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my gratitude – to so many

My thoughts  –  as the Year 2010 comes to an end and we enter 2011 – a Blank Sheet – a New Year – a New Beginning –  I’m thinking of the many blessings in my life.  Most especially I’m thinking of the people I love and who have shown love to me – as I continue on This Journey.

There are countless folks who have influenced my life and have inspired me to want to be a better person: my husband, parents, children, grandparents, neighbors, friends  – and sometimes people I met – perhaps only one time and can’t even name – who gave me inspiration and made a difference in my life.

The marvelous folks in our adult Sunday School Class (the Sharers) immediately come to mind as people who truly Live Life and who enrich mine.

My dear dear friends from childhood and school years and young married life – and now – OLD married life . . .  God has truly blessed me with Good People throughout the years.

I am very grateful for all.

Whoever I am, whatever I have become (and am becoming) – in any good way – is mostly because of the influence of  people who exhibited love and warmth and caring and who live lives of worth.  These folks certainly make me want to be better – in every way.  Thanks – to the human angels who have crossed my path and those who continue to bless my life.

God bless you.

You are ever in my prayers.

Looking forward to a New Beginning!

The Year of our Lord

Two Thousand Eleven


 



Quote of the Day

“A man can spend his whole existence never learning the simple lesson that he has only one life and that if he fails to do what he wants with it, nobody else really cares.” – Louis Auchincloss

prayer

PRAYER

Lord, I was ever greedy of life, my attention always straining toward the parts of it that had not yet come . . . toward what was about to be, or might be, or hopefully would be, and especially toward those things that, by Your mercy, might turn out not to be after all.

I panted with longing to suck each segment of life dry of its pleasures.  I plotted, with my self but despite myself, about tomorrow . . . about the “later” that was constantly morphing into now.  You know how I worked, Lord, recklessly but prayerfully, to set time’s courses and, in Your name, to sculpt them to my intention to my definition of good.

But I am old now, Lord, and my prayers grown old as well.  So it is that daily I am drawn, as here, to pray, “Deliver me, My Lord, from this my great sin, and take me, free of doubt and other longings, into Your good plan.”

by Phyllis Tickle

a true story

Strange as it may seem, my life is based on a true story. – Ashley Brilliant

thought for today

Henri Nouwen writes that “I am increasingly convinced that it is possible to live the wounds of the past not as gaping abysses that cannot be fulfilled and therefore keep threatening us but as gateways to new life.”

stumbling along – but hopefully – forward

We will truly miss Edmund

We will truly miss Edmund Kuempel.

He was a man of character who touched the lives of everyone he met.

God bless Birdie and family.

GENERATION Y

GENERATION Y

“They’re young, smart, brash. They may wear flip-flops to the office or listen to iPods at their desk. They want to work, but they don’t want work to be their life.”

“They’re like Generation X on steroids,” [author] Tulgan says. “They walk in with high expectations for themselves, their employer, their boss. If you thought you saw a clash when Generation X came into the workplace, that was the fake punch. The haymaker is coming now.”

With 85 million baby boomers and 50 million Gen Xers, there is already a yawning generation gap among American workers–particularly in their ideas of work-life balance. For baby boomers, it’s the juggling act between job and family. For Gen X, it means moving in and out of the workforce to accommodate kids and outside interests. Now along come the 76 million members of Generation Y. For these new 20-something workers, the line between work and home doesn’t really exist. They just want to spend their time in meaningful and useful ways, no matter where they are.

Gen Y is growing up. The oldest of the generation are now 26. They’re beginning to take to the workplace. As a result, a plethora of articles has turned up in business magazines worldwide, suggesting creative ways for employers to deal with this new, seemingly odd, generation. This article looks at who they are and why they matter.

This young generation is the first native online population. This alone has set the tone for how they act, react, and see the world. They are vastly different from their parent’s generation.

Generation Y’s attitudes differ from parents (and certainly from grandparents).

“We’ve got a lot of people who, the entire time they were growing up, the only time anything important was happening, there was a camera present,” Thompson says. “When they were exiting the womb, they had a camera present. When they were blowing out that first candle or getting on the school bus for the first time, it was all being recorded.”

Reference: Robert Thompson, a professor of media and popular culture at Syracuse University

Each generation has its own distinct set of values that is developed from the social environment in their early years. Different generations have different values and beliefs regarding family, career, the work/life balance, training and development, loyalty, gender roles, the work environment and expectations of leaders. Demographers have named the different generations around today as Veterans, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y and Generation Z.

minus a script

O LordA Prayer for Discernment

I do not know what to ask you.
You alone know my real needs,
and you love me more
than I even know  how to love.

Enable me to discern my true needs
which are hidden from me.

I ask for neither cross nor consolation;
I wait in patience for you.
My heart is open to you.
For your great mercy’s sake,
come to me and help me.
Put your mark on me and heal me,
cast me down and raise me up.
Silently I adore your holy will
and your inscrutable ways.

I offer myself in sacrifice to you
and put all my trust in you.
I desire only to do your will.
Teach me how to pray
and pray in me, yourself.
– Vasily Drosdov Philaret (ca 1780-1867)

There is no script (although God’s Word does give instruction – and it would do me well to spend more time in His Word).

We are all different and I haven’t the foggiest idea of any other person’s  innermost self (and what may be really going on in his/her life) and wouldn’t presume to tell anyone what they should be doing or how they should be acting or what their purpose is in life.

God knows I certainly don’t know – really know – another.

I am not that wise.

God knows.

However, I DO wish to live a life of Worth . . . so I keep plodding along!

“She did not simply visit this world, she made a difference.”

Bart and Lynn Holaday

She did not simply visit this world, she made a difference. – Bart Holaday

I leave this life grateful and fulfilled.  I am at peace; I am not afraid. – Lynn Buckingham Holaday

 

 

que sera sera

I think you approach life differently when you realize it’s a gift and it’s not a right.

You will remember me.

A mother parts with  lasting words for her children:

“I want my children to be kind. I want them to be giving, but I want them to stand up for themselves.’’

Someday, perhaps when Brendan and Maggie are teenagers, Jeff said, he will show them the video that shows their mother brushing away tears as she sings “Que Sera Sera,’’ then grinning as the children’s giggles bring her back into the moment and away from the reminder in the lyrics that “the future’s not ours to see.’

Karyn (LeBlanc) Slomski, 38, of Auburn, passed away on September 5th 2010 surrounded by her family, at her home in Auburn.

She was born August 1, 1972, in Southbridge, to Donald and Domenica “Mamie” (Lombardi) LeBlanc. Along with her parents she is survived by her husband of 10 years, Jeff Slomski; children Brendan and Maggie; twin sister, Kristyn and husband James Dyer of Southbridge; brother Donald LeBlanc and his wife Denise of Westboro; sister Melissa and her husband Rick Rush of Louisville, CO; as well as twelve nieces and nephews. She graduated from Southbridge High School and attended Framingham State College. For the last seven years, Karyn was a stay at home mother raising her two children.

Karyn’s friendly and positive nature was obvious to all who met her. Even in the years since her cancer was diagnosed, her love of life, optimism, and sense of humor remained strong. Her singing voice was truly beautiful: in choirs, at weddings, and in the folk duo Bundle of His. Karyn made fast friends and remained generous and devoted to the many people she met throughout her life. As a mother, Karyn devoted herself to teaching her children to be kind and respectful, while passing on her love of singing and dancing. Her commitment to them was apparent in all that she did, including her extensive volunteering at both children’s schools. Her loving and caring spirit will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

life is good . . .

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I’d rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star.

I’d rather be a has-been than a might-have-been, by far; for a might have-been has never been, but a has was once an are.

Milton Berle

better or worse

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life is a journey

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step with care

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Step with care and great tact
And remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904 – 1991

I never had it so good!

Came home from a Volunteer Job yesterday – a bit weary – and Bless His Heart! – Dear Hubby had plates of Super Nachos prepared as a snack.

A very Welcome Snack and so thoughtful of him.

I never had it so good!

The nachos were delicious – especially after adding  jalapeños on the top of each.

Yum yum!!

life is a balancing act

Life is indeed a balancing act – but how marvelous that we can juggle several things at once!  Noticing the activities of my grandchildren, I realize that maintaining a Sense of Balance starts early.  Although when I was young and dealing with studies and a social life and  Learning about Life, I didn’t really think of it as juggling: I just did it.  The same holds true when I was a young wife and mother – working and mothering and maintaining a relationship with my husband and with friends: it did not seem a hardship (that is not to say that there was no stress – but we can handle stress). 

Now, past mid-life, I am still making choices and juggling and balancing – and I find it invigorating and wouldn’t live  any other way.  In other words: no regrets through each stage of my life – from the First Act until now.

A balancing act essentially is Maintaining Balance – which at times may be challenging – but I’ve found it to be ultimately rewarding and am so grateful for each and every moment.

I’m especially grateful for the folks I’ve met along the way as I deal with Balance.  Hubby and I often comment about the dear friends we have  since Time Immemorial and friends from each walk of life, each place we have lived, each organization or group in which we participated, each new contact . . . .

Life is rich.  Life is good.

Now, in my dotage, it is truly invigorating to be testing the waters via the internet: Facebooking, blogging, electronic mailing, googling.  It is amazing how one can connect with friends – old friends, new friends – and immediately learn what is going on in the world, find a recipe, learn about particular interests (books most especially comes to mind!), venture out – balancing all the way!

AND, if I now and then drop something, life continues on (as a friend commented recently, the earth doesn’t stop spinning on its axis).

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity, but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.”
Thomas Merton