Yesterday I was cleaning out a box and found an old notebook from high school. My English teacher, Mrs. VeNard, was a big believer in journaling. Every day she made us sit for 20 minutes at the beginning of class with a personal journal (translate - spiral) and write. It was a habit most of us griped about - after all, when you're 15, a graded journal just isn' cool. Notes passed, a diary - yes. this was before internet, email, and text messaging. And yes, I know that dates me! Anyway, I discovered a creative outlet. After finishing my prerequisite 2 pages - yeah, no mere 2 paragraphs for this teacher - I'd search for poetry and quotes to put at the back of my journal, then raided my mother's old magazines and found great pictures to match the quotes. It's a habit that has persisted over the years - and no! I'm not going to tell you how many years! Periodically, I'm planning on thrilling you - or boring you - with a few of those quotes and the pictures, starting today!


Enough happiness to keep you sweet,

Enough trials to keep you strong,

Enough sorrow to keep you human,

Enough hope to keep you happy;

Enough failure to keep you humble,

Enough success to keep you eager,

Enough friends to give you comfort,

Enough wealth to meet you needs;

Enough enthusiasm to look forward

Enough faith to banish depression,

Enough determination to make each day better than yesterday.

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