Stories of Love, Life and Inspiration

Life is a Journey of Love!

Each day is an Adventure Leading to Fulfillment and Love!

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How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. George Washington Carver

Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind. Henri Frederic Amiel

Remember when life’s path is steep to keep your mind even. Horace

Life is an adventure of opportunities and challenges to be faced. Love is both my walking stick and my guide on this journey. I am not alone and I will treat all those along the way with kindness, tenderness, compassion and love. My adventure will reach unbelievable heights and hit hurdles along the way. My life’s journey brings lessons to enrich and guide me. I move forward with optimism always trusting that all will work out in the end.

I am grateful for the friendships and miracles along the path of my life. Each small step leads to life’s great and small victories. Victories I cherish and remember.

Throughout this expedition, we call Life I always strive to go where the heart is leading me. Trying never to regret it for a moment. Because life only offers one chance at getting it right!

I honestly and candidly trust life unfolds as it should. Of course, I plan for my future the best I can, savings in the bank, etc. I am a firm believer in the here and now. The present is all I have. I try my very best to find true beauty in every moment.

As I am writing these words to and for you. The birds are singing their evensong as the sun is setting — bringing another autumn day to a close. The evening breeze drifts through my windows, cooling after another quite warm day here in Moree.

My close friend and neighbour, Bill, has popped in with my dinner and a welcome chat. These moments add to my treasury of memories. The sum of my life so far. I look back. Life has had its heartaches, sadness, and loss. But thankfully many, many times of joy and gladness.

Simple treasures add to my chest of memories. And, yes, my journey has bumps along the way. But I aim to make my journey worthwhile by serving my Lord, Jesus Christ, and others.

A true gift that keeps on giving on this journey is the act of loving others. This simple yet tremendous gift we betrothed to those we meet along the way.

I find my purest and ‘from the bottom of my heart’ love I give to my son, Mark simply fills my heart and soul. I cannot put into words how full my heart is when I am with Mark. I give all my love to him. Yet still, my heart is full of love. Love is the only thing, I believe, you and I can give away to another, yet still, our hearts are full.

We are not lessened in any way by loving another. We are filled — reaching greater heights — filled with more love to give. Mark beams and this again fills my heart. Thus doubling my joy.

I am not rich in the eyes of the world. But when I am with Mark, I am the richest person on earth. Who Can Ask For More???

Serving others in any way is another way of giving our love away. Giving love this way not only shows love to those we are helping. But, often when showing love for others, again our hearts are filled. Their hearts too are filled when we show our love for them.

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Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy. Sai Baba

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu

How often have you felt hardships and life’s problems hit at the worst time? Unfortunately, we all have times of stress when life seems just too hard. The heart is seeking peace. But our minds can’t find rest. We are filled with competing emotions — not allowing us time to even think about what’s happening.

By listening to your heart. You slow down and take note. Listening to your heart is saying you are suffering. It is in these stress-filled times that self-compassion is the key. The key to unlocking what is needed to move past the suffering. Move on to days of peace and happiness once more.

The helpful lesson learned in times of hardship is golden! Self-compassion is okay! Is more than okay —it is vital! Treating yourself with gentleness and kindness brings peace once more. You are only human and there will be times of hardship and stress.

Self-compassion makes you stronger and more resilient. Then WOW! as the stronger person you are — you can now go ahead and help others. Showing compassion to help them through their times of hardship and stress.

Heartache is universal. It does not discriminate. It is cruel, wicked, and unfair. Sometimes heartache is coined as heartbreak. Simply because at the time, and often for much time after. It simply feels as if your heart is breaking. The pain is real — the suffering is isolating.

But as with all suffering — heartache is followed by healing. Heartache is again followed by days of sunshine! When you listen to your heart the lessons it teaches you will make you stronger.

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Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit. Napoleon Hill

I’ve gone through many, many things. I tell you something, that if it doesn’t kill you, you get stronger. Judy Collins

Now, to focus on a lesson that brings a smile to my face simply by writing about it — JOY! When I was a teenager attending Sunday School at East Parramatta Methodist Church — JOY was defined — J-Jesus — O-Others — Y-Yourself. This is how I still understand pure joy! Not merely an emotion — but for me a way of life!

For our lesson on our journey through life, we shall speak of Joy as a feeling. As a wondrous emotion. An emotion to be shared and cherished.

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Celebrate who you are in your deepest heart. Love yourself and the world will love you. Amy Leigh Mercree

Every day is a good day. There is something to learn, care and celebrate. Amit Ray

Life is a journey filled with lessons teaching us to celebrate. We, you, I, and everyone shares simple joy and happiness every day. Let us celebrate!

A day with moments of Joy! Reminding you and me to slow down and ‘smell the roses.” For me another wonderful autumn day here in Moree. A neighbour pops by for a chat while I am raking up the leaves in my garden. We pop inside my place for a cuppa. Such a simple blessing. But it is to be celebrated. I love my garden, I love my neighbour, I love Moree in the autumn. I am truly blessed! Life is indeed worth celebrating!

Your day has simple pleasures and blessings to celebrate also. All you have to do is pause awhile, and find them. Perhaps! The smell of fresh bread from the bakers? A stroll in your local park? A hug from your young child? Small blessings, yes? Tremendous joy! Cause for celebration! Or perhaps create a reason to celebrate? Sing in the shower? Gaze up at the stars on a moonless night? Life is a celebration — let us celebrate!!!

What a Wonderful Life!! Oh! What Joy!

What a Wonderful World!! Oh! What Joy!

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We all, if you stop and consider it, have truly special moments which change everything.

For many of us, it is when our children are born. When we are blessed with the miraculous gift of a new life. My children changed my life in oh so many ways. Brought many joys and yes more than a few tears along the way. The homemade mother’s day presents are now still on my shelves.

The feelings of pride for oh so many of their accomplishments. The memories of being the ‘mother of the groom’. PRICELESS! The text messages in the middle of the night, are so welcome. I would not swap being a mother for all the money in the world.

And, you too have your precious moments which ripple through your life. Bring changes great and small. You are a different person now because of these precious moments. Times when a special person or a particular event catapulted you into a completely different future. A life you did not predict, but would not change for a single second.

You glance back at this precious moment and fireworks crackle in your memory. And again you smile.

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It’s great to reminisce about good memories of my past. It was enjoyable when it was today. So learning to enjoy today has two benefits: it gives me happiness right now, and it becomes a good memory later. George Foreman

Some memories are unforgettable, remaining ever vivid and heartwarming! Joseph B. Wirthlin

My memories mean a lot to me, and I hold them close to my heart. Radhika Apte

Memories are priceless treasures that we, you, I, and everyone should cherish in our hearts and souls. Life is a journey built on stepping stones of memories to be celebrated. We all have one life, one life only. We have chosen to celebrate each day along this journey.

Saying thank you to each precious person who makes this life so extra special. Giving thanks to the special moments along the way which even now gladden our hearts and souls. Life is a journey of mystery and adventure! Life is a journey of joy and sadness! Life is a journey — Let us celebrate — And celebrate we will. Life is a journey into a future unknown and welcoming! One step — One day at a time! Enjoy and share the love!!!

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Diane Markey

Diane Markey

Professional Artist. I write stories about Inspiration, Love and Life Lessons. Written from my heart and from life experiences. Qualified Personal Counsellor.