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My Morning Cup of solitude

Friday, November 21, 2014



Live



Love



Laugh



Play



Relax



Pay It Forward

While the month of November is just flying by so quickly ..... Everyone enjoy the rest of the month. Have a great weekend .... Be Happy ! Be Well !

  
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EDWARDS1411 11/21/2014 10:11PM

    Happy Weekend to you too!!!

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MSLZZY 11/21/2014 10:02PM

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REGILIEH 11/21/2014 8:48PM

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JAMER123 11/21/2014 8:29PM

    Thanks Niki! Hope you have a great weekend as well.
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LKWQUILTER 11/21/2014 7:23PM

    Wishing you a super weekend Niki.

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AHAPPYSPIRIT 11/21/2014 5:35PM

    Thank you Niki. These people look happy but lonely! Be thankful for all you have. God Bess!

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LOVINGKATE 11/21/2014 2:26PM

  BEAUTIFUL!! Thanks so much for sharing and you have a great weekend also.

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RAINBOWMF 11/21/2014 1:38PM

    Thank you this was nice.

Have a good week end. Hope you are doing OK.

Love Mary

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JEANNETTE59 11/21/2014 12:50PM

  emoticon for this powerful share. A small act of kindness can mean an awful lot. Niki has done her part, what will you do? Warm socks, knit hats, scarves and gloves are available at most dollar stores. You can also find doggie treats made in the USA at most of these stores.
Hot chocolate is a winner and much more nutritious than coffee and always remember hugs are free.

Be safe winter has come early in many places emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 11/21/2014 12:01PM

    Great photos. Enjoy the rest of your month, too. The days are just flying by. Soon it will be emoticon

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BAMAJAM2 11/21/2014 11:50AM

  Look at these pictures--- and honor the old folks. Many have been through great struggles and difficulties... Their lives, their stories-- have significance.

Thank you, Niki-- for this powerful blog. God bless you!

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MSTWOMOONS002 11/21/2014 11:35AM

    Love the photos of real people, in real life situations, You share such a loving message so sweetly. I hope you have many blessings to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. I'm thankful to you for your daily blogs. Take care & be well emoticon

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ICECUB 11/21/2014 11:35AM

    THANK YOU

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SUNSHINEGB 11/21/2014 11:30AM

    Love the photos!

You enjoy a healthy weekend too Niki!
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KERRYG155 11/21/2014 11:18AM

    You're right-November IS flying by as the entire year has!! Have a wonderful weekend.

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WOLFTORTOISE 11/21/2014 10:29AM

    Beautiful images. Enjoy your weekend, Niki. emoticon

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 11/21/2014 10:15AM

    The last one touches the heart. Share with others.

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DALID414 11/21/2014 10:14AM

    TGIF, happy weekend!

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LOLAJO54 11/21/2014 10:08AM

    Same for you Niki

loved today's pictures

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LSIG14 11/21/2014 10:04AM

    Happy weekend to you as well. Stay Happy! emoticon

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VEG954 11/21/2014 9:47AM

  Very touching
Wonder principles to live life well

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TERRIJ7 11/21/2014 9:46AM

    Thank you.

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INGMARIE 11/21/2014 9:13AM

    Beautiful, thank you. emoticon

Have a great weekend with lots of laughs and emoticon love.

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MBPP50 11/21/2014 8:31AM

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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TO1NFINITY 11/21/2014 8:09AM

    Pay it forward is such a great concept. Thanks for sharing and what a great smile in the laugh picture. :)

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 11/21/2014 7:50AM

    Thank you. You, too!

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SHAWFAN 11/21/2014 7:48AM

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DJSHIP46 11/21/2014 7:45AM

    Thank you... Hope you have a GREAT weekend and that you are also happy & well!

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LOVENHWOODS 11/21/2014 7:40AM

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  emoticon emoticon Have a Great Friday

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Have a great weekend!

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LUCYCAN7 11/21/2014 6:52AM

  emoticon praying everyone will pay it forward.Thanks enjoy your weekend
and rest of the month also. emoticon

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AZMOMXTWO 11/21/2014 6:42AM

  wonderful blog thank you


have a blessed day

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NANCY- 11/21/2014 6:35AM

    Ah yes... share the love and the kindness. Many you have a wonderful rest of not only November, but rest of your years.
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Thank you for the gift you gift so many of us.

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JOHNWBROCKSR777 11/21/2014 6:01AM

    Thank you...

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1CRAZYDOG 11/21/2014 5:53AM

    With so many experiencing financial hardships, paying it forward is so important!

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My Morning Cup Of Solitude

Thursday, November 20, 2014



A man found a cocoon of a emoticon One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the emoticon for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further.

So the man decided to help the emoticon He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon.

The emoticon then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch the emoticon because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.

Neither happened! In fact, the emoticon spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the emoticon to get through the tiny opening were Life's way of forcing fluid from the body of the emoticon into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. Remember nature needs no help, just no interference. There are processes of life, things we all go through. The struggles are a part of our journey and are preparing us for what awaits. They are preparing us to fly.


  
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MSROZZIE 11/21/2014 10:07PM

    Very inspiring blog, thanks for sharing! Beautiful message! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIDMIS 11/21/2014 10:00PM

    yes, struggles are necessary. I don't like them much but they are crucial.

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EMMACORY 11/21/2014 9:22PM

    Our presence and support is what is needed when someone is struggling. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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MARAGRAM 11/21/2014 7:54PM

    Wonderful point! I have watched butterflies emerge and it is a struggle, as it has to be for us!

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JSEATTLE 11/21/2014 7:18PM

  Thank you! You always have such a good insight into the school of life!

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    emoticon blog! emoticon emoticon for sharing

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PATRICIAANN46 11/21/2014 4:13PM

  Beautiful!!!!! emoticon All of our experiences, negative as well as positive, make us what we are.

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NONNAOF2 11/21/2014 4:12PM

  What a great thing to contemplate this morning! Thank you! :-)

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SUNSET09 11/21/2014 3:09PM

  Oh how true! Sometimes our intentions are good however, crippling. emoticon emoticon We can all be like that.

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LCRUMLEY81 11/21/2014 1:26PM

  loved this blog

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IAMAGEMLOVER 11/21/2014 11:59AM

    emoticon Niki. Wise words to remember.

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LJCANNON 11/21/2014 11:55AM

    emoticon Such a BEAUTIFUL Reminder that Struggles are a Valuable Part of our Journey!

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MTN_KITTEN 11/21/2014 11:52AM

    Absolutely beautiful ... and wise words to remember.
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DSHONEYC 11/21/2014 11:00AM

    God is constantly working in our lives to build in us the character of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:28-29). Thatís His purpose for each one of us; and He will use the changing circumstances of life to accomplish that task. Circumstances are the true test of Christian character. God uses the tough times to reveal our rough edges.

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JIBBIE49 11/21/2014 10:39AM

    hugs

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MAYBER 11/21/2014 9:51AM

    Like this analogy have been through many struggles in my lifetime alone am a better person for it today one day at a time
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TERRIJ7 11/21/2014 9:46AM

    Love this story and have retold it many times to my children and grandchildren

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TRUCKER72 11/21/2014 9:17AM

    Tests turn into testimony. Thanks for the inspiration. emoticon

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VAINVT 11/21/2014 8:12AM

  What a beautiful and inspirational story!

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CFMOSS 11/21/2014 8:06AM

    Absolutely....if only the struggles weren't so strugglish. emoticon

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SHARONCAPPS 11/21/2014 7:58AM

  Amazing. Thank you for sharing.

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PATTYKLAVER 11/21/2014 7:48AM

    Many times, after a struggle is over, I do see the importance in it and am glad it happened.

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SEDONACAT 11/21/2014 7:28AM

    That can be said for inducing a woman's labor for non-medical reason like convenience of parents' or doctors' schedules. Like butterflies, babies need time to fully develop esp their lungs. The United States has a horrible infant mortality rate. W lose more babies per thousand than 42 other countries but we spend more money doing it. Non-medically necessary Cesareans are driving up the prematurity rate and cost. For some reason it's ok to do these unnecessary surgeries but there would be an outcry if doctors were doing unnecessary mastectomies, hysterectomies, prostatectomies, etc.
Sorry but the above brought out the soapbox in me because it is so true. Thank you very much for sharing!!
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SUEARNOLD1 11/21/2014 7:23AM

    Nikki,

This is one of your best ones!

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WITCHYONE333 11/21/2014 6:55AM

    This also applies to raising children. emoticon

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SHERYLP461 11/21/2014 6:53AM

    A good lesson to remember

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OSDOWNS 11/21/2014 6:47AM

    Thank you for this.

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MARGARITTM 11/21/2014 6:37AM

    I love this

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CHERYLHURT 11/21/2014 6:36AM

  emoticon That was beautiful!

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PENOWOK 11/21/2014 6:34AM

    Even the Bible tells us that challenges will help us to become stronger and better fir them! ..and they allow us to come alongside another to guide them once we have made it through...

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NANFACEMIRE1 11/21/2014 6:29AM

    That is sad that the butterfly suffered b/c the man didn't know to let it come out on it's own. WE do struggle and sometimes we are the only ones that can help us. That is how we learn.

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IDLETYME 11/21/2014 6:18AM

    Super blog! Our struggles make us stronger if we learn from them! emoticon

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    so so true. emoticon

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My Morning Cup of solitude

Wednesday, November 19, 2014



If I had a horse, I'd ride off into the sunset where dreams and shadows lie. To a life where pain and sorrow don't exist, and to where hopes and dreams become reality.

  
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LOVINGME1966 11/21/2014 8:40PM

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1HOTFUDGEMAMA 11/21/2014 8:16PM

  very nice

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PEGGYO 11/21/2014 6:57PM

    sounds like fun!!

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SLIMLEAF 11/21/2014 5:50PM

    That sounds good - can I come?!

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KASBUTTERFLY 11/21/2014 5:38PM

    Very nice

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FABATFORTY2014 11/21/2014 4:01PM

    nice

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FERGSGIRL2 11/21/2014 1:17PM

    Soothing...

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JIMA64 11/21/2014 8:05AM

    Never quit dreaming.

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CFMOSS 11/21/2014 7:55AM

    Love the image...."if" oh well I don't have a horse....but there are lovely ones in the neighborhood....I'll imagine.

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  Thanks for sharing.

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MAYBER 11/20/2014 11:45PM

    emoticon if only for one day
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One day at a time love prayers peace God Bless

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/20/2014 8:05PM

  Gee, why do you have a herd of wild horses following you... we want to " go" there. emoticon

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KIPPER15 11/20/2014 6:55PM

    A wonderful sounding ride! emoticon

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PENOWOK 11/20/2014 6:44PM

    Wonderful!! I'd like to ride with you!

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AMBER461 11/20/2014 6:41PM

  Sound exciting, thanks for sharing.

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PATRICIAANN46 11/20/2014 6:00PM

  I have ALWAYS wanted a Black and White Pinto. As soon as I get him, I will ride along with you. emoticon

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VAINVT 11/20/2014 4:57PM

  Sounds lovely.

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JSEATTLE 11/20/2014 4:12PM

  Me too! Let's saddle up!

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LCRUMLEY81 11/20/2014 3:43PM

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NONNAOF2 11/20/2014 2:01PM

  I love horses, they are such a beautiful and graceful animal. How I wish I was still able to ride as when I was a child! :-)

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DIANNEMT 11/20/2014 12:50PM

    I love riding

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NANFACEMIRE1 11/20/2014 12:40PM

    I have never ridden a horse, but I sure would like to.

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    Wouldn't we all! emoticon

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IDICEM 11/20/2014 10:03AM

  Lovely.

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CHUBERASER 11/20/2014 9:17AM

    To envision this in my mind is so beautiful. Sometimes, I wish I had the gift of words like this.

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    Can I come with you?

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HMBROWN1 11/20/2014 8:09AM

    Great picture!

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