December 29, 2000
"There is nothing beyond the reach of determination."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Jong Rabanes --- Philippines

December 29, 2000
"Walk with God and walk away a winner."
Copyright © 1996 Ron Couch

December 29, 2000
For A Brighter Life

Go forth with each new dawning day
With faith in God and you,
And you will find that all your fears
Will disappear from view.

Go forth with faith in heart and mind
And confidence anew,
And there is nothing in this world
You'll find you cannot do.

Look at the brighter side of life,
Cast out glooms and despair,
And when you need a helping hand
You'll find God always there.
Harold F. Mohn --- Submitted by Debbie O. --- New Jersey

December 27, 2000
"What you already have in your hand, combined with what is already in your heart, is always more than enough to do the will of God. You need nothing more to take the next step. And after you have done this, whatever else may be needed shall then be given."
Copyright © 2000 Brother Theodore

December 27, 2000
"I felt like I was drowning and there was nothing I could do about it.
Then I realized I was in the shallow end of the pool
And all I had to do was stand up."
M. Koon --- Submitted by Gena McKenzie --- Louisiana

December 27, 2000
"Even the smallest crayon leaves a mark."
Copyright © 2000 Amy Bowllan

December 22, 2000
"The depth of our faith determines the height of our joy."
Copyright © 2000 Brian G. Jett

December 22, 2000
"To be the best, you must be treated like what seems at times, the worst. But in reality, the more that is expected of you the better a person you will become through hardships and pain."
Copyright © 2000 Charles Seale

December 22, 2000
"Only by sharing your story can you reach the ones thought unreachable."
Copyright © 2000 Samuel Bolton III

December 20, 2000
"No birth is an accident,
No experience is without meaning,
And no life is without value."
Gary Zukav --- Submitted by Martha P. --- Ontario, Canada

December 20, 2000
"When we look for the love and greatness in others,
We find it in ourselves!"
Copyright © 2000 Taylor Hegan,R.Ph.

December 20, 2000
"Undying love can sadden, but what I've learned is that not everything is intended to last forever. Some are just brief visits of sunshine from others which we share our light with them, and they us."
Copyright © 2000 John F. Balestriere

December 18, 2000
"No matter how hard it rains,
Withstand the pain.
Never give up."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by G.L. --- South Carolina

December 18, 2000
"Dreams are those wonderful 'things' we seek to achieve
And in the quest to do so,
We realize so much more about who we are."
M.Pickford --- Tasmania, Australia

December 18, 2000
"It is not a person, a place, nor the task at hand,
But myself alone that determines my disposition."
Copyright © 1991 Travis L. Dewitt

December 15, 2000
"A.S.A.P. has a new meaning to me!
Always Say A Prayer "
Author Unknown --- Submitted by S.S., Age 11 --- Pennsylvania

December 15, 2000
"Start each day by saying:
Lord there is nothing that can happen to me
That you and I together can't handle."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Angela Harris --- Alabama

December 15, 2000
"It's a brand new day.
It hasn't even been used yet!"
My father, Ed Haskins (deceased) --- Submitted by L.S. --- California

December 13, 2000
"Things that are popular with the world
May not be popular with God,
And the things that are popular with God
May not be popular with the world!"
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Danny Brown --- North Carolina

December 13, 2000
Dedicated to my daughters

In my mind I see you
In everything I do
In my heart I love you
With enormous strength too

It has always been this way
Though many times you say
That it is difficult to understand
When my actions are not so grand

It is not so easy to let go
When my world was built, you know
With pride and joy and love
Amassed through you and given from above

I can attest to saying as it goes
That 'a mother's heart is like a rose'
It exudes fragrance and it grows
When the love of her children she always knows
Copyright © 2000 Nandranie Singh

December 11, 2000
"You always grow in difficult times. Your life may change, it may never be the same, but you learn more about yourself than at any other time in your life."
Picabo Street --- Submitted by Meg B. --- New Jersey

December 11, 2000
"The wings did not beat as hard as they used to, but the bird still flew."
Louise Erdich from "Lulu's Boys" Submitted by Aaron Bridges --- North Carolina

December 11, 2000
"Live simply so that others may simply live."
Gandhi --- Submitted by Chen Fawn Meng --- Malaysia

December 8, 2000
"Regret nothing.
You can't change the past,
Only hope to shape the future."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Shannon Blackadder --- Ontario, Canada

December 8, 2000
"I have looked all my life, for my dreams to come true.
Then I opened my eyes and found
That they were right in the palm of my hand."
Copyright © 2000 Chasity Oakley

December 8, 2000
"Share the words you speak inside;
You'll be surprised who listens."
Copyright © 2000 Samuel Bolton III

December 6, 2000
There are chefs who have never touched a pot
Or poured olive oil into a pan.
And there are poets whose written word
Has yet to be put down by their hand.

There are sailors who do not know the wind
And whose lips have not tasted of the sea.
There are painters whose canvas is still white
Where a sunset now should be.

There are lovers who have not closed their eyes
And melted in a kiss.
Dreamers who won't take the chance
So the opportunity they will miss.

There are explorers who have never left a room
Or on strange new soil have they stood.
There are carpenters that have never with hammer and nail
Joined a piece of wood.

Have you put your dreams on hold?
Are they getting stiff and cold?
Time for dreams we must not borrow
Dreams yesterday, reality today, memories tomorrow.
Copyright © 2000 Adam Tuel

December 6, 2000
My heart cares not for logic and reason;
My heart seeks only the absolute truth of a perfect love.
Logic and reason matter only on earth and but for a short time:
A perfect love matters forever.
Copyright © 2000 Jose Luis Silva

December 6, 2000
"Failure does not mean that god has abandoned you....
It does mean that he has a better idea for you.
Failure does not mean that you will not get there ....
It does mean that probably it will take a longer time.
Failure does not mean that you failed ...
It does mean that you tried."
From the book "Tough Times Never Last.. But Tough People Do"
--- Submitted by Nilesh Srivastava --- Maharashtra, India

December 4, 2000
"We, who lived in concentration camps, can remember the men who walked through the huts of others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken away from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms--to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."
Viktor Frankl --- Submitted by Jennifer Gokmen --- Istanbul, Turkey

December 4, 2000
"These are endless galaxies which are yours. You can travel to infinity through the endless passages of the cosmos. Even better this belongs to you. This is your mind."
Joe Hunt --- Submitted by Raleisa Mabuya --- Gauteng, South Africa
--- Author's name provided by Trent Hayes

December 4, 2000
"If you are counting down the hours,
You are not making each hour count."
Copyright © 2000 Brian G. Jett

December 1, 2000
"All I want for Christmas is a butterfly net
To capture my faith whenever it tries to flit away."
Copyright © 2000 Mary Ann Herman

December 1, 2000

A dream is more than a dream,
And it's only a footstep away.
But you must take the first step
And it begins with today.

A dream starts with a plan
And you can't settle for less.
You know yourself better than anyone
And what for you is the best.

Next is the commitment
And that is the key.
You must have determination
To stick with the plan, you see.

There will be no success
In changing your mind.
Your mind you have settled
And your own way you must find.

Finally there is the follow-through,
Perhaps most important of all.
If you don't chase your dreams,
There will be no reason to rise
Once you stumble and fall.
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Emily G. --- Alabama

December 1, 2000
"I know I cannot see or touch you,
But I can feel you in my heart.
You're not just a sweet memory,
But a constant reminder of love."
Copyright © 2000 L.Walker

November 29, 2000
"Always remember,
Even on the darkest of days
The sun still shines."
Copyright © 1999 Brian Scott

November 29, 2000
"Accomplishing dreams is
Something worthwhile.
They are never easy.
If they were easy,
Everyone would be doing it!"
Copyright © 2000 Shawn Kreman

November 29, 2000
"Take things slow.
Only at a slow pace,
Are we able to see
All the wonders that life lays at our feet."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Kyle S. --- Illinois

November 27, 2000
Take Time

Sunshine pours in through my window and gently tickles my face.
Brightly colored butterflies flutter around the freshly opened flowers.
Gentle breezes glide amongst the leaves of the tallest trees.
Dew from the fresh blades of grass glitter in the sunlight.
Crystal clear lakes dazzle the swans that glide across the water.
Mountains stand proud with their snow capped peaks and wondrous valleys.
Soft silver clouds scatter the morning sky.
Overjoyed robins fly about singing to the world and to one another.
Sun kissed children are heard in a distance playing happily with each other.
A realization occurs to you, as you stop to take a moment
To reflect on the beauty of things that God created,
While the sun pours on your face.
Copyright © 2000 Becky Anthony

November 27, 2000
"I have learned the secret to life is loving God with all you have.
Learning that in the secret whispers of your imperfections,
He sees your beauty and by His grace you are made whole."
Copyright © 2000 Kelly N. Garrett

November 27, 2000
"Love always has been and always will be a mystery.
Be glad it came to live for a moment in your life.
If you keep your heart open, it will come again."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Lauren G. --- Louisiana

November 22, 2000

"God, before He sent His children to earth, gave each of them a very carefully selected package of problems. These, He promised, smiling, are yours alone. No one else may have the blessings these problems will bring to you. And only you have the special talents and abilities that will be needed to make these problems your servants.

Now go down to your birth and to your forgetfulness. Know that I love you beyond measure. These problems that I give you are a symbol of that love. The monument you make of your life with the help of your problems will be a symbol of your love for me, your Father."
Blaine M. Yorgason --- Submitted by Roger Cranmer --- California

November 22, 2000
"Don't fear the bumpy road that lies ahead,
For it is nothing more than the settled dust we left behind."
Terry Brookside --- Submitted by Thomas Jessep --- Ohio

November 22, 2000
"When I am ill, He cures me."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by K.H. --- Sussex, United Kingdom

November 20, 2000
"Kind words are spoken easily and frequently by those with an unlimited kind vocabulary. Kindness cannot be confined as nothing pure, gentle, or good originates from the limited capacity of earthly thinking. The heart bent towards heaven has a mind of its own."
Brian G. Jett --- Submitted by Tanya Jett

November 20, 2000
"Friend, I wish and pray much happiness in your life. You are such a treasure in my life. I'm so thankful that I found the "X". There was much more than I ever expected to find there."
Copyright © 2000 Leon Grobaski

November 20, 2000
"Sometimes you must follow your heart, despite the hurt.
To deny a love so great would be to live a lie."
Copyright © 2000 Jose Luis Silva

November 17, 2000
"It takes great strength to deal with loneliness and still be positive."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by MiMi N. --- California

November 17, 2000
"Look well to this day,
For yesterday is only a dream,
And tomorrow only a vision.
But today well lived,
Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
So look well to this day."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Nitin Agarwal --- Mumbai, India

November 17, 2000
Reality is my pastime
Because it is only in dreams
That I am limitless and free.
My soul feels most at ease
In it's natural state.

If you are breathing,
No matter what you are doing
Or where you find yourself,
Somewhere off in the far reaches
You should be dreaming.

For that is where it all begins, from nothingness.
Nothing can materialize
Before you believe
And give in completely to the dream.

To becomes so lost in what you see,
That it is freed from the tower of it's own reverie into being;
To imagine,
What beauty!
Copyright © 2000 Marie Martinez

November 15, 2000
My Mother, The Teacher

Thank you for teaching me to see: to understand how the world works, to accept everyone's individuality, to see the inner beauty in all. Thank you for teaching me to hear: to distinguish truth from lies, to hear voices encouraging and supporting, to absorb the morals instilled upon me.

Thank you for teaching me to sing: to express my opinion, to speak my mind, to follow my heart. Thank you for teaching me to dance: to lead others in the right direction, to follow and learn when necessary, to have fun and be proud to be me.

Thank you for teaching me to cry: to mourn the great losses in life, to accept getting hurt, to understand things will get better.
Copyright © 2000 Amy Fisher

November 15, 2000
"I to have a dream of a brighter future,
One where I am free to follow my hopes and ambitions.
To not hold my tongue,
But be able to confess my most intimate feelings inside."
Copyright © 2000 Roger L. Marsh

November 13, 2000
"Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays."
Soren Kierkegaard --- Submitted by Sharon Ogden --- Kentucky

November 13, 2000
"There can be no true, lasting happiness
Based on the gratification of your own desires.
The only true happiness in life is vicarious...
The joy you get from seeing the happiness you bring to others."
Copyright © 2000 Jennifer Gokmen

November 13, 2000
"After your time of greatness is over
You should never look back and say what if?
Because if you gave it all you had in your heart,
There is nothing more you could have done.
So the question is, did you give it your all?"
J.M. --- West Virginia

November 10, 2000
"To become perfect one must:
Bend but not break,
Crack but not crumble,
And fight but not fall."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Matt Pierce --- Massachusetts

November 10, 2000
"Believe, and know that you are the greatest....I know I am."
Copyright © 2000 Jason Bonney

November 10, 2000
"The brave may fall, but never yield."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Evette M. Smith --- Kingston, Jamaica

November 8, 2000
"Be realistic:
Plan for a miracle."
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh --- Submitted by Pippa Markham --- Sydney, Australia

November 8, 2000
"To live is to suffer.
To survive is to find meaning in the suffering."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Zach S. --- Wisconsin

November 8, 2000
"Always make sure you get up one more time
Than you've been knocked down.
That way, no matter how much you fail,
You always rise above your circumstances."
Copyright © 2000 Joel Ulbricht

November 6, 2000
"God's timing is always perfect,
Even though it seems like it's always the last minute."
Copyright © 1999 Jennifer Maxwell

November 6, 2000
"One should count each day a separate life."
Seneca --- Submitted by Linsey S. --- New York

November 6, 2000
"The seeds of greatness were long planted in you.
It is how you nurture it that will produce flowers or weeds."
Aida Kaspari

November 3, 2000
"Thank you, Lord, for the gift of life
And the chance you have given me
To work and play, to love and be loved
And especially, to honor Thee.

All I ask is that you use me, Lord,
However you think I can be
Of help to my neighbor so that I may live
Each day with a purpose and something to give!"
Copyright © 2000 Linda Mannke

November 3, 2000
"In the highest....
As we grow, we grow up;
Not out, nor in, nor away.
Grow is up.
Trees know it.
Good is up.
Improvement is climbing.
Highest indicates joy,
Heights our goal.
We anticipate life at it's highest
But what is it that takes us to the top?
I look up at the cross...and I know."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Rosanna Biermann --- Grevenbroich, Germany

November 3, 2000
"The secret strength of faith
Lies in the food it feeds upon."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Michael Taylor --- Queensland, Australia

November 1, 2000
"Today is a day with many sorrows. Tomorrow will be a new day and I will be stronger as I have felt my sorrows of today. I will grow and reach for my dreams as I walk along this path of pain and suffering. For you don't feel true happiness until you have felt sorrow. Today I have gained wisdom, tomorrow I will gain strength."
Copyright © 2000 Danielle Martin

November 1, 2000
"Love lies in those we surround.
Let us surround love with those within our lives."
Copyright © 2000 Robin Agnihotri

November 1, 2000
"God doesn't give you anything he doesn't think you can handle,
He just puts a lot of trust in you."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Christine O'Leary --- New Brunswick, Canada

October 30, 2000
"To wish you the fairest things there are ...
Faith that shines like the morning star,
Hope that arises like a prayer
And love that greets you everywhere."
Etta C. Harris --- Submitted by Maria Patricia --- Oklahoma

October 30, 2000
"Life is real;
Life is eternal.
And the grave is not it's goal."
Copyright © 1999 V.Ramchandar Rao

October 30, 2000
"On the darkest night, even the light from a distant star is appreciated."
Copyright © 1990 Darrell Boswell

October 27, 2000
Dear Mum,
All you have done for me makes me realize how much you love us. I'm sorry if I've given you a hard time (which I probably have so sorry). I just want you to know you're the greatest mother anyone could ever have. I wanted everyone to know how much I love you and it will always last in me. I will always have a special place for you in my heart.
Love, Rebecca, Age 11 --- West Yorkshire, Virgin Islands

October 27, 2000
"If you're sad and feeling there is no hope,
Never look down but instead, look up to the heavens
And everything will be okay."
Copyright © 2000 Robert Cenizal

October 27, 2000
"Give me old friends, a sunshine day, a bottle of wine, a place in midst of green trees and a lake that has clear waters, a mat to sit on and few hours of unhindered chat with no pretensions...and I have lived paradise on this very earth ! Oh to have a Life without Charades ! Oh to be a natural person!"
Copyright © 2000 Nirvikar Dahiya M.D.

October 25, 2000
"Love is easy. All you have to do is let yourself care for another person."
Copyright © 2000 Hilary Stover

October 25, 2000
"The greatest journeys in life begin with the smallest steps."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Curtis Lanford --- California

October 25, 2000
"You may give children your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth."
Kahlil Gibran --- Submitted by Chen Fawn Meng --- Malaysia

October 23, 2000
"The best dreams are the ones that don't come with any maps or directions, let alone with any promises or guarantees. They're the ones that seem so far away, so hard to reach that lots of people say you just can't do it. They say you should be more practical, more realistic, and after a while, you almost start believing them- but not quite, because deep down in your heart, you believe in yourself. You know you have what it takes to keep working harder and harder, to keep trying over and over... you know you'll never give up- you're going to make it!"
Karen Ravn --- Submitted by Jacki Conn --- Missouri

October 23, 2000
"The tragic consequences of life can be overcome
By the magical strength that resides in the human heart."
Rudolfo Anaya (Bless Me, Ultima) --- Submitted by Melina C. --- Nevada

October 23, 2000
"To stop loving is to stop living."
Copyright© 1999 Heather Benson

October 20, 2000
This Year I Will Learn:

To Be On Time
To Rise Above Arguments
To Take Responsibility
To Be Kind To Everyone;
To Love Everyone
To Say Nothing If There Is Nothing Nice To Be Said

To Praise People
To Take Interest In People
To Celebrate The Smallest Victories;
Continue To Thrive After The Biggest Defeats
To Be Enthralled
To Stay Innocent
To Laugh
To Stand Tall And Upright
To Look Ahead!

To Invest Every Good Thing I Have, And Share The Profits
To See Every Setback As Feedback;
As An Opportunity To Realign With The Essence of Life
To Be Excellent
To Breathe In Light And Breathe Out Darkness,
And So Cleanse My Soul With Every Breath
To Build To From Goals, And Focus On Achieving Them

To Be Sensitive To What Is Around Me
The Answers Are Waiting To Be Heard
To Be Precise
To Think Twice Before I Speak,
Make Promises I Can Keep, And Keep My Promises
To Have High Standards, And Live Up To Them
To Be.
Copyright © 2000 Rivka David

October 20, 2000
"It is not time and space that stands between you and the things, the desires, the longings, the imaginings that you want to create. No, nor is it logic and reason. It is belief! Anything and everything that you desire is no more than a belief away. It is only a belief away."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Tata Swinsee --- Texas

October 20, 2000
"Mistakes are to be learned from
Not forever regretted."
Copyright © 1998 Stanley Scott

October 18, 2000
"Something beautiful always comes from something that may seem messy at first whether it be a complicated home project or one of life's painful lessons. Just always remember to count your pearls in every trial and tribulation of life. They may not seem visible at first but, they are there."
Copyright © 2000 Robbie James

October 18, 2000
"In peace, oh God,
I shut my eyes.
In peace again,
I hope to rise.

While I take my nightly rest,
Be with those I love the best .
Guide me in thy holy way,
Make me better every day."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Janice Anderson --- Saskatchewan, Canada

October 18, 2000
"Every morning when I wake, I promise myself that I can handle any obstacle the world decides to throw at me. I remind myself that I am strong, and I don't have to be PERFECT to love my family, my friends, myself and my life."
Copyright © 2000 Lindsey Erin Murphy

October 16, 2000
"The Lord sometimes takes us into troubled waters,
Not to drown us, but to cleanse us."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Patti Dubois --- Ontario, Canada

October 16, 2000
"Look at a man at what he is and he only becomes worse.
Look at him at what he could be and he becomes what he should be."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Robert Clark III --- New Jersey

October 16, 2000
"Always try 110% in what you achieve."
Walter Payton --- Submitted by Corey K. --- Michigan

October 13, 2000
"The strength of love keeps you determined to always find a resolution!"
Copyright © 2000 Stephen DeSalvo

October 13, 2000
Born into the world,
In the midst of madness,
Reaching out to life,
Touching the essence of life,
How shall I live?
Determined to succeed,
All I can do is survive,
Yearning for a better life.
Copyright © 1999 Felix Cruz

October 13, 2000
"God can hear a prayer that is less than a whisper."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Jennifer J. --- Arizona

October 11, 2000
"Nobody knows anyone totally, only the Almighty."
Sharky G. --- California

October 11, 2000
"Love does not rule but shapes, and that is more."
Goethe --- Submitted by Maria E. --- Stockholm, Sweden

October 9, 2000
Prayer of Release

Lord, give me a faith that expects greater things.
Whatever I do, let me give it my best.
Anxious in nothing, at peace with the promise --
That when I've done all I can,
You'll take care of the rest.
B.J. Hoff --- Sent in by Fr. Gary Hoover, O.S.B.

October 9, 2000
"Don't take life too seriously, it's only temporary."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Elaine Grosso --- California

October 9, 2000
"My hope is that my work will inspire others with a vision
Of how good life can be."
Thomas Kinkade --- Submitted by Nancy Lepper --- California

October 6, 2000
"If you have faith, as small as a mustard seed,
Nothing will be impossible for you."
Matthew 17:20 --- Submitted by Elizabeth Van Kersen --- Kentucky

October 6, 2000
"Find confidence within your heart and let it be your guide.
Strive ever harder towards your dreams and they won't be denied."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Dana Castellotti --- Massachusetts

October 6, 2000
"As for the journey of life;
At some point you will realize that YOU are the driver
And you will drive!"
Copyright © 2000 Steve Maraboli

October 4, 2000
Where Are You Going?

You can live in the past and dwell on your mistakes and sins, Or you can walk bravely into the future if you've learned from where you've been. This walk will be the best one yet if you can remember and also forget. Remember mistakes, never to make them again and you've only to ask for forgiveness of sins.

You must also forget if you're to open the door to a greater life than you've known before. The journey of life is both good and bad-- sometimes it's happy and sometimes it's sad. Cherish the joy and give thanks for the pain, even roses won't grow if they don't have rain. And when they're cut down, they flourish and bloom and their beauty is greatest after they're pruned. The joy and pain and the happiness and sorrow will give you strength as you face tomorrow.

You're an important part of God's Master Plan but you're also human---that's the way He made man. But He gave you a mind, a heart, and a soul so you could make choices and be in control. Yes, you'll make other mistakes and commit other sins, but it you know where you're going, it doesn't matter where you've been.
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Marti Taylor --- Mississippi

October 4, 2000
"Perfection is the goal, excellence is tolerated."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by A.P. --- Ontario, Canada

October 4, 2000
"How people come so close and sometimes you don't even know
Until they are at the base of your heart.
And then when you open your eyes,
You come to know that its hard to live without them."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Sabeena Butt --- Alberta, Canada

October 2, 2000
"You say you do not have faith in anything.
Do you not see that you have tremendous faith in your own doubt?"
Sri Chinmoy --- Submitted by Dorothy Fenn --- Nova Scotia, Canada

October 2, 2000
"Do not pray for an easy life,
Pray to be a strong person."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by A. Alva --- Arizona

October 2, 2000
"Look at a broken heart as a good thing,
Because it is then you become closer with God."
Copyright © 2000 Kimberly Berrien