A New Day………………

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Every morning, A New Day

Leaves you happy and gay

Splashing vibrant colors

Of love and joyousness

Or not so exciting colors

That spoils your mood

Lingering like a phantom

The whole day through

Let go of so called headaches

Add laughter as a better tonic

A warm feeling of freshness arises

Patience in step to your every move

A song and dance in between

Hugs and Kisses soon follow

Smiles a melody for the Soul

A small prayer to bless your way

Brighter thoughts and a cheer to say

Have a happy blissful day………………..

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7 Day Black & White Photo Challenge ………

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I have been challenged by Stella, from Simpledimple, Giggles & Tales to do the Seven Days, Black & White Photos Challenge.

The challenge is to simply post seven black and white photos in their simplicity. I have posted a dancer in all her Black and White beauty. The picture itself talks about the gorgeous dress and her dance that speaks Volumes.

Thanks Stella for the wonderful Challenge.

 

As We Grow Older…………..

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  • As we grow Older, and Wiser, we slowly but surely realize that many things lose their value in life. We are not in any mad rush to own anything and everything that we see. 
  • Whether we wear a $700 or $50 watch does not matter. The feel or the texture may be very different but time is time and they both tell the same time. 

 –     Whether we carry a $300 or $30 wallet/handbag, the amount of money inside is the same. May be it may differ a lot but the wad of notes is the same. There is no difference.

 –    Whether we drink a bottle of $500 or $30 wine of the best quality, or wine that is kept in the cellar for many years and may be the packaging may come with aesthetic designs, the hang over is always going to feel the same.  

–     Whether the house we live in is 10,000 or 700 sq. ft., with all the modern amenities like swimming pool, a tennis court, open lawns and palatial rooms, if you live in it on your own with no one to share it, loneliness is the same. It slowly destroys you.

 –    Whether we eat in a fine dining restaurant that costs $400 or eat at a roadside café costing $10, the food is all the same. It is going to settle in our system only. Too much food too will cause a number of ailments.  Wasting food is not the criteria.

You will realize, as you grow older that true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world. Whether you fly first class or economy class, if the plane goes down you go down with it.  No matter what the situation always remind yourself ‘I have a Choice’. Whether I want to own and possess everything that comes within my reach and yet remain miserable or I am totally contented with what I have been given in life.  

Our days are much happier when we give people who are barely making a living, a lot of what we do not want and see the amount of overwhelming joy and smiles on their faces. We live in a beautiful World, why not make it more humane and appropriate for all to live peacefully and cheerfully.

So Live simple, stay simple and enjoy life.

The Scars of Love……………..

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Some years ago, on a hot summer day in South California, a little boy decided to go for a swim in the old swimming hole behind his house.  In a hurry to dive into the cool water, he ran out the back door, leaving behind shoes, socks and shirt as he went.  He flew into the water, not realizing that as he swam toward the middle of the lake, an alligator was swimming toward the shore.  His father working in the yard saw the two as they got closer and closer together.  In utter fear, he ran toward the water, yelling to his son as loudly as he could.

Hearing his voice, the little boy became alarmed and made a U-turn to swim to his father.  It was too late.  Just as he reached his father, the alligator reached him first.  From the dock, the father grabbed his little boy by the arms just as the alligator snatched his legs. That began an incredible tug-of-war between the two.  The alligator was much stronger than the father, but the father was much too passionate to let go.  A farmer happened to drive by, heard his screams, raced from his truck, took aim and shot the alligator.

Remarkably, after weeks in the hospital, the little boy survived.  His legs were extremely scarred by the vicious attack of the animal. And, on his arms, were deep scratches where his father’s fingernails dug into his flesh in his effort to hang on to the son he loved.  The newspaper reporter who interviewed the boy after the trauma, asked if he would show him his scars.  The boy lifted his pant legs.  And then, with obvious pride, he said to the reporter, ‘But have a look at my arms.  I have great scars on my arms, too.  I have them because my Dad wouldn’t let go. He loves me a lot.’

You and I can identify with that little boy. We have scars, too.  No, not from an alligator, but the scars of a painful past. Some of those scars are unsightly and have caused us deep regret.  But, some wounds are because God has refused to let go.  In the midst of your struggle, He has been there holding on to you. He wants to protect you and provide for you in every way.  But sometimes we foolishly wade into dangerous situations, not knowing what lies ahead. 

The swimming hole of life is filled with perils and we forget that the enemy is waiting to attack. ‘That is when the tug-of-war begins and if you have the scars of His Love on your arms, be very, very grateful.  He could not and will not ever let you go.’

Oh! Sweet Night………….

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Oh! Sweet Night

Dark and naked

Standing tall and firm

I walk on your flaming path

Which is above my day dreams

The eventide that dances

Upon the hillocks, silent and deep.

Oh! Sweet Night

Wild and a word of caution

To Me, Lose not yourself

In monsters crowded chambers

Wet with the blood of men

Who dwells in my shadow

As heaps of broken limbs.

Oh! Sweet Night

Patient and passionate

Mighty and high

Speak my language

Take Me within your folds

That I can sleep in your bosom

Peacefully a thousand times…………….

 

Sometimes I Wish………….

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Sometimes, some things are written in our fate. No matter how hard we may try to change them, they never change. Like the crow and the parrot were both created ugly. The parrot protested and was made beautiful. However, the crow remained content with the will of its CREATOR. Today the parrot is in a cage and the crow flies free. Behind each incident is so exquisite a wisdom, that we will never understand its meaning.  Therefore, we should never ask ‘Why’, to our Creator. Just thank him for small mercies.

Sometimes, I feel I want to go back in time. Not to change things, but to feel a couple of things twice like before.

Sometimes I wish I was a baby for a while. Not to be walked in the pram but to see my mother’s smile. On so many occasions she used to smile and laugh but I never realized its importance in my life when I was young.

Sometimes I wish I could go back to school.  Not to become a child, but to learn how to be cool and carefree as children.

Sometimes I wish I was a fresher at my work. Not to do less work but, to recall the joy of the first pay cheque. The feeling was euphoric and I was feeling on top of the world.

Sometimes I wish I could marry again all over.  Not to change the partner but, to understand the ceremony better and to live a life of contentment and happiness with my spouse.

Sometimes I wish my kids were younger. Not because they grew fast but, to play with them a bit more and to understand them for who they are.

Sometimes I feel I still had some more time to live. Not to have a longer life but, to know what I could give back to my family and people at large.

Never can the times come back that are gone.  Let’s enjoy all the moments as we live. It’s not the presence of someone that brings meaning to Life.  But the way someone touches your Heart and gives Life a beautiful meaning.

Life is short, time is fast, no reply, no rewind. So enjoy every moment as it comes. Be simple and loving and everything is worthwhile in the end……….

 

A Glass of Milk………

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One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one dime left, and he was very hungry.  He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house.  However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.  Instead of a meal he asked for a glass of water. She thought he looked hungry so she brought him a large glass of milk.  He was so surprised but as he had not eaten anything and was very hungry, he drank the milk so slowly, and then asked, ‘How much do I owe you, ma’am?’  ‘You do not owe me anything,’ she replied. ‘My Mother has taught me never to accept pay for a kindness.’ He said, ‘Then I thank you from my heart.’

As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also.  He had been ready to give up and quit.  Many years later that same young woman became critically ill.  The local doctors were baffled.  They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.  Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation.  When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes.

Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.  Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went in to see her.  He recognized her at once.  He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life.  From that day he gave special attention to her case.  After a long struggle, the battle was won.

Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, and then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room.  She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all.  Finally, she looked and something caught her attention on the side of the bill.  She read these words…’Paid in full with one glass of milk’. (Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly.

Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: ‘Thank you, God, that your love has spread broadly through human hearts and hands.’  There is a saying which goes something like this: ‘Bread cast on the waters comes back to you.’  The good deed you do today may benefit you or someone you love at the least expected time.  If you never see the deed again at least you will have made the world a better place, and after all, isn’t that what life is all about?  Touch hearts of one and all.