Oct 1999

The Beauty of the Rose        

Think of the stem as the road of life--ever bending,
    turning and changing, as we walk along life's road.
Think of the rose, as our hearts--delicate and fragile,
    slowly healing, and slowly opening ,
    as time heals our wounds.
Think of the broken petals--as the broken dreams,
    broken hearts, and wounded spirits, that have filled our lives.
Think of the growth of the rose, and the opening of the petals--
    as time that passes, as we forget our pains,
    and as we grow, and as we experience new joys,
    new dreams, new hope, new love, and new friendships.
Think of the fallen petals as growth--
    as we learn to let go of the burdens we need not carry
    along the way, as we allow our hearts to open again,
    our hearts will heal, we will learn to love again,
    we will become stronger. Time is a healer
When we can see the beauty of the rose--
    we learn to see the beauties of life--that's when we'll know,
    we've healed and we've become as beautiful as the ROSE.

                                                       M. Fortney 



Focus on the Good

Some of those around us seem to see only the good in us. They trust and respect us, even when we ourselves may not feel we deserve it.

A young girl once talked about her grandfather. She said, "He was the only person in my life who saw the good in me." She mentioned that she sought to please her grandfather and not disappoint the trust which he placed in her. He brought out the best in her because of the way that he looked at her.

Each of us can be like this grandfather by focusing on the good in other people.

We can use our spiritual eyes to see love, honesty, trustworthiness, and unselfishness in the heart of another.

As we look for the good, we are doing our part to help create it.


He who controls others may be powerful but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
-Lao Tsu-

There is a magic formula for resolving conflicts.
It is this: Have as your objective the resolving of the conflict, not the gaining of advantage.
There is a magic formula for avoiding conflicts.
It is this: Be concerned that you do not offend, not that you are not offended.
- Mildred Norman -

You are not judged by the number of times you fail, but by the number of times you succeed. And the number of times you succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times you can fail and keep on trying.
-Tom Hopkins-

When you respond to an unreasonable person by getting emotional, you give them victory. How do you manage unreasonable people? You dismiss them. . . . Like shadows.
-David Viscott-

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
-Confucius (B.C. 551-479)-

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