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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

inbox indiscretions # 10...

N.O.T. to be a killjoy... and N.O.T. to be accused of plagiarism either - but really; the following is N.O.T. by me. It was penned by... N.O.T. himself!
And it is a nice alternative to firing back at simpleton relatives and their like.
It is also quite a good read and it is fitting, right now, with all that's been happening in "luminousland"... good and (mostly) bad...
Another formidable forwardable, true and true!
Hence, enjoy!

I learned that sometimes it is easier to share my soul with the whole world
Than it is to share it with someone intimate

I learned that aspiring toward my desires takes true commitment
And, a solid belief that my goals have legitimacy

I learned that asking for understanding is sometimes impossible
But, giving understanding is not

I learned that trying to prepare others for what lies ahead,
May confuse their innocence and thwart their progress

I learned that saying no to someone else, even when they object
Can help them learn to say no in their own lives, when need be

I learned that wanting and needing are hard to separate
But the difference is of great importance

I learned that I am stronger than I thought I was
And, that I need both strength and insight to function

I learned that I will not always feel positive
But that, my down days give me perspective

I learned that patience takes self-discipline
But, its rewards are immense

I learned that laughing after making a mistake
Does not erase its valuable lesson

I learned that letting someone else’s laughter reach my heart
Is just as rewarding as saying something to make them laugh

I learned that appreciation of others, of life and of challenges
Causes each day to be full and fruitful

I learned that it is good to expect better of one’s self
But, not so good to stress over petty details

I learned that living is not one huge moment of joy
It is the travel, and the unravel — the discovery of life,
That builds foundations for joy and for loving and living

~By N.O. Tate (Reprinted with Permission)

Guard within yourself that treasure, kindness.
Know how to give without regret, how to acquire without meanness;
know how to replace in your heart,
by the happiness of those you love, the
happiness that may be wanting to yourself.
George Sand

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