following are stories that I have accumulated over the
years... many have been sent to me by friends .....if
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THOUGHT PROVOKING STORIES
- After a
while you learn the subtle difference
- holding a
hand and chaining a soul,
- and you
learn that love doesn't mean
- and that
company doesn't mean security,
- and you
begin to learn that kisses aren't
presents aren't promises,
- and you
begin to accept your defeats
- with your
head held high and your eyes open,
- with the
grace of a woman, [adult]
- not the
grief of a child ,
- and you
learn to build all your roads on
tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for
- as futures
have a way of falling down in
- After a
while you learn that
sunshine burns if you get too
- so you
plant your own garden and
your own soul,
- instead of
waiting for someone to bring you
- and you
learn that you really can endure
- that you
really are strong
- and you
really do have worth
- and you
learn and you learn
- and with
- you learn
Your Tears Turn
Your Fears Turn
May You Be Blessed
provided by Kat King copyright 1998, from
http://www.katking.com, all rights reserved and used with
permission from Kat King
Willing to Love Yourself
ALL CRITICISM - Criticism never changes a thing.
Refuse to criticise yourself. Accept yourself exactly as
you are. Everybody changes, when you criticise yourself
your changes are negative. When you approve of yourself
your changes are positive.
SCARE YOURSELF - Stop terrorising yourself with your
thoughts, it is a dreadful way to live. Find a mental
image that gives you pleasure and immediately switch your
scary thought to a pleasure thought.
GENTLE AND KIND AND PATIENT - Be gentle with
yourself, be kind to yourself and be patient with
yourself as you learn new ways of thinking. Treat
yourself as you would someone you really
- BE KIND
TO YOUR MIND - Self-hatred is only hating your own
thoughts. Don't hate yourself for having the thoughts.
Gently change your thoughts.
YOURSELF - Criticism breaks down the inner spirit,
praise builds it up. Praise yourself as much as you can.
Tell yourself how well you are doing with every little
YOURSELF - Find ways to support yourself. Reach out
to friends and allow them to help you. It is being strong
to ask for help when you need it.
LOVING TO YOUR NEGATIVES - Acknowledge that you
created them to fulfil a need, however now you have found
new positive ways to fulfil those needs and so you can
lovingly release the old negative
CARE OF YOUR BODY - Learn about nutrition and what
kind of fuel your body needs for optimum energy and
vitality. Learn about exercise and what kind of exercise
you enjoy. Cherish and revere the temple you live
TO BREATHE - Your breath is your lifeline to mental,
emotional and physical balance. Notice the times when
your breath is interrupted or
- DO IT
NOW - Don't wait until you get well or lose weight or
get the new job or the new relationship...... BEGIN
NOW and DO THE BEST YOU CAN*
THIS. LET IT REALLY SINK IN. THEN CHOOSE HOW YOU START YOUR
all, today is the tomorrow you worried about
- Michael is the
kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood
and always has something positive to say. When someone
would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, "if I
were any better, I would be twins!"
- He was a natural
motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Michael
was there telling the employee how to look on the
positive side of the situation.
- Seeing this style
really made me curious, so one day I went up to Michael
and asked him, "I don't get it! You can't be a positive
person all of the time. How do you do it?"
- Michael replied,
"Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two
- You can choose to
be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad
- I choose to be in
a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can
choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I
choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me
complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or
I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the
positive side of life.
right, it's not that easy," I protested.
- "Yes, it
is," Michael said.
- "Life is all
about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every
situation is a choice.
- You choose how
you react to situations. You choose how people affect
- You choose to
be in a good mood or bad mood." "The bottom line:
It's your choice how you live life."
- I reflected on
what Michael said. Soon thereafter, I left the company to
start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought
about him when I made a choice about life instead of
reacting to it. Several years later, I heard that Michael
was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet
from a communications tower. After 18 hours of surgery
and weeks of intensive care, Michael was released from
the hospital with rods placed in his back. I saw Michael
about six months after the accident. When I asked him how
he was, he replied. "If I were any better, I'd be twins.
Wanna see my scars?"I declined to see his wounds, but I
did ask him what had gone through his mind as the
accident took place. "The first thing that went
through my mind was the well-being of my soon to be born
daughter," Michael replied. "Then, as I lay on the
ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I could
choose to live or I could choose to die. I chose to
- "Weren't you
scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I asked. Michael
continued, "...the paramedics were great. They kept
telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled
me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of
the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their
eyes, I read "He's a dead man. I knew I needed to take
- "What did you do?"
- "Well there was a
big burly nurse shouting questions at me," said
- She asked if I was
allergic to anything. "Yes, I replied."
- The doctors and
nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I
took a deep breath and yelled, "Gravity."Over their
laughter, I told them, "I am choosing to live. Operate on
me as if I am alive, not dead."Michael lived, thanks to
the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing
- I learned from him
that every day we have the choice to live fully.
Attitude, after all, is everything.
do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry
about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its
MY TIME COMES TO DIE
When my time comes to die
and you should hear of it,
come often and stay with me awhile to visit,
I will be lonely and
will need to be close to people.
Look at me and talk about dying
without "watching your words",
it will leave me free to tell you
if I am frightened.
Tell me if you love me
for it will comfort and give me courage to go
if we cry together
I thank you for sharing your grief in my leaving the world,
I don't want to leave it.
But when it's done, let your grief be finished,
and give praise to Him who died
that we might live,
for in death
I jump head long into eternity,
of the rest of my life.
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