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Topic: Words of comfort, encouragement and wisdom

  1. PamelaR
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    14 April 2018 in reply to Birdy77

    Thank you Birdy.

    I like your quote for letting go by May. If only we all imitated the trees, what a wonderful world it would be.

    Following on the lines of letting go here is a little something from Lao Tzu

    When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.

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    14 April 2018 in reply to PamelaR

    On dealing with depression (a quote from Gandalf)

    With care and compassion. No life untouched by darkness but remember that every storm cloud must yield eventually to the sun and the wind no matter how heavy it began.

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    17 April 2018 in reply to smallwolf

    Thank you so much Pammy for your words from Lao Tzu, letting go comes up so often doesn't it?

    Wolfy, your quote is really powerful and beautiful. Thank you so much for joining in and sharing that. I hope you can keep those words in your heart to remember at this time.

    🌻birdy

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    17 April 2018

    I would like to thank our wonderful friend Demonblaster (DB/Deebs/Deebi/The Deebsta 😉) for introducing me to Desiderata, by Max Ehrmann Here is a short excerpt, but it is worth your while looking it up if you are unfamiliar with it. Thanks again to The Deebsta.

    Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
    and remember what peace there may be in
    silence.
    As far as possible without surrender
    be on good terms with all persons.
    Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
    and listen to others,
    even the dull and the ignorant;
    they too have their story.
    ...
    You are a child of the universe,
    no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here.
    And whether or not it is clear to you,
    no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
    ...
    With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
    It is still a beautiful world.
    Be cheerful.
    Strive to be happy.

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    17 April 2018 in reply to Birdy77

    Onya tweety, careful I did see a puddy tat 😆

    The version I like is from Les Crane I think but is that who you said who wrote it?

    Highly recommend this thanks Birdy I hadn't thought to pop it in here 🤗❤

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    26 April 2018 in reply to demonblaster

    Hello Deebs,

    Yes Max Ehrmann wrote the poem in I think 1927, I read that many have done sound recordings of it, including your friend Les Crane in the 70s I think I read.

    It's a really lovely piece, thanks so much Deebsta 😊

    🌻birdy

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    Life is glorious, but life is also wretched. It is both. Appreciating the gloriousness inspires us, encourages us, cheers us up, gives us a bigger perspective, energizes us. We feel connected. But if that's all that's happening, we get arrogant and start to look down on others, and there is a sense of making ourselves a big deal ... On the other hand, wretchedness -- life's painful aspect -- softens us up considerably. Knowing pain is a very important ingredient of being there for another person ... The wretchedness humbles us and softens us ... Gloriousness and wretchedness need each other. One inspires us, the other softens us. They go together.

    excerpt from Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living by Pema Chödrön

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  8. Speak Your Truth
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    26 April 2018

    I’d like to add this contribution please

    "My Declaration of Self-esteem"

    In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me - everything that comes out of me is authentically mine, because I alone choose 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 fantasies, 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 turned out to be unfitting, I can discard that which I feel 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, and 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 &

    I AM OKAY

    by Virginia Satir

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    26 April 2018 in reply to Speak Your Truth

    Thank you so much SYT for your great contribution.

    You are you, SYT and everybody, & you are okay.

    🌻birdy

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    I always forget how important the empty days are, how important it may be sometimes not to expect to produce anything, even a few lines in a journal. A day when one has not pushed oneself to the limit seems a damaged, damaging day, a sinful day. Not so! The most valuable thing one can do for the psyche, occasionally, is to let it rest, wander, live in the changing light of a room.

    May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude

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    1 May 2018 in reply to Birdy77

    Hi Birdy and all

    Hope its ok if i tag along. I dont have much to add but like reading what is often said here.

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    4 May 2018 in reply to startingnew

    Hello SN,

    Of course, it's wonderful for you to join this thread.

    Anybody and everybody is welcome to join in, even if you've never posted before.

    If you have an uplifting, encouraging or comforting poem, passage, quote etc that you love please share it here. It could have a profound effect on somebody reading along.

    This is a place to come and read words that will soothe your aching heart, encourage you during your difficult day, or boost you when you feel like crawling into a ball. Or remind you that it's totally ok to crawl into a ball 😊.

    Scroll back through the entries, read what helps ... jot it down into a journal.

    Feel comforted here.

    All welcome with very open arms

    🌻birdy

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    4 May 2018 in reply to Birdy77

    One for you Birdy, upon the sad loss of a beloved pet. By an unknown author.

    The Rainbow Bridge

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

    There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are safe, warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill or old are restored to health and vigour. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again. Just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

    The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing. They each miss someone very special to them, someone who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day eventually comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. Their bright eyes intent, their eager body quivering. Suddenly they run from the group, flying over the green grass, their legs carrying them faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion. The happy kisses (or pecks) rain upon your face, your hands again caress the beloved head. You look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, previously gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.

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    4 May 2018 in reply to Guest8901
    thats beautiful Mandy and im sorry for your loss Birdy xox
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    4 May 2018 in reply to Guest8901

    😢😢😢❤❤❤😢😢😢

    Thank you Amanda

    No other words from me right now, just tears.

    ❤Thank you ❤

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  16. Music_Freak
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    4 May 2018 in reply to Birdy77

    That was beautiful Amanda.

    I'm in tears too...I often think about how I'll cope when it's time for my cat Buddy to cross the rainbow bridge...

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    4 May 2018 in reply to Birdy77

    That was beautiful Mandy. Thank you.

    Thinking of you Birdy ❤️ and everyone grieving the loss of a much loved pet 🐓🐕🐖🐎🐄 (no emoji for cat ?)

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    9 May 2018
    It's OK if all you did today was survive.
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    9 May 2018 in reply to Birdy77
    It was an effort for me to even survive today, Birdy...so thank you for this post :)
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    18 May 2018

    DON’T QUIT

    When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
    When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
    When the funds are low and the debts are high,
    And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
    When care is pressing you down a bit-
    Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

    Life is queer with its twists and turns,
    As every one of us sometimes learns,
    And many a fellow turns about
    When he might have won had he stuck it out.
    Don't give up though the pace seems slow -
    You may succeed with another blow.

    Often the goal is nearer than
    It seems to a faint and faltering man;
    Often the struggler has given up
    Whe he might have captured the victor's cup;
    And he learned too late when the night came down,
    How close he was to the golden crown.

    Success is failure turned inside out -
    The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
    And you never can tell how close you are,
    It might be near when it seems afar.

    So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
    It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.

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    18 May 2018 in reply to Speak Your Truth
    Lovely words SYT ❤ Thank you
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    18 May 2018

    Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.

    Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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    18 May 2018 in reply to Birdy77
    I forgot to add that the author of “Don’t Quit” is Edgar A. Guest - from 1921
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    31 May 2018
    Something will grow from all you are going through. And it will be you.
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    31 May 2018 in reply to Birdy77

    I do hope so Birdy...I need to believe all this is worth it...

    Thank you for posting

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    31 May 2018 in reply to Birdy77

    Thought of you sweety tweety dear friend. Took a photo to put in here at a coffee shop on the wall yesterday.

    Life is full of challenges

    Being happy shouldn't be one of them.

    Not quite inspiring but true. I liked it 🙂

    I mean this I find these all inspiring and uplifting and your last one Birdy I believe that.

    Speak your truth Don't quit 👌 🌹 Boom

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    Hey warrior. Keep going. ❤❤❤
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    14 June 2018
    Don't forget that you're human. It's ok to have a meltdown. Just don't unpack and live there. Cry it out and then refocus on where you are headed.
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    14 June 2018 in reply to Birdy77

    When darkness overtakes you.
    I won't leave you alone.
    I will come and find you,
    bring you safely home.
    You'll feel my hand clasping yours
    in the gathering gloom.
    I'll follow you in the darkness.
    Never fear, my love.
    I will always follow you.

    - John Mark Green

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    15 June 2018 in reply to smallwolf

    The wounded deer leaps highest.

    -Emily Dickinson

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