Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 58 comments

and then there was light.
Creative Commons License photo credit: matt.hintsa

These Are My Wishes For You

May you find serenity and tranquility
in a world you may not always understand.

May the pain you have known
and the conflict you have experienced
give you the strength to walk through life
facing each new situation with courage and optimism.

Always know that there are those
whose love and understanding will always be there,
even when you feel most alone.

May a kind word,
a reassuring touch,
and a warm smile
be yours every day of your life,
and may you give these gifts
as well as receive them.

May the teachings of those you admire
become part of you,
so that you may call upon them.

Remember, those whose lives you have touched
and who have touched yours
are always a part of you,
even if the encounters were less than you would have wished.
It is the content of the encounter
that is more important than its form.

May you not become too concerned with material matters,
but instead place immeasurable value
on the goodness in your heart.
Find time in each day to see beauty and love
in the world around you.

Realize that what you feel you lack in one regard
you may be more than compensated for in another.
What you feel you lack in the present
may become one of your strengths in the future.
May you see your future as one filled with promise and possibility.
Learn to view everything as a worthwhile experience.

May you find enough inner strength
to determine your own worth by yourself,
and not be dependent
on another's judgment of your accomplishments.

May you always feel loved.

~ Sandra Sturtz Hauss

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Davina December 20, 2009 at 2:11 am

Well hello there Lance. You have a knack for choosing the most wonderful photographs for your posts and this one is no exception. “May you see your future as one filled with promise and possibility.” A great line to focus on as one year is completed and another begins. Happy holidays 🙂
.-= Davina´s Last Fabulous Post ..Haiku, Take Me Home =-.

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Natalia Burleson December 20, 2009 at 2:24 am

What a beautiful thought and I love the picture. The whole thing spoke to me. But the part that spoke the most :
“May you find enough inner strength
to determine your own worth by yourself,
and not be dependent
on another’s judgment of your accomplishments”

Thanks for your Sunday thought Lance! Have a great day with the fam!

Natalia 🙂

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Hilda December 20, 2009 at 3:32 am

Hi Lance,

like Natalia, it all spoke to me. If we would live all our lives by this advice we would be creating a charmed and wonderful life for ourselves! For me, the line that’s going straight onto a post-it is: “Find time in each day to see beauty and love in the world around you.” Love it 🙂
.-= Hilda´s Last Fabulous Post ..Do unto yourself as you would do unto others =-.

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miruspeg December 20, 2009 at 3:40 am

Lance I believe wishes and dreams can come true. I will take these beautiful words with me and share them wide and far. These positive words will be planted and sown and the ripple effect with be amazing.
You are amazing, may your light always shine.
Hugs
Peggy xxxx
.-= miruspeg´s Last Fabulous Post ..A Few Memories =-.

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Caity December 20, 2009 at 4:18 am

First of all, I love the photo. It is so beautiful and fantasy-like! I love this post. It really is awesome and I hope that it becomes true for me always. They are such important traits to live by.

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Jeanne December 20, 2009 at 4:24 am

Beautiful
and Merry Christmas to you
Love and blessings
Jeanne
.-= Jeanne´s Last Fabulous Post ..All is Calm =-.

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Hilary December 20, 2009 at 4:35 am

Hi Lance – wonderful post .. true words for us all.

May we all have our wishes, our dreams start to come true in 2010, starting will lead to great things
May we all enjoy Christmas and New Year peacefully, gratefully, happily and with love

These sentiments are sent to you all –
Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters Inspirational Stories
.-= Hilary´s Last Fabulous Post ..Kissing under the Mistletoe – how did it all begin? and Asterix! =-.

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Jannie Funster December 20, 2009 at 5:14 am

As the others said, ALL of this speaks to me, we humans are all so alike in our needs. Remembering that the love those who have touched us lives on is really true. Love is timeless , like you and your sweet spirit, Lance.
.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..With Not A Dry Parental Eye In The House =-.

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Suzie Cheel December 20, 2009 at 5:17 am

Happy Christmas, what a wonderful poem to celebrate not just a time of joy but a ceitudelebration of life . you have such a talent you share with us
in gratitude
love and hugs
Suzie
.-= Suzie Cheel´s Last Fabulous Post ..Planet Earth- A Gift =-.

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Miz December 20, 2009 at 5:20 am

I love this, Lance.
It reminds me of the song Sabbath Prayer from Fiddler.
I adore those lyrics and sing them to my daughter (as she rolls her 4 year old eyes :)) ofter.
.-= Miz´s Last Fabulous Post ..A MizFit Hanukkah. =-.

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Zeenat{Positive Provocations} December 20, 2009 at 5:27 am

Lance,
the words are just so true…somewhat like a prayer for ourself and for the world around us. Its so perfect to think of while this year ends and new one begins…I love the picture too.
Most of all may we all truly and naturally feel loved and blessed 🙂
Thank you fro sharing these beautiful words my friend. I can always count on you to make my Sunday Perfectly Wonderful.
Love and Happy Holidays 🙂
Z
.-= Zeenat{Positive Provocations}´s Last Fabulous Post ..Positively Change The World{Inspirational Thought} =-.

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Diane AZ December 20, 2009 at 6:03 am

Beautiful light and shadows in the picture. Hauss’ advice is so peaceful… “Learn to view everything as a worthwhile experience.” Things that we might be tempted to label as negative, such as shadows, are vital parts of the whole picture. To say they shouldn’t exist is to argue with reality, which is insane. It’s all good!
.-= Diane AZ´s Last Fabulous Post ..Afternoon Sun and Shadows =-.

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Trish @IamSucceeding December 20, 2009 at 6:30 am

Exactly what Ineeded this morning…thank you Lance
.-= Trish @IamSucceeding´s Last Fabulous Post ..Looking Back…Reflections 2009 =-.

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Cath Lawson December 20, 2009 at 6:50 am

Hi Lance – Ditto what others have said – this speaks to me too. It’s like the perfect blueprint on how to live. And I agree with Davina – your photo choice is awesome.

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Dorothy December 20, 2009 at 7:20 am

My first visit what a beautiful blog and absolutely precious words to savor..

Dorothy from grammology
grammology.com
.-= Dorothy´s Last Fabulous Post ..What do the holidays mean to you? =-.

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Laurie December 20, 2009 at 7:29 am

May the pain you have known
and the conflict you have experienced
give you the strength to walk through life
facing each new situation with courage and optimism.

While walking through the darkness and pain of that very difficult time in my life was horrifically difficult, it brought me to a place of refinement that I wouldn’t be without it. I am not thankful for the pain and difficulties but I am thankful that they weren’t wasted. God promises to work all things for good, and he is true to his promise.

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Mark Salinas December 20, 2009 at 7:36 am

You always seem to find them Lance…very good! Thanks for this!
.-= Mark Salinas´s Last Fabulous Post ..Holiday Thoughts =-.

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Fitarella December 20, 2009 at 7:53 am

Thank you for this Lancey. Beautiful, just beautiful and a very timely for me. Thank you.
.-= Fitarella´s Last Fabulous Post ..Protected: Addiction =-.

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Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord December 20, 2009 at 7:53 am

Lance, reading that gave me chills. I don’t think my words of gratitude could match or adequately describe the feeling you’ve given me today. ( * bow * )
~ Namaste ~
.-= Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord´s Last Fabulous Post ..Funny Cookies =-.

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Lance December 20, 2009 at 7:55 am

@Davina – Hi Davina. This photo really jumped out at me, with the light streaming in from behind the tree – it just seemed so well suited for this poem. And yes, our futures are what we each see as possible – we are limited only by ourselves. Sometimes it may not feel that way, although I really do believe that. Have a wonderful Christmas!

@Natalia – This whole poem really is uplifting. And the part you highlighted, Natalia, is one so worth really letting soak into our soul. It can be easy to let the naysayers of life bring us down a couple of notches. We don’t have to let that happen, though. We can always choose. Today I choose to not be weighted down by those who judge me without fully knowing. That part really speaks to me, too. Happy Sunday Natalia!

@Hilda – Hi Hilda. Yes, these words speak to really being okay with the life we have and in seeing all that can be. And seeing the beauty and love in the world around us – what a sweet way to really find compassion for all that is around us. Enjoy your day, Hilda!

@Peggy – I believe they can come true, too! The more people that read these words, and even more than that, the more people that really and deeply believe these words – will bring such positive vibrations to our world! You do, Peggy…always!!!

@Caity – I love this photo too, so peaceful. It can be true for you, Caity – these words. Let them become a part of you, believe in all that can be, and let love be your compass. I know that this is all in you…

@Jeanne – Merry Christmas Jeanne! And thank you for being here!

@Hilary – Hi Hilary. These really are wonderful words, aren’t they! And our dreams CAN come true…if we believe, and act on these beliefs. And that’s a very wonderful thing about our life here on earth, how it is limited only by our own imagination. Merry Christmas to you, my friend!

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Lance December 20, 2009 at 8:21 am

@Jannie – Jannie, thank you. Your words are wonderful, kind, caring, and sweet. Know that I see that so much in you, too – your spirit shines through always, and touches on something deeper in the connections you make. Shine on, friend…

@Suzie – Merry Christmas Suzie!! This seemed so fitting for this time of year, as many celebrate holidays and really time together with family. And that very much shines of love and life. Like you, Suzie – you send such positive and affirming vibes out into the world, into my world. Sending love and hugs back to you, my friend.

@Miz – And that all reminds me of the happiness and peace that we can all experience in our lives – it is there. And…your daughter rolls her eyes now…just wait!! Miz, your contagious attitude for life is so sustaining – thank you, always, for being here.

@Zeenat – With the holiday season here, and a new year right around the corner, this just seemed so fitting to think about. And especially the end of this, that we always feel loved. Because sometimes we may not – but we can always choose to love ourselves. Always. Zeenat, it is so good to have you here, you presence is a calming one – and deeply appreciated. May the rest of your Sunday be beautiful…

@Diane AZ – This photo really grabbed me…with the light streaming in behind the tree – beautiful! Every experience we have, there is something there for us. We may not see it right away, but I really do believe that it is there… And that is all good, indeed. Diane, thank you for all your support and caring…

@Trish – This just really hits the spot, doesn’t it! Thanks much, Trish!

@Cath – Hi Cath. Yes, this is certainly a blueprint for living a beautiful life. And I’m glad you like the photo – I too found it to be so fitting for this poem…

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Lisis December 20, 2009 at 8:33 am

Ditto, word for word, to what Megan said. Thank you for always setting such a positive tone to the start of my new week. 🙂
.-= Lisis´s Last Fabulous Post ..Why Do You Fear Being Great, You Yellow-Bellied Coward? =-.

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suzen December 20, 2009 at 8:34 am

Hi Lance!
AWEsome!!!! That is beyond a doubt the most beautiful wish list I have ever read! And the photo – WOW
it’s the light of love itself I’m sure!
Wishing you and yours all things joyous!
suZen

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Lance December 20, 2009 at 8:39 am

@Dorothy – Thanks for visiting today, Dorothy! These really are words to let soak in and savor.

@Laurie – Laurie, I know that you are in a good place now. That certainly doesn’t make the moments of days in the past any easier – I know, though, that you have found the good in all of this. Laurie, you are a shining example of caring and compassion, and that is a beautiful thing to see. Thanks so much for your presnece in my life, and for being here today.

@Mark Salinas – Great to see you Mark!! This is so good to read and let just settle in.

@Fitarella – Hey Jacq-Smack!! It is really great to have you here today! And you make me smile…as always! Speaking of smiles..yours is so wonderful to see! Sending love and warmth (and even a couple of deadlifts!) your way…

@Megan – Megan, know that your being here is always so, so good. You have a way with words that is touching and sweet. I know, too, that you mean what you are saying here – and I find that to be very soul-connecting. You are a gift in my life…

@Lisis – Lisis, and ditto to what I have said to Megan. I connect very deeply with you, and having you in my life is a gift. Shine on, my friend…

@Suzen – Hi Suzen. With Christmas and all it’s busyness and gift-buying upon us, seeing this wish list really sits upon our heart, doesn’t it. A list that, if we had all of this…always..our life would be not for want. Suzen, thank you for always being such a beacon of hope here.

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Jodi at Joy Discovered December 20, 2009 at 10:04 am

Hi Lance!
What a beautiful message! Thank you so much. I love this poem–it is a definite keeper!
.-= Jodi at Joy Discovered´s Last Fabulous Post ..Love, Love, Love =-.

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Evita December 20, 2009 at 10:07 am

Just beautiful Lance! Truly beautiful!

And what a perfect time to share this message/poem with all of us Lance. Impeccable timing!
.-= Evita´s Last Fabulous Post ..It’s A Wonderful Life and Your Role In It Is Irreplaceable =-.

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Caroline December 20, 2009 at 10:44 am

Well now…this is a perfect thing to read on Sunday and my birthday! 🙂 What a gift. Lance, what would this silly world be like without you? Thank you for continuing to share the love and light with us. Many many blessings to you today and everyday!
.-= Caroline´s Last Fabulous Post ..It’s kind of like this… =-.

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Mindful Mimi December 20, 2009 at 11:36 am

The simple wisdom of life. Wonderful. Thanks Lance for sharing. And I wish you the same and all that you wish for yourself.
M
.-= Mindful Mimi´s Last Fabulous Post ..Christmas Sunday laugh =-.

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Nadia - Happy Lotus December 20, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Hi Lance,

What a beautiful poem! It speaks to my heart so much. That was wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us.

Love is truly the most powerful force in the Universe and it is something that we all have the capacity to give. The more we give of it, the more we get of it. However, we need to give love not out of a desire to get love back but because it is the right thing to do.

A person can have all the money in the world but if they do not have love, they have nothing.

Merry Christmas to you! 🙂
.-= Nadia – Happy Lotus´s Last Fabulous Post ..Searching For Some Soul =-.

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Linda Abbit December 20, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Stunning photo to accompany a beautiful poem (prayer?), Lance! I plan on sharing it with many in my world!

Thanks for sharing so much beauty (inner and outer) with us this year.

Sending loads of wishes for a peaceful and love-filled holiday season with your dear ones and a spectacular new year for us all. XO
.-= Linda Abbit´s Last Fabulous Post ..Seasons Greetings from Tender Loving Eldercare =-.

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Angelia Sims December 20, 2009 at 12:51 pm

This is beautiful, peaceful, and enriching. It aches with hope, and trust, that everything is on the right path. We can boldly step forward glancing back. It brims with confidence and assurance.
I love this picture. It is so rare to see snow like that here.

🙂 Happy Sunday Lance.
.-= Angelia Sims´s Last Fabulous Post ..A Stunning Christmas =-.

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Audra Krell December 20, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Merry Christmas Lance!!!! Love the encouragement to not let others define who I am! I find my worth from God alone, although it can be hard to remember that sometimes. Your friendship is priceless, this time of year and always.
.-= Audra Krell´s Last Fabulous Post ..Steal of a Deal =-.

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Erin Prais-Hintz December 20, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Absolutely spot on stunning as usual, Lance, in words and image choices.
“Remember, those whose lives you have touched
and who have touched yours
are always a part of you,
even if the encounters were less than you would have wished.
It is the content of the encounter
that is more important than its form.”

I feel so blessed to have been touched by your words and attitude toward life. We have never met, we two, but I feel a kindredness with you.

Wishing you and your lovely family a few remaining Advent days of waiting and contemplating and watching for the ever present joy. Wishing you peace and light in the coming Christmas season and beyond into the New Year.

Enjoy the day!
Erin
.-= Erin Prais-Hintz´s Last Fabulous Post ..RAW::Use What You Have =-.

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Wilma Ham December 20, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Hi Lance.
This is the best wish ever; “May you always feel loved. May a kind word, a reassuring touch, and a warm smile be yours every day of your life, and may you give these gifts as well as receive them.”
That is what life is all about and oh this is my wish for everybody always.
It is my focus to get this as then I can pass it on to others.
Knowing love is the only way to give it.
You cannot give what you do not have AND that is becoming clearer and clearer.
May we all feel love this Christmas and the coming year. That is my wish for everybody, thus lots of love to you, your family and everybody else, Wilma xox
.-= Wilma Ham´s Last Fabulous Post ..To create, we have to think more. =-.

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Katie West/The Levity Coach December 20, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Lance. This is truly beautiful. It kind of leaves me speechless(hard to do) 🙂
and full of gratitude and blessing for my life and all of our lives intertwined.
Thank you Lance for this quote, the inspiration, and you.
Peace and snowmen cookies
Katie
.-= Katie West/The Levity Coach´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Levity Project: Laughter Flash Chicago! =-.

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Lisa (mommymystic) December 20, 2009 at 3:21 pm

beautiful picture and poem…may these blessings radiate out to all beings this season…
.-= Lisa (mommymystic)´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Desert Mothers: First Women Christian Hermits =-.

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Lance December 20, 2009 at 4:28 pm

@Jodi – Hi Jodi. This is so uplifting, isn’t it. And it really reminds me, especially this time of year, that what truly matters comes from the heart. Thanks much for being here…always…

@Evita – Evita, thank you so much. I read this and just knew this was a beautiful message to share during these hectic holiday days ahead. And, Evita – know that you being here and all your support and care do not go unnoticed. My life is better because of you. And for that, I am deeply grateful.

@Caroline – Happy Birthday Caroline!!!! And what you have written reminds me very much of a post I read this weekend by Evita, about the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”. We all make an impact during our time here on earth. So, I am deeply touched by your sweet words, and know that I feel so much the same about you. You shine in this world, and without you here, so many lives would be less fulfilled. Mine most definitely. And so I thank you for being here today, and really for being in my life…

@Mimi – Mimi, it’s been so great getting to know you, and see you blossom with creativity! Thank you for being a friend, for caring, and for letting your true colors shine!

@Nadia – Hi Nadia. I see that as the real beauty of this poem…how it touches so much upon the heart. And really, with it’s core being love. Love is pretty amazing isn’t it. It’s something we all have the capacity to give, yet we hold back all too often. I know I have. When I do, though, it is so connecting, it feels so right, and it comes back tenfold. Love is our base. Nadia, Merry Christmas to you too, wonderful friend…

@Linda Abbit – Linda, thank you! Your words are sweet and kind, and I am honored and humbled by them. And I believe that is really a reflection of you, and your beauty shining through always. And may this season of celebration be filled with much joy for you and your wonderful family.

@Angelia – It’s that peacefulness that I really felt when I read this, that spoke to me. And I really searched for a picture that would share that same message. Our lives are all filled with so much possibility, and whatever direction we go – if we are doing that from the heart – that is the right place for us to be. And when we think of that all enveloped in love, that is beautiful. Angelia, thank you for all the wonderful and heartfelt comments you have shared. Your soul is beautiful…

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Lance December 20, 2009 at 4:55 pm

@Audra – Merry Christmas Audra! In our world, it’s can be easy to be swayed by the judgments of others. when we have as our rock, a God that loves and cares for us, though, we have a foundation on which to lean on in these moments. Audra, you are a shining example of living this out. Know that even in those moments when it is difficult (as we all have those moments), you have that inner strength and connection to your deep and very real spirituala side that I know is there, that I have witnessed. And know also that this priceless friendship is so much a two-way street. You are a wonderful soul…

@Erin – Erin, I feel that kindered spirit connection too. I think back to early on when our paths first crossed, and how your message just spoke to me – even though I didn’t fully “get” the beads. What I believe today is that what you do, is an expression of who you are. And that you do this through beadwork and through words is all so moving. Having a piece from your collection, the one you created especially for my wife – is something that is treasured here. And that is not only because of it’s beauty (which it is, very much), but also because of the love and care that I know you put into your creations. Anyway, I’m going on here, but just know that I find a strong connection to you, at a deeper level. And to you and your family…may this Christmas season be filled with much beauty and love.

@Wilma – Hi Wilma. The essence of life. If we can give love, genuinely and without expectation…what a beautiful place to be. I believe that love is deeply within all of us. How we choose to share that love, or really connect with it ourselves first I suppose – is a choice for each of us to make. As we connect more deeply with what love is for us, and we give that love away…the world just grows closer and closer together. Wilma, thank you for the love you always send this way. Love and candy canes back to you!

@Katie – Katie. I’m smiling! Speechless…wow! It is so interesting how our lives do intertwine, and by some chance passing in the world – we are connected. And the thing is, now that we are – I see how deeply good this is. Katie, you are an amazing person. And you are because you care deeply. Know that you have touched my life in wonderful ways, and knowing you is a gift. You shine love in all you do… (and now, for some reason…all I can think about is cookies…)

@Lisa – Lisa, thank you. These words that are shared here touch upon some of our deep human needs. Love. something deep within us all, and something I really believe we not only have, but also something we crave. It’s so good having you here, your presence is so filled with peace….

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Diane Fit to the Finish December 20, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Both the picture and the thoughts are just wonderful. I really looked at the picture and thought about the words. I feel so blessed in all areas of my life.

Blessings to you and yours this Christmas season.
.-= Diane Fit to the Finish´s Last Fabulous Post ..Grocery Shopping Annoys Me =-.

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diantha December 20, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Lots of wisdom in this one. Thank you for a lovely wise reading today!

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Evelyn Lim December 20, 2009 at 9:23 pm

The essence to life is about love, isn’t it? We go about wishing for a ton of material things but yet they are entirely meaningless if we do have someone to share them with. What a lovely message to share this Christmas and for the holiday season? Thanks, Lance!
.-= Evelyn Lim´s Last Fabulous Post ..Christmas Greetings From Singapore Botanic Gardens =-.

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Tim December 20, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Hi Lance:

What an awesome quote and photo! I’m blown away. Thank you for these wishes and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and thank you for all of the wisdom you share with us here.
.-= Tim´s Last Fabulous Post ..Weekend Musical Diversion: Ray Charles =-.

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J.D. Meier December 21, 2009 at 3:02 am

Those are powerful wishes.

> May the teachings of those you admire become part of you, so that you may call upon them.
Beautiful in a very Mr. Miyagi sort of way.
.-= J.D. Meier´s Last Fabulous Post ..8 Ways to Be Heroic =-.

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Barbara Swafford December 21, 2009 at 3:41 am

Hi Lance,

As I was reading this beautiful poem it reminded me of how perfect it is for the holiday season. And like the poem says, I pray everyone is filled with love.

Happy Holidays to you and your family Lance. You’ve truly been a blessing in my life and in blogosphere. May the new year be filled with dreams that come true.
.-= Barbara Swafford´s Last Fabulous Post ..Happy Holidays To You & Yours =-.

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Lance December 21, 2009 at 7:24 am

@Diane – I find the picture to be very peaceful. And that’s very much a feeling I get from the poem as well. So good to hear you have let this really soak in. Diane, thank you for your support here this year. And may your family find much joy this Christmas season.

@Diantha – Hi Diantha. These really are wise words to read and really think about – thanks.

@Evelyn – Yes, the essence of life is very much rooted in love. This reminds me of a passage from the Bible – “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” A wonderful Christmas message. Evelyn, thank you for your kind and caring words always…

@Tim – Hi Tim. I was looking for a message to share this holiday season, and just wasn’t finding what felt right. And then I stumbled on this…and just knew this was it. It fits so well to the Christmas season, and really what it is all about. Merry Christmas Tim!!

@J.D. Meier – This is good! I had not thought about the message here and the words of the Karate Kid’s Mr. Miyagi. Very fitting!

@Barbara – Hi Barbara. My thoughts exactly, on how this just really fits this holiday season – and the real beauty behind it. Love is such a wonderful thing. Barbara, thank you for being here, for giving me a start back in the beginning, and for sharing all that you do. Merry Christmas!

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Laura Hegfield December 21, 2009 at 8:56 am

I feel embraced and held by these words…uplifted and awed by the photo. Thanks Lance. May all of these words support you too!
gentle steps,
Laura
.-= Laura Hegfield´s Last Fabulous Post ..Darkness Provides =-.

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Jenn Z December 21, 2009 at 10:43 am

Lance, I love this blog! It is beautiful! My favorite portions are:
” May the teachings of those you admire become part of you,
so that you may call upon them.” & “May you find enough inner
strength to determine your own worth by yourself,”
how true this is.. I am learning to ‘ask’ more from an open heart rather than ego,
and realize this is a double blessing for both sides. Also, I am learning to go within
to realize my own worth rather than depend on another to tell me I am enough.
Thank you for these beautiful reminders today!
Wishing you all the best this Christmas,..and into 2010!!
~Much Light and Immeasurable Love! 🙂
luv, Jenn
.-= Jenn Z´s Last Fabulous Post ..Feeling Stuck and Learning to Love Imperfection: =-.

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Jannie Funster December 21, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Whoo-hoo!!!

Ah, that felt good.

🙂
.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..With Not A Dry Parental Eye In The House =-.

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Karl Staib - Work Happy Now December 21, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Ahhh, reading that felt good. I like the few lines. When we have the inner strength to be confident in our own choices then I know I’ve reached a new level. I’m not there yet, but I’m working on it.
.-= Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s Last Fabulous Post ..Theme of the Week – More Listening Less Talking =-.

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Amy Putkonen (Jewell) December 21, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Hi Lance! Been thinking of you as the year is coming to a close and last year you were so inspirational with your post about picking a WORD for the new year instead of setting goals. Any thoughts as to what your word will be for 2010?
.-= Amy Putkonen (Jewell)´s Last Fabulous Post ..Story of Healing: Hillary Rubin =-.

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lisaschaos December 21, 2009 at 4:58 pm

I am in love with that photo! Beautiful! And the words, I wish all the same for you! 🙂 Happy Holidays!
.-= lisaschaos´s Last Fabulous Post ..Ho Ho Ho Happy Holidays (Macro Monday) =-.

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Keith December 21, 2009 at 5:47 pm

Hi Lance,

Reading this poem brought to my mind so many things. I came to this comment box to share some of those thoughts, and after realizing they were so numerous I thought I’d just say this:

Lance, I appreciate you and what you do on this blog very much. Coming here and reading the things you share make me want to be a better person. For that, I thank you.
.-= Keith´s Last Fabulous Post ..It’s Time To Get Real! =-.

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Yum Yucky December 21, 2009 at 7:48 pm

You did it again…. I must go re-read. Slower this time. And breathe in all of it’s goodness.
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Lance December 21, 2009 at 10:29 pm

@Laura – Laura, these words are so uplifting for me, and remind me of truly what is important in my life. Thanks so much for being here…

@Jenn – When we let our heart really speak to us, the answers we get are steeped in what truly matters. That doesn’t mean that the world around us will always fully support us. The thing is, when we go within, like you have, those outside “forces” become much less forceful…and we are guided much more by our own internal wisdom. Jenn, merry Christmas to you, and thank you so much for walking on this journey with me.

@Jannie – That sounds like it felt good! I think I’ll try it too… Woo-hoo!!! Oh yeah!!

@Karl – Inner strength…that belief that we “can”. Karl, on so many levels, I see this in you…it is there. And as we are all evolving, “there” is always a moving target, and that’s okay.

@Amy – Hi Amy! Well…I have began to think about a WORD for next year, and am planning a post for early in 2010 about that (although a word has not been chosen yet). I find it so interesting how 2009 turned out, and how the word COURAGE really manifested itself in my life. Thanks so much for being here…and CONGRATULATIONS on getting married! Woohoo!!!

@Lisa – This photo is so beautiful! I was mesmerized by it! Lisa, thanks so much for all your support this year, and may your Christmas and the new year ahead be filled with much love.

@Keith – Hi Keith. Your words are very kind and meaningful to me. Thank you so much for that, and really for being here and supporting me on this journey. Your friendship means the world to me. May the holiday season be filled with much joy in your life…

@Yum Yucky – Hey Josie. It is really nice to see you here. Always is. This goodness IS you. You have touched my life this year – and I am so grateful for that. Merry christmas, awesome friend…

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Peggy December 22, 2009 at 6:10 am

A stunning photograph with a beautiful poem. The two go hand in hand. Absolutely awesome this week!

xo
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Lance December 31, 2009 at 5:56 am

Peggy,
Thanks so much for being here, and for all your support this year.

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ClinicallyClueless January 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Lance,

I just found your blog and it is so uplifting. This post is simply beautiful. Thank you.

CC
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Lance January 2, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Clinically Clueless,
Thank you so much for your kind words, and for being here today.

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