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Roger Macdivitt .

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Re: Needed, Friends? So, On-line Communities?
4/29/2008 1:12:14 AM

Hello JoAnne,

Thank you for your great quotes.

Time must be one of man's greatest challenges and has inspired much thought.

I visited your great forum and posted a reply but got the.

"You must be a member" message.

I hope that it arrives.

Roger

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Sarah Pritchard

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Re: Needed, Friends? So, On-line Communities?
4/29/2008 4:03:33 AM
Hello Sir Roger!

I too tried to post a message in JoAnne's forum. It said that it was moderated. I can't find my post so I guess, the message either got lost or for some reason wasn't liked (although I doubt the second, as I only gave compliments and said that I'd like to come back).

You have certainly got people thinking here.

I agree with what Neil said. Is it necessary to join all of them or is it better to concentrate on just a few and be active rather than inactive in many? What would be the point?

Angel cuddles,

Sarah


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Jo Anne Green

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Re: Needed, Friends? So, On-line Communities?
4/29/2008 10:05:48 AM

Good Morning from California, Rogger!

Thank you for visiting my forum. As a new kid on the block, I am still trying to figure out which of Adland's formats will work best for my first forum. I changed from a public forum to a moderated one after my forum was blasted with many ads during the wee hours. I have not received or recognized any notifications from Adland to tell me that you or other friends posted at all.

In any case, I just sent you an invitation to join my forum. I hope that you will accept it and repost your message.

I see that technology can easily create miscommunication and misunderstanding among friends.
I hope to master Adland's system soon.

Have a Great Week!

JoAnne Green
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Jo Anne Green

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Re: Needed, Friends? So, On-line Communities?
4/29/2008 10:23:15 AM

Good Morning from California, Sarah!

Thank you for visiting my forum. As I mention to Roger, I am still trying to figure out which of Adland's formats will work best for my first forum. I changed from a public forum to a moderated one after my forum was blasted with many ads during the wee hours. I have not received or recognized any notifications from Adland to tell me that you or other friends posted at all.

However, the system does not allow me to send you a second invitation to join my forum at the moment because my first invitation was already sent. However, I believe that you can repost your messages now. I hope that you'll consider doing so.

Again I see that technology can easily create miscommunication and misunderstanding among friends.
I hope to master Adland's system soon.

Have a Great Week!

JoAnne Green
Principal/International Risk Management Advisor

Integrity + Experience + Dependability

Sunburst International Risk Managementwww.InternationalRiskManagement.comSunburst Worldwide Insurance Serviceswww.WorldwideMedicalPlans.com
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Re: Needed, Friends? So, On-line Communities?
5/1/2008 3:17:50 AM
Hi Roger,
Well I can relate to all you have written and time is becomming more precious every day. You are such a caring person and there is no need to feel guilty.
You may have read 'Awakening' before, I read it often and it always uplifts me.
Enjoy and God Bless, Gerri

Quiet_time_1

AWAKENING

A time comes in your life when you finally get it.  When, in the midst of all your fears and insanity, you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere a voice inside your head cries out - ENOUGH!

Enough fighting and crying or struggling to hold on.  And, like a child quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to subside, you shudder once or twice, you blink back your tears and begin to look at the world through new eyes. 

This is your awakening.  You realise its time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change, or for happiness, safety and security to come galloping over the next horizon.  You come to terms with the fact that you are neither Prince Charming nor Cinderella and that in the real world there aren’t always fairy tale endings or beginnings for that matter and that any guarantee of 'happily ever after' must begin with you. 

And in the process sense of serenity is born of acceptance.  You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone will always love appreciate or approve of who or what you are...and that’s OK.  They are entitled to their own views and opinions. 

And you learn the importance of loving and championing yourself.  And in the process a sense of newfound confidence is born of self-approval.  You stop complaining and blaming other people for the things they did to you or didn’t do for you and you learn that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected.

You learn that people don’t always say what they mean or mean what they say and that not everyone will always be there for you and that it’s not always about you.

So, you learn to stand on your own and to take care of yourself.  And in the process a sense of safety and security is born of self-reliance.
 

You stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people as they are and overlook their shortcomings and human frailties.  And in the process a sense of peace and contentment is born of forgiveness.

You realise that much of the way you view yourself, and the world around you, is as a result of all the messages and opinions that have been ingrained in your psyche.

And you begin to sift through all the junk you’ve been fed about how you should behave, how you should look, how much you should weigh, what you should wear, what you should drive, what you should do for a living, how much money you should make, how and where you live, who you should marry, the importance of having and raising children, and what you owe your family, parents, and friends.

You learn to open up to new worlds and different points of view.  And you begin reassessing and redefining who you are and what you really stand for. 

You learn the difference between wanting and needing and you begin to discard the doctrines and values you've outgrown, or should have never have bought into to begin with.  And in the process you learn to go with your instincts.

You learn that it is truly in giving that we receive.  And that there is power and glory in creating and contributing and you stop manoeuvring through life merely as a consumer looking for your next fix. 

You learn that principles such as honesty and integrity are not the outdated ideals of a bygone era but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon which you must build a life.  You learn that you don’t know everything, it’s not your job to save the world and that you can’t teach a pig to sing.

You learn to distinguish between guilt and responsibility and the importance of setting boundaries and learning to say no.  You learn that the only cross to bear is the one you choose to carry and that martyrs get burned at the stake. 

Then you learn about love.  How to love, how much to give in love, when to stop giving and when to walk away.  You learn to look at relationships as they really are and not as you would have them to be.  You stop trying to control people, situations and outcomes.  And you learn that alone doesn’t mean lonely. 

You also stop working so hard at putting your feelings aside, smoothing things over and ignoring your needs.  You learn that feelings of entitlement are perfectly OK and that it is your right to want things and to ask for the things you want.  And that sometimes it’s necessary to make demands. 

You come to the realisation that you deserve to be treated with love, kindness, sensitivity and respect and you won’t settle for less.  And you learn that your body really is your temple.  And you begin to care for it and treat it with respect.  You begin to eat a balanced diet, drink more water, and take more time to exercise. 

You learn that being tired fuels doubt, fear and uncertainty and so you take more time to rest.  And, just as food fuels the body, laughter fuels our soul.  So you take more time to laugh and play.  You learn that, for most part, you get in life what you believe you deserve and that much of life truly is a self- fulfilling prophecy. 

You learn that anything worth achieving is worth working for and that wishing for something to happen is different from working toward making it happen.  More importantly, you learn that in order to achieve success you need direction, discipline and perseverance.  You also learn that no one can do it all alone.  And that it’s OK to risk asking for help. 

You learn the only thing you must truly fear is the greatest robber baron of all: Fear itself.  You learn to step right into and through your fears because you know that whatever happens you can handle it and to give into fear is to give away the right to live life on your own terms.  And you learn to fight for your life and not to squander it living under a cloud of impending doom. 

You learn that life isn’t always fair, you don’t always get what you think you deserve and that sometimes-bad things happen to good people.  On these occasions you learn not to personalise things.  You learn that God isn’t punishing you or failing to answer your prayers.

Its just life happening.  And you learn to deal with evil in its most primal state - the ego. You learn that the negative feelings such as anger, envy  and resentment must be understood and redirected or they will suffocate the very life out of you and poison the universe that surrounds you.  You learn to admit when you are wrong and to build bridges instead of walls. 

You learn to be thankful and to take comfort in many of the simple things we take for granted, things that millions of people upon the earth can only dream about: a full refrigerator, clean running water, a soft warm bed, a long hot shower.

Slowly, you begin to take responsibility for yourself and you make yourself a promise never to betray yourself and to never, ever settle for less than your heart's desire.  And you hang a wind chime outside your window so you can listen to the wind.  And you make it a point to keep smiling, to trust, and to stay open to every possibility. 

Finally, with courage in your heart and God by your side you can take a stand, you take a deep breath, and you begin to design the life you want to live as best as you can".
 

~Author Unknown ~


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