Archive for January, 2011

Dream Stealer

“There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.”
Douglas Everett


Dream Stealer

“I have a friend named Monty Roberts who owns a horse ranch in San Ysidro, California. He has let me use his house to put on fund-raising events to raise money for youth at risk programs and to help vets.

The last time I was there he introduced me by saying, “I want to tell you why I let Jack use my house. It all goes back to a story about a young man who was the son of an itinerant horse trainer who would go from stable to stable, race track to race track, farm to farm and ranch to ranch, training horses. As a result, the boy’s high school career was continually interrupted. When he was a senior, he was asked to write a paper about what he wanted to be and do when he grew up.

“That night he wrote a seven-page paper describing his goal of someday owning a horse ranch. He wrote about his dream in great detail and he even drew a diagram of a 200-acre ranch, showing the location of all the buildings, the stables and the track. Then he drew a detailed floor plan for a 4,000-square-foot house that would sit on a 200-acre dream ranch.

“He put a great deal of his heart into the project and the next day he handed it in to his teacher. Two days later he received his paper back. On the front page was a large red F with a note that read, `See me after class.’

“The boy with the dream went to see the teacher after class and asked, `Why did I receive an F?’

“The teacher said, `This is an unrealistic dream for a young boy like you. You have no money. You come from an itinerant family. You have no resources. Owning a horse ranch requires a lot of money. You have to buy the land. You have to pay for the original breeding stock and later you’ll have to pay large stud fees. There’s no way you could ever do it.’ Then the teacher added, `If you will rewrite this paper with a more realistic goal, I will reconsider your grade.’

“The boy went home and thought about it long and hard. He asked his father what he should do. His father said, `Look, son, you have to make up your own mind on this. However, I think it is a very important decision for you.’ “Finally, after sitting with it for a week, the boy turned in the same paper, making no changes at all.

He stated, “You can keep the F and I’ll keep my dream.”

Monty then turned to the assembled group and said, “I tell you this story because you are sitting in my 4,000-square-foot house in the middle of my 200 acre horse ranch. I still have that school paper framed over the fireplace.” He added, “The best part of the story is that two summers ago that same school teacher brought 30 kids to camp out on my ranch for a week.” When the teacher was leaving, he said, “Look, Monty, I can tell you this now. When I was your teacher, I was something of a dream stealer. During those years I stole a lot of kids’ dreams. Fortunately you had enough gumption not to
give up on yours.”

“Really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
Mark Twain


Thank you to my friend Rebecca for sharing this wonderful story

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A Time to Believe


“Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.” 
Saint Augustine 



A Time to Believe


“To believe is to know that every day is a new beginning.


To believe is to trust that miracles happen, and dreams really do come true.


To believe is to see angels dancing among the clouds,
to know the wonder of a stardust sky and the wisdom of the man in the moon


To believe is to know the value of a nurturing heart, the innocence of a child’s eyes, and the beauty of an aging hand,
for it is through their teachings we learn to love.


To believe is to find the strength and courage that lies within us, 
when it’s time to pick up the pieces and begin again.


To believe is to know we are not alone, that life is a gift and this is our time to cherish it.

To believe is to know that wonderful surprises are just waiting to happen,
and all our hopes and dreams are within reach.


If only we believe”.

B. J. Morbitzer



“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you’ll see the way to fly.”
Richard Bach




Thank you to my dear friend Glenda for sharing this


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The New Year Lies Before You

“The New Year lies before you like a spotless tract of snow.

Be careful how you tread on it, for every mark will show.”

Author unknown

Although this video starts off with a Christian reference I do believe the message is a universal one and applies to all of us whether we are Christian, Jew, Moslem, Buddhist, Hindu, atheist, agnostic or whatever. I believe the beauty of this message is that there is room for all and that if we begin the New Year respecting that, then perhaps it is possible to have a World That Works for Everyone.

Watch all the way through, as not only is the scenery spectacular, but the wildlife too.  It will touch your heart.

Go “FULL SCREEN”…….Have your sound on… and when you’re through . . .watch this one, too (all the way through). It’s the Scottish Parliament singing Auld Lang Syne and it’s WONDERFUL!!

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

Thanks you to my cousin Diane for sending this to me

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