Tuesday, October 26, 2010

When you stop expecting miracles, life is the miracle.

The beauty of this day doesn't depend on its lasting forever.

The gold you have to dig for is not the real gold.

Kites pull on their strings because they want to be free.

The feeling of being unappreciated is a failure to appreciate others.

The plant that's been uprooted has only courage to hold it up.

What is love after all but trusting in the unknown.

The right key: the one that doesn't open any door.

Lessons forgotten do more good than lessons learned.

The future can't be seen even with the most powerful telescopes.

Every destination knows that there's more than one way to get there.

People say, "It's not that simple." But maybe it is.

105 comments:

  1. As usual...I LOVED em'!!!

    Ur biggest fan!

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  2. So true . . . simple and very profound. I wish these words are felt be me truly.

    Joy always,
    Susan

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  3. This was a treat (more like a multi-course meal) maybe because it's not a daily occurrence.

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  4. Some true gems here NP! I always love my visits here, and usually I like to pick a favorite, but it's pretty much impossible. I love every single one of them!

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  5. "Lessons forgotten do more than lessons learned" was a timely one for me, NP. If I can integrate that one into my daily thought process, perhaps I will see a growth spurt!

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  6. When you stop expecting miracles, life is the miracle - NP

    That is the beauty of life.
    I faced it many times,again & again.
    Till i realize..the beauty only can be seen when we don't try to find it..

    Love your genius,i 'm waiting for it, sir Marty.

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  7. When you stop expecting miracles, life is the miracle--we take the biggest miracle us for granted.

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  8. Yeah, it's not complicated, it's simple ;-)

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  9. "The feeling of being unappreciated is a failure to appreciate others"

    This one spoke to me because I occasionally feel rather lonely, but the 95% of the time that I don't, I have the awful habit of neglecting the friendships that people extend to me to pursue my own self-interest.

    Lesson learned :)

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  10. I like this one most of all:
    "Every destination knows that there's more than one way to get there."

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  11. Great insights:
    What is love after all but trusting in the unknown......
    ..Lessons forgotten do more good than lessons learned.....
    The future can't be seen even with the most powerful telescopes.....
    Every destination knows that there's more than one way to get there....
    Thanks my friend, for sharing.
    God bless.

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  12. Brilliant! I love them all. My favorites:
    "When you stop expecting miracles, life is the miracle.
    ...
    The gold you have to dig for is not the real gold.
    ...
    People say, "It's not that simple." But maybe it is."

    This one makes me thinking a little more:
    "The feeling of being unappreciated is a failure to appreciate others."

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  13. Kites want to be free, but given that freedom they just plummit to the ground, freedom is a funny old thing !!

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  14. Great insights... all of them as usual!
    "The plant that's been uprooted has only courage to hold it up." I guess my favorite.

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  15. Brilliant post NP! The last one is my fave. Usually things aren't complicated, but thinking that it is, makes it complicated ^_^.

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  16. This post is priceless, Marty. I will pick up the one saying "What is love after all...", take my time to think about it — and try to learn something!

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  17. Life is a mirades. I am grateful to have been born as a human being and being able to see the beauty that exists in all things: In every sunrise, the beauty that is the sunset and consistency throughout the universe from beginning to end. Considering the pain and joy as facts of life. Seemed difficult, but it is not. Just open your heart and let love in! Yes or no?
    Very good post!

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  18. You put in words all I wished to express with my picture The Fallen. You did that so eloquently. I am proud of bowing to you and dare to address you as my coauthor.
    http://arthiker.wordpress.com/2010/10/26/the-fallen/

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  19. Hello my dear friend! its always a pleasure come here and learn from your thoughts.I think like you:life is a miracle,we can see a miracle in every little thing God has made on this planet.Love this part too:
    People say, "It's not that simple." But maybe it is.
    So many times cant see the tree,only the forest,its not so difficult.
    my best wishes x you,take care.

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  20. Wonderful work Marty. I have just finished a whole chapter on the nature of miracles so we are definintely on the same page, Thanks for your friendship, Neil

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  21. I love the kite aphorism. It reminds me of a recent thought.

    Through my experience I've learned when life pokes and prods at you, it's not punishment or abuse. It means you're being pushed out of the nest to spread your wings and take flight.

    They're all wonderful Marty. Thank you once again. :)

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  22. Marty, This is such a joy to read! Each aphorism speak to truth we have lived. I could write an essay on several of these entries.

    Live today, yesterday is gone, tomorrow may not come.

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  23. Loved them! I am adding this blog to my blogroll also. Keep up the great work!

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  24. I think your creative mind is amazing. Loved every one!

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  25. np, I always enjoy reflecting on your aphorisms, some of which connect immediately with what I know to be true and others that encourage me to re-examine what I believe and/or explore new ground. Often, my mind responds with its own 'aphorisms'. Here's what it did with this list :):

    When you stop expecting miracles, life is the miracle.
    - When you stop expecting, you start living.

    The beauty of this day doesn't depend on its lasting forever.
    - What is beauty if not a spurious habit of perception?

    The gold you have to dig for is not the real gold.
    - If you enjoy the digging, that's gold.

    Kites pull on their strings because they want to be free.
    - At the end of a kite is a grasping hand.

    The feeling of being unappreciated is a failure to appreciate others.
    - I'd rather be appreciated than rewarded

    The plant that's been uprooted has only courage to hold it up.
    - Courage has a quiet voice and a timely presence

    What is love after all but trusting in the unknown.
    - What is the unknown but the playground of love?

    The right key: the one that doesn't open any door.
    - No keys are needed when there are no doors

    Lessons forgotten do more good than lessons learned.
    - Lessons learned are sometimes forgotten

    The future can't be seen even with the most powerful telescopes.
    - Time rules when eternity is forgotten

    Every destination knows that there's more than one way to get there.
    - We make unique trails on life's common ground

    People say, "It's not that simple." But maybe it is.
    - The mind is a neurotic problem-maker.

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  26. Wow, very good aphorisms as usual...i really liked all of them this time around, but if i have to pick a favorite, it's..."The gold you have to dig for is not the real gold." This one sums up life nicely....it's all about the journey :)

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  27. Each line makes me ponder.
    The line about love makes me wish I could in fact trust in the unknown.

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  28. "Every destination knows that there's more than one way to get there." ... thank goodness! ... else I'd get nowhere!

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  29. Marty, your aphorisms can be described through your last one: "It's not that simple." But maybe it is!!!

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  30. I especially like "the feeling of being unappreciated" one. So much of our misery is self inflicted by virtue of having a self focus. Your aphorism expresses that well!

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  31. Wonderful. These lines are miracles themselves.
    What is love after all but trusting in the unknown.
    No other words to say it.
    Love

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  32. Очень хорошо — как всегда!

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  33. Love them all, as always, thought provoking and encouraging.

    "What is love after all but trusting in the unknown."

    I finally learned this......Have a great day!

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  34. Marty,
    I honestly don’t know how you do it but all of your aphorisms are so profoundly special. You truly do have such a gift and it is wonderful that you choose to share your gift with all of us.

    As always, there are a few favorites:
    “When you stop expecting miracles, life is the miracle.” Life really is the miracle—and anything more is a gift.

    “The feeling of being unappreciated is a failure to appreciate others.” We should all work harder on appreciating others and not worry so much about ourselves. As my dear old friend, “Sling” once said, “When you are all wrapped up in yourself, it makes for a small package!”

    “What is love after all but trusting in the unknown.” This is one of the hardest for me to learn—but I am getting there!

    “Every destination knows that there's more than one way to get there.” Isn’t this the truth! Which road we take may make a huge difference in our experiences. However, whichever way we do take, we should enjoy and learn from the journey. This one reminds me very much of one of my all-time favorites aphorisms, “The journey is the destination.”

    As always, I so enjoyed these and can't wait for the future ones to come.

    Take care my friend--

    Melinda

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  35. Yeah I guess you're right, maybe it is that simple :-)

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  36. That was truthful. We all sorta understand the truth (in our way), but we need to be reminded. We need you to write more often. The world needs glimpses truth.

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  37. Dear Marty, Thank you for bringing another batch. I am glad to be able to read this one as well.
    This time the following is my favorite:

    "The gold you have to dig for is not the real gold."

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  38. First, let me apologise for taking so long to read your update; as I mentioned on my blog, I've been pretty busy lately...
    But now that I'm here, let me thank you for notifying me of your new aphorisms. I probably wouldn't have got around to reading them for now, but it's more than apparent that it's exactly what I needed--quick and easy to read, but full of so much meaning it necessitates turning your focus from other concerns and considering for a moment the gems to be here found. Thank you... they're beautiful as always. Keep posting.

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  39. Have to agree with the people here; you've come up with some gems, again, Marty.

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  40. Superb ! Love them all....this one in particular ‘People say, "It's not that simple." But maybe it is’

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  41. This was worth the wait!!!And a good learn!!!Some of them hits right thru the wound,haha!!!

    You are right...It's not the measure ,it's the quality that makes a day beautiful!!!And I for one have a habit of making a big fuss out of something so simple.

    Had a great read,Marty!!!Thank you for sharing!And also for taking time to read mine,too!

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  42. Your works, all of them tickles my brain...
    Keep on writing....

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  43. Ah, the rat-atat-tat titillation of fresh aphorisms on my computer screen in the morning...or is it the afternoon? That's what I like to see...

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  44. Hello friend,
    Nice post.
    Keep on writing.

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  45. yes, maybe it is my friend.
    ever time i read you, i rea.love.you.

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  46. my typos
    every time i read you.
    i re.love.you (your writing)

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  47. Plenty of wisdom and common sense here yet again - and most importantly, said in so simple a manner.

    Thank you once again, oh great teacher in the art of simple living.

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  48. Wonderful.

    Love the line: "Kites pull on strings because they want to be free."

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  49. lots of words of wisdom in this piece. thanks for this post. and thanks for stopping by my blog

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  50. Thanks for stopping by, my friend!
    xoxo

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  51. lessons forgotten is better than lessons learnt is soooooooooo true. I loved that line more than you know.....thanks for the post, its lovely :)
    Rain

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  52. Hi Dear Marty, boy I've missed a lot of magic here. Work has slowed me down a lot. But I just had to stop in today.

    You stopped me in my tracks with the first to lines.

    "When you stop expecting miracles, life is the miracle." I just love that because life is happening right now. THIS IS the magic we seek. It's right in front of us, but we often don't see it.

    "The beauty of this day doesn't depend on its lasting forever." And this is just heart tuggingly poignant. It too speaks of living in the 'now', and when we do that we live in eternity.

    Bless you dear friend for your never ending source of wisdom and brilliant magic. A one of a kind, that's you. Hugs, Robin

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  53. That last one is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO true!

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  54. wonderfull word friends...
    so deep...

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  55. Wonderful morsels of wisdom here; each one can open a whole world of discussion!

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  56. I love this one: "The plant that's been uprooted has only courage to hold it up."

    Good one for me to read today. Thanks.

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  57. Up to your high standards as usual. "The beauty of the day doesn't depend on it lasting forever." My favorite. Maybe, my all time favorite. Perhaps, your readers can submit one favorite out of all the postings and you could put together a blogs of "Favorites." Would be good.

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  58. Brother Marty -- a treat, as always.

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  59. Beautiful thoughts... wise and deep.
    Thank you for sharing :)

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  60. To be touched by the love and wisdom of another, is such a gift. Thank you for sharing these!

    And yes, life IS the miracle!

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  61. "Lessons forgotten do more good than lessons learned."

    This one. This one.

    Thank you.
    DB

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  62. I love:
    Kites pull on their strings because they want to be free.

    Such a cool way to think about it.

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  63. "Every destination knows that there's more than one way to get there". Absolutely right! It's only us, who seem never to know how to choose the right way- because we almost always arrive there, if ever we reach our destination, complaining endlessly! Nice tidbits again, Marty!

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  64. If he is right, maybe it's easier and simpler than it seems, but humans are specialists in life difficult. Greetings.

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  65. "The future can't be seen even with the most powerful telescopes."

    I so love this line. Your wisdom never fail to amaze me. keep on writing.

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  66. Wow! You are so talented! I feel lucky that I landed on your site and I'm following your blog now for your creative/witty/insightful/original/excellent writing!

    Keep writing; you are a genuinely gifted artist inspiring others around you !

    Thanks for sharing your talent with me!
    Your newest fan and admirer,
    Lu
    (writingsbylu on blogcatalog)

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  67. So insightful and reflective. Your words stick in the mind for a long time afterwards like a beautiful glue!

    Thanks for stopping by,

    XOXO Lola:)

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  68. The shortness of aphorisms has never been a barrier to their truthfulness...but the longer they get the harder it is to keep them together, I suppose. I remember ten years back being interested in “aphoristic” quotations as a way of finding out “the truth” for myself (sadly lacking in quantity and quality of it at the time I suppose), and of course I couldn’t get enough of it, once I found some. But that doesn’t mean that the intrepid, inspired truth isn’t out there hidden away amid the rows upon rows of clever aphorisms, only that you’ve got to look mighty hard to find it, and once you do, well, you can make another nifty aphorism out of it, and move on…in search of the truth I suppose.

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  69. You are amazing! I don't know how you come up with these blog after blog. Words of wisdom that make you think! Thanks!

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  70. My, all this praise, you could so easily get into believing in it...and why not, I ask you?

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  71. wonderful words again. Love them all!

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  72. A great poem about life lessons, captured with words.

    It's unfortunate that most of us don't find out about most of these things until later on in life, when it's a tad too late.

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  73. A very nice poem about life. Congrats!

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  74. you forgot every cat knows there is more than one way to skin them :)

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  75. I love to read your Aphorisms, Marty, but also enjoy all of the reader's comments, as well. Your words are universal. So many of us can relate.

    These all speak to me in one way or another, but I particularly enjoyed "Every destination knows that there's more than one way to get there."

    Ain't it the truth?! : )

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  76. I can relate almost with all lines there, are each of them is independent of others?

    "What is love after all but trusting in the unknown." --people should know this well :)

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  77. If you want my advice – don’t take it!

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  78. Cool story, bro!
    Following your blog

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  79. So true, marvellous post as always.

    Lola:)

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  80. I always feel a nice sensation of serenity when I visit your site. Cool stuff.

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  81. Hi.
    I'm glad I discovered your Blog.

    Great text, really great, I loved reading it. :p

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  82. Great lines and some very true.

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  83. Instead of "nothing profound," you should say "everything profound." :)

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  84. "When you stop expecting miracles, life is the miracle."

    That's a beautiful one for this beautiful day!

    NP,

    I'm dropping by to wish you a thankful Thanksgiving Day! You are special to me, and I just wouldn't let this opportunity go by without letting you know.

    Thank you so much for being a part of the Secrets of Success community!

    Wishing you success,
    Mark

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  85. I found you through Time Thief's wonderful blog and your aphorisms are lovely and as many people comment above, trigger all sorts of associations and meditations. I like the one about the key above, it reminds me of one of my favourite traditional songs ...I will give my love an apple without ee'r a core.. and goes on to talk about the heart being a palace that one's love can unlock without a key. Sung by Andreas Scholl beautifully amongst many others. Thank you!

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  86. wow very good poem. I like the philosophical message you have tried to give.

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  87. "What is love after all but trusting in the unknown."

    This one really stood out for me.
    When we reach the stage of trusting we open up to share ourselves with others and that truly is the beginning of all connection and love and yes knowing comes later, all love begins with trust. Very profound indeed and you call yourself "nothing profound" :)).

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  88. Dear Marty, I was floored by your comment on Linda Wolf's interview of me. I responded to it here: http://insanelyserene.wordpress.com/2010/11/23/moment-of-clarity-%E2%80%93-robin-easton/

    I read your insight and tears came immediately to my eyes. You are a great "Freedom Maker". I LOVE THAT!! It's like you go around releasing all that is bound, boxed, limited, contained. As if you open doors and let in sunlight. AND you do it in such a beautiful gentle and encouraging way. Not a holier than thou way, but a vibrant, life-giving way that shine.

    I am deeply moved to be seen by one so wise and kind. You have added great richness to my life. Thank you for that. Just...thank you.

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  89. You wish these words are felt be me truly.

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  90. I love reading this entry. Very poignant.

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  91. These are great and simply stated. Indeed, life is the miracle. Thank you. :)

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  92. Not all anonymous people are the same person, but we all like marty's aphorisms...

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  93. What's it like to be inside your mind?! :) I enjoy reading your thoughts. I really identified with the first and the last.

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  94. Profound, particularly #5. Always great to be reminded, thank you :-)

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  95. thanks x your kind visit my dear friend! hope you´re doing well,wish you a very nice day,smiles and hugs x you.Grt and interesting post...as always!

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  96. The key is found here...the door is unlocked!

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  97. What a unique post that reflects on life as a chisel for good times, sad times and changing times. I loved the line,'when you stop expecting miracles, life is the miracle'. So true my friend! Speaks volumes of your ingenuity and sagacity.
    Many best wishes to you NP.
    Barkha Dhar

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  98. The hardest part is to believe in yourself. Then nothing is difficult as you are made to believe.

    Loved it, the flow you used.

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  99. This is very lovely and true - very profound - thank you for sharing it!

    Thank you for your comments on my blog - they have been much appreciated!! Especially the one right after my Dad died.

    Thank you!! ~ Diane Clancy

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  100. You are amazing my friend! Have you ever thought about putting these together and making a book? It would be awesome!
    Thanks for sharing with me (and others)!!
    LU

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  101. I honestly stop by here to get a wise word and make my day lighten up a bit. Thank you

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  102. Your posts cause me to want to write poetry endlessly. Beautiful words that leave the soul with a desire to meditate, reflect and ponder quietly while observing the beauties of the world around us, nature, the changing leaves of fall, the birds and the clouds in the sky...

    Oops, I think I just got carried away with words and the peace that comes with expressing them.

    Thank you for sharing. Hope you will post more as I saw you had not shared new ones in a while, or are they found elsewhere now?

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