Shake It Off & Step Up

Shake it off and take a step up
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You can be buried alive by the dirt life throws at you
You can shake it off and step up
What seemed like it would bury him, actually blessed him… All because of the manner in which he handled his adversity. If we face our problems and respond to them positively and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness, or self-pity… the adversities that come along in life usually have within them the potential to benefit and bless us!

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This is a great story. I’m currently stepping into a new career, teaching of which I really don’t have teaching experience.
I am a medical assistant, have been for 12 years. I joined in a group interview for a teaching position and got it.
Not only did I get it, I got full time vs. adjunct, which is only part time, one maybe 2 classes. They rarely if ever, give a new instructor full time!!!

I start Monday the 15th of March and feel like I’m swimming in the abyss. I’m trying to get organized, talk to others from the school with experience, so that at least I feel somewhat ready.

It’s very scary doing something like this. At least I have 12 years of medical assisting work experience. I suppose I can teach my class and look at them as if they were patients, not students.

I will be shoveling dirt of myself for a while until I get into my groove.. and love reading these Positive thoughts. They keep me going at times when I feel I can’t.


If you have ever loved a horse or ANY animal. . . . . . you will

Because of Love
A brother and sister had made their usual hurried, obligatory
pre-Christmas visit to the little farm where dwelt their elderly parents
with their small herd of horses. The farm was where they had grown up
and had been named Lone Pine Farm because of the huge pine, which topped
the hill behind the farm. Through the years the tree had become a
talisman to the old man and his wife, and a landmark in the countryside.
The young siblings had fond memories of their childhood here, but the
city hustle and bustle added more excitement to their lives, and called
them away to a different life.

The old folks no longer showed their horses, for the years had taken
their toll, and getting out to the barn on those frosty mornings was
getting harder, but it gave them a reason to get up in the mornings and
a reason to live. They sold a few foals each year, and the horses were
their reason for joy in the morning and contentment at day’s end.
Angry, as they prepared to leave, the young couple confronted the old
folks “Why do you not at least dispose of The Old One.” She is no longer
of use to you. It’s been years since you’ve had foals from her. You
should cut corners and save so you can have more for yourselves. How can
this old worn out horse bring you anything but expense and work? Why do
you keep her anyway?”
The old man looked down at his worn boots, holes in the toes, scuffed
at the barn floor and replied, “Yes, I could use a pair of new boots.
His arm slid defensively about the Old One’s neck as he drew her near
with gentle caressing he rubbed her softly behind her ears. He replied
softly, “We keep her because of love. Nothing else, just love.”

Baffled and irritated, the young folks wished the old man and his wife
a Merry Christmas and headed back toward the city as darkness stole
through the valley. The old couple shook their heads in sorrow that it
had not been a happy visit. A tear fell upon their cheeks. How is it
that these young folks do not understand the peace of the love that
filled their hearts?

So it was, that because of the unhappy leave-taking, no one noticed the
insulation smoldering on the frayed wires in the old barn.
None saw the first spark fall.. None but the “Old One”.

In a matter of minutes, the whole barn was ablaze and the hungry flames
were licking at the loft full of hay. With a cry of horror and despair,
the old man shouted to his wife to call for help as he raced to the barn
to save their beloved horses. But the flames were roaring now, and the
blazing heat drove him back. He sank sobbing to the ground, helpless
before the fire’s fury. His wife back from calling for help cradled him
in her arms, clinging to each other, they wept at their loss.

By the time the fire department arrived, only smoking, glowing ruins
were left, and the old man and his wife, exhausted from their grief,
huddled together before the barn. They were speechless as they rose from
the cold snow covered ground. They nodded thanks to the firemen as there
was nothing anyone could do now. The old man turned to his wife, resting
her white head upon his shoulders as his shaking old hands clumsily
dried her tears with a frayed red bandana. Brokenly he whispered, “We
have lost much, but God has spared our home on this eve of Christmas.
Let us gather strength and climb the hill to the old pine where we have
sought comfort in times of despair. We will look down upon our home and
give thanks to God that it has been spared and pray for our beloved most
precious gifts that have been taken from us.

And so, he took her by the hand and slowly helped her up the snowy hill
as he brushed aside his own tears with the back of his old and withered

The journey up the hill was hard for their old bodies in the steep
snow. As they stepped over the little knoll at the crest of the hill,
they paused to rest, looking up to the top of the hill the old couple
gasped and fell to their knees in amazement at the incredible beauty
before them.

Seemingly, every glorious, brilliant star in the heavens was caught up
in the glittering, snow-frosted branches of their beloved pine, and it
looked aglow with heavenly candles. And poised on its top most bough, a
crystal crescent moon glistened like spun glass. Never had a mere mortal
created a Christmas tree such as this. They were breathless as the old
man held his wife tighter in his arms.

Suddenly, the old man gave a cry of wonder and incredible joy. Amazed
and mystified, he took his wife by the hand and pulled her forward.
There, beneath the tree, in resplendent glory, a mist hovering over and
glowing in the darkness was their Christmas gift. Shadows glistening in
the night light.

Bedded down about the “Old One” close to the trunk of the tree, was the
entire herd, safe.

At the first hint of smoke, she had pushed the door ajar with her
muzzle and had led the horses through it. Slowly and with great dignity,
never looking back, she had led them up the hill, stepping cautiously
through the snow. The foals were frightened and dashed about. The
skittish yearlings looked back at the crackling, hungry flames, and
tucked their tails under them as they licked their lips and hopped like
rabbits. The mares that were in foal with a new years crop of babies,
pressed uneasily against the “Old One” as she moved calmly up the hill
and to safety beneath the pine. And now, she lay among them and gazed at
the faces of the old man and his wife. Those she loved she had not
disappointed. Her body was brittle with years, tired from the climb, but
the golden eyes were filled with devotion as she offered her gift—

Because of love. Only Because of love..
Tears flowed as the old couple shouted their praise and joy… And again
the peace of love filled their hearts.

This is a true story.

Since a meeting, I have been bothered by a comment on my contribution to the current project. I thought: next meeting I will just listen and not contribute. I read the e-mail about “Shake It Off” (The Donkey in the Well). Now I think: How silly! I probably missunderstood the comment, so I shook it off. However, I will ask for explaination of future comments. A lesson learned!

QUESTION: On the L.O.A. if you believe in it , how does God fit into it if we are designing and creating our reality?, being that we are supposedly free moral agents and a creation of the creator. As science and quantum physic claim complex physical material being composed of engery at its base made up of a 20watt energy souce supplied energy to the whole body from the brain and when the body dies the energy souces returns to the creator who gave it, is this theory correct or more complicated? comments?

Hi Danny, The short answer to your question is really this everything comes from God the Creator. We are designed like the Creator by the Creator to Create. How do we do it? Just like the Creator the Bible say’s “In the begining there was the Word and God spoke and created the Universe” (something to that affect anyway). When we use our thoughts and words, we are creating just like God did. You must be careful because if you think/speak about anxities, problems, troubles you are actually creating more of it and anchoring it to yourself. When you think/speak of all the gratitude, happiness, joy you will create more of that (that’s the free will part). In the end for me the most important thing is to always remember who and whos you are and that you were made by a Creator in His image to Create! and all this LOA stuff and thinking/speaking is for zero if you do not take action towards your dreams, you must act in accordance with your mindset and dreams, desires goals.

I believe in prayer. I needed a kidney transplant and after 17 years of waiting my prayers were answered. In all of that time I never gave up hope that God would answer this hugest prayer that I had for him.
12 1/2 years later my sister’s kidney is working perfectly inside of me and she is also in terrific health.
God is kind and merciful and I am blessed with all of his grace and goodness!

I was pregnant with my first child, I wanted a girl sooooo bad and after 4 months of my pregancy found out that it was a girl…I was feeling all her kicks, when daddy arrived home the sound of him putting the key down on the table made her jump, both me and my hubby where so happy that in another 5 months we were bringing a little girl home. Then hell broke lose on our happiness. I found out that my child that I was carrying for 5 months had some kind of disablity, doctors did all the test that was necessary to confirm that it was for sure that this little girl in my tummy was going to be totally disable when she was going to be born.
My doctor advised me that I can always have
another baby and I should have a abortion this time…now I was attached to my little girl that was kicking me from inside. I cried for days. After 4 days of crying I told my husband what doctors have told me and ask for his opinion. He told me…ITS YOUR CHOICE, THINK ABOUT IT CAREFULLY. WE ARE ABOUT TO HAVE A DISABLE BABY AND YOUR LIFE WILL BE STUCK!! TAKING CARE OF THIS CHILD REST OF YOUR LIFE. WE HAVE A CHOICE NOW TO NOT HAVE THIS CHILD BUT TRY LATER FOR ANOTHER ONE. BUT i WANT THIS CHILD I SAID. AT THAT POINT OF MY LIFE I KNEW THE CHOICE WAS NOT HIS BUT ONLY MINE. THEN HE SAID WHAT EVER YOU DECIDE i WILL BACK YOU UP. BUT NOW WE HAVE A CHOICE.
i was only 24 years old and very naive, so for days I cried and my husband just waiting for me to tell him what I decided. By now I was 6 months pregnant. I was born on a Island and grew up believing in GOD. Had paid respect to GOD all my life and I on this day was going to deliver the news to my doctor and my hubby and it was that “I WILL KEEP MY CHILD NO MATTER WHAT”
So i went to work…I made a call to my doctor and told her that miracles happen and I have decided to take the biggest chance in my life…which is to keep this child and pray that she comes out normal free from any disability. My doctor told me to think again and the choice that I was making was not a wise choice. She said think about the life you are about to bring in this world she don’t have a choice but you are deciding for her, you can always have another child. I was sad so sad that I didn’t feel like eating. Then one day I got my strength together and started praying that GOD if you are here then please listen to my prayer… I have taken a fight over and feel very alone in this i NEED YOU TO TAKE MY LIFES WHEELS AND DRIVE IT FOR ME…BECAUSE IM WEAK AND HELPLESS AND NEED ALL YOUR HELP! I called my mother and told her what I was going through and told her about my decision and that i needed her help. I was tell my siblings to pray that I have a health normal baby and everyone please keep us in your prayer. I would pray in my sleep, I would pray in the morning at all times of the day. I ate so healthy and kept my prayers and my child priority in my life. Now I about to go deliver my child I was tried and helpless but God was with me I ask him to take my wheels and he sure did. After 18 hours of labor MY PRAYERS WHERE ANSWERED. CHRISTINE CARISMA ARRIVED WITH ZERO DISABLITY. MY DOCTOR HAD NO WORDS FOR ME… SHE HANDED MY CHILD I KISSED HER AND WELCOME HER TO THE BEAUTIFUL WORLD AND SOON AFTER THAT i PASTed OUT. i named my daughter Christine
( because Christ saved her and her middle name is Carishma – which is miracle in Hindi).
Christine is in 10th grade and a Straight A student, beautiful and smart and my only Child. Have Faith and Believe in Miracles… GOD do listens to all our prayers,” Believe ”
Roselin Charitar

Thank you for this reminder! I so needed to hear this today! Being single with no kids and no prospects…(ALONE). Well, I’m never alone because God is always with me and I have to remind myself to do exactly this – Shake it Off and take a Step Up/forward! God bless and again thank you!

well. i took that teaching job, and it didn’t work out. I’ve now been unemployed since June, and just got a part time job 2 weeks ago. I’m only working 20 hours a week or so, and it’s not enough to pay the bills or my mortgage, never mind both. I’m now only paying 20.00 a month to my bills and having to borrow for my mortgage. I want to work into a management position where I’m currently at, and I believe that may happen as of tonight. So yes, God does listen and answer your prayers. I often feel like he let’s me go way to long… but I keep the faith. Thank you.

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