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The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale and the poem “IF” by Rudyard Kipling were two of my mother’s favorite readings. She was, and continues to be, my inspiration.

IF
By Rudyard Kipling

IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

She also would write thoughts that would inspire her to be a better person and the following are two that I just recently found:

“It’s hard to be resentful and grateful at the same time.”

“Do not wish to be anything but what you are and try to be that perfectly.”

She also taught us to never make fun of people or things and to always tell the truth…She would tell us. “You can always remember the truth but never a lie.”

The following is a story that sums up my reason for helping people with my readings:

“Until You Have Walked the Path, You Don’t Know Where It Goes”

by Theresa Chaze

Many of us have found ourselves facing life issues that have gone beyond normal challenges. We have not only been confronting our own fears, disappointments, and wounds, but those that come out of nowhere for no apparent reason, leaving us questioning what the hell has happened.

Theresa heard a story on a TV show that explains what is happening and why. A man fell down a hole. The sides were so steep and slippery that he couldn’t climb out, so he yelled for help. One by one people came by to give sage advice and wise council, but none of them stopped to help him climb out. Eventually, his best friend came looking for him. Instead of giving advice, he jumped down in the hole with him. The man said, “What are you doing? Now we’re both trapped.” The friend said, “I’ve been down here before and I know the way out.”

This story rings so true for me because I’ve been in that hole and I got out. I can help you get out too. I’ll even jump down there with you and help show you the way out.

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