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“I don’t care about my looks but I wish people will see my soul and it appears more clearly in these photographs than in others.” – August Strindberg- said about a series of self-portraits. 

I continue to be supremely challenged to put myself fully before the camera.  It’s so easy to capture a shadow or reflection that gives a suggestion, but not the real image.  Every once in awhile though, I surprise myself and actually capture something I like.  I like this image.  I look content, I look happy.  I am content, and I am happy.  I’m in a great place in my life, with few of the worries, stresses, illnesses of so many people I know.  Unfortunately, I have lost too many dear, close loved ones to cancer or other illness/tragedy way before their time.  

I am not a “religious” person, so therefore I believe that life happens . . . some things we have control over and some things we do not.  In no way is my life perfect, and I’m certainly not perfect.  However, I do believe it’s up to me to live my life to the best of my ability, physically and emotionally.  I am responsible for my own results, and if “life happens”, I have choice in how I deal with it.  If I die tomorrow, it’s the impact and influence I’ve made on the people around me, the ones I leave behind, that carry my spirit forward.  I live on in the energy I create and put out in the world.  That energy can be positive or negative . . . my choice.  

I choose positive energy, as it is the basis of harmony, happiness and love.  

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“Everything we say signifies; everything counts, that we put out into the world. It impacts on kids, it impacts on the zeitgeist of the time.”  Meryl Streep 

Today I got schooled by a four year old in street hockey!  He is so quick, it was all I could do just to figure out where he was, much less stop the ball from entering the net!  I didn’t score once as I spent all my time trying to keep him from hitting it in.  And he did . . . many times.  So funny, with all his little comments from “Nice!” to “Awesome” every time he hit it in . . . I had a blast!  You want to stay young?  Hang out with a four year old!   

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“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.”  Napoleon Hill

I planted Evergreen Clematis along the front fence  two years ago (Spring 2010).  Last Spring, there was no life  . . . it seems all but one of the vines died in the very cold winter we had.   I never got around to removing the old “dead” plants.  Imagine my surprise this Spring as I’m doing my spring yard cleanup when I discover all five of the supposedly dead vines are sprouting new growth!  What a great example of never giving up!  Just when all hope was gone and I was ready to start fresh with new plants . . . those tough little guys showed me that they are not done yet!  I can’t wait to see them flourish and produce their beautiful white flowers . . . I will certainly post pictures when they do.  

Never give up!  Maybe we need a break now and then, a rest to regain our energy and motivation . . . and then come back stronger and better than ever!

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