Thought For Today

Friday, March 27, 2009


Thought for Today: Smile

Of all the things you wear, your smile is the most important. (from )

My Smile goes out to each of you today....

How Simple yet important; smile! Have you ever walked into a room of frowns or stern faces? Did it immediately affect you and your mood? Even if the room is quiet and serious, have you ever caught that one person that smile's at you? A genuine, hello, how are you, don’t worry its OK smile. Didn't you immediately feel calmer? Wasn't your spirit just a little lighter?

There are many smiles. That smile of support, of friendship, of letting you know you’re not alone, of love, of pure silliness and laughter, a smile of TGIF, etc…. A smile can illuminate the soul. It can brighten someone else’s day more than you may know. A smile is like a rainbow, it brightens the day, lifts the spirit, and brings a sence of Joy, Peace and Hope.

A Smile can also brighten your own day. If you’re a little down, smile anyway and it won’t take you long to see people smiling back. Your mood will lighten as you see your smile returned.

So SMILE Today. Spread a warm blanket over someone’s soul. Illuminate the darkness; Spread that feeling of support, joy, acknowledgement of another….. Just SMILE it costs nothing but does SO Much!! Smile its contagious!

May the Light of a Smile brighten your soul today; May the warmth of a smile warm your heart today; And May the Spirit of a smile lift you today to heights you never knew were possible.

Love, Light and a Smile to you today and always,
Nina P. (3/27/09)
Written in honor of my nephew Richard. Who's Smile would light up a room, and who's Giggle was contagious. Thank You Richard for the love and joy you brought us all. We still feel the Joy, Warmth and Hope of your smile in every rainbow....

Thursday, March 26, 2009

A Day To Celebrate!! Happy Birthday!!!


A day to celebrate the year of your birth
A day to celebrate with joy and mirth

A day to celebrate all that has past
A day to celebrate memories that last

A day to smile and even giggle
A day to laugh and wriggle and wriggle

A day to celebrate with family and friend
A day where many rules can bend

A day of joy to celebrate
A day calories don’t count on what you ate

A day of Blessings from God Above
A day of Thanks for His Great Love

A day to celebrate all of your life
A day to be Blessed and free from strife

A day to Thank God for His gift so true
A day to sing Happy Birthday to you!!

Happy Birthday to you!

by Nina P. (2008)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Thought for Today...Staying Peaceful....(With additions of course)

photo by my niece Marilyn

Thought for Today: Staying Peaceful: Desires cause peace to disappear. You think that acquiring things will make you feel secure, but the reality is that the more you have the more fear there usually is of losing it, and the further you are from peace. Desires are the cause of all conflicts. When you want something and cannot get it you become frustrated. Learning to be free from desires is learning how to stay peaceful. (from Thought for Today: )

my musings.....

We've all been guilty of this at some point. As children it was; "If I only had that toy then I'll be happy". As a teenager it might have been, "If I could only be with that person, or in that group, then I'll be happy", as we grow the "If I had ______,then I'd be happy" change but the feeling of frustration and lack remains. It never seems to be enough. If by some chance we actually got; "that new car, the perfect partner, belonged to the perfect group, the most prestigious job," etc... then there lingers in the back of the mind:This isn't enough, I'm not happy,.... I've got to get more, I've got to keep all these things, how can I ..., then the "what ifs "start, ...what if I loose my job, what if I can't keep the car, etc.... Or worse yet, the "I need more..." We live in a constant state of stress and fear and very little happiness. There is little to no true Peace in our lives.

How true this is. The more we "strive" for Peace and happiness, the more elusive it seems. When we let go and just be with ourselves; be with our surroundings; just be with nature; just be,... Peace is there with us, we just have to let go and let the Spirit in....
photo by my niece Marilyn

Peace is the flash of a red cardinal flying by on a snowy day; the green of Spring reaching up through the ground, the beauty of a bee on clover... Peace is watching a wave break slide away and try again to catch the shore.... it is catching the beauty amongst the storm;... Peace is the laughter of a child,.... the smile from a stranger... Peace is a that rainbow that's just beyond the clouds... Peace is knowing you are Loved unconditionally (no strings attached) by God.... Peace is loving yourself (yes its OK for us; we are to Love ourselves as we Love our neighbors) ... Peace is the Light of the Son shine around you warming you to your soul,.... Peace is being content with who you are and what you have, right now, not in the past or in the future, but right now, this moment, this breath, this heartbeat... Peace Is......

may Peace be with you today and always... Nina P.