Iowa Lady Loves The Ocean

Iowa Lady Loves The Ocean

Monday, October 31, 2005

Yesterday, Tomorrow, Today

The journey's our goal, our path is the point ...

There are two days in every week we should never worry about,
two days that should be kept free from fear and apprehension.

One is yesterday, with its mistakes and cares,
its aches and pains, its faults and blunders.
Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control.

All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday.
We cannot undo a single act we performed,
nor erase a single word we've said.
Yesterday is gone.

The other day we should not worry about is tomorrow,
with its impossible adversaries,its burden,
its hopeful promise and unknown performance.
Tomorrow is beyond our control.
Tomorrow's sun will rise either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds
...but it will rise ... and until it does.
We have no stake in tomorrow, for it is as yet unborn.
This leaves only one day: TODAY!
Anyone can fight the battles of just one day.
It is only when we add the burdens of yesterday and tomorrow that we break down.

It is not the experience of today that drives people mad.

It is the remorse of bitterness for something that happened
yesterday, and the dread of what tomorrow may bring.

Make TODAY the best day it can be,and live one day at a time!

~ Author Unknown ~

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween .........

Thursday, October 27, 2005

I truly feel this way lately.

Ripples ...

Drop a pebble in the water: just a splash, and it is gone;
But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,
Spreading, spreading from the center, flowing on out to the sea.
And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be.

Drop a pebble in the water: in a minute you forget,
But there's little waves a-flowing, and there's ripples circling yet,
And those little waves a-flowing to a great big wave have grown;
You've disturbed a mighty river just by dropping in a stone.

Drop an unkind word, or careless: in a minute it is gone;
But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on.
They keep spreading, spreading, spreading from the center as they go,
And there is no way to stop them, once you've started them to flow.

Drop an unkind word, or careless: in a minute you forget;
But there's little waves a-flowing, and there's ripples circling yet,
And perhaps in some sad heart a mighty wave of tears you've stirred,
And disturbed a life was happy ere you dropped that unkind word.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness: just a flash and it is gone;
But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,
Bearing hope and joy and comfort on each splashing, dashing wave
Till you wouldn't believe the volume of the one kind word you gave.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness: in a minute you forget;
But there's gladness still a-swelling, and there's joy circling yet,
And you've rolled a wave of comfort whose sweet music can be heard
Over miles and miles of water just by dropping one kind word.

~ By James W. Foley (1874-1939) Poet-laureate of North Dakota 1930-1939

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

... What Life is About ...

Life isn't about keeping score.
It's not about how many friends you have or how accepted you are. It isn't about who your family is or how much money they have Or what kind of car you drive. or where you went to school.It's not about how beautiful or ugly you are,or what clothes you wear, what shoes you have on, or what kind of music you listen to. It's not about if your hair is blonde, red, black, or brown, or if your skin is too light or too dark.

Life just isn't those things.....
Life is about who you love and who you hurt. It's about who you make happy or unhappy purposely. It's about keeping or betraying trust. It's about friendship, used as a sanctity or as a weapon.
It's about what you say and mean, maybe hurtful, maybe heartening. It's about starting rumors and contributing to petty gossip. It's about what judgments you pass and why. And who your judgments are spread to.
It's about who you've ignored with full control and intention. It's about jealousy, fear, ignorance, and revenge. It's about carrying inner hate and love, letting it grow and spreading it.
But most of all, it's about using your life to touch or poison other people's hearts in such a way thatcould have never occurred alone.

You, and only you,choose the way those hearts are affected

~Author Unknown -
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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

... Halloween is Coming ...

... You are Worthy ...

Do not undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.

Do not set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you.

Do not take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your life,for without them, life is meaningless.

Do not let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past nor for the future. By living your life one day at a time,you live all the days of your life.

Do not give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying. It is a fragile thread that binds us to each other.

Do not be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.
Do not shut love out of your life by saying it is impossible to find.

The quickest way to receive love is to give love; The fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly.

Do not dismiss your dreams. To be without dreams is to be without hope; To be without hope is to be without purpose.

Do not run through life so fast that you forget not only where you have been, but also where you are going.

Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step
~ By Nancye Sims

Monday, October 17, 2005

Strength and Courage

It takes strength to be certain,
It takes courage to have doubts.

It takes strength to fit in,
It takes courage to stand out.

It takes strength to share a friend's pain,
It takes courage to feel your own pain.

It takes strength to hide your own pain,
It takes courage to show it and deal with it.

It takes strength to stand guard,
It takes courage to let down your guard.

It takes strength to conquer,
It takes courage to surrender.

It takes strength to endure abuses,
It takes courage to stop them.

It takes strength to stand alone,
It takes courage to lean on a friend.

It takes strength to love,
It takes courage to be loved.

It takes strength to survive,
It takes courage to live.

~ David L. Griffith, Writer/Poet - The PalletMaster's Workshop

Friday, October 14, 2005

Leaves are Changing ... So are we

Leaves are Changing ...
As the leaves surely change,
With time, so do we.
We grow and we learn,
From the things that we see.

Everything makes a difference,
Whether subtle or grand;
The heart can grow stronger,
And the mind will expand.

It's true, we're affected
By everything that's been said;
Every movie we've watched,
And all the books that we've read.

Though just like the leaves,
No two are akin;
Each one is unique
Like every person within.

And just like the seasons,
We're all changing as well;
For our lives are each different,
As are the stories we tell.

No matter how much we change,
You will always be special to me!

~Author Unknown

Thursday, October 13, 2005

A Friend

"Friendship is precious ...
not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life;
and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things,
the greater part of life is sunshine."

~Thomas Jefferson

Be A Friend!
Don't worry about knowing people ...just make yourself worth knowing.
When you ask how someone's doing ...wait to listen to the answer.
Anyone can give advice, but a real friend will lend a helping hand.
Pick your friends...but never pick them to pieces!
A good friend is one who keeps up with you But never looks down on you.
Deal with the faults of your friends as gently as if they were your own.
The reason a dog is everyone's friend is that he wags his tailand not his tongue.

~Author Unknown~

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Seeing Clearly ....

Seeing Clearly

Next time you wake up,
instead of dreading the day ahead, rise and shine and
expect something wonderful to happen today!

When you go outside,
notice people going about their lives, and wonder to
yourself what they're thinking, and if they're happy.

Feel the rain or wind on your face,
don't hide from it. Isn't it refreshing?

Smile at everyone you meet.
It is a fact that people tend to respond to the
look you are wearing on your own face!

Wiggle your toes if you are bored.
Be happy that you have toes to wiggle!

Be polite, and say 'please' and 'thank you'.
That girl taking your order at the fast food place
is a human being too, be nice to her.

When you are eating, really slow down and enjoy every bite!
It's good... well, and even if you don't like it,
isn't it great that you have food?

Never underestimate yourself!
You are always growing and learning. Just because you
didn't succeed at something in the past doesn't
mean you can't get it right this time around!

Stop complaining about your life.
Never take for granted all the joys and blessings you have.
Remember those who have less.

Tell everyone who is important to you how you
feel about them! You do not ever want to spend your
days regretting things you never told them.

And last but never least,
remember that life is about love.
Give love when you can, and it will be given to you!

~Author Unknown~

Sunday, October 09, 2005


It has been a very emotional last couple of days. With my friend SR's father JR just barely hanging on. I am trying hard to be supportive but it brings back so many emotions. It's truly tough at times. His father is dying of cancer. And it seems to be a very slow painful death. It's hard to believe he is still hanging on at this point. He has not been eating now for almost two weeks. He is thin and frail and seems to be in and out of consciousness. I am not sure he knows or realizes who is there with him. He mumbles a lot. He is on liquid morphine so I know some of that is the pain medicine. SR and his father had an argument a few days ago. Since then they have not been able to have a conversation that makes much sense. I find this very sad. There can't be any resolution about things now. And I don't think the situation will get any better so there can be. This is so sad. When JR passes I know that SR will be in bad shape. He will have regrets and anger and all the emotions that come with losing a parent. I hope he will reach out for help and not run from his feelings.

Fall has arrived. We have had some really chilly evenings. With the temps. dipping into the low 30's bringing frost warnings. I had to turn on the heat on Friday to take the chill off. I think it is much too early for these cold spells. I love fall. But I don't like it when it gets below freezing. The leaves are all changing. They say this week is the peak time for our leaves. Wow time really does fly by. What happened to the month of September.

I went shopping on Saturday. I was not really into it. I was looking for something to wear to a wedding October 15th. It's casual. But I just wanted something new. It has been awhile since I bought anything. So I was going to treat myself. I didn't find anything I liked. I guess I was not really in the mood to shop. I guess I will just dig through my closet and find something I haven't worn in awhile. No one will notice anyway. The wedding is that of a co-worker. The reception and dance should be fun. I am kind of looking forward to it.

Back to work tomorrow. We have been pretty busy the last few weeks. Tomorrow is the deadline for a project. After that is finished things will slow down again. And that means transfers outside the department. What fun. NOT!!!! I have applied for a few jobs outside of my company. So far I haven't heard anything. Resumes were just sent out the middle of last week. So it's early yet.

I have a lot of unresolved things going on in my life right now. I don't really feel like talking about them right now. Maybe I will purge it all later. I am stopping here. I am going to go and relax in front of the TV. Or maybe do some reading.

Ciao for now ...
~ Diva'

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever...

— Isak Dinesen

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.

— Wayne Dyer

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

I am Me ... I am Okay

My Declaration of Self-Esteem
by Virginia Satir


In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me
Everything that comes out of me is authentically me
Because I alone chose it - I own everything about me
My body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions,
Whether they be to others or to myself - I own my fanatasies,
My dreams, my hopes, my fears - I own all my triumphs and
Successes, all my failures and mistakes Because I own all of
Me, I can become intimately acquainted with me - by so doing
I can love me and be friendly with me in all my parts - I know
There are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other
Aspects that I do not know - but as long as I am
Friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously
And hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles
And for ways to find out more about me - However I
Look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever
I think and feel at a given moment in time is authentically
Me - If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought
And felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is
Unfitting, keep the rest, and invent something new for that
Which I discarded - I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do
I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be
Productive to make sense and order out of the world of
People and things outside of me - I own me, and
therefore I can engineer me - I am me and


Saturday, October 01, 2005

Dreams ...

.... Your Own Inner Light ...

Allow Your Own Inner Light to Guide You:

There comes a time when you must stand alone.

You must feel confident enough within yourself to follow your own dreams.

You must be willing to make sacrifices.

You must be capable of changing and rearranging your priorities so that your final goal can be achieved.

Sometimes, familiarity and comfort need to be challenged.

There are times when you must take a few extra chances and create your own realities.

Be strong enough to at least try to make your life better.

Be confident enough that you won't settle for a compromise just to get by.

Appreciate yourself by allowing yourself the opportunities to grow, develop, and find your true sense of purpose in this life.

Don't stand in someone else's shadow when it's your sunlight that should lead the way.