Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 63 comments

Rebirth of my hope
Creative Commons License photo credit: MoRpH Snim•°

Your presence is a present to the world.
You’re unique and one of a kind.
Your life can be what you want it to be.
Take the days, just one at a time.

 Count your blessings, not your troubles.
You’ll make it through, whatever comes along.
Within you are so many answers.
Understand, have courage, be strong.
 
Don’t put limits on yourself.
So many dreams are waiting to be realized.
Decisions are too important to leave to chance.
Reach for your peak, your goal and your prize.
 
Nothing wastes more energy than worrying.
The longer one carries a problem, the heavier it gets.
Don’t take things too seriously.
Live a life of serenity, not a life of regrets.

Remember that a little love goes a long way.
Remember that a lot . . . goes forever.
Remember that friendship is a wise investment.
Life’s treasures are people . . . together.
 
Realize that it’s never too late.
Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
Have health, hope and happiness.
Take the time to wish upon a star.
And don’t ever forget . . .
For even a day . . .
How very special you are.

~ Author Unknown

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Miz June 28, 2009 at 5:52 am

Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.

thank you lance.
The above is my mantra for the week. Sometimes it’s tough to remember that even though we arent off in India building schools for children we CAN and DO have an impact.

What can feel so insignificant is really not.
.-= Miz´s Last Fabulous Post ..MizFit updates. From Oikos to SonicTap. =-.

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Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord June 28, 2009 at 5:54 am

What an uplifting message today! This line resonated with me, based on an experience I had yesterday: “The longer one carries a problem, the heavier it gets.” Funny how sometimes we think we’ve unloaded a burden, and then the minute something comes along to remind us of it, we’re nearly crushed beneath the weight of what we thought we set down years ago.

Thanks for posting this, and happy Sunday!
.-= Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord´s Last Fabulous Post ..This Too Shall Pass =-.

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Dr. Rus June 28, 2009 at 5:57 am

Wonderful words of encouragement for a Sunday morning. I really like what Miz says above too, and it’s a wonderful summary of the message of your post – “Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.”

Well done!

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Stephen - Rat Race Trap June 28, 2009 at 6:00 am

Fantastic – as usual Lance!

I like the first paragraph the best:

“Your presence is a present to the world.
You’re unique and one of a kind.
Your life can be what you want it to be.
Take the days, just one at a time.”
.-= Stephen – Rat Race Trap´s Last Fabulous Post ..Set Yourself Free From Manipulative Relationships =-.

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Stacey / Create a Balance June 28, 2009 at 6:13 am

I truly believe the world would be a better place if we could all take the time to utilize our own natural inner wisdom. Beautiful quote. As I was reading it, I thought YOU were going to be the author.
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Miguel de Luis June 28, 2009 at 6:14 am

A great way to begin another week Lance, thanks. And adding to MizFit, there’s a little ngo I help called iorphan.org and they accept paypal for donations because there’s an orphanage that would need sport balls and stuff for the summer 😉
.-= Miguel de Luis´s Last Fabulous Post ..Blogging Vacation =-.

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Lisis June 28, 2009 at 6:40 am

Beautiful, Lance! I love your Sunday Thoughts. My favorite line in this one:

“Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.”

Apparently it rings true for a couple of your commenters already. Sounds like it might be time to start doing things extraordinarily! Very inspiring. 🙂
.-= Lisis´s Last Fabulous Post ..Inspiration from Dr. Seuss “The Waiting Place” =-.

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Jannie Funster June 28, 2009 at 7:31 am

I too, as Stacy thought you had written this! It’s so YOU.

I like the part about a lot of love going forever. I like all of it, actually.

Have a happy Sunday!
.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..Guess where I am today?! =-.

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janice June 28, 2009 at 7:34 am

You always manage to find glorious photos that glow!

I loved this bit: “Life’s treasures are people.” You definitely are and I’m glad we ‘met’. Thanks, Lance.
.-= janice´s Last Fabulous Post ..Take Time to Treasure What’s Important =-.

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suzen June 28, 2009 at 7:58 am

Glorious photo and words for living a life rich in gratitude! LOVE IT. I can really resonate with how much energy is wasted worrying. My life literally came to a halt when my son left for Iraq in the 2003 “invasion”. I look back on it now and I seriously don’t know where I was, or what I did! Obviously all the worry had absolutely no effect on anything but my health. It’s taken me awhile to process this – a lot of reminders and a whole heap of love and acceptance.
.-= suzen´s Last Fabulous Post ..Quotes on Busy to Inspire, Motivate or Think About! =-.

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Natalia Burleson June 28, 2009 at 7:58 am

Great thought today Lance! Count your blessings not your troubles. I need to be reminded of this every so often. It’s amazing how easily you can change your perception of life, when you choose to focus on how blessed you are instead of what’s wrong with your life! 🙂

Thanks for this thought Lance! I hope that you have a great day with the fam!
Natalia 🙂
.-= Natalia Burleson´s Last Fabulous Post ..Dog tag giveaway. =-.

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Amanda Linehan June 28, 2009 at 7:58 am

Happy Sunday Lance! It’s always nice to wake up and read something inspirational. I think the gist of the above poem is not to take things too seriously, but to make sure you are contributing also. In many ways we can do this. 🙂
.-= Amanda Linehan´s Last Fabulous Post ..Acceptance =-.

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Evelyn Lim June 28, 2009 at 8:11 am

Thank you for sharing a beautiful poem. Somehow the words mean so much more to me as I read them from the current space of my quiet time. I am not sure that I feel as if my presence is a present to the world, after battling through a difficult day. However, most definitely, I welcome the message of counting my blessings.
.-= Evelyn Lim´s Last Fabulous Post ..Holiday with Happiness =-.

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Stacey Shipman June 28, 2009 at 8:35 am

this reminds me of a magnet I received at a recent Big Sister appreciation night that had the following quote: To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.

Beautiful inspiration to start the week and believe that we all can make a difference.

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SpinDiva June 28, 2009 at 8:40 am

Lance,
This is a great poem for people of all ages. I am sending it to my teen age kids in a just a moment because I think they are most vulnerable for questioning their abilities and their purpose in the lives of everyone around them.

I like this particular quote:

“Nothing wastes more energy than worrying.
The longer one carries a problem, the heavier it gets.
Don’t take things too seriously.
Live a life of serenity, not a life of regrets.”

I generally encourage people to be more positive, to worry less because I feel that worrying clouds our thoughts and keeps us from really reaching our goals. As an optimist, I look at the silver lining and I try to find the goodness in every situation.

Thanks again for a great way to start my week!
.-= SpinDiva´s Last Fabulous Post ..Getting Fit with the Wii–oh yeah, it can happen =-.

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Mama Zen June 28, 2009 at 9:59 am

I really like this!

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Positively Present June 28, 2009 at 10:02 am

I love this! There is so much to say about this that I don’t even know where to begin, but I particularly like the fact that this has reminded me that it’s never too late. Thanks for another great Sunday thought!
.-= Positively Present´s Last Fabulous Post ..what to do when you want to click "undo" =-.

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Jodi at Joy Discovered June 28, 2009 at 10:37 am

Thank you for this, Lance. What an inspiring message to start the week!
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Liara Covert June 28, 2009 at 10:47 am

Knowing you is part of why we exist now
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Cricket June 28, 2009 at 10:48 am

Happy Sunday to you Lance,

There are so many things written above that are important. “Remember that friendship is a wise investment. Life’ treasures are people…together” is something that I have been focusing on over the last month or so. I feel recharged to be connected with friends from the offline world again. Trips on the river, picnics in the park, cookouts, etc. have been so enjoyable. The break was much needed. The word “together” does stand out. It is important because I have finally realized how to combine the offline and online friends “together”…that was a long overdue discovery to me.

Lovely message to share with each of us.
.-= Cricket´s Last Fabulous Post ..In Hiding…that’s all =-.

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Linda Abbit June 28, 2009 at 11:03 am

Hi Lance,

I’ve been struggling through some ups & downs lately and I needed to read this poem this morning! It was meant to be there for me, of that I am sure. I am going to share it with an online support group I am a part of.

One line that jumped out at me is “Live a life of serenity, not a life of regrets. ” And that comes from our attitude — thanks for the attitude adjustment this morning, Lance. I’m sure my day will be better as a result.
.-= Linda Abbit´s Last Fabulous Post ..A Lesson on Positive Thinking for Pessimistic Aging Parents =-.

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Nadia - Happy Lotus June 28, 2009 at 11:25 am

Hi Lance,

This poem basically sums up what I have learned so far in life through all the stuff I have been through on my journey. There are so many blessings. The mere fact someone can walk or have running water are HUGE gifts. The ability to love (regardless of whether the love is returned) is also another gift that so many take for granted.

Life is a beautiful journey and most people do not see that until it comes to an end. Each moment is precious and will never return once it passes. So to live life in the moment is the best thing that a person can do.

Kindness and love are supposed to be a given in life but humans have messed things up to such an extent that such traits are viewed as being odd or rare. However, despite all the mess we have created, we have the ability to get out of it and I think that is happening now in the world. Many people are crying out for change and meaning which is a good sign because when we people start craving such things, then that is when we turn the corner and finally start living.

Apologies for such a long comment, I just was so touched with the poem. Hope all is well, my dear friend! 🙂
.-= Nadia – Happy Lotus´s Last Fabulous Post ..Happy News (June 28, 2009) – Tribute to Michael Jackson =-.

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Davina June 28, 2009 at 11:51 am

Hi Lance. My comment was in my mind as I finished reading this and began scrolling through the other comments. I was about to write,”Are you sure you didn’t write this?” and then saw Stacey’s and Jannie’s comments 🙂 “Nothing wastes more energy than worrying” we need to have t-shirts with this written all over them.

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Hilary June 28, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Hi Lance .. that’s a lovely poem .. even if the author is ‘unknown’ – it could still be you?! I’m going to read it to my mother .. she will appreciate it even now. I loved Stacey’s magnet quote “to the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world” – that rings so true at the moment ..

Wonderful Sunday poem ..
Hilary Melton-Butcher
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Caroline June 28, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Lance, this is wonderful to read today. I forget this often. Sometimes I feel small and worthless. I need to remember that worry does me no good. I need to remember that I am worthwhile. I am extraordinary!

I found this quote:

“worry is like a rocking chair…it keeps you busy but gets you no where.”

Have a wonderful week my friend!
.-= Caroline´s Last Fabulous Post ..Just for today… =-.

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Srinivas Rao June 28, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Great poem. So many pearls of wisdom in it. I really like your Sunday thought for the day.
.-= Srinivas Rao´s Last Fabulous Post ..Book Review: The Tipping Point =-.

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Tabitha June 28, 2009 at 1:19 pm

This reminder was like a tall glass of cold lemonade on a HOT Texas summer day. 🙂
Thank You Lance!!
.-= Tabitha´s Last Fabulous Post ..21 Days of Simplicity – Day 7 =-.

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Laurie | Express Yourself to Success June 28, 2009 at 1:35 pm

I’d like to pick out my favourite part of the poem, but then I’d be writing out the whole thing again. This was very meaningful to me and I appreciate your posting it. Thanks.
.-= Laurie | Express Yourself to Success´s Last Fabulous Post ..Leadership Communication During Uncertain Times =-.

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Jeanne June 28, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Lance,

I especially like this part:

Count your blessings, not your troubles.
You’ll make it through, whatever comes along.
Within you are so many answers.
Understand, have courage, be strong.

Too often people get caught up in what they don’t have rather than being grateful for what they do have.

People are often far stronger than they think. Adversity often tests people to the point where they find ways of achieving things they never dreamed possible!

Great post!

Jeanne
.-= Jeanne´s Last Fabulous Post ..RESOLVE Advocacy Day =-.

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Jill June 28, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Remember that a little love goes a long way.

Thank you for this poem. I plan on taking this quote along with me this week as a reminder that if I love another even a little I will be loved in return.

Namaste

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Lynn June 28, 2009 at 3:20 pm

How wonderful – and so true. “Count your blessings, not your troubles. ”
.-= Lynn´s Last Fabulous Post ..Infinite Summer, lyrical and dance =-.

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Lance June 28, 2009 at 3:59 pm

@Miz – Hi Miz. And that is a great mantra! There really can be the extraordinary in our “oh so regular” day to day life – if we choose to live it that way. And while doing great and glorious projects too, is good – what better way to make an impact than right where we live…every day.

@Megan – Hi Megan. Often times, problems only grow with time. That’s a great point. We can even think it’s gone, only to have something come up that just makes this “problem” resurface in so much stronger force… So, I guess it’s good for us all to try to resolve our problems now, and not put off for later… Thanks Megan.

@Dr. Rus – Hi Dr. Rus. I really like that part too – it really speaks to living life where we are…now… Thanks much!

@Stephen – Hi Stephen. We are a gift to the world! Thinking about that – that’s a pretty great thought, isn’t it!

@Stacey/Create A Balance – Hi Stacey. I can’t take credit for the quote, but thank you! That really means a lot to me! Our own natural inner wisdom – Stacey, I love that thought. We all have it, within us, that sense of what is natural wisdom…it’s just that we don’t always use it. Thank you for this thought, it’s resonating deeply with me right now.

@Miguel – Hi Miguel. Ordinary ways of doing extraordinary…that really is a great thought. iorphan.org sounds like a great way to give back to this world we live in, thanks for sharing it here.

@Lisis – Hi Lisis. Based on your writing, I think you’re well on your way, my friend. The extraordinary in the ordinary…wow, it’s really a powerful thought when you really think about it. It’s ringing true with me too. Thanks for stopping in here today!

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Lance June 28, 2009 at 4:00 pm

@Jannie – Hey Jannie. I’m blushing. You (and Stacey) are way kind! If I’d have been out on a jog, I’d have a good excuse for the rosy color… It is great, isn’t it (much like YOU!). A happy Sunday right back at you!!!

@Janice – I loved this photo too, thanks! Janice, I’m glad we’ve met too, the people in my life are all wonderful – whether that’s in my daily work/home life, or here online – amazing people all around. And it’s great to have you here in this place.

@Suzen – Hi Suzen. The photo…was difficult to decide on, until I came to this one. And I just kept coming back to it…it really spoke to me in relation to this poem. I can’t fully imagine just how difficult it had to be, seeing your son leave for so much unknown. And while worrying isn’t getting us anywhere, I really can’t imagine going through this without some worry as part of the process. Getting back to where life seems normal again…and having bunches of love and acceptance along the way – can make all the difference. Thanks so much for being here today Suzen, and for sharing this part of your story…

@Natalia – Hi Natalia. Oh, that’s a good one. It sure can be easy, can’t it, to focus on our problems instead of our successes. And there is so much good in our lives – yours, mine, everyone. Remembering that, in the moment, though – difficult! Natalia, thanks so much for highlighting this part – it’s so important for all of us…in our daily lives. We are having a great day today, and I hope you are too – enjoy your wonderful family!

@Amanda – Hi Amanda. And a happy Sunday to you, too! I really do love this thought you’re bringing up – about not taking things too seriously. What a great reminder, Amanda, for all of us to lighten up a bit, have fun, and really just live life from our heart. Wonderful!!

@Evelyn – Hi Evelyn. I understand where you’re coming from, about reading within a quiet space in your day – and how this can make all the difference in how words are taken in. And, Evelyn, know that you are most definitely a present to this world, to my world, to all those you touch deeply. Thanks so much for being here…

@Stacey Shipman – Hi Stacey. I’ve heard that quote before, and it is really a sweet thought. And humbling. We CAN make a difference, one person at a time. It’s not about making massive changes for many…it’s about a meaningful connection with even just one other person – and how that presence can be the world! Stacey, your involvement in the Big Sister program is highlight to truly your presence being a present in this world (and that’s only one way of many). Thanks for sharing this great quote here!

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Lance June 28, 2009 at 4:00 pm

@SpinDiva – Hi SpinDiva. Being a teenager is not an easy thing. It’s an age of questioning, and an age of growing into ourselves in new ways. I’m so happy to hear you’re sharing this with your children. This isn’t just for someone of a particular age – it applies to EVERYONE. Thank you for reminding me of that. Spin Diva, that’s a wonderful look at worry- how it can keep us from reaching our goals. This is so true! And just reading your comment – is giving me an extra boost in my step. Thank you!!

@Mama Zen – Thanks much, Kelli, for stopping by!

@Positively Present – Hi Dani. No matter where we are in our life, no matter what our past has been – it is never too late to fully embrace all that’s here in this poem. Dani, very true – and that’s such an excellent point for all of us reading this – it’s not too late (ever).

@Jodi – Hi Jodi. Thanks much!

@Liara – Hi Liara. Thanks so much, and thank you for all your wonderful support!

@Cricket – Happy Sunday Tammy! “Together”…that says to me, we shouldn’t do it all alone. That one of the true joys of life is time with others. Good for you – getting out there and enjoying all the goodness right in your backyard! Friendships are awesome…Tammy, thanks so much for yours…

@Linda Abbit – Hi Linda. It’s great to have you here today. I hope you are well. Know that people care. Know that I care. Attitude sure can make all the difference – recently I’ve been thinking much about the idea of an attitude of gratitude. And how thankful I am for all that I’ve been blessed with in my life. Linda, that includes having you here…today and always…

@Nadia – Hi Nadia. No need to apologize, ever, for the length of your comments. They are all, always welcomed here! This idea of craving, or of really and deeply wanting change – this is really what is needed to really make lasting changes. I can’t will someone to want to change. They have to want to do it for themselves. It’s a journey for everyone, as they go through life. How great it would be, the more people that really do want that change in their lives, one where kindness and love rule! Nadia, having you here always reminds me of that – love and kindness – something you always exude in every correspondence I’ve had with you. You are a light unto the world…keep shining!

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Lance June 28, 2009 at 4:01 pm

@Davina – Aww, thanks so much, you (and Stacey and Jannie) are making my day today!! Hey, that would be a great t-shirt – a walking billboard with a profound thought, I love it!

@Hilary – Hi Hilary. Thank you (everyone is soooo kind today!)!!! What a wonderful gift to share with your mother. And yes, I loved Stacey Shipman’s quote she shared as well – it really says to me that we can make a real difference, one person at a time. Thanks for being here today…

@Caroline – Hi Caroline. I think we’ve all felt this way, small and worhtless. We’re not, though. Not at all. You are not, Caroline. Not ever! You are a gift to this world. You’ve been a gift in my life! You ARE extraordinary (and it feels good to say that, doesn’t it!). And great quote about worry…because it really doesn’t get us anywhere…

@Srinivas – Hi Srinivas, thanks much for being here today!

@Tabitha – Hi Tabitha. Mmm…lemonade on a hot summer day…sounds wonderful. And what a great way to describe this poem! Thank you!!

@Laurie|Express Yourself to Success – Hi Laurie. There really is so much good stuff contained within the words of this whole poem. Thanks much for stopping in today!

@Jeanne – Hi Jeanne. What we focus on expands. So…if we focus on what we don’t have, that will expand…while we continue to focus on “not having”. A downward spiral. On the other hand, no matter where we are at – looking at what we truly do “have”, focusing on this – the spiral reverses, and goes upward. What a much greater (and more meaningful) path to be on! We are strong, aren’t we, we just have to remember that… Thanks for stopping in here today!

@Jill – Hi Jill. A little love sure can go a long way. I too, will try to give a little more love this week, knowing that it will go far… Thanks so much for bringing this up, and for reminding me too, that love conquers all… Thank you for being here today Jill…

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Marelisa June 28, 2009 at 5:02 pm

Hi Lance: I have this on a bookmark. I also gave a bookmark with this message on it to my sister Monica, one to my mother (coincidentally I had damaged her car’s backseat window at the time, so I hope she didn’t think I was giving it to her so that she wouldn’t get mad), and one to my brother Pedro.
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Julie June 28, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Hi, Lance 🙂 While every line stands on its own as very potent and powerful, my favorite two seem to be my own core philosophies.

The first is one I had to remember: “Your presence is a present to the world.” It seems I knew this as a kid, but then adulthood happened. 😉 The second is just the way I’ve always seen life: “Realize that it’s never too late.” Every morning, from as far back as I can remember, I’ve awakened with happy hope bubbling out of me, hope for finding all the treasures awaiting me in the day to come; hope for being—finally—exactly as I always intend to be, to get it right; hope for doing the things I set out to do; and hope that I can make a difference; hope hope hope for SO many bright and beautiful things…that the world will be one day closer to harmony…

Hope. Hope is a wonderful way to start the day!
.-= Julie´s Last Fabulous Post ..On That Note =-.

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Bunnygotblog June 28, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Lance – you have a gift of knowing exactly how to encourage people with your Sunday article and during the week also.
I am grateful for you and your inspiration.
Much respect
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Audra Krell June 28, 2009 at 7:27 pm

I love a wise investment! I’m learning that there is none wiser than investing in relationship. As always, great quote, pic and post today. FYI, Dr. Rus is the awesome gentleman who interviewed me on the radio about my book, last November. He has great movie tips and many other pearls of wisdom!
.-= Audra Krell´s Last Fabulous Post ..Never Cone Alone =-.

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Tess The Bold Life June 28, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Ok there’s wisdom for a life time in that poem. I want the t-shirt Davina wants about no worries and I want whatever Julie’s drinking for breakfast! Just what I needed to read as we slide into Rogers 3rd month of no work. Your blog rocks! (and the world knows it)
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Vered - MomGrind June 28, 2009 at 9:11 pm

“Take the days, just one at a time. ”

I did that today.. we all went to the beach and just spent the day away relaxing and having fun. I haven’t felt this energized in a long time. 🙂
.-= Vered – MomGrind´s Last Fabulous Post ..Truth In Advertising =-.

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Lance June 28, 2009 at 9:56 pm

@Lynn – Hi Lynn. Yes! Let’s focus on the good in our lives, all of it – the big and the little “goods” that come up daily… Thanks Lynn!

@Marelisa – Hi Mare. What a wonderful gift to give to the members of your family! The one to your mother – it’s making me laugh! And really…that gift you’ve given them, it’s more than just a bookmark with some words on. It’s a part of you in there too – the gift of “you” is going along with it…

@Julie – Hi Julie. You are a gift to the world, Julie! And you’re a gift, especially, in my world! Don’t ever forget that. Now, your way of starting each day – how energizing and inspiring this is! Hope is a wonderful way to start the day. Happy hope – that’s like wonderful magnified!

@Bunnygotblog – Hi Bunny. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks so much for being here, my friend. May your week be filled with abundance…

@Audra – Hi Audra. Relationships, how vital they are to our overall health and well-being. Thanks for always being a friend, Audra. Your presence makes my life richer. And…very cool and Dr. Rus being the gentleman who interviewed you last fall – I remember that, except I didn’t remember who was the interviewer (I most definitely remembered the interviewee!!). I’ll have to check his stuff out!

@Tess – Hi Tess. Oh, you’re sure right there…so many great nuggets of advice. And, isn’t there some great stuff going on in here – so many great ideas in the comments! This too shall pass, Tess. And I know that you know that. Thanks so much for all you’re saying! I’m loving your comments!! Thanks so much for being here today…

@Vered – Hi Vered. What a great way to enjoy your Sunday..on the beach! And that it has energized you…even better! Sometime it just takes getting awway from the daily grind of things to refresh and renew ourselves…

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Lisa's Chaos June 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm

What a great pep talk with an inspiring image! I think we all need to remember this more! I don’t feel much like a present somedays, lol
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Mindful Mimi June 29, 2009 at 1:53 am

Lance,
Great words from whoever wrote them. These are lessons I am learning every day. Some days it’s not easy to count your blessings when all has been going wrong. But one can always find a little something that made one smile in a day: the look of a loved one, the hug of a child, the thank you of a coworker. Once we start to notice and appreciate the little things, life becomes more beautiful and the negative things easier to bear.
Thanks
Mimi
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SnaggleTooth June 29, 2009 at 2:14 am

Congrats on being Jannie’s taglaine winner this week Lance!

Wonderful inpiring image n poem! How can such beautiful words n advice be anonymous? I’m saving that one, I should take the advice cuas I worry too much-
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Barbara Swafford June 29, 2009 at 2:17 am

Hi Lance,

ANOTHER beautiful Sunday thought.

I like the part, “Count your blessings, not your troubles. You’ll make it through, whatever comes along. ” It’s when we stop to count our blessings, our trouble begin to diminish.

Thank you for inspiring words. It’s a great way to start the week.
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SnaggleTooth June 29, 2009 at 2:28 am

woopsy- Jannie’s tagline winner!
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Lance June 29, 2009 at 5:13 am

@Lisa’s Chaos – Hi Lisa. I think we all have days where it doesn’t feel like we’re a gift to the world. We still are, though. Because we’re still uniquely “us”. Can we do better, some days, at letting that uniqueness out? Sure. We all can. And the more we can do this, and really listen to our heart, the more amazing and truly special that gift of “ourselves” is…

@Mindful Mimi – Hi Mimi. Yes, these words just say so, so much. I love that…lesssons you’re learning every day. That speaks to your real desire to grow personally. And that’s great! No matter where we’re at in life, there’s always some we can learn and grow from. Noticing the little things…they’re there all the time, and we can too easily start to take them for granted. When we take the time, though, to see this in our everyday…life just continues to get better… Thanks much Mimi!

@SnaggleTooth – Hey, I just stopped over to Jannie’s (after reading your comment here)! Ha! Okay, that cracks me up!! Thanks for pointing me there this morning. Yes, these are beautiful words. Thanks for stopping by today!

@Barbara – Hi Barbara. Thank you! We all have a lot to be thankful for – indeed there are people with much less that get this concept so much better. We are truly very blessed. Thanks for this reminder Barbara…

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Karl Staib - Work Happy Now June 29, 2009 at 7:01 am

I forget to do the simple things a lot. Sometimes I get too caught up in what I’m trying to achieve and I fail to enjoy my life. Like this Sunday Thought said, “Nothing wastes more energy than worrying.” I’m still working on relaxing and enjoying and not worrying. I do get better every day, but some days I take a step back. That’s why I read posts like this one. To remind me of what truly matters in my life.
.-= Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s Last Fabulous Post ..What do I do if I’m unhappy at Work? =-.

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Laurie June 29, 2009 at 9:09 am

Lance, I felt like this post was just for me. It really speaks to the things I struggle with. I love the line “Your life can be what you want it to be.” I have been wrestling with what I want my life to be and how to make it happen. I only wish I had had this struggle 20 years ago when I had more opportunity to make it happen. But I am slowly making changes that will get me there. I don’t want to just dream. I want to experience what it is like to make my dreams come to fruition.

I never thought about my presence being a present to the world. Thanks for that. You’re an incredible present to my world Lance! A gift to my heart!

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Jewel/Pink Ink June 29, 2009 at 9:17 am

Wonderful poem, Lance. Thank you.

I am such a type-A personality that I usually act first think later, and so I encounter some regrets. 🙂

Serenity sounds like such a good goal, and thanks to this poem, I can remind myself that I can reach this, too, someday.

Have a great week!
.-= Jewel/Pink Ink´s Last Fabulous Post ..Creative Crossroads =-.

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Erin Prais-Hintz June 29, 2009 at 10:58 am

Lance- This is so immensely motivating to me! Thank you for the inspiration! I am visiting a friend who has been through much in her {almost} 40 years….I will be adding this poem to her special birthday present…a Seeds of Inspiration necklace to celebrate her rich life. I am always so thankful for the words of wisdom you impart! Enjoy the day! Erin
.-= Erin Prais-Hintz´s Last Fabulous Post ..A Mad Tea Party….and an extra GIVEAWAY! =-.

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Jennifer June 29, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Lance, how beautiful! So many words of wisdom… it’s hard for me to pick my favorite. One that strikes me though is “do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.” That word “extraordinary” keeps popping up… I think God is trying to show us how to live our lives. I’ve got more to think about in regards to this. Thank you for reinforcing it again. May God bless you today in extraordinary ways.
.-= Jennifer´s Last Fabulous Post ..An Extraordinary Life =-.

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J.D. Meier June 29, 2009 at 2:58 pm

That one line, count your blessings not your troubles really helps balance the scorecard.
.-= J.D. Meier´s Last Fabulous Post ..If You Miss the Train, Catch the Next One =-.

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Evita June 29, 2009 at 4:19 pm

It really and definitely is never too late to do anything! We just have to realize that our being is sacred and we should not waste it or any day that it is here on this precious Earth.

Change can happen as quickly as we let it – thank you Lance!
.-= Evita´s Last Fabulous Post ..When Words Are Not Enough – Simply Allow =-.

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Lance June 29, 2009 at 6:51 pm

@Karl – Hi Karl. Deep down, we know what matters. It’s whether we let that voice inside be heard. I know I too often stifle it, block it out, ignore it. And when I do, I fall victim to not truly and deeply experiencing life. Recognizing this is a great first step toward really getting to that space regularly, where our heart rules…

@Laurie – Hi Laurie. It’s easy to look at the past and think about what might have been. But really, it is just that – past. What we have is “now”…whether we’re 10 years old or 100 years old. And we can decide how we’re going to spend our days. Bringing dreams to fruition…that’s it Laurie! And thank you. And know that you’re also a gift in my world, my friend… Thanks so much for being here.

@Jewel – Hi Jewel. Yes, serenity is there for all of us, that peace that can come over us. And know also that there are many many great traits to being a type A personality – don’t ever discount the gifts you have… And Jewel, know that I truly appreciate you being here today.

@Erin – Hi Erin. Knowing these words will extend beyond this place, this brings much happiness to me. Erin, you are a gift, the love you show to all those you touch in some special way. You are a gift here, and to me. I know what you do, it comes from your heart, and that beautiful…

@Jennifer – Hi Jennifer. Hmmm…that word extraordinary…seems like I’ve heard that recently! Yes, it sure is popping up! Having you here – is a blessing. Jennifer, I know you live the extraordinary in your everyday life. And it’s a wonderful thing to see and experience. Keep imparting that in all those you touch. And know that you’ve been an extraordinary gift in my life…not by one thing you’ve done, by all you do in such caring ways…

@J.D. Meier – Hi J.D. It’s so easy to focus on the negatives. And even if we can just put slightly more focus on all the positive, what a shift in balance!

@Evita – Hi Evita. So true…it’s never too late. And Evita, I love the direction you’re taking your life in. You are an inspiration and a gift here to me. Know that you’ve impacted my life in some wonderful ways, and I consider myself blessed to know you… Thank you, so much, for being here today.

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Diane C. June 29, 2009 at 10:36 pm

That quote is just loaded with great advice. My favorite is, ” Count your blessings, not your troubles. You’ll make it through, whatever comes along. ” We never have to worry, because in the long run, things always have a way of working out for the best. Everything and every moment is a blessing.
.-= Diane C.´s Last Fabulous Post ..Along the Creek in June =-.

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Henie June 30, 2009 at 1:29 am

“The way to count your blessings is to count your friends!” ~Henie~
.-= Henie´s Last Fabulous Post ..Passing Through Zero =-.

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Lance June 30, 2009 at 4:59 am

@Diane C. – Hi Diane. We never have to worry – wouldn’t that be a great place to get to! It’s so true, because what does worry really buy us? Nothing. Yet, it’s easy to fall prey to it. Seeing the blessing in the moments of our life, what a more positive way to look at it all! Thanks Diane!

@Henie – How true! Friends are the roots of our life, holding us firmly planted in who we are. And it’s not always about the number of friends, but also about the quality of those friends too…

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Kennewick Colleen July 1, 2009 at 12:37 pm

“Realize that it’s never too late.”

I like this one. As we get older it’s nice to know that many of us have as many years left as we have lived. Or even 10% or a third still allows for a lot of “it’s never too lates!”

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Tabitha Blue July 1, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Love this post!! The quote is wonderful and the photo you found is perfect!!

🙂
~Tabitha
.-= Tabitha Blue´s Last Fabulous Post ..Wordless Wednesday… almost =-.

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Lance July 1, 2009 at 10:21 pm

@Colleen – Hi Colleen. That’s so right…it is never too late. That doesn’t imply that we should continue to put off our dreams and hopes – because we never know when the end may come. It does mean that as long as we’re still breathing, then we can still go out there and go after what has meaning to us. And today is a great time to start that! Thanks so much for stopping by!

@Tabitha Blue – Hi Tabitha. Something about the light and how it’s shining in this picture, really pulled me in. Thanks much!

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