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“You think you have a limit. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.”
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“Don’t spend your days stringing and tuning your instrument; start making and playing your unique tunes of music right now.”
After my stroke, I cried two times about the events that had unfolded. Both times I sobbed alone in my hospital room. I needed that time by myself to quietly grieve what had been lost. Once those two episodes passed, I was free to move on and accept my future with great hope. I am still glad I took that time for myself. I am glad I finished the phase of shock and fear. Utter fear. With that released, I was able to pick myself up and focus on the positive possibilities my future held.
The first time I cried was the night of my ten-year class reunion. I spent the night not comparing stories with my peers of the years gone by. Rather, I spent that night alone crying in a hospital bed. That was the first time I allowed tears after my surgery and stroke. That was the…
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“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” ― Ernest Hemingway, the Master Writer from The Wild Years from
“Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.”
“Together, one mind, one heart, one life, one small step at a time, let’s link hands and march into a new tomorrow, a better and brighter future. TOGETHER…
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“Beauty is like the violin of Stradivarius . To use it, one must learn to handle it.
“Tis God gives skill, but not without men’s hand: He could not make Antonio Stradivarius’s violins without Antonio.”
– George Eliot
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“I make art through writing and words are my tools, my instruments (in God hands).”
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The Touch of the Masters Hand
‘Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
thought it scarcely worth his while to waste much time on the old violin,
but held it up with a smile; “What am I bidden, good folks,” he cried,
“Who’ll start the bidding for me?” “A dollar, a dollar”; then two!” “Only
two? Two dollars, and who’ll make it three? Three dollars, once; three
dollars twice; going for three..” But no, from the room, far back, a
gray-haired man came forward and picked up the bow; Then, wiping the dust
from the old violin, and tightening the loose strings, he played a melody
pure and sweet as caroling angel sings.
The music ceased, and the auctioneer, with a voice that was quiet and low,
said; “What am I bid for the old violin?” And he held it up with the bow.
A thousand dollars, and who’ll make it two? Two thousand! And who’ll make
it three? Three thousand, once, three thousand, twice, and going and
gone,” said he. The people cheered, but some of them cried, “We do not
quite understand what changed its worth.” Swift came the reply: “The touch
of a master’s hand.”
And many a man with life out of tune, and battered and scarred with sin,
Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd, much like the old violin, A
“mess of pottage,” a glass of wine; a game – and he travels on. “He is
going” once, and “going twice, He’s going and almost gone.” But the Master
comes, and the foolish crowd never can quite understand the worth of a soul
and the change that’s wrought by the touch of the Master’s hand.
Myra ‘Brooks’ Welch
“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.”
Picture (great) by my old friend John (“the world’s third worst photographer”, so he calls himself), but whose photographic talents I definitely do NOT possess)!
Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena tell Amanda Davies why they’ve set up a foundation to help kids in their home country of Serbia.
“Life should not be measured in terms of achievement, but the difference you make in people’s lives.”
“Aim not at living a life of success, but one of significance and value.”
“Together, one mind, one heart, one life, one small step at a time, let’s link hands and march into a new tomorrow, a better and brighter future. TOGETHER we can do it”
TOGETHER, one mind, one heart, one soul, one small step at a time, we can make some difference towards a better world, a brighter tomorrow
“SHARE, ENCOURAGE and SPREAD, HOPE and LIGHT”
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