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A fog lifted...

fogThis morning I woke up to a very dense fog. It was so foggy, in fact, that I could not see my next door neighbor's house. I knew that it would not remain like that forever but it sure was gloomy and difficult to get on with the day when I couldn't see past my front yard.

I knew the sun was still shining somewhere beyond the dense cloud cover.  I didn't doubt it's existence or the power that it had to heat the day and light up all the shadows. But while the fog was sitting heavy it was very difficult to imagine a beautiful day.

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NYC...Here we come!

Times SquareThe November 2012 New York City Legacy will kick off this Sunday.  This year, we have 16 families from around the country including: Indiana, Texas, California, Oregon, New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Dakota, Mississippi, Arkansas, Florida, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nebraska, and Washington.  Similarly, our loving and servant-hearted volunteers are from New York, Indiana, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Maryland.

Here are a few of the highlights these families can expect:

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Peace

dont-wait-for-the-storm-to-passPeace. It does not mean being in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.

How do you do that? When there are true storms pounding down on us and looming in the distance how do we remain calm in our hearts? How do we "dance in the rain"?

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Friends

help-each-otherUSA TODAY's Nashville music critic Brian Mansfield was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 48. He now chronicles his life with the disease - and with only a small part of his colon - in a series of weekly installments.

Below is a segments from a recent article in USA Today titled My Semicolon Life: What to say to a Cancer Patient:

What's the very best thing you can hear from a friend when you've got cancer?

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Ask BIG

The other night my family and I stopped at a new convenience center in town that is way better then your average gas station.  Yes, they sell gasoline, snacks and drinks but they also have a full deli and a pay-by-the-ounce yogurt and topping bar.  Well, as we got out of the car to check it out a somewhat scraggly looking man approached my husband. The kids and I kept walking into the store unaware that my husband had stopped to talk with the man.  

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Running the Race of Life

"Show kindness whenever possible. Show it to the people in front of you, the people coming up behind you, and the people with whom you are running neck and neck. It will vastly improve the quality of your own life, the lives of others, and the state of the world."

Ann Patchett
 
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Life Legacies

I received the following on a card from my grandmother and I have had it displayed next to my bed since then.  It really spoke to me.

Live Deep

Never stop learning, playing, or finding wonder in the world around you.  Live the length of your life, but live the depth of it as well.

Travel Light

There is no use in carrying around worry and regret.  They only weigh you down.  Always keep yourself open to hope and to love.  They give us wings.

Forgive Imperfections

In yourself and others.  Imperfections keep things interesting.  They're the cracks where the light shines through.

Own Beautiful Things

And not just to keep in the drawer, tucked away for a perfect day.  Surround yourself with things that make you happy, that remind you of the beauty all around us if we only keep our eyes open to it.

Make Mistakes

Follow detours. Sometimes it take an unexpected turn to help us find the life that is waiting for us around the bend.  Trust yourself and the path that is meant for you.

Take Care of Yourself

And sometimes that means you need the ice cream.  Be good to your body, but also your mind and spirit.  You're the only one who can.

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Service and Sacrifice

Service and Sacrifice
My brother-in-law is a treasure for so many reasons.  He is the most thoughtful and compassionate of the 3 Thompson brothers. He is an extremely hard worker and a very loyal and dedicated man.  He is smart and silly. He has three daughters ...
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Nesting

robin nest porch

My family and I moved into a new house this Spring and I have really enjoyed setting up my new home.  I have moved around furniture and trinkets until things look the way I want them to look.  I am nesting.

Nesting is defined as:

1. To build or occupy a nest.
2. To create and settle into a warm and secure refuge.

One of the things I love most about my new home is the location.  It is situated on a lot that backs up to the woods and there are many, MANY birds.  We have installed a bird feeder off our new deck and we can watch the birds come and go all day long from the many windows in our home. They are fascinating.  They are beautiful.  They  are hungry.  We fill the feeder a couple of times a day and watch as the birds eat their fill, sometimes 7 at a time!

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The Puzzle of Life

I love to do puzzles, but it is much easier if you have the box top "big" picture to guide you.  Life is not like that.  We do not have the "big" or the "whole" picture at any given point.  We get one puzzle piece at a time and over time as we put them together in what makes up our individual life picture so we start to see a part of the "big" or "whole" picture of our life.  However we never really know how much of the picture we are seeing at any given time.  It may seem that it is only a corner of the puzzle, but it may actually be the majority of our life puzzle or we may think our puzzle is nearly complete when we have only put together half of the puzzle.

Putting Together the Pieces

Putting Together the Pieces

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