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"The difference between a stumbling block and a stepping stone is how high you raise your foot."
-Benny Lewis


Life lessons .........

- Take Action.  Don't just sit there. Do something.

- Don't Judge.  Just because people make different choices, they are not stupid. You don't know everything about people - help them. 

- Be nice, but don't be a pushover. Sometimes, no matter how nice you are, how caring you are, how loving you are, just isn't enough for some people.  Move along.   Stand strong in your beliefs, don't insult others.

- Rest before you are tired.  Learn your limits.

- Be Grateful. Appreciate.  Say thank you to everyone and everything.  

- Take more risks.  Don't be a wimp.  Have more courage.  

- Struggle is good.  never say "I can't take it" say "Bring it on."

- Don't complain.  It is a big waste of time.  Do something or shut up about it. 

- Spend more time with people you love.  Be patient.  

- Save more. Don't become to dependent on what you own or it will own you.

- Learn every day from those around you and from your mistakes. Stay alert. Keep your wits, always.

- Find a groove that feels right at work, home and self.  - Live a balanced life and smile more.

- Take lots of time to trust others wholeheartedly.

- It takes about seven years to really know someone. 

- Never give up. 

- You are never totally alone.  Someone loves you!

-Various contributors

Planet You/Me/Us

Did you know:

There are more life forms on your body than people on earth.   You are a planet teeming with microbes.  Trillions of them inhabit your body. 90 percent of the cells in your body are actually composed of microbes.

Fun facts about the month of April

The month of April can be seen as a time of transition and new beginnings, which many themes and reflections for different individuals and cultures

- The birthstone for April is a diamond.

- The birth flower for April is the sweet pea.

- The United States Postal Service was founded on April 3, 1789.

- The Eiffel Tower in Paris was completed on April 15, 1889.

- George Washingto, inaugurated as the 1st President of the United States in  Apri, 1789.

- The first McDonalds restauurant opened in Des Plaines, in April , 1955.

- The first modern day credit card was introduced on April 6, 1959.

- The first Starbucks coffee shop opened in Seattle on April 

It is a time of transitions - of shaking off our winter coats and emerging like butterflies from a chrysalis. 

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The Little Prince
by, Antoine de Saint-Exipery

It's madness to hate all roses, 

because you get scratched with one thorn.

To give up your dreams, because one didn't come true

To lose faith in prayers because one was not answered

To condemn all your friends, because someone betrayed you,

Not to believe in love, 

because one was unfaithful or didn't have your back

Throwing away all your chances to be happy because you didn't succeed on the first attempt.

There will always be another opportunity, another friend, another love, a new strength.  

For every end, there is always a new beginning.......

And now here is my secret,

a very simple secret;

It is only with the heart, that one can see rightly;

what is essential is invisible to the eye. 

The Power of a Smile

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