VitaSoul – John R. Wooden

 “If we magnified blessings as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.”

~John R. Wooden

VitaSoul – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“For rest and shelter of the night,

For health and food,

for love and friends,

For everything,

Thy goodness sends.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

VitaSoul – Melody Beattie

 “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~Melody Beattie

F.R.A.G.M.E.N.T.E.D by


Part of me is with you

You who I’ve opened up to

You who I’ve let in

You who I’ve shared experiences with

And thought that it was true




I open up too easily too soon

They leave just as quickly as they’ve arrived

Part of me always leaves with them

The cycle starts again before I’m able to replenish

Warning signs flashing

I’m running on E

Not sure how to change

Being this way comes naturally

But it’s not good for me

Can’t you see

I’m running on E

Please help me change

Become a better me

A me that is overflowing with love, light, and confidence

A me not attached to the detached

A me who walks the talk





Still begging

For them to be here with me

For me

Perhaps this is my destiny

Always wanting and never having

They say the best things in life are free.

I’m on E.


VitaSoul – Moliere

“Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.” ~Moliere

VitaSoul – A.A. Milne

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” ~A.A. Milne

VitaSoul – Fulton J. Sheen

“Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is ‘timing’ it waits on the right time to act for the right principles and in the right way.” ~Fulton J. Sheen

Carpe Noctem! (Or: Things to do during a blackout) by Carike Claassen

Load shedding. Two words that are currently on South African lips as the local power provider struggles to keep up with the demands of an emerging economy, causing power failures that last for hours at a time.
It was during such scheduled load shedding last weekend that a lightbulb went on for me (only metaphorically, of course).
With no electricity and none of the distractions usually provided by it, I was actually having the most fun I’ve had in a while. I read. A lot. I lit up candles and drank red wine. I spent a whole lot of time outside; puttering around in the garden when it was light and then just appreciating the silence as night began to fall.
It was good. Restorative.
I’m making an early New Year’s resolution to unplug more often. Sure, a lot of that unplugging might not be quite voluntary but I figure carpe noctem – I’ll seize the night while it’s here.

VitaSoul – Leo Tolstoy

“The strongest of all warriors are these two – Time and Patience.” ~Leo Tolstoy

VitaSoul – Saint Francis de Sales

“Have patience with all things, but, first of all with yourself.” ~Saint Francis de Sales

VitaSoul – Dr. Seuss

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
~Dr. Seuss

VitaSoul – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

VitaSoul – Wilson Mizner

“Be nice to people on the way up because you’ll meet them on the way down.” ~Wilson Mizner

VitaSoul – Anthony Robbins

“Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes for you.” ~Anthony Robbins

VitaSoul – Anonymous

“There is no such thing as staying the same. You are either striving to make yourself better or allowing yourself to get worse.” ~Anonymous

VitaSoul – Ai Yazawa

“People can’t just be tied together. They have to connect. Otherwise, they’ll find themselves bound hand and foot.” ~Ai Yawaza

VitaSoul – John Wesley

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” ~John Wesley

A Favorite by Carol A

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in)]

By E. E. Cummings

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
                                                      i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

A favorite poem of mine, always leaving me filled with warmth during the holidays.

“[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]” Copyright 1952, © 1980, 1991 by the Trustees for the E. E. Cummings Trust, from Complete Poems: 1904-1962 by E. E. Cummings, edited by George J. Firmage.

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