Written by Arleen M. Kaptur

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Do you keep in touch with friends, try to establish new acquaintances, and lift up those that are unhappy, hurt, or in need of a kind word or a touch of your hand? You make out your appointment sheets, set your time restraints and chooserepparttar importance of what takes up your time and what you set aside for later. But how much later is later?

Earning a living, whether you are single, married, divorced, or widowed will surely take up a lot of time. Then why do others find a few moments to stop and chat, smile at a passer-by, or even thank someone for assisting them with their purchases or serving their meal? Note thatrepparttar 123869 really important tokens of being a happy, healthy, loving person take only a moment or two. In turn, you will find out, they add years to your outlook and to your vision ofrepparttar 123870 future.

None of us know how much actual time we have to live, nor would we want to. With information like that, we might make foolish choices and create dangerous situations for ourselves and others. So this information is not ours, but if we wake inrepparttar 123871 morning, we have a day to look forward to. We can fill it immediately with “to do” things or we can follow our schedules but keep an eye open for opportunities to become what others need, reach out to those you can’t, and stop a moment instead of walking past.

Each and every day will not be a “pollyanna” type of ritual. It will be a time of being available for what is really important in life and what will count inrepparttar 123872 end. Whatever comes along can be dealt with or handled however seems appropriate. There are always small “hidden” treasures of a moment or two to say “thank you” and “please.” A smile doesn’t even use up a second, but its glow will reach intorepparttar 123873 ages. A sincere handshake will move mountains, and a loving meal will feedrepparttar 123874 soul as well asrepparttar 123875 body. Time is what you make it - use it however you choose - but you can’t stop it from ticking. Today’s opportunities will not be there tomorrow. A missed chance at being someone’s mentor, friend, or lean-on may never come our way again.

Our treasure chests are filled withrepparttar 123876 jewels of hours andrepparttar 123877 rubies of days. Hidden or squandered they fade and vanish. Used, they emit a glow that will light uprepparttar 123878 entire solar system. If there is life on other planets, I do hope our beam of time will brighten their day and give them hope to know that time is what you make of it, not what it does to you. ENJOY! ©Arleen M. Kaptur 2002 June

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Rules Schmoolz

Written by Julie Jordan Scott

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naturally, growing beautifully in my back yard. Like a lightbulb turning on, I realized what had happened. I had usedrepparttar front porch as my plant nursery, and Emma and Shauna had found some seeds I had not planted in one ofrepparttar 123868 rows of tiny pots. Nowrepparttar 123869 fruit of their play was showing up exactly where it was not suppposed to be! The rules say loud and clear, no veggies in withrepparttar 123870 flowers! So I replanted some ofrepparttar 123871 plants, moving them to their proper spaces inrepparttar 123872 backyard. I found that they lost a bit of oooomph inrepparttar 123873 process, though with love they recovered. I wondered, looking at them, if they would ever completely catch up. What would have happened if I decided that rules were contrary and of my own creation and YES! I could have allowed them to finishrepparttar 123874 season amongrepparttar 123875 flowers? I pondered this before I replanted any more veggies. I left a number of zucchini and cucumber to continue growing amidstrepparttar 123876 roses, pansies, daisies and ever growing sunflowers. Yesterday I was preparing to water and I saw something amazing. There, on one ofrepparttar 123877 zucchini plants was a huge yellow flower. It wasrepparttar 123878 size ofrepparttar 123879 flowers you see Hawaiian dancers wearing in their hair. Flowers. Inrepparttar 123880 vegetable garden. Vegetables. Inrepparttar 123881 flower garden. I smiled. What a lesson. I held tight torepparttar 123882 guideline of honor, respect and loving my plants. I added some flowers to my vegetable garden and letrepparttar 123883 vegetables in repparttar 123884 front garden simply be. I so enjoy being withrepparttar 123885 vast array and abundance of plant life that surrounds me in both my front and back yards. Rules, schmoolz.

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