Written by Arleen M. Kaptur

A flower bud offers so much hope and expectation forrepparttar potentially beautiful bloom that is to follow. We watch it gently open its petals and bask inrepparttar 101914 warm sunshine ofrepparttar 101915 day. The fragrance fillsrepparttar 101916 air withrepparttar 101917 aroma of life and evenrepparttar 101918 night hours cannot fade its brilliant color and delicate details. But one dayrepparttar 101919 petals begin to fall one by one ontorepparttar 101920 ground. Our flower begins to fade in beauty but a miracle lies within. There deep inside inrepparttar 101921 very plant that brought it to fulfillment, there liesrepparttar 101922 future growth and possibility forrepparttar 101923 following year and more breath-taking delight in new growing seasons.

Well, life is so much like this flower. Babies and children truly delight us with their fresh newness and comical antics. As they search to knowrepparttar 101924 world around them, they can sometimes mess up ours. They spill, fall, fight, and grow. Our eyes deceive us as we don’t noticerepparttar 101925 evolving adult in that beautiful child. Our ears close to their endless chatter, and our feet get weary of following them and insuring their safety. Before long, and without any notice, they are young adults and capable of making decisions and following their own dreams.

We are adults for a longer time in our lives than we are children. How many times we long for those carefree days of letting each day bring on fun, joy, and total abandonment to whatever comes our way. As adults, we plan, schedule, and keep “to do” lists. We keeprepparttar 101926 world in motion and we clear a path forrepparttar 101927 future generations. Adults create products and innovations to make life easier, and more fulfilling. Bridges bring people and nations together, and bricks build homes and families. Cultures teach us to tolerate differences and history shows us what to avoid. Then, without any warning, we reach our golden years. Retirement from our jobs is as close as a heartbeat and we relinquishrepparttar 101928 heavy reins of industry and business torepparttar 101929 next generation of adults. It becomes our time to bask in our achievements or to remember, smile, and relishrepparttar 101930 memories. Whether our thoughts bringrepparttar 101931 good times orrepparttar 101932 bad, they all had a hand in formingrepparttar 101933 life we have andrepparttar 101934 thoughts we possess.

As senior citizens, our eyes may not be as bright as a child’s, but they still carry a vision. Our hands are not smooth and delicate,repparttar 101935 story of labor and hardship is etched in them forever. However, our words can still delight and bring joy torepparttar 101936 youngest ofrepparttar 101937 young and torepparttar 101938 current adult world. We have memories, successes and failures to relate. Our stories give insight into what was and what can be. Each day still has its challenges but also its rewards. The hours can be filled with what we enjoy, or they can be wiled away while we wait forrepparttar 101939 inevitable. Life goes on whether we like it or not. To choose not to enjoy what it has in store will just crimp our ability to continue growing and achieving self-satisfaction and self-esteem. We are who we are and that is what we have to work with. We can sit back or we can reach up. The choice all through life is ours and so arerepparttar 101940 rewards and consequences.

Give Up to Get Love

Written by Rinatta Paries

Many times when people want to attract their ideal partner, they often make a list of things to do -- action steps, if you will -- that will help them meet "the one." They add new activities into their routine, join dating services, write singles ads. They may start an exercise program or buy new clothes in an effort to look better. They let their friends know they're "inrepparttar market."

Seldom do people think of giving up something as a way to attract Mr. or Ms. Right. Well, this is not entirely true. People may give up such things as smoking or overeating. Butrepparttar 101913 kind of "giving-up" I'm referring to is about your beliefs, attitudes and feelings. Giving up something in one of these three areas is more likely to lead you to your Mr. or Ms. Right.

Here is a list of five things you should consider giving up if you want to attract your Mr. or Ms. Right:

1. Give up anger atrepparttar 101914 opposite sex. You can tell when people have a chip on their shoulders. And yet those who are angry and disappointed withrepparttar 101915 opposite sex think their feelings are undetectable. If you can truly give uprepparttar 101916 anger, you have a much better chance of attractingrepparttar 101917 partner you want.

2. Give up on your past relationships. Most of us can tell when someone is unavailable or ambivalent about dating because of an unfinished relationship. If you hope that one of your past partners will come back, others will be able to tell. Your ideal partner will surely want a completely available partner. You'll be hard pressed to attract him or her until you are completely available.

3. Give up trying to be perfect in order to attract a mate. As long as you think your body, your pocketbook or your emotional well-being have to be in perfect shape in order to be loved, you will remain alone. A state of perfection can seldom be achieved - we are as human beings are inherently imperfect. You are peachy just as you are for some lucky person out there.

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