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    Post Sanctuary

    I thought it might be nice to have a thread where we could post favourite inspirational thoughts ... a place to come and read and share words of encouragement when we feel we just need a little lift ..... I pray you find peace ....


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    ~ Be the change you wish to see in the world ~ Mahatma Gandi


    " calling all Angels ...... calling all Angels ....walk me through this one .. don't leave me alone .... calling all Angels .... calling all Angels .... we're tryin' and we're hopin' cause we're not sure how ....... this .... goes ..."
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    I love Sue's signature line .... I have it printed and stuck to one of my cupboard doors .... I think it speaks to all of us ... and it inspires me to keep pluggin' along ....

    Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

    Obieone
    ~ Be the change you wish to see in the world ~ Mahatma Gandi


    " calling all Angels ...... calling all Angels ....walk me through this one .. don't leave me alone .... calling all Angels .... calling all Angels .... we're tryin' and we're hopin' cause we're not sure how ....... this .... goes ..."
    Jane Siberry

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    I like this one.... (it's a little long)

    One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.

    Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbours to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.

    At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyon'e amazement he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

    As the farmer's neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

    Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up!

    Shake it off and take a step up.

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    I am not religious, but I have always found this Gaelic blessing to be both beautiful and peace of mind bringing:



    May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back.

    May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields.

    And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.



    (Sorry...the formatting is all messed up in this message due to me pasting the verse from somewhere else)
    Last edited by orangejello; 05-08-2007 at 07:09 PM.

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    I've always loved that OJ.

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    I got this from a friend the other day:

    This woman
    talks to me
    in a warm language
    between her feelings
    and mine.
    She has no whip
    in her talk,
    no snarling teeth;
    She does not need to
    see the color of my blood
    to know me.
    This woman,
    seeing the gap
    in my fence,
    walks through it
    knowingly; and I,
    I let her stand in my
    fleld,
    unharmed.

    the writer is C. Anatopolsky

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    Look Up

    Got this yesterday, it hit home.


    THE BUZZARD

    If you put a Buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by
    8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in
    spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner.
    The reason is that a Buzzard always begins a
    flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet.
    Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not
    even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner
    for life in a small jail with no top.

    THE BAT

    The ordinary Bat that flies around at night,
    a remarkably nimble creature in the air, can n ot
    take off from a level place. If it is placed on
    the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle
    about helplessly and, no doubt painfully, until
    it reaches some slight elevation from which it
    can throw itself into the air. Then, at once,
    it takes off like a flash.

    THE BUMBLE BEE

    A Bumble Bee, if dropped into an open
    tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it
    is taken out. It never sees the means of
    escape at the top, but persists in trying to
    find some way out through the sides near
    the bottom. It will seek a way where none
    exists, until it completely destroys itself.

    PEOPLE

    In many ways, we are like the Buzzard, the Bat, and the Bumble Bee.
    We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations,
    never realizing that all we have to do is look up.
    Every day I wake up is a good one

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    Everyone says: "Nature is great, yet Nature is simple."

    It is great because it is simple.

    If it were not simple, long ago it would have come to little.

    Nature sustains itself through three precious principles,
    which one does well to embrace and follow.

    These are gentleness, frugality, and humility.

    When one is gentle, he has not fear of retaliation.

    Whe one is frugal, he can afford to be generous.

    When one is humble, no one challenges his leadership.

    But when rudeness replaces gentleness,

    And extravagance replaces frugality,

    And pride replaces humility,

    Then one is doomed.

    Since a gentle attack arouses little antagonism,

    And a gentle defense provokes little anger,

    Nature predisposes to gentleness those most suited for survival.

    From the Tao Teh King by Lao Tzu
    Archie Bahm edition.
    "Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence." Lin Yutang

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    Footprints

    Footprints
    Also Known As "I Had a Dream"
    Margaret Fishback Powers
    1964


    One night I dreamed a dream.
    I was walking along the beach
    with my Lord.


    Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.

    For each scene,
    I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
    one belonging to me and one to my Lord.


    When the last scene of my life shot before me
    I looked back at the footprints in the sand.


    There was only one set of footprints.

    I realized that this was at the
    lowest and saddest times of my life.


    This always bothered me and I questioned
    the Lord about my dilemma.


    "Lord, You told me when I decided to follow You,
    You would walk and talk with me all the way.


    But I'm aware that during the most troublesome
    times of my life there is only one set of footprints.


    I just don't understand why,
    when I need You most,
    You leave me."


    He whispered, "My precious child,
    I love you and will never leave you,
    never, ever, during your trials and testings.


    When you saw only one set of footprints,
    it was then that I carried you."





    Peace be with you always.
    titanium4motion

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    Serenity Prayer

    This prayer has been used by AA but I have found that it also helps me to deal with so many things that come my way in life.



    God grant me the serenity
    to accept the things I cannot change;
    courage to change the things I can;
    and wisdom to know the difference.

    Living one day at a time;
    Enjoying one moment at a time;
    Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
    Taking, as He did, this sinful world
    as it is, not as I would have it;
    Trusting that He will make all things right
    if I surrender to His Will;
    That I may be reasonably happy in this life
    and supremely happy with Him
    Forever in the next.
    Amen.

    --Reinhold Niebuhr


    Raven

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