Wednesday, December 31, 2008


The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.

- Bernard M. Baruch

All Seasons - Timelapse

My Wishes For You

Happiness deep down within.
Serenity with each sunrise.
Success in each facet of your life.
Family beside you.
Close and caring friends.
Health, inside you.
Love that never ends.
Special memories of all the yesterdays.
A bright today with much to be thankful for.
A path that leads to beautiful tomorrows.
Dreams that do their best to come true.
Appreciation of all the wonderful things about you.

- Annoymous

To Live

To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury; and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable; and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasion, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.

- William Ellery Channing

Anything's Possible

No day or person is unimportant.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

People Always Come Into Your Life for a Reason

People always come into your life for a reason, a season and a lifetime. When you figure out which it is, you know exactly what to do.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed outwardly or inwardly. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or even spiritually. They may seem like a godsend to you, and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer we sent up has been answered. And it is now time to move on.

When People come into our life for a SEASON, itis because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They may bring you an experience of peace, or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season. And like Spring turns to Summer and Summer to Fall, the season eventually ends.

LIFETIME relationships teach you a lifetime of lessons: those things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person/people (anyway), and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas in your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant. Thank you for being part of my life.

- Brian A. "Drew" Chalker

Three Mysteries of Life

The three mysteries of life.

1) Where we came from
2) Why we do what we do
3) Where we’re going to go

- Evel Knievel

Triumphs and Disappointments

We will all experience triumphs and disappointments in our lifetime. What will separate them are how we celebrate the triumphs and not dwell on the disappointments. It's our nature to dwell on the disappointments, rather than celebrate the triumphs no matter how small they are.

- Kaoru

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Greatest Love Of All

How will you invest in our future?


First, knowing the people and values we hold dear are just as eternal as we are, we have every reason to work happily and hopefully and take opportunities as they come -- also, knowing what could be discouraging in time is not discouraging at all in eternity.

- Laura Teresa Marquez


Every human being has the right to search for happiness, and by 'happiness' is meant something that makes other people feel content.

- Paul Coelho

Saturday, December 27, 2008


Everything is either good or is in the process of becoming good -- everything.

- Laura Teresa Marquez

Beautiful Iran

People Would Rather Make Friends Than Enemies

It is unfortunate that too many people cut potentially meaningful friendships through misunderstanding and assumptions about the other person. The reality is we can never fully know a person and understand them, and often we see things from a totally different perspective, and even speak a different emotional language. A tone of voice, a look, or a comment can easily be misinterpreted, and our response is to feel hurt or offended.

The best way to find out the truth is to ask questions to discover what the other person actually means. What a person means can be very different from an interpretation from your different perspective. Sometimes people may make a statement, and not tell you the reasons why they said it.

It does take more commitment to any relationship to push through communication difficulties and not rely on assumptions. We live in a world where we have become guarded and full of assumptions.

I think most people would rather make friends than enemies, and that if they understood that and not take things so personal, people might not be so offended by the remark that was meant to brighten their day. Believe me, there are people in this world who are polite and courteous. You just haven't met one yet.

- Kaoru

Someone's Opinion

Someone's opinion of you does not have to become your reality.

- Kaoru

Friday, December 26, 2008

Thursday, December 25, 2008

What Will Matter

In the end, it's not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away

- Shing Xiong


Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

- Charles Dickens

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Beginning of Life

Look up at the sky
Can you see the light?
It's a new day that shines so bright
As you walk out the door
You can't ignore the peace in your heart
That makes you glow inside
On this day and days to come
You reflect on memories
That have came and gone
Never knowing your next move
Only wishing to improve
So you must strive to be better in every way
That you continue to learn
Enjoy life with ease
Why, because life is the beginning
So don't stop where you are today
Keep moving toward your goals every day
Sky's the limit, open your eyes
And explore what's beyond the front door

Heartfelt Poetry
by Chanetta D McNeal

Barnes &
Conquering Books
Barnes & Nobles


You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it's a little thing, do something for others - something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.

- Albert Schweitzer

Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Friend

(A)ccepts you as you are
(B)elieves in "you"
(C)alls you just to say "HI"
(D)oesn't give up on you
(E)nvisions the whole of you (even the unfinished parts)
(F)orgives your mistakes
(G)ives unconditionally
(H)elps you
(I)nvites you over
(J)ust "be" with you
(K)eeps you close at heart
(L)oves you for who you are
(M)akes a difference in your life
(N)ever Judges
(O)ffer support
(P)icks you up
(Q)uiets your fears
(R)aises your spirits
(S)ays nice things about you
(T)ells you the truth when you need to hear it
(U)nderstands you
(V)alues you
(W)alks beside you
(X)-plains thing you don't understand
(Y)ells when you won't listen and
(Z)aps you back to reality

- Annomymous

Do you Teach or Do you Educate?


Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

- Buddha

Monday, December 22, 2008


Kindness is an unconditional act given without expectation of anything in return. It warms our heart and makes life worth living.

- Kaoru


Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.

- Annoymous

Havasupai Waterfall


Sunday, December 21, 2008

What Does Loving Yourself Mean?

BEING AWARE - Knowing who you are, how you act, what you believe, and why you think certain ways. Knowing your boundaries, strengths and weaknesses.

BEING VALUABLE - Recognizing your own worth and the validity of your opinions. Providing value to others because you tap into your individual talents.

BEING YOUR OWN BEST FRIEND - Liking, respecting, and trusting yourself. Treating yourself well. Taking care of your needs.

BEING ASSERTIVE - Confidently expressing your unique "I" in the world. Being proactive rather than reactive and staying true to yourself.

BEING COMMITTED - Acting in accordance with your personal development or spiritual growth. Making "growth" your number one priority.

BEING SELFISH (or SELF-MINDFUL) - Respecting yourself and not tolerating disrespect from others. Neither sacrificing yourself to others, nor letting others sacrifice themselves to you.

BEING RESPONSIBLE - Knowing that you are ultimately responsible for all outcomes in your life, positive and negative, and that you alone make the choices which create your experience.

BEING HAPPY ALONE - Enjoying your own company and using solitude for nourishment to reboot your energy. That way you can share love without getting depleted.

The most important person in your life is you. The person who you love the most in the world should be you!


Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

- Lao Tzu

Extraordinary life

You Can Be What You Want To Be

There is inside you all of the potential
to be whatever you want to be...
all of the energy to do whatever
you want to do.
Imagine yourself as you would like to be,
doing what you want to do,
and each day, take one step towards
your dream.
And though at times it may seem too
difficult to continue,
hold on to your dream.
One morning you will awake to find
that you are the person you dreamed of...
doing what you wanted to do...
simply because you had the courage
to believe in your potential
and to hold on to your dream.

- Donna Levine

Within Temptation - See Who I Am

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Always Have A Dream In Your Heart

Follow your heart,
never surrender your dreams.
Constantly work towards your goals.
Believe in yourself, and always be truthful.
Take time to enjoy life's pleasures.
Keep your mind open to new experiences.
Think before acting,
but don't forget the joys of spontaneity.
Make your own decisions.
Look out for yourself, but remember
that you share this universe with others.
Look for the good in others,
everybody has their own song to sing.
Live each moment to the fullest,
for a moment too soon becomes a memory.
Look for opportunities, not guarantees.
Hope for the best.
Give people a chance to love you,
for that is how you learn to love.
Live your life for yourself,
but always be considerate of others.
Believe in tomorrow, for it holds the key
to your dreams.

- Melissa Ososki

One Action Can Make the Difference


Do not worry about the future for it is not yet come. Live each day in the present and make it beautiful.

- Annomymous


A smile is a language that even a baby understands.

- Annomymous


Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.

- Buddha

Friday, December 19, 2008


To accomplish great things we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe.

- Anatole

My Date With Drew Trailer

A Movie for the dreamers in all of us. I highly recommend this documentary. It's definitely a crowd pleaser.


Within each of us is a hidden store of energy. Energy we can release to compete in the marathon of life. Within each of us is a hidden store of courage, courage to give us the strength to face any challenge. Within each of us is a hidden store of determination. Determination to keep us in the race when all seems lost.

— Roger Dawson

Thursday, December 18, 2008

This Story Will Change Your Life


The good, the bad, hardship, the joy, the tragedy, love and happiness are all interwoven into one single, indescribable whole that is called life.

- Jacqueline Kennedy


When you are thankful you focus your energy on the present moment—where it is the greatest. You fuel your life with trust and love instead of fear and doubt.

- Jon Gordon

Peace Today


To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world.

- Annomymous

Morning Storm

The luminous sky is covering up,
as clouds roll quietly in
smokey gray intimidation,
satiated droplets like sin.

The sky once lit
by optimistic light,
watch the clouds move in
with a menacing might.

Pushing people and creatures
back in to their shells,
the darkness envelops
with a story to tell.

The calm days are over
the purity gone,
as the storm sneaks in
just a bit before dawn.

The first wetness falls,
slowly at first
then drenches the lands
insatiable thirst.

Zigzag lightning
escorts claps of earsplitting thunder,
provoking desperate thoughts
and feelings of wonder.

Next comes the downpour,
releasing its rage
slipping so boisterously
from it's cotton-like cage.

Thunder crashes again
not once, but more and more
pushing the people farther inward;
keeps pounding at the door.

But the rain becomes less forceful
and the thunder is subdued,
it slowly lightens up
as most storms eventually do.

The land is now replenished
flowers bloomed and grass so plush
The storm moves on to another place
just as it came; in such a rush.

© By Mary C. Hyzer

Empowering Message

Esther Hicks

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Never Give Up!

There may be times when you feel
as if you have taken a million steps towards
your dreams, and acted on your plans, only to find
yourself in the same place that you began from.
At times like this, you must not give up.

- Vicki Silvers

Highest Goal

Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.

- Brian Tracy

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Ballet - Hand in Hand

Two very amazing dancers.

Making a Difference

To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.

- Confucius

The Teddy Stallard Story

It's much easier to judge someone than to take the time know them. Please take the time to watch this video.

Josh Groban - You Raise Me Up


Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.

- Brian Tracy

Monday, December 15, 2008


If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive…

- Eleonora Duse


If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.

— Maya Angelou

Sunday, December 14, 2008


Hope is always available to us. When we feel defeated, we need only take a deep breath and say, "Yes," and hope will reappear.

- Monroe Forester

Today is My Day

Today my thoughts are centred on expecting only the best
and giving only the best.

Today my mind and heart are open to new opportunities
and I make the most out of every situation.

Today I will smile and act enthusiastically in everything I do.
I will make every person I meet feel very important and
I will show them that I care.

Today my confidence is high and I am willing to step out
and take a chance.
I speak freely to all those I meet.
I know I have something valuable to contribute.
I expect results today and my time is well invested.

Today I am one step closer to achieving my goals and dreams.
I always keep my eyes focused on success and prosperity.

Today I will sow good seed so that I will reap my harvest of reward.


Free Hugs - Japan

What Is Success

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Go after what you want in life, with all the blessings of all the people who care about you. And find out what making your wishes come true really feels like.

- Collin McCarty

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Moments of Happiness

Flowers of Japan


Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

- Annoyomous

A Good Day

Brother David Steindl-Rast

Go After Your Dreams

Sometimes the paths we take are long and hard, but remember: those are always the ones that lead to the most beautiful views.

- Collin McCarty

Friday, December 12, 2008


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 you discover enough goodness in others to believe in a world of peace. 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. Remember the sunshine when the storm seems unending.

- Anonymous


The word "appreciation" means to be thankful and express admiration, approval, or gratitude. It also means to grow or appreciate in value. As you appreciate life, you become more valuable—both to yourself and others.

- Sara Paddison


Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold — but so does a hard-boiled egg.

- Anonymous

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Courage Is

The Strange Familiar


Fear less, hope more;
Whine less, breathe more;
Talk less, say more;
Hate less, love more;
And all good things are yours.

- Swedish Proverb

Be Thankful

I would mainain that thanks are the highest form of thought,
and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

- Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Being True to Yourself

One thing my spirit guides have taught me is to always be true to myself. Many people ask me about this. Being true to yourself is basically being honest with yourself, learning about yourself and maintaining the ethics that you believe in.

To do this just sit back and think about every relationship and aspect of your life, seeing the real value in yourself, understanding your strengths and weaknesses and being completely honest when you do so. Ask yourself questions such as: What needs to be changed in my life? What needs to be removed? What needs to be welcomed in? What behaviours or thoughts need changing? It's important to recognize your good points while you do this.

Read the entire article at:

MAD Hug Drive


When I look back on all the worries I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which never happened.

- Sir Winston Churchill

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A Creed to Live By

Don't undermine your worth by comparing
yourself with others.
It is because we are different that each of us is special.
Don't set your goals by what other people
deem important.

Only you know what is best for you.
Don't take for granted the things closest to your heart.
Cling to them as you would your life, for without them
life is meaningless.

Don't let your life slip through your fingers
by living in the past or for the future.
By living your life one day at a time,
you live all the days of your life.

Don't give up when you still have something to give.
Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.
Don't be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect.
It is this fragile thread that binds us to each other.
Don't be afraid to encounter risks.

It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.
Don't shut love out of your life by saying it's impossible to find.
The quickest way to receive love is to give love.
The fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly;
and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.
Don't dismiss your dreams.

To be without dreams is to be without hope;
to be without hope is to be without purpose.
Don't run through life so fast that you forget
not only where you've been, but also where you're going.
Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored
each step of the way.

- Nancye Sims

Happiness or Misery

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.

- Martha Washington

Monday, December 8, 2008


At the heart of silence is prayer.
At the heart of prayer is faith.
At the heart of faith is life.
At the heart of life is service.

- Mother Teresa

P.O.D. - Change The World

Words To Live By

It's not how much you accomplish in life
that really counts,
but how much you give to other.

It's not how high you build your dreams
that makes a difference,
but how high your faith can climb.

It's not how many goals you reach,
but how many lives you touch.

It's not who you know that matters,
but who you are inside.

Believe in the impossible,
hold tight to the incredible,
and live each day to its fullest potential.
You can make a difference
in your world.

- Rebecca Barlow Jordan

Sunday, December 7, 2008


I have never been especially impressed by the heroics of people who are convinced they are about to change the world. I am more awed by those who struggle to make one small difference after another.

- Ellen Goodman


Everything we call a trial, a sorrow, or a duty, believe me... the gift is there and the wonder of an overshadowing presence. Our joys too -- be not content with them as joys. They too, conceal diviner gifts.

- Fra Giovanni

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Stargazer Lilies Blooming

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.

- Jawaharlal Nehru


True love does not come by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.

- Jason Jordan


To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

- Anonymous

Friday, December 5, 2008

Who I Am Makes A Difference

Forgive Yourself

Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.

- Les Brown

Helping Himself

It is one of the beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

- Charles Dudley


You can either live life or let life pass you by.

- Kaoru

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Beatles - In my life

For a friend in Hagåtña, Guam. Thank you for all your
support and blessings.

Be Yourself

Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.

- Benjamin Disraeli

Lifes Little Lessons


Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Be a lamp unto your self. Be your own confidence. Hold to the truth within yourself as to the only Truth.


Would You Trade Your Life?

If you could trade your life for someone else's with no questions asked -- what would you do? Would you trade it or keep it? If you trade it then you would have never of experienced any of the joys or loves in this life. Not one moment of it would have existed. If you look at your life this way, maybe you won't complain about it.

- Kaoru

Wondrous Things

Wondrous things occur everyday in our lives, only we don't take the time to see them. Don't dwell on the adversities of the day, open your eyes to see the blessing that fill your world.

- Kaoru

Slumdog Millionaire - Trailer

A beautiful story of destiny and the power of love. Anything is possible if you believe and not give up on the eye of the prize.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Love, hope, fear, faith--these make humanity; These are its sign and note and character.

- Robert Browning