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WISDOM WEDNESDAY

 

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What does INDEPENDENCE really mean?  We know what it means to a country but what does it mean to the individual?  Choices, freedom, living life as a free-spirit or is it interdependence?  How we are to live and behave toward our fellow man.  How are we to choose our individual INDEPENDENCE?

My country owes me nothing.  It gave me, as it gives every boy and girl, a chance.  It gave me schooling, independence of action, opportunity for service and honor.  In no other land could a boy from a country village, without inheritance or influential friends, look forward with unbounded hope.  ~~ Herbert Hoover

THAT’S BORN IN THE USA!

WISDOM WEDNESDAY

If—
If you can keep your head when all about you   
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;   
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;   
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

WISDOM WEDNESDAY

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails, explore, dream, discover.                                                                                                                     ~~Mark Twain~~

 

 

Remember Those Who Serve(d)

Memorial Day, originally Decoration Day on or about 1868, gradually came to be known as Memorial Day.  In the years following the Civil War, it honored only those who lost their lives while fighting in the Civil War.

But during World War I, the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.  Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.  Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

Show your red, white and blue patriotic nails.  Here are a few Memorial Day ideas.

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Flag nail art

Weddings and Graduations

It’s that time of year!  Where to find the perfect prom dress or tux?  Where to get my weave done? Where to find those perfect shoes?  Should I wear french nails, coffin, lace and peals, nude/neutral?  What am I to do?  All of these questions and where are the answers?  Let a professional lead the way.

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If you have a great fashion sense or think you do, please consult a professional coordinator to help with color scheme and design.  Not your cousin who took a class, once.  So that when you look back you can say, ‘That was the fashion then’ and not ‘Oh, no!  What was I thinking’?  ‘Why did I let . . . do my wedding, prom, etc.’

Love and Marriage ~ I have found the one whom my soul loves.   Song of Solomon

 

Just thinkin’

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.  –Henry David Thoreau

This week, challenge yourself to be completely present in every moment.  Put away your phones, be more attentive to your surroundings, your lover, husband, children, wife and immerse yourself into you to be better for them and yourself.

 

IF . . .

If I Had My Life To Live Over

by

Erma Bombeck

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the ‘good’ living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, “Later.  Now go get washed up for dinner.”  There would have been more “I love you’s.”  More “I’m sorry’s.”

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute . . . look at it and really see it . . .live it . . . and never give it back.

Stop sweating the small stuff.

Don’t worry about who doesn’t like you, who has more, or who’s doing what.

Instead, let’s cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.

Let’s think about what GOD has blessed us with.  And what we doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally.

My God meet all your needs!