDE Blog Tour Start

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A new book from my wonderful friend Raani York!!! I’ve already bought my copy and look forward to reading it just as soon as I can. I must say the cover is beautiful… almost makes me want to buy the paperback as well as the ebook. :D Check it out & feel free to reblog and spread the word.

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Dragonbride

(The Dragon Chronicles, Book #1)

Shalima, “Daughter of the Light”, was born under special circumstances. She was raised by her aunts instead of her mother because she needed to be prepared to fulfill the prophecies of the Old Scriptures, which told that she was the only Magician on Earth.

 

Her aunts carefully prepared her for her obligations and her sacred duty. She will have to get married to the Holy Golden Dragon, the King of the Dragons, a huge Earth Dragon with magical talents. She cannot believe that she is the “Chosen One”, who has to protect the Dragon Species, all of Nature and finally the Earth. But when she turned into a teenager it seemed that the Old Scriptures were right.

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Football, Pet Peeves, & Growing older all with Humor

Have you ever tried to hold in a giggle or a smile?

It’s really harder than you might think.

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Now THIS is MY kind of cat!  :D

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It’s finally FRIDAY!!!!!!  Yippee….

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I’ve thought several times this week to try to take the time to write something in my blog….  What can I say?  I’ve spent 4 days out of 5 with my mom… which have been nice days, but as my kids tell me….” there are times mom when you act like Grand-mother”… OH MY GOSH, while I love my mom 100%, there are several “habits” or “behaviors” that accompany her personality that I REALLY don’t want to have.  I begged my kids to tell me cuz I really don’t want to drive them crazy when I get older.  Yikes……

What if I fall?

(I just love this picture, have no idea where it came from, but it’s perfect in my opinion!)

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They were NO help what so ever….. Sooooo, I thought I’d just post blurbs, pet peeves, photography, and favorite posters.

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Just in case any of you wanted to know about Blood Pressure numbers…..

(My mom has Orthostatic blood-pressure…..  Where you BP changes depending if you’re sitting, standing, or laying down.  It’s annoying, and can be tricky cuz it can easily cause one to loose consciousness or blackout.

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This I would LOVE to do so I could honk at all those idiots who NEVER use their BLINKERS! They are NOT  optional, they are put there FOR A REASON! This is obviously a pet peeve since I spend way too much time waiting for cars in the other lane, coming toward me, to pass me so I can turn left.  If I KNEW they were gonna turn left I could have surely made the turn without incident.

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Just because I love my country, even though I do sometimes disagree with some (okay, the majority) of our leaders.  But then, since I don’t get the money they’re paid…. I try to be “Concerned” about things instead of “Worrying” about things, especially if it’s something I cannot change.

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This is SO true!  You would be amazed at how many kids come to school without ever having heard a single fairytale.  The have distinct problems trying to use their imagination to write “pretend” stories….

They just have NO imagination!

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It’s good to set a few GROUND RULES in a relationship before diving in!

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Life is a memory about to happen

Life is filled with Memories….. Try to make as many GOOD ones as you can.  One day they will be all that’s left.

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Do NOT let yourself JUDGE others!

You never know what they’re going through at home, work, in their personal life, or faith.

Everyone is NOT the same…. Only those who live in glass houses can throw stones.

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Well, I’m going to go READ and enjoy my evening.

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Tomorrow is FOOTBALL…. yeah…

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Go Big Blue (Univ. of Michigan) – my hubby

Go Yellow Jackets (Georgia Tech) – my father

Go Dogs (Univ. of Georgia) – too many people in the family to list…LOL

Go Tigers – Auburn – (my sister)

Go Game Cocks – University of South Carolina – my son & his wife… my daughter for Masters

I’m probably leaving someone out but…..

My favorite NFL is The Detroit Lions…. CALVIN JOHNSON aka MEGATRON is my absolute favorite.

(Nope, never met him, but he played for Ga. Tech, and he always seems so level headed in interviews.)

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HOPE EVERYONE HAS A WONDERFUL WEEKEND & A GREAT WEEK NEXT WEEK!

Life’s Broken promises, Black & White and head on a pike?

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I purposely haven’t written a blog for a while because I don’t like being so negative about things. Perhaps it’s periodic depression mixed in with the ups and downs of regular life… Who knows….

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“To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.” ~ Confucius

Today I found out that many hospitals and doctors now have a FEE for just walking in the door.  Often, that is imposed on the patients (us) not always by the doctor’s choice, but often by the “Corporate” or “Conglomeration” of Hospitals & Doctor’s offices, Therapy hospitals, etc. that are grouped together under one “Heading” or whatever name they choose for their umbrella of services.  So I’m not meaning to be rude or disrespectful when I say, “Thanks a lot Obama”.

Due to Obamacare, my monthly premiums tripled, my cancer medication is $550 a month for just that one prescription (I have several others, a few over $100 a month) and I DID get to keep my Oncologist (cancer doctor) but I did not get to keep my Insurance policy with United. “The powers that be”, decided to shift all of the state employees to Blue Cross Blue Shield.  We had no choice between companies as we have always had before for the last 37 or so years that I can remember.  We did however get to choose which level… Gold, Silver or Bronze, which of course relates directly to however much your policy covers or will pay.

Having Gold…. I knew I’d have to begin paying “co-pays” which I have never had to pay before, and the costs I pay for my prescriptions will not go toward my deductible, as they did before…. but now I have to pay $45.00 co-pay to see my Cancer doctor (Oncologist) per visit, plus a $200 dollar fee for WALKING INTO THE BUILDING, so consequently, I will be paying $250 each time I have to go to see my cancer doctor.  Sounds like they just would like for those of us with pre-existing or dire conditions just go on and die off.  Looking at their numbers, it’s more cost effective I’m sure.

Now I know there are so many people there who are financially worse off than I am (I at least have a husband who still works) and I’m thinking of all these extra costs that they will have to now pay. Perhaps Medicare will help some of them with part of the costs, but then there are many, like me, who aren’t old enough to qualify for Medicare.

So I guess I need Obama to tell me specifically how he helped me “keep my doctor, and at the same time, lowered the price of my insurance by $2,400 a year with Obama care”,  Not to even mention, the whole “Pre-existing Conditions” part that was suppose to be helpful.  I have talked to ONE person who said it had helped his wife, so I know there will be instances where it has helped, but before….. anyone that went to the emergency room… had to be treated whether or not they had insurance.  The rest of us absorbed that extra cost. I agree some people need help and I don’t mind helping those who can’t help themselves, but being forced to pay for those who CHOOSE to not even TRY to help themselves is another matter entirely.

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I won’t even go into the “Hospitalist”, instead of having your own doctor come to the hospital, you get a “Hospitalist”… someone you don’t know, who doesn’t know your history, come in and try to treat you for what they see at the moment…. but 4 or 5 days later, they rotate off and you get a NEW Hospitalist or Physician’s Assistant (Who is actually lower on the pay scale/knowledge scale than my daughter who is a Certified Nurse Practioner – Went to medical school for about 8 years…. Each state may have different requirements for these degrees or what they can or can’t do).

Oh well, enough of that ….

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“I am free, no matter what rules surround me…. I am free because I know that I alone am
morally responsible for everything I do.” ~ Robert Heinlein

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My thoughts as to having videos of two Americans having their heads cut off posted on the internet?  They were journalist, not “warriors”… to me (in my opinion) that is like trying to compare apples to oranges. I’m pretty sure they did that just because they were Americans, to try to “shame” the President or the Country, but I’m afraid they don’t realize just how angry American’s can be, once riled up.  Sort of like poking a rattle snakes nest I guess.  There is nothing that brings American’s together faster than “non-political” issues they see as wrong.  I could be wrong….  Actually, as you know, our President is not on my Christmas card list, however….. I do respect the fact that he says publicly that he/we have no “plan” on what to do or that we need to “manage” terrorists…. since I feel it is rather stupid to tell them exactly what your plans ARE before you act. (I’m praying he DOES have a plan but is just not planning to expose that plan until AFTER it’s done) Perhaps that is the reasoning behind the actions…. to have people demand what he’s going to do about it… In my opinion, that is what got us into this trouble in the first place…. announcing beforehand what we planned to do strategy wise, for example announcing a withdrawal date, but then, I’m no military expert. Seems to me like there is a question as to if these “people” have grown through out history or are still living in the Middle Ages where people were beheaded more often than not. Just saying… It makes me wonder…

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“God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless.” ~ Chester W. Nimitz

I wonder about any religion/society even, that demeans women to such a degree as being worthless, can’t vote, can’t even go out into public alone, can’t go to school to learn to read and write (they might actually become intelligent I guess) when they (the women) are the very ones who sustain their (the men’s) lives. The women cook and have babies (oh yippee… yes, I’m being sarcastic) but then I’m told in their “Heaven” or it’s equivalent in their religion, they get a million (I don’t really know the number) virgins as their reward for getting there.  Well…..  You can only be a virgin once, so what happens when they aren’t virgins anymore?  Do they get kicked to the curb or thrown out of the heavenly spot? Perhaps that is why some cultures allow grown men to marry children…. cuz you’re only a virgin once… (they’d probably be hard pressed here to find too many virgins over the age of 11 or so… sorry parents, don’t freak out… but it’s true. Kids don’t tell you, but many, many, many, become sexually active by that age) As I said… I just wonder about these things… why people do the things they do, what drives them to make that particular choice or what drives them to do whatever it is they do… Do they face trial and difficulties or do they just stick their heads in the sad and wish for good results?

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“It is better to believe than to disbelieve.
In so doing, you bring everything to the realm of possibility.” ~ Albert Einstein

Oh the home front, almost everything is going well… Every life has hiccups now and then, but over all… I’m happy to be alive, in this body, in this house (though I would like to move soon), with my children, my pets, my grand-daughter, and with my husband (even though he can be a pill sometimes…LOL). I’ve thought about trading him in on occasion, but if I did, I’d have to get a fish, and they don’t cook or cut the grass… LOL.

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“Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong” ~ Unknown

We are still waiting to see what might or might not happen on the legal front… Of course there is the Civil and Criminal side of things that have to be done separately, so I’ve given the lawyer everything I have and hope to be able to settle the dispute without having to go to trial. (I keep giving that over to God to handle, but slip occasionally and begin to worry, then shove it back in His direction, LOL)

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I found a great black and white photo program that I wanted and downloaded the trial version, but of course I have a Mac OS  X  10.6.8 and it needs a Mac OS  X 10.8  ….. ARGGGG  I DO NOT want to buy a new computer right now… Dear Santa…. KElizabeth needs a new Mac computer for Christmas….LOL.  Guess I’ll just have to wait LOL.

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Supposedly haunted Poogan's Porch, Charleston S. C.

Supposedly haunted Poogan’s Porch, Charleston S. C.

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(Photos above were taken by myself unless otherwise noted)

“That you may retain your self-respect,

it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right,

than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.”

~William J. H. Boetcker

A comedy of errors, a study of weird photography…. LOL

You know….. most people are striving to get a certain type of picture when they are shooting their camera…. I’m not unlike  the rest..LOL, however…. I hate reading the directions on how to use the cameras because the writing is so tiny and I have such a short attention span that I find myself “drifting off” and forgetting what I’ve read…  I just thought I’d post a couple of funny pictures I’ve taken… The first two are of the same waterfall with different settings…. The last one looks like a ghost floating along, but it’s suppose to be fireworks… LOL

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Seriously??? Ask yourself …….

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“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, Live the life you’ve imagined.” ~David Thoreau

I wonder if it’s true that if you have high expectations for your self, or your children, success would be much more likely, gaining more confidence and having a more successful chance of achieving your goal. Does it simulate the self-full-filling prophecy – if you don’t think you are able to succeed, then you probably won’t be successful. It seems to me that most people generally achieve close to their own expectations if they honestly do their best, along with trying to dismiss any negativity, from others… including your own family.

Believe in your dreams and goals of success! If you are able to truly convince yourself to go after your dream, dream BIG. Provided you supply your own efforts, and don’t stand by and wait for someone else to “give” you everything, you will be much more likely to reach and accomplish those big dreams. First you must decide on your goal, then decide how you will attempt to go about achieving it. Taking something from others, will not satisfy that inner feeling you have that supplies contentment. You put a higher value on things you have worked to achieve in life. Waiting for your government, parents, or other’s, to supply what you want or need, only emboldens the “Entitlement” society. (Those who want everything in life given to them for free just because they want it. I wonder if they have ever thought about what is going to happen when the “suppliers” run out of money? Does anyone really believe that the world will one day have total equality? You need “achievers” to fund the “Non-Achievers & the Entitled”.

Seriously, if you see that everyone in your neighborhood, and all the other neighborhoods for that matter, have exactly what you have, what you’ve worked so hard to achieve, without them even raising a hand, breaking a sweat, or exerting ANY type of behavior to be “rewarded with” what you have And yet, they somehow seem to continue to be“given” all they think they need to “survive”… or to be equal with you. You get a loaf of bread from the store, pay for it, and get home only to see a truck going through your neighborhood giving everyone a loaf of bread so all will be equal… how long would you continue to work, sacrifice for your family and children, only so that “others” could have what you’ve worked so hard for? Seriously now….. how is that gonna work????

Does no one ever ponder this besides me????

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There can never by equality for everyone, there will always be “someone making decisions as to what you can or cannot have, no matter what YOU wish. You WILL have “A Controller”…. There will ALWAYS be at least one person, if not several, who see themselves as “The Rockstar”, “The BIG Leader”, the person who is better and smarter than you, the one who has the right to tell you what you can and cannot eat…. what you can and cannot drive, what medicines you can and cannot have… regardless of if you need that drug to survive, which doctor you WILL have to go to because they have forced out all the others who refused to agree to work hard every day and yet, are only able to be the same as those who do not work. Why should they work? Who can explain that?

It reminds me of those who continue to spend money THEY DO NOT HAVE….. I was shocked to hear a student who had gone to college by getting “Student Loans” actually say, to a reporter, that they feel they should not have to pay those back. Either they did not understand the concept of what a loan is, or they believe money falls from the sky.

As the Queen of Alice in Wonderland said, “If you don’t know your destination, any road will take you there.” That seems to me that without vision and direction, you will always be lost in the sea of your own life. Your direction, in my opinion, comes from within, your hope and dreams and visions of what you want to be your destiny.

Are you honestly willing to work toward(for) that goal/dream? Do you have that “feeling” inside of you of “Satisfaction or Pride” whenever you do well?

There will always be “Right” and “Wrong” in life…. occasionally, you may run into that “gray” area where the line between the two seems to be somewhat blurred or distorted. You can’t decide, you face doubt and question yourself or your intentions. You cannot live “ON TOP OF THE FENCE” hoping you won’t have to make a decision, possibly hurt someone’s feelings, or actually decide to do something only to find out later that as it turns out, you chose the “Wrong” fork in the road, made a decision that at the time seemed to be the right one, only later to find it was not. Are you willing to ever accept SELF-RESPONSIBILITY ???? To accept the consequences of your decisions, be they GOOD or BAD? Just wondering?????

“Doing what is right is the greatest gift you can give.” ~ R. Bennett

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I have a print of this particular picture by Michael Parks hanging in my house.

The longer you look at it, the more you see. 

 

The Choice is Yours….

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Controlling your Destiny….

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The only thing that stands between you & your destiny, is if you feel that you have limitations. If you begin to doubt yourself, you doubt your ability to make your dreams come true. Your destiny will be waiting for you on the other side of the mist of indecision & self-doubt.

We are not born doubting ourselves or believing that we have limitations. Have you ever watched small children? The are filled with such boundless energy, confidence & curiosity. They are not afraid of failing until someone inadvertently teaches them to be afraid. That someone could be their friends, classmates, teachers, daycare workers or even well meaning parents. Once we learn about the possibility of failure, our destiny becomes limited because we believe we have limited potential, therefore we form our own limited expectations.

In my opinion, failing is NOT failing unless you do not try at all. If one tries something and fails… even many times, it is always a learning experience because then you know what DOESN’T work & you can keep trying & trying until you get it right!

As Theodore Roosevelt said, “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure.”

You have the ability to re-claim your destiny by envisioning your dreams and goals. You CAN create the life or destiny you dream of .

Did you realize that even Colonel Sander (Kentucky Fried Chicken) faced repeated numbers of rejections before he finally found someone willing to take a chance on his “dream”? He refused to allow other peoples expectations or judgements to determine his destiny.

Remember Albert Einstein, he was labeled as stupid, slow, unable to read, & thus was thought nothing would never become of him. All the time his undiagnosed dyslexia was interfering with his learning, making things three times as difficult for him. He did not listen to, or believe the doubters in his life & he went on with his life to become a great man.

Both of these men refused to allow other peoples expectations or judgements to determine their destiny or define their dreams. They created the destiny they wanted. The destiny they had always dreamed of & pictured in their mind’s eye.

“If you want to be happy, be.” ~ Tolstoy
” God has entrusted me with myself.” ~ Epicteus

From the above quotes, what I feel Tolstoy and Epicteus were trying to say, is that you can be happy if you want to be. It is your choice. You are the one who decides to be happy by focusing on the present – living, loving & achieving in the present. Focus on being happy & being the person you want to b. That way you are creating your own destiny.

Everyday you are alive is a miracle – a priceless gift that is yours to squander or mold into a future you desire. Spend less time worrying about things you cannot change, regretting choices you made instead of spending time appreciating what you have & the possibilities of creating & achieving even more.

To become fearless, you must spend less time being fearful or depressed. You must try to fill your days with more time being joyous & doing the things you wish to do. If you can do that, then you will be able to spend the majority of your time living your dream & less time getting ready to live your Life.

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Dost though love life?
Thy do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

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“Many people die with their music still in them.
Why is this so?
Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live….

in stead of actually living.” 

~ Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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The act of Doing is the cornerstone of creating your own, personal destiny. True joy is in the dreaming, imagining, considering & conceiving what you want. The actions you take produce the outcome of your destiny.

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“Life is not lost by dying;
life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day,
in all the thousand small uncaring ways.”
~ Stephen Vincent Benet

“Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.”
~Laertius Diogenes

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Imagine your destiny. Focus on what your dreams are, then create your destiny with Pride. Others may try to downplay or ruin your dream by trying to steal or belittle your pride. You must have passion, resolve, dreams innovations & last but not least…. ethics.

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“Passion is the fire that energizes your life,
and without passion, without fire, without energy,
your true destiny will always be unfulfilled.
It will die of indecision, inaction and indifferences.”
~ Rex Bennett

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When you couple talent, dedication, hard work & passion for what you are doing, your success will arrive sooner than you think.  You must have passion connected with your dream.  Passion, as you well know, is that inner force that drives you to be the very best that you can be.  Never let anyone steal your passion for life!

For example, one of my good friends has a passion, dedication & talent for making beautiful dolls.  She spends hours on end to ensure she has every detail perfect, so the doll actually looks real!  She doesn’t even seem to mind the hard work necessary to do such a great job, because she has that inner passion guiding her towards her dream, her destiny.

Another example could be myself.  People ask me all the time why I won’t get an Administrators degree or a Phd. so that I can “move up” in the education field.  The problem is, I don’t want to move up, I love what I do, working with children on such an intimate level.  I would have to give up my wonderful experiences with the children to become the disciplinarian.  I love the hugs I get walking down the hall, the cards they make for me, & the fact that every time they see me somewhere (especially out in public – which drives my kids crazy) they yell out my name & run up and grab me & to give me a big hug. (True, their parent’s kinda wonder what’s going on if they don’t personally know me.. LOL)

My passion is helping children – especially those that everyone seems to have given up on, or who are going through a rough time in their life & need an advocate to intervene on their behalf in order to help them out.

Whatever it is that you decide to do in life, even if it is just a temporary job until you are able to actually begin to accomplish your dream, do it with passion & enthusiasm …. even if it is something you have to do, rather than want to do.

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Wherever you go, go with all your heart”
~ Confucious

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What if you have no idea what your passion is or how to tap into it?
If you have a goal or a dream, approach it & everything you do, do with a good attitude…
If you do this, your passion will come & find you.

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“Without passion, the fire of your life dies.”
~ Rex Bennett

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“Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
~ Helen Keller

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“Passion is like genius, a miracle.”
~Rolland

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“They say that death kills you,
But death doesn’t kill you
Boredom and indifference kills you.
~Iggy Pop

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“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished
without passion.”
~G.W.F. Hegel

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“There is no end.
There is no beginning.
There is only the infinite passion
of life.
~Frederico Fellini

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“Only passion,
great passion can elevate the soul
to great things.”
~Dennis Diderot

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“Every man dies. Not every man really lives.”
~ William Wallace in the movie Braveheart

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“What is passion? …
Most of your being is at best, unlived.
In passion the body & the spirit seek self-expression…
The more extreme & the more expressed passion is,
the more unbearable does life seem with out it,
we are partly dead, & that soon,
come what may,
we will be wholly so.”
~John Boorman

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These are some pictures I took a few years back. It’s here in Georgia, but not highly advertised. It was once a beautiful, grand, Victorian looking manor house. It was partially burned many, many, years ago after there was a murder committed in the house. I thought it odd that the actual room where the murder took place, was not entirely burned. You could still see a faint outline of the blood stains on the floor.

The gardens were, and still are, as far as I know, intricately designed and manicured. They were beautiful enough by far to have been found behind one of the European castles.  

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