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Actually, it’s not a quote, it’s a verse, but it seems to be popping up everywhere.  I love this, and I want it hanging on my wall, I just have to figure out how I’d make that work.  This is what I need to learn more than anything else right now I think:

I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Phil 4:11

If I could learn to be content regardless of the state of my life at that time, that would be such a peaceful thing.


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I went through and browsed the first few chapters of “The Friendship Factor” again last night, this time with my commonplace book and pen in hand.  There are tons of great quotes and short snippets of stories in this book, and I just had to share a few.

True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice.  – Ben Johnson

… if you are willing to be open, there will be people who cannot keep from loving you.  Alan McGinnis

I think I should write that one on my hand so I see it all the time!  LOL    I don’t care of some people reject me, if I know I have others who love me.

Some of us go to great lengths to hide our humble origins, when honesty about them would disarm those around us and pull them into a more intimate connection. – Alan McGinnis

You can never genuinely know yourself except as an outcome of disclosing yourself to another.”  – Alan McGinnis

Oh the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words but to pour them all out, just as it is, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keeping what is worth keeping, and then, with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.  – Marian Evans

Now that’s a true friendship.

Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody. – Ben Franklin

Imagine what the world would be like if we all did that?

The best potion of a good man’s life – His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. – William Wordsworth

… in affording privacy to children we are assuring them that their faith in themselves is justified. – unknown

… Our children are our most important guests, who enter our home, ask for careful attention, stay for a while, and then leave to follow their own way.

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Our opinion of people depends less upon what we see in them than upon what they make us see in ourselves. – Sara Grand

I was just reading not that long ago in a book where they were talking about people in relationships with us acting as mirrors for ourselves, and how that can cause us to grow as individuals.  There’s no doubt in my mind that our views of people have a lot to do with what they show us about ourselves.  Those that share traits we like about ourselves are likely to be people we enjoy, those who share those things we don’t like tend to be a real struggle.

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One of my favorite topics!  I am reading a book called The Friendship Factor by Alan Loy McGinnis.  It’s a fabulous book, I’m almost done, but I may actually re-read it which I NEVER do.  I have lots of things to share from it, but I have to find them because I keep reading this book in the bath where I can’t write down all of the wonderful things in it!  Today though I was reading the section on forgiveness, and as you probably know… I can’t pass up a chance to talk about forgiveness 🙂  I truly believe that without forgiveness we can never truly have emotional healing or peace.  So anyways, here are a few ideas I wanted to share. (all quotes are from the above mentioned book unless otherwise noted)

One must be strong to forgive, for forgiveness is a very positive force.

The sad thing about hate on the other hand, is what it does to the hater…. Not only does bitterness slop out on those around us and corrode our relationships, it also eats away at our own souls.

Isn’t that true, the person who is always most damaged by our anger, hatred, and failure to forgive is us.  In fact we can often damage ourselves with the consequences of not forgiving long past the time that the other person has moved on.

A story from the book:

A friend of Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, once reminded her of an especially cruel thing that someone had done to her years before.  But Miss Barton seemed to not recall it.

“Don’t you remember it?” her friend asked.

“No, I distinctly remember forgetting it.”

I love this story.  She had clearly chosen to forgive and forget.  I don’t think forgetting is always an integral part of forgiving, at least not in the sense that many people think of, in fact I think in some cases forgetting might even be downright unhealthy.  Instead we need to not dwell on the hurts and anger, but move foward, making the choice to forgive.

Someone has said that we judge others for what they did and ourselves for what we inteded – we didn’t intend the error, or ithappened in a moment of stress, or we weren’t feeling right that day, or we’ll know better next time.  We tend to see ourselves not for our current behavior but for what we are striving to be, whereas we see others simply for their behavior…. To extend such understanding toward our intimates can do a great deal to build strong friendships.

I don’t know that most of us are that kind to ourselve either.  But wouldn’t the world be a wonderful place if everyone could look at the intetion others had instead of how something might actually have come out?  I strive to do this, and it can be incredibly freeing.  Most of the time it is easy to see where someone is coming from, but sometimes I find myself with my jaw dropped trying to figure where on earth something came from… and what they were trying to say or mean.  Still, I think when everyone tries to think this way, it can be an incredible thing for everyone.

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In Quotey Mood

A few quotes for your enjoyment:

Just living is not enough.  One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.  ~Hans Christian Anderson

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.”  ~Erma Bombeck

Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished.  If you’re alive, it isn’t.  ~Richard Bach

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; But often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. – Helen Keller

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
– Anais Nin

“A friend is one who walks in when others walk out”
-Walter Winchell

“Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.”
– Elbert Hubard

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This could be my motto :

All men should strive to learn before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why. – James Thurber

It has long been my goal to stop running from…. but instead look at what I choose to run from squarely in the eye and learn from it.  I learn how to do this more everyday.

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This kind of spurred from reading Tracy’s blog about scars also, but it really has very little to do with it, and is totally off the wall from the last post about scars, so I thought I’d make it seperate.

The definition of a scar is :

A mark left on the skin after a surface injury or wound has healed (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/scar)

Scars are powerful, they show where we have been injured, but they also show that we have healed.  I’ve often heard people who have been abused say that they almost wish they had a scar to show what they have been through.   I have felt this way before at times in my life.  A scar is visible proof of an event in our life.  I have no desire for a physical scar to add to the list of scars I have earned over the years.  Yet I wonder if I had a scar, if it wouldn’t be easier to share my story, if I could point to a scar and say, this happened, but God healed me… that would be incredible.  Why is it okay to talk about physical injuries, by we are expected to hide emotional ones, it’s not like we don’t all have our emotional wounds to contend with? 

I am seriously thinking about calling  my new bracelet my scar.  It represents what I have been through, but more importantly it celebrates the fact that I have healed and become stronger because of my life’s experiences.  It represents healing, courage, strength, faith, and so much more.

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