Saturday, July 23, 2011

This is what you shall do

This is what you shall do;

Love the earth and sun and the animals,
despise riches,
give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others,
hate tyrants,
argue not concerning God,
have patience and indulgence toward the people,
take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men,
go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families,
read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life,
re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book,
dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have  the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.

-Walt Whitman

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Banish Fear today!!!

"Named must your fear be before banish it you can."

--Yoda, from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Thursday, July 14, 2011

"Fear is like a wound within our emotions.  You heal a fear much like you heal a cut on your hand.

If you ignore a cut on your hand, it will get infected.

But it will heal itself if you pay attention to it and give it time.

Same with fear.  First recognize it's existence- what kind of fear is it?  Is it fear of poverty, of loneliness, of rejection? 

Then use common sense. Don't let the fear get infected.

Often we burn 70 percent of our emotional energy on what we fear might happen (90 percent of which won't happen). By devoting our energy to our other emotions, we will heal naturally."

Za Rinpoche,
"What should I do with my life?"

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Banish Worry!!!

"There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying about things that are beyond our will."

- Epictetus

Monday, July 11, 2011

Strength in each other

"We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread... They offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way. "

-Viktor E. Frankl

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Love is Life!

"Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.

Everything is, everything exists, only because I love.

Everything is united by it alone.

Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source."
—Leo Tolstoy

Friday, July 8, 2011

Enjoying STAY STRONG???

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Stay Strong!!!

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

-Mark Twain

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Life is Pain....

"Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who tells you different is selling you something."

- Wesley, "The Princess Bride"

A terrific and funny movie indeed but so much truth in that one line!

Life is pain and suffering and loss and hurt and all of those things we have come to fear and try to avoid at all costs.

But guess what?  They are facts of life and the sooner we accept that we will meet struggles, meet pain, meet loss, and hardship on this journey, the sooner we can work on solutions to these problems and move past them!

If we know what to expect, know that at some point these things will confront us, and accept that as a fact, the better we can prepare to fight through them and be ready when they do rear their ugly heads!

And they will eventually...and that is ok!!

Now, a life without struggle and some hardship is something we can and maybe should aspire to obtain, but to let these tough things completely take over our lives and make us miserable is foolhardy on our part!!

Some have more pain, more struggle and complications than others, however, we all must see the VALUE AND BLESSINGS that come with overcoming hardship, loss and pain!

People who do overcome these obstacles are inspirations to us all and we should follow their lead!!

Never lose faith that no matter what what we encounter, things will always get better, that everything passes eventually, and that through this test by fire, we emerge stronger, better, deeper and more clear as to why we are here  in this life!!!

We need to use each other, be there for each other, and help each other navigate this landscape of uncertainty and anxiety.

We are not alone- YOU are never alone!!!

Embrace this life and make the best of this short time we have here!  Use the right measurements of what "success" really means and think about what you want the world to remember about you and what you are doing here!

Stay Strong!!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Re: Robert "Hap" LeHeureux. RIP

The World lost a wonderful man this week.  His smile lit up the room and his gentle and friendly nature always made it a pleasure to see him. He will truly be missed by all that knew and loved him. And his smile that fit and originated his nickname will always endure!!  May God Bless him and his entire family.
> Robert J. "Hap" L'Heureux 76, of 125 Harrington St., died Friday, July 1, 2011 at his home.
> He leaves his wife of 54 years, Patricia L. (Christian) L'Heureux; his son, Robert F. L'Heureux and his wife Kathleen of Dudley; his daughter, Kim L. O'Toole and her husband Robert of White Plains, NY; 6 grandchildren, Alicia, Jacqueline, Spencer, Johanna, Christian and Robert. His sister, Claire Fahey died in 1992. Hap was a truck driver for 29 years, for the former Consolidated Freightways in Worcester, retiring in 1995. He was a longtime member of the Local 170 Teamsters Union in Worcester. He was born in Spencer, the son of Wilfred and Jeanne (Boudoin) L'Heureux and later graduated from David Prouty High School in Spencer. He was a former member of the Massasoit Golf League, a longtime member of the Growler's Golf League at Hillcrest C.C. in Leicester, and the Greendale Retired Men's Club. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Church in E. Brookfield. Along with his wife, they enjoyed spending their winters in Margate, FL. On behalf of Hap's family, they would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the members of the Growler's Golf League for their special friendship, comradery and support shown to him over the years.
> The funeral was held on Tuesday, July 5 with a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 7 Church St., Spencer. Friends are asked to go directly to the church. Burial will be in Mary, Queen of the Rosary Cemetery, Spencer. (Please respect the family's wishes, as the burial will be private).  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dr. Lambert for 3rd. World Countries, 119 Belmont St., (Swift House), Worcester, MA 01605.