Monday, September 13, 2010

Barbara McBride Publishes First Book at 73 Years Young

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Barbara McBride, a member of the Ramona Christian Writers Critique Group, published her first book, Inspirations, with the help of publisher Byron Mettler, another member of the group.  Barbara exuded a special glow that comes from using her God-given talents to help others.  Congratulations, Barbara, you are an inspiration!

It is never too late to put your talents to work.  The following newspaper clip is being sent to our oldest son, Ryan, who is now living in Alaska.  The author is unknown and there is no title, however, the contents are rich with life lessons, no matter the age of the reader...

You will receive a body.  You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for as long as you live.  How you take care of it or fail to take care of it can make an enormous difference in the quality of your life.

You will learn life lessons.  You are enrolled in a full-time school called Life.  Each day  you will be presented with opportunities to learn what you need to know.  The lessons presented are often completely different from those you think you need.

There are no mistakes- only lessons.  Growth is a process of trial and error and experimentation.  You can learn as much from failure as you can from success.

A lesson is repeated until it is learned.  A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it.  When you have learned it (as evidenced by a change in your attitude and behavior), then you can go on to the next lesson.

Learning lessons does not end.  There is no stage of life that does not contain some lessons.  As long as you live, there will be something more to learn.

"There" is no better than "here".  When your "there" has become a "here", you will obtain another "there" that will again look better than your "here".  Don't be fooled by believing that the unattainable is better than what you have.

Others are merely mirrors of you.  You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects something you love or hate about yourself.  When tempted to criticize others, ask yourself why you feel so strongly.

What you make of your life is up to you.  You have all the tools and resources you need.  Remember that through desire, goal setting and unflagging efforts you can have anything you want.  Persistence is the key to success.

The answers lie within you.  The solutions to all of life's problems lie within your grasp.  All you have to do is ask, look, listen and trust.

You will forget all this.  Unless you consistently stay focused on the goals you have set for yourself, everything you've just read won't mean a thing.

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