Wednesday, June 29, 2016

What Could Go Right?

Thought for the day:
 
Most of the things we fear don't happen,
start asking yourself what could go right!

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Are You Willing?

Thought for the day:
 
Is your mind open to learning, or do you keep it tightly closed?

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Nothing But the Truth


 Truthfulness is probably the one characteristic I value in people above all else.  I would much rather have someone tell me a truth that is difficult to hear, than a lie that will appease me.  I cannot abide liars, and in my experience, if someone is comfortable telling little "white lies" they will in time become adept at telling big lies.  The concept of "white lies" confuses me anyway - a lie is a lie is a lie! 
 
Truthfulness and trust go hand in hand, if someone cannot be trusted to tell the truth, they cannot be trusted at all.  I don't care to expend my energy in dealing with such people, and I most certainly don't want them as friends!  The thing about being truthful, is that it's not only the morally correct way to conduct yourself, but also the easiest way to live.  If you always tell the truth, you don't have to remember what lies you've told, or scramble to cover one that's being questioned. 
 
I am blatantly honest, in fact I've been accused of being too forthright, and over the years I've learned to temper my speaking with more kindness and compassion.  There is more than one way to state the truth, but for me it is important to always stand up for what I believe to be right and true, even if indeed at times I have found myself to be the only one in the room standing up and speaking out.
 
Truth is not something that is determined by a majority vote, in fact lies are often far more popular, but that doesn't alter their nature - many people believing a lie does not make it true.  That's why it is so important that we don't believe every bit of information that's fed to us by the media and social networking sites.  Before you accept something as the truth, take the time to check the facts, and be careful not to let your emotions color your interpretation of the truth. Truth and opinions are not always the same thing. The grass is still green and the sky is truly blue, even if rose-colored glasses give it a different hue.   
 
If you choose the path of speaking the truth, complete and unaltered, you will be able  at yourself in the mirror without wincing and sleep in peace at night. There is no drug that can give you that same feeling.  For me, being truthful is the only way to be.
 
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I'm joining Patricia for In Other Words
where this week's writing prompt
is the following quotation by Lily Tomlin:
"The best mind-altering drug is truth."

Always Grateful


Thought for the day:
 
I am not perfect, but I am ok just as I am, and I am grateful for that!

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Journal Notes 6/26/16


On Thursday we were informed by the owner of our law firm that our branch of the firm, the only branch in Texas, is being closed effective July 29th.  I've been expecting this for some time, but it's still hard to come to terms with.  I've been there four-and-a-half years.  I like my job there and my coworkers.  In many ways it has suited me well.  In six more months I would be eligible for three weeks of paid vacation each year, and now, once again I will be back to ground zero. 

I've looked at both unemployment and early retirement - something I long to do, but neither of those payments will be adequate to help pay the bills and cover the outrageous cost of health insurance for even the most basic plan. So I must soon began job hunting at 62, with a variety of issues which make it difficult for me to work but are not severe enough to qualify for disability.  I would love to work from home, but nothing legitimate seems to exist in our area for that.

I am having a hard time coming to terms with this, I had planned continue working where I was until I turned 65, and then to go part-time once Medicare kicked in.  However it has been my experience that God opens a new door for me when one closes, so I have to believe that will happen again.  Your prayers will be much appreciated.

Love, Forgiveness, Faith and Hope


Thought for the day:
 
Loving, pardoning, believing, hoping... living as we are meant to do!

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 7


Annie at McGuffy's Reader and Ellen at 15andmeowing are co-hosting a fun weekly meme called  Friendly Fill-In'sAll you have to do to participate is complete the statements and link your post up hereThis is a great way to get to know each other a little better!

Here are the this week's statements with the blanks:

1. My feelings get hurt when________________________________.

2. I am excited about ______________________________________.

3. _____first, then ______.

4. One time, I ______; that's why_____.

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Here are my answers:

1. My feelings get hurt when someone misinterprets what I say or do.
 
2. I am excited about having a long weekend next weekend due to the holiday.
 
3. Think first, then speak, is so much easier to say than do!
 
4. One time, I thought I knew all the answers; that's why I am smarter now...  I know I don't! 
 


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Weekends



Thought for the day:
 
Do something spontaneous and fun today!

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Friday, June 24, 2016

No Drama Please


Thought for the day:
 
A lot of work can get done while still having fun,
 but leave the drama at home, don't bring it with you!

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Start Where You Are


Thought for the day:
 
Don't wait for everything to be perfect, you can do something now!

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