Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth

     I think someone once said that life is supposed to be challenging. Well, yes, the statement is true enough.  But, somehow, many of us believe that things should go smoothly a good part of the time.  Most of us work towards this end, and we count on it.  Then, when life goes awry, we’re upset, angry, and disappointed.  We dread challenges and vexation.  I’ll be the first to admit that I work very hard to keep my life on course. I’m an “all your ducks in a row” kinda girl.  I follow the rules, keep my word, and act decently–treating others as I would like to be treated.  I basically over-analyze most situations, teasing out the pros and cons before making a decision.  However, despite my good intentions and best efforts, challenging stuff still happens.      Maybe, if we modified our view of challenging circumstances as a normal part of life, we wouldn’t be so surprised and upset when they occurred.  Also, what if we stopped interpreting the stuff that happens as positive or negative.  It’s happening, let’s try to accept it, and move through it.  You know, let’s stop judging the stuff.  Of course, this is easier said than done.  On the surface, some stuff looks pretty negative–even devastating at times. Which brings me to a quote by Elizabeth Gilbert that I absolutely love:  “Ruin is a gift.  Ruin is the road to transformation.” What if the […]

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What’s At the End of Your Rainbow?

Rainbow Over Roanoke, Virginia January 2019   “Have a sincere desire to serve God and mankind, and stop doubting, stop thinking negatively. Simply start living by faith, pray earnestly and humbly, and get into the habit of looking expectantly for the best. ~Norman Vincent Peale   It’s hard to believe that just a few days ago we were celebrating St. […]

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Tuesday Tunes:

Photograph courtesy of Farmguy   “For every item that carries the darkness of humanity there’s one that holds the light.  And that light is worth believing in.  Not just in others, but in yourself as well.” ~C.M. Rayne, The Forbidden Land of Andara   “How far that little candle throws his beams!  So shines a good deed in a weary world.” ~William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice   “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.   “I am the light of the world.” ~John 8:12                

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Tuesday Tunes

 Turandot is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, completed by Franco Alfano, and set to a libretto in Italian by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni.     “We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread.  They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing:  the last of the human freedoms–to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances….” ~Victor Frankl   “The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” ~Ferdinand Foch   “Just to be is a blessing.  Just to live is holy.” ~Rabbi Abraham Herschel        

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