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"If you believe you can, you probably can.
If you believe you won't, you most assuredly won't.
Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching
~ Denis Waitley, Motivational Speaker and Author
December 29, 2003
"When You Wish
Upon a Star"
From the Inside Out...
Yes You Can!...
Rev Up Naturally
Links That Shine...
The Hunger Site
Just for YOU ...
Discovery of the Week
Laughing It Off...
Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
Look at That!...
A Fresh Start
The Most Ancient Holiday
Don't Look Back
BE the World
You Want to See!
When we have enough clarity to turn "Life's Lemons"
into sweet lemonade, we realize what
a gift those lemons were!
~ Chelle ~
From the Inside Out
was the year 1950 and I was leaving ... leaving the
only home I ever knew (that's me in the photo). This meant
I was special I was wanted! It was a miracle. I had
spent the first 4 years of my life in an orphanage in Germany
at the end of W.W.II. It was a horrendous place. A place of
poverty, loveless caretakers, and hunger. I would often look
out the window wondering what the world was like beyond the
gates. And now, through the intervention of a gentleman from
South America, who had heard about the German orphans, I would
finally be able to go beyond just looking to being
I was to have been adopted by a Venezuelan family, but that
didnt work out. Eventually, I was adopted by an American
family that lived in Caracas, Venezuela. Boy, did they have
their work cut out! It's funny when I think about what a mess
I must have been. I could neither speak nor understand their
language, I didnt know how to eat properly, and I had
developed some awful habits. With patience and a good deal
of hard work, my life became somewhat normal. Although I had
persistent fears that I would be sent back to THAT PLACE if
I wasnt good.
1954, tragedy struck my new family when Bob Russell, my adopted
father and "Knight in Shining Armor," died of a
heart attack. My world became unglued! Although on the outside
I seemed quite normal, on the inside, I became insecure about
my surroundings. In the blink of an eye, my new family environment
changed and I became fearful again that I wouldn't belong."
This emotional yo-yoing affected me for years.
orphans experience two common emotional hang ups,
if you will. One is the need to belong and the other is the
longing to identify with their biological parent(s). It is
a natural phenomenon.
it was important for me to realize that I my life could no
longer be driven by the "victim" role. It was my
responsibility to change the way I viewed myself. How could
I help other orphans deal with their emotions, if I had not
dealt with my own? As Ralph Waldo Emerson says no one
can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
I made the necessary changes and with that arose a new mission
in my life ... to help other orphans by seeking ways
the number of orphans throughout the world is increasing,
not decreasing. Yes, there are a lot of wonderful organizations
that are trying to make sure these orphans are fed, given
shelter and some education, but what about their emotional
needs? So many orphans are sent off into the world as soon
as they reach an age that is "appropriate" in their
particular culture to fend for themselves. What about the
emotional turmoil they feel? The inner rejection?
the flip side of this, there are orphans who have gone beyond
their emotional outlook and have been successful with their
lives. But many, many are still struggling because they did
not have a mentor and because there are few published orphan
stories that inspire. Now is the time for orphans who have
become successful in life, to tell their stories. These stories
will inspire other orphans to believe in themselves, to reach
for the stars, to remove the long-felt stigma and put joy
back into their lives.
orphans of today are our future. Some have become writers,
politicians, spiritual leaders, homemakers, musicians, tradesmen,
reporters, speakers and social workers. Some have not reached
their potential as an adult because they are left emotionally
handicapped. A new year is around the corner ... money
and food are simply not enough to gently calm the inner pain
that an orphan feels. Let it be the job of each and every
Mentor Orphan to tell their story, thus inspiring other orphans.
am grateful for the gentleman who took me out of the orphanage
in Germany and gave me a new opportunity for living. Had that
not happened, my life would most certainly have been a life
of despair and hopelessness. I know that. Through my lifes
lessons, it is my passion and through my story, that I inspire
is a web site that honors
orphans who are making a difference by briefly telling their
story creates a Mentor Orphan and these stories are read all
over the world.
Click the link above to visit this site and, if possible,
help us to find more stories
about successful orphans, in every walk of life, who can inspire
and give hope.
Yes You Can!
REV UP NATURALLY
3 PM. Your mind is wandering and your productivity has come
to a grinding halt. If youre like most people, that
means its time to reach for a cup of coffee or a candy
bar to give you some extra oomph before quitting time. But
quick-fix solutions like caffeine and sugar ultimately deplete
your energy rather than enhance it. Try a healthy pick-me-up
and Watermelon: These fruit faves rev up energy as fast
as sugary sweets do. In fact, ripe bananas rate almost as
high as table sugar on the energy-upping index. But unlike
sugar, fresh fruit gives a stamina boost plus the nutritional
bonus of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Bonus theres
no food quite as portable as a banana. And watermelon can
be cut into chunks and stashed in a plastic container. (Dates,
mangos, papaya and pineapple also rank high on the energy-revving
and Potatoes: Mashed and baked potatoes are on a par with
pure honey when it comes to how quickly theyre digested
and absorbed into your bloodstream. But unlike junk food,
these good-for-you eats supply a host of important nutrients
along with that energy blast. Bonus keep a bag of baby
carrots in your desk drawer, and youll be less likely
to make an afternoon trip to the candy machine.
and Shredded Wheat: Wholesome cereals such as muesli,
corn flakes, instant oatmeal, puffed rice and shredded wheat
top the list of breakfast foods that provide quick energy.
These morning eats tend to be digested slowly, which means
that blood-sugar levels stay stable, and adding skim milk
and fruit to the mix helps produce a slow but steady release
of glucose into the blood stream to fuel your muscles and
If youre not drinking at least 8 cups of water a day,
especially in warm weather, youre setting yourself up
for dehydration and lagging energy. Dont wait until
you feel parched to fill your glass: At that point your body
is already suffering. Make a habit of setting a full glass
of water on your desk all day long.
McQuillan, R.D., Lifetime.com
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is the Scottish New Year, celebrated
on December 31st. Its roots reach back to the pagan practice
of sun and fire worship in mid-winter. In more remote parts
of Scotland, customary first footing and Scottish dances,
or "ceilidhs" (pronounced kayli), take
place. For centuries, torch light processions, fireball swinging
and lighting of New Year fires have played an important part
in the Hogmanay celebrations. The flame and fire symbolize
many thingsbringing of the light of knowledge from one
year to the next, lighting the way into the next uncharted
century, putting behind the darkness of the past, but carrying
forward its sacred flame of hope and enlightenment.
"The Hunger Site"
start out the New Year in a VERY positive way with the eradication
of world hunger. Sponsors purchase tiles on the Thank You
page for a certain amount of time. The Hunger Site then
tabulates the number of people who click during that time
frame and bill the sponsor accordingly. Funds go to aid
hungry people in over 74 countries including Africa, Asia,
Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North
America. (We feature this site on our Links Page, referenced
Just for YOU ...
DISCOVERY OF THE WEEK
Strehlow (age 63) has used all of her savings to help
support her shelter in Lake Chapala, Mexico. She spends
from 12-14 hours a day working with the animals. In
the last 5 years she has never had a day off, nor even
a vacation. This shelter needs help, as it tries to
care for approximately 60 dogs and 100 cats. Read the
uplifting story of this amazing woman and...
Here to Help Save Animals in Mexico at www.AnitasAnimals.com
Laughing It Off
I MUST no longer be beholden to the sound of the can opener
or the refrigerator door.
Stop being fooled by barking dogs and ringing doorbells on
the television and radio.
Grow opposable thumb; break into pantry; decide for MYSELF
how much food is TOO much.
Jan. 1: Defeat the sock! Must defeat the sock! ....Jan. 2
- Dec. 31: Re-live victory over sock.
Wait until that pile of clothes that just came out of the
dryer cools down before lying on it.
Re-smear nose prints on car and house windows immediately
after they have been cleaned off.
Dont suddenly stand straight up when lying under the
Always drink from the bathroom bowl and use water dish only
for a splashing pool.
Whether indoors or outside, always head for the living room
to look for a fresh section of carpet when about to throw
Always be the first one out of the car window to grab the
bag of burgers from the McDonalds lady.
Quickly determine which guest is afraid of dogs and charge
across the room, barking loudly and leap playfully onto this
Never resist the urge to roll in stinky stuff right after
I will absolutely NOT chase that stupid stick unless I see
it LEAVE HIS HAND.
I must try to understand that the cat is from Venus and I
am from Mars.
And NEXT Christmas: I must mind my tail when I'm near the
tree; I must not rip open packages under the tree, even ones
that smell interesting or that have my name on them; don't
drink water from the container that holds the tree; and, for
goodness sake, don't chew on the cord that runs from the hole
in the wall to the tree.
Untangling the Web
WHAT A SITE!
Packages didn't arrive?
Parcel tracking IDs can be entered into Google's search
box for quick access to information about them. For example,
typing "fedex" followed by a space and a FedEx tracking
number ("fedex 999999999999") will return the latest
information on your package. For UPS enter "1Z9999W999999999"
(Contributed by Jane at The
Cat's Meow )
Refresh current page Ctrl + R or F5
Save current page Alt + F then A
Print current page Ctrl + P.
Look at THAT!
In Japan, the years are traditionally...
seen as separate from each other, so the new year is viewed
as a fresh start. This means that in December all duties should
be completed and "bonenkai parties" (year forgetting
parties) are held in order to forget the worries and troubles
of the old year. House entrances and cars are decorated with
special decorations called "kadomatsu" and "matsukasari"
that are made of pine, bamboo and plum trees. The January
1-3 New Year celebration ("Shogatsu") represents
the whole upcoming year and should, therefore, be full of
joy and free of stress and anger. A well-known Japanese proverbs
says: "New Year's is the key to unlock the year."
THE MOST ANCIENT HOLIDAY
What is the oldest of all holiday celebrations?
Click for Answer
DON'T LOOK BACK
Mary Engelbreit was young, people told her that being an
artist was not a realistic way to make a living, but Mary
was never one to be easily discouraged.
"I believed in myself," she says, "and now
I'm living my dream." In true storybook fashion, Mary's
road to becoming a professional illustrator was full of
unexpected twists and turns, however, she knew that she
did her best work when it was coming from her own head.
What she truly wanted was to be a children's book illustrator.
Today, Mary Engelbreit Studios, The
Mary Engelbreit Store and Mary Engelbreit's
HOME COMPANION magazine are headquartered in Mary's
hometown, St. Louis, Missouri. Thousands of retailers nationally
and internationally sell Mary Engelbreit products, spreading
what the Wall Street Journal coined a "vast empire
of cuteness" with total retail sales soaring above
$100 million annually. Following is one of my favorite poems
to begin the New Year from Mary's delightful little book
LOOK BACK" :
Look Back Youre Not Going That Way
As you travel through life there are always those
times when decisions just have to be made,
When the choices are hard, and solutions seem scarce, and
the rain seems to soak your parade.
There are some situations where all you can do is simply
let go and move on,
Gather your courage and choose a direction that carries
you toward a new dawn.
So pack up your troubles and take a step forward
the process of change can be tough,
But think about all the excitement ahead if YOU can be stalwart
There might be adventures you never imagined just waiting
around the next bend,
And wishes and dreams just about to come true in ways you
can't yet comprehend!
Perhaps you'll find friendships that spring from new things
as you challenge your status quo,
And learn there are so many options in life, and so many
ways you can grow!
Perhaps you'll go places you never expected and see things
that you've never seen,
Or travel to fabulous, faraway worlds and wonderful spots
Perhaps you'll find warmth and affection and caring and
somebody special who's there
To help you stay centered and listen with interest to stories
and feelings you share.
Perhaps you'll find comfort in knowing your friends are
supportive of all that you do,
And believe that whatever decisions you make, they'll be
the right choices for you.
So keep putting one foot in front of the other, and taking
your life day by day ...
There's a brighter tomorrow that's just down the road
Don't look back! You're not going that way!
Your Year Be Filled with Timeless Joy & Blessings Unlimited!!!
~ Chelle Thompson, Editor ~
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