“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” Albert Camus
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” Martin Luther King jr.
“While I breathe, I hope.” South Carolina State Motto
“My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope.” Ovid
Quotes, Im sure, are meant to be inspirational for some, if not for all. It probably depends on our nature and the way we see things.
Dan Millman: I know more than you think.
Socrates: And you think more than you know. But knowledge is not the same as wisdom.
Dan Millman: Yeah? What’s the difference?
Socrates: You know how to clean a windshield, right?
Dan Millman: Yeah.
Socrates: Wisdom is doing it.
There is no need to search; achievement leads to nowhere. It makes no difference at all, so just be happy now! Love is the only reality of the world, because it is all One, you see. And the only laws are paradox, humor and change. There is no problem, never was, and never will be. Release your struggle, let go of your mind, throw away your concerns, and relax into the world. No need to resist life, just do your best. Open your eyes and see that you are far more than you imagine. You are the world, you are the universe; you are yourself and everyone else, too! It’s all the marvelous Play of God. Wake up, regain your humor. Don’t worry, just be happy. You are already free!
“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”
“You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you that you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it..period”
(from the movie Pursuit of happiness)
On October 8th, 1950 I took my first breath, and I have loved every one of them and I am thankful.
I read this somewhere. I thought growing old would take longer.
It’s not true that folks stop having dreams because they have gotten older.
I remember people telling me “when you hit 50, you will know it.” Well things do change here and there. But . . . . . to keep going, Keep Going feels right.
Here is an awesome prayer that may help me:
|Lord, Thou knowest better than I myself that I am growing older and will someday be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.
Release me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody; helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all; but Thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end. Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains; they are increasing, and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.
I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cock-sureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.
Keep me reasonably sweet, for a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people; and give, O Lord, the grace to tell them so.
“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.” Alphonse Karr
“Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart.” Roy T. Bennett
I still remember the day I prayed for what I have now.
“Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all you want.” Lydia Sweatt
“Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are” Arthur Golden
“People tell you the world looks a certain way. Parents tell you how to think. Schools tell you how to think. TV. Religion. And then at a certain point, if you’re lucky, you realize you can make up your own mind. Nobody sets the rules but you. You can design your own life.” Carrie-Anne Moss
Some closure is needed. Some things need to be final. The numbers no longer matter to me, but recording what has occurred does. The final tally will be purposely low. These numbers will remain as put down on this day, August 12th, 2017. The mission was to raise awareness concerning alzheimer’s disease.
- over 5 years
- over 15,000 miles on foot
- over 20,000 miles in a car
- 16 states
- over $35,000.00 raised for the Alzheimer’s Association
- over 50 television interviews
- over 100 newspaper interviews
- over 20 radio interviews
- 6 magazine articles
- over 3000 bracelets or cards given out with the 24/7 Helpline phone number on them
- visited over 50 senior residence facilitis and met with patients, staff and family members
- visited 4 alzheimer’s research centers
- spoke with over 15 research scientists
- visited over 20 Alzheimer’s Association Chapters
- met over 75 Alzheimer’s Association staff members
- attended 8 Walk to End Alzheimer’s events
- I have no idea how many caregivers I met or how many alzheimer’s patients. There were many of both.
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The Epic Journey is over as of today, August 12th, 2017. My personal Facebook page will become just that. My blog will be used to write what I feel inspired to record. Twitter will be used in the same manner as the blog and will not automatically post into Facebook. The Across the Land page will remain operational and used sparingly.
The failures on the Epic Journey were mine, but the successes were ours.
I would never begin to thank anyone by name for fear of forgetting someone. I will say “Thank You” to everyone that helped.
My favorite Bible verse for the Journey was . . . “I can do all things through Christ, whom strengthens me.” Phillipians 4:13
My favorite quote for the Journey was . . . When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me‘ Erma Bombeck
My “Epic Journey” is over.
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“The beautiful Journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday.” Steve Maraboli
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P.S. entered 11:28 am on August 13th, 2017
Sometimes we start an Epic Journey for one reason, but God has other plans.
This Journey was to tell caregivers that people care. It was to tell them of a way to reach out for help, and that they are not alone. It was to tell whomever would listen, a little bit about having alzheimer’s or of being a caregiver. It was to tell folks in our senior residence facilities thanks. It was to remind folks that lawmakers hold the purse strings that contain money for research. It was to express thanks to folks that helped send these messages. It was about thanking God for life.