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It's been a "count my blessings" kind of week. I was going to blog about having a rough week, but my perspective was shifted several times throughout my little ordeals and I realized that it's impossible for me to complain about anything. Ever.

So I'll resist the urge to tell you about all that's gone wrong and tell you what's been wonderful about this week. I was able to knit, read, cook, buy flowers, play in the dirt (plant seeds and pull weeds), celebrate a birthday (my youngest son), go to a Cinco de Mayo festival, and have lunch with a friend. See? A week full of happy things!

The Paradoxical Commandments

by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

© 1968, 2001 Kent M. Keith


That's a great lesson people should learn. Thanks!

I love your unbounded optimism! And um, that poem totally made me cry in my cereal.

True words of wisdom to live by. Thank you for sharing them and for being who you are!


love the fact that you are looking on the bright side!

Here is a little comment to make you smile - I love your blog -!

so there - hope this makes you happy!

thank you for this reminder to another one who has a tendency to whine... and the tulip(s) - lovely!

Great post! Thank you.

Yes sometimes I find myself questioning people and their motives. I am glad you were able to find the wisdom to push past it.

These are great thoughts! Life is always good, although sometimes it does not seem to make sense, it always does later on! Have a great weekend!

great post and best of all I have YOU as my best friend & sister!

I'm glad you found time for tiny treasures this week, no matter how small. I second what Jayne says!! Morah!

I like your style! Well said.

I love those commandments! I hope things got better. xx

Love this!

Sometimes focusing on the positive can quell the negative. Good for you for trying to make lemonade out of lemons. I hope that whatever you are going through will pass. HUGS!

I read this earlier and it made me look for these words of wisdom from Dr. Seuss:

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

(It turns out he may never had said it, though). Luckily it led me to this one:

"Oh the things you can find
If you don't stay behind!

In the places I go there are things that I see
That I never could spell if I stopped with the Z.

I'm telling you this 'cause you're one of my friends.
My alphabet starts where your alphabet ends!

So, on beyond Z!
It's high time you were shown

That you really don't know
All there is to be known."

(I am glad you found those old Kodachromes, btw)

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