Sunday Thought For The Day

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Eleven Hints for Life

1. It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return.  But what is more painful is to love someone and never find the courage to let that person know how you feel.

2. A sad thing in life is when you meet someone who means a lot to you, only to find out in the end that it was never meant to be and you just have to let go.

3. The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you've ever had.

4. It's true that we don't know what we've got until we lose it, but it's also true that we don't know what we've been missing until it arrives.

5. It takes only a minute to get a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone – but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.

6. Don't go for looks, they can deceive. Don't go for wealth, even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright.

7. Dream what you want to dream, go where you want to go, be what you want to be. Because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.

8. Always put yourself in the other's shoes. If you feel that it hurts you, it probably hurts the person too.

9. A careless word may kindle strife. A cruel word may wreck a life. A timely word may level stress. But a loving word may heal and bless.

10. The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

11. Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, ends with a tear. When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you're the one smiling and everyone around you is crying.

~ Unknown

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Chania Girl June 6, 2010 at 1:32 am

Your Sunday Thoughts for the Day brighten each and every of my Sunday mornings, and I love them (and love you).

All of these were gems, and each person will have one or two that will touch a particular resonant chord. My two are:

7. Dream what you want to dream, go where you want to go, be what you want to be. Because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.

8. Always put yourself in the other’s shoes. If you feel that it hurts you, it probably hurts the person too.

Especially #8. Thank you, Lance. xx
.-= Chania Girl´s Last Fabulous Post ..Is Your Head in the Clouds? =-.

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Suzie Cheel June 6, 2010 at 3:12 am

Love No 7, although they all touch my spirit and this is a great list to reflect on. Thanks for finding this
.-= Suzie Cheel´s Last Fabulous Post ..Today’s Gratitude =-.

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leslie June 6, 2010 at 3:20 am

The perfect way to start my Sunday !! Although it is raining outside I see a sunshine.
Thanks Lance ?

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Barbara Swafford June 6, 2010 at 3:34 am

Hi Lance,

What a fabulous find. Each “hint for life” resonates with me, but my favorite is #9

A careless word may kindle strife. A cruel word may wreck a life. A timely word may level stress. But a loving word may heal and bless.

It’s a good reminder of how when we deal with others in our real life or our friends in blogosphere, we definitely have the power to heal and bless. And I must say Lance, you have a gift for that. 🙂

Have a wonderful week.
.-= Barbara Swafford´s Last Fabulous Post ..Guest Posts – Yea or Nay? =-.

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Jeanne June 6, 2010 at 4:08 am

Great postings as always.
Thanks Lance
Blessings
.-= Jeanne´s Last Fabulous Post ..A new Princess in our Family =-.

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SnaggleTooth June 6, 2010 at 4:12 am

Lovely gems to put in the bank of life to get more out of it!
.-= SnaggleTooth´s Last Fabulous Post ..Little SandPiper =-.

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Julie ~ jbulie's blog June 6, 2010 at 4:40 am

I also liked ‘a loving word may heal and bless.’ Thank you for being a blessed soul. Your lovely action of sharing these words today went straight to my heart, because they were words I needed at this moment. So nice.

I found these words to be lovely, “We write a tale of adventure with our thoughts and actions every day. And it’s a story that we don’t get the opportunity to edit and rewrite. The first draft is the final one. Let’s write it well.”

Julie
.-= Julie ~ jbulie’s blog´s Last Fabulous Post ..Motivation + Inspiration. =-.

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Keith Davis June 6, 2010 at 5:51 am

Hi Lance
Some super thoughts there.
My favourite…

“4. It’s true that we don’t know what we’ve got until we lose it, but it’s also true that we don’t know what we’ve been missing until it arrives.”

The second half of that phrase could be a slogan from the marketing men.
Two things that come to mind are Walkmans (yes I am that old) and the iPhone.
And perhaps top of the tree… the computer… what would we do without it.

Thanks for something to think about this Sunday.
.-= Keith Davis´s Last Fabulous Post ..Laugh and the world… =-.

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Jarrod - Cultivating Heroes June 6, 2010 at 5:51 am

To add to a great #6 and #4:

Recall that we already have everything we need inside ourselves to experience anything we wish.

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Lynn June 6, 2010 at 5:59 am

I love “a loving word may heal and bless.” So true and something I aspire to. Words can be so powerful.
.-= Lynn´s Last Fabulous Post ..Refuge, left and right =-.

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Jannie Funster June 6, 2010 at 6:08 am

To me the real blessing is this author is”Unknown.” Whoever wrote these 11 gold-encrusted diamonds with wisps of silver filagree on emeralds was humble — not seeking glory of authorship. Their truth was being happy as in # 10. That’s how I’ll take it anyway.

I too like the one about careless or cruel words. And kind words. As Barbara points out — words are POWERFUL.

doo-doo-doo-dee-doo-doo-dee-doo-doo! 🙂

xo
.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..Three American Girl Dolls =-.

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Natalia June 6, 2010 at 6:08 am

Hey Lance!

Happy Sunday! Love these. They ALL speak to me. As I was reading them I kept thinking I’d found a favorite, until I read the next one. 🙂

I hope that you have a great day with the family!

Natalia

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Lance June 6, 2010 at 6:16 am

@Chania Girl – Hi Carla!! Having your smiling face here…that brightens my Sunday mornings (and…you are so loved here, too, dear friend). #8 is so good. How often have I not thought about something, and then just “said it”….only to hurt someone with my words? It only takes a few seconds to give a little “litmus test” to the words we are about to say…and what a difference that can make. Carla, thank you (and a BIG bear hug to YOU!)

@Suzie – Hi Suzie!! #7 really says that we should truly LIVE our lives. Today. I love that thought (now…to really make that an everyday thing…always…)

@Leslie – Hi Leslie!! Great to “meet” you! The sunshine can always be there, right…if it’s something that comes from the inside! Awesome!

@Barbara – Hi Barbara!! Our words matter…much more than we may think they do. With them, we can hurt or heal, create pain or create love, do harm or do good. Barbara, you are such a wonderful and shining example of using words that uplift, the heal, and that bless. I think back to our first meeting – now nearly two years ago – and how you have shown me how connecting words can be. So, a part of what comes through here – it’s you, and what YOU have given to me through the beautiful way you touch others. Much peace and love, dear friend…

@Jeanne – Thank you so much Jeanne!

@SnaggleTooth – Hi Snaggle!! Having these in our life bank makes for some pretty wonderful deposits also into the life banks of others…when we share this!! Awesome!!

@Julie – Hi Julie! It’s great having you here! The “loving word” thought really is one of my favorites today on this list, too. Our words really can do so much – and it’s up to us to decide how we want them to come across. When they are words that heal and bless…what a beautiful gift that is! Our thoughts and actins matter. I LOVE what you have shared about this! Thank YOU!

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Joy Tanksley June 6, 2010 at 6:35 am

Hey Lance. A lot of these really brought me back to meeting and falling in love with my husband, Charlie. We were friends first. He was (and still is) one of those people I could sit on a porch swing with and not say a word. He was also an example of #4 for me. I thought I knew what friendship was before I met him, but once we became close, I realized a lot of my other so-called friends left me feeling kind of bad about myself or like I needed to prove something. With Charlie, though, I always felt like being myself was the pefect thing to do. And then #1 – once I realized I loved him, I got the courage to tell him. I wasn’t sure if it would be reciprocated, and at first, it wasn’t. That destroyed me. But I know for sure that the pain of holding it in would have been much, much greater. (And it didn’t take him long to come to his senses!)

Thanks for this walk down memory lane. I’m gonna go give Charlie (who is making me breakfast right now) a big old kiss!

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Lance June 6, 2010 at 6:54 am

@Keith – Hi Keith!! Great point about some of these things that, once they’ve arrived, we see them as such a part of our life. And….yep…I remember teh Walkman too (I guess that shows my age, too!!).

@Jarrod – Hi Jarrod! Yes, we have within us so much. It’s really in taking the time to get to know this deeper part of ourselves that we truly can see who we are…and what it is that touches our heart. Great addition to this!

@Lynn – Hi Lynn!! And that’s something I have always felt from your presence – that the words you share are always positive and uplifting. You SHINE this so well…

@Jannie – Hi Jannie!! That is pretty wonderful, yes!! (that the author is “unknown”) So fitting to go along with this list – and that it’s not about the accolades, it’s really about the message. Jannie, you are a shiny, happy friend here…ALWAYS!! And I’m noticing a trend – the message about how our words can be healing – is really resonating here today. I suppose that is because we all are touched very personally by this, too (it’s the one that really touches me the most, too). Jannie, so wonderful having you here today! Much love to you!!!

@Natalia – Happy Sunday Natalia!! So many gems contained within this list…it’s wonderful!! (just like YOU!!) Have a SUPER day!

@Joy Tanksley – Hi Joy!! What a beautiful and heart-felt response to this. I’m touched by all of this that you have shared, and how you’ve shared personal meaning on all of this. Joy, I sense very much that you and Charlie are in a wonderful place together. And that was you…taking that step and sharing love…which brought you to where you are today. (and…for the record…guys like Charlie and myself…we sometimes “get it” and come to our senses…it just takes us a little while!!) Enjoy the breakfast…and that KISS!!! Big HUGS to you!!

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Jan June 6, 2010 at 7:45 am

a perfect bit of inspiration for a sunday morning. thank you! like barbara, i am drawn to #9. words may be our most powerful “tool” – ok, perhaps i am a bit biased as i am a lover of words (wink). i am continually amazed at their power to affect us – either for the positive or negative. sunday sabbath blessings to you, lance!

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Colleen June 6, 2010 at 7:59 am

The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

So true. How many times have we seen those with fame have disastrous personal lives. At our level, however, being content with what we have goes a long way towards inner peace. The car, house, education, etc., of the next person does nothing for our own peace of mind.
.-= Colleen´s Last Fabulous Post ..Utter Disappointment And The Classiest Acts That Followed, Armando Galarraga, Detroit Tigers, Jim Joyce =-.

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Angela Artemis June 6, 2010 at 8:00 am

Lance,
What wonderful inspiration you’ve created here!

I was immediately drawn to these three:

3. The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you’ve ever had.
7. Dream what you want to dream, go where you want to go, be what you want to be. Because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.
11. Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, ends with a tear. When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you’re the one smiling and everyone around you is crying.

Thank you for brightening up my Sunday morning!
.-= Angela Artemis´s Last Fabulous Post ..Would Your Rather Have a Big House Or A Big Life? =-.

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Julie June 6, 2010 at 8:27 am

I’m not wild about #2, Lance, because it’s just…sad. There’s something missing, some other element or lesson that brings it up to the “love” level of the others.

My favorite’s #1. It sums up all the others—that life’s about finding and feeling the love in all its flavors and places. I see it as not being about the others crying at my passing because I’m an awesomely incredible person, but as seeing their crying as my own confirmation of how well I achieved my own goal of finding and feeling and giving and being Love anyhow and everywhere.
.-= Julie´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Only Thing That Matters =-.

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Julie June 6, 2010 at 8:28 am

Lance, I meant #11.
.-= Julie´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Only Thing That Matters =-.

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Chase March June 6, 2010 at 8:40 am

Quite a few of these resonate with me. Especially # 5 because I happen to still be in love with someone who I’ve tried hard to move on from. I need to move on from her but my thoughts always slip back to her. It is so hard to forget but I also know that I wouldn’t want to.
.-= Chase March´s Last Fabulous Post ..Reflection Eternal Concert =-.

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Evita June 6, 2010 at 8:59 am

Hi Lance

Oh what beautiful blue skies to start my day, when outside it is raining hard – thank you 🙂

Fun list! Love number 8, number 10 is so true, don’t agree with number 4 and number 6 is a big reason why life is so fun, as laughter and smiles are always a part of it for me 🙂
.-= Evita´s Last Fabulous Post ..Essential Energy with Cyndi Dale: At the Crosswalk – When It’s Time to Change =-.

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Jules - Big Girl Bombshell June 6, 2010 at 9:32 am

AWESOME reminder. I LOVE your Sunday Thoughts! It keeps me in the moment.
.-= Jules – Big Girl Bombshell´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sunday Slice of Life – Relationships =-.

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Shannon and Hubby June 6, 2010 at 10:09 am

#10 is a favorite for sure and the rest are all just such wise advice. Again this Sunday morning you put little reminders in our minds to love and be kind. You made us smile and now we are off to share the magic you bring to your blog!

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Angelia Sims June 6, 2010 at 10:35 am

Happy Sunday Lance!
Loved these. Really felt like #9 spoke to me. Many of us are gifted with words and the power to use them is greater than what we realize. Whether that is in person, in paper, or on our computer screen.

One thing I can say for sure, yours are ALWAYS a blessing.

🙂
.-= Angelia Sims´s Last Fabulous Post ..SIGNS – What do you believe? =-.

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Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord June 6, 2010 at 10:53 am

Hi, Lance; Happy Sunday!

Like Julie B., I really liked the idea that a loving word can bless and heal. Yesterday and today, I’ve been very mindful to meet each energy presented to me with a higher energy… Essentially, the energy of love. It’s too easy to meet the energies thrown at us with equal energy, and when I’m being faced with another person’s fear, I, too, want to express my fear back to them. But that only serves to lower each of our vibrations… I much prefer the idea of remembering to speak, think, feel and act on LOVE.

I think Tess wrote a blog last week that talked about checking in with how something does or does not serve to bring her into alignment with love. (I’m probably way off on the verbiage, but the idea is there!) There are times when my ego diverts me from love… And I get caught up in the diversion and begin to think that whatever ego-drama I’m experiencing is real. When I can bring myself back into a space of love, though, it’s amazing how fast that ego-drama dissipates. LOVE, as an energy, is like having super-clear vision all of the time.

I appreciated reading this post today, Lance… Much love to you!

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Abubakar Jamil June 6, 2010 at 11:07 am

Great thoughts Lance.

About [It takes only a minute to get a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone – but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.]

I’d like to say that if one has truly loved one can’t forget even in a whole lifetime. 🙂

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Jody - Fit at 52 June 6, 2010 at 11:07 am

Honestly, these are all wonderful.. THANK YOU! I loved 7 & 10 and 11 touched me deeply!
.-= Jody – Fit at 52´s Last Fabulous Post ..Fighting Fear =-.

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Lance June 6, 2010 at 1:14 pm

@Jan – Hi Jan!! So good to have you here today. Yes, I happen to agree that our words can be used for such good, or such detriment…and it’s all in how we choose to use them, and the inflection with which we say them. The sames words can be said lovingly, or not – and that, too, can make all the difference. Blessings to you, too, dear friend…

@Colleen – Hi Colleen!! All too often, we do hear of someone who seemingly has it all…and yet, that’s not enough. And what’s missing? Most possibly, that which is missing is something very basic… And that’s not to say it doesn’t happen to other people too, and we just don’t hear about it – as I’m sure it does. It’s just a great reminder that money will not buy our happiness…not the deep and meaningful happiness we crave. Wonderful thoughts Colleen…

@Angela – Hi Angela!! Great to “meet” you! These three you’ve highlighted really are filled so much goodness into life. Glad to brighten your Sunday morning…and know that your being here brightens my day, too! Happy Sunday!

@Julie – Hi Julie!! You know, if there’s one that was “difficult” for me, it was definitely that #2. It is sad. And I suppose it does happen, although I don’t know that it’s a hint about how we have to live our life. Maybe it’s – if this does happen where feelings are reciprocated – it’s okay to move on – remembering that we are all connected. And in that connection, life is still beautiful. Julie, I’m not surprised at all that #11 is so meaningful to you – as I’ve read what love means to you, on your site. Julie, LOVE really is an amazing thing – and something I think both of us would agree is at the core of who we (everyone) are. I witness this in you so beautifully…and it’s a gift to know you and be in the presence of that caring gift. Much love to you, wonderful friend…

@Chase – Hi Chase. And that can be difficult, moving on from a relationship that hasn’t worked as hoped. She can always live in your heart, and that’s okay. I sense very much that there are some wonderful memories between you two…and that is worth holding onto. And whatever the future holds, wherever it takes you…there is goodness in it. Believe that…always…

@Evita – Hi Evita!! Glad to provide a little sunshine for your day today!! And just so you know, Evita…you bring a smile to my face whenever our paths cross. So, you are truly living so many of these (and #6 as it relate to YOU is one that is special for me…). I can see how #4 can feel a bit hard to accept – because truthfully, if we’re living for a very heart-centered place – we CAN know what we have…today. And that I get. And I feel that, too…again, if we’re living true to our heart.

@Jules – Hi Jules!! So good having you here today!

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Lance June 6, 2010 at 1:39 pm

@Shannon and Hubby – Hey you two!!! You completely made my day today!!! You rock!! (i.e. you make me HAPPY….#10!!). Really, happiness in life doesn’t have to be about things…it’s about something much deeper and more meaningful. I sense that so much from both of you, and what a beautiful gift that is! Much love to you both!

@Angelia – Happy Sunday Angelia!! Words can be so much more powerful than we sometimes realize. It can be all too easy to say something careless, not fully realizing the impact our words might have. When we are intentional in what we say, we just have a way of touching deeper meaning with others. And that’s a wonderful thing! Angelia, you are sweet…thank you!! And know also, you are such a blessing in my life. And that we’ve had the wonderful opportunity to meet in person…that is just icing on this cake of life! Big hugs to you, dear friend…

@Megan – Happy Sunday Megan!! Words can do so much. And when we focus on what we’re saying, and say it from a place of love and care – what a beautiful way to connect with another soul. LOVE is such a beautiful thing – and it’s something that has drawn me to you, Megan…always. I don’t know if I’ve said it before or not…the LOVE you shine out into the world is a LOVE that feels very personal, very real, very connected to your soul. And in that, I just feel this deep connection to YOU. It is such a gift to call you a dear and trusted friend. Big hugs and much love to you….

@Abubakar – Hi Abubakar!! It’s great to “meet” you! And may we all reach that place…where we have truly loved such that we never forget. What a wonderful thought!

@Jody – Hi Jody!! LOVE is a special thing, and that shines through in everything I’ve seen from you. Jody, you have a gift of giving LOVE…and in that…receiving LOVE. What a wonderful place to be. Much love to you…

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Cheryl Paris June 6, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Hello Lance,

Thanks for the beautiful words they will make a difference in each one’s point of view. I love visiting your blog.

Bye for now,
Cheryl
.-= Cheryl Paris´s Last Fabulous Post ..How to Raise Expectations of Yourself =-.

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Hilda June 6, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Hi Lance,

these are all wonderful, I love them all! And I’m confessing in advance to pinching them and posting them soon on my own blog!! Sorry, but I just can’t resist…
.-= Hilda´s Last Fabulous Post ..I’ve been distracted! =-.

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uzma June 6, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Hi Lance
That is such an incredible list. What strikes is that its very real. Hints at life, rather life itself no? 🙂

God bless
.-= uzma´s Last Fabulous Post ..Making plans =-.

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Laura Neff - Life Leadership Coach June 6, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Hi Lance and all the rest of you wonderful people!

I especially love #4 and #11. #4 made me think of when I met my love, Robert. It struck me then and still strikes me 9+ years later that the things I love the most about him are the things I never would have known to ask for!

And #11 is based on a Native American saying, which I actually learned as a song with about 2000 other people at the annual International Coach Federation conference two years ago. The original saying is, “When you were born you cried, and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die the world cries and you rejoice.” I wish I could find & post a video of someone singing it; it’s so beautiful!

Thank you for these wonderful reminders, Lance, as always. My heart is full! 😉

Laura

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Karl Staib - Work Happy Now June 6, 2010 at 8:28 pm

My favorite is number 6. Don’t go for looks…

I made the mistake of going for looks and was miserable with those people. I went for the smile and I’m living happily ever after.

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Keith June 6, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Hello Lance,

My heart resonates with so many of these hints. Certainly, number 9 stirs me as does number 10 ” The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything they just make the most of everything that comes along their way” A whole article could be written on the principle that is presented in this one. seemingly simple, hint.

Lance, I so appreciate what you do here. One can always find something here that will bless.

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Diane AZ June 6, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Hi Lance, I like these hints, especially #10 “The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.” That seems like a peaceful way of being, to enjoy what we have and not be wanting the latest and greatest.
.-= Diane AZ´s Last Fabulous Post ..Not-wanting =-.

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Caroline June 6, 2010 at 8:49 pm

wow wow wow! So many of these I love! #3 and #5 really hit home. But all of them are so amazing. This just made me stop and think today. I love when that happens.

Have a beautiful week!

I was so disappointed that I could not make the event last night. I really wanted to go and support The Levity Project!!!
.-= Caroline´s Last Fabulous Post ..Kitties, Sunday, blogs I love, simple things and a feel good song! =-.

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suzen June 6, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Hi Lance! Well if this isn’t a brilliant list! Leave it to you! I’m particularly fond of #10 – suits me to a tee!
Hugs
suZen

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Tim June 6, 2010 at 11:04 pm

Hi Lance:

I don’t know who wrote these (maybe you?) or where you found these hints…but they were brilliant! Some great thoughts here and I can’t honestly say I have a favorite. As always, you start us off with some great words of wisdom to start the week…thank you!
.-= Tim´s Last Fabulous Post ..Re-Blog May 2010 =-.

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Davina June 7, 2010 at 12:27 am

Hi Lance.
“The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you’ve ever had.” — That’s my favourite… connecting on a soul level doesn’t require any words. That… and the fact that sometimes for those experiences, there are no words.

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Hilary June 7, 2010 at 7:58 am

Hi Lance .. our Sunday thought .. number 5 is a bit too true – isn’t it. Negative! So I move away from that number .. Number 8 is horribly true too .. not an easy one to move away from either. Number 9 has rung a chord with others above ..numbers 9, 10 and 11 are so true .. we definitely must make the best of each moment and every day .. Thanks good reminders .. Hilary
.-= Hilary´s Last Fabulous Post ..Food, Food, Glorious Food … What could possibly go wrong …? =-.

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Lance June 7, 2010 at 1:02 pm

@Cheryl – Hi Cheryl!! It’s wonderful having you here – thanks so much for all the encouragement!

@Hilda – Hi Hilda! Definitely – this is so worth spreading!! And…it’s GREAT to see you!!

@Uzma – Hi Uzma. Yes…life itself…and so worth remembering the purpose for our being…

@Laura Neff – Hi Laura!! I LOVE your interpretation of #4 – and how we really don’t know what we don’t have until we have it. And how awesome that you’ve tied this to the LOVE of your life…Robert! And – the Native American singing of that quote sounds wonderful. In fact, I tried a search on Youtube (unsuccessfully) to find that. While I didn’t find that piece, I just discovered some beautifully touching Native American song rituals. And…surprise, surprise…I wouldn’t have known what I was missing ((#4!!!) had you not come here and shared this. Thank you so much, Laura. And really, it’s just great having your presence here…you are a gift to me…

@Karl – Hi Karl!! There’s that “cool crowd”….but how cool are they, really?? Not that having some look is a bad thing, per se – as I don’t think it is. However, as you have alluded to – it can be easy to get caught up in all of this (and for the wrong reasons). I’ve been there, too. When we get to that place where we can be genuine…wow, what a difference!! Keep living HAPPY, my friend!!

@Keith – Hi Keith!! Yes, these really all can be so simple…and yet…do we “miss” these hints sometimes?? (I know I do) Making the most of what we’ve got…I’d love to see what you have to write on that subject, Keith! And…it’s really GREAT having you back here!

@Diane AZ – Hi Diane!! There really is a lot of peace in that thought of just enjoying what we have – and not being overly concerned about what the rest of the world has. Wonderful thoughts!

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Lance June 7, 2010 at 4:24 pm

@Caroline – That “porch swing” one is really pretty wonderful. And whenever we are caused to stop and think more deeply…now that’s a good thing! (and I did too!) Yes, this week SHALL be beautiful!! Sorry to hear you didn’t make it to The Levity Project: LA event – here’s a short video from the event:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNVZUIHJ-Pw <-- awesome-ness!!! @Suzen - Hi Suzen!! Keep shining your HAPPY out into the world - it's AWESOME!! Big hugs to YOU! @Tim - Hey Tim!! Ha!! No, I can't take credit for these (they really are filled with so much wisdom!). I find tha different ones jump out at me as I read them at different times - and that causes me to stop and reflect upon that ONE. All good!! Have a GREAT week, my friend! @Davina - Hi Davina!! That "porch swing" one really is all sorts of wonderful - and I think you have pegged it so well...it's about connecting at that deeper soul level. Wonderful thoughts! @Hilary - Hi Hilary!! Yes, #5 can feel a bit negative - although maybe there's a positive spin there, too - in that maybe it's these LOVES that we don't want to forget...that they really are a part of us. And yes - making the best of our moments - and doing that with LOVE - wonderful thoughts!

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Tess The Bold LIfe June 8, 2010 at 11:16 am

Hi Lance,
I think it takes a life time to love someone. Anything in one day would be the romance stage even in friendships for me. If I can love someone for my life time I know I’m reflecting the best in myself always.

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J.D. Meier June 9, 2010 at 11:20 am

You only have one chance and one life is the thing that drives me.
.-= J.D. Meier´s Last Fabulous Post ..Wabi-Sabi – Embrace the Imperfection =-.

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Lance June 9, 2010 at 3:57 pm

@Tess – That “lifetime” reflection reminds me very much of a wonderful human being who has just passed away…John Wooden. What a beautiful example of LOVE that he represented in his lifetime. And Tess…I see that same thing in you… and that’s wonderfully sweet…

@J.D. Meier – More and more this is something that floats around in my brain, too – this idea that we are here once (that I know of)…and how do I want to live this one life… Great point!

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Riller Anton June 8, 2013 at 4:27 am

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.
The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation. And every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window. The man in the other bed began to live for those one-hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the outside world.
The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake, the man said. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Lovers walked arm in arm amid flowers of every color of the rainbow. Grand old trees graced the landscape, and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance. As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene.
One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other man couldn’t hear the band, he could see it in his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words. Unexpectedly, an alien thought entered his head:
Why should he have all the pleasure of seeing everything while I never get to see anything ? It didn’t seem fair. As the thought fermented the man felt ashamed at first. But as the days passed and he missed seeing more sights, his envy eroded into resentment and soon turned him sour. He began to brood and he found himself unable to sleep. He should be by that window – that thought now controlled his life.
Late one night as he lay staring at the ceiling, the man by the window began to cough. He was choking on the fluid in his lungs. The other man watched in the dimly lit room as the struggling man by the window groped for the button to call for help. Listening from across the room he never moved, never pushed his own button which would have brought the nurse running. In less than five minutes the coughing and choking stopped, along with the sound of breathing.
Now there was only silence —– deathly silence.
The following morning the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths. When she found the lifeless body of the man by the window, she was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take it away — no works, no fuss. As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.
Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look. Finally, he would have the joy of seeing it all himself. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed.
It faced a blank wall.

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jessica August 12, 2014 at 12:04 am

I just wanted to express my gratitude and appreciation to prophet salifu on bringing my fiancee back to me,I was in a relationship for 11 years with my fiancee he got tierd of me and he started seeing another. he started hailing at me and he was abusive.. and he stop careing for me, but I still loved him with all my heart .the situation made me unsettle and not to focus at work .so someone told me about trying spiritual means to get my fiancee back and introduced me to a spell caster? i did not listen to her . i kept on hoping that my fiancee will come back home and beg as he use to . after a month it got out of hand ,i heard news that he is getting married to the other lady .it was so shocking to me ,i felt sad and depressed ,so i contacted my friend again and decieded to try to use spiritual means reluctantly..although I didn’t believe in all those things? I never thought that i will get my fiancee back to me a again. but I was proved wrong,after 2days i contact prophet , my fiancee came back to me and was pleading..that he had realized his mistakes..i just couldn’t believe it that we are back together and married, the spell was a natural spell and it had no side effect on any one ,Prophet salifu remained consistent and kind throughout and made the process unbelievable I am deeply satisfied and thankful of his work .if in doubt you should email him at (prophetsalifu@yahoo.com )or (prophetsalifu@gmail.com)

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