When I Miss People

by Vickey Pahnke Taylor April 22, 2014
When I Miss People

I tend to attach myself with strong, deep ties to people I love. When I miss them, I miss then LOTS. But then… the missing is simply a reminder of how much I love them, and it comes with a great appreciation for the memories shared.

I miss my mom and dad. A lot. Daddy left this world almost 23 years ago. It seems impossible that so much time has passed. Some days, the aching is as acute as the day he passed away. My …

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Family

Because I Have Eyes To See

by Vickey Pahnke Taylor April 16, 2014
Because I Have Eyes To See

 

Because these eyes are dealing with disease that slowly robs me of sight, I’ve spent a lot of time pondering over the blessing of what I can see. Where, at one time, I may have  casually seen things in passing,  it’s no longer that simple. With the illness, this whole sight gift is more beautiful, full, and awesome than ever.  So for today’s post, I will sneak in beautiful photos of some of the treats available for the looking…
Just a smattering of visual …

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Faith

Quotes for Joy!

by Vickey Pahnke Taylor April 10, 2014
Quotes for Joy!

Thank you for sending in several wonderful quotes for me to share. Today I want to focus on joy.

This first one is from Sarah. It’s one of my favorites, too!

Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured

Gordon B. Hinckley, dear teacher that He was, understood the power of optimism, faith, and happiness so well.  There are obviously times of sorrow- sometimes great sorrow.  More easily, the mending comes and the sunshine peeks into our soul, as we make an effort to enjoy …

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Quotes

Some Good News!

by Vickey Pahnke Taylor April 4, 2014
Some Good News!

 

I love good, happy news. There is so much sad, disheartening, ugly info in the media. Thank goodness for those who post the good stuff (like Huffington Post) so we get a boost of HAPPY!

I’m going to begin posting Happy News on a regular basis. Just so, if you’re like me, you can celebrate it and share the goodness in this world with others. Yay!

This first one is a video that made me smile inside. Check out an Australian stage performance group …

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Goodness

Do Something. Or Not.

by Vickey Pahnke Taylor March 27, 2014
Do Something. Or Not.

 

I’ve seen the quote: Don’t just stand there. Do Something.
I’ve also seen the clever opposite: Don’t do something. Just stand there.

Both have merit, don’t they? Sometimes, I need to stop rolling things around in my head, or sitting and pondering, and just do something useful – helpful – positive. Up and at ‘em.

Yet, there are many other times when just Doing Something can make for busy rote work, with no heart involved. My better choice would be to stand still. To …

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Goodness

Wolves, Sheep and Peace

by Vickey Pahnke Taylor March 19, 2014
Wolves, Sheep and Peace

 

Wolves and sheep don’t mix, right? But, when we’re talking symbolically, or using them to explain principles and talk about basic peace and goodness, they do.

I love the following very short story about what we feed ourselves. Even though it’s not about milk shakes and brownies or any of those delicious/not so good for you yummies.

TWO WOLVES

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said,  My son – the battle is between …

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Goodness

Can I Borrow Your Words?

by Vickey Pahnke Taylor March 12, 2014
Can I Borrow Your Words?

 

 

Ever need to borrow someone else’s words because your own don’t seem sufficient? I have.  Often.

I figure, if someone has already said, in the best way I can imagine, a certain thought – why not just share it?

You know by now, if you know me at all – or follow Goodness Matters here or the group on Facebook, that quotes are one of my fave things in life. The right words, at the right time, can set my day in a …

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Quotes

Just Give It Up

by Vickey Pahnke Taylor March 5, 2014
Just Give It Up

Sometimes I cling to things as though my breath depends on it. Like the song

Jesus take the wheel

I will determine to let go and let God, as they say. Then I grab for a measure of control again.  I just need to give it up.

There are other things I need to give up. . .

If you learn in a cyclical manner, like I do, principles and ideas come back around and around. Each time, there’s a chance to gain more clarity …

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Are You Listening?

by Vickey Pahnke Taylor February 18, 2014
Are You Listening?


Are you listening?

Mom, are you hearing me?

Have you heard a word I’ve said?

How many times has someone, who has been talking on and on, stopped to ask if you were listening? If you were paying attention? If it even mattered that they were sharing something with you?

Me? Lots. Especially with my children. There is this Mom Switch that seems to click in, when dealing with our growing children. Before I knew it, I’d hear

Yada yada blah blah blah

Not a …

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Joy – A Couple of Great Quotes

by Vickey Pahnke Taylor February 4, 2014
Joy - A Couple of Great Quotes


Decorate with joy!

 

Often, it’s the BEING instead of the DOING that brings us happiness!

 

 

There is joy in making note of this very day.  Sometimes I need to work a little at the beginning of the day in order to find my rejoicing and gladness- but it’s always there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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