Remember when?… revisited

The old is new again. I found a post I wrote on 9/25/11. I thought you might like it.

I know from my experiences and I see other’s experiences… We all seem to hold onto our childhood in some way. For some, it’s toys that remind them of their toys from childhood. For some, it is their actions as adults that come from their childhood. For some, it is some emotional tie. For some, they live their “glory days” through someone else maybe a kid. I’ve seen people in the nursing home yelling Mom and Dad. It all stays with us and repeats with us over and over in our minds…sometimes like a movie we have seen one to many times. It is funny when you think about it…as a child, we can’t wait to grow up AND as an adult, we wish we could  go back to our childhood. We often re-live these childhood memories over and over and over through our lives. We often even miss these memories. Look at the MOVIE TOY STORY. Our toys get sold and we miss them and we wish we had them back. Maybe… a part of us is lost or sold, when our toys get sold. Maybe? Or maybe… we just realize our childhood is gone forever and all we can hope to get back is our toys. Maybe????????????

 

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Gloria Steinem

In October 2011, I rode my scooter to Rollins College. They had a women’s conference there. Gloria Steinem and other women activists were there. I had never met Gloria Steinem before and I wanted to meet her.

I met my friend Zoe Nicholson there. She was one of the activists questioned at Rollins College. It was a very educational, amazing and informative day for me. Zoe and I  are currently Facebook friends.

Zoe posted something about Gloria the other day. It basically said that in 40 years Gloria Steinem had not had a successor to move the Women’s Movement Forward.

I replied to Zoe’s Facebook post accordingly…  Zoe, I think Gloria is the tree trunk and all the people influenced by Gloria are the branches and leaves. Together over 40 years a beautiful tree has grown AND it all started with Gloria. When the time is right, another tree will be planted from Gloria’s seed (thoughts). The trunk will grow strong and it will have beautiful branches and leaves with Gloria’s influence. Gloria influenced so many. Not just one big one but many many and it changed a culture forever. Forever.

Ideas and growth are represented by the growth of a tree. The ideas and influence of Gloria touched many lives. This morning Joy Behar of the View was saying Gloria Steinem was her mentor. She said Gloria changed her life and Joy was expressing her gratitude on TV. Gee, I wounder how many more lives Gloria touched?

I know she touched mine.

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You can do it

I find there is always a way. It is like thinking outside the box. If the front door is locked, maybe you can enter through the back door. Maybe a window? There is a way. Have this mindset and find the way. There is hope and there is a way in. It looks impossible. Others want to discourage you…maybe if you succeed you show their failure of giving up. See their lack of objectivity….maybe? Keep going and find your way.

Maybe it does not to be done all at once and can be chipped away at little by little? Maybe? You can do it.

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All we can do

Sometimes life is very hard. Today I am tired. I feel like pulling the covers over my head and crying. Am I going to do this? Of course not.

We are champions. We go on when the going on is tuff. In my own way, I know how you feel. Someone said to me once, you do all you can do and God will do the rest. I do this everyday, even when I want to cry.

Let’s think about it. We all have challenges. For me, my walking is difficult. My balance is bad. I hold walls when I walk. My writing is like a child’s. I get very tired. BUT am I going to make it…you bet. Our spirit is strong. Don’t listen to the little voices of defeat in your head. This voice belongs to your enemy. I say to this voice…No thank you and continue on. Do I get tired…of course, BUT am I down and out…no way. Keep your chin up there is still another round for you to win. Go get em champ!

There was a 90’s song by Wilson Phillips…One More Day. The song expressed the same idea…go on for one more day and things will go your way. Hold on for one more day.

You Can Do it.

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Maybe?


I was talking to one of my best friends last night. She is in her 80’s. I am in my 40’s. We became friends about 17 years ago. What brought us together? Star Trek

I always find she has wisdom. She always knows the answer. She is easy to talk to and always has valuable thoughts. She also knows me. It helps.

We talked about the importance of supportive companions. We talked about a friend who is lost. We talked about the importance of purpose. I am deeply tired. She feels I am deeply tired because I am in the middle of great responsibility and great purpose. It is kind of like hopping on rocks. I am deeply tired in between the rocks. The rocks to me are times when I must be up and ready to go. I can not explain it. Maybe I will myself out of my funk so I can go and get things done? I know others are depending on me. Maybe this is what I do? Maybe?

 

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value multiplied

I often think…good thing I do not buy their bunk. If I believed society, I’d be a useless person crying in the corner. I know I am valuable, so are you. Others will try to convince you that they are better maybe than you or you need them and would fail without them or you are less than as a person. Maybe? Love is kind. Love is not conditional. Think about it.

Maybe you are better than you think you are. Maybe you are a welcome treat or surprise for someone. Maybe God created you as you are to teach someone.

Value is in the eye of the beholder, like beauty. Everyone can do something. Find your something. Find your value. It is there. Just find it.

Society does not care if you find it. It might be preferable if you do not, then you will fall in line with society’s teachings. Everyone is buying and selling for their reason. Are you buying what they are selling?

As I tell my Sunday school kids, everybody can do a little and it adds up. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Find your value. It is there. Just find it. All your efforts and others add up….value multiplied. Just find your value. It is there. Just find it.

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The right answer

I read this today and decided to share it with you…
1976 Seattle Special Olympics. Nine young competitors, all mentally or physically challenged assembled at the starting line for the 100 yard dash. At the sound of the gun, they all started running for the finish line – all except one little boy, who stumbled and fell and began to cry.
One by one, the other children stopped and looked back. Then… each one of them turned around, walked toward the little boy, and gathered around comforting him. A little girl leaned down and kissed his skinned knee, saying, “This will make it better.”
All nine children stood up arms linked, and walked toward the finish line together.

We learn the basics of kindness and humanity when we are young. These children were taught it. They knew the right answer because they were taught it. We all know the right answer and then spend the rest of our life unlearning it and then defending our positions. ???

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