Jan 212017
 
The world is filled with people who, no matter what you do, no matter what you try, will simply not like you. But the world is also filled with those who will love you fiercely. The ones who love you: they are your people.

Don’t waste your finite time and heart trying to convince people who aren’t your people that you have value. They will miss it completely. They won’t buy what you are selling. Don’t try to convince them to walk your path with you because you will only waste your time and your emotional good health. You are not for them and they are not for you. You are not their cup of tea and they are not yours.

Politely wave them along and you move away as well. Seek to share your path with those who recognize and appreciate your gifts, who you are.

Be who you are. You are not everyone’s cup of tea and that is OK.

You Are Not Everyone’s Cup Of Tea

 

Jan 122017
 

This video of an adorable little boy dressed as a Queen’s Guardsman will melt your heart!

 

You never know how much you can affect someone’s life by doing something so simple.

The video, taken at Windsor Castle in England and posted on the Instagram account of a tourist joanna___feng, shows four-year-old Marshall Scott saluting members of the Queen’s Guard as they march past him.

The boy was celebrating his birthday at the castle with his mom, Imogen Scott.


Though Queen’s Guardsmen typically do not interact with guests, Lance Corporal Paul Edden posed for a photo with the boy.

“I just remember when I was younger when I wanted a picture with a soldier, and seeing Marshall in a Coldstream guard’s uniform just made me proud of what I do. And I just thought I would give him a chance to have a picture for himself for his own memories,” Edden told Forces.TV.

Imogen said Edden has even offered Marshall a private tour of the castle.

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Dec 302016
 
Ingo, a Belgian shepherd, and Poldi, a one-year-old owlet, share a very special bond which is evident in the following photos.

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For years, photographer Tanja Brandt has made it her mission to capture magnificent photos of animals and wildlife. Recently, the German artist found a new challenge when she photographed the unique bond between two unlikely friends: Ingo, a Belgian shepherd, and Poldi (Napoleon), a one-year-old owlet.

WhiteWolfPack relays that the owlet and canine have a special “protector-protected” relationship and that their affection towards each other couldn’t be any more evident. Ingo lovingly guards Poldi, who apparently “doesn’t know how to live free.”

The owlet hatched two days after his six brothers and sisters, therefore, has always been very vulnerable due to his small size. Comparatively, Ingo was raised to by a family of strong, and oftentimes ruthless, police dogs.

“They respect each other and they can read each other,” says the photographer.

When unique relationships form between animals of different species, it’s almost natural to celebrate their friendship. If animals can overcome prejudices to befriend and love other creatures, what’s stopping mankind from following suit?

Following are some adorable photos of the unlikely best friends

What are your thoughts? Please comment below and share this news!

 
All images credit Tanja Brandt

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Terminally Ill Child Dies In Santa’s Arms

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Dec 132016
 

Kleenex alert! Santa Claus gives a dying boy his final Christmas wish. This is a heartbreaking and heartwarming story all wrapped together.

Sometimes… it’s not easy being Santa Claus.

It’s a Christmas story from East Tennessee that has gained worldwide attention.

Eric Schmitt-Matzen spreads Christmas cheer year-round and grants wishes as Santa Claus. His long white beard and curled mustache makes him perfect for the part.

He and his wife, who joins him as Mrs. Claus, even went to Santa school six years ago.

But a month and a half ago, he answered the call to grant what would end up being one child’s final Christmas wish.

“He was more concerned about missing Christmas, than dying,” Schmitt-Matzen recalled to WBIR 10News.

He said he had just gotten home from work when a nurse at a local hospital called and said there was a very sick 5-year-old boy who wanted to see Santa Claus.

He was at the hospital in about 15 minutes and met the boy’s mother and other family members. She handed Schmitt-Matzen a toy to give to her child.

“When I got there, it was my job to make sure he got Christmas,” Schmitt-Matzen said.

With this tough task ahead of him, he asked everyone else to leave the room so that he wouldn’t break down in tears.

This is how he described what happened next, to a Knoxville News Sentinel columnist: 

“When I walked in, he was laying there, so weak it looked like he was ready to fall asleep. I sat down on his bed and asked, ‘Say, what’s this I hear about you’re gonna miss Christmas? There’s no way you can miss Christmas! Why, you’re my Number One elf!

“He looked up and said, ‘I am?’

“I said, ‘Sure!’

“I gave him the present. He was so weak he could barely open the wrapping paper. When he saw what was inside, he flashed a big smile and laid his head back down.

‘“They say I’m gonna die,’ he told me. ‘How can I tell when I get to where I’m going?’

“I said, ‘Can you do me a big favor?’

“He said, ‘Sure!’

“When you get there, you tell ’em you’re Santa’s Number One elf, and I know they’ll let you in.

“He said, ‘They will?’

“I said, ‘Sure!’

“He kinda sat up and gave me a big hug and asked one more question: ‘Santa, can you help me?’

“I wrapped my arms around him. Before I could say anything, he died right there. I let him stay, just kept hugging and holding on to him.

“Everyone outside the room realized what happened. His mother ran in. She was screaming, ‘No, no, not yet!’ I handed her son back and left as fast as I could.”

In the days that followed, Schmitt-Matzen was left with uncertainty about whether to continue being Santa. 

Looking for reassurance, he shared what he experienced with other Santas.

“They told a story who told the story to somebody who told the story to somebody,” he said. 

They continued to share the story and that’s how it ended up getting to Knoxville News Sentinel Columnist Sam Venable. His powerful column on this child’s final wish was shared thousands of times in a matter of hours.

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Seven Wonders Of The World

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Nov 272016
 

A group of students were asked to list what they thought were the present “Seven Wonders of the World.” Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes:

1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids
2. Taj Mahal
3. Grand Canyon
4. Panama Canal
5. Empire State Building
6. St. Peter’s Basilica
7. China’s Great Wall

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one quiet student hadn’t turned in her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list.

The girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many.”

The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.”

The girl hesitated, then read, “I think the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ are:

1. to see
2. to hear
3. to touch
4. to taste
5. to feel
6. to laugh
7. and to love.”

The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop.

Just a gentle reminder – that the most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man.

“Each day comes bearing its own gifts — learn to untie the ribbons.”

 

Ronald Reagan On America’s Biggest Problem

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Nov 152016
 

Reagan had just finished his second (and final) term of office as Governor of California when he was invited to appear on the Tonight Show’ in March of 1975. The discussion was wide ranging and entertaining. It’s clear the two men enjoyed the banter and Reagan made this great point about government. In 6 years he would be President.

Ronald Reagan knew this in 1975 and it’s still relevant today!

 

Sadie’s Hero

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Nov 072016
 

A Diabetic Alert Dog was acting op, so a mom called the school to check on her daughter. What the dog sensed is remarkable.

How do you live up to a name like Hero?

Well, for this clever little Lab, it’s all part of the day job.

Hero is a trained diabetic alert dog. He has kept four-year-old Sadie safe ever since he joined her and her family as a puppy.

Sadie was born with Down’s syndrome and, three months later, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Hero is there to let her parents know when Sadie’s blood sugar levels drop too low or get too high, using his strong sense of smell.

He’s able to detect changes to her blood sugar levels through an odour that’s emitted by the body when those chemical changes occur.

When the blood sugar levels are too low, Hero whines and will offer her parents his left paw. When they’re too high, he offers them the right paw.

Which is pretty incredible in itself. But, last December, the family say the closeness of the bond between Sadie and her Hero became even clearer.

On the day in question, Sadie was in her special needs class at Deerfield Elementary School in Cedar Hills, while Hero was at home in Pleasant Grove, over five miles away.

Hero started behaving as he would whenever Sadie’s blood sugar levels are dropping. ‘He’s normally a very quiet dog. Whining is not in his protocol. But he just started whining and he would not stop,’ mum Michelle Brooks told KUTV News.

Michelle wasn’t sure what it could be, given that Sadie was miles away, but decided to call her school just in case.

‘(Sadie’s mom) called me and asked if I could check her numbers and they were fine,’ teacher Ms.Stoneman explained. ‘I tested her and it was fine. Then within half an hour she went down.’

Sadie’s headteacher Caroline Knadler, who also has Type 1 diabetes, couldn’t believe the dog had sensed a problem, despite the two being miles apart.

‘I’ll be honest, it kinda blew my mind,’ she said. ‘How can it be based on smell? It really got me thinking. What is Hero alerting on?’

Hero’s trainer KC Owens agreed it was pretty unbelievable. ‘I can’t explain it,’ she said. ‘I think it’s like mother’s intuition. These dogs have abilities and senses beyond our understanding.’

In a Facebook post, written after the story of Sadie and Hero was shared on US TV, mum Michelle wrote: ‘We were nervous to do the story because we didn’t want to give the impression that all dogs alerts long distance. They don’t. We didn’t want to appear like we were making crazy claims about our dog’s ability.

‘While we can’t and won’t even try to explain how this happens, we feel blessed. Even without the long distance alerts, he is amazing!’
She also responded to comments that Hero was a little more ‘cuddly’ than he should be. ‘I want to assure everyone that he is very healthy and we see his vet often to assure he stays that way,’ she said.

‘Bottom line is he’s the perfect dog for Sadie in every way. His size and structure was actually one of the reasons KC matched him to us.’
The clue’s in the name really.

 

Artist Sings And Paints During The National Anthem

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Oct 252016
 

This guy didn’t kneel during The National Anthem, he painted.

The Toledo Walleye invited artist Joe Everson to perform The National Anthem before Saturday’s home game against the Brampton Beast. Watch what followed:


This is Bob Ross meets patriotism meets hockey. It is amazing!

No matter how many renditions of the Star-Spangled Banner you’ve seen as a sports fan, there’s a good chance you’ve never witnessed an anthem like the one before an ECHL game this weekend.

The Toledo Walleye invited artist Joe Everson to perform the national anthem before Saturday’s home game against the Brampton Beast, and he brought a unique twist to the duty that not many could pull off. Everson is more a visual artist than of the recording variety, so his singing was accompanied by a live canvas painting performance that left fans captivated.

While it wasn’t quite clear what exactly Everson was painting at the start, his grand finale was well worth the wait.

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Here’s the final product:

Artist Sings And Paints During The National Anthem

 

Former Miss Wisconsin: Donald Trump Supported My Family

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Oct 012016
 

Her story may just move you to tears.

Former Miss Wisconsin and Trump supporter Melissa Young says the GOP presidential candidate helped her family when she was terminally ill.

Are these the actions of a misogynist? This brave woman shows Trump’s true colors.

A former Miss Wisconsin and Donald Trump supporter sought to counter charges of racism and sexism against the GOP presidential candidate on Friday, saying he had come to the aid of her family in “its darkest hour.”

Speaking on CNN’s Newsroom, Melissa Young, who was crowned Miss Wisconsin 11 years ago, described a dramatic moment involving Trump, before he was a presidential candidate. Young was told she was gravely with a blood clot, and while in the hospital, she received an envelope from the businessman.

“Handwritten by Mr. Trump, it said ‘must be delivered by 8 a.m.,” she told CNN’s Carol Costello. “I opened it and there was a message from him saying, ‘To the bravest woman I know.'”

“It lifted my spirits,” she said. “He continued to do that, to reach out to check on me, to check on my son to see how he was doing.”

Her compassionate characterization of the businessman stands in contrast to the widely-publicized feud between former Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado, whose weight gain has been the target of negative comments by Trump. She’s also accused him of calling her racially-charged names.

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10 Ways To Live a Happier Life According To Animals

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Aug 152016
 

Enjoy!

Heartwarming Animals is just one of the entertaining and informative destinations in the HooplaHa – Life with a Smile programming network.

If you’re sick of all the bad news in the media and looking for a dose of inspiration, HooplaHa will give you a reason to smile every day!

HooplaHa’s mission, while a simple one, could not be more important: to make people smile as much as possible. Whether it be a bit of good news, an inspirational story, a fun video, a cute picture or a touching piece of music — we want to put a smile on your face!

 

Shoe Laces

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Aug 012016
 

Shoe Laces

While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, an officer was interrupted by a little boy about six years old. Looking up and down at his uniform, he asked, “Are you a cop?”

“Yes,” he replied and continued writing the report.

“My mother said if I ever needed help I should ask the police. Is that right?”

“Yes, that’s right,” he told him.

“Well, then,” he said as he extended his foot towards the officer, “would you please tie my shoe?”

 

The Old Man

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Jul 072016
 

As I came out of the supermarket that sunny day, pushing my cart of groceries towards my car, I saw an old man with the hood of his car up and a lady sitting inside the car, with the door open. The old man was looking at the engine.

I put my groceries away in my car, and continued to watch the old gentleman from about twenty-five feet away.

I saw a young man in his early twenties with a grocery bag in his arm walking towards the old man. The old gentleman saw him coming too, and took a few steps towards him.

I saw the old gentleman point to his open hood and say something. The young man put his grocery bag into what looked like a brand new Cadillac Escalade. He then turned back to the old man. I heard him yell at the old gentleman saying: “You shouldn’t even be allowed to drive a car at your age.” And then with a wave of his hand, he got in his car and peeled rubber out of the parking lot.

I saw the old gentleman pull out his handkerchief, and mop his brow as he went back to his car and again looked at the engine. He then went to his wife and spoke with her; he appeared to tell her it would be okay.

I had seen enough, and I approached the old man.

He saw me coming and stood straight, and as I got near him I said, ‘Looks like you’re having a problem.’

He smiled sheepishly, and quietly nodded his head.

I looked under the hood myself, and knew that whatever the problem was, it was beyond me.

Looking around, I saw a gas station up the road, and I told the old man that I would be right back. I drove to the station and I went inside. I saw three attendants working on cars. I approached one of them, and related the problem the old man had with his car. I offered to pay them if they could follow me back down and help him.

The old man had pushed the heavy car under the shade of a tree and appeared to be comforting his wife. When he saw us he straightened up and thanked me for my help. As the mechanics diagnosed the problem (overheated engine), I spoke with the old gentleman.

When I shook hands with him earlier, he had noticed my Marine Corps ring and had commented about it, telling me that he had been a Marine too. I nodded and asked the usual question, ‘What outfit did you serve with?’

He had mentioned that he served with the first Marine Division at Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal …

He had hit all the big ones and retired from the Corps after the war was over. As we talked we heard the car engine come on and saw the mechanics lower the hood. They came over to us as the old man reached for his wallet, but was stopped by me. I told him I would just put the bill on my AAA card.

He still reached for the wallet and handed me a card that I assumed had his name and address on it and I stuck it in my pocket. We shook hands all around again, and I said my goodbye’s to his wife.

I then told the two mechanics that I would follow them back up to the station. Once at the station, I told them that they had interrupted their own jobs to come along with me and help the old man. I said I wanted to pay for the help, but they refused to charge me.

One of them pulled out a card from his pocket, looking exactly like the card the old man had given to me. Both of the men told me then that they were Marine Corps Reserves. Once again we shook hands all around and as I was leaving, one of them told me I should look at the card the old man had given to me. I said I would and drove off.

For some reason I had gone about two blocks, when I pulled over and took the card out of my pocket and looked at it for a long, long time. The name of the old gentleman was on the card in golden leaf and under his name was written: ‘Congressional Medal of Honor Society.’

I sat there motionless, looking at the card and reading it over and over. I looked up from the card and smiled to no one but myself and marveled that on this day, four Marines had all come together because one of us needed help. He was an old man all right, but it felt good to have stood next to greatness and courage, and an honor to have been in his presence.

Remember, OLD men like him gave their FREEDOM for America . Thanks to those who served and still serve, and to all of those who supported them, and who continue to support them.

 

Lessons In Life

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May 212016
 

Lessons In Life1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s okay to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s okay to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over-prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

42. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

45. The best is yet to come.

46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

48. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

49. Yield.

50. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

 

Lunch With God

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Apr 032016
 

Lunch With God
A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with a bag of potato chips and a six-pack of root beer and started his journey.

When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old woman. She was sitting in the park, just staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next to her and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the old lady looked hungry, so he offered her some chips. She gratefully accepted it and smiled at him.

Her smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered her a root beer. Again, she smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.

As twilight approached, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave; but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old woman, and gave her a hug. She gave him her biggest smile ever.

When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, “What did you do today that made you so happy?” He replied, “I had lunch with God.” But before his mother could respond, he added, “You know what? She’s got the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen!”

Meanwhile, the old woman, also radiant with joy, returned to her home. Her son was stunned by the look of peace on her face and he asked, “Mother, what did you do today that made you so happy?” She replied! “I ate potato chips in the park with God.” However, before her son responded, she added, “You know, he’s much younger than I expected.”

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime! Embrace all equally! Have lunch with God……. bring chips.

 

Life Lessons

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Jan 312016
 

Life Lessons1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s okay to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s okay to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over-prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

42. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

45. The best is yet to come.

46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

48. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

49. Yield.

50. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.