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    Inspiration is a journey of life. It changes, grows, learns,adapts and accepts. It is fluid, coping with pain beyond imagining and seeking ways to go on with strenth and grace. It recognizes the profound beauty in the simplest aspects of life, and in honest emotion, and honors the value of love freely given. Sometimes, in life's bleakest moments, it seems inspiration has abandoned us, but - for those who would continue this difficult journey - we find it again, though it may have changed it's song once more.

    My journey caregiving for my family(meaning - in this case, parents, sisters and aunt) was long, complex and difficult. I found a forum for caregivers and used a succession of sig lines when I participated there that -looking back - express the journey I took and the way my perspective changed.The inspiration that kept me going changed over time. My initial mantra was as simple as:

    "It can only get so bad before it has to get better"

    Not exactly uplifting, but it got me through some very stressful times when I could barely keep my head up. Life became less stressful after the deaths of all but one of my family members, but less stressful - when you've lost loved ones - is merely a different kind of ache and ,for awhile, my quote became:

    "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose"

    Time does heal. I found solace in Debbie, our pets, my niece and friends- and in reaching out to others in need, including fellow caregivers on that forum. I changed my quote to

    "Lean on me, when you're not strong, and I"ll be your friend, I'll help you carry on"

    I learned a lot about life and death over those years. Like everyone, I"ll continue learning - and changing - all my life. I see both beauty and ugliness in this world , there is still plenty of stress to be had,and I have my days where I'd rather just hide. There are also those moments of great love and joy. I know I can get through the dark times - I have before - and I strive to truly appreciate the good moments and not take them for granted. My saying now?

    "Whatever tomorrow brings, I"ll be there - with open arms and open eyes"
    Last edited by Kendell; 05-09-2007 at 09:17 AM.

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    As a registered nurse I worked for many years in the oncology /haematology ward of a big hospital.
    When my husband had the MVA & became w/c bound I felt very "hard done by" and vocalised it frequently until my dear Mother reminded me in her gentle way that I should be very grateful.
    When I asked her why she answered : "You & Kevin have something that most of your Patients have run out of ,TIME "
    It certainly put a different perspective on our problem.

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    "Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him." - ALDOUS HUXLEY

    "Do not hide from darkness. Only in balance is truth to be found."
    -NICK FROST

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    These are the Reiki precepts ...... not always easy to follow but something I aspire to ... very similar to the AA prayer I feel ...

    JUST FOR TODAY, I WILL RELEASE ALL ANGER

    JUST FOR TODAY, I WILL RELEASE ALL WORRY

    WITH GRATITUDE

    I WILL LIVE MY LIFE HONESTLY

    AND BE KIND TO ALL LIVING THINGS

    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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    INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS.................

    The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.

    Bertrand Russell


    The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.

    DR Wayne W. Dryer


    Staying positive is hard enough without enduring life's troubles.


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    And of course this thread wouldn't be complete without .... you know who ....


    Obieone
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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 ..."
    Jane Siberry

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    The lyrics to this song give me strength in a way I can't explain ....

    FRAGILE

    Sting


    If blood will flow when flesh and steel are one
    Drying in the colour of the evening sun
    Tomorrow's rain will wash the stains away
    But something in our minds will always stay

    Perhaps this final act was meant
    To clinch a lifetime's argument
    That nothing comes from violence and nothing ever could
    For all those born beneath an angry star
    Lest we forget how fragile we are

    On and on the rain will fall
    Like tears from a star, like tears from a star
    On and on the rain will say
    How fragile we are, how fragile we are

    On and on the rain will fall
    Like tears from a star, like tears from a star
    On and on the rain will say
    How fragile we are, how fragile we are
    How fragile we are, how fragile we are

    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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    You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love. ~Henry Drummond

    How true this is.

    Raven

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    If you watch Grey's Anatomy you'll recognize this .... it's my new favourite song .... at least for the moment .... words words words ..... I simply love words .....



    The Story
    by Brandi Carlile


    All of these lines across my face
    Tell you the story of who I am
    So many stories of where I've been
    And how I got to where I am

    But these stories don't mean anything
    When you've got no one to tell them to
    It's true, I was made for you

    I climbed across the mountaintops
    Swam all across the ocean blue
    I crossed all the lines
    And I broke all the rules
    But, baby, I broke them all for you

    Oh, because even when I was flat broke
    You made me feel like a million bucks
    You do and I was made for you

    You see the smile that's on my mouth
    Is hiding the words that don't come out
    All of my friends who think that I'm blessed
    They don't know my head is a mess

    No, they don't know who I really am
    And they don't know what
    I've been through like you do
    And I was made for you

    All of these lines across my face
    Tell you the story of who I am
    So many stories of where I've been
    And how I got to where I am

    Oh, but these stories don't mean anything
    When you've got no one to tell them to
    It's true, I was made for you

    Oh, yeah, well, it's true
    That I was made for you

    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 don't know how I could have forgotten to post this ......

    Calling All Angels - Jane Siberry


    a man is placed upon the steps, a baby cries
    and high above the church bells start to ring
    and as the heaviness the body oh the heaviness settles in
    somewhere you can hear a mother sing

    then it's one foot then the other as you step out onto the road
    how much weight? how much weight?
    then it's how long? and how far?
    and how many times before it's too late?

    calling all angels
    calling all angels
    walk me through this one
    don't leave me alone
    calling all angels
    calling all angels
    we're cryin' and we're hurtin'
    and we're not sure why...

    and every day you gaze upon the sunset
    with such love and intensity
    it's almost...it's almost as if
    if you could only crack the code
    then you'd finally understand what this all means

    but if you could...do you think you would
    trade in all the pain and suffering?
    ah, but then you'd miss
    the beauty of the light upon this earth
    and the sweetness of the leaving

    calling all angels
    calling all angels
    walk me through this one
    don't leave me alone
    callin' all angels
    callin' all angels
    we're tryin'
    we're hopin'
    we're hurtin'
    we're lovin'
    we're cryin'
    we're callin'
    'cause we're not sure how this goes

    ~ 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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