Tuesday, December 07, 2004
The Tone Of Voice

It's not so much what you say
As the manner in which you say it
It's not so much the language you use
As the tone in which you convey it;
"Come here !" I sharply said,
And the child cowered and wept.
"Come here," I said -
He looked and smiled
And straight to my lap he crept.
Words may be mild and fair
And the tone may pierce like a dart;
Words may be soft as the summer air
But the tone may break my heart;
For words come from the mind
Grow by study and art-
But tone leaps from the inner self
Revealing the state of the heart.
Whether you know it or not,
Whether you mean or care,
Gentleness, kindness, love, and hate,
Envy, anger are there.
Then would you quarrels avoid
And peace and love rejoice ?
Keep anger not only out of your words-
Keep it out of your voice.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004
Tomorrow Is Not Promised

Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they weremeant to be there, they serve some sort of purpose; teach you a lesson, or help figure out who you are, and who you want to become.

You never know who these people may be: your neighbor, child, long lostfriend, or even a stranger who, when you lock eyes with them, you know atthat very moment that they will affect your life, in some profound way.

And sometimes things happen to you, and at the time they seem painful and unfair, but in reflection you realize, that without overcoming those obstacles, you would have never realized your potential strength, or yourhearts desire.

Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good or bad luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, aswell as experiencing sheer stupidity; all occur to test the limits of your soul.

Without these small tests, whether they be events, illnesses orrelationships, life would be like a paved straight flat road to nowhere,safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.

The people you meet who affect your life, and the successes and downfallsyou experience, create who you are, and even the bad experiences can be learned from; in fact, they are probably the poignant and important ones.

If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them; for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart...

If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because theylove you, but because they are teaching you to love, and opening your heart and eyes to things you would have never seen or felt without them.

Make every day count. Appreciate every moment, and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again...

Talk to people you have never talked to before, and actually listen. Letyourself fall in love, break free and set your sights high...Hold your head up, because you have every right too.

Tell yourself you're a great person and believe in yourself... for if you don't believe inyourself, no one else will believe in you either.

Create your own life and then go out and live in it! "Live Each Day As If It Were Your Last... Tomorrow is Not Promised."

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