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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

You only have this one life...make it count!


You might have noticed that I haven't been active in the world of blogging this past while. I have been a little blue this past two weeks.  It all started with a light flu...you know one of those that make you feel yukky...but not bad enough to stay in bed?  Having fibromyalgia...things like this ALWAYS go to my muscles and  I have had a constant headache for days.  After having been relatively pain free for some time now, I just don't have the high pain threshold I once had, in actual fact I have become a woosy.  Added to this the happenings around the world is chaotic and scary and one cannot help being drawn into it.  All of this have stripped me of my joy and left me a tad depressed.

This morning in my quiet time I read this by Michael Josephson:

"Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.  There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten will pass to someone else.
Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.  So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won't matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end.
It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter?  How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought but what you built, not what you got but what you gave.
What will matter is not your success but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage, or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.
What will matter is not your competence but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone.
What will matter is not your memories but the memories that live in those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.
Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident.  It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice.

Choose to live a life that matters.

This just spoke to me and I wanted to share it with all of you.  Today, choose to live fully irrespective of your circumstances.  Choose life!

xx

23 comments:

  1. Beautiful Lynette and so true. I have been feeling the same way lately which apart from everything else let me to step back from everything to try and find the joy again. I love this. Hang in there and be kind to yourself. You don't have to be superwoman. Take care of yourself first before you can take care of anyone or everyone else. <3

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  2. Thanks Lynette - need to read this today

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  3. Stunning Lynette & a bit sobering at the same time. Hope you feel so much better soon.

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  4. Thanks, Lynette! It really helps today!

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  5. Thank you for sharing.. one cannot help but feel a little over whelmed by the things that are happening in the world and also in ones own life at times.. I have felt times of tiredness and flat, and it is always good to just put some praise music on and just soak and let God bring the strength for the day.. I hope you can feel His arms around you and His Feathers covering you in the times of feeling low.. We know He promised to be with us, and we know nothing takes Him by surprise. Do take a bit of extra care of yourself each day. We are like a bank, we need to deposit the positive and the life giving things each day to stay afloat... sending love... xxx

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  6. Needed this today ... hugs to you!!!!

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  7. Thank you!!! That is really great wisdom right there.....I hope you feel better, stronger, on top of it all & stomp on that pain soon:):)

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  8. you and Cat are on the same wavelength today!

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  9. Having been ill for more than 6 weeks, I can totally relate to your despair. I'm over most of it except that the headaches will not go away. I thought I had finally outgrown them. As I read James this morning, I was reminded to count it all joy. So, I am! Thanks for your inspiration as well!

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  10. Thank you for sharing this powerful text Lynette. I hope you are feeling better. Sending you a prayer and a smile. You are a beautiful soul.

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  11. Thanks for this ... exactly what I needed to hear!!!

    Hope you are feeling a lot better!!!

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  12. Thank you, these are words of wisdom! ...
    Speedy recovery, Lynette

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  13. Just when I needed this most, thanks Lynette!

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  14. Words to live by :-)
    Are you feeling a bit better now?

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    1. I feel less down...but the headache will not let me go :(

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  15. Lynette I am so sorry to hear that are a tad under the weather at the moment. But I am sure the inspiration you shared here, also inspired you a little bit, to feel a tiny wee more upbeat.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  16. Hoping your blue days are few and far between, so you can be out enjoying life.

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  18. Thank you for sharing about how you feel. I hope you feel a little better now, a few days later. I've suffered from depression in the past but the fibromyalgia is something I cannot imagine. No doubt you know the Footprints poem. Can you imagine Him carrying you at the moment and there is only one set of footprints in the sand... His!
    Thank you for sharing the Michael Josephson piece. I had never read it. It's very inspirational.I will probably share it on Facebook if you don't mind.
    A big (virtual) hug

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  19. I agree that the events around the world of late have certainly been depressing & worrying. The only thing for it is to stop reading the news & pray & be immersed in happy things. I don't even watch sad or violent movies anymore!

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  20. I hope you are now feeling better, Lynette...sending you big hugs <3

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  21. Big hug to you. Can understand the feeling. xx

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  22. Thanks for the lovely reminder....everyday is certainly a day to LIVE and ENJOY! ;-)

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