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sfs

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Sep 25, 2008
 
A little girl was sitting on her grandfather's lap as he read
her a bedtime story.

From time to time, she would take her eyes off the book and reach up to touch his wrinkled cheek. She was alternately stroking her own cheek, then his again.

Finally she spoke up,'Grandpa, did God make you?'

'Yes, sweetheart,' he answered,'God made me a long time
ago.'

'Oh,' she paused,'grandpa, did God make me too?'

'Yes, indeed, honey,' he said,'God made you just a little while ago.'

Feeling their respective faces again, she observed,'God's
getting better at it, isn't he ?'
sfs

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Sep 25, 2008
 
Carrots, Eggs, & Coffee!

A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee...You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up, She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked,' Tell me what you see.'

'Carrots, eggs, and coffee,' she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked,'What does it mean, mother?'

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

'Which are you?' she asked her daughter.'When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Think of this: Which am I?

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
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Sep 25, 2008
 
May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.
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#4
Sep 25, 2008
 
When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.

Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying

Since: Jul 08

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Sep 25, 2008
 
People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for them.

Since: Jul 08

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#6
Sep 25, 2008
 
P*U*S*H*

Pray Until Something Happens

That Little Acronym Has Helped Me Through Alot of Things. When You Just Don't Know What Else To Do....You P*U*S*H...... Try It! It Works!
sfs

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Sep 25, 2008
 
Amber Carter wrote:
People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for them.
Sweet-thanks for contributing to this thread. Hopefully all the readers will. I'm so tired of the madness.

Since: Jul 08

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Sep 25, 2008
 
sfs wrote:
<quoted text>Sweet-thanks for contributing to this thread. Hopefully all the readers will. I'm so tired of the madness.
I love good conversation. It's way better than fussing through a computer because when it comes to all that, I'd rather do it face to face and that can't happen so....HERE'S TO GOOD CONVERSATION!!:-)
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Sep 25, 2008
 
I have learned to ignore the madness in people and appreciate the enlightenment.....if the people I come across in my journey have no enlightment, then I will pray that I can ease their madness with my own.

Since: Jul 08

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#10
Sep 25, 2008
 
I feel ya! The number one thing to do in regards to people who show a lack of respect and intelligence is to either try to help them realise their ignorance and be ready to accept the challenge or just IGNORE THEM!

What happens when you ignore a stupid man who is trying to get at you? They eventually fade into the background.
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Sep 25, 2008
 
Amber Carter wrote:
I feel ya! The number one thing to do in regards to people who show a lack of respect and intelligence is to either try to help them realise their ignorance and be ready to accept the challenge or just IGNORE THEM!
What happens when you ignore a stupid man who is trying to get at you? They eventually fade into the background.
Another reason to always hear what others say and try to learn something new each day- I don't ever want to fade away!
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#12
Sep 25, 2008
 
Wow Amber did you just see what happened? Are you still on here? Cyn just left a bunch of rude comments on some threads, and they all got deleted immediatly. That's great. Finally our moderators are doing the right thing.
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#13
Sep 25, 2008
 
Guess I spoke too soon, they are all back now.

Damn!
Technology Girl

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Sep 25, 2008
 
sfs wrote:
Guess I spoke too soon, they are all back now.
Damn!
ha ha ha ha, you are too weird I mean really you live Keona Wright at least Amber does not seem to. Unreal!

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Sep 25, 2008
 
Glad to see something worth reading I got this the other day, and thought is was great...Thanks for sharing it here on topix.
So how have you 2 been?
sfs

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Sep 25, 2008
 
UGAfan wrote:
Glad to see something worth reading I got this the other day, and thought is was great...Thanks for sharing it here on topix.
So how have you 2 been?
I'm doing great UGA how are you doing? I really have decided to ignore the "trolls" they give me a head ache. You see even when I don't respond to them they just keep on and on, they can't seem to keep my name outta their mouths, they are obsessed and it's making me sick! I just wanted some positive posts on here for a change. There is no talking to those two, no making them see what they are making themselves look like, and I'm just tired. I have decided once and for all to RETREAT> Am I beaten? Naw I'm the winner, cause I decided when it was going to end. I decided to stop it. No one made me......good luck to you in whatever you do UGA< and if you ever need me - holler, but you really shouldn't waste anymore time on those bitches for real. You are better than that we all are. If they want this post to themselves they can have it. I admire Amber a lot. When she first came on here posting they attacked her like they do everyone, and she bought into it at first, but it didn't take long for her to see what they really were looking for and she just stopped feeding into it, I think we should too. I know it's hard cause if those girls were in our faces' sayin that BS we would both be kicking some ass, but it's old and it won't ever end unless we end it. Neither of them have the common sense to just stop. They thrive off of this attention we give them, and it's such a waste of time. You keep up the good fight if ya wanna, I will always be reading,but you won't see me too much anymore. I've decided to live my life off of topix. It's just gotten tooo damn stupid! PEACE
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Sep 25, 2008
 
SFS/Jealous heart, you still can't stop responding to us whether it be directly or indirectly, anyone with half of a brain can see you are responding indirectly, IDIOT! just like I said in my other post. It is best that you RETREAT Miss Jealous Heart!

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Sep 25, 2008
 
sfs wrote:
<quoted text>I'm doing great UGA how are you doing? I really have decided to ignore the "trolls" they give me a head ache. You see even when I don't respond to them they just keep on and on, they can't seem to keep my name outta their mouths, they are obsessed and it's making me sick! I just wanted some positive posts on here for a change. There is no talking to those two, no making them see what they are making themselves look like, and I'm just tired. I have decided once and for all to RETREAT> Am I beaten? Naw I'm the winner, cause I decided when it was going to end. I decided to stop it. No one made me......good luck to you in whatever you do UGA< and if you ever need me - holler, but you really shouldn't waste anymore time on those bitches for real. You are better than that we all are. If they want this post to themselves they can have it. I admire Amber a lot. When she first came on here posting they attacked her like they do everyone, and she bought into it at first, but it didn't take long for her to see what they really were looking for and she just stopped feeding into it, I think we should too. I know it's hard cause if those girls were in our faces' sayin that BS we would both be kicking some ass, but it's old and it won't ever end unless we end it. Neither of them have the common sense to just stop. They thrive off of this attention we give them, and it's such a waste of time. You keep up the good fight if ya wanna, I will always be reading,but you won't see me too much anymore. I've decided to live my life off of topix. It's just gotten tooo damn stupid! PEACE
I hear ya. then you and Amber come chat with me sometimes over at http://ladybugsparadise.yuku.com/ tring to keep it positive there...It's for friends to hang out and talk about nice things unlike here...

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