Happy 2010!  As many of you know from my lack of posts I've been on a much needed vacation for the last week.  We've had a great time, traveling to see family and friends, and now it's back to life, newly inspired with a new year.  I find myself by year end, "Busy as a bird dog", as my mother would say, and with the strike of a clock at midnight, things seem to calm.  I've spent several days getting organized for our new year and while going through some old things I came across a journal I gave my grandmother while I was in college, dated March 1, 1990 (OK, I'm old).  It's back in my possession because after her passing, my mother found it and thought I might like to have it.  It has been under my nose for months, just not any time to review it and see what I was thinking way back when.

This journal is a collection of poems, quotes, song lyrics, etc. I found to be important and I wanted to share them with her for all she had done for me.  On this very COLD day, it brightened my spirit and heart to come across them so I thought I would share a few with you.

Beautiful things, especially in nature, inspire me so I chose some images that I hope will inspire you.  Enjoy!



GIVE THE WORLD THE BEST YOU HAVE, AND THE BEST WILL COME BACK TO YOU.
- Madeline Bridges





THE MOST WASTED DAY IS THAT ON WHICH WE HAVE NOT LAUGHED.
- Chamfort





THE JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES BEGINS WITH ONE STEP...




I WALK WHERE MY OWN NATURE WOULD BE LEADING...
- Emily Bronte





I AM GLAD THAT I PAID SO LITTLE ATTENTION TO GOOD ADVICE; HAD I ABIDED BY IT, I MIGHT HAVE BEEN SAVED FROM SOME OF MY MOST VALUABLE MISTAKES.
- Gene Fowler





LOVE IS A ROSE, BUT YOU BETTER NOT PICK IT, IT ONLY GROWS WHEN IT'S ON A VINE, A HANDFUL OF THORNS AND YOU'LL KNOW YOU'VE MISSED IT,  YOU LOSE YOUR LOVE WHEN YOU SAY THE WORD "MINE!"
- Neil Young





TRULY GREAT FRIENDS ARE HARD TO FIND, HARD TO LEAVE AND IMPOSSIBLE TO FORGET...
- G. Randolph





AMBITION SHOULD BE MADE OF STERNERSTUFF.
- William Shakespeare



IT MAY BE INSANE TO LIVE IN A DREAM, BUT IT'S MADNESS TO LIVE WITHOUT ONE.
- Unknown


I was chided over the holiday by some of my nearest and dearest that I was "a philosopher".  Truth be told, I do need inspiration from time to time on a deeper level.  If you aren't in need of that today, skip this post and save it for a day you do.  Happy New Year to you all.

We'll talk soon.

Gwen

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