The Gift of Life

Everybody Knows:
You can't be all things to all people.
You can't do all things at once.
You can't do all things equally well.
You can't do all things better than everyone else.
Your humanity is showing just like everyone else's.


You have to find out who you are, and be that.
You have to decide what comes first, and do that.
You have to discover your strengths, and use them.
You have to learn not to compete with others,
Because no one else is in the contest of *being you*.
You will have learned to accept your own uniqueness.
You will have learned to set priorities and make decisions.
You will have learned to live with your limitations.
You will have learned to give yourself the respect that is due.
And you'll be a most vital human being.

Dare To Believe:
That you are a wonderful, unique person.
That you are a once-in-all-history event.
That it's more than a right, it's your duty, to be who you are.
That life is not a problem to solve, but a gift to cherish.
And you'll be able to truly enjoy your life and find true happiness...

Author Unknown

Love Yourself

Let go of the "shoulds" in your life.
Open up to the miracle of now.
Value your uniqueness.
Explore your dreams and passions.

Yield to life - go with the flow.
Obey the voice of your Spirit.
Unwind - get cozy and comfy.
Renew yourself - body and soul.
Surround yourself with caring people.
Express yourself - be true to you.
Linger longer at what you enjoy.
Feel God's special love for you.

Author Unknown


Life is not always fair,
It will have its ups and downs,
And the good times and the bad.
Life can be exciting and filled with joy,
Or life can be hard and filled with fright.
Life can be filled with many feelings,
The feelings could be confusing at times,
And at other times be clear.
Life will include many decisions,
And some will be major,
But most will be minor.
The decisions made during your life
Will take you down many paths.
The pathway of life you choose to take,
Will determine whether
Or not you will have
A good or bad life.
The decisions you make will
Carve your future and
The decisions you make can
Either help you or hurt you.

Author Unknown

I Believe

I believe in miracles
and dreams that will come true.
I believe in tender moments
and friendship, through and through.

I believe in stardust
and moonbeams all aglow.
I believe there's magic
and more there than we know.

I believe in reaching out
and touching from the heart.
I believe that if we touch
a gift we can impart.

I believe that if you cry
your tears are not in vain.
And when you're sad and lonely,
others know your pain.

I believe that when we laugh
a sparkle starts to shine.
And I just know that spark will spread
from more hearts than just mine.

I believe that hidden
in the quiet of the night,
there's magic - moths and gypsies,
a fairy and a sprite.

I believe that if you dance
the dances of your heart,
that greater happiness will find
a brand new way to start.

I believe the gifts you have
are there for you to share.
And when you give them from the heart,
the whole world knows you care.

I believe that if you give,
even just to one,
that gift will grow in magnitude
before the day is done.

I believe that comfort comes
from giving part of me.
And if I share with others,
there's more for all to see.

I believe that love
is still the greatest gift of all,
and when it's given from the heart
then not one of us will fall.

Ruth Carter-Bourdon

Knowing What You Need

Knowing what you need is more
than knowing what you want.

It's a kind of clear-eyed wisdom
to see what is worthless.

It's touching on someone who
you know won't turn away.

It's reaching for something
that's really worth the climb.

And it's learning to let go
when it isn't.

Knowing what you need
is more than knowing
what makes you feel good right now.

It's knowing that the same thing
will make you feel good again.

Author Unknown

Watercolors (florals) are by Dale Perkins (a great artist!) (

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Patience is learning how to wait
when you really don't want to.
It's discovering things you like to do

while you're waiting,
and becoming so happy with
what you're doing that you
forget you're waiting.
Patience is taking time every day
to dream your dreams
and develop the confidence in yourself
to change your dreams into reality.
Patience is being good to yourself
and having the faith to hold on to your dreams,
even as days go by when you can't see
how they will come true.
Patience is loving others
even when they disappoint you
and you don't understand them.
It's knowing how to let go
and accept others as they are
and forgive them for things they have done.
Patience is loving yourself
And giving yourself time to grow;
it's doing things that keep you
healthy and happy,
and it's knowing that you deserve
the best in life
and are willing to work for it,
no matter how long it takes.
Patience is being willing to face
whatever challenges life gives you,

realizing that life has also given you

the strength and courage to endure
and deal with each challenge.
Patience is the ability to
continue to love and laugh
no matter what your circumstances may be,
because you recognize that in time
those circumstances will change,
and that love and laughter
are what give life deeper meaning,
and you the determination
to continue to have patience…

Donna Levine

A Friend Like You

There's lots of things
With which I'm blessed,
My problems have been few,
But of all, this one's the best:
To have a friend like you.

In times of trouble
Friends will say,
"Just ask, I'll help you through it."
But you don't wait for me to ask,
You just get up and do it!

And I can think
of nothing more
That I could wisely do,
Than know a friend,
And be a friend,
And have a friend like you.

Author Unknown


Faith isn't anything you can see;
It isn't anything you can touch.
But you can feel it in your heart.
Faith is what keeps you trying
When others would have given up.
It keeps you believing in
The goodness of others
And helps you find it.

Faith is trusting in a power
Greater than yourself
And knowing that whatever happens,
This power will carry you through anything.
It is believing in yourself
And having courage
To stand up for what you believe in.

Faith is:
Peace in the midst of a storm,
Determination in the midst
Of adversity,
And safety in the midst of trouble.
For nothing can touch a soul
That is protected by faith.

Author Unknown

Your Destiny

Watch your thoughts,
They become your words.

Watch your words,
They become your actions.

Watch your actions
They become your habits.

Watch your habits,
They become your character.

Watch your character,
It becomes your destiny.

Author Unknown


To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty,
to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


As long as we have hope -
we have direction,
the energy to move,
and the map to move by.

We have a hundred alternatives,
a thousand paths
and an infinity of dreams.
Hopeful, we are halfway
to where we want to go;
hopeless, we are lost forever...

Author Unknown

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poems. You can find many others online or in your
favorite library and/or bookstore.

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