Top Ten Reasons to Speak
1. To acknowledge kindness, courage, worthy efforts and personal bests.

2. To offer help, assistance, encouragement; particularly to encourage
those who have reached for the stars and just failed to reach them…
this time!

3. To say ‘I love you’… in the way which is appropriate.

4. When the conscience or intuition prompts. How often have you been in
a silent room where there is something crying out to be said?

5. To share grief or anguish with a trusted friend.

6. To ask for help when doing so is difficult.

7. To encourage the development of creative workplaces which honor all associated: staff, clients or customers and staff.

8. To acknowledge being wrong and to apologize. The more difficult the
apology, the greater the need to speak and the more we grow.

9. To help identify your personal ‘group of ten’. These are those who
unfailingly encourage and support you, make you laugh and whose
feelings you reciprocate. These are the people you love the most.

10. To spread joy.

– Rev. Thomas Gordy



Are you tired of all those namby-pamby, girly, sissy, completely wet
“friendship” poems, that never come close to reality?  Well, here
is a series of promises that really speaks to true friendship:

1 . When you are sad – I will help you get drunk and plot revenge against the sorry bastard who made you that way.

2. When you are blue – I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.

3. When you smile – I will know you’ve finally got laid.

4. When you are scared – I will tease the crap out of you about it every chance I get.

5. When you are worried – I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be and to stop your bloody whining.

6 . When you are confused – I will use little words.

7. When you are sick – Stay the hell away from me until you are well again, don’t want whatever you have.

8. When you fall – I will point and laugh at your clumsy ass.

Remember: A good friend will help you move. A really good friend will
help you move a body. Let me know if I ever need to bring a
shovel.   A good friend will bail you out. A true friend will
be sitting next to you saying “we really fucked up this time”.


Alice, the town gossip and supervisor of the town’s morals committee,
recently accused Tom, a local man, of being an alcoholic because she
saw his pickup truck parked outside the town’s only bar.

Tom stared at her for a moment, and said nothing.

Later that evening, he parked his pickup truck in front of her house and left it there all night.


The person resolute in the Way must from the beginning never lose sight
of it, whether in a place of calm or in a place of strife. Beware of
clinging to quiet places and shunning those where there is disturbance.



With Each Day…

May I positively impact the life of another, and smile more than frown;

Put service and compassion before my own renown;

Meet adversity with courage, sorrow with hope;

Have Faith to face uncertainty, and resiliency to cope;

With joy as my companion, and truth as my guide;

May I walk the path of excellence, gaining knowledge with each stride;

To see the good that lies within each person in suppression;

And through love and understanding, bring it forth into expression;

Though this day may bring new challenges, yet not manifest;

May I ever be reminded how much my life is blessed.

– Robert Akers


We do not want churches because they will teach us to quarrel about God.
– Chief Joseph
Distinctions must be defended.  Give up the distinctions and the need to defend disappears.
– Carson’s Commentary

You’ve no idea how hard I’ve looked for a gift to bring You. nothing
seemed right. What’s the point of bringing gold to the gold mine, or
water to the Ocean. Everything I came up with was like taking spices to
the Orient. It’s no good giving my heart and my soul because you
already have these. So, I’ve brought you a mirror. Look at yourself and
remember me.
–  Jalaluddin Rumi


Earth teach me stillness
as the grasses are stilled with light.

Earth teach me suffering
as old stones suffer with memory.

Earth teach me humility
as blossoms are humble with beginning.

Earth Teach me caring
as the mother who secures her young.

Earth teach me courage
as the tree which stands alone.

Earth teach me limitation
as the ant which crawls on the ground.

Earth teach me freedom
as the eagle which soars in the sky.

Earth teach me resignation
as the leaves which die in the fall.

Earth teach me regeneration
as the seed which rises in the spring.

Earth teach me to forget myself
as melted snow forgets its life.

Earth teach me to remember kindness
as dry fields weep in the rain.

– John Yellow Lark, Ute Nation

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