Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Sing as though no one can hear you.
Love as though you have never been hurt before.
Dance as though no one is watching you.
Live as though heaven is on earth.


"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing and the lawn mower is broken!"
James Dent

"Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher."

A thousand mile journey begins with one step.
Chinese Proverb

"Laughter is an instant vacation."
Milton Berle

"The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway."
Henry Boye

To Those I Love and Those Who Love Me

When I am gone, release me, let me go-
I have so many things to see and do.
You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears,
Be thankful for our many beautiful years.

I gave to you my love. You can only guess how much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown
But now it's time I traveled on alone.

So grieve awhile for me, if grieve you must, then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It's only for a time that we must part, so bless the memories within your heart.

I won't be far away, for life goes on, so if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near.
And if you listen with your heart, you'll hear
All my love around you, soft and clear.

And then, when you must come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile and say-"Welcome Home!"

Read at my Grandmother's graveside service

On Silver Wings

I have a premonition
That soars on silver wings.
It's a dream of your accomplishment
Of many wondrous things.

I do not know beneath which sky
Or where you'll challenge fate.
I only know it will be high!
I only know it will be great!

For every burden that we bear,
For every sorrow, every care,
There's a reason.

For every grief that bows the head,
For every tear-drop that is shed,
There's a reason.

For every hurt, for every plight,
For every lonely painracked night,
There's a reason.

But if we trust God as we should,
All must work out for our good,
He knows the reason.

Even Eagles Need A Push

The eagle gently coaxed her offspring toward the edge of the nest. Her heart quivered with conflicting emotions as she felt their resistance to her persistent nudging.

"Why does the thrill of soaring have to begin with the fear of falling?" she thought. This ageless question is still unanswered for her.

As in the tradition of the species, her nest was located on the shelf of a sheer rock face. Below there was nothing but air to support the wings of each child. "It is possible that this time it will not work!" she thought. Despite her fear, the eagle knew it was time. Her parental mission was all but complete. There remained one final task-the push.

The eagle drew courage from an innate wisdom. Until her children discovered their wings, there was no purpose in their lives.

"Until they learned how to SOAR they would fail to understand the privilege it was to have been born an eagle."

The PUSH was the greatest gift she had to offer. It was her supreme act of love. So one by one she pushed them, and they flew!

Like the eagle, we don't know where the push will send us, but without it we wouldn't have the opportunity to grow and soar!