Give your life a tune.

Does your life feel flat?
Is there something special missing?
We are all born to play our own song.
There will be times when they are the blues,
and times when they are songs of praise.
Times when your strings lie untouched,
just waiting to be played.
If your life is silent pick it up and begin
to pluck the strings,
Soon they will harmonize and bring joy
back into your faded life.
Your life will become
a musical note once more.

But you need to pluck the strings.

Are you ready?

None of us really know what lies beyond the final door,
it is a question that worries many of us.
Let me share a story with you of an old man who in his last few days visited his doctor.
Realising he was facing his final moments the old man turned to his doctor and said,
"Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side."

Very quietly, the doctor said, "I don't know."

"You don't know? You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?"

The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room with his tail wagging and an eager show of gladness.

Turning to the patient, the doctor said, "Did you notice my dog? He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside... He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing. I know my Master is there and that is enough.

Learning to let Go

Sometimes we need to let go
Of what we know and are used to
To be able to grow and be happy.

Let me share with you the story of a dew drop.
One fine morning as the sun rose a dew drop formed, swelling with pride, believing itself to be the most beautiful thing around, It was a very happy little dew drop, as the sun shone warmly down on it, it looked around at the other dew drops and felt it must be the best and the most special of them all.
The little dew drop was so happy to be alive, life was good and it was safe on the leaf, so there it sat basking in the sunlight. Slowly a wind started to pick up shaking the little thing and this was a very uncertain feeling, the leaf blowing in the wind was quite disturbing and the little dew drop did not feel safe.
The dew drop was being drawn to the edge of the leaf, terrified he tried to cling on to the leaf, what would happen if it fell? Why was this happening? Would it break if it fell? What was to become of the little dew drop? And it wished the wind would stop, that things would just be still and it could be safe where it was. The little Dew drop could hold on no more.
It started falling down, nothing to hold on to, this was scary for the little thing,
a feeling it was not used to with no support and things moving so quickly past it – where would it end up?
And then it dared to look down, below it seemed to see a reflection of itself, it appeared to be coming closer – was it a friend or a foe? The little dew drop didn’t know what to do it had to keep on falling it couldn’t turn back, and then the little dew drop met it’s reflection.
Fear subsided and was replaced with a feeling of freedom and welcoming as the little dew drop was accepted into the pond below. The little dew drop was little no more as it danced in the ripples now changed forever, happy to be accepted and no longer alone.

Let's Live

Before you say a word

Before you say anything to anyone, 
ask yourself Is it true? Is it kind? 
Is it necessary? 
Make promises sparingly and 
keep them faithfully. 
Never miss the opportunity to 
compliment and encourage 
Refuse to talk negatively 
don't partake in gossip. 
Before you speak think how 
you would feel in the reciever's place.

Let's Live

we are all only human

In order for relationship to be healthy and lasting here are a few things we should do.

Sometimes we get so caught up in living life that we forget about the small things... these mount up and before we know it things have gone wrong and you can't turn back the hands of time....

Spend adequate time examining yourself, your needs and desires. Communicate your needs to your partner, ask for what you desire (do not demand or expect).

Educate yourself - but don't believe everything you hear or read. Trust reputable sources, but make your own mind up about what is the truth.
then when you have a dispute you are able to back up what you are saying.

Learn what your needs, desires and goal are; define them adequately. Make a list. Discuss them with your partner - see how they fit together.

Learn the difference between what you need and what you desire. Sometimes you cannot have both.
Learn to compromise. Learn how to negotiate. Don't be afraid to ask, question and communicate.

Learn and understand your limitations, in depth.
Do not expect too much from yourself or your partner - be realistic!

Remember common sense, and use it. Do not insist that you are right all the time, be flexible!Remember others also have agendas and they may not be the same as yours.

Respect yourself at all times, if you respect yourself you will be treated with respect.
Do not suffer abuse from anyone. Accept responsibility for your own happiness and welfare.

Own your feelings, don't do things only to satisfy your partner. Be honest with yourself.

Be patient. A happy balanced relationship takes time to build and substantiate. Allow yourself adequate time for healing when you have been hurt. Be as interested in what your partner feels and says as you are in yourself.

Remember that you and your partner are human and entitled to understanding, compassion and support. Seek advice if needed but be careful of who you choose to guide you.

Take pride and strive for excellence in everyday life. Take pride in your appearance. Remember to keep yourself at your ultimate.. you are lovers now and would love it to continue... don't let yourself go just because you have found wht you are looking for... you need to make an effort to keep each other happy and satisfied!

It is your responsibility to be of good health and to advise your partner of any change in that regard.

Be willing to consider, with an open mind, what your partner suggests or requests.

Understand that it takes two to make a partnership work. Be willing to accept your share of the blame when things go wrong.

Remember that it is a partnership and be a helper, friend, lover, husband, mother, wife or whatever. Only you can give that to each other...

Like yourself, love yourself, be your own best friend.

Be careful what you wish may just get it.

Forgive yourself and your partner for mistakes.

Ask your partner for help when you need it.

Respect your partner and in turn expect respect from your partner.

Have realistic expectations of your partner and yourself.
Be patient, Loving and kind

If all else fails just smile
and think back knowing you did
your best....

After all we are all only human

Letting go when love has gone.

I will respect the fact that each and every one of us 
has our own mission to forfil.
I will realise that friends come and go 

and trying to hold onto what has past is not healthy.
I will be thankful for each acknowledgement of my existence – 

whether good or bad – it means that I am alive.

Instead of asking why things happen 

I will be greatful for the lessons learnt.
I will treasure each and every moment 

for moments are gone too soon 
and they never return.

I will never forget 

the first time we connected.
I am greatful for each moment 

you were with me.
You passed through my life 

and left your mark.
We may never meet again,

Or perhaps time will 

allow us to cross paths.
I want to say thank you 

for the difference you made
that will stay with me for eternity.
For those moments we were 

blessed to know each other.

The first time we connected 

I knew you would affect my life,
though your role I did not know 

and maybe never will really.

There was so much I wanted to know.
Perhaps I was never meant to know.
In my eagerness to know all the facts
I lost sight of the essence of love

I will hold those shared moments 

close to my heart
You changed my world 

and allowed me to see
Myself as some one worth 

knowing and deserving of life.

What attracted you to me?
What made you 

want to know me more?
I would love to know.

There is one thing 

I want you to know.
I have been blessed by 

having had you in my life.

A child becomes what he is led to believe

A Child Lives What He Learns

If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.
If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.
If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.
If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement, he learns confidence.
If a child lives with praise, he learns appreciation.
If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice.
If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, he learns to find love in the world.

~Original Author Unknown

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day
November is the time of the year when we wear a red poppy in memory of those who sacrificed their lives for us during wars.

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice, on 11th November 1918, to signal the end of World War One.

At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare.

When chances come a knocking

When chances come a knocking
As often they are bound to do
Why is it that so often we are
Too afraid or uncertain to let them in?

The universe offers many gifts
Through out our lives and at times
We are so consumed by inner turmoil
That we fail to see what is offered to us.

We become accustomed to getting
the short end of the stick so to speak.
If we step out of our norm we are hesitant
And insecure what will people think of us?

Do you realise that it is what you think
About most that you attract into your life?
If you are absorbed in thoughts of why me
We are blind to the opportunities that knock.

Many times we wish we could turn back the clock
Or wish for an opportunity to knock again
It has been said time and tide wait for no man
And it is only with a leap of faith that we achieve

So why not take that chance now?
If you don’t you will never know what
Might have happened if you did.

But be cautious do not act with too
Much haste – look after what you
Have and love before you
Throw caution to the wind.

Why wear a poppy?

Scarlet poppies grow naturally in conditions of disturbed earth throughout Western Europe. The destruction brought by the Napoleonic wars of the early 19th Century transformed bare land into fields of blood red poppies, growing around the bodies of the fallen soldiers.

In late 1914, the fields of Northern France and Flanders were once again ripped open as the First World War raged through Europe's heart.

The significance of the poppy as a lasting memorial symbol to the fallen was realised by the Canadian surgeon John McCrae in his poem In Flanders Fields. The poppy came to represent the immeasurable sacrifice made by his comrades and quickly became a lasting memorial to those who died in the First World War and later conflicts.

In Flanders Fields

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields. 

The killing, the dying, it was all done in vain

Well, how do you do, Private William McBride, 
Do you mind if I sit down here by your graveside? 
And rest for awhile in the warm summer sun, 
I've been walking all day, and I'm nearly done. 
And I see by your gravestone you were only 19 
When you joined the glorious fallen in 1916, 
Well, I hope you died quick and I hope you died clean 
Or, Willie McBride, was it slow and obscene? 
Did they Beat the drum slowly, did the play the pipes lowly? 
Did the rifles fir o'er you as they lowered you down? 
Did the bugles sound The Last Post in chorus? 
Did the pipes play the Flowers of the Forest? 
And did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind 
In some loyal heart is your memory enshrined? 
And, though you died back in 1916, 
To that loyal heart are you forever 19? 
Or are you a stranger without even a name, 
Forever enshrined behind some glass pane, 
In an old photograph, torn and tattered and stained, 
And fading to yellow in a brown leather frame? 
The sun's shining down on these green fields of France; 
The warm wind blows gently, and the red poppies dance. 
The trenches have vanished long under the plow; 
No gas and no barbed wire, no guns firing now. 
But here in this graveyard that's still No Man's Land 
The countless white crosses in mute witness stand 
To man's blind indifference to his fellow man. 
And a whole generation who were butchered and damned. 
And I can't help but wonder, no Willie McBride, 
Do all those who lie here know why they died? 
Did you really believe them when they told you "The Cause?" 
Did you really believe that this war would end wars? 
Well the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame 
The killing, the dying, it was all done in vain, 
For Willie McBride, it all happened again, 
And again, and again, and again, and again.
Eric Bogle

Remember, remember the fifth of November

Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason, why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, guy, t'was his intent 
To blow up king and parliament. 
Three score barrels were laid below 
To prove old England's overthrow. 

By God's mercy he was catch'd 
With a darkened lantern and burning match. 
So, holler boys, holler boys, Let the bells ring. 
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.

And what shall we do with him? 
Burn him!

Skeletons in the Closet

Skeletons in the closet!
We all have them..
Dust those skeletons out
And teach them to dance!

"Skeletons in the closet" are embarrassing things 

 which we would like to put away so other people cannot see them. 
We all have skeletons in the closet, they are those things we prefer to keep hidden. 
The skeletons in our closet are our deepest fears.
And they have a real influence over how we feel and behave.
The most devastating aspect of the skeletons is that we want to lock them in the closet. 

 We lock them away always worried about when and if they may slip out.

This means that we are choosing to be in denial about them. 
Being in denial means we do not want to look at the skeletons.
If we do not look at the skeletons we cannot get rid of them.
the best way to start to get rid of our skeletons is to 

open the closet door and shine a light on them.

We need to look at and accept our skeletons to be able to dust them out.
If we never look at them they will continue to negatively influence our thinking. 
We will always have a fear of what is behind the door and it will always hold us back.
Let those skeletons out and shine a light on them chasing away all the negative impact they have.
Take those skeletons out, dust them down and learn to deal with them.
Slowly first acknowledge what they are, where they come from and learn to let them go. 
As you deal with them you will notice they no longer have power over you

Some of the skeletons will take more work then others.
The struggle is within our Selves they are what make us doubt ourselves.

You may not want to show them off to everyone 
but you can prepare yourself incase they do show up.
Start shining that light today and soon you will be free of self doubt