The “Butterfly Light Award”

The "Butterfly Light Award"

The “Butterfly Light Award”

My Acceptance
I would like to take this time to thank my buddy, Xena (aka “Blackbutterfly7”) for nominating me for the “Butterfly Light Award” which was created by Belinda, the publisher of her blog, “Idiot Writing” I hereby accept this award and want to say that I am both thrilled and honored to be considered for this prize.

I would like to take this time to encourage all of you to visit her site, “Blackbutterfly7” if you want to enjoy some good intellectual and thought-provoking stories. The material she presents is a testament of a person who will fight for the injustices that some people experience and who gives us enlightening information about events that are unknown to many people in the world around us.
Thanks again Xena! I will you all the best in the days to come.

The Rules
You must write an acceptance post, making sure you link back to the blogger who awarded you and thank them. YOU MAY NOT lump this award in with other awards.
You must individually name and re-award at least 1 or more bloggers. You must let them know either personally with a comment on their blog OR a pingback on their about page.
You must link back to Belinda’s blog.
You must write a short paragraph titled either “How I’m Spreading Light” OR “How I’m A Positive Influence”
Display Belinda’s beautiful “Butterfly Light Award” badge on your blog.

How Am I A Positive Influence?
I believe that I am a positive influence on people’s lives because simply, how I live my life. I have always been a very positive person throughout my life who really enjoys being kind to people while encouraging them not only with my words but with my actions. This is one big reason why I decided to begin my blog, “Good Time Stories”: to share heartwarming, motivating and encouraging stories with others. There is nothing that makes me feel better each day than when I do something for someone then watching them smile and say thank you. It makes everything worth it!

My Nominations
I know that I only have to nominate one fellow blogger for this award but I am going to do a few more than that. This has got to be one of the hardest things to do because I don’t want to offend anyone but without further ado, here are my nominations….

“Knitting with Heart”
“Homeschool Crafts
“Courage Times Three”
“Toni Andrukatis
“Belsbror”
“A View From Under the Prep-Room Table”

A Great Quote for the Day!

Photo Credit: Flik via CCFlickr

Photo Credit: Flik via CCFlickr

There are many times throughout our lives that we can get so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of every day life with work, school, family, friends, etc. that we can sometimes forget how wonderful life can really be.

The following quote is a very good reminder of a simple concept….

“Always believe something wonderful is going to happen. Even with all of life’s ups and downs, never take a day for granted. Smile, cherish the little things and remember to hug the ones you REALLY love”.

~ Author Unknown

This Video Will Certainly Make Your Day

There are times, every once in a while, that I find a video that just brings a smile to my face and warmth to my heart.

This video WILL make your day…I PROMISE!

One of Life’s Most Embarassing Moments

Sometimes, tings in life aren’t what they seem…..as told by this person for instance.

I was in a public toilet and had just sat down, when I heard a voice from the next cubicle, he said, “Hi!, how are you?

Embarrassed, I said, “I am doing just fine”.

The voice said “So, what are you up to?

I said, “Just doing the same as you, sitting here!”.

He said,”Can I come over?”.

Annoyed, I said, “Rather busy right now”.

The voice said, “Listen, I will have to call you back later, there’s an idiot in the stall next to me answering all my questions.”

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Ahhhh….Life Goes On….. 🙂

 

A Letter From The Tooth Fairy

Photo Credit: Travis Isaacs via CC Flickr

Photo Credit: Travis Isaacs via CC Flickr

One of the things that I really enjoy finding, are the interesting and creative ways that parents teach their children the importance of learning life lessons. Such is the case of the following letter that was left by our friend, the Tooth Fairy, tot his little girl….

“My Dearest Emily,

I came by tonight to retrieve your tooth and leave your payment – however, because of the condition of your bedroom, I had a horrible time even getting to your bed safely. Once there, I was unable to locate the tooth pillow due to the amount of pillows, blankets, and bodies in your bed.

I will have to come by on a different night – perhaps you can take the time between now and then to properly clean and organize your room. I bet if you ask your mother NICELY, she will even help you do it.

Much love,

The Tooth Fairy”

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Absolutely Priceless!!!

 

The Love Ladder of China

Photo Credit: Unknown

Photo Credit: Unknown

The Love Ladder of China, an incredible love story has come out of China a few years ago and managed to touch the world. Here is the story as told by Pearly of Penang, Malaysia.

It is a story of a man and an older woman who ran off to live and love each other in peace for over half a century. Over 50 years ago, Liu, a 19 year-old boy, fell in love with a 29 year-old widowed mother named Xu. At that time, it was unacceptable and immoral for a young man to love an older woman. To avoid the market gossip, the couple decided to elope and lived in a cave in Jiangjin County in Southern ChongQing area.

In the beginning, they had nothing, no electricity or even food. They had to eat grass and roots they found in the mountain, and Liu made a kerosene lamp that they used to light up their lives. In the second year of living in the mountain, Liu began and continued for over 50 years, to hand-carve the steps so that his wife could get down the mountain easily.

Half a century later in 2001, a group of adventurers were exploring the forest and were surprised to find the elderly couple and the over 6,000 hand-carved steps. The couple had lived in peace for over 50 years until last week. Liu, now 72 years, returned from his daily farm work and collapsed. Xu sat and prayed with her husband as he passed away in her arms. So in love with Xu, was Liu that no one was able to release the grip he had on his wife’s hand even after he had passed away.

Photo Credit: Unknown

Photo Credit: Unknown

In 2006, their story had become one of the top 10 love stories from China, collected by the Chinese Women Weekly. The local government has decided to preserve the love ladder and the place they lived as a museum, so this love story can live forever.

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Wow! What a great story of love and dedication that a couple had to each other despite the fact that the couple was so poor. This story demonstrates to us the fact the happiness and love is not found in things but found in actions. So, what are you willing to do for your significant other today?

Things To Say To Help Someone Through An Anxiety Attack

Photo Credit: Lorenzo Sernicola via CC Flickr

Photo Credit: Lorenzo Sernicola via CC Flickr

Anxiety. Every person in the world has it and has to deal with it on a daily basis. Whether it is big or small, everyone has something that they worry about or are fearful of. There are different kinds of anxiety…there is good anxiety (such as an athlete getting ready to play in a game) or bad, chronic anxiety (worrying about things that a person had no control over or can’t do anything about). Bad anxiety or stress can become very detrimental and harmful to a person if it raises to unhealthy levels.

I recently read an article written by Jacklyn Krol on “Thought Catalog” that I thought would be good to share with you. Since I have dealt with anxiety attacks and raised anxiety levels in the past, articles like this have really helped me deal with my stress levels in more effective ways. The thing that has helped me deal my anxiety is understanding what can cause it and what I can do to help lessen its affect.

Another thing, and the purpose of this article, is helping other people, who are dealing with anxiety. What are things that you can say to help comfort them and calm them down> You are about to find out…

1. “It will end.”
Whenever I have an attack, I immediately go into the mindset that this will never end, this is hell. During an attack, a second feels like an hour. The only words I can use to explain the feeling is like you’re going to die because your body is on overdrive trying to figure out what’s wrong and how to fix it. Any time I get sick, it reminds me of the dark place where I was before treatment, medication, and doctors — nowhere near a functioning state of life. It may seem awfully obvious to tell us that this specific anxiety attack is going to end, but sometimes you need that external reminder that yeah, this feeling will pass as it always does.

2. “You can get through this.”
When you get sick, it feels hopeless and never-ending. I have never felt strong enough to survive an attack without becoming depressed or even sicker after. In my first article with Thought Catalog, I mentioned the startling fact that every hour at least one person goes to the ER for a panic attack. This hellish place we’re in feels like we’re fighting a hopeless fight against ourselves and our own bodies. Believing in people can go a long way, telling the person you believe in them can go even farther. Knowing that someone else is there for us can often be the little bit of strength that we need to get through.

3. A reminder to breathe.
I normally forget to breathe, or breathe less when I’m having an anxiety attack. Usually good slow and steady breaths help get our bodies to make it through without passing or blacking out. It’s a good reminder that you’re in the moment and alive. It also lets me think that I can breathe and I am alive and that other people aren’t breathing and don’t get to live as long as a life as myself. Tell us this and our lungs will thank you.

4. “Do you need anything?”
Most of the time during an anxiety attack, people are often weak, dizzy, and sometimes become sick to their stomachs. Having a drink or protein bar usually helps. Pillows also are great to cling onto and the person may need medication. Simply asking someone if they need anything is more than a kind gesture — it’s helpful when we can’t control our own bodies enough to get what we need ourselves.

5. “You’re strong.”
Because today’s society taught me that anxiety is nothing and a wimp can get through it, I often feel my lowest when I have an attack. I sometimes feel stupid and weak for even feeling sick because “it’s just anxiety”. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to give up and not fight this anymore, believing in a person can do more than you’ve ever dreamed of. Thank you for not letting us give up.

6. Offering a hand to hold or a hug.
You do not know the power of a hug or holding a hand until you’ve had this disorder. The simple act of human touch can mentally bring us into a safer place and help us by physically feeling that we’re not alone. It brings us into the here and now when we’re in a scary place. When having an attack alone my one wish is to have someone to hug or hold my hand. Thank you for being there with us.

A Smile For Your Face: The Wisdom of Our Jewish Brethren

A Priest and a Rabbi were sitting next to each other on an airplane.

After a while, the Priest turned to the Rabbi and asked, “Is it still a requirement of your faith that you not eat pork?”

The Rabbi responded, “Yes, that is still one of our laws.”

The Priest then asked, “Have you ever eaten pork?”

To which the Rabbi replied, “Yes, on one occasion I did succumb to temptation and tasted a ham sandwich.”

The Priest nodded in understanding and went on with his reading.

A while later, the Rabbi spoke up and asked the Priest, “Father, is it still a requirement of your church that you remain celibate?”

The Priest replied, “Yes, that is still very much a part of our faith.”

The Rabbi then asked him, “Father, have you ever fallen to the temptations of the flesh?”

The Priest replied, “Yes, Rabbi, on one occasion I was weak and broke my faith.”

The Rabbi nodded understandingly and remained silent, thinking, for about five minutes.

Finally, the Rabbi said, “Beats the heck out of a ham sandwich, doesn’t it?”
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Enjoy your smile. Share it and have an awesome day!

WOW! How Cool is THIS?

Video

Watch these BASE jumpers as they attempt to jump off the pinnacle of the tallest and highest building in the world. Daredevils have parachuted off the Burj Khalifa before, but not like this – the tip-top of the spire. You HAVE to check out this wild and crazy event…it will take your breath away!!!

Things That Cancer Can NEVER Do…..

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Photo Credit” USAG – Humphreys via CC Flickr

Cancer is so limited…

It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot eat away peace.
It cannot destroy confidence.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot shut out memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the Spirit.