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Just Be...

Be strong enough to face the world each day.
Be weak enough to know you cannot do everything.
Be generous to those who need your help.
Be frugal with what you need yourself.
Be wise enough to know that you do not know everything.
Be foolish enough to believe in miracles.
Be willing to share your joys.
Be willing to share the sorrows of others.
Be a leader when you see a path others have missed.
Be a follower when you are shrouded in the midst of uncertainty.
Be the first to congratulate an opponent who succeeds.
Be the last to criticize a colleague who fails.
Be sure where your next step will fall, so that you will not stumble.
Be sure of your final destination, in case you are going the wrong way.
Be loving to those who love you.
Be loving to those who do not love you, and they may change.
Above all, be yourself!


But you must REALLY listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response.
Just listening.

Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds.
Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories.
Your gift will say, "I love to laugh with you."

It can be a simple "Thanks for the help" note or a full sonnet.
A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.

A simple and sincere, "You look great in red," "You did a super job"
"That was a wonderful meal" can make someone's day.

Gifts1a 6) THE GIFT OF A FAVOR...
Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.

There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone.
Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone,
really it's not that hard to say, "Hello" or "Thank you."
Linda in Tennessee
Hi all:
 welcome to my page
My name is Linda and I live in Knoxville, Tennessee.
I am married to Larry, and we have 8 chihuahua's.
and our Abby just had 2 beautiful babies.
we love to ride together on our motorcycle.
this has changed also.......sweet Larry had an accident on the bike in july.....here it is Oct and he still isn't allowed back to work.......he really took the brunt of the accident.
Larry has been working on an addition to our home.
we enjoy our salt water aquarium. he is now buiding a new aquarium stand......in his spare time....when he isn't hurting too much.
Larry went back to work, but had to have another operation on his shoulder 3/2006. they found a lot of scar tissue and removed it. he went back to work after 4 weeks.
i took a nice vacation to St. Pete Florida, visited some wonderful friends......it was reaaly nice
Rocky Top
Written by Boudleaux and Felice Bryant
Wish that I was on ol' Rocky Top,
down in the Tennessee hills;
Ain't no smoggy smoke on Rocky Top;
Ain't no telephone bills;
Once I had a girl on Rocky Top;
Half bear, other half cat;
Wild as a mink, but sweet as soda pop,
I still dream about that;
Rocky Top, you'll always be
home sweet home to me;
Good ol' Rocky Top;
Rocky Top, Tennessee;
Rocky Top, Tennessee.
Once two strangers climbed ol' Rocky Top,
lookin' for a moonshine still;
Strangers ain't come down from Rocky Top;
Reckon they never will;
Corn won't grow at all on Rocky Top;
Dirt's too rocky by far;
That's why all the folks on Rocky Top
get their corn from a jar;
Rocky Top, you'll always be
home sweet home to me;
Good ol' Rocky Top;
Rocky Top, Tennessee;
Rocky Top, Tennessee.
Abbreviation A.S.A.P.

Ever wonder about the abbreviation A.S.A.P.? Generally we think of it in
terms of even more hurry and stress in our lives. Maybe if we think of this
abbreviation in a different manner, we will begin to find a new way to deal
with those rough days along the way.
There's work to do,
deadlines to meet;
You've got no time to spare,
But as you hurry and scurry-
In the midst of family chaos,
"Quality time" is rare.
Do your best; let God do the rest-
It may seem like your worries
Are more than you can bear.
Slow down and take a breather-
God knows how stressful life is;
He wants to ease our cares,
And He'll respond to all your needs
 prayer is one of the best gifts we receive.
There is no cost but a lot of rewards, let's continue to
pray for one another.  God bless and have a nice day!
In the tiny petal of a tiny flower
that grew from a tiny pod,
Is the miracle and the mystery 
Of all creation and God!
 "―`'·.ΈτΏτ Linda in Tennessee  τΏτΈ.·'΄―"
 * Past 50, men are faced with a lot of temptations -- Usually, they pick the one that gets them home earliest
* Middle age is when you know your way around -- But you'd rather not go
* I don't have wrinkles, I have "laugh lines" -- I laugh an awful lot !
* Middle age is when your Granddaughter asks you about the 60's Because they're studying that era in history class
* Being 55 is a lot like driving 55 on the highway -- So many people pass ya.  
* Middle age is a time when it takes longer to rest than it does to get tired
* You know you're slipping when you put tenderizer on your hot oatmeal in the morning
* Middle age is when work is a lot less fun -- And fun is a lot more work
* At 55, everything's starting to click for me -- My elbows, my neck, my knees
Walk in the rain, jump in mud puddles, collect rainbows, smell flowers, blow bubbles, stop along the way, build sandcastles, watch the moon and stars come out, say hello to everyone, go barefoot, go on adventures, sing in the shower, have a merry heart, read children's books, act silly, take bubble baths, get new sneakers, fly kites, hold hands and hug and kiss, dance, laugh and cry for the health of it, wander around, feel scared, feel sad, feel mad, feel happy, give up worry and guilt, and shame, stay innocent, say yes, say no, say the magic word, ask lots of questions, ride bicycles, draw and paint, see things differently, fall down and get up again, take naps, play ball, talk with animals, look at the sky, trust the universe, stay up late, climb trees, do nothing, play with toys, daydream, play under the covers, have pillow fights, learn new stuff, get excited about everything, be alive , enjoy having a body, listen to music, find out how things work, make up new rules, tell stories, save the world, make friends with the others on the block, and do anything else that brings more happiness, celebration, relaxation,communication, health, love, joy, creativity, pleasure, abundance, grace, self-esteem, courage, balance, spontaneity, passion, beauty, peace, and life energy to you and to other humans and beings on this planet!

Food for thought


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Sometimes my world is upside-down
It turns my smile into a frown
I try to get out of bed,
And I end up right on my head!
I need glasses so I can see,
And life ain't like it used to be.
But that don't mean that life is bad.
It's still the BEST I ever had!
There's adventure waiting for me,
Or anyone who wants to see
What lies beyond,--over the hill,
With time to live, not time to kill.
Though I wonder what's in store,
I am ready to see some more.
I don't know when my bell will ring.
Until it does, let's laugh and sing!
Tomorrow might never arrive,
But for today we're still alive!
So let us live,--not in the past,
But as each day would be our last!
Let's turn our world to downside up,
So peace and joy can fill our cup.
Let God take care of what will be
He will provide for you and me.
If we believe and hold on tight
He'll see us through the darkest night,
And bring us to the light of day,
To the sunshine...where we will stay!

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.
I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.
How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word "refrigeration" mean nothing to you?
How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched 'Jeopardy' on television?
I cannot count the times I called a friend and said, "How about going to lunch in a half hour?" She would gas up and stammer, "I can't. I have clothes in the dryer. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain." And my personal favorite: "It's Monday." ...She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.
Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches.. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!
We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get the baby toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.
Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of "I'm going to," "I plan on," and "Someday, when things are settled down a bit."
When anyone calls my seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Roller blades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.
My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.
Now...go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to......not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?
Make sure you read this to the end; you will understand why I sent this to you. Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask "How are you?" Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, "We'll do it tomorrow." And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say "Hi"?
When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift....Thrown away... Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.
To those who read this.. I cherish our friendship.
"Life may not be the party we hope for.. but while we are here we might as well dance!"

Please get in touch with any comments or reactions to my site.

Dear Lord,
Some days are just colder than others. I need to feel the warmth of your face shining upon me, Lord. I want to be covered by your radiance, resting in the palm of your hand. Where I feel secure and saved. Lead me back to this place.
Your promises will unfold as the day progresses. And I will gather these even as I am uncertain about how the day will play out because through your promises come renewal and wholeness.