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Going through boxes of papers looking for something I have misplaced in the move I came across several writings that I have saved.  I shared one the other day for Memorial Day and I thought I wo
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Re Discovered treasures.

posted at 5/29/2011 7:42 PM EDT
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Going through boxes of papers looking for something I have misplaced in the move I came across several writings that I have saved.  I shared one the other day for Memorial Day and I thought I would share another.

Choosing Happiness
Ironically, the more we try to control others, the more we are controlled.  Our emotions become reactions to others rather than reflecting true choices.  Happiness, to us, becomes no more than fleeting moments of relief tied to the moods and behaviors of others.
Happiness is a choice.  We can choose to let go of attempts to control people, relationships, and situations, and thereby free ourselves from their control.  We can choose to let go of anger and resentment when others don't fulfill our expectations.  We can choose to live our own lives and work on our own growth.
Happiness isn't having everyone and everything go our way.  It grows out of a quiet choice to accept the things we can't control and to concentrate on changing what we can--ourselves.

I choose happiness by acting on my own behalf rather than reacting to others.

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Another at a later date.

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posted at 5/29/2011 8:11 PM EDT
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Great writng and so true!  Thanks for sharing.

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posted at 5/29/2011 8:56 PM EDT
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So true!  Wonderful piece of work.  Thanks for sharing this with us.

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posted at 5/29/2011 9:43 PM EDT
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This is great, Nikki,  Thanks for the wise words!

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posted at 5/29/2011 10:27 PM EDT
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Beautiful!

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posted at 5/29/2011 10:29 PM EDT
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Thanks for sharing Nikki.  Wise words indeed.

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posted at 5/29/2011 10:36 PM EDT
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Thank you Nikki - thank you very much.   That gets printed for my refrigerator door

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posted at 5/30/2011 2:16 AM EDT
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Thank you Nikki. Thank you for sharing.

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posted at 5/30/2011 5:17 AM EDT
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Happiness comes from within and that is what is important.

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posted at 6/6/2011 11:11 PM EDT
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No truer words have ever been spoken.I know so many people who have wasted their lives waiting for someone to make them happy.No one but yourself can make you happy ! Smile

Re: Re Discovered treasures.

posted at 6/9/2011 8:01 PM EDT
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OK it is time for another bit of "wisdom"...
This is a bit long but well worth the time..
The Station
Robert J. Hastings
Tucked away in our subconscious is an idyllic vision.  We see ourselves on a long trip that spans the continent.  We are traveling by train. Out the windows we drink in the passing scene of cars on nearby highways, of children waving at the crossing, of cattle grazing on a distant hillside, of smoke pouring from a power plant, of row upon row of corn and wheat, of flatlands and valleys, of mountains and rolling hillsides, of city skylines and village halls.
But uppermost in our minds is the final destination. On a certain day at a certain hour we will pull into the station.  Bands will be playing and flags waving. Once we get there so many wonderful dreams will come true, and the pieces of our lives will fit together like a complicated jigsaw puzzle.  How restlessly we pace the aisles, damning the minutes for loitering---waiting, waiting, waiting for the station.
"When we reach the station that will be it!" we cry.  "When I'm 18". "When I buy a new 450SL Mercedes Benz!" "When I put the last kid through college." "When I pay off the mortgage!" When I get a promotion." When I reach the age of retirement, I shall live happily ever after!"
Sooner or later we must realize there is no station, no one place to arrive at once and for all.  the true joy of life is the trip.  the station is only a dream.  It continues to outdistance us.
Relish the moment! is a good motto, especially when coupled with Psalm 118:24 "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."  It isn't the burdens of today that drive men mad.  It is the regrets over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow.  Regret and fear are twin thieves who rob us of today.
So stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles.  Instead, climb more mountains, eat more ice cream, go barefoot more often, swim more rivers, watch more sunsets, laugh more, cry less.  Life must be lived as we go along.  The station will come soon enough.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do...

Re: Re Discovered treasures.

posted at 6/9/2011 9:15 PM EDT
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Thanks, Nikki. We don't know what tomorrow will bring and have no control over tomorrow, so I try to live each day to its fullest.

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posted at 6/10/2011 7:14 AM EDT
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Psalm 118:24  -- how glorious, how true.  Thanks again Nikki

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posted at 6/10/2011 9:04 AM EDT
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great words of wisdom. reminds me of the serenity prayer: God grant me serenity to accept the things i can not change, courage to change the things I can , and the wisdom to know the difference.

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posted at 6/10/2011 9:55 AM EDT
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I discovered a old pice of treasure at my moms house and it was worth something to me.

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posted at 6/10/2011 10:50 AM EDT
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I have discovered the treasures of family members I didnt know ...

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posted at 6/10/2011 12:23 PM EDT
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So many people worry about what will be instead of worrying about what is.Here's a little saying that I like.Today is a gift that is why we call it the    " Present "    Thank you Nikki ,for giving us something to ponder.

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posted at 6/10/2011 1:41 PM EDT
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Beautiful - thank you so much for sharing!

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posted at 6/10/2011 3:25 PM EDT
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very nice thanks foe sharing

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posted at 6/10/2011 6:36 PM EDT
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I read this early this morning and now again. This is so good I'm printing it and
putting it on the frig. It really makes you think.  You never know what the next
day will bring. I like living in the present and enjoying every minute, because
you never know what will happen.  Thank you Nikki!
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